Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
Newest Review: ... mobile phone (a rather brick-like Nokia 5510) and its sturdiness made me consider the Nokia 100. At £25 from Carphone Warehouse, it was af... more
Back to Basics with the Nokia 100
Member Name: SpiderJamb
Advantages: Long Battery Life, Easy to Browse Menus, Lightweight and Stylish Design
Disadvantages: Some may find the lack of multimedia features annoying
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.
Summary: A great budget mobile phone with all the functions you need to call and send messages
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