Nokia 215 review
Microsoft’s most affordable internet-ready mobile phone
Announced at CES2015, Microsoft is set to deliver its most affordable internet-ready mobile phone and today we take a look at what will be one of the cheapest smartphones in our Nokia 215 review.
Before we begin we must understand that this cheap smartphone is aimed at first time mobile phone buyers and as such will be marketed at $29 plus taxes. If this price converts directly for the UK market then we could be buying this phone for around £23!
So let’s take a look at the Nokia 215 which will be available in single SIM and dual-SIM configurations.
The Nokia 215 is a durable little phone that has a polycarbonate shell and this keeps it colour even if it is scratched. A set of rubber keys make typing a on the alphanumeric keyboard pleasant and you can choose from three colour schemes; bright green, white or black.
Taking a look around this Microsoft phone we find a rear mounted stereo speaker and on the top edge there is an audio jack and a MicroUSB port. I do like this configuration as it keeps those cables away from your hand when either charging or listening to music.
Above the keypad we find a LCD Transmissive 2.4”QVGA display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels which equates to 166 pixels per inch. The internal memory of 8GB, which is pretty generous in this pricing bracket, can be boosted with a MicroSD card of up to 32GB.
Powered by the Nokia Series 30 Operating System the Nokia 215 weighs almost nothing at 78.7 grams and the shell feels secure in the hand at 12.9mm thick.
Phone Set Up
There is very little setup to undertake on the Nokia 215 and with Facebook, Twitter and Messenger pre-installed, with instant notifications, you simply need to login and you are up and running.
If you love your wireless accessories then you may also like to pair the phone with a Bluetooth headset or speaker and take your audio enjoyment to a new level.
The Nokia 215 features have been carefully selected and these include the Opera Mini Browser for internet access along with Bing Search. The MSN Weather app is also pre-installed and you can choose to view a hourly or 5 day weather forecast.
On the dual-SIM version you will notice separate signal strength indicators and this is most useful if you need a multi-network solution. This mobile phone also has a built-in LED torch, FM radio, MP3 player with support for Playlists and a font magnifier.
If you love to share content with friends and family then the SLAM technology will work like a treat for you. Powered by Bluetooth you can share photos and videos instantly and this technology with works other SLAM enabled or Android phones and best of all there is no need to pair the devices together.
Camera & Video
The budget concept restricts the camera package but it is still included. A 0.3 megapixel VGA camera handles your photography needs and with 2x digital zoom and fixed focus you will enjoy a simple point and shoot setup.
You can record video too at 15 frames per second which should be sufficient to capture the atmosphere on spur-of-the-moment occasions.
The display works on a low power mode and this enables the 1,100mAh battery to deliver pretty impressive staying power. The single SIM version will sit in standby for up to 29 days while the dual-SIM version can handle up to 21 days.
If you are a heavy user then up to 20 hours of talk time will be more than enough and if music is your thing then the music player can keep the beat going for up to 45 hours. If you have your Eco head on then the unplug charger reminder and 100% recyclable packaging will lessen your environmental impact.
Verdit: If you are on a budget, are buying your first mobile phone or want a cheap second phone then Microsoft’s Nokia 215 is a great deal with just enough features for the 21st Century.
Written by: Michael Brown