With the launching of the T20, a reasonably priced 10-inch tablet with a fashionable appearance, Nokia made a comeback to the tablet market in late 2021. The corporation has since released a replacement in its wake. The Nokia T21 features a few updates but has a similar design to the T20. The Nokia T21 upholds the design standard established by its predecessor with a sleek design and an aluminum body that feels luxurious. Nokia replaced the blue hue with a subtler charcoal grey tone. The tablet is ideal for sliding inside of a bag because it weighs 471g and is only 7.5mm thick. It also does not feel heavy in the hand. There is not a case included in the package, however Nokia sells a variety of accessories to protect it from bumps and drops. It is protected from light dust and water sprinkling because it has an IP52 certification. A USB-C connector for charging and a 3.5mm headphone jack are located on the bottom, respectively. The volume controls and a detachable tray that can hold both a SIM card (on LTE variants) and a microSD card are on the right side of the device, with the power button on the top edge. There is no stylus or keyboard included with the tablet, and there are no authorized Nokia T21 versions of either. Third-party Bluetooth keyboards should still work, and maybe a stylus as well. Nokia has chosen a 10.36-inch screen with a 5:3 aspect ratio once more. The majority of tablet screens are 4:3, making them somewhat broader but not “widescreen” like TVs. Toughened glass, which offers some scratch resistance, shields the 2K IPS display. Its 60Hz screen implies there is no high or variable refresh rate because it is a low-cost gadget. The peak brightness has decreased from the previous generation to 360 nits. Objectively speaking, this is sufficient for indoor usage, but in broad sunshine, especially because the glass is so shiny like other tablets, it can be challenging to see what is on the screen.
The T21’s Unisoc T612 CPU represents a minor improvement over the T20’s. The microSD card slot supports up to an extra 512GB of storage in addition to the 4GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage that are included. Both the Wi-Fi and LTE variants are accessible. Overall performance is still pretty much in line with what you would expect from a cheap tablet, albeit it is not as sluggish as the T20. Although it handles streaming, taking notes, reading e-books, and browsing the web without issue, it might take a while to load new programs and navigate between them. The T20’s 8MP back camera is still present. Again, under favorable lighting, the T21 may produce some serviceable images. However, colors can seem a little flat, and textures lack definition to a considerable degree.
The camera has an 8X zoom capability, however as you can see from the test photographs, anything above 2X produces hazy, unusable photos. Both cameras offer autofocus, portrait mode, and basic editing filters. The 8200mAh battery of the Nokia T21, according to Nokia, may last up to three days. Of course, that would not happen in everyday life. We could utilize this gadget to stream content, check social media, and read for around two days in between workdays on average. If you used the tablet more sparingly, utilized the battery-saving mode, and had the brightness set to a low setting, three days of use may be possible.
Nokia T21 Specs
- Body: 247.5×157.3×7.5mm, 466g; Glass front, aluminum back; IP52 certified.
- Network: 2G, 3G, and 4G.
- Display: 10.4″ IPS LCD, 360 nits (peak), 1200x2000px resolution, 5:3 aspect ratio, 224ppi.
- Chipset: Unisoc Tiger T612 (12nm).
- Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM.
- OS: Android 12 (1st Release).
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.
- Bluetooth: 5.0v.
- Rear camera: Wide (main): 8MP.
- Front camera: 8MP.
- Battery: 8200mAh; 18W wired.
- Others: NFC; stereo speakers.
The Nokia T21 builds on the aspects of the T20 that we loved while also addressing some of its shortcomings. For a cheap purchase, it has a premium-looking design, and the battery life is also noteworthy. Speeds will be slow for most users due to the absence of a charger in the package, and the display is not as brilliant as it was in the previous iteration. However, they are very minor complaints for a very decent, reasonably priced tablet from Nokia.