Microsoft announces Nokia 216 feature phone

Microsoft announces Nokia 216 feature phone

Microsoft has just announced the Nokia 216 feature phone, to compliment the existing Nokia 215 feature phone. The Nokia 215 is currently available in the UK at a very low price; from £0.50 per month on a 24 month contract, from £13.99 on pay as you go or from £39.99 SIM free.

Nokia 216 design 

The Nokia 216 has a robust polycarbonate shell and this Nokia phone will be available in black, grey and blue. The physical keypad has colour matched keys and a central navigation button.

Nokia 216 feature phone

The phone will be easy to find from within a bag with its 13.5mm thickness, yet it will be almost unnoticed in a pocket at only 82.6g. On the top we find a 3.5mm headphone jack and this has been placed next to a microUSB port, that is used for charging the phone. On the rear there is a speaker positioned for enjoying music.

Nokia 216 features

Feature phones are a light-version of a smartphone and these are designed to be easier to use, while still offering many useful features. The Nokia 216 has an instantly recognisable and familiar user experience, generated by the Series 30+ operating system.

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Useful features includes an alarm clock, flashlight, calendar, notes, reminders, call barring and integrated hands-free speaker. The Nokia 216 also offers high quality voice calls and internet browsing through the Opera Mini Browser.

Nokia 216

The 2.4” QVGA LCD screen features a low power mode to help ensure its user gets the most out of the battery reserves. The outstanding battery life offers up to 18 hours of talk time, 24 days of standby time or up to 47 hours of music playback.

For entertainment, the Nokia 216 can play videos and run games. In addition to this, Microsoft is offering one free full Gameloft game, every month for a year. Further to this, owners can download apps and games through the Mobile Opera Store.

Nokia 216 features

The front and rear facing cameras have a 0.3MP resolution, with a main LED flash and selfie flash. The camera has 2x zoom and can record video at 15 frames per second.

Nokia 216 spec

Further features are highlighted in the Nokia 216 specifications:

  • Internal memory - 16GB
  • microSD card slot - 32GB
  • Storage - 3,000 contacts
  • Internet - 2.5G
  • Battery - 1,020mAh
  • Security - Device lock, password and PIN
  • Sound - Stereo FM radio, MP3 player and video player 
  • Screen - 320 x 240 pixels (167 pixels per inch)
  • Video - Realtime YouTube video streaming
  • Connectivity - Bluetooth
  • Notifications - Glance Screen and vibrating alerts

Alternative feature phones

Feature phones are often the domain of more elderly users or are selected by those who don’t feel tech savvy. Nokia has always had a strong presence in the feature phone market but there are still alternatives.

Doro phone reviews

Doro is one such alternative and their feature phones have been designed to coach users with a setup wizard, tutorials and on-screen help. In addition to having created the world’s easiest interface, Doro feature phones include In Case of Emergency services that many elderly phone owners and their families will find reassuring.

Doro recently launched the Doro 8030 and you can read the Doro 8030 review here.

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Written by: Michael Brown