Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
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Cheap, cheap cheap
Member Name: Thony
Advantages: Cheap! The keypad is also good
Disadvantages: Flimsy. Poor sound quality. Camera is unusable
I got this phone as an "upgrade" from me previous handset, a Samsung Solid Extreme B2100, as my contract had come to an end. I'm now on an incredibly cheap contract (about £5 a month) and have an incredibly cheap phone to match.
Boxing, build quality and overall appearance
This phone comes in a pretty standard box, with all the usual accessories; a charger, battery and a headset that doubles as a hands free kit and an aerial for the radio. Nothing complicated, nothing fancy.
The build quality of this phone is pretty flimsy. It feels plastically and like it'll break if you look at it too hard. The back is fastened on using friction alone. No clips or fasteners. The keypad is reasonable, although I don't know how it would hold up to intensive use.
There's nothing revolutionary about the design of this phone. It's designer won't be getting knighted any time soon. Its silver plastic on the front and a darker gray plastic on the rear.
In addition the normal calling and texting this phone features a handful of games, a radio (if you attach the included headset as an antennae), a camera and email and web services. It will also play music.
I'm not a heavy user when it comes to calls, however I'll call the missus a few times a week and the mandatory Sunday afternoon call to my mother. The call quality (both of speaker and microphone) was an important factor in my decision to get a new phone. The poor microphone on my old phone meant that nobody could hear a thing I said and I got frustrated by this. This phone is a vast improvement, in that nobody has complained they can't hear my so far. Unfortunately the sound quality of the speaker isn't great. I sometimes struggle to hear what my other half says as it's distorted and often incomprehensible. Overall I was disappointed with the sound quality.
I'm more of a texter than a caller so I was pleased with the keypad which was responsive and easy enough to use. The space and punctuation menu buttons are in different places to my old phone, however I'm sure I'll get used to it sooner or later. I believe it to be a standard Nokia layout so anyone that's used a Nokia before will be perfectly comfortable.
This phone does have a camera, although it may as well not bother. The picture quality is pathetic at the best of times. If you zoom in then it becomes unrecognizable. I can't help but think that Nokia added the camera so the phone would show up when people searched for camera phones. They certainly haven't made it at all usable or an asset to the phone.
The screen is clear and bright and I haven't had difficulties with it in direct sunlight. It's also reasonably big. It would probably display pictures reasonably well if the camera was capable of taking any.
This is a basic phone, yet it does come with Bluetooth. There's no wifi.
The battery life of this phone is actually quite good, although I don't use it a huge amount. It will last several days on a single charge and when it does come to charging it will go from empty to full quite quickly. My only gripe is that when the battery is nearly empty you don't get much warning between it starting to run low and the phone cutting out completely. A little more notice would be nice.
I've played a couple of the games on this phone and overall they're not too bad. I certainly enjoyed the pinball simulator. Compared with modern smart phones the games aren't up to much. If only it came with Angry Birds!
Whilst this phone does allow you to access the internet and email I haven't tried to use the service. I can't image it being a particularly pleasurable experience.
This is phone is the cheapest of the cheap. If you're looking for something cheap and practical that you don't mind losing then this should do the job. If you want something that has games, internet or, dare I say it, apps then there's a certain smart phone on the market that might be more up your street.
I bought this phone as a replacement for my old one which was hard to be heard on. Despite this I'm still considering switching back to it because this is not one of Nokia's best offerings.
Summary: Good if you want a phone that you don't mind using, poor for everything else
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