Expert Review of Nokia 101 Coral Red
Nokia 101 is another model in Nokia feature phones category that are available in the market, but unlike most of Nokia feature phones, it is a dual SIM phone and is thus the fifth phone by the company in the same segment. Nokia 101 comes in a very compactable size of 110mm x 45.5mm x 14.9mm that can easily take place in the front of the users without putting much load on it. With a very light weight of 71 grams, the users can carry this feature phone for long time without straining the muscles of their hands. The beneficial feature of this handset is its dual SIM functionality that enables the users to avail the facility of two networks on one handset without taking the load of changing the SIM each time. This feature does not take much space even, as it carries 73cc volume only. Though it is the era of smartphones and many smartphones with latest technology and unique features are hitting the stores but then also the usage of simple basic phones will not be affected. The main reason behind this is that people use smartphones for other activities, such as web surfing, taking pictures and shooting videos, connection with social sites, video chats, etc., and for the basic call and messaging functions people still prefer using these feature phones, as they offer much longer talk time as compared to smartphones. Nokia 101 is very sturdy phone and can leave smartphones far behind in terms of strong body built, so this means that the users can handle this feature phone roughly and it is amongst one of those phones that become a good companion and remain with users for long time without giving any problem. Dual SIM phones are well-doing in the Indian market and keeping the dual SIM popularity in mind, Nokia rolled out this dual SIM feature phone in the market. This phone supports GSM network only for both the SIMs, so the users can use two networks at one time and if one network is not connecting properly then they can use the other network easily, which means that the users will never get lost if they are using a dual SIM phone like Nokia 101. This phone is marketed as a dual SIM music phone. Staying in touch with others is not problematic with this phone at hand. It provides room for 500 phonebook entries, which means that the users can store the contacts of virtually everybody in their different life circles. It also has the ability to store up to 250 messages. The phone has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, that also works as an A/V connector, a flashlight and a microSD card slot on the top whereas the bottom is left untouched. The right side houses the second microSIM slot whilst the left side has a charging port. All the chassis of this phone are made up of plastic that provides a comfortable feel to hands. Apart from its dual SIM nature, the phone also help its owners to enjoy music and get the content they like to hear through FM stations. The cell phone has alpha numeric keypad that is made up of rubber, which does not ache the fingers while using the keypad for long time, as it is very soft in touch and is easy to use with T9 dictionary option for entering a text.
User Interface and UI functionality
Nokia 101 carries a small TFT display of size 1.8 inches that provides a resolution of 128 x 160 pixels with color combinations made from 65K colors along with 114 ppi pixel density, that helps in differentiating every object of the picture. Though the display does not have any fingerprint resistant coating but still it provides a clear and unblurred view to the users that even works well in bright sunlight. This simple phone is running on Nokia's own proprietary platform, that is, Series 30 operating system. This operating system is easy to use where the main menu is simple to navigate and use, and the interface is very fast and responsive. It includes access to SMS messaging, Contacts with contact lists from both SIM cards and the phones’ memory in one place, a standard call register, music containing MP3 and FM player, games section with six simple games, Clock with alarm functionality, and Extras category with a reminder, calculator, calendar, flashlight activator, and other. To manage these icons there is also a setting option that enables the users to adjust the ringtone, message alert tone, brightness, call mode, phone security, lights, date and time, connectivity, enhancements, configurations, etc. of the phone.
Nokia 101 is full entertainment device that supports MP3 sound formats and also the users can record sound files with this feature phone. Though there is no video player facility on this device, but the users can enjoy the music anytime and anywhere without any connectivity problem. This phone supports stereo FM radio, where the 3.5 mm headphone works as an antenna to catch the signals of various radio stations. The users can flow in the stream of music 24 x 7 as the battery is so powerful that it does not comes between the user and the entertainment. The users can also attach speakers or woofers to Nokia 101 with the help of 3.5 mm headphone jack. Music files can be stored in the extendable external memory of the device through a microSD card.
Pictures and Video quality
Nokia 101 does not support any video as there is no preinstalled video player in this phone and also it lacks any camera feature that halts the users to capture their special moments with this feature phone. Since it is a very low cost mobile phone, so one cannot expect much out of the box, but when other contemporary phones are coming with a camera facility, this can lead to slightest fall in demand of this phone. To sooth the users, this feature phone has torchlight that enable the users to use the device as a torch also when there is a power cut or when they want to search something below the bed.
As Nokia 101 is a simple basic phone, it does not have any web browser that enables a user to use Internet on this handset. There are no connectivity options such as EDGE, GPRS, 3G, WLAN, Wi-Fi, etc. and even the phone lacks the options for nearby connections like Bluetooth, Infrared port, USB port, NFC, etc., which means that the users cannot share files with the nearby devices also.
Internal and External Memory
In terms of memory, Nokia 101 does not disappoint its users as it do carry a port that helps in increasing the external memory of the handset. The device allows the users to store up to 500 phonebook entries, 250 messages and call records. The music files can be stored in the external memory that can be extended up to 16 GB with the help of a microSD card slot that is hot swappable, which means that the users do not have to remove the battery cover and battery to insert or remove the card.
Applications and Gaming
Nokia 101 comes loaded with six simple games like Snake, carromboard, Tetris, etc. that allows the users to pass their time by playing games when they are on go. There are many applications like alarm clock, calendar, reminder, calculator, flashlight activator, etc. that are available in almost every feature phone.
Nokia 101 is not only robust in body build but is also strong in terms of battery backup as it comes loaded with Li-Ion 1,020 mAh (BL-5C) standard battery that allows a talktime up to 8 hours 30 minutes and a standby time up to 768 hours, that is, up to 32 days, which means that there is no need to charge the phone everyday. The users can also play the music files for time up to 26 hours.
Nokia 101 offers connectivity to GSM 2G networks for both the SIMs at a frequency of 900/1800 MHz.
Nokia 101 is a nice and sweet phone that does not have any specification of a smartphone but still is capable of turning the heads due to its solid built and long lasting battery backup. This phone can get a tough competition from Samsung Guru, iBall Glam, iBall Aaura, Nokia 100, LG A190, Karbonn K334 and many more basic handsets that carry camera feature with them.