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A simple and functional phone. The Nokia 1661 is a budget option, that provides sleek design, intuitive userface, good battery life and typical Nokia reliability. Features are lacking, but it does a job.

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      22.11.2011 12:37
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      Poor hold the 'r'

      I have recently received this phone as a replacement for my work handset so I thought I'd give it a review after a few months of use. My employer is not known for spending money on phones despite being a national company with a large corporate contract so I expected to be underwhelmed.

      Build:

      The 1661 is best described as an entry level phone, indeed I read somwhere it can be bought for £5, so it goes without saying it has limited features. My handset is black but I am unaware if they do any other colours though black is appropriate enough. The build is entirely plastic and lacks anything resembling quality. The fascia has context sensitive shoulder buttons, the obligatory budget green/red buttons and a four way rocker switch to navigate the menu system. Special mention must be given to the keypad which especially fiddly and slippy and generally unpleasant to use though it still beats some of Nokias earlier abhorrations. On the whole it seems sturdy enough.

      Interface:

      The phone uses the tried and tested icon driven interface that Nokia led the way on and is extremely simple to follow, even for those with limited or no knowledge od mobile phones. In context the menu key gives access to 10 icons representing folders with each containing sub folders for the area of the phone you need to access such as ringtone or call volume. Everything follows logical steps and is clearly labelled. The software is Nokia's proprietary Symbian S30 series which was used on the majority of their phones in one form or another until very recently.

      Features:

      The main features of this phone are really the calling and texting as you would expect. The call quality is reasonably good and audible though lacks real clarity. Texting tends to be irksome due to the poor keypad.

      A FM radio is included which is accessed through the supplied headset though I found the quality to be poor. There some rudimentary games included: Sudoku, Beach Rally and the Nokia favourite Snake. The phone also includes a handy torch which I suggest you shine into a deep black hole to see if its vast enough to toss this handset into.

      Spec:

      Form: classic
      Dimensions: 108 x 45 x 13.55 mm
      Weight: 82g
      Volume: 58.00 cc (cm3)

      Display and 3D
      Main display
      - Size: 1.8"
      - Resolution: 128 x 160 pixels
      - Up to 65,000
      - TFT

      Summary:

      Extremely basic and underwhelming phone of the lowest order from an established manufacturer who really ought to know better. But then again they have produced a functional phone which retails for less than the cost of PAYG top up voucher! If you don't care about style and simply need a basic phone to stay in touch it's worth considering but for me, even as I received it free (including all calls), I felt like I had got a bum deal.

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        07.09.2011 00:42
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        Its great value for the price.

        So this is one of my other phones ( me and the OH have 4 between us! ) its very very simple just like the other Nokia one which I reviewed.

        The phone is a basic phone, do not expect much, it can make noises, make a simple call and send and receive text.
        It was available in silver as well as black when I bought it, and I payed £10.00 for it at the time at a Vodafone store.
        Unlike my other review on my other phone, this one is a slot slimmer and looks more modern, its also a more rounded shape.

        Anyway, onto details in the phone.

        MESSAGING.

        Messaging is simple on this phone, open up the menu and there is an icon with a message on, just click on it and your bought straight to another menu with a few options, there you can create a text, look through your inbox, your sentbox, save drafts and there is also a chat feature, if someone has the same phone as you, put in their number and you can have a chat, I personally do not see the point as it just like texting! You can also send picture messaging, this is only little animated pictures though which are already on your phone, no sending 'REAL' pictures, you will be sent a code if you are sent a picture by somebody and you can view it online.

        CONTACTS.

        Click on contacts, which has a phonebook as the icon and you are straight into another menu, you get a few options, the first on is search contacts, you can also add certain people to your speed dial, delete contacts here and add them too.
        You can have a lot of contacts, I am not sure if there is a point where it stops and you cant have any more, I have quite a lot but never get told to delete to make more space.
        You can also call people and message them from the contacts list if you press the green button.

        CALL REGISTER.

        As with all phones you have the call register, here the screen displays your missed calls, received and dialled, all layed out perfectly and very easy to understand.
        you can also keep track of how many messages you have sent and your last call duration time.

        SETTINGS.

        You click on here to get the settings for the whole phone, on this menu you can change your background picture ( dont get to excited you have limited options! usually a picture of a nice scenery ) you can also change your ringtone, your display settings, time and date, language, keypad settings ect..once again its all layed out perfectly and crystal clear to understand.

        BATTERY.

        The battery on this phone doesn't seem to be as good as the 1650, I charge it for around 2 hours every 2 days, if I dont the battery will end up going.

        EXTRAS.

        You get a good few things on this phone, you get a flashlight which is great if your stuck in the dark, but do be warned it does waste your battery very quickly on this phone too!
        You get a converter too, handy if your working out money or weighing something, a timer, a calender and you can also set reminders, a stop watch..
        As you can see a good few extras, simple enough and not too fancy.

        OTHER THINGS:

        There is games on this phone just like on the other one, but you get 2 different choices, instead of Snake and car racing you get Solitaire and Forbidden Treasures which are okay I guess.
        There is no internet on this phone just to warn you, its very simple! so avoid if you like to go online.
        There is no bluetooth or camera so you cant have anything on it, you are provided with samples though so I find it fine.


        MY OPINION.

        Well as you can see very similar to the other phone, except it looks completely new and different.
        If I had to choose between this and my 1650 version I would have to go for that one, as the keypad on this is a lot more harder to text with and also the screen cracked on this after a few months, it was because I dropped it but with my other phone, that thing has been through hell and stands perfect to this day.
        The phone has great sound, loud and clear, it also has perfect reception when on the phone to people.

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        23.01.2011 19:26
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        Simple, straight forward to use with a few additional features.

        I bought this phone along with a T Mobile contract over 18 months ago whilst i was at university, the motivation for this was mainly focussed on the £300 cashback I was going to get on a £40 a month contract.

        But anyway, back to the phone... this is a straight forward / no frills phone and does what it's meant to do. It's probably worth around £15 so can't really complain in this day and age where the phone to get is around £100 - £150!

        I say no frills but it does offer alot - a very average camera, media storage (minimum), organiser, games, messaging and web.

        Although I have never used the web intentionally (yes a few times in my pocket unlocked counts as far as billing is concerned unfortunately!) it takes the centre option when looking at the menu, this i find a little annoying as I, like most people use the mobile primarily to call people, surely that should take centrepiece?

        My favourite use other than calling or texting is the organiser, it's very handy for people like me who are very forgetful - I use it remind myself about shopping, recording something, telling my girlfriend happy birthday.. so many uses! I like it because simply it's an alarm that reminds you why you set an alarm in the first place!

        --The Moans--

        When I'm hurridly texting someone, it takes one button, the red hang up button, to accidently be hit ahd the whole screen disappears, admittedly the text is saved in drafts but if you have more than ten messages saved on it, it's very slow!


        --The Plus'--

        You get what you pay for, I didn't pay alot for this so I didn't get alot for it, a bit like Ryanair really - can't complain!

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        08.12.2010 19:37
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        Good for someone who just wants a phone for calls and messaging.

        I bought this phone about a year ago now, to replace my old Siemens. Having looked around I found the best deal at the time with the tariff company I wanted to be with was the Nokia 1661 from Virgin which, at £20 with £10 credit already on it, was good enough for me.

        Design

        The design is nice and lightweight, in black and grey/white and slips easily into most, if not all, pockets. All the buttons are easy to use, and about the right size, and the ports are nice and easy to get to, on the left hand side. The screen is large-ish, for such a small phone, so its viewable quickly, and the text isn't too small. It even comes with a light at the top, which I've found to be indispensable when looking for things in my bag and car. The back of the phone is really difficult to remove though, when/if you need to get to the battery and sim card. I even managed to scratch the back of my phone up trying to get it off the first time to put the battery in.

        Features

        I mentioned before that it has a light, which is very useful. Aside from this, it has all the basic features; you can phone and text - but theres no internet or image messaging - and you get a radio and a headphone set with the phone too, if you wanted to use them. There are three pre-loaded games: Snake Xenia, Sudoku and Beach Rally, but all of them run down the battery fairly quickly, particularly Snake and Beach Rally because of the amount of colour/movement. The ringtones on the phone aren't the best but there's a fair range, and the alarm on the phone can be set and then the phone turned off to save battery and it'll still ring at the allotted time. It also tells you when your message has been sent, which is a nice extra that wasn't available on my old phone. The preset 'modes' are quite good as well, and customisation is easy, because the menus are simple and uncluttered.

        Other Positives

        The battery can last for up to two weeks (in my experience) and still have a bar or so left, although this obviously depends on usage. The volume on the phone is nice and clear too, even when it isn't actually set that loud, and the very useful option of having it completely silent (not even vibrate, just lights) is brilliant for when you're in class or in an appointment, but still want to be alerted without disturbing anyone else.

        Other Negatives

        It doesn't really have many features, and this might turn people off of the phone. Its also a simply design and isn't particularly flashy, so appeal is limited to those whom wish for just a working phone without all the added sparkles. It has a long initial load screen set, which can be irritating, but it can be skipped through by pressing buttons.

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          03.09.2010 10:15
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          I am not big on mobile phones and in no way a fashion victim, i have a really great expensive phone that i got last christmas but i hardly use it. My mobile is usually in the bottom of my bag switched off. However when i was in town last week i picked up the noika 1661 mobile from the carphone warehouse as it was so cheap i thought i could top it up and leave it in the car for emergences'.

          I love this phone so simple to use and i like it better than my own for that reason. The handset cost only £15.00 and comes with an o2 sim card. The handset is quite small slim and light, i charged it for 12 hours and put the sim card in under the battery easy to do. The screen is 2-3 inches and can see and read the screen clearly, the buttons and a reasonable size and easy to push this is a problem i have had with my touch screen phone. Yes this hone is so basic it allows you to text and call. Only other features on the phone has an alarm, calendar, calculator and a phone book for storing number on. I was quite surprised to find there was no camera on the phone as it look very modern in design not that i care much for a camera. The battery lasts up to 6 days without charging.
          I will recommend the nokia 1661 handset if like me you want basic easy to use phone and only need to make a call or send a text then this is the ideal phone.

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            19.08.2010 16:27
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            For the price you'll pay this can't be beaten

            I bought this phone simply because it was the cheapest one available in the shop and to my surprise and delight, 12 months later it is still in perfect working order and I have had no problems what so ever with it. This phone is perfect for someone who wants a phone to do only the things a phone are meant for - to ring people and send text messages.

            The casing is solid and will survive a few drops with no problems (the battery doesn't even fall out!) The battery life is great too - it can last for weeks without needing to be charged. Additional tools include an alarm and timer, a calendar, calculator and a couple of simple games to name but a few. You can also personalise backgrounds etc much like other, more expensive phones. The phone also looks nice, unlike some cheap ones and is small and light so can fit easily in a pocket or small handbag.

            If you are looking for gadgets and gimmicks this is not for you, but as a purely functional phone look no further - this has everything you need for a fantastic price!

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            14.08.2010 08:57
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            If you are looking for a cheap, basic phone then this is the one for you!

            I recently bought one of these as an emergency only phone for the in-laws. I bought it from Virgin on a special offer of the phone being free when you purchased £15 credit to put on the phone - a cracking offer in anyone's book!

            The reason I bought them this phone was that it was specifically sold to me as being designed for "older" persons, who need a very basic handset. My in-laws aren't elderly by any means, but there knowledge of mobile phones and technology generally is terrible - this is the first mobile they had!

            For this review, sensibly, I will start at the beginning.

            The box that the phone comes in is tiny - Nokia seem to have finally worked out that they do not need to pack their tiny phones into massive boxes filled with cardboard. The box is very small, and only contains the bear necessities i.e. the phone, charger, battery, radio headset, and a small instruction manual.

            The actual phone itself probably isn't as big as it should be, if it is designed specifically for the elder, less informed generation. It's vital stats are 100mm x 40mm x 10mm. Because the phone is relatively small, the buttons are quite close together - this will not bother my in-laws, but if you were buying this phone for much older people, they may struggle with the fact the buttons are right next to each other.

            The keypad layout is very clear, and reverts back to the old school Nokia layout - there are no unnecessary buttons on this handset.

            The features of the phone itself are very basic - the most adanced technology it offers is a radio and a colour screen. There is no camera, for instance. I personally see this as a good thing - Nokia have probably found a niche in the market here for people who just want a phone for making and receiving calls, not for doing their weekly shopping and reading their horoscopes on!

            Because the features of the phone are so basic, the battery life is huge. On standby with a full charge the battery will last 475 hours, according to the salesman! That is a tad shy of 20 days, which for any phone is phenomenal. On call time the battery will last just over 4 hours, which is still plenty enough for most people.

            As I said, the features of the phone are basic, which makes it a very easy phone to get used to and find your way around. The screen is very good quality, and is very clear and legible - again, ideal for the older generation.

            The overall feel of the phone is quite cheap and plastic'y, but at the end of the day, it is a cheap phone! The case is made entirely of quite thin plastic, so I can't imagine it would last particularly long if you started throwing it around.

            In terms of reliability, I cannot really comment as they have not had the phone for long, but I will keep this review updated with their progress.

            Overall, if you are after a very cheap, basic mobile phone then this is without doubt the one for you - I find it quite refreshing to see phone manufacturer's going back to basics with handsets - this is ideal for those who do not have as good a grasp of technology as others.

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            11.08.2010 19:33
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            Always a blank white happy lcd screen, and keypad, at least I don't run out of credits!(can't call)

            Gosh, it seems everyone is just overwhelmed by this phone !! Not ONE SINGLE complaint about it in all 12(yeah 12!) useful comments, geez, that must be a great phone then huh ?
            The fact that this superspecial swell Granny-will-love-it phone-look-a-like has a MAJOR BUG in it, just doesn't seem to bother anyone at all! But that's probably because these reviews are nothing but propaganda, written by the people who sell it and get money from Nokia themselves.
            Check the web for "Nokia 1661 white screen hangs", you'll get thousands of hits, either disguised commercials or genuine people who fell for your lah-dee-dah 100% sunny reviewtisement scams.
            The KNOWN ISSUE with this Nokia 1661 is that it stops working whenever it does....and it does this by shutting down, restarting en showing only a very bright, white lit lcd-screen and keypad, after which it cannot be shut down without removing the battery. The Vulcan Death Grip doesn't work either (Pressing Asterix(*), the number 3, the Green Send button and then turning it on with the power-button, keeping the 4 buttons pressed until it allegedly resets to factory defaults) So keep those positive reviews coming ! Bad news just brings people down, Right !?

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              10.08.2010 17:22
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              A fantastic phone which simply does the basics.

              I purchased my Nokia 1661 in the aftermath of a water damage accident which occurred when my old phone sailed hopelessly into extinction.

              At the time both my daughters were at university, and I had a moderate need for a phone, but not the necessity for a large number of fancy features. Being able to call folk in emergencies, and to be contactable when needed was my main requirement. I was, however, looking for something stylish and compact, which would look reasonably good when taken out of my handbag.

              Now that I am home based the need for features such as mobile internet were not mandatory, and when travelling I tend to borrow my husband's as he has a rather fancy PDA if I want to access information on the move.

              The main advantage I see in this phone is that it is simple to use and inexpensive to purchase. Currently available from The Carphone Warehouse for £4.95 on pay as you go, this represents incredible value for money. I recently purchased one for my elderly father too; this was to be his first mobile, as he needed to be in contact with home after a recent operation.

              I know there are many people in my position who simply require a basic phone, and in my case although I would, of course, enjoy one with more features and attributes, it isn't justified as I have no business or personal need for these on a daily basis.

              What I would like to do now is to give you my opinion of this phone. This will not be the spec which you can get from any website, but the actual feel of owning the device.

              So what can you expect from this phone? First of all I think it is compact, it also has rounded edges, which make it really comfortable and easy to hold. The keys are, in my opinion, easy to use, but I would point out that my father struggled with them as a novice user, and in retrospect I should have purchased a larger keypad for him. The phone is described as having large keys for easy typing, but they still presented a challenge for Dad. I have since discovered a website which deals in big button phones in particular at www.silverphone.co.uk. There are other phones too from the major companies which may offer keys which are more bulky, so if you have any doubt shop around first. I thought he could manage it, but he found it tricky - his large fingers seemed to span two numbers with this model, leading to incorrect dialling and frustration. To some extent I think this is due to inexperience, but if you have an elderly person in mind then I would suggest that you take into account whether or not the person has had any experience of using mobile phones before purchase. I found the keys perfect for me and easy to use.

              What I really love about my phone is that it is incredibly lightweight at only 86 grams, so carrying it around with me all day is no problem at all. It has a bright screen and of course you can personalise this. I elected for a field of French lavender and a Provence style house in the distance.

              The battery life is superb. I recharge mine fully each Monday and this is sufficient to last all week. This is a fantastic improvement on my older Nokia which did a few days at best.

              The phone has the ability to store up to 500 contacts in the phone book, if you are lucky enough to have that many friends or work contacts, and you can store up to 250 SMS messages on the phone at any one time.

              One feature I really like is that the phone has an integral flash-light. For me this is so useful as I often visit The Outer Hebrides in the depth of winter. My house has no street lights nearby, and this feature allows me to access the key hole beautifully on even the darkest Hebridean night.

              It has a speakerphone for hands free phone calls, speed dialling, which is so useful for the elderly as numbers can be pre-entered, and associated with a single key. There is also automatic redial and call waiting and an FM radio. There's even the business option to start a conference call between you and two other participants, not that I have any need for this, and one would assume most who do have already a PDA in their possession. There is also a calendar and a couple of pre-loaded games. For me these features are not important, I only want to be able to talk and to send and receive texts, and there is no camera either, but I have a good camera anyway so this is not important to me. There is, however, an alarm which is handy when staying in hotels.

              There is a good choice of ringtones and wallpapers, but you can't upload your own choices. I was more than happy with what I chose from the options though, and have quite a unique ringtone in place, as well as a beautiful rural French scene for my wallpaper which suits me perfectly.

              I think this is a superb phone if you are someone like my youngest daughter who is constantly losing her contract phones. Even this year on holiday with us, she managed to drop her phone on the wild-flower meadows which run along by the sands in the Outer Hebrides. Hours of scouring the daisies and buttercups yielded nothing, and she went home to purchase a basic phone - along the same lines as this basic Nokia 1661.
              This brings me on to another point. This is a perfect phone to take on holiday; especially if you are going somewhere where there is a danger you could be mugged. This phone looks stylish and expensive, and could be handed over in a moment, and could diffuse a sticky situation preserving your life and your bank balance. Even if you have a fancy contract phone, it could pay you to leave that one at home and opt for this one for a couple of weeks.

              The only point I have found which is slightly negative is that there seems to be no way of editing a contact's name once saved, but you can edit the number itself.


              So in conclusion I would say that this phone is an island - you can't plug it into a computer to share data and the like, which is what you would expect from a basic phone. You really are buying simplicity.

              One final point, I chose Vodafone for my network but the phone will be sold with many networks to choose from. The phone is supplied in a box and comes with a free charger as standard.

              If you just want a simple phone with excellent battery life which looks aesthetically pleasing this is a good choice.

              This review is also published on Ciao under my user name Violet1278.

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                28.07.2010 15:40
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                Provides every feature we now expect to be in a mobile phone

                At last a phone that functions simply while retaining standard features of phones we know today. Some may be surprised that this device doesn't have a camera, I like the fact that it lacks this since it helps cut out any unnecessary features. If your looking for a phone that can text, make calls and act as an emergency light source then this is the best bet for you.

                Typically phone batteries last a couple of days, this one can last up to 6 days without charge provided you turn it off at night; ideal for camping holidays or a festival.

                Entertainment hasn't been cut out of the equation with this one, it comes with three games - Sudoko, Beach Rally and Snake Xenzia. If you have the correct headphones you can use this phone as an FM radio.

                One downfall of this device is the way texts are stored, each message you send stays in a "Sent items" folder, this can cause a problem if you text allot.

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                24.06.2010 17:32
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                Great basic phone, you pay little, you get little.

                After breaking/losing a handful of phones I decided that my safest bet was to buy a cheap phone just to get me by, after all, my phones always had a load of features, none of which I ever used.

                For under a tenner I was expecting a brick, something that would pull my jeans down if I put it in my pocket - I was wrong. This phone is slim and lightweight, no it doesn't look particulary trendy but it does everything I need it to, text and talk.

                The ringtones sound very 1980's, polyphonic is so last season but at least I can hear it over all the other common tones on the tube! The best being the cockerall and frog!

                Texting is a doddle, predictive text makes it even easier. There is the usual phone book, you can't assign ring tones but hey-ho.

                Useful extras include a torch, speaking clock and there are even some games! There is no bluetooth, camera or MMS so you can't have any pictures on there of loved ones.

                Battery life is amazing as there are no useless applications to drain it.

                Overall this phone is very basic, easy to use and comes highly recommended.

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                  Having recently had to replace my mobile phone and not being in the market for anything expensive I eventually decided on the Nokia 1661. If I had the choice I would not have chosen this phone over the many different models
                  available. However with price being my biggest constraint and this phone costing just £14.99 on offer at my local Tesco, I couldn't complain at having £5 left from my measley budget. I even got £10 free credit when registering my simcard.

                  The phone come pacakged in a simple, white, blue and green box displaying the Nokia logo and a picture of the phone on the front and sides of the packaging. The packaging was very minimal and all was fully recyclable so at least the box and plastic is going someway towards being environmentally friendly. The box contained my brand new mobile phone and charger along with a simcard pack and instructions for both the registration and use of my phone.

                  Installing the sim in my new phone was simple as with most phones it slides in behind the battery, and after receiving a couple of text mesages from Tesco I was good to go.
                  Now if your looking for an all singing all dancing phone with bells attached this phone is definately not for you. It is about as simple as a phone gets these days with the main features being calling and texting. No camera, internet or even bluetooth here. The phones setup consists of a main screen with a menu button and a "go to" button which is a shortcut key to commonly used functions.

                  ~~Messages~~

                  The messaging features on this phone are really simple and consist of inbox, sent items, picture messages (not photos) Drafts. There is also a message counter which is handy for keeping tabs on my free texts, and a message
                  settings option which allows the user to decide whether they want delivery confirmation etc. To write a new text message you can either access the messages through the main menu or just by hitting left on the centre toggle
                  button which is a handy feature.

                  ~~Calling~~

                  As with all phones calls can be either be made just by tapping in the number or selecting it from the saved contacts list and simply pressing the green call button. Call quality, clarity and volume has always been excellent even when getting low signal strength.There is a Call Register menu on the main menu of the phone which allows for the duration of all made and received calls to be seen, and also displays any missed calls.

                  ~~Games~~

                  Despite being a very basic phone this phone does have a few games. It has a beach rally game, a sudoku game and of course the classic nokia game Snake.The games are very basic but also quite playable at the same time and I often find myself starting to get addicted to snake, a very simple yet frustrating game. I find having these games is a nice touch and does add a little more useability to such a basic cheap phone.

                  ~~Radio~~

                  The radio on the phone is an FM receiver and will only work whilst the earphones are plugged in. The ear-phones come in the box along with the phone at no additional cost. The sound quality is surprisingly good and consistent for such a basic phone.

                  ~~Extras~~

                  The extras on this phone consist of a calculator, calender, countdown timer, stopwatch, a flashlight, and a composer for the making of basic ringtones and saving them to the phone. A good selection of ringtones are available as standard with this phone and some are actually bearable. There is also a randomly placed spreadsheet program allowing the user to plan weekly and monthly budgets. All of these options are easily accesible from the
                  phones main menu.

                  ~~Other~~

                  Apart from the above there is a reminders section allowing times notes to be set, and a clock and date section for obvious uses which includes the all important alarm clock.

                  ~~Reliability~~

                  Despite the lack of technology this has been one of the most durable phones I have ever owned. The battery life is excellent lasting up to four maybe even five days on a full charge depending on my usage of the phone. This is
                  great considering it only takes a couple of hours to charge fully.
                  I have dropped this phone on numerous occasions and it has even seen the beginning of the washing machine cycle from the inside of the machine getting very wet indeed and still it lives on.
                  I believe there is definately an issue when phone manufacturers build in too much technology to mobile phones, that in the vast majority of cases cause them to be either be unreliable, fragile or both.

                  ~~Quality/Design~~

                  This phone does look sleek, small and stylish enough not to have to be embarrased every time it rings and leaves its given pocket, the only thing I feel that lets it down is that the keypad does feel cheap and every now and then leaves you wondering if the right buttons are being pressed, but you do get what you pay for so can't complain too much.

                  ~~Summary~~

                  If your after no more technology than a phone should contain, other than a torch, calculator and few other basics then this phone is definately for you.
                  For such a cheap phone that was only meant to be a stop gap I have been impressed with the functionality of this phone from the start.
                  I never intended to keep this phone for long but it's done so well I would feel guilty to get rid of it before it actually breaks. Overall a great reliable little phone that deserves the maximum 5 dooyoo stars.

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                    15.06.2010 21:44
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                    This addresses a specific area of the market and fair play to nokia for doing so

                    In between making a bit of a mess of my fairly expensive 'pay as you go' phone, and scouting round for a fairly cheap contract deal, I was in desperate need of a cheap phone to keep in touch with people. So, after looking round town in pretty much every shop (and market stalls), I found that this unspectacular looking nokia was my best option. Priced at £15 from 'phones 4 u', I accepted that for the time being, I'd have to make do with a rather featureless phone.

                    I was slightly surprised they still made phones like this, something that does what a phone was originally intended to do, and..well, not much else to be honest. What you get is pretty much what you see with this technophobe friendly piece of equipment. You have your basic mobile phone button structure that is fairly rare these days (2 call function buttons and 12 number/letter keys, set out in 3 colums), an average 1.8 inch LCD screen, and a central navigation button.

                    The phone's design isn't too bad, although I wouldn't exactly use the world appealing. Fairly tall but nice and slim, it easily slips into you're pocket, and the absence of a touch screen meant my phone spent less time calling people without me noticing than usual!

                    It does have some basic feaures other than the 'call' or 'text' options. Sure you won't find any bluetooth capabilities here, nor will you find a camera, but you have a handy flashlight on the top right of the phone (actually came in handy a few times!), an fm radio, and pre-loaded games such as the addictive classic 'snake'.

                    So, what did I really think of the time I spent with this phone? Well, I'll start by saying it is cheap, practical, and as such does exactly what it says on the tin (so to speak!). I found it a sterdy dance partner (strong after being dropped on nights out), and still use it to this day when I go out of a night. The reliability it holds may well appeal to those who need a mobile but struggle with - or even can't be bothered with - technology and it's advances. I've never had issues with battery life (my phone is on 24/7 and used on a regular basis for texting and calling), I charged it maybe once a week.

                    I do have a new phone, but as mentioned, this is still used when on a night out, and was definitely worth the small investment. Although I'd recommend this phone, I do so to those who have read the specifications. What I mean by that is, this phone will suit some people perfectly, and at it's price, would be a great investment. To anybody looking for a more advanced up to date phone, something with a camera, bluetooth, mp3 etc. capabilities then this is not for you and don't bother buying it.

                    I must mention that over the last few months I have noticed this to be a popular phone with many of my student friends purchasing one of the own. The reason being of course, many phones have suffered a night out of doom, and this is a cheap temporary solution to keeping in touch with people! You need to assess your own needs before buying this phone, but top marks to nokia for filling this area of the market (where there is little cometition) with a sterdy reliable, and affordable phone.

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                      05.05.2010 14:09
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                      Good Value for Money

                      I initially bought this phone as a temporary cheap replacement for my broken previous phone until I invested in a better one. However I'm now in my 8th month of using it !

                      It has to be the one of the most basic phones around, and you pretty much get what you pay for.

                      Battery:

                      The battery is absolutely excellent !! Can go for about three days of average use on a single charge, and takes around an hour to charge to 100% !!

                      Phone Calls:

                      Never had a problem with quality, and the earpiece speaker is more than adequate ! However, the loud speaker is not the best of quality and voices can appear muffled.

                      Texting:

                      This is one of the negatives of using this phone. I personally find it a pain to text ! The keys feel poorly made and sticky. They require a lot of pressure to work.

                      When you want to delete something you have just texted, you have to press the delete button for each letter, as holding it down deletes everything you have just typed !! However there is an option to undo this.

                      The result is that you end up hitting the delete button in quick succession and the phone cant process it fast enough. So when you've finally deleted what you want, the phone continues to delete most of the rest of the message !!

                      The only solution to this is being very patient !

                      Phonebook:

                      As most other basic Nokia phones, easy to use, can save multiple numbers under each contact. Even a selection of cartoony faces for each contact !

                      Entertainment:

                      This phone comes with three games, which are actually very entertaining !!

                      Comes with Snake, a driving game, and Sudoku !

                      Sudoku is by far my favourite, but they all work really well !!

                      To Summarise:

                      Pros:

                      Price, Battery, Entertainment, Phone Quality !

                      Cons:

                      Texting, Lack of Features !

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                      easy to use, bargain price!!

                      My father is a builder and goes through phones like no tomorrow. The most recent bought is the Nokia 1661. As he's got a contract sim we searched around for a cheap phone that would hopefully last a little longer than the expensive phones he normally has.

                      The phone comes packaged in a small box, approximately Length -4" x height - 2" x depth 3 inches. On the bottom of the box I am told that the product held inside is a Nokia 1661 and it has
                      * A colour display
                      * One touch fm radio
                      * One touch flash light and speaker
                      * Long battery life
                      * Loud ringing tone
                      * & a large phonebook that holds up to 500 names.
                      This is also printed in six other languages. By the side of the English written details are three images, a front side and back view of the phone.

                      Inside the box I had a petite Nokia 1661 that measures 13.5mm deep, 45mm wide & 108mm tall and weighs just 82grams. As well as the phone there is the battery, a charger, a Nokia user guide, Ear phones, an O2 terms and conditions booklet, a pay & go leaflet and lastly and O2 pay & go sim card.

                      Removing the back to insert the sim and battery is very simple compare to many phones we have had in the past, it just slides off. Once this is done you can switch on and start using your new phone.

                      The phones features-
                      Screen - 1.8 Inch 65k Colour TFT Screen (128 x 160 Pixels)
                      Messaging - SMS (Text Messaging), Chat via SMS
                      Sound - FM Radio, Polyphonic Ringtones (32 Sound), MP3 Ringtones, Voice & Audio Recording
                      Organiser - Phone Book (500 Contacts), Calendar (Month View), Dedicated Speaking Clock Key, Stopwatch, Alarm Clock (Daily Repeat Function), Reminder (up to 10), Calculator, Converter, Speaker Phone, Conference Call, Vibration Alert, Call Log (Missed, Dialled & Received), Call Timer, Auto Redial and Speed Dialling.
                      Imaging - Animated Wallpaper, Organic Wallpaper, Pre loaded Themes
                      Network - Dual Band
                      Memory & Talk Time - 4 Mbytes Memory, 3.9 Hours Talk Time & 500 Hours Standby.

                      For my dad who finds it a bit hard to grasp the concept of technology, the original Nokia layout is perfect for him as he tends to always stick with the trusty Nokia and has done for a number of years. Although he does have difficulty finding the flashlight and calculator, am sure he'll get used to it very soon though.
                      I would say it's a must have for first time buyers or for anyone looking for a cheap phone.

                      The phone was very reasonably priced at just £9.99, but with all pay & go phones you now have to purchase £10 airtime, which still leaves it at a good price of £19.99. The only downside of this is that I now have a sim card with £10 credit on that will never get used by myself.

                      All in all I think this is an excellent phone for budget buyers, especially with its bargain price. I would definitely recommend this product.

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                      Nokia 1661 is a practical, reliable, and user friendly phone that makes it easy for you to connect to those close to you.

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                      Product Description: Nokia 1661 - mobile phone - GSM
                      Product Type: Mobile phone
                      Service Provider: Not specified
                      Form Factor: Bar
                      Dimensions (WxDxH): 45 mm x 14 mm x 108 mm
                      Weight: 82 g
                      Colour: Black
                      Technology: GSM
                      Integrated Components: FM radio
                      Display: LCD display - colour - 1.8" - TFT
                      Talk Time: Up to 250 minutes
                      Standby Time: Up to 475 hours
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