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It's hard to tell if switching from my ultra-cool smartphone to my Nokia 100 was a step forward, or a step backward. An internet connection on a mobile phone, in the era of portable connectivity, is almost a necessity for some and is not available on this model (rendering the Freedom Freebees data allowance a kick in the teeth from Vodafone, from whom I purchased mine at £10 with a £10 top up), but this frees processing power and allows the phone to run for "up to 35 days". With my average use at almost constant texting and circa 2 brief phone calls per day, I've not yet lasted longer than 4 days. My smartphone, on the other hand, would last for under 4 hours through its old age months, and perhaps not many more while it was young. This is a very significant trade-off, and learning to be unreliant on mobile access to Facebook, Twitter etc., while not to be ever-charging-up suits my lifestyle better.
The phone is largely intuitive and simple in menu, the flashlight more useful by the day and snake more addictive by the minute. The design, too, is simple, and the thin plastic skin more durable than it appears. This, unfortunately, has been tested frequently without my consent; but even a full back-battery-screen separation on a filthy nightclub floor didn't leave a mark on the 100 (but you should'a seen the floor...).
A significant negative, however, is the lack of mass delete capability with messages. The inbox size is relatively small and quick to fill, yet large enough that deleting one-by-one is 15 minutes of wasted time. Were it not for the minor redemption in that 'delete' lands at the top of the message menu rather than 'reply', this would be inexcusable; and the fact that there's a one-button delete method by this unusual ordering of the reply and delete options suggests that Nokia were aware of the inconvenience from omission of a simple 'delete all'. I would not have bought my 100 were I aware of this, or unable to afford anything more expensive...
I have the Nokia 105 which is the latest version of the Nokia 100. The only difference is that the keys are all together with no gaps between them and that it is in a blue colour. I paid 99p for this phone from Carphone Warehouse but had to buy £20 credit which I don't want as I have a contract sim which I use.
I will openly admit that I am going to have no structure to this review and am probably just going to ramble for a few hundred words so if you don't want to read it, then just go and buy the phone as it is great.
This phone is well known across the world as the Nokia brick or the classic Nokia. It is what it is....a phone which rings and calls........... and has snake. As a phone it works perfectly. On my old phone, I rarely got signal in many places that I live but with this phone, I have almost full signal everywhere so obviously nothing is interfering with the signal like there was on the old phone. Texting on it is great and fast, far superior to a touchscreen and the volume on the phone is great for calls with a strong loudspeaker element.
The other important 'app' that you get on this phone is the alarm which is very fast to set and loud enough to wake even the heaviest sleeper, especially with it's 'it's time to get up, the time is...' alarm which always amuses people.
This phone actually comes with several games on it such as Cricket, Treasure something, Suduko and most importantly, Snake which I find myself regularly playing and putting in quite impressive high scores. This is great for a quick game whilst you wait for the bus or when you have a 5 minute break. I kid you not, this is the best game that can be played on a phone and puts to shame all of the apps that can be had on £500 phones. I have friends who ask to borrow my phone to play Snake on despite having smartphones themselves.
Overall, this is the best phone that I have ever owned out of about 15. It is reliable, fast and lightweight. I really do love this phone and recommend it to all even as a spare phone or a phone to take to a festival. And if you lose it, just buy another one!
The Nokia 100 is a basic phone - a very basic phone. It phones people, it texts people and it does not much else.
One of the main attractions of this phone, for me certainly, is the battery. In this day and age when most phones can do the same jobs as laptops, most phones barely last a day on battery. The Nokia 100 destroys any other phone in this respect. Its battery lasts from 3 or 4 days (if you're a text-and-call-aholic) to many weeks if you don't use it much (my personal record is 3 weeks and a day).
When it comes to making calls, the sound quality is perfectly acceptable and the volume goes fairly loud - good if you're hard of hearing. There's enough room to store lots of contacts - I'm not sure how many exactly but I've got well over 100 on mine. An outstanding feature is the phone's ability to get a signal almost anywhere. I'm on the Tesco Mobile network and where I live 2G reception - this phone doesn't do 3G - is pretty poor. The Nokia 100 manages to find a usable signal in most rooms whereas my smartphone keeps on dropping and picking up and dropping atrociously weak signals. Even when you're in the middle of nowhere, with the Nokia you can just about always sneak a text through on a hint of a signal.
The text message inbox is big enough for most, it stores roughly 300 messages before the phone starts getting angry with you. After adapting from the previous touch screen phones that I've owned I found I could actually type faster on the Nokia's standard alpha numerical button layout (2-abc, 3-def...) When opening the inbox to view messages it does take a few seconds to load and if you do a lot of texting this could quite easily become highly irritating, but it's fine for patient folk. Also, there is no camera so picture messages are out. That's a deal-breaker for lots of people I know.
The screen is quite small and sometimes can be difficult to see if you have bad eyesight. I find this is most noticeable when writing long messages that you have to scroll through to read.
Being under £10 on pay as you go means that this phone doesn't have a camera, a music player, expandable memory, complicated apps or internet access. What it does have is a calculator, a basic alarm clock function, a not very good calendar, a stopwatch, a converter (weights, distances etc.), the game 'Snake' (great fun!) and a radio. The radio gives a clear sound in most areas and can store up to 10 preset stations. You can play the sound through he loudspeaker - which is cheap, tinny and not at all nice sounding - or you can use your own headphones* in the 3.5mm socket. *Most headphones are compatible but one of my pairs of headphones aren't so make sure to test out expensive headphones before you buy them.
I've looked but haven't been able to find a case specifically for the Nokia 100. You could use a generic pouch-style one, but I've dropped mine and got it wet many times and nothing much has happened to it. Just a few small screen scratches. The indestructible Nokia brick memes which clog up Facebook are right! And even if you do somehow manage to break it, you can buy a new one for not much more than the spare change in your pocket.
I have a smartphone as well now, and use it a lot, but when I'm out in the wilds (walking/cycling) and I need to have something I can rely on to be unbreakable and get a signal absolutely anywhere, this is still my first - and only - choice.
If you want the internet, games (apart from snake of course), music, cameras, touch screens and all of that modern technology bling, this is the wrong phone. However, for the elderly, the outdoorsy-adventure-types and the teenager-who's-just-started-highschool: The Nokia 100 is just right.
P.S. If anyone has beaten my battery record (see paragraph 2) then I'd love to know. Post in the comments if you manage to beat it. The challenge is on!
I bought this phone for festivals and for nights out and I came across this one .At the under a tenner in tesco and with it plastic exterior I thought that this was literally perfect for the job
The biggest and most positive thing thing to say about this phone is the battery life with the specification saying it last for 840 hours standby and with my boyfriend saying that he could go nearly a whole week without charging this is incredible.
But the clear disadvantage with this phone is the cumbersome button with clunky sound can be ever so annoying when using. This twined with the messaging system that like other basic phone due to the thread system not being available on the phone doe mean that messages can be difficult to track.
The clear advantage of this phone over other is the screen I personally think on this phone is much better than other basic phone and this is optimised with games such as snake being available on the phone which does give you a flash of the past which can be nice.
But overall the in call quality is fairly respectable and I would recommend this phone as a basic user friendly phone for individual.I also think this would be great for an elderly relative who like my parent simple want to ring people. As the lack of internet for many people is simple not a problem,if thats the case this is a great phone for you.
For just £9 in Tesco as a PAYG (pay as you go) phone you really can't go far wrong with the Nokia 100. It's clearly been designed for those who require a simple phone that just makes calls and sends texts with none of the fancy added extras us smartphone users have become accustomed to.
The phone reminds me of how phones were back when they first started to become a mainstream thing - except this is a little smaller than the first phones I had back in the late 90s. For a 'cheap' phone, it's actually pretty lightweight and attractive.
I bought this for my child to use as his very first phone. I wanted a phone that would be easy to use and would not allow him any internet access. I also wanted it to be as cheap as possible in case it got lost or broken. In an ideal world he wouldn't have a phone just yet, but I had my reasons for getting him one now nonetheless.
This phone is easy to set up for the first time, just unbox it, slide the back off, put in your SIM card and the battery, then seal it back up again and put it onto charge. The charger that comes with this looks a little strange at first, but you do soon get used to it. It's very lightweight though which makes it ideal for travelling with.
You can turn the phone on and start using it right away. Navigating your way around the main menu is very simple - just hit the large square button directly beneath the phone's screen and use the buttons either side to scroll between the available options.
This phone is obviously designed to be used primarily for phone calls and text messages, and it does those two jobs just fine. The sound quality is fine, and the signal strength hasn't failed us yet. There's also a shortcut access to recently dialled numbers that makes it easy for my lad to call me just by pressing two keys. My only gripe with the text messaging facility is that you have to delete each message individually when your memory is getting full - and that can take an absolute age to do.
The ring tones are restricted to what's already on the phone of course, and there's no MP3 player or camera on here. It claims to have a built-in radio but we couldn't get anything to tune in on it. Other than calling and texting, you can find the old fashioned 'snakes' game on here and a calculator - but that's about it!
After six months of infrequent use the phone still looks and works like new. It's taken being dropped, knocked and slammed around and hasn't developed a single screen or processing fault from this. My experience of this as a phone to let a young boy play outside with has been brilliant! For £9 I didn't mind it getting broken, in fact I expected that to happen by now to be honest, but I'm starting to think that in order to break this you'd have to actually stamp on it or something.
If you're after a cheap, robust, 'throwaway' phone for a child, holiday or work purposes then this might be the phone for you too.
For a long time now Mobile phones have seemed to be getting bigger, pricier and more complicated. Gone are the days of having a pocket sized mobile that is primarily made for making calls and sending text messages. So it was with a welcome surprise that I came across the Nokia 100.
Targeted at the low budget end of the market the Nokia 100 is very light on the wallet at around £15 it is a more than adequate device which will make you realise that sometimes you do not need all the extra that top mobile mobiles come laden with.
Available in Legion Blue, Festival Pink, Ocean Blue Phantom Black and Coral Red there is a colour to suit all tastes.
Weighing just 70g with the battery installed, it is light enough to just put in your pocket and forget about. The outer casing is made out of plastic, but don't be fooled into thinking that it will be prone to damage. Infact the 100 is one of the most durable phones I have owned, you can drop and bash it and the phone will keep coming back for more (Sometimes the battery cover will pop off when dropped but its a two second job to re-attach).
The Buttons are slightly raised and are quite big meaning that navigating the keypad is a hassle free job, and the navigation keys are very responsive thus meaning that you actually select the option that you need and do not waste time scrolling through menu's unnecessarily. All the buttons on the phone are also backlit so you can easily choose the correct button in low light.
The screen is relatively small in size compared to other phones but the large font/icons and vibrant colours make it easy the read.
The phone even comes with a flashlight at the top of the phone which is a very useful addition. The only criticism would be that their is no data-cable port on the phone to allow easy transfer of contacts and media files from a PC.
The phone runs on Nokia's tried and tested symbian system so you can reassured that you are not going to be running into bug and glitches which can hamper other phones. The internal memory will allow for 500 contacts, but with the market in mind that targeted the handset at its feels more than enough. The phone comes with a FM built-in radio player which whilst functional does not give the best musical experience, the phone can sound tinny and reception can be a problem at times.
The ringtones on the phone can be set to a very high volume level thus meaning that you would really struggle not to hear this phone ringing even when in a pocket or bag, and the addition of a built-in vibrate means that you can put the phone on silent and still know when it rings.
When texting their is a built in predictive text function which can be handy when you are typing in a rush, but this can be easily turned of by holding down the * button.
Included is also Snake Xenia, a simple game where you guide a snake around the screen to pick up small dots, this is a throwback to the Snake game that was included on the 5110/6110 phones from the mid 90's. A calculator, converter, expense, countdown timer, stop watch and calender is also included under the extras menu.
With the phone being as basic as possible it means that the battery is simply magnificent, you can leave the phone on standby for easily a week at a time between charges. Which compared to higher end phones is a complete godsend. Going away for the weekend? Simple just take the phone, no need to take a charger as this will easily last you.
Reception wise the phone is excellent due to the emission of 3G the phone permanently works on the 2G network, thus meaning that dropped calls are not existent and signal outages only occur rarely.
As the phone is stripped to the minimum it also means that the software runs at a lighting speed and switching between menus is effortlessly and almost instantaneous.
In the Box
The Nokia 100 comes in small fold top box, once opened you are present with the phone. Underneath the lip which holds the phone is 4 dioramas which show how to take the back of the phone and insert the SIM card and battery. Once this lip has been lifted you are presented with the accessories which the phone comes packaged with. Obviously the first one of note is the Li-ion BL-5CB battery, this battery is the main battery that Nokia are now using for their lower end phones so if you do experience battery issues you can easily track down a replacement at a minimal cost. The charger included is Nokia's AC-11X, this charger has a retractable vertical pin which means that the charger is smaller than other manufacturers, and is small and lightweight enough to fit in a pocket/bag. A manual is also included which offer concise instructions on how to operate the phone.
Lastly their is a set of headphones included. These have a better build quality than you would expect for a phone at this price. They are well made in glossy black with a in built mute button and microphone. The headphones also double up as the antenna for the FM radio, so be careful not to lose them. Unfortunately their are no buds included but the earphones tend to sit well in the ear so it is not a major issue.
Overall this is a brilliant phone for the money, you are not going to turn heads with it but as a reliable work tool there are few better out there. Durable and reliable to the extreme. The inclusion of a data cable port would have been nice but for this price you really can't complain. If you want spare phone for the times when you don't want to take you smartphone out, or are looking for a basic phone to just making calls on you really can't beat the Nokia 100.
The Nokia 100 is a fantastic basic phone that would be perfect for a first phone for a youngster or great for the less tech savvy elder in your family, it has nice clear average sized buttons on it and has a 1.8 inch screen and boasts an impressive 840 hours standby or 7 hours worth of talk time. It has all your basic features such as FM radio and flashlight it doesn't have a camera but for under £20 you can't ask for much more. Having bought this for my grandmother who isn't tech savvy in the slightest and who has trouble seeing numbers she raved about this phone and was especially pleased at how light weight it was. If you're looking for a basic phone that will see you through for good value, this is definitely the phone for you.
The mobile phone market seems to be directly focused on developing phones that double as pocket media players and internet browsers. It has been difficult to work out the differences between 'Smartphone' and 'tablet computers' due to the sheer complexities of current generation mobile phones. There are some people who prefer a much simpler and cleaner handset, free from unnecessary apps and gadgets that drain on the battery life of a mobile phone.
My current Smartphone is a HTC Desire Z on contract with Orange, but I was finding myself making more international calls, and unhappy with the tariff, I decided to investigate a pre-pay account to save myself from overspending on the international calls. I managed to find an International SIM only package from O2, but my phone was network-locked to Orange, so I decided to invest in a second phone.
Since I wanted to save money, my eye was drawn to a no-frills handset, of which there are several types from many manufacturers, but my memories of my first mobile phone (a rather brick-like Nokia 5510) and its sturdiness made me consider the Nokia 100. At £25 from Carphone Warehouse, it was affordable and came with the O2 SIM package if I topped up £10 upon purchase.
Getting home, I opened the box, which consisted mainly of the handset, its battery and charger. Holding it in my hand, it was fairly lightweight, even with the battery inserted. I guess that stripping out most of the additional media functions drastically lowers the weight of the phone, as it seemed half the weight of my HTC Desire Z.
The phone switched on, and it took some time to get used to not having a touch-screen function and using the keys to navigate. With my other phone having a keyboard, it felt like a step back having to type messages using the number keys, but there was a sort of nostalgia feeling about doing it. Not all current phones have keyboards, so others may not find it quite as jarring as I did.
The colour-screen takes up the space of half the handset, with the number keys taking up the rest. There is a central key that acts as a directional button allowing you to navigate the menus and pushing down selects that specific item.
There's no camera here, but it does contain an FM Radio, which is a nice bonus. There is a preloaded game based on Snake, the Nokia classic game that helped cement their popularity in the 90's. For those unfamiliar with the game, you play as a perpetually moving snake as you eat food and avoid obstacles.
The biggest feature that appeals to me is the long battery life - the perils of Smartphone's are that they have so many background apps and internet usage that the CPU drains the battery. My HTC Desire Z barely lasts the day, and that's with minimal usage and calls, mainly browsing and messaging. The Nokia 100, while it gets less usage than the Desire, it's battery life is almost seven times longer than the Desire Z, managing to last the whole week without needing recharging.
I've used the phone predominately to call America and I'm unsure of how much of the call quality is down to the handset and how much is down to the network, but the calls are clear and didn't suffer from any problems. I was glad to make the purchase as attempts to call America using Skype and other apps on my Smartphone were not as clear or drained my internet data plans.
Overall, the Nokia 100 is a strong phone, but obviously dates in today's market. I would recommend it as a second phone, or for someone who doesn't buy in to the current mindset of owning a phone that's also a camera, camcorder, internet browser and video player. It may not be able to keep you plugged into your social media but it gives you a long battery life and manages to perform all telephone-based tasks to the standard expected of Nokia.
I am not a techno-phobe - far from it, I am usually sat near my computer and like to think of myself as pretty switched on with new things.
But - it has got to the point recently that smart phones/iphones/blackberries are so brilliant at doing so many things that I personally feel that they have forgotten what they were invented for!
I have bought myself a Nokia 100 and for the first time in ages I am able to make a phone call, answer a phone call, send a text and read an text too!
You don't pay much at all for a Nokia 100, somewhere between £10 and £20, it feels quite sturdy, I am perfectly happy to have it in my handbag and not worry everytime I plonk my bag down that I am going to damage the screen and render the phone useless - it does not do so many things - but I don't need to go on the internet when I am driving, I need to have a reliable little phone that is user friendly and able to make calls and texts if I broke down etc
Back to basics one might say.... very happy with this phone
This is the phone I bought recently purely for work use. It is built for text messaging and calls and not much more. So, if that's what you are looking for then this phone is for you.
The battery lasts for a very long time indeed unlike today's smartphones. The mobile is quite sturdy and can take a little rough-handling. The screen is small and, of course, it's not a touch-screen. There is a built-in torch and a radio - two unexpected extras. The torch is surprisingly bright and can be useful for dropped keys etc. The charger is small and very lightweight indeed.
If you need to buy a phone for your child to enable them to keep in contact with you then this is a great buy. However, your teenager will NOT thank you for buying them this one as it's no smartphone, however, nor is it Bergerac-size so nobody will get too much stick for being seen with this, one would hope! If you are under 30 and want a giggle then you may have to Google 'Bergerac phone'.
You buy it for £15.00 but £10.00 of that is credit so the phone is £5.00. It's a great phone for a festival as it's no terrible loss if misplaced. If you need a phone to be...well...a phone, then get this.
I bought the Nokia 100 for my daughter so that she could keep in touch with me when she was staying at her fathers for the weekend. She is too young for a smartphone so I wanted a basic phone that was going to be easy to use for her to call and text me on and one that would withstand the rigours of the countless drops it would no doubt get. I ended up buying her the Nokia 100 as it was cheap and would do what I wanted in a phone for her.
The phone was a total bargain as it only cost me £15 which included a £10 top up so in effect I was only paying £5 for the phone.
There is no getting around the fact that this phone doesn't look like the newer sleeker smart phones but at the same time it isn't as big and bulky as I thought a £5 phone would cost. It is made of plastic and is really lightweight in the hands and quite inconspicuous. Well it would be if I had chosen the black version instead of the pink one. It might be cheap but it isn't a brick and no one is going to look strangely if you bring it out in public.
The buttons are nicely spaced and easier to use than the ones on my touchscreen phone. The range of features on the phone are basic to say the least but what more could you expect when you are paying so little for it.
It phones and texts but not a lot else. It does have a colour screen but this is small at only 1.8 inches so is only for reading texts and seeing who is calling.
Other features include a torch feature which is surprisingly handy and a couple of really basic games. There is of course an alarm and a calendar but this really is as far as the phone goes with extra features.
It doesn't play mp3 files or anything but it does have an FM radio built in which works well but doesn't have the best sound and sounds tinny and full of static. It might not be the best sound but my daughter does enjoy listening to it so I am probably just spoilt by the sound quality on my own phone.
The best thing about this phone is the battery life which is superb. I am used to my phone and all the other smartphones that I've had having terrible batteries which are lucky to last a day. The battery on the Nokia 100 lasts for absolutely ages before it needs recharging again. It can literally last weeks in standby and I know that if my daughter goes away and forgets to take her charger with her I don't need to worry about her not being able to ring me as the battery will last until she gets home.
The phone is also really hardwearing. I have an old Nokia that I use as a spare phone that has lasted for years. This phone looks to be keeping up the Nokia tradition of long lasting phones. It has been dropped so many times and barely has a scratch on it. Unlike with newer smartphones the Nokia 100 doesn't shatter when dropped and although sometimes the battery cover comes off it just clicks back in to place again with no harm to the phone.
For the money this phone represents fantastic value for money. It might be lacking the features of more expensive phones but this is expected for the price and the fact that the battery lasts for so long and it is so robust more than makes up for this. If you are looking for a basic phone that calls and texts then you could do a lot worse than this one.