Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
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The 3109 will survive almost anything!
Nokia 3109 classic
Member Name: evyarad
Nokia 3109 classic
Advantages: Extremely robust build, long life, good ergonomics
Disadvantages: Older model, few functions
I acquired a Nokia 3109c as a work phone when I first started at my current company (a major civil engineering firm) just over two years ago. I must have inherited it from a former employee as it came second hand with some phone numbers and messages stored upon it. I use it mainly for making work calls, with some occasional texting and internet use.
The phone itself is the traditional old school Nokia build, around 10.5cm long, 4.5m wide and 1.5cm thick. This makes it thicker (and heavier) than most modern phone but provides a nice size for holding in one hand. The plastic material of the phone seems to be coated with some form of rubberised material that makes it easier to grip, though this is showing the phones age by scratching off. The screen is large and easy to view, though again this has been scratched through years of being in pockets alongside keys, nails and being dropped, and is nice and bright. The buttons are also large and easy to press compared to some modern handsets.
The phone is light on extras (though it does have a basic calendar, calculator etc) and does not have a camera but this makes it very battery efficient. I can go 3-4 days of fairly heavy use without recharging and if not used for calls (eg when on holiday) will easily last 10 days or so on a full battery. The bluetooth is easy to use and has had no problems communicating with my car or more exotic devices like my GPS surveying kit.
One of the best features of this phone is it's robust build. I have dropped it countless times, left it outside in the rain and even dropped it into a road gully full of water and it has survived every experience. The screen, though scratched is not cracked and all the functions still work, even now there is dirt and dust in all parts of the phone. This is a great advantage in my field of work and has allowed this phone to survive long after some of my colleagues' newer phones have thrown in the towel. Whilst it is now reaching the end of it's useful life, mainly due to the scratching on the screen, I shall be sad to see it go.
Summary: A phone that will stand up to anything you can throw at it
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