Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
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For those of us who don't want to carry a mini laptop in our handbag
Member Name: historywitch
Advantages: So simple and easy to use, cheap, very good at making calls and texting
Disadvantages: Few little texting niggles, some people would mourn the lack of gadgetry and a camera
I am incredibly old-fashioned when it comes to a mobile phone. Whilst I recognise that they are extremely useful in an emergency I have no wish to have a general conversation on one, use it as a camera, laptop or MP3 player. I don't want to book a hair appointment in the middle of Sainsbury's, nor do I want to bore all bystanders with the details of my latest night out. Before my daughter started school I only charged mine up if we were going out somewhere where we might conceivably be separated or if a family member was unwell. However because I would like the school to be able to get hold of me immediately if my little girl is unwell, I reluctantly carry a phone with me most of the time. My last phone was an LG something or other that my husband chose to replace my broken 7 year old Nokia, it had a camera (didn't know how to take the pictures off it), internet (never used) and a whole load of arcane features that were lost on me. When it gave up the ghost (baby dribble in the electronics) I took the opportunity to buy something that suited me better and I have been delighted by this Nokia 1208.
***What do you get**
For £15 I got the phone and the charger and a very short instruction manual. The phone is partly charged in the factory so it is ready to go as soon as the box is opened. I removed the Sim-card from my old phone with great difficulty as it had to be slid out of the holder very delicately. With the Nokia 1208 however the card is held in place by a metal clip which simply lifts up so you can place the card and snap the clip back quickly and easily. The battery slotted in on top and the back clicked back easily. I had to do this several times because I needed to get some numbers from my old phone that hadn't transferred to the new Nokia and each time I had no problem getting the back off and on again.
First appearances were that it was very small and light. Its 10 centimetres long, 4 centimetres wide and 1 centimetre deep and it is very much lighter than my old phone. I am glad I have a small bag otherwise I would continually be searching for it! The screen is also tiny - about 2.5 centimetres by 1.5 centimetres. At the top of the phone is the flashlight bulb and then there is the usual phone number pad with the numbers, star and hash keys, green phone, red phone, four buttons to scroll through options and the two selection keys under the screen.
The number pad is brilliant for me as the buttons are quite cushioned and there are raised plastic ledges around them, so it is quite hard to make a mistake when texting. On my old phone my fingers were always slipping as I don't use predictive text and like to punctuate properly (yes, old fuddy-duddy I know) but this one makes texting much easier and simpler. It would be ideal for an older person because of this.
The menu and display are very dated and simple, very reminiscent of my ancient Nokia 3310 from 2000. Everything is clearly laid out and easy to access in an intuitive format that is an absolute dream to use. Within ten minutes of me opening the box I had added ten contacts, set up the keyguard, set the clock and customised the settings (to the exact shade thanks to the simple sliding colour scale) and ringtone to my personal taste. It all just makes sense, there was no fiddling around and endless messing with menus and the manual....it...all...just...worked. Bliss.
I bought this phone for two reasons - to be able to call and text, so it was important that the phone can make clear calls with no fuzziness or interruption. On this aspect it is 100% although its size can make it hard to hold if you are doing a million things at once. I have had this phone for several months and have not had any problems making or receiving calls. It is very easy to make a call by either typing in the number or scrolling through the menu to the contacts list. When making or receiving a call you can alter the volume mid-call or put the call on loudspeaker by following the prompts on the screen. Connectivity has been fantastic. My old phone had to be turned on by the open front door or front window in order to connect to the 02 network, but this one cheerfully connects anywhere, which is fantastic and much less frightening for people walking past the house who often saw me hanging out of doors and windows to get a signal. We don't live anywhere unusual, a large town in North East Essex so this was a baffling, weekly irritation.
Again, it is incredibly easy to text using this phone, with the cushioned number buttons and raised edges as I said above. Although the small screen means you have to scroll down to see a full message the words are larger and easier to read than on my old larger screened phone and in a much more readable font. It tells you at the top of the text window how many characters you have left, which is a useful feature which was sadly lacking in my zappier and now deceased LG phone. When the message has been sent you get a little ticked box to confirm.
I only have one small complaint here and that is that once you have written a text and sent it then it stays in the phone and reappears when you want to write another. You have to use options and go to 'Clear Text', or hold down the clear button in order to remove the words and start again. Mildly irritating, but something I have got used to after a few months of use. Also although it shows you the number you are sending to, it doesnt link it to the relevant name in the contact book and just shows the number. As I don't even know my husband's mobile number by sight, this has caused some frantic checking and a regular moment of self-doubt before I send the text.
I did have a quick look around the extras (thats what they are actually labelled on the main menu!-hurrah!) to see if there was anything useful, just in case and I found some lovely bits and pieces that are very easy to find again, extremely easy to use and actually quite useful. One of these is the clock screensaver that appears on the main screen when the keyguard is on. It shows the time and date in either digital or classic clock style and as a non-watch wearer who relies on my phone to tell me the time, this is brilliant. My old phone took 10 seconds to remove keyguard and 'boot up' , whereas this takes 1 second - a saving of 9 seconds. Might not sound like much but I check it three or four times a days at least so that is 36 seconds a day or 13140 seconds a year, 219 minutes or almost four hours of wasted time.
There is a calculator, a converter for temperature, weight, length, area, volume and currency, a countdown timer, calendar, stopwatch, a ringtone composer and the marvellous flashlight which isn't brilliant but does the job if you want to find the door keyhole in the dark.
Also on the main menu is an alarm clock, a reminder setter and a games option. There are three games;
Snake Xenzia - slightly updated version of the classic Snake game
Rapid Roll - You have to roll a ball off little platforms without getting it squished
Nature Park - match coloured balls in rows of three.
They are all quite hard to play with the tiny screen but very simple and addictive.
The phone comes with quite a lot of ringtones, mostly musical. Thankfully they also have the simple 'briiiiing briiing' sound which is good for me as I don't associate the music coming from my bag with my phone!
Very very long, extremely good as long as you don't leave the flashlight on. If I just use it for the occasional text and very quick call it can go up to ten days without needing a charge. The battery monitor is very clear on the screen at all times, so you can easily see when the phone needs a charge.
***Technical Stuff From the Box***
Colour Display 65k
MP3 grade and 32-polyphonic ringtones
Dust resistant keypad
Multi phonebook and call duration to manage cost
Even though this phone causes much hilarity amongst my family members, who have a varied assortment of technological gadgetry between them, I love it, I really do. It is simple, intuitive, easy to use, easy to set up, has great connectivity and superb reception. It does what a phone is supposed to do, makes it easier for you to be contacted. Its battery life is excellent, the extras are useful and fun for the kids to play with and if it is stolen then you don't have to panic as it is so cheap. Would I recommend it? YES! Would I buy another? YES! Do I love it? NO-Its a necessary evil though!
Summary: I love mine
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