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The Nokia 1800 although nothing fancy does what it says on the tin. If you simply want to make calls and send text messages the Nokia 1800 is the phone for you. An easy to use mobile phone, that carries the slight essence of the old 3210. It is easy to store numbers and calls can be made by the touch of a button. No touchscreen or qwerty keyboard makes texting quite simple and like the old fashioned mobiles are rather durable. It is small enough to fit in a mans top pocket or ladies handbag. If you are looking for a phone with more features the Nokia 1800 is not for you
I purchased myself a Nokia 1800 about 6 months ago, as a cheap replacement for a Sony Erricson phone that I bought but was difficult to use, with bad audio quality (thats for another review) I paid £5 from Carphone Warehouse for the handset on O2, and as an existing customer, I did not have to buy a top up or anything to qualify for the £5 offer, which is great in the current climate.
For £5, I have been very pleased with the results. The phone receives calls and texts as required, although doesnt have any of the more modern capabilities such as Bluetooth, picture messaging, a camera or the internet, however those are functions that I don't require from a mobile phone.
The phone, as with all Nokias, I have found easy to use, and without any prior use of this phone, I was easily able to pick up the phone and use it immediately without having to refer to the handbook for certain functions. The handset is lightweight and durable - over the last 6 months I have dropped it countless times and it is still in full working order, and has very minimal scratches to the cases and covering, so the phone still looks quite attractive. The screen is off a good size and well lit, so I have easily been able to read messages without straining my eyes, and I have found the audio quality to be absolutely fine throughout the 6 months.
It also has a built in torch in the top which has come in really handy when trying to change a bulb on a car headlight at night, and seeing my way around a dark caravan site!
The only real negative I can think of is as with a lot of older handsets, the keypad makes a clicking sound when the button is pressed ( from the actual button itself, rather than an audio tone) which can become quite irritating to both the phone user and the people around you (if you are part of the texting generation like myself, i'm constantly texting) but that really is nit picking.
For a cheap, easy to use phone, this comes highly recommended - although not for those who want any added frills / extras!
Would you look a gift horse in the mouth? If not exactly a gift horse for just 1 p (and £10 for a Vodafone Pay-As-You-Go SIM) from e2save and a £7.50 cash back deal from Quidco, this was pretty close.
The phone was meant as a replacement for my wife's mobile (Her last cheap mobile had suffered at the teeth of our dog who took it outside to play with in the garden. Amazingly it still worked but half the screen was unreadable and what was left was slowly disappearing). Experience has taught me never to buy her an expensive phone; there's no telling what will happen to it!
The phone arrived by signed-for delivery within a couple of days of ordering it. Opening the wrapper revealed an unusually small box that appeared to be made of recycled material judging by the grey-white colour. No matter at this price. Opening up revealed the phone, rear cover, battery, charger and a pair of headphones. The instruction leaflet was very basic and printed on thin, greyish paper.
Setting the phone up ready to use is quite easy, particularly if you have had a few phones before. Fitting the SIM card can be a little tricky though since there is no holder as such; you simply slide it into a slot over a small plastic notch which then holds it in place. You have to check which way round you put it as it is possible to get it the wrong way. Getting it out again is definitely tricky, particularly if you have short nails. With the SIM in place the battery fits easily and the back sort of clips and squashes on. Like a number of recent Nokias the back is made of a thin, flexible plastic and is sometimes hard to clip into place and a lot trickier to get off than the older more classic Nokia designs.
Charging up is quick through the small pin Nokia charger supplied though my phone had about 50% battery in it already so could be tested immediately. Switching on you get the customary Nokia welcome tone (polyphonic) and the Nokia "Hands" on the good-sized colour screen. I have had a number of Nokia models so found the menus intuitive and easy to use. The on-screen icons are large and clear enough for my middle-aged eyesight (my wife's too). A disappointment was the keyboard, which has abandoned the stylish look of most Nokias made up until a few years ago. It also makes an irritating clicking sound when you press the keys and for me the feel wasn't quite right either. A mere quibble at the price I agree.
The phone features a simple calendar and personal organiser, predictive texting as well as an FM radio. I found the call quality to be good both ends and the predictive text easy to use. The organiser and calendar are straightforward too. However, since there are no external ports or Bluetooth fitted it is impossible to share data with any other devices. Neither is there any slot for a memory card; you have to make do with the phone's internal memory only. I had hoped the FM radio would enable me to listen to my favourite programmes on the bus or train but frankly the quality of reception proved to be very poor and the tuner needed constant adjusting. There is no camera on this model.
Taking the phone into town I was disappointed to find that no one was able to unlock it for me; apparently the cable needed for it wasn't available yet (it may be by now). That was a disappointment since it meant I would be stuck with Vodafone's tariff for the foreseeable future.
After having the phone for just a couple of months my wife received a literal gift phone in the form of my son's old model (he has upgraded). The smart Sony Ericsson slide phone complete with Bluetooth and camera obviously outclassed the little Nokia so the question was what to do with it. The answer turned out to be sending it to Fonebank for recycling and collect another £6 in the process. We still have the charger and credit on the SIM yet are over £3 in profit on the deal!
Well worth it if the price is right and all you need are the basics.
Nokia 1800 is a simple, efficient and solid phone. It may not have the robust features of the expensive smart phones. But it has a stereo headset and a built-in FM radio. It also has colorful graphics, settings, clock and call register.
I actually bought this phone for my mother because it is not so complicated and cumbersome. It is also relatively cheap.
There's is a flashlight to help her see more clearly in the dark, an organizer and a calendar to help her manage her schedule. The phones keypad is a bit large; this has enabled her to type messages quickly and without difficulty.
There is no video camera in Nokia 1800. But you can call and text with optimum efficiency. The sound out put when calling and listening to music is excellent.
It is a very durable; with the slippery stylish design of the phone, it has fallen several times from the hand of my mother without damage.
The battery is long lasting; at least with a one time, full time charge, she can talk for good 8 hours.
What the phone lacks in features it has in ease of use.
The phone is highly recommended.
Obviously, anybody wanting a top of the range phone would do well to steer clear of this one - but equally obviously, anybody reading this review and considering buying this phone is obviously not after a top of the range phone. They are after a cheap and functional phone that is easy to use - and that's exactly what this is.
It cost me £15, bought as a backup, but prices can range from between £10 to £15. It has all the basic functions that you'd want in a basic phone - ie, text messaging and making actual phone calls - and it's not chunky, either, but surprisingly lightweight and sleek. It looks pretty stylish, too, so that you won't be too embarrassed to bring it out of your pocket in a crowded bar. The screen's obviously not the best resolution you can get, but like I've said before, anybody worrying about screen resolution would know not to buy this phone in the first place.
Apart from the obvious downsides - ie, it's not a smartphone! - I find it hard to think of any real disadvantages. The keys are a bit clunky, especially if you're blessed with fat fingers, so that you might make a few mistakes when texting. But that's about it, really. It's cheap, it looks pretty good, and it does everything you want a basic phone to do, and do it well.
In conclusion: if you want a cheap, basic, reliable phone that you wouldn't be embarrassed to take out on the town, this phone merits serious consideration.
This phone is very simple, people who do not get side tracked by all the extras on some phones which they end up never using put seem to add huge amounts to the price will have nothing to fear with this phone. I lost my old phone out and am one of those people on the phone all the time, so i decided to get this as cheap sub until i found the time to look into getting a more permanent replacement......i never needed to bother. This phone is everything i want in a phone as it is, its easy to text, easy to change the settings, and most importantly the sound is good- by this i mean i can always hear other people very clearly and others can always hear me very clearly, i had a few issues with others being able to hear me with my old phone, and thought it was just the network, but stuck with the same network but just got better results. I realised how much i never used accessories such as cameras and such on previous phones, and did not miss the step back in technology for the very good price £15! why pay loads for a phone when the basic functions are all there at a price this low? it has a calender and a calculator, even a couple of games (although i must say im i couldnt really myself care less about games on a phone) if like me you have issues getting to grip with new technology this phone is for you! i have now learnt to stop wasting my time on phones with extras i'll never learn how to use and will just frustrate me, however, if you a techno wiz and looking for something special this is not it. I however see a phone at £15 that pefroms all the essential functions that a phone should as being a sound investment, especialy since i found that this phone never seems to break, ive dropped it on the floor too many times to count and it still works as if new!
The Nokia 1800 is great value for money (I picked mine up for £20, though I've seen it go for half of that online). It's sleek, starts up very quickly and is extremely simple to use. So long as all you want from a phone is calling and texting this seems almost perfect.
However, there are a few minor things that start to really annoy (especially if you're coming to this from something a little more expensive) firstly, the keys are very small and it's easy to accidentally quit a message halfway through typing for example. Secondly the model that I have managed to pick up seems to have a problem restarting. Every 15 minutes or so it will restart by itself or freeze halfway through whatever I'm doing.
Even with the problem that mine has developed (which started only a couple of weeks after I purchased it) I would still recommend this phone without hesitation. The start up is so fast and it's such good value for money that even the restarting problem isn't enough for me to get rid of it. This is perfect for anyone on a tight budget.
I Received my Nokia 1800 as part of a deal from one of the 'phones with free gifts' websites. I have an iphone and rather than buying a new one, I could get a free ipad if i signed up to a new phone contract through buymobilephones.
After a quick phone call I was informed that this was the cheapest handset on the market. On auction sites they typically go for £10-15 brand new.
Naturally I was not expecting any wonders but when it arrived in a simple, tiny box. I was rather pleased with this little handset.
The box is a simple blue cube with a picture of the phone and 'Nokia' on the front. It contains, the phone, battery, very stylish mains charger, earphones and instructions. All packaged separately.
My phone is finished in a metallic silver though other covers are available. The first thing i noticed is that it is light and fits very comfortably in the hand. The full colour screen is small but bright and functional and the buttons consist of a 4x4 grid for the number keys, plus two menu buttons and call buttons with a 4 way navigation pad in between. This setup is familiar to everyone and the buttons make a reassuring click as you press them.
For such a seemingly basic phone they have packed a few surprises. The phone features a built in LED torch on top which is activated by a quick double press of the up key. As well as this, using the included headphones allows the decent quality FM radio to play throught the loudspeaker. Add to this a few simple games such as sudoku and solitaire and a talking clock that is frankly quite scary and the £15 price tag is starting to look good.
Although the 1800 doesn't set the world of gadgets on fire, and has no internet access at all, it does offer a sturdy, lightweight capable phone that is cheap enough to keep as a functional radio alarm clock, just in case you need a spare hanset.
I have recently purchased this telephone as a spare for myself for my 84 year old Grandmother to use whilst she is in hospital. She has owned a mobile phone for a number of years however, she was using a phone which was very old and complicated to use. So complicated that even I couldn't get the key lock off.
I chose the Nokia 1800 due to the fact that I have owned a number of Nokia phones before. I have always been happy with them as they are reliable and I like the fact that they keep their menu fairly similar in each phone so you always know how to use them.
This Nokia is no exception. The menu is extremely simple. On pressing the menu button in the top left of the keyboard the phone takes you to its different options. You have text messages, contacts, set up FM radio and a torch?!?! It doesn't however allow you to surf the internet or have instant messaging which has become essential for me but then I don't think my Gran really needed that.
The text messsaging facility is easy to use as with most NOkias and it is easy to add numbers to the contacts menu. The icons on the menu are large and therefore perfect for an elderly user. It does have a couple of faults. YOu can't scroll through the contacts easily you have to search using the first letter of the name and for some unknown reason their is no key lock!
The phone itself is sturdy and reliable as with most Nokias and the sound quality is good. However, the best part about it has to be the price. It was 1p when you bought £10 of top up!!!! I didn't know they did PAYG like this. THis was with Vodaphone so a good network! The call prices are expensive on this tariff but it also came with 300 free mins! A bargain and perfect for a second phone. If I ever loose my Blackberry I'll get another one of these to replace it until my contract is up!
The Nokia 1800 is more than it seems. It is the perfect phone for someone who is happy just texting and phoning and is compact and small enough to fit comfortably in a small pocket.
I brought this phone to take to house party's and nightclubs because it is lightweight and inexpensive. I brought it for a measly £13 without a sim card ! It is also strong so it will survive if it gets dropped on the dance floor!
Nokia 1800 features:
Available colours are: Grey , Red , Blue and Black and all of these are interchangeable.
FM radio. (requires the earphones to be plugged in but when in , it can be put onto loud speaker mode)
Flash light ( This is my favourite feature. It has helped me to find my keys in my dark bag many times!)
This phone is excellent value for what it has to offer and is nearly being used more than my normal phone just because of its ease of use and I don't feel scared of using it because it is so inexpensive and easy to replace. The torch and FM radio are excellent features and they really make the phone a valuable object to have in the car. This phone could be used as a back up phone and just left in a car , bag or jacket just for emergencies.
Overall , I would recommend this phone for people who need a back up phone for times where they wouldn't want to risk taking their expensive phone or for someone who just simply wants a reliable mobile phone which is great for just texting and calling and has a excellent battery life.