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Microsoft’s new £30 Nokia phone has something the iPhone 7 does not

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Nokia 216

Microsoft has, somewhat surprisingly, released a new feature phone, under the Nokia branding.

The $37 (around £30) Nokia 216 handset harks back to the firm’s glory days, taking design cues from the N95 of yore with an old-school physical keyboard and a 2.4-inch QVGA display.

As well as the 0.3-megapixel cameras (with flashes) and the Series 30 operating system, the Nokia 216 will also offer up to 24-days of standby battery life.

There’s also a headphone jack, meaning buyers will be able to listen through traditional 3.5mm wired audio accessories.

If you’re crossing things off on your pre-smartphone checklist, there’s also a torch light, FM radio and an MP3 player built-in. It’s also IPv6 certified for limited water resistance.

Despite agreeing to sell its claim to the name to a Foxconn subsidiary for $350m earlier this year, Microsoft continues to pump out the Nokia handsets.

It’s hardly surprising considering they sell like hotcakes in the developing world. The Nokia 216 will go on sale in India next month

Redmond is currently winding down the Lumia brand after experiencing little success with Windows 10 on smartphones. The company is currently thought to be plotting a Surface Phone.

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Do you think it's time for Microsoft to give up on smartphones once and for all? Share your comments below.

toboev

September 20, 2016, 10:05 pm

How does changing the name from Lumia to Surface make a Windows phone any better? It's still a Windows phone.

RonRoyce

September 21, 2016, 6:33 am

Indeed. A turd is still a turd no matter how you try to polish or name it.

Menorca Man

September 21, 2016, 8:54 am

A childish, unenlightened, comment. Seems to me that neither of you two guys have had much, if any, experience of using a Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update Windows phone!!

Samuel Webster

September 21, 2016, 10:47 am

I think you mean IP67, not IPv6 when referring to water resistance!

RonRoyce

September 21, 2016, 6:20 pm

I have one for business. Whilst it is certainly better than the dreadful blackberry I had I still think it's rubbish. I'd place it well behind iOS and Droid.

MarmiteSoldier

September 21, 2016, 9:49 pm

I would not be surprised if the next Microsoft phone runs Android OS

Menorca Man

September 21, 2016, 10:23 pm

OK, in that case how about you detail why you think it's rubbish. Also, which model do you have and is it running the recently released Anniversary Update?

RonRoyce

September 22, 2016, 7:05 pm

I have a Lumia 550 with the Anniversary update (10.0.14393.189) which did improve things a bit.

Things I like. The size. For work it's just right. Although my personal phone is large (HTC 10) I prefer a smaller phone for business. Tiles, and it's one of the few features I think MS have got completely right. It's good that you can size them too. Tiles make sense on a touch screen but they make no sense whatever on a standard desktop. Mail. Certainly works better than Blackberry but then that's not saying much, mail on the blackberry sucked. And it should work, we use Windows Mail! The battery is replaceable. Camera is OK. SD slot takes 128GB cards. That's about it.

Things I don't like. Battery life. Unless it's left alone you don't even get one day out of it. That's worse than my old HTC one M8 was, and that was a power phone, not a basic phone like this one. Build quality. It's not the worst but the Moto E/G phones beat this hand over fist, the worst part of the build is the touch screen feels like plastic. OS can be very sluggish in operation. App store is next to useless. Call quality is poor. It frequently drops signal. Mail sometimes takes an age to update. Touch screen on the 550 is haphazard. Audio quality of music via headphones is poor, regardless of reviews saying otherwise.

Basically there's similarly priced Droids out there that will hand it's ass to it on a plate. I didn't expect powerhouse operation because it's a Snapdragon 210 but I've used a Moto G V3 and it's head and shoulders above the Lumia 550 and it's only another £30. The Samsung J2, which was the other option (I didn't take it because I actually thought it would be good to have an MS phone as we use MS at work) seems to be a lot better too and it's very similarly priced. I wish now I took the Droid. The only solace I have is that I ditched the horrid Blackberry and at least this is better!

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