Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
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Great For Grannie In The Glove-Box!
Member Name: Machair1
Date: 10/08/10, updated on 17/08/10 (77 review reads)
Advantages: Simple features but stylish design.
Disadvantages: Lacks the extras!
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.
Summary: A fantastic phone which simply does the basics.
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