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This little Nokia phone is nothing special compared to all the smart and web enabled mobiles available in such great numbers today but it doesn't claim to be and so should be judged on its own merits and not against those really. I first got this a few years ago when I was going through financial problems and I needed to reduce my spending including finishing with my mobile phone contract and I found this in Tesco's for just less than twenty pounds. My own one is pay as you go and I am on the Tesco network but I am fairly sure you can easily interchange sim cards if you would rather being use a different call provider.
My particular mobile is dark grey in colour with black trim, is quite lightweight and measures 100mm x 40mm x 15mm. This as I stated is a very basic phone by current standards but it has a colour screen which is very visible and easy to read and the buttons which you use to control the phone are good to navigate, I suppose these would only be a problem if you had chunky fingers. Once the device is charged its power lasts for at least 24 hours if left on and not used excessively.
The features of the phone are simple, obviously you can make and receive calls and you can use it to send and be sent text messages along with saving draft messages you would like to send at a later date. The address book or contact list means you can like on many mobiles keep a record of people's numbers.
The home screen displays the time and the battery symbol at the top shows you how much power is left remaining. The settings enable you to put the phone on silent so it will not ring or make sounds when you are in a situation when it is not appropriate for a mobile to do so. There are a few other features which can be useful such as a calculator, a torch which is quite a bright light and has aided me during power cuts plus a stopwatch.
I have very often taken advantage of the alarm clock which is very loud and usually wakes me up without fail. The calendar also helps you to keep track of what the date is on that day and is handy in knowing what day a certain date is in the future when planning ahead.
This phone is extremely basic and straight forward and many consumers today would want something with many more features but it delivers on what it promises. This kind of mobile would be ideal to keep in a side compartment or glove box in your car with a little credit on just in case of emergencies say for example your regular phone has run out of power. If someone just wants a device that purely makes and receives calls and can deal with text messages with some other minor features then this phone is perfect as it does just that and is very inexpensive.
The Nokia 1208 is a chunky little spark plug of a phone which boasts superb battery life, simple, generic design and intuitive menus. Surprisingly enough, the phone was actually designed quite recently with older generations in mind, specifically folks who prefer basic functionality over fancy bells and whistles.
Given its basic nature and design, one would expect the phone to be more durable than it is. In fact, when dropped from pocket height onto a concrete floor, it's liable to shatter into its component parts. The screen also is easily scratched, and the sim card is held in place by the battery in a way that could potentially damage it after extended use. The sound quality also isn't too clever and the speaker is awkward to hold to the ear.
It efficiently sends texts, though they frequently fail to send when the inbox is full, and when this happens, no error report message is given, so you can often end up losing entire texts, having not been given the option to save them to drafts. This is incredibly frustrating. Also, the battery wears down after time, and for some reason, my 'end call' key was mapped to switch the phone off after pressing it once. I had two of these phones and this happened to both after around 6 months, a blatant design flaw.
This is a phone which makes calls and sends texts and does pretty much nothing else. It doesn't come with any games, apps, WAP or browser access. It's very much bare bones. One thing I feel this product could've done with was a flashlight, like many earlier Nokia models, so that's a shame.
It's fat and pretty ugly in design. It looks cheap, unreliable and very, very old fashioned, which it undoubtedly is. Still though, it is exceptionally user-friendly, despite its myriad technical faults. Nonetheless, for the price (around £8-12 in most supermarkets) it can't be beat for an emergency or 'between-phones' phone, and is ideal for older users who want a simple phone which they would only use for calls and texts.
When I worked in Mexico, the language school employing me gave me, and all the other teachers, a phone so they could harangue us with calls day and night. This was the phone they gave us, probably because it was the cheapest, most basic model they could find. I gave mine back when I left, but my mother subsequently bought the same model in Ecuador, and brought it home with her. I then pinched that one to bring to Colombia, assuming it would work well with a local SIM, and it does. It's also the phone a lot of my friends had in Sierra Leone. So just what is it that makes this phone so appealing, especially to travellers?
The answer, perhaps unusually, is that it is just so UNappealling. This is one the cheapest, most boring phones on the market. It's not quite a 90s brick, but it might as well be. It is inconspicuous rather than flash, and even if a thief did spot this, there's no way they'd want to bother stealing it. This might only matter a little in the UK, but it REALLY matters in places like Sierra Leone and Colombia, and with this in my hand I never have to think twice about using my phone in the street or on public transport.
Aesthetics aside, this is a surprisingly ok phone, with a number of features that can make you forget how entry-level it is.
One thing I love about this phone is that it is simple to use, and quite intuitive. I have used a lot of phones over the years, both in the UK and abroad, but this is the only Nokia model I've had. Even so, I took to it like a duck to water, and even after an absence of 18 months, my fingers were intuitively navigating to silent mode and the alarm without a second thought. If you've read my review of the Kubik Evo MP3 player, you'll know how frustrating I find it when something is unintuitive, and I'm happy to say this is in no way like that annoying little thing.
Another brilliant, if perhaps not too common, feature is the inbuilt torch. I often forget to take a flashlight with me, or am caught out by coming home later than anticipated, but I always have my phone with me. It has saved the day through numerous power cuts and on many nights when I have been coming home after dark, trying to dodge the potholes and dog poop that litter the streets here. Once in Mexico we had a roof top party lit only by our (many) phones, all artistically angled to provide spotlights.
The phone has a number of predictable profiles, such as normal, loud, silent and lights only, but one thing I especially like is that there is a shortcut to these using the off/on button, and I can turn my phone onto silent with a mere 4 presses - helpful if I'm mid class and just remembered I've not turned off the volume. At the same time, the loud ring is great for people hard of hearing - one of the reasons this phone is so popular with the older generation (that and the fact it's cheap and simple to use for those not weaned on telecommunications).
The display is clear, if not the most pixelated in the world, and it's colour too, which you wouldn't necessarily expect from such a cheap model. While there is no camera included, you can assign contacts a cartoon picture from the supplied library which livens things up a little.
The phone can be customised with shortcuts. I have mine set to alarm clock and flashlight, but you can add more options, and it really saves you time navigating to things you frequently need. Instead of taking 18 keystrokes to get to the torch, for example, now I can do it in 2.
The battery life on this model is excellent, and makes it a great choice for an emergency phone you might not use often. A standard charge gives you up to 7 hours of talk time, or over 300 hours standby, and in my experience this does not deteriorate over time. I only charge my phone once a week at the moment, and that's fine. I also like that it gives you a low battery warning quite a while before it finally dies, so you're not caught out suddenly.
This is a simple design, not a slide phone or a flip phone, so it can be easy to press the keys accidentally as they have no cover. You can lock or unlock the keypad easily and quickly - each option takes just two keystrokes - so I tend to do this instinctively whenever I'm putting my phone away to prevent pocket dialling. The phone is bulkier than some more recent models, but fits nicely in the mobile pocket in my handbag, or directly into my jeans pockets, so it can't be that much bigger than standard. It's quite light - they say 77g including battery - perhaps because it doesn't have the fancy circuitry of my other recent phones.
The phone comes with a selection of ringtones and you can also download others. As you would expect, you can also adjust the sound of these to suit your needs and location. I'm not bothered which one I have (as long as it's not the generic Nokia...I always think leaving that on smacks of laziness) but it's nice to have such an array of options.
I use my phone mainly for texts at the moment. This model, being bought in South America, has predictive text in Spanish, Portuguese or English, though I think this varies depending on where you purchase. It is super easy to switch between these, and between no predictive text, all within the same message which is helpful if you need to spell a funny word, or switch languages half way through. I find the keypad easy enough to use though sometimes I do miss type - perhaps more often than with my previous phone whose keys were slightly more defined. The blurb tells me it has a dust-resistant keypad. This seems a bit of an odd feature - whose phones ever sit around long enough to gather dust? - but it does seem to keep quite nice and clean. One really useful feature is the ability to send long texts - you get charged for 2 or 3 or however many, but you can simply type it up as one long message which it then splits up to transmit. As for received messages, you can keep up to 60 which isn't masses, but is enough for most purposes unless you're love sick and won't delete any of your honey's musings. It's easy if time consuming to delete messages - I've not found a way to bulk-delete yet.
Because I am currently teaching early classes, and am without a digital alarm clock for now, I use the alarm feature on this to wake me up if needed (though I have an alarm on my watch too, I have been known to switch it off in my sleep as I keep it on overnight). The alarm is good, loud and reliable - just as you need it to be. Mirroring my watch, the phone also has a stopwatch feature which looks simple enough though I prefer the one on my Casio.
Additional features include a calculator and a dedicated converter (for currency or weights and measures) - another winner for travelers. You can set reminders too, which I often do as if I write them in a diary I'll often then forget to look at them in time.
The phone comes with 3 pre-installed games though Snake is the only one I've ever felt the need to play. The games are more retro than they are fancy, but still, as a freebie, they're a nice bonus.
This is a reliable phone. My mother had it for a year but then it lay switched off for a good 6 months before I picked it up again, and yet it restarted without hesitation once it had had a bit of a charge, something I've known other, more expensive models to struggle with.
Any complaints? Sometimes the phone is a little slow at implementing commands such as deleting texts. Other than that, I can't fault it for what it is.
Nokia market this model as being Simple, Practical and Affordable, and I would wholeheartedly agree. It is not a status phone, but it is fit for purpose if your purpose is making calls and sending texts. What it lacks in terms of gadgets (camera, music player etc) it makes up for in price and lack of looks (in a good way). It's funny how your perspectives change: at home it would do as a quick replacment for a lost phone etc but that's it. I wouldn't be caught dead with this as a long term phone in the UK, but I wouldn't be caught dead WITHOUT it here.
This phone is widely available, and you don't need to prove your wanderlust prior to purchasing.
Current prices (Feb 2011) include:
From Tesco.com, £16.97 inc. £10 of credit
From Amazon.co.uk, around the £19.99 mark
I am incredibly old-fashioned when it comes to a mobile phone. Whilst I recognise that they are extremely useful in an emergency I have no wish to have a general conversation on one, use it as a camera, laptop or MP3 player. I don't want to book a hair appointment in the middle of Sainsbury's, nor do I want to bore all bystanders with the details of my latest night out. Before my daughter started school I only charged mine up if we were going out somewhere where we might conceivably be separated or if a family member was unwell. However because I would like the school to be able to get hold of me immediately if my little girl is unwell, I reluctantly carry a phone with me most of the time. My last phone was an LG something or other that my husband chose to replace my broken 7 year old Nokia, it had a camera (didn't know how to take the pictures off it), internet (never used) and a whole load of arcane features that were lost on me. When it gave up the ghost (baby dribble in the electronics) I took the opportunity to buy something that suited me better and I have been delighted by this Nokia 1208.
***What do you get**
For £15 I got the phone and the charger and a very short instruction manual. The phone is partly charged in the factory so it is ready to go as soon as the box is opened. I removed the Sim-card from my old phone with great difficulty as it had to be slid out of the holder very delicately. With the Nokia 1208 however the card is held in place by a metal clip which simply lifts up so you can place the card and snap the clip back quickly and easily. The battery slotted in on top and the back clicked back easily. I had to do this several times because I needed to get some numbers from my old phone that hadn't transferred to the new Nokia and each time I had no problem getting the back off and on again.
First appearances were that it was very small and light. Its 10 centimetres long, 4 centimetres wide and 1 centimetre deep and it is very much lighter than my old phone. I am glad I have a small bag otherwise I would continually be searching for it! The screen is also tiny - about 2.5 centimetres by 1.5 centimetres. At the top of the phone is the flashlight bulb and then there is the usual phone number pad with the numbers, star and hash keys, green phone, red phone, four buttons to scroll through options and the two selection keys under the screen.
The number pad is brilliant for me as the buttons are quite cushioned and there are raised plastic ledges around them, so it is quite hard to make a mistake when texting. On my old phone my fingers were always slipping as I don't use predictive text and like to punctuate properly (yes, old fuddy-duddy I know) but this one makes texting much easier and simpler. It would be ideal for an older person because of this.
The menu and display are very dated and simple, very reminiscent of my ancient Nokia 3310 from 2000. Everything is clearly laid out and easy to access in an intuitive format that is an absolute dream to use. Within ten minutes of me opening the box I had added ten contacts, set up the keyguard, set the clock and customised the settings (to the exact shade thanks to the simple sliding colour scale) and ringtone to my personal taste. It all just makes sense, there was no fiddling around and endless messing with menus and the manual....it...all...just...worked. Bliss.
I bought this phone for two reasons - to be able to call and text, so it was important that the phone can make clear calls with no fuzziness or interruption. On this aspect it is 100% although its size can make it hard to hold if you are doing a million things at once. I have had this phone for several months and have not had any problems making or receiving calls. It is very easy to make a call by either typing in the number or scrolling through the menu to the contacts list. When making or receiving a call you can alter the volume mid-call or put the call on loudspeaker by following the prompts on the screen. Connectivity has been fantastic. My old phone had to be turned on by the open front door or front window in order to connect to the 02 network, but this one cheerfully connects anywhere, which is fantastic and much less frightening for people walking past the house who often saw me hanging out of doors and windows to get a signal. We don't live anywhere unusual, a large town in North East Essex so this was a baffling, weekly irritation.
Again, it is incredibly easy to text using this phone, with the cushioned number buttons and raised edges as I said above. Although the small screen means you have to scroll down to see a full message the words are larger and easier to read than on my old larger screened phone and in a much more readable font. It tells you at the top of the text window how many characters you have left, which is a useful feature which was sadly lacking in my zappier and now deceased LG phone. When the message has been sent you get a little ticked box to confirm.
I only have one small complaint here and that is that once you have written a text and sent it then it stays in the phone and reappears when you want to write another. You have to use options and go to 'Clear Text', or hold down the clear button in order to remove the words and start again. Mildly irritating, but something I have got used to after a few months of use. Also although it shows you the number you are sending to, it doesnt link it to the relevant name in the contact book and just shows the number. As I don't even know my husband's mobile number by sight, this has caused some frantic checking and a regular moment of self-doubt before I send the text.
I did have a quick look around the extras (thats what they are actually labelled on the main menu!-hurrah!) to see if there was anything useful, just in case and I found some lovely bits and pieces that are very easy to find again, extremely easy to use and actually quite useful. One of these is the clock screensaver that appears on the main screen when the keyguard is on. It shows the time and date in either digital or classic clock style and as a non-watch wearer who relies on my phone to tell me the time, this is brilliant. My old phone took 10 seconds to remove keyguard and 'boot up' , whereas this takes 1 second - a saving of 9 seconds. Might not sound like much but I check it three or four times a days at least so that is 36 seconds a day or 13140 seconds a year, 219 minutes or almost four hours of wasted time.
There is a calculator, a converter for temperature, weight, length, area, volume and currency, a countdown timer, calendar, stopwatch, a ringtone composer and the marvellous flashlight which isn't brilliant but does the job if you want to find the door keyhole in the dark.
Also on the main menu is an alarm clock, a reminder setter and a games option. There are three games;
Snake Xenzia - slightly updated version of the classic Snake game
Rapid Roll - You have to roll a ball off little platforms without getting it squished
Nature Park - match coloured balls in rows of three.
They are all quite hard to play with the tiny screen but very simple and addictive.
The phone comes with quite a lot of ringtones, mostly musical. Thankfully they also have the simple 'briiiiing briiing' sound which is good for me as I don't associate the music coming from my bag with my phone!
Very very long, extremely good as long as you don't leave the flashlight on. If I just use it for the occasional text and very quick call it can go up to ten days without needing a charge. The battery monitor is very clear on the screen at all times, so you can easily see when the phone needs a charge.
***Technical Stuff From the Box***
Colour Display 65k
MP3 grade and 32-polyphonic ringtones
Dust resistant keypad
Multi phonebook and call duration to manage cost
Even though this phone causes much hilarity amongst my family members, who have a varied assortment of technological gadgetry between them, I love it, I really do. It is simple, intuitive, easy to use, easy to set up, has great connectivity and superb reception. It does what a phone is supposed to do, makes it easier for you to be contacted. Its battery life is excellent, the extras are useful and fun for the kids to play with and if it is stolen then you don't have to panic as it is so cheap. Would I recommend it? YES! Would I buy another? YES! Do I love it? NO-Its a necessary evil though!
I bought thus phone after I lost a good phone I had for years. Nothing really guided me to purchase this phone apart from the price which was just 50 euro at the time. It was bought about two years ago.
Although I only used it for a few months until I could afford better, it is still being passed around to everyone in the house who needs an extra phone or has in turn lost there own like I did. Because of this I am very happy I bought this as it has been used well and gotten a lot of people out of the pain of no phone!
It's incredibly simple to use and I would recommend it to someone who is not used to mobiles or has never had one before because it is one of the most basic out there.
No touch screen and messing around to call someone. It's easy to pick up and just call! It is a bit prehistoric so I would not recommend it to someone who wants a camera, Internet etc. This phone will be no good to you if that's what your looking for.
Design was simple. It is compact and has rubber buttons that can be quite dirty after a while. The battery lasts a good while too. I have often used it for two days before charging it.
I recently bought this phone as my other lg viewty smart was stolen so i wanted a quick replacement and this happend to be it. a great little phone that does everything a phone should. call and text. luckily i already have a mp3 and camera so i wasnt bothered about not having the "gadgets" on this phone.
I have found it the simplest of phones to use in a long time and it took me about 5 minutes to learn where everything is. I bought this phone for £14.99 which is a pretty reasonable price yet i didnt really want to spend that much as i had to pay £500 to cancel my contract ( always get insurance with those things it literally saves your life in cases like these) but still a good price all the same.
It has everything i need from the alarm clock, calculator and even a FLASH which i was impessed with. Its extremly easy to add contacts, set time and date, and would be brilliant as a childs first phone.
thank you for reading my review i like this phone and im sure you will too :D
If you genuinely want a phone just for calls and texts, this is perfect. Simply pick one up for less than twenty quid, get a SIM and away you go.
The beauty of this phone is that it has all you would expect of a basic Nokia, and no more. The menu and call system is easy to read and so intuitive that the manual will go untouched. Indeed, I find it simpler to put a dialled number in my address book, or to insert a phone number into a text, than on my Blackberry.
However, although it is basic, it does not feel mean: the screen is in colour and you can associate little graphics with your contacts, so you can see at a glance who's calling. Moreover, bells and whistles come in the form of a nifty torchlight LED, in case you need to find your keys in the dark.
None of this is done at the cost of th environment: there is a reassuringly expansive eco-declaration on the Nokia website which shows the phone's green credentials (it only uses 0.8 Watts while calling and 0.007W on stand-by).
Since the phone has been pared back so much, the battery life is truly phenomenal! I have gone around a week of mild use without charging it. In the locked mode, the phone however still manages to show the time very prominently, as well as any texts, voicemails or missed calls. Charging is quick and a message appears to remove the charger from the socket, which is a very nice, environmentally friendly reminder since phone chargers are "energy vampires", even when no phone is plugged in.
The call sound quality is excellent and, as my girlfriend also has one, I know that the microphone does a good job of delivering your voice without much ambient noise to whoever you're calling. The loudspeaker also performs well, and there is even an option to use it with a headset or loopset.
The keypad consists of one sheet of soft plastic, with grooves and bumps which prevent the fat-fingered such as myself pressing the wrong button unintentionally. The great advantage to this is that there are no holes for crud to build up, so the phone can be slung into whatever bag or pocket you like.
Finally the phone is durable. Given its price, I've not set out to take particularly good care of it, but there is no scratch on the screen and the case is not worn.
It feels so uncomplicated that it won't die on you unexpectedly and, when it does finally conk out, you can give it back to Nokia and they'll recycle it for you.
I bought a basic Nokia not long back and due to my usual carelessness it got put through the wash and that was the end of it. I went to look for a direct replacement for my phone but unfortunately Tesco were out of stock and I ended up with the Nokia 1208 at the tiny price of £14.99.
This is a very basic phone useful for little more than just the basic text and call functions along with just a few extras. There is a calculator, stopwatch, timer, alarm, and a convertor for volumes, currency etc. All of these functions as with the rest of the phone are very basic but do the job well, which is more than can be said for some of the phones crammed with technology.
There are a a few games including the classic snake, as well as rapid roll and nature park. Again these are all very basic but can be very addictive once you get started on them. There is also a flashlight built into the top of the phone which can come in very useful although it is not the brightest but at least its there.
The call clarity is excellent and the keypad although soft and very small, is not cheap feeling and makes for accurate texting and entering phone numbers even when in a rush.
It is easy to change between the different modes on the phone, i.e silent or loud just by pressing one button and making the selection from there. The other thing that stood out about the phone is the minimal time it takes to actually switch on and connect to a network.
There are a limited amount of ring-tones and message tones already built into the phone, but then I wasn't expecting to find a great deal for the price of the phone.
Overall although this phone hasn't even got a camera, its another great cheap little phone from Nokia with some well thought through content, excluding what really isn't needed and including most of what will genuinely be useful to the user.
5 out of 5 Dooyoo stars for this excellent little phone that seems just as reliable as any other Nokia you may find on the market.
I bought this phone for £4.99 and it was a bargain. At this price, my expectations were very low and as a basic backup phone, I really just expected to be able to make calls.
The phone itself is light and design simple but feels decent. It is obviously a budget phone and does feel like it but the build is well made and doesn't carry a tacky feel that some budget phones may have.
The phone comes with a couple of games and doubles up as a torch which is worth the price I paid alone. The call quality is excellent and battery life even better. I charge my Xperia about 10 times before this Nokia 1208 requires a charge so battery life is amongst the best I have kown.
For me this is a perfect holiday phone or one to have as a backup. This is a phone which if you lost, you wouldn't break into a sweat about. It a simple phone that is ideal for young kids or elderly aswell.
If you need a backup phone and want something cheap that delivers then this is a good choice.
I brought this phone wanted something simple, and easy to use. Its not that large and only weights about 80 grams.
I think Nokia had a design brief to make this a phone not a camera and phone just a phone.
You can get it in a range of colours if you change the case but it always would have the word "nokia" on the back. I have a case on mine so you can not see the Nokia logo.
This phone has no camera no internet no advanced gagets as we would call them now a days. it has spongy buttons and its one of the easiest phones to use.
It has speaker phone and alarm and three games called snakes, 'bounce' and nature park. This phone get excellent reception and long life battery which take two weeks to run out and it take about one day to fully charge up. this phone is uber cheap. If you buy it via dooyoo it is £7.99 on amazon.
This phone is an excellent back up phone because the battery goes on for two weeks so you can just leave it in your pocket.
Also if it gets stolen in P.E just go buy another one because its just £7.99
I brought this phone for my nan about three months ago. She had never owned a mobile phone before, and wanted something simple, and easy to use. I had a look at many phones, before I decided on this one, as I didn't want to get her one that had too many features, and be too confusing for her to use. I also wanted to get her something reliable, and Nokia has been around ages, so I was glad when I spotted this one.
This phone has been great for just for that. It does what a phone is suppose to do, call and text! She has been very happy with it. I have used it a fair few times too, and it is a great little phone, although very basic.
It is about 10cms long, 4cms wide, and about 1.5cms thick, it feels quite small and not too bulky. It weighs about 77g.
It is black in colour, and has the Nokia logo written just above the screen, and imprinted on the back. The buttons are dark grey, and feel quite spongy and easy to press, so they don't ever get stuck. They are also far enough apart not to hit the wrong buttons when texting.
It has none of the gadgets on it that maybe you would expect of a phone now days, so no camera, or internet etc. But that is what this model is designed for I think, it is designed to be as basic as possible, and very easy to use.
It has a colour screen, I'd say the screen is quite small, as it is only 3cms x 2cms. It also has a speaker phone, which is very handy, alarm clock, calendar, calculator etc.
It also has three games, which include snakes, 'bounce' and nature park.
The Nokia 1208 also has an inbuilt flash light, right at the top of the phone, so you can use it as a torch if you wish, which is very bright, although I'm not sure how that would come in handy often.
The battery life for this phone is excellent. You only have to charge it every 7 - 10 days, which is great, as at the moment I am having to charge my own phone every 2 days! Charging it up is very quick too, it only takes about 2 - 3 hours to fully charge it.
This phone is super cheap to buy, so it could even be good for a cheap back up / emergency phone. I picked this one up for £15 and that included £5 free credit - so for a tenner that was a complete bargain. You can pick these up cheaply from Tesco for about £15 on their website, although I have seen lots of deals for these at the moment, around the shops.
I would recommend this to people who want a cheap phone, that just calls or texts. At this price you don't have to worry all the time about it being dropped or lost etc. If you want a gadget packed phone I'd definitely advise to look elsewhere, but all in all a great little phone!
I bought this phone for £15, including £10 free top-up with Tesco mobile (bought in store at Tesco). I guess, taking off the cost of the credit, the phone itself was around £5, which is a truly amazing deal. I have had this phone for over a year now, with no problems and managed to get it unlocked for free by calling up. I am now with Orange and everything works fine.
To sum up, this phone is your basic, 'make-a-call' phone. No fancy extras- just text and call. You have a couple of games on it, including the (now retro?) Snake Xenzia, Nature Park and Rapid Roll. These are quite good games actually and if you're the right person, they can be pretty addictive!
This phone reminds me of the old-school Nokia's, which at the time, were highly popular and in demand! Now, they lack the somewhat un-related, yet totally necessary features, such as MP3 players and cameras. However, in this case, simple is good and you get a phone, a light-weight, pocket-sized, quality built, plain and simple phone- just as it should be! A great back phone for those who have lost one (I had mine stolen, grr), however, you might easily find it becomes your first and fave phone and you'll hang onto it. Mine's pretty damage proof also, I've dropped it a number of times and ripped the keypad off which was easily pressed back on; so great. The only possible disadvantage is a slightly (ok, very) vain one and that is that people may see I don't have an up-to-date state-of-the-art do-dah, like the various (impossible to use) Blackberry's and Iphones and all other matters of over complex machinery designed to do one thing- make a call. Let's not forget that!
Other features include:
Text (not photo!) messaging;
Composer (for ringtunes, whoop whoop!);
Demo (demonstrating how the phone works).
When my trusty four year old Samsung finally gave up the ghost it was rather inconvenient as my current contract still had six weeks to run so I got this Nokia 1208 from Amazon as a sim free unlocked option to tide me over until the new year and my upgrade. I paid £22 for it on Amazon and I have to say as a short term backup phone it has been ideal.
Compared with current phones it is really basic with few features but I wanted cheap and reliablke and that is what you get. It is a small black phone with a small colour screen.
The call quality is excellent with good sound on it and the calls I have made and received have been really clear and audible, it has differnt sound setting and on highvolume you can hold the phone away from your ear and still hear clearly the person as the other end.
For me the most impressive feature of the phone is the battery life, fully charged it has lasted me an entire eight days so far and still going strong and I have made three hours of calls, about 40 texts and it is on most of the day and I still have three bars of power, it is a mighty good battery and only took about four hours to charge from flat.
Texting is easy and the buttons are plenty big enough and slightly springy to the touch, the only annoying thing that I have foundis that the 0 button is the space button while I'm used to the # button the Samsung and the # button switches from normal to predictive so I keep getting annoyed with it.
No camera with this phone or internet, it has a couple of basic games on it and the one feature I do like is a little flashlight featre which makes it easy to find dropped keys when I was drunkenly trying to get ingto my house the other night.
The only downsides I have found is the fact that if you want to send a text to a group of people you either have to set up the distribution list in advance or send it individually which is a bit of a pain. Also the buttons are quite easy to depress when it is in your pocket and this could mean you can make calls without realising it, this has not happened to me but I could see it happening as a couple of times I have picked out the phone from my bag to see that it has selected a contact from my recently called list.
It came with a charger and nothing else but as a stop gap it is perfect for me and I will keep it as a back up or for possibly messy nights out even when I get my upgrade.
A few weeks after buying this phone, I found that I could no longer send or receive text messages. Complete rip-off.
I am writing this review on behalf of my dad (he lives 300 miles away) who bought this mobile as an emergency when BT cut him off 5 days earlier than requested prior to moving house!! (But THAT'S another story!!!)
He purchased the Nokia 1208 from Tesco Mobile on Pay as You Go, for £17.97. It was good deal, if you top up by £15 they will triple it to £45. Well done Tesco.
Anyway back to the phone review, it has the following 'features' -
65k Colour CSTN Screen (96 x 68 Pixels)
Large Digital Clock Wallpaper, Animated Screensavers, Jumbo Font
Dual Band (GSM 900 & GSM 1800)
4 Mbytes Memory, 7 Hours Talk Time
365 Hours Standby
One Touch Shortcut Keys
Flashlight - Probably its most useful function!!!
SMS (Text Messaging)
Phone Book (200 Contacts)
Time (Analogue & Digital)
Stopwatch, Calculator, Converter, Reminders
One Touch Shortcut Keys
Power Saver Mode
Preloaded MP3 & Polyphonic Ringtones
Weight & Size
102 x 44.1 x 17.5 mm
This is a basic no frills mobile that seems to promise so much for particularly the elderly or 'technophobes' but delivers very little.
As I said my dad has used this but I haven't, so I can't comment on looks and feel,etc, however I can say that it does not fulfill its use as a phone. I received a first call from dad and then rang him straight back (to save him funds) and I kept getting voicemail. Oh Dad I thought you've been fiddling in the menus and changed something! So had to wait for him to ring me again, When he did he promised me he had not changed anything so I let it go and rang him again. Voicemail each time.
I waited for another call and persuaded him to take it to a mobile dealer for some basic lessons!! The guy in the shop told him that the phone was set up to receive calls - no divert etc on and he couldn't explain why it kept going to voicemail.
I looked on the internet for the manual - very basic with hardly any info at all. Other reviewers have said the same as me, maybe its a big technical glitch. Tesco had no advice either so I'm afraid he took a hammer to it and that's the end of that!!!!
What is the use of a phone that can't receive calls? I think that Nokia have made a dud here at the bottom end of their range which is a pity as there will always be a market for simple to use, cheap mobiles. They should have spent less time adding a torch and more time ensuring it works properly :(
Had to give 1 star, 0 not allowed.
User-friendly and dependable - your connections made easy on the Nokia 1208.