Nokia 8110 4G review
The Banana / Matrix phone is back
Nokia has recently been on a mission to bring back some of the world’s most iconic phones. Our Nokia 8110 4G review follows on from another iconic phone, the Nokia 3310 2017.
The Nokia 8110 4G is coming to the UK in May 2018 and will be priced from £69.99 (ex VAT). With 4G on board, you will now be able to surf, chat and stream on the new Banana / Matrix phone.
Shaped like a banana
The Nokia 8110 4G is a curved phone and the keyboard is hidden away under a curved protective cover that opens with a smooth sliding motion. You can start and end calls by sliding the cover open or shut.
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This Nokia phone has a polycarbonate shell coloured in either banana yellow or traditional black. The phone is rather light at 117g but a few mm thicker than a smartphone, at 14.9mm.
The Nokia 8110 4G isn’t quite waterproof but it does have IP52 certification, indicating drip protection.
Display and processor
The display is obviously far smaller than a smartphone display and comes in at 2.45”. The curved display has QVGA resolution, with 240 x 320 pixels. There are still enough pixels for a full experience and we’ll cover the features later on in this review.
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The Qualcomm 205 1.1GHz processor with 512MB RAM has the same sort of power as a budget smartphone. Most importantly, the processor delivers an energy efficient performance and again, more on that later on.
Phone Set Up
Syncing your content
Designed as a second phone in most instances, the Nokia 8110 4G has a 4GB internal memory. With this you can sync your calendar and contacts with Outlook or Gmail. If you have music files or photos on your main smartphone, then you can also transfer these over.
You probably haven’t heard of the KaiOS operating system but this is an emerging OS designed for phones that sit somewhere between smartphones and dumb phones. With KaiOS, you have access to an app store for games, weather apps and maps.
For example, you can get apps such as Google Search, the Google Assistant, Google Maps, Twitter and Facebook. Nokia has enriched the experience by pre-loading a reinvented version of the classic Snake game, which is now in full colour.
You can listen to music files through the back mounted speaker. Usually we hate speakers in this position because the sound gets muffled when the phone is put down. However, the curved design of the Nokia 8110 4G prevents this issue. You can also listen to your favourite stations on the FM Radio, which uses the provided headset as a radio antenna.
Camera & Video
The Nokia 8110 4G has a 2MP camera and this is accompanied by a LED flash, for low light photography. The camera has basic photography features, such as a self timer, a photo gallery and the ability to record video.
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Long standby time
The 1,500mAh battery is perfectly matched up to the screen size and offers really long standby times. You can expect to get up to 25 days of standby or up to 48 hours of music playback, 6.1 hours of HD video playback or up to 9.3 hours of talk time.
Written by: Michael Brown