If asked what I think of the Nokia 105, a cheap feature phone announced at MWC 2013, I would simply describe it as the new Nokia 3310. Here is a basic mobile with a nice durable build, colour display, a user interface that resembles what we saw on the Nokia N9, and a battery that lasts and lasts. Nokia claims that it gives you up to 12.5 hours of talk time and a standby of up to 35 days.
The 105 has no internet connectivity, but includes 8MB space, a Digital clock, Calculator, Flashlight, Clock, Calendar, Phonebook, Converter, Speaking clock, Expense manager, Alarm clock, and FM Radio. It also includes Nokia Life, an SMS-based service that gives you access to information, e.g. healthcare and education, without the need of an internet connection.
Nokia 105 costs only $20. That is about N3,200 here in Nigeria.
In a world where its easy to ignore anything that isn’t a smartphone, it might sound cool to scoff at the Nokia 105. But I am convinced that this baby will sell like hotcakes. As a matter of fact, I shall be getting one. The house phone has needed a replacement for a while. Think of a cheap phone that can handle the abuse of two pre-teen kids when dad and mom are away from home, and you can only agree with me that this is its replacement.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.