We all at one point had a classic Nokia 3210 that was practically indestructible you didn’t care what you did with it or whether it doppped or whether the plastic “screen” cracked because it was built to last. Over the past 10 years things have become a little delicate, with much larger touch screens and more expensive components, we’re walking around with our phones wrapped in cotton wool just in case you sneeze on it and crack the screen..
With the World Mobile Congress well under way Nokia have been turning heads, but not with a shiny new Windows Phone 8 Lumia device, (well, there is that too) but with a more basic model taking Nokia back to it’s roots.
The Nokia 105 priced at around £15 is set to be Nokia’s newest entry point mobile phone. There’s nothing uniquely special about this phone other than a built in flash light and a talking alarm clock, it lacks any form of apps, it’s just a basic phone that we were all excited about around 10+ years ago. It comes in black as well as the Cyan that the Lumia series phones are famous for. It’s fairly waterproof too so it’d make a great festival phone!
The Nokia 301 is a little more feature rich. This model comes in 5 different colours; white, black, yellow, cyan, and magenta. The 301 is a little more pricier at around £55 and has the appearance of the more higher end phones that we had about 10 years ago.
This particular model is a little more up-to-date with modern times though, with the microUSB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and it also supports MicroSD cards. There’s also a dual-SIM version of the 301 too if you’re looking for one. The 301 has a 3.2MP camera giving you the almost-the-same quality pictures we all used to take back then, Nokia have also thrown in panorama, burst, and self portrait modes into this phone too.
The phone also has web browsing capabilities though don’t expect to connect to your WiFi router, the 301 is 3.5G only so expect mobile internet speeds, as well as Nokia’s Xpress Browser that compresses most of the sites you want to visit before hand making the browsing a little less painful. In terms of “apps” the 301 has Facebook, eBuddy, WhatsApp and Twitter pre-loaded as well as the ability to stream YouTube videos. There’s Email too so you can get all of your emails on the fly.
The 301 is actually quite appealing to me as I’m on the look out for a not-so-expensive phone that can handle emails and the occasional Facebook update and Tweet, but it’s been said that UK carriers might not take on such budget phones.
We’ll have to wait and see!