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Nokia’s G42 continues the drive towards user-replaceable parts

You can replace the screen, battery, back cover and even the charging port

Nokia G42

Nokia’s G42 follows up the G22 as another repairable smartphone.

HMD Global – the maker of Nokia phones – clearly believes it’s a compelling reason to buy one of its phones and on the 6GB memory/128GB storage version that costs £199/€249 G42 you can replace the screen, battery, back cover and even the charging port, though it isn’t quite in the same league as the Fairphone series.

A 4GB memory version will also be available in some European markets starting from €229. There are no current plans for a US launch of the devices.

We know that, just as with its USB-C mandate, the EU is keen to make smartphone batteries user-replaceable sometime before 2030.

HMD’s head of marketing Adam Ferguson says that it is doing phones like the G22 and G42 because it’s what consumers want. “Even when it does [pass] that [legislation} that would still be many years away from implementation”, he said.

The specs are predictably modest, but are an upgrade on the G22, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus processor on board alongside a 50MP main camera and a couple of 2MP cameras for depth and macros. There’s an 8MP unit on the front.

Once again repair specialist iFixit is involved, enabling you to buy spare parts for the devices. It’s fairly easy to replace the battery in these devices – though it isn’t tool-free – and you’ll need to buy the parts of course. HMD guarantees the parts will be available through iFixit for five years, though somewhat frustratingly it only guarantees three years of security updates for Android 13.

Speaking to Stuff on this topic, Ferguson was quite clear on the issue there – money. “There is a cost to every additional OS update and even security that you build in. So whilst you’re able to build in many, many more years in devices that are £400, £500, or £900, down at the sort of £199 level, it really becomes a struggle to continue to do that.”

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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