The Nokia 103 is at the bottom of the food chain. It is a very basic feature phone. This device is as basic as mobile gets. As such, the sales package is basic too – the phone, a charger, and the battery.
The 103 has a 96 x 68 pixel, 1.36 inch monochrome display, and large comfortable keys laid out in the traditional mobile phone way. It feels comfortable in the hand. It is all plastic, of course.
Don’t expect any bells and whistles here. There is no camera, internet connectivity or any other form of connectivity either. This little guy is for people who need voice and SMS. Remember, its at the bottom of the chain.
At the top of the phone is a flashlight and a 3.5mm port for a headset. On the right is the old Nokia charging port, at the bottom is the microphone, and the lower left edge provides a lanyard slot.
Diving into the menu of the phone reveals Messages (SMS), Contacts, Call Register, Settings, Clock, FM Radio Reminders, Games and Extras. Under Extras, you have utilities like a calculator, converter, countdown timer, calendar, stopwatch and flashlight. Not a bad line-up for a basic feature phone.
Included games include: Bounce, Soccer League, and Snake Xenzia.
Nokia claims that the 103 has up to 27 days standby time and a talk time of up to 11 hours. While I haven’t put these claims to test, I have found the 103 going for days though the children listen to radio and play games on it a whole lot. The stellar battery life meaning that it keeps going for days, and the flashlight comes in handy those nights when public power supply is unavailable.
For cutting edge mobile users, the Nokia 103 will find useful service as a backup device during road or off-road trips (camping, hiking, etc). It will also serve well as a house phone. It looks and feels like a device that can take some rough handling and still keep going. I am tempted to call the 103 the Nokia 3310 of 2013, but from what I have read of the Nokia 105, I do feel that the latter deserves that tag.
The Nokia 103 costs about N3,000 on the streets.
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 HDML/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.