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Nokia 1616 and 1800

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4th November 2009

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A step up from the ultra-basic Nokia 1280, the Nokia 1616 is a very low cost colour phone that Nokia intend to sell for just €24.

The 1.8" 128 x 160 pixel screen is large enough to be useful, and as it's a TFT display it should be very easy to read. Although this is a very limited resolution compared to most mid-market European phones, the Nokia 1616 doesn't really do anything that would merit a higher resolution display.

Like the 1280, the Nokia 1616 has a dust resistant keypad, although the 1616 has a somewhat sleeker look. The phone also comes with a flashlight, an FM radio (although an external headset is required), MP3 grade ringtones, a speakerphone, multiple phonebooks and in some markets it will ship with Nokia Life Tools.

This is a basic Series 30 handset, but the larger colour screen does make it a more enjoyable experience than the 1280. Underneath this is a dual band GSM phone, in either 900/1800 or 850/1900 MHz configurations. The BL-5C battery supplies enough power for up to 8.5 hours talktime and 22 days standby time, and the whole thing comes in at a lightweight 79 grams.

 Nokia 1800 Four euros extra is not a lot to pay for a colour screen, but given the choice you might still want to go for the 1280 over the 1616 because of the 1280's different keypad arrangement.

Nokia say that the 1616 should be available during Q1 2010 with black, blue, gray and red interchangeable covers.

Nokia 1800

Visually very similar to the Nokia 1616, the Nokia 1800 is pitched at €26, and in fact all of the specifications are identical, including the screen size and battery life.

The primary difference between the 1800 and the 1616 is that the Nokia 1800 comes with a wired headset in the box, which is ideal for use with the built-in FM radio.

Strangely it is only available in a GSM 900 / 1800 configuration,  which restricts the possible market. Another odd feature is that the Nokia 1800 is due in Q2 2010 rather than Q1.. quite why there is such a long wait is a mystery.

Nokia say that the 1800 will be available with grey, red, blue and black changeable covers.

Nokia 1616 at a glance

Available:

Q1 2010/

Network:

GSM 900 / 1800 or 850 / 1900

Data:

No

Screen:

1.8" 128 x 160 pixels, 65k colours

Camera:

No

Size:

Lightweight monoblock
107 x 45 x 15mm / 79 grams

Bluetooth:

No

Memory card:

No

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

No

GPS:

No

OS:

Series 30

Battery life:

8.5 hours talk / 22 days standby

Nokia 1800 at a glance

Available:

Q2 2010/

Network:

GSM 900 / 1800

Data:

No

Screen:

1.8" 128 x 160 pixels, 65k colours

Camera:

No

Size:

Lightweight monoblock
107 x 45 x 15mm / 79 grams

Bluetooth:

No

Memory card:

No

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

No

GPS:

No

OS:

Series 30

Battery life:

8.5 hours talk / 22 days standby

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