Nokia 105 (2017) review
All new design for a Nokia classic
Released just a few months ago, the Nokia 105 (2017) is set to be the best cheap and simple phone that will take us through 2018. The original Nokia 105 saw sales exceed 200 million units and our Nokia 105 (2017) review highlights the updates that will see this line continue to be a popular choice.
The old Nokia 105 has an ugly ‘boxy’ design and a small screen. The all new Nokia 105 tackles these issues, yet you can pick one up for just £7.03 per month on a contract with unlimited calls and text messages or for £27.99 as a handset only, which is great if you already have a working SIM card.
Ergonomics meet durability
The Nokia 105 (2017) shakes off the unsightly design of its predecessor and takes on a curvaceous form. There really are no sharp corners or straight lines anywhere in sight. The result is a modern look and a really palm pleasing fit in the hand.
What’s more, the all new Nokia 105 weighs about half as much as a smartphone, at 73g. The width of the phone is also much reduced but the phone is a few mm thicker that a smartphone (112 x 50 x 14.4mm).
Durability is improved by using a tough polycarbonate shell. This has through-colour, so even if you do manage to scratch the surface, the damage will be far less visible. The Nokia 105 (2017) is available in white in the UK and this colour gives the phone a futuristic minimalist look.
Display and keyboard
The all new Nokia 105 has a colour 1.8” QVGA display (160 x 120 pixels). Text and icons appear nice and clear and there is certainly no eyestrain when reading text messages.
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The keypad sits below the screen and the separated keys make it really easy to type numbers and text. To enter text, you press the key with the letter you need until it is shown on the screen. You can also use predictive text, which is a quicker alternative.
The button that you will likely use most, is the quad-directional central key. This lets you navigate around the homescreen apps and a simple press will select the feature that you want to use. The central key will also adjust the volume when taking calls or when listening to music.
Phone Set Up
The first things that you may want to do, is store your contacts in the phone book. There is a small memory of 4MB on the Nokia 105 (2017). Although this is small, you can store up to 2,000 contacts and up to 500 text messages.
Music, gaming and more
Although the all new Nokia 105 is a basic phone, it does still have a good range of fun and useful features:
- Music - The FM radio allows you to save your favourite radio stations. The radio antenna is actually the headphones, which are included in the box.
- Gaming - Snake Xenzia is pre-loaded and free to play. There is also two pre-loaded ‘try before you buy’ games, called Crossy Road and Doodle Jump.
- Flashlight - You can turn on the LED Flashlight by pressing the scroll up key twice. The LED is mounted in the top edge of the phone, so you can even hold it in the way you would a normal torch.
- Wallpaper - A selection of wallpapers are pre-loaded.
- Apps - These include an alarm, calendar reminders and calculator.
Camera & Video
There is no camera.
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If you want a basic phone with a camera, then choose the revamped Nokia 3310 (2017).