You probably won’t be surprised to learn at this stage that there is no memory expansion capability on this handset. Its internal 8MB is all you get. Really, for a phone with no media player and no camera this should be plenty. In some instances memory is limited, for example you can store a maximum of 250 SMS messages and 500 contacts (plus your SIM’s capacity).
The handset actually supports five phonebooks so you can share the phone between several people and they can have their own dedicated contact lists. Each entered contact can belong to more than one phonebook. You have to enter it in the ‘shared contacts’ list rather than into a specific phonebook for this to work, though. It might have been easier to be able to allocate contacts to phonebooks once they were in the handset, and switch them about as necessary.
Bluetooth is absent from the Nokia 1650. There is also no real calendar. Instead there is a ‘reminders’ application. You can record things you need reminding of and attach them to a date and time, but that is it. There is also no PC sync, although this is again understandable considering the phone’s limited functionality.
Other apps include a speaking clock, which you can use as an alarm – in which case a human voice keeps on telling you the time till you turn it off. You can also use the FM radio as the alarm in which case you wake up to your pre-selected current radio station.
Rounding things out, there is also a calculator, unit converter, expenditure recorder, countdown timer, stopwatch and ringtone composer. Oh, and last but not least, the phone is dual band.
The Nokia 1650 is definitely a step up from the 1200. It is still really only good for those who want a basic handset with minimal extras, but if you can afford the extra cash its SIM free nature makes it a viable alternative.
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