The screen measures 35mm tall and 28mm wide and I measured it at 1.8 inches on the diagonal. It is a 65 thousand colour CSTN with 128 x 160 pixels on offer. Not exactly at the cutting edge, then, but a vast improvement on the mono screen of the 1200, and, to be honest, it was fine for basic operations like number dialling and reading SMS messages.
With no Web or WAP browser you aren’t going to be tempted to over stretch the screen’s capabilities. Indeed the large font used for number dialling and displaying other information, such as incoming text messages, makes it very easy see what you are doing.
This might be extremely useful to older users who find squinting at small text can be something of a trial. For SMS reading, though, it does mean that you have to scroll if messages are more than about 20 words long.
The user interface on the 1650 is far superior too, even though it uses the same Series 30 operating system, as the 1200. This is a long way behind the curve in terms of capabilities, but with options arranged in a vertically scrolling menu you can see three choices at once, which makes things feel more accessible than they do on the 1200.
You can configure the right softkey to offer a range of menu choices including software and settings, so that you can quickly get to what you use most frequently. One of these is something the 1650 replicates from the 1200 – its torch feature.
There is an LED light on the top end of the phone, and this can be turned on and off at will. This is such a useful little feature that I am surprised more mid range and higher end handsets don’t incorporate it.
There isn’t a great deal provided in the ultra small box of this phone. Alongside the mains power charger, which uses Nokia’s teeny handset connector, you get a slim and small printed manual and a stereo headset. The latter is of reasonable quality, though its 2.5mm connector is disappointing if not surprising.
The headset can be used for handsfree calling, but not for listening to your own music as there is no player built in. There is an FM radio, though. I got more than two full working days of music from this. Indeed the battery life was pretty impressive generally. Nokia suggests it is good for 8 hours of talk and 420 hours on standby.
This makes it the kind of handset you can leave on for several days on the trot between recharges. The danger, of course, with such long battery life, is that you forget to charge it at all and find the phone is dead when you want to use it.