Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
Newest Review: ... fiddly and slippy and generally unpleasant to use though it still beats some of Nokias earlier abhorrations. On the whole it seems sturdy e... more
Avoid street robbery - get a Nokia 1661
Member Name: icetsunami
Advantages: No one will mug you for it
Disadvantages: Poor quality in all respects
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dimensions: 108 x 45 x 13.55 mm
Volume: 58.00 cc (cm3)
Display and 3D
- Size: 1.8"
- Resolution: 128 x 160 pixels
- Up to 65,000
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.
Summary: Poor hold the 'r'
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