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      16.05.2012 15:47
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      Good phone for a filler inbetween phones or as a back up

      Due to a drunken mishap with my HTC Desire HD, me namely dropping it and cracking the screen thus rendering it useless. I had to find a phone quick as I use it for work, until my repair kit comes from ebay to fix the HTC.

      I bought it for £20 off a family member so I could keep it as a backup if anything bad was to happen again.

      The phone itself is around 4 inches long about 3/4 of an inch thick and and 1 1/2 inches wide. About your standard nontouch size. Its easy to hold and really lightweight.

      I've had no problems with this phone the speakers are loud and clear, you can adjust the sound settings and it also has a loudspeaker. I had no complaints of others being able to hear me neither.

      Its quick and easy to text from, can save messages to drafts and has predictive text for your ease. The screen has a decent backlight so its easy to read in the sun and its in colour.

      Ringtones are not that great but what do you expect from such a basic phone, it uses polyphonic ringtones and has an arsenal of different choices, I opted for the normal phone ring as it would draw less attention from the public! haha

      It has a loud alarm and a speaking clock, reception is always good and its easy and free to unlock if you use via a forum on unlocking I found on google.

      The battery lasts around 2-3 days of heavy usage and it takes on average about 2 hours to charge completely from dead which is ideal for those of us on the go, if you forget your charger a lot like myself!

      Mine came installed with a 3d style snake which I have spent many an hour on trying to beat my highscore... its as addictive now as it was when the 3310 came out! :)

      The only downfalls I can find with it is the message limit, It stores 25 sent messages but only holds 70 inbox messages so I am constantly deleting them! That and its lack of technology, but what do you expect for such a cheap phone!

      All in all I would recommend this phone to anyone as a filler whilst waiting for a better one!


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        12.11.2009 17:19
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        Doesn't do much, but what it does do, it does well

        It's strange, really: as far as my PC is concerned, I use Linux as my everyday operating system, something which still causes some to believe I must be some amazing computer guru (ha ha). Yet when it comes to mobile phones I'm all at sea. Indeed, I have owned only two, ever, including my first (a Philips Savvy) which was bought way back in early 2001. What I have now is the *slightly* - note that word! - more advanced Nokia 1600, and for the most part I find it to be just what I want.

        This is a basic phone, make no mistake about it. For example, it's only dual band, so won't work in America. It has no internet access whatever, so you can't check Google Maps or send email with it. It has no camera, though frankly most low-end phone cameras are of such a poor standard that you'd be better off taking a few pastels along and sketching what you see anyway. You can't download videos, or games, or MP3s, or indeed anything. There's no Bluetooth. It won't even handle MMS picture messaging - what it calls "picture messaging" is in fact a small collection of monochrome images, similar to what you used to see in clip-art collections about 20 years ago and indeed a facility I had on that old Philips Savvy. Fairly useless, to be honest.

        However, for some people - me amongst them - a basic, uncomplicated phone is exactly what's required, and for those people the 1600 is actually a pretty decent choice. (At least, it is if you can still find it, of which more at the end of this review.) It makes voice calls and handles texts in a simple, unobtrusive manner, and has a small number of other basic features - calculator, clock, converter and stopwatch - which while not really necessary can at least make life easier on occasion. There are also a couple of slightly more frivolous offerings: a speaking clock and a few games. Don't go expecting this to replace your PSP console for a long train journey, though! There is unfortunately no torch, a useful feature found in some other Nokia mobiles.

        The phone is of the "candy bar" design, so the keypad is always exposed; that's not ideal in terms of preventing accidental button pushes, but in general I find that it's not a major problem so long as you don't sit on it or something! It's fairly small, measuring 104 by 45 by 17 mm, and it weighs a mere 85 grams - though not 8.5, as one advertisement I saw claimed! The silver and grey design is unassuming and restrained: you won't be showing this one off to your mates for its thrilling design, but frankly the sort of people who like showing off their phones are most unlikely to be buying a model as simple as the 1600 anyway.

        The 1600's screen is small by modern standards, showing only three lines of text, which does mean quite a lot of scrolling when you're reading or editing a text message. It is 16-bit colour (ie 65,536 colours) which is entirely adequate for a phone like this; the resolution is a little blocky but in no way unacceptable. The screen is clear and the backlight is fairly bright, though text is nearly unreadable when it's turned off. Your eyes can get a bit strained when playing the three(!) installed games, though - these vary, but in my case are a really rather good version of the classic Snake game, a truly terrible football game and a rather addictive arcade game called Rapid Roll.

        The menu system is very basic, a sort of simplified version of what is found in more advanced Nokias. Since there's not very much of it, it doesn't take long at all to learn, though there are one or two niggles to do with the placement of certain options: for example, the handy demo that explains how to use various features is itself hidden quite deep in the menu - not great design for something intended for beginners! However, you can customise the right cursor key to provide a short menu of your most commonly used settings when pressed from the main screen.

        As mentioned above, the 1600 does not have the capability to download MP3s, so as far as any sort of polyphonic ringtones are concerned you're stuck with what you're given. This is a collection of about 20 tones, ranging from the silly ("Amazement" - a group of people going "oooohh!") through the traditional (yes, the infamous "Nokia tune") through to the unbelievably annoying (an appalling bit of singing called "Come fill me in"). They're not all very loud, either, even at full volume, so if you want one you can actually hear in a busy street, your choice is reduced further. There *is* a very basic ringtone composer, but it only allows you to write monophonic tones of your own. Sound quality isn't unbearable for such a simple use, though I'm not sure I'd want to listen to whole songs on this thing even were it possible. (Awful sound quality doesn't seem to stop most teenagers using their phones like that, though!)

        The 1600 offers T9 predictive text, which I've come to use all the time after quite a period when I very much disliked it, but you can easily turn it off if you want (by holding down the hash key): some much more expensive phones (including, amazingly, the iPhone) don't offer this option as standard. Despite the small size of the keypad, texting is reasonably rapid, the plastic keys giving a more precise feel than the rubberised ones on some other models. One irritation is that the text memory (75 messages) can't be cleared in one go: you have to delete messages individually, and as a text will not display until there's room (you get a flashing warning icon), you need to do this housekeeping chore quite often.

        As for actually making voice calls (yes! I'm reviewing a phone's capabilities as a phone - will wonders never cease?) the 1600 isn't too bad. The inflexible candy bar shape means that you can't fit the handset to the shape of your head, so it's perhaps not the most comfortable mobile you could ever use, but it's hardly a disaster. Sound can be a little bit muffled when the other person is speaking quietly, but it's not really any worse than on the average landline. I haven't had complaints from others about outward sound clarity, either, and reception - while not outstanding - is adequate to good.

        Here we come to one of the major points in the 1600's favour: it has excellent battery life. Because it's such a basic phone, power drain is kept to a minimum, and if like me you're not a very heavy user and instead keep it on standby for most of the time, you can go a full week between charges. When you do have to top up the phone's juice, it's quick and painless, and Nokia's recharger has proved utterly reliable - as indeed has the phone itself. As such, this would be a good phone for anyone carrying their mobile more as a means for others to get in touch in an emergency than for them to make many outgoing calls themselves.

        Finally, we come to the question of availability. This is an old phone now, having been around for getting on for five years, so it's no real surprise that it's no longer widely sold. You can pick unlocked versions (ie ones not tied to a specific network) up on eBay for around £25-30, but it's a nerve-racking place to buy a mobile. In truth you may be better off with something like the Nokia 1661 (very similar, but with an FM radio) which *is* still available new: Orange do it for £24 including £10 talktime. Still, this review is about the 1600 in particular, and I have to say I'll miss it when I do finally move on. It's very simple, but it does the core jobs of talking and texting very nicely indeed.


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          13.03.2009 14:54


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          PAY as you go ( 7-11 convenient stores ) sell these,put money minute's in & their good for a year,no monthly fee.


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          07.11.2008 00:20
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          An inexpensive mobile phone that is easy to use and understand

          The Nokia 1600 is stylish in a silver finish casing,and is lightweight at 85 g.
          A basic model that is easy to use.
          So many of us find that mobile phones are too complicated,and for those of us who just want a mobile to use in case of an emergency,then this is the ideal model.

          What the Nokia 1600 has to offer :
          Second generation network
          4 way scroll key
          Ringtones Polyphonic (20 channels )
          Phonebook (200 entries )
          Call records :10 dialled..10 received..10 missed
          Games x 3 Dice ,Cricket Cup, Snake Xenzia
          SMS (TEXT) messaging
          A standard battery with up to 450 hours stand by time and 5 hours 30 minutes talk time.

          Who would use the Nokia 1600 :
          Someone like me who just wants an inexpensive mobile phone that they can understand.
          A mobile that it is easy to send a text message from.
          A mobile phone that you can just tuck into your pocket and not have to worry about using because it is too complicated.

          This basic Nokia 1600 model is my idea of heaven,and among one of the only mobile phones on the market that I have been able to understand.


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          09.07.2008 21:28


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          This is the best NO FRILLS basic phone for anyone and everyone out there!

          If you need an affordable, basic, and yet stylish phone..the Nokia 1600 is your best bet.

          I have also noticed that this phone is perfect for children and teens who parents may want to keep in contact with, it also displays the minutes used and the due date for convience.

          The Nokia 1600 is a color screen phone, with excellent battery life, pretty okay ringtones (although missing a good 'phone' ringer), and it gets the job done almost instantly.

          I would recommend this phone to any and everyone out there looking for great service and mobility.

          I have this phone with Net10. Net10 is a great service to have with this phone because you can pay $99.99 and get 1000 minutes! and you can even KEEP adding airtime.

          My favorite use out of this phone is the fact that you can NOT use airtime, then buy airtime; add it, and you are getting both the minutes you DIDN'T use BACK but also the new minutes you just put onto your account, the other great ninch is that you can add minutes from your phone itself!

          Perfect for everyone, I give this 5 stars undeniably.


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          23.01.2008 20:53
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          When it comes down to me and my phone, I can quite easily say that I am addicted to texting. I must send at least 50 texts a day and it got to the stage that with my main contract phone I was going way over my 1000 free texts and my mobile bill was quite extortionate. Thats when I realised I had a problem and need to obtain help quite quickly. Do I A) Try and cut down on text messages that I send or do I B) Get a cheap phone on oay as you go so I can monitor how much I am actually spending and to a value that I am happy with. Well option one to me was not an option really, it was a sensible suggestion, however I don't do sensible when it comes down to texting.

          I had already got an Orange pay as you go sim card, with a really good deal on the extras that I could have using it, so all i needed to get me text happy again was a spare phone. A colleague of mine is always swapping phones and offered me one of his. I was just looking for something cheap and cheerful that kept me happy when I had to use my back up plan, so I took him up on his offer and he bought me the Nokia 1600 into work the next day.

          The Nokia 1600 is a very basic phone however would be ideal for someone just starting to use a mobile phone. I find that the technology these days is a little too advanced for the likes of our dear old grandma's, mine has my last Sharp phone that I had and ideally she would be better off with the likes of the Nokia 1600.

          Not extremely stylish to look at and something I wouldn't choose as my main phone. They come in various colours however the one I have is grey and black. On the reverse it has the Nokia and also the orange logo to establish which network it is meant for. On the front, it is just a basic key pad with average size buttons, not too small like some phones which I find hard to use because I have long nails. With all the numbers and letters the same which is basically generic these day, a button for scrolling throughout menu's and the dial and hang up buttons on it.

          This particular phone does have a colour screen however the images on it when scrolling through the various menu's are like something from clipart and a little animated. This phone goes back a long time though so would have been relatively modern in its hay day.

          The menu's are substantially for what I use this for. The messages section has the ability to hold up to 80 messages within its inbox as a capacity, which for me is nearly a days worth of received text, the outbox clears itself when it needs more space. One thing that I don't like about this phone is it only tells you that the capacity is full when it is completely full, delaying any new messages to come through, because you do have to trawl through every single message seperately to delete them, rather than having the option to delete the entire inbox.

          The Phone Book is adequate, it does have quite a large capacity for storing numbers, I aren't sure how many it does store but I have a lot in there and it is still taking more. Finding numbers is easy as you can search on the first letter of a persons name and it will take you to the start of your phone book list beginning with that particular letter. The phone also offers speed dials however I rarely use the phone for calling people as I free minutes on my contract phone and never ever use all of them up.

          The phone doesn't have a great deal of settings on it however again it is adequate. It does have poloyphonic ringtones on it, however the tones that are available are a little bit too over the top and there are only two really that I would use. You change change the colour and background of your screen to fit your mood. Various other settings that are available are the clock, security, giving you the ability to choose who you answer your calls too. Call counters and messages counter. These options I use regularly to make sure I aren't going way too overboard on the phone. Also having a calculator, stop clock and other features that are only used once in a blue moon.

          The phone is also set up so you are able to go straight through to your service provider or to contact them to find out how much credit you have got left. They will send you a text message confirming this.

          I find the battery life to be very good on this phone and rarely have to charge it more than once per week, however I out this down to being because it hasn't got all the latest technology which must power the batteries down quickly.

          Overall, I think it is a great little phone for older people or to use as a secondary phone. It does the business!!


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            10.09.2007 15:05
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            A basic mobile for those who are not into technology.

            The Nokia 1600 is one of the basic mobiles you would want to own if you can’t be bothered to keep up with technology. The phone was introduced to the world in the year 2005 which is a few years back as I bought the mobile in the year 2007.
            I only bought the Nokia 1600 mobile for the reason that I dropped my Nokia 6230i in juice; therefore it stopped working which was rather sad.
            I had to look for a mobile quickly though I already had my Sony Eriksson K750i then. So why do you need two mobiles? Well I owned two sim cards and people contacted me on both of the mobiles, which is why I needed a mobile phone.

            I bought the phone in one of those street phone shops. It was the last one therefore was from display. The normal price of the mobile was £35 but because it was the last one, It cost me £30 and it was unlocked which meant that I could put any sim card into the mobile.
            The mobile was silver and grey in colour and very slim unlike other Nokia mobiles e.g. Nokia 3410, 3510 etc.

            --------Modern Features Which The Nokia 1600 Does Not Have--------

            Because the mobile is meant to be basic, it means that it doesn’t have lots of new modern features like other mobiles out there.
            It does not have:
            Bluetooth --– you can not connect to other mobiles or computers wirelessly, in reasons that you might want to put some data on your computer or connect to other mobiles to play games with other opponents.
            3G --– you can not play video items on the mobile or connect fully to the internet.
            Infrared Port --- you can not connect to other mobiles or computers wirelessly in order to send data, play games etc.
            USB --– it doesn’t have USB connection which connects the mobile to the computer so that it may transfer data or charge the mobile via the computer.
            Camera --– you can not take or store pictures onto the mobile
            Memory Card Slot --- you can not put a memory card onto the phone which enables you to get a bigger memory and save lots of documents (music, pictures, Microsoft office documents etc.) onto the mobile.
            WAP --- (Wireless Application Protocol), can not access the internet or your network provider’s intranet.
            Mega Pixel colour --- the colour resolution of the Nokia 1600 is not that good as this mobile actually has 65k colours. One mega pixel is worth a million pixels


            This mobile is not for you if you are looking for a mobile which has a big memory. The Nokia 1600 only has around 4MB of memory.
            You can only store up to 200 contacts which is not a lot when comparing to my K750i as you can store 500 contacts on it. This also suggest that if you are a business person you might also want to consider buying a different mobile to this one as you might have lots of contacts to store, which could exceed 200.
            The memory also remembers only ten of your last received, dialled and missed calls which I don’t have problems with really because I hardly use the feature.
            The Nokia 1600 has 25 ring tones including the popular Nokia Tune. It does not have some of the old Nokia tunes such as “kick kick etc (don’t really remember all the names of their old tunes)”, it has two alarm alerts though you can still use the ring tones as an alarm alert. It has two clock alerts and three message alert tones. However, you can still compose five of your own ring tone using the composer feature which is found in the Extras menu.
            All the ring tones are polyphonic.


            The main thing I like about Nokia mobiles is that they have tight security on them. Of course with mobile you can chose to put a pin code on your sim card or on the mobile. What I mean is you can change your security setting which is found in the Settings menu and enter four digits or more of your on that you will remember and always enter whenever you turn on your mobile.
            However, with this Nokia mobile you can also set it to ask you for a pin number whenever you want to unlock your keypad. Instead of just pressing “unlock and the star button” you will press unlock and enter the pin number.
            The good thing is that you can put the pin number incorrectly for as many times as you can and it will not block you mobile like it does at the beginning.
            You can also set it to lock the phone after a certain time e.g. after 10seconds (mine locks after 10seconds of standby), 15 seconds one minute etc.
            This feature is really good as you don’t always have to think about locking your keypad after you finish using it. One thing I noticed about this feature is that it will not lock the keypad if you are reading a message, writing a message playing a game etc. It will only lock if the phone is left on the Homepage (the main screen).


            On the messaging menu you have Inbox, Message counter (tells you how many messages you have sent since the day you had the mobile or since the last time you reset the messaging counter. My messaging counter right now says 1690, because I have not reset the counter since the first day I ought the mobile it means I have 1690 messages.), Message settings, service com editor, create message (were you write you message if you want to send one), sent items (shows you the messages you have sent to other people), drafts (unfinished messages), chat, picture messaging, distribution list, delete messages and screened messages.


            This is basically the place were you can manage all your contacts in your phone book. You can choose either to copy your contacts into your phone from the sim card or copy them to the sim card to you phone. You can also chose to copy them one by one or all of them at the same time.
            When I started using the mobile I copied my sim contacts on to the mobile and the transaction was very easy and quick.
            You can also chose you top nine speed dials, which you can turn off if you want. Adding contact is very easy and straight forward so as deleting the contact. I tend to type the number on the main screen and click the save button and it will ask you to enter the name of the contact rather than going on the contact menu as it seems far too long.


            Unfortunately this mobile comes with only three games and you can not download any new games to it.
            The games consist of the legendary snake game which has eight levels. You can also change the game type to classic, modern (you can chose to have a tunnel, mill, apartment, rails etc. in the game which makes it a little bit harder) or Campaign (a challenging game type, the snake has to eat certain amount of food before it goes to the next level).

            It has a soccer League game which is rather confusing to play as the mobile screen is too small and the player of the opposite team are rather fast when playing and it can stress you out a little bit as it is hard to score. I have got used to the game now though which is good (practice makes perfect remember?).
            The soccer league game has three levels (Easy, medium and Hard). Before you play you have to choose your team, you can chose from Brazil, France, Spain, China and Argentina (don’t know why they did not put England though I have a few good reasons in my mind).

            It also has the game called Rapid Roll which is a weird one. I have never heard of the game before and when I played the game it was quite interesting at first but after a few games I got bored as you can’t even survive the game for a long time.
            The game also has three levels (Easy, medium and Hard).

            If you think you might not know how to play any of these games, well don’t worry as they are instruction on how to play each game which is pretty handful. There is also a setting to turn off or on the sound of the game and the shakes of the games as well (vibration).


            This mobile also has A demo which shows you how to use some of the features on the mobile such as how to change the themes and ring tones, how to send a text message, set an alarm, answer a call etc.
            I have actually used the demo when I wanted to know how the Speaking clock works. It was very easy and helpful; when it shows you the demo there is no voice to guide you only a silent video.
            The mobile has a basic calculator which is very easy to use. It has A converter were you can convert currency, temperature, weight, length, area and volume.
            In this menu you will also find a count down timer and a stop watch.

            With this mobile you can change the right selection key shortcut. You can put as many options as you want. This helps as it means you don’t have to browse the phone a lot to get to the feature that you use a lot. These features can however, be things like alarm clock, calculator, reminder, games etc.

            The mobile has a speaking clock. Basically if you press the * key for a few seconds a lady voice will shout out the time. For this feature to work you have to set your time correctly as it will shout the time that your mobile is showing at that time.
            The feature will help you if your time is not displayed on the front page of your mobile as you have the choice of displaying the clock or not.

            The mobile also has the reminder feature which basically reminds you of everything you are planning to do e.g. shopping, go to a meeting, birthday anniversaries etc. You can either chose the reminder to be silent or loud. If you chose loud you can chose the date and time of the reminder and also put a ring tone as the alert tone. If you chose the reminder to be silent it will not ask you to enter date of the reminder.


            The mobile came in a small bluish box which had a picture and the name of the mobile printed on it.
            Inside the box were the mobile, battery, charger and manual. The mobile did not come with a sim card as I did not buy it from a specialized network shop e.g. 02, T-Mobile, Orange or Virgin Network etc.
            The headphones were also not included which was rather sad. I asked the sales person how much will the headphones cost me and he said £7.00 which was a lot.


            -The keys of the mobile are really soft and the numbers and letters printed on them are not too small.
            -The navigation around the mobile is very easy to get used to and is not too complicated.
            -The battery life of the mobile is quite average. I normally charge my mobile after abut two days. Comparing to my Sony Erickson K750i, I charge it after four days which is quite a lot.
            -If you the mobile a lot in one day it will only last up to five hours. The standby time of the Nokia 1600 is just over 400 hours.
            -You can change the mobile cover and the covers normally cost £5.00 each from phone shops.
            -Since I started using this phone I have not had any major problems with the mobile at all.
            -It has a loud speaker, which is really loud when put on maximum volume.
            -You can change the wall paper.
            -I would recommend the mobile to first time users or possibly to parents who want to buy their kids a basic mobile.


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              29.12.2006 16:23
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              Back to Basics approach but with a colour screen.

              “It has a colour screen with up to 65, 536 colours,” the sales man explained gleefully.

              “Yes I can see that...by the product list, but more importantly I just wanted the 2600 model again, for my mum as its simple and easy to use.” I said

              “Oh that was a popular model but we don’t sell it anymore unfortunately.”

              Why is this the case with virtually every Vodafone shop I visit? Nokia release so many models, the company buys them in, re-labels them with proud red Vodafone badging and then go to the bother of replacing the phone a couple of months later with another Nokia model. Consistency or a lack of seems to be the phrase which escapes my mouth as the salesman went onto point out Vodafone’s own basic mobile phone priced accordingly against Nokia’s latest bargain bells and no whistles 1600 model.

              Ladies and Gentlemen I am well aware of the ratings and reviews on Ciao and I did some research first but the 1600 model was not amongst the models I was looking for to replace my mum’s trusty Nokia 1100. I was just under the impression I could buy another 2600 model to replace her old phone as she had taken to like my own 2600.

              You see, whilst there is nothing actually wrong with the 1100 in terms of working, it has an LCD screen which apparently makes it difficult for my mum to look at the number she has dialled, particularly in the rain whenever she is out shopping. The compact size did impress her however after her bulky and heavier 3210 model...and I guessed she may have been impressed with the colour screen on my phone against the back to basics appeal of the 1100. ** This is a long review and appears elsewhere online such as Ciao. **

              ** Nar’s Quick Skip Product Spec **

              • Triband
              • Hands Free (it has a loud speaker too)
              • Alarm & clock (Also has the option to “speak” alarm and time)
              • Changeable covers (if you can find them)
              • Polyphonic ring tones (Some but not many and this one features lousy X Factor theme tune!)
              • Phone book & phone capacity: 500 and additional SIM capacity.
              • 8.5g weight (Very light but narrow and compact).
              • Talk time of 5.5 hours, 450 hours standby.

              So against Vodafone’s snazzy but cheap and cheerful spec fitted easy mobile phone I was stuck for a moment between buying Vodafone’s own and the Nokia 1600. The dummy model in the shop proved to be as enticing as a toffee apple made out of plastic and against the Christmas rush of consumers I was standing amongst; it seemed that I wasn’t the only one who was in a quandary.

              “Oh and this model comes with X Factor limited edition ring tone and screen background,” the sales man added whilst he showed me a real model as opposed to the thing strung up by elasticated wire on the demo sales wall. Oh that’s very helpful I thought, particularly when my mum’s a retired music teacher...

              ** Out of the Box/Setting Up **

              Christmas day arrives and the phone is out of the packaging. “Oooh its very nice looking,” cooed my mother. I on the other hand had the fun of taking the SIM card out of her original phone and putting it into the back of the new 1600. One of the reasons to why I like Nokia is the simple idea that at a touch of a button the numbers stored on the SIM card can be automatically copied and transferred to the phone by the simple operation of a button. Setting up the phone was easy but how would the overall design appeal to my mother?

              ** Design and Overall Feel **

              So amongst the Christmas wrapping and the X Factor labelled box, I took the 1600 out and at the rear found that the battery/SIM cover door is remarkably easy to take off. Remove the hologram marked battery only to find it is the same battery fitted to the old 1100 and then realise the SIM pick up lock frame is identical to the 1100.

              Travelling around to the front of the phone, it is indeed a thin phone by Nokia’s reckoning and I do have to agree on this point. However the buttons on the phone move well with precision, much easier than the 1100’s all rubberised cover but naturally don’t grip the fingers as they are light and clear plastic whilst underneath the decals and numbers have a white face against several other 1600 models on the market which have a black face. This model I reckoned would be easier to spot the numbers, especially as the phone lights up normally in the background whenever the model is switched on.

              After we plugged the phone into charge, it was less than an hour before curiosity got the better of me and we switched the phone on;

              Lurid colours on the screen and a familiar type set flashed up on the colour screen of the 1600 but what I was initially disappointed with is the fact that the 1600 mimics the 1100 with the basic Nokia type set, small and at times indecipherable according to the menu selections available. The option to choose large fonts didn’t improve the visual experience although the colours were extremely bright and eventually through the simple to read manual I fathomed how to change the horrible red and white X Factor background screen. Even at this point I realised that the 1600 in this respect has been modelled on the kind of phone that some teenagers could start with before moving onto a phone with a camera, but since my friend’s teenage daughter baulked at the idea of the 1600 as a gift for my mum, she proudly showed me her LG Chocolate phone which she had recently been given as an early Christmas present and made me realise that even 14 year olds have better taste!! So what ages are Nokia’s marketing team expecting to attract with this phone? A nine year old child perhaps?

              ** Layout and General Navigation **

              So of course the X Factor screen had to go, only to be replaced by a myriad of options you can choose from leopard skin type backgrounds, to downright weird little picture designs from leaves to clouds. In the end I chose a pink background and realised that you can actually change the colour through contrast and brightness yet again to improve the fact that the phone can indeed be personalised. I just hoped that putting a number or texting, or even making a call would be just as well informed and easy.

              Although the buttons appear narrow on the 1600, making a call is just as easy as most Nokia mobile phones. There is the usual standard icon for “lifting a handset,” in green and in red, which also doubles as the power button for “cancelling a call.” But however easy and familiar this is, I found the scroll button difficult to control and it’s a pity that you can’t actually change the setting of how to move the scroll button to your own needs. For example;

              Whilst scrolling through the menu options, flying past the “Settings” which now cover all the aspects of the phone including display and tones, the scroll button cannot be pushed downwards, which would be an obvious visual and physical element to do – the 1600 just won’t move its menu options let alone allow you to move “downwards” as the screen menus move in a left or right hand direction and the scroll square moves accordingly left and right.

              Generally it is easy to go through this phone if you have owned a Nokia phone before but some things still defy logic...

              ** Writing a Text **

              It is just as easy as the 1100 model and countless other Nokia models in the range where the specifics are “easy to use,” on the Nokia design team blue print. Whilst I have never approved of the T9 predictive text option, it is easy to cancel this as well as being relatively lighter to tap in whatever text you want to lay down. In this respect my mum finds using the 1600 easier than the 1100 for the sole reason that the lack of rubberised keys the 1600 keys move quicker and easier onto the next spacing after complete words. Sending it is easy too, but then most mobile phones in this respect and price range are easy to send texts.

              ** Making A Call **

              Making calls on the 1600 is easy too, even if you don’t go through your address book (and again an improvement for some will find this section is under “Contacts.”) and dial the number in automatically. Releasing or dropping the call afterwards is also easy to do and there is the option in between calls to choose a few options such as call waiting, hold call and add details such as dialling in another number to save which replaces the idea of “let me find a paper and pen whilst you give me that number!”.

              ** Ring tones and Fun Aspects **

              Nokia state that this phone has Mp-3 quality and polyphonic ring tones so how would this phone appeal to my musical ears? Well sadly the tones don’t inspire confidence at all, and if this was my phone I would have taken it back. Whilst the quality of ring tones on how they sound are funky at times, the quality of examples used are very disappointing and again mimics Nokia’s intention to market this phone towards children rather than adults.

              Being a classical musician, and a pianist first and foremost my mum wasn’t bowled over that the phone didn’t contain the usual Nokia classics such as music from Bach, Debussy, Mozart et al and only a piece by Liszt has been incorporated into this phone but smiled and grinned when she realised the phone has pop songs which are accompanied by a soft voiced female. Certainly I realised that this phone would have appealed to me greatly as a student music teacher but before long the quality of certain ring tones would have annoyed me.

              Against the older 2600 model, the 1600 model hasn’t got a patch on the quality of the tones available on my phone and even Nokia’s standard ring tone appears hazy and scratchy against the version on my 2600 model.

              But if there is one thing to be learnt, you can teach an old retired teacher something new; she adores the fact that the phone has a composer element with 5 spaces to save fragments of own composed material but currently has the phone set to “cackle,” which emerges with the laughter of a baby or young child. Recently she remarked that everyone couldn’t understand where the sound of the voice was coming from when she sat in the hair dressers getting her hair done when the sound of a laughing child emerged near by!!

              Other extras include a converter, calculator, aforementioned composer and a reminder section.

              One aspect which seems to be a typical Nokia trait is fitting phones with at least one feature you won’t find elsewhere. The 1100 for example has an excellent torch light at the top and sadly you won’t find this on the 1600. Instead there is a speaking clock and speaking alarm – kids will love it but I’m not so sure my mother will approve!!

              ** Games **

              The games which consist on this phone come in three usual options. Firstly there’s a Soccer game, an elaborative take on Nokia’s famous Snake game and one other game which looks horribly and outdated known as Rapid Roll. Settings reveal that the phone can shake accordingly as well as tones which accompany the games, but sadly to my ears they are just as bad as some of the ring tones applicable to this phone.

              ** Price **

              For Pay as You go customers on Vodafone’s Pay as you Talk “non-contract,” the price of this phone costs £30 and additionally I paid £10 for a leather case from Vodafone for the 1600 itself.

              ** Conclusion **

              This phone is basic and it mimics the 1100 on the type set which means if you are the owner of a 2600 or a more elaborate phone from Nokia, the typeset can be disappointing. However it is a phone which is obvious from its feature that it is geared towards children rather than adults. Get past the poor quality of some of the ring tones and you have a phone here which at best only adds in a great colour screen, is small and lightweight (at 8.5g it is very light against Nokia’s official statistic mistake of “85g”!!) and generally is easy to navigate and control. My mother adores her new phone despite the familiarity of the typeset concerned. It just means that it won’t be long until it is replaced by something more qualitable for children who realise the certain drawbacks if compared to their parent’s phones, X Factor added or not. Thanks for reading. ©Nar06./ Nar2.



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                30.10.2006 01:50
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                A simple, highly configurable phone with no extravagant extras

                The nokia 1600 is a no nonsense phone.

                It is easy to operate, and the menus are wel designed. the most important functions have a shortcut key combination.
                The keys are easy to press and pushing the wrong key is nearly nonexistent.

                When in a conversation, the quality of the sound is good, if the speaker is positioned correctly. Even a little displacement can make you miss some words.

                A list of 200 people can be defined and saved in the phone and speeddials can be assigned.

                Text message can be easily typed, and the typing can be made easier with a dictionary, although typing a word that is not in the dictionary can be dificult.
                Phone numbers can be grouped for ease of sending the same message to a lot of friends.

                Received calls or messages can be screened to filter them by sender.

                A lot of possible settings, and sometimes you don't find the one you search for, because you are not in the correct mode or in the wrong menu.
                Different sounds for incoming calls, receiving message, key-presses, alarm clock and reminders.
                The screen can be set in different color schemes and/or themes, several info icons can be selected and a screen saver.

                Certain functions can be grouped in profiles. This is usefull if the phone has to operate differently in diferent situations, for example at work and at home.

                Other functions also include:
                an alarm clock; one time, and the days of the week to sound it,
                a calculator; basic calculations,
                conversions; metric-non metric, and user defined,
                stopwatch; with the options of pause,
                reminders; a message to show at a certain time,
                composing your own tones,
                games; some simple games (snakes, soccer),
                call lists; missed, received, called and screened,
                Messages; templates, smileys, signature, drafts folder and chat mode.


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            • Product Details

              Nokia 1600 phone makes life so much easier! Put yourself center-stage with the 65, 536 color screen and spice it up with the MP3 and 20 polyphonic ringing tones. With the speaking alarm and clock, you'll never miss a party again. Break through your daily routine and enjoy more out of life with Nokia 1600 phone.