The Nokia 1200 runs Series 30. That might not ring any bells, but a few years ago it was at the leading edge of Nokia user interfaces. Basically you scroll horizontally through application groups and hit the left softmenu button to delve into what’s on offer. It may be cheap for Nokia to implement because it’s on the shelf and ready to go, but I am not sure the nested menus work that well for the technophobe who might choose this phone.
The handset is dual-band GSM with no higher grade of communications capability. Given its target audience I don’t really see this as an issue. There is no camera, no Web browser, no music player, and nothing much more sophisticated than voice calling and texting on offer.
You can set up five different phonebooks each with a limit of 200 entries, which could be useful, I guess, if more than one person shares the mobile, and there is room for only 60 SMS messages in memory.
On the plus side battery life is stupendous. Nokia rate the handset as good for seven hours of talk, 390 hours on standby. I charged it and left it alone barring a few calls and some use of that torch for a full twelve days before starting to write this review, and its battery is still just about alive.
Only someone interested in making calls and nothing else is going to be remotely interested in this phone. For such people, if they can grapple with Series 30, its long battery life could be a clincher.
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