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Nokia 130 - Built To Last

Nokia 130 - Built To Last
Smartphones are so sophisticated today, it seems there isn’t a single task they can’t perform. Whether it’s remembering birthdays, storing grocery lists, finding events, recommending places to eat, we have access to an unbelievable amount of data. But take a moment to remember how things worked back in the day. You couldn’t Google a restaurant on the street, you had to ask someone for a recommendation. Grocery lists were actually written down with pen and paper, and clouds were objects in the sky. To celebrate the past, we decided to review Nokia 130, a simple phone bringing out nostalgia with each button press.

Nokia 130


Design-wise, Nokia 130 is the embodiment of simplicity. There are no complex design lines or features that will blow you away. Unibody design is as relevant to it as our understanding of quantum mechanics, but there is something more to phones than just being dazzling. Flagship devices have created this atmosphere where looks play a grandiose role, and most times they do, but in a phone that costs under £50 there is a more important element. This isn’t a phone many will buy as their primary device, it’s a phone that will get tossed around on camping trips, handed to guest, and given to children who aren’t ready for something more expensive. Those situations call for something rugged, ready to endure a healthy dose of beating. Since Nokia 130 is made out of the simplest components, you don’t have to worry about cracking your touchscreen or bending it slightly. It’s a phone that doesn’t require nearly any attention and that’s one thing we like about it most. Dimensions come in at 106 x 45.5 x 13.9 mm and it weighs 69 grams.


Nokia 130


On the front you will find a basic 1.8-inch TFT panel producing 128 x 160 pixels. Often times we focus on pixel density, yet this time we’ll forget all about it because this is not a phone burdened by specs. This phone focuses on delivering optimal performance for something that cost less than an average dinner in a normal restaurant. Spending some time with Nokia 130, we didn’t have any issues with the screen. Visibility was great even in direct sunlight, which can’t be said for all smartphones. And since there is no touchscreen, you don’t have to worry about scratching it.


Nokia 130


Nokia 130’s best feature is the ability to play music, video, and FM radio. Some of you might be laughing, but there are MP3 players being sold right now that are close to this price and we didn’t see anyone making calls or texting on them. Plus Nokia 130 has a microSD slot for up to 32GB of MP3s or video, a huge bonus for those worried about the number of songs that can be stored.


Nokia 130


Smartphones are fantastic and we enjoy the fun they bring, but some situations call for a simple solution that only require a durable phone. Whether you need it as a secondary phone for a hiking trips or to hand it out to your kids, Nokia 130 is a great cheap and cheerful handset that is surprisingly reliable.

 

 


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