Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
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Member Name: cragle
Advantages: Low price point, Low volume, FM radio
Disadvantages: Lack of data cable port
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.
Summary: Brilliant cheap basic phone
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