Expert Review of Nokia 108 Black
As Nokia got acquired by Microsoft, a lot of people stated that this was seen to be coming and expected by most. Nokia has been riding a storm for quite sometime, while the world awaited the fate of the Finnish firm that once ruled the roost and enjoyed the top position in the mobile manufacturing market. Especially in India, there was no name more formidable in the industry than Nokia's, for it was considered a sturdy, robust, and reliable brand name. But alas, its reign came to an end but would still go on to live under a different owner. With a device like Nokia 108, one gets to reminisce the good old days, for the device comes as a budget mobile phone that features a paltry 1.8-inch TFT display with a befitting resolution of 128 by 160 pixels along with 65k colors.
Pixel density is extremely low as expected with a puny 114ppi. The gadget looks small with dimensions that include a length of 110.4mm, breadth of 47mm, and thickness of 13.5mm. It weighs 70.5 grams and has a flash light feature. For a smartphone user, it would be really amusing to read the specifications of the device that really look miniscule in every aspect but the intended purpose of a small scale gadget is more of utility than style. Nokia 108 sports 4MB of RAM which is well, as low as we have ever seen in our lifetime. Memory that comes pre-installed in the device is not much to bank on with just enough space for storing 500 contact information.
There is a music player and video player, so some substantial amount of space would be required to store data like songs and videos. That would not be possible relying solely on the internal memory but the user can make use of the microSD card slot which augments the external memory up to 32GB. Internet is not that prolific with Nokia 108 as expected, but can be accessed via GPRS. Bluetooth 3.0 and USB port are provided for exchanging songs, games, images, and videos with other compatible devices. The device also provides FM Radio with RDS to accommodate not only playing of radio stations, but also recording songs on them.
The device is given away in five colors of Black, White, Red, Blue, and Yellow. A VGA camera is provided at the back of the gadget that does well by staying within its limitations at a resolution of 640 by 480 pixels. Battery life is fabulous with Nokia 108, for the user gets a standby time of up to 600 hours and an outstanding talk time of up to 13 hours and 40 minutes. The user can also listen to music for up to 41 hours without the device running out of steam.
User Interface and UI functionality
Nokia 108 features a very small sized 1.8-inch display that runs on a frail pixel density of 114ppi and a likewise resolution of 128 by 160 pixels. There is another 65k color resolution for the screen which is not much to begin with.
Nokia 108 comes with a music player and video player that are the only source of entertainment in addition to the FM Radio. With the device being a budget device, it is deprived of most high-end features and therefore, these players become an even more vital ingredient of the gadget. The user can play songs in the formats of WAV, MP3, and AAC players. Videos can be played in the formats of MP4 and H.263. FM radio is supported by RDS for recording songs.
Pictures and Video quality
Nokia 108 has a VGA primary camera which is more of a casual addition and not for the purpose of professional photography which is clearly apparent from the prescribed strength of the gadget. The user can click images at a resolution of 640 by 480 pixels and shoot videos with QVGA quality.
Nokia 108 is really restricted in terms of web access capability with just GPRS as the available means. Downloading of data is nearly impossible but websites of smaller scale can be visited.
Internal and External Memory
Nokia 108 is puny in terms of internal memory. All that the user gets to store is up to 500 contacts but with a microSD card slot, another 32GB of external memory can be added. As a result, large data collection can be kept in the device.
Applications and Gaming
Nokia 108 is weak in the gaming and applications department. Limited games are preloaded in the device while almost no means to download more.
Nokia 108 is powered by a standard lithium-ion battery of 900mAh that does not look that hefty on paper but the performance it delivers certainly is. The talk time that the user gets is up to 13 hours and 40 minutes while the standby time is up to 600 hours. These formidable figures are further boosted by the 41 hour music play time that Nokia 108 offers.
Nokia 108 provides Bluetooth version 3.0 for wireless exchange of data exchange with other devices where the data may include songs, games, images, and videos. USB port is generally for retrieval of data from computers of laptops or for transfer of the same via USB cable but here it can only be used for charging the gadget. GPRS is provided for limited access to web.
Nokia 108 when compared to Micromax X263 has a smaller screen with 1.8 inches for the former and 2.1 inches for the latter. Nokia 108 has a 900mAh standard lithium-ion battery which is half of what the Micromax X263 has to offer with 1800mAh. However, the talk time and the standby time offered by Nokia 108 is way ahead of Micromax X263. Both the gadgets feature a microSD card slot but Nokia 108 has a 32GB capacity which is four times of what Micromax X263 provides with 8GB. Nokia 108 comes with a VGA camera while Micromax X263 provides a better 1.3 megapixels primary camera.