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Almost everyone reading this review must have seen , used or to the least heard about this Nokia phone, this was one of the much anticipated phones in the past , and its importance has not degraded even today , people who love simplicity still do fancy the Nokia's epic 1100.
I was gifted this phone by a friend on my birthday , although i wasn't really in need of a phone , but this one served as a secondary or backup mobile. The Nokia 1100 as you might already be aware doesn't do real good at the specs sheet , it has the minimal specs that would qualify it to be tagged as a mobile.
What i consider the best feature of this lightweight , small and compact mobile is the easily navigable menus and the speed with which i can perform all operations. I don't have to wait for long times to send texts as the keyboard is easy to use , the buttons are easy to type and texting is smooth.
It has got a black and white display , but looking at the cost of the phone , i had no complaints as to why the display wasn't colored. I adjusted to the black and white display in a short while , well , i wasn't used to non color displays as these phones were discontinued a long time ago and they were rare to found nowadays.
The call quality is awesome , but the phone doesn't have a loudspeaker , it became irritating at times that it lacked a loudspeaker , and it also doesn't have the option to attach a earphone. Nevertheless , the cost justifies this too.
The best thing about the phone is it's battery life , it gave me a backup of 3-4 days after a full charge which eventually decreased a bit , but it still did work for 48 hours or so !
While travelling and without a charger coupled up , i didn't have to worry about losing my calls or contacts , the phone was switched on for long hours and the battery low warning was a rare event.
The phone had two games , the snake game is real amusing and i got really fond of it , it is a great time killer and i would always try to create a new high score. With so many advancements nowadays , the games are obviously outdated , but classical games never die !
The phone had no camera , this was not an issue for me as i had another phone with a 12 MP camera and i didn't need two multimedia phones.
Overall, this phone was a killer one , but it is only recommended if you already have a phone with some nice multi media features and are hunting for a backup device. It is also recommended to those who love simplicity.
Can you believe that this is Nokia's best selling mobile phone to date?! Are you willing to be the 25,000,001 customer to purchase one of these since 2003? I purchased mine sometime in 2005, and I am quite fond of this cheap, cheerful and very practical mobile phone.
Let's have a look at what you get for your money (around £15-£20 unlocked) and evaluate the pros and cons.
Weight: 86 g (with Nokia Battery BL-5C)
Dimensions: 106 mm x 46 mm x 20 mm
Silicon keymat with large keys
This is certainly a light phone, and I've never had any problems with its weight. The dimensions are reasonable, but this is by no means a tiny phone. You won't find any problems using the keypad on this model which is well spaced out and well sized. The fact that the keypad is silicon means it is very durable, and even after extended periods of use on my part, I have yet to experience writing on the keys 'rubbing off'. The keypad is also very easy to clean and there are no problems associated with dirt 'getting in between the keys'. The case itself is of the 'non slip' variety, meaning that you will find a series of long grooves along the sides of the phone. This can be both a hindrance and a help: yes you will be able to keep a grip on the phone, but at the same time these grooves become quite dirty and will require frequent cleaning to prevent becoming grimy. The power button on this phone is part of the keypad and not on the top like many other Nokia phones, and the one jack on the entire phone is found at the base - for the charger. Otherwise there is very little else to bemuse and confuse! Simple really is THE word!
Large black-and-white display (96 x 65 pixels)
Selectable font size
Up to 4 lines of Latin text
I shan't argue with Nokia here, but just allow the words to speak for themselves. The interface harks back to the very early days of Nokia phones, with each screen-full as you scroll down constituting a menu option. The screen is small, and the amount of text it can show is limited. Making the font smaller is a useful tool, but only if your eyesight can deal with such changes. Easy to use, yes. Easy because there's very little to offer? Yes...
Text Messaging (SMS)
Concatenated SMS for long text messages
Predictive text input for most European languages
These features really are the bare minimum most users would expect from a mobile phone in 2010. However, do not be fooled by 'picture messaging', you won't be having any pictures of your pet puppy on your phone! Picture messaging here refers to crudely drawn birthday cakes and roses which are actually sent via the SMS system as 3 SMS messages. I doubt very much whether users of other mobile phones would end up receiving your greeting, so this really is something of a 'non function'. The fact that there is predictive text is a godsend for me, I couldn't text without it, and I can report that it is just as good as any other predictive facility found on any other Nokia phone.
Save up to 250 names on SIM card and up to 50 in internal memory
Snake II and Space Impact+
I had to mention these games! You'll feel very nostalgic playing Snake II, similar to Snake II but a bit 'jazzier'. Space Impact+ in my mind is not a patch on the original Space Impact, but at least there are games on this phone. You won't be able to expand on this, so it really is a case of 'like it or lump it'!
Full-screen animated screensavers
Date and time screensaver
I think one of the most useful features of the entire phone is the flash light feature. Atop the phone is a small LED light which, when activated, creates a dazzling beam of light which is extremely handy for nocturnal navigation by foot, or finding where on earth your door key is supposed to go. I am also a massive fan of the date and time screen saver, which is very useful if, like me, you like to take a cursory glance at your phone to check the time. Lovely features which I wish they'd built into more advanced phones.
Fixed ringing tones (1 Nokia tone and 34 monophonic buzzer tones)
Ringing tone composer
The ringing tones are very standard affairs which consist of attempts to emulate animals in monophonic tones. They will alert you to a call, and that is that. Does anyone remember the ringing tone composer? Nokia have kept this little beauty alive, if you have the patience to compose your own little ditty, or can find one of the many archived instructional websites showing you how! Besides such DIY options, the provided ringtones can't be expanded and I think I should emphasise why below:
This is not an exhaustive list, but I hope this serves to prove the point that this phone cannot be expanded upon besides putting in your own names and numbers (there's no room for addresses). This phone is for calling and texting, that is it. No more. End of.
Talk time: Up to 2 - 4.5 hours
Standby time: Up to 100 - 400 hours
One of the most impressive features of this phone is the ridiculously outstanding standby time which I can personally vouch for. I have gone well over a week without charging this phone, and it is a feature I wish was present on newer phones - perhaps given time battery technology will have caught up with the power demands of the new generation phones. However, make or receive a call, and the battery will drift away to nothing quite rapidly, so I'd still take that charger with you, even if you're only going away for a day or two.
To summarise and conclude, Nokia have effectively packaged an extremely basic phone into an extremely basic case, providing extremely basic functionality to an extremely large number of people. If you're tired of a phone that sings and dances more than the cast of a West End musical, then maybe you ought to give this number a spin...
The nokia 1100 is about as basic a phone you can get nowadays. With no colour screen, no bluetooth and no poliphonic ringtones. But what it may lack in features that will please the young tech savy.
It is perfect if you just want a phone to do what it was meant to do and that is make phone calls and send text messages. Its small compact size will mean it can easily fit in to a pocket. The menu is intuitive and easy to navigate through. The casing is solid and the back casing fits on nice and tightly making sure no dust gets in to your phone
One thing it has over the hi tech phones of today is that it is incredibly durable, I mean if you drop an I phone on the concrete its £200 down the drain unless you have insurance but with this phone it can be dropped and be banged in to a variety of different surfaces and it will still work as good as new. (It even survived a washing machine run through)
This phone is just perfect for person who only uses there mobile phone for SMS and phone calls.
One fault i did find though is that the phone does take a while to load the contacts from your sim card to the phones on board call book. So don't expect to be able to contact someone the instant you turn on your phone.
Hmm Nokia 1100. I own this mobile phone from 2003. 7 years had passed i am using this gadget, suprisingly today it is working same as it was working the day i bought it. If you want a mobile phone only for making calls and sending SMS, i would strongly reccomend you this one. In this 7 years, my nokia 1100 had fallen atleast 40 to 50 times from my hand accidentally. There are no changes without some scratches on the body. If the body case cracks or breaks you can replace it with a new one. The body cases are available at cheap rates and varieties colours designs are also available, like blue, orange, black, navy blue, silver and many more. And yes it
Negeative things are: it only supports black and white colours in monitor. You cant install java or flash games and softwares. You cant transfer files from computer. But you can download ringtones and wallpapers from service provider offers. You can also send/recieve Picture message and ringtones to others.
As mentioned earlier if you want a mobile phone for calls and sms, nothing can be better than this one.
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It is a cheap phone retailing as low as £10 second hand.You should not be deceived just because it cost pennys the value is fantastic. It is a very simple phone that some may call an entry phone as it will be perfect for somebody first phone.
It can receive calls and make calls has an alarm clock and its one special feature is a torch located at the top of the phone. There is no spacial mods not even a color screen just a very simple to use phone. It has classic games snake 2 and space impact which are just an added bonus.
The thing that is so great about this nokia is the durability. I have dropped this phone countless times it even fell down a toilet to just be dried out and work as it did when it was new. A classic nokia that has amazing value for money and will last years.
Its nothing compared to the phones we have now with all the mod cons but it does what it needs to with a few added accessories thrown in.
Nokia 1100 is an entry level phone. It`s design is simple. There is no phone in the world that is as durable and accident resistant as this one. I use it in my work( i`m delivery driver) every day and I love it`s durability. It dropped on asphalt many times and nothing serious happend(sometimes battery fall off). But I put it back together and it work perfect. Nokia 1100 will last for years!
This phone has no camera, no bluetooth and infrared, no polyphonic ringtones. There is no color screen, so don`t expect to put in your favorite wallpapers or sent pictures to anyone. Screen resolution is very poor. This phone is a class of it`s own, lacking anything and everything you would expect - almost stuck in the 90`s. The upside to that is simplicity. This phone is very, very easy to use.
It has rubber keypad so my fingers never slipped while texting or dialing number.
The phone is very light (3.3 oz) and small (4.2 by 1.8 by 0.8 inches).
Nokia has two build-in games: snake II and space impact+.
It has also torch at the front. I used it few times in darkness. Useful feature.
Battery hold 4-5 days(I phone average 30 mins/a day).
I would recommend this phone to anyone who doesn`t care for phone at work.
This in my opinion is one of the last classic Nokia's; it's a phone which does just that. No messing about with camera(s), mp3 players, colour screens, or anything else to distract from its core use. Admittedly nowadays people would laugh at this seemingly lacking device, although in fact that this is essentially what most people use from their mobiles most of the time. You don't have a cooker that also cleans the dishes, so why should a phone be any different?
It is clear that this phone isn't meant for people who expect everything from a little device, so this concentrates on just a few core features. Calling is very simple; it has the traditional Nokia menus so navigating around isn't a problem. The address book has plenty of room for most people - if you need any more then clearly a low-end phone like this isn't for you! The only small issue with calling is that this phone doesn't have dedicated call/hang up buttons, just a one-for-all button in the middle, but, this get's the job done - after all you aren't ever going to need to use both at the same time!
When compared to today's phones the messaging can seem somewhat archaic, with only up & down arrows to navigate around the message - making adjustments a length process. Despite this it is a layout similar to phones of the late 90's, so it has obviously worked for many people, just not exactly what I am used to! It also comes with the usual predictive text, something which I think is essential, it just takes a bit of getting used to.
As far as I'm concerned there is yet to be a game released which beats the classic, Snake 2, it was simple, easy, and addictive. Best of all it's installed on this phone! You can forgive the lack of a colour screen and all other minor niggles, as this game alone brings back many memories of trying to beat that high score without driving into myself. Additionally it comes with Space Impact, of which I'm not really a fan, but at least it gives folks a second (and final) choice!
Extras ... it sounds awfully luxurious, although I'm not talking about a magical monochrome camera here. The only thing that it has which you wouldn't expect is a small LED torch on the top, this is activated simply by pressing & holding the "C" button, it can be useful when you just need to light up the place, although has a time limit of 15 seconds so not suitable for prolonged use. If it wasn't for this I think its uses would be greatly improved, as at least than it gives you more of a chance of finding lost treasures!
As with most Nokia's build quality is second to none, it feels like you could drive over this and still phone someone up to let them know it's working. The keys are all joined on a single rubbery keypad, giving it a feeling that it would withstand dust and small amounts of water. Another nice touch for customisation is that you can change the coloured fascia's of it - although the replacements often cost as much as the phone itself!
This phone isn't going to blow anyone away with its features, but offers you a cheap and basic package for doing what phones do best!
A Friend in Need, A Friend Indeed
~ The Story behing my phone ~
Looking at this phone in DooYoo's listing brought me back to the year 2005. It was end of January, and I was coordinating a group of volunteers in Aceh after the Tsunami. We opened a small clinic near the town centre, complemented with a mobile team of doctors and paramedics that would go to remote places responding to the info we got. So the need to communicate between us is great, beside the usual call to the head-office in Jakarta.
At that time, the communication networks were still in poor condition because most of the infrastructures were badly damaged. The team before me had already set up a communication line using a satelite phone for long distance call, and radios for shorter disctance comunications. However, as service providers started re-operating their network, we decided to limit the use of satelite phones and use normal GSM phone instead. It proved to be a wise decision since we were working under limited financial support and the change did reduce our communication cost significantly.
Almost nobody brought a cellphone because the initial team told us it was useless. But given the change of situation, as coordinator of the team I decided to just buy some new ones there. Some shops were just re-opening, and we were fortunate that next to our clinic, there was one. There weren't many options at the time, but I decided to go for the cheapest available, the Nokia 1100. The shop only had two colour available, the light grey and light blue, but that didn't really matter.
So I bought one for myself, one for the clinic, and another for the mobile team.
Sorry for the long intro, now this is my impression about the phone:
~ General information ~
You could tell that it was a cheap phone simply by looking at it. There aren't many features in it besides the usual main feature of a phone: Call, SMS, and phonebook.
It looks durable, and certainly did during my three month using it. It only has 2G connections, GSM 900/1800. Monographic screen display, vibrating function, to name some other basic specifications.
The phone was released late 2003, but even by that time it already seemed like an outdated phone. This phone was even less equipped compared to my first Nokia, the 5110, which was released way before the millennium. Clearly it was not a new phone trying to go 'retro', instead it's more of an oldie trying to make a comeback. Apparently, it didn't make it too long in the market.
~ Audio ~
The speaker was incredibly loud. That was a plus for me, since I had to wake up really early in the morning. I always put my mobile next to me, so it was indeed a good replacement for an alarm clock.
The ringtones were limited, though you could download more from the internet -- the luxury I didn't have then -- but there's not much point in doing it since it's only a monophonic speaker. It doesn't have a speakerphone function, but if you set the volume to the max, you could still grasp what the caller is talking about.
~ Signal reception ~
I was somewhat amazed with the signal reception of this phone. Considering the limited coverage at that time and place, I was able to get a full signal most of the time. The only time I completely lost signal was when I had to go to a very remote village, about 3 hours drive from the town. It was a sad moment for me, for that one day I lost signal was the day my wife give a premature birth to my first son. What a coincidence. But I wouldn't blame it on the phone.
~ Durability ~
One of the reason I bought them was because they look strong. And indeed they are. Working in a less friendly environment, I dropped mine a couple of time. But it seemed as if it was unbreakable (or perhaps I just didn't try hard enough).
~ Extra features ~
There aren't any data, camera, infrared, or bluetooth on this device. However, it has a useful LED flashlight function. I found it very useful in the dark whenever I need to search for my room key, or finding my way to the 'toilet'.
Another extra that I enjoyed the most is the game. Strange as it might seem, I never like the newer Nokia's Snake game. So, the old Snake for me is a good refreshment after a long day work or as I try to get some relaxation before sleeping.
~ Battery ~
The battery last longer than most of the phones nowadays. I suppose it's because there aren't many features in it, so not much energy consumed. I make calls quite often, and it still took around 2-3 days before recharging again. Never tested it on idle, though.
~ Keypad ~
The keypad isn't the most responsive to work with, but it's proper enough. Unlike some later affordable phones from Nokia, with the 1100 it was easy to press the right button since they're not merged in a single column.
~ Conclusion ~
I used the phone no longer than my time in Aceh, Indonesia. Left it for the next team to use, and I already had another phone back home so never really in a situation to buy one for myself after it. But from my experience using it, I find it a very reliable phone indeed.
For most people nowadays -- including me -- who need extra connectivity from bluetooth, wi-fi, GPRS, and such, this phone surely is not appealing anymore. But for that one particular situation, it is a friend indeed.
A good Nokia classic if you're collecting it. Unfortunately, I'm not.
I've used fancy phones with colour and email and all that jazz but this has been the best I've used in recent years. It's small durable and pretty does everything you want a basic handset to do.
I've had mine for over 3 years now, originally as a back-up phone and now as my permanent handset. I've no complaints about the phone. I've been pretty heavy handed with it and it's pretty good at being bashed around.
It also has an amazing battery life. Obviously newer fancier phones need more juice to keep them going. As this is a pretty basic phone it doesn't take much battery to keep it alive.
The only complaints I would have are over the amount of memory that is on the phone. I can't keep a lot of text messages before there's a message to say that it's full and you need to delete some.
great basic little phone perfect to use everyday or simply have as a backup phone if someone in the family losse or breaks there phone, very cheap usally £19.99 but where on offer for only £9.99 has interchangable covers of diffrent colours to match your personailty standard features including text messages phone calls calander and some basic games , not alot for entertainment and far from the best of technoalgy but for the price its pritty much a geuniue good phone , i used to have one myself , i found the light on the top, flashlight helped in finding the keyhole in the door at night ect. and although cheap is very practical and affordable , greay little phone would never doubt it still have mine as a back up and has come in handy a few times as newer phone as more prone to breck as there is more things to go wrong so in my opionon a great phone
Wow, this mobile phone is nuts! I left it in my pocket of my jeans which I then put in the washing machine! It survived without ruining it's functioning! I was kind of hoping that it wouldn't survive, because I really wanted to get a better looking phone. I guess I'm stuck with my old faithful Nokia 1100!
It's not a good-looking mobile phone at all. This Nokia is very basic and functional, the keypad and buttons are all made of rubber making it very easy to text with. The colours are dodgy and the phone isn't thin. However, you'll probably love it if you're over 50! The Nokia 1100 is a bar/brick phone, meaning that if you want to put it in your pocket you must try to remember how to put the lock on it. Then, when you need to get it out again you'll need to unlock it, which is bad for emergencies!
The Nokia 1100 boasts a small screen without colour. This makes using this phone slightly uninteresting. The keypad is rubbery and pretty easy to use, as is the whole of the phone, making it better for use by people who don't understand technology.
It comes with that addictive little snake game and all of the other functions like: clock, texting, calling, security, calculator, torch light, extras, picture messages, annoying monophonic ringtones etc.
Ease of use: 4 out of 5
Appearance: 1 out of 5
Features: 2 out of 5
Overall, this is a very simple phone, with simple functions, ideally suited to untechnologically advanced generation.
I love it!Its really easy to text because of the good-sized, rubbery buttons and the predictive text is easier to use than my friend's phone which comes up with suggested words.I paid £20. I have dropped it a million times and no damage!The large-print clock screensaver means I don't need a watch. I use the alarmclock, the reminder feature and occasionally the torch!The ringtones are fairly unpleasant though.
Nokia 1100 truly stands for what I think nokia is all about.Simple, easy, fun and long lasting.Over the past years, I have really enjoyed using this mobile.Texting has never been easier and I have found that i can text the fastest when using a nokia phone.This phone is very long lasting therefore very suitable for people who love the outdoors.
This is a great phone
if you just want a phone. It has no fancy gizmos, no pictures, and no music. It makes phone calls and sends texts, but that's about it.
To look at, it's a pretty standard Nokia. It can have a variety of coloured covers (including blue, pink, red, green and yellow) but mine is the boring grey and black one.
This phone is pretty small, at only 106mm x 46mm x 20mm, and weighing 86g.
The front of the phone has a small (black and white) screen with the standard phone keys underneath. There is a button with a red dot, to turn the phone on and off, a big "menu" key in the middle, the "cancel" key and the scrolling up and down keys.
The most technically advanced thing about this phone is that it has a flashlight! The easiest way to use this is by pressing and holding down the "C" key, this activates the light and by releasing the key the light is turned off.
The battery charger plugs into the base of the phone. It takes around 3 ½ hours to fully charge the battery. I don't use the phone much, but has lasted me about two weeks before it needs recharging.
As you can expect, this is where you can write messages, look in your inbox, and check the drafts of those you haven't yet sent. Predictive text can be turned on or off.
It also has a "chat" feature, which I have to confess I've never used. This lets you have a conversation with others via text message, each message is sent as a separate text but the messages are not saved.
The place to find the numbers of all those people you need to call. The phone will store up to 50 entries.
Here you can also add, edit or delete entries and if you are really sad (I confess I am) you can assign a special ring tone to identify when you have received a call from a particular number.
~~ Call register
Gives you lists of your most recent missed calls, received calls or dialled numbers. You can see the time of the call and add or delete it from your contacts list.
There are 35 ring tones on this phone. None of them are particularly special but with that many there is bound to be one which you can put up with. You can also change the ringing volume, set the message alert tone, the level of the keypad tones, turn the low battery warning on and off and set the phone to vibrate (or not) when it rings.
Here you can customise the phone tones for different events and environments.
Here you can adjust the different settings on the phone or set them all back to the default settings. You can set the clock and date, set up the call divert to divert your calls to the voice mailbox or another phone number, you can set up automatic redial (up to ten attempts)or assign speed dialling numbers.
You can select the language, set up a welcome note and set up automatic network selection.
You can also set the keypad of your phone to lock automatically after a predetermined length of time (I find this very useful!).
The alarm can be set to sound just once or repeatedly.
You can save short notes with an alarm which is activated at the set date and time.
Snake II, (classic or campaign) and Space Impact
Calculator, stopwatch, countdown timer, composer (you can create your own ring tones), screensaver and flashlight.
At the moment it's £49.95 from the Carphone Warehouse with £10 airtime from T Mobile.
The press on covers in different colours are about £10 from Amazon.
This is a great phone if you don't want anything fancy. My last phone was a Sagem and the battery was on its last legs when I saw this in Sainsbury's as a "manager's special" for £15 (and only on T Mobile PAYG) last April. I didn't think I could go wrong with something at that price. In fact I was surprised at how nice it was and how easy to use. I've actually become quite fond of it! Its small size means you can pop it in your pocket if you aren't taking a bag (or if you happen to be a man!) It's pretty sturdy as I have dropped it a couple of times, but no one would know to look at it.
I was lucky that Father Christmas offered to buy me a new phone, so I've stuck with Nokia and got a 6230i. When I've worked out how to use it, I might write a review of that one too
-the only distinguishing feature would be the torch provided in the phone.
-has around 50 text capacity.
-6 user defines tones.
-also some regional languages supported.
-a very sleek but very sturdy body panel.
-simple games like snake and space impact.
-a green backlight provided which provides a bit different look.
-a calculator, stopwatch and other features like
a composer are also included.
all in all a very simple phone which can be used if u r really running low on money.