The Nokia 1600 is a phone aimed at people who want a good quality phone to use for calling, SMS messages, with a really long battery life, but also hoping that it looks good, has a colour screen and polyphonic ring tones. It would be perfect for someone who is upgrading from a 33XX series Nokia like the 3310/3315/3310 and is far superior to the Nokia 1100 series phones which are only slightly cheaper.
The last time I saw it being sold was for Australian $69 at Vodafone stores and
is network unlocked so you can use it with a SIM from any other network eg: Optus or Telstra unfortunately wasn’t network unlocked when purchased any more but can be unlocked for a fee on the Vodafone website
- Sleek, executive design with chrome details (you can buy Xpresson covers with different colour schemes)
- Color screen with up to 65,536 colors
- Inbuilt Polyphonic ringing tones with MP3-grade sound*
- Weight: 80 grams
- Dual-band GSM coverage (GSM E850/1900 and E900/1800)
- Integrated handsfree speaker
- Speaking clock and alarm
- Reminder alarm function (10 items)
- Talk time : Up to 4hr – 5hr 30min
- Standby time: Up to 285hr – 450hr
- Simplified menu and navigation
- Full-size animated color screensavers
- Wallpaper and themes – personalize your phone
* The phone does not support data cables to transfer information to or from the phone (such as ring tones). Furthermore only in-built ringtones can be used as it cannot download or store new ringtones.
In summary: its cheap BUT doesnt look cheap, has a really long battery life (at least 1 week of use without recharge!!), small and light. The perfect budget phone.
The Nokia 1600 has been described by other reviewers as:
“A candybar phone with a colour screen and polyphonic call alert … it easily suits both trousers and shirt pockets … a typical low-end phone with a corresponding function kit … equipped with 20-tones polyphony, and the quality of playing back preset melodies is really good. Of course, MP3 as a call melody is desirable, but unfortunately, the maker allows only preinstalled melodies in MP3 quality, though very close to the truth. The call signal volume is rather high, and the call is hard to miss … Besides, speakerphone is realized rather well, you only need to press the right functional key during a conversation to activate it … Durable battery life is the main advantage among other phones of this class with colour screens … ” – read more of the review and photos at http://www.mobile-review.com/review/nokia-1600-en.shtml
“The dual band GSM Nokia 1600 is the richer cousin of the 1110, while both the handsets share a majority of features; the chief difference is the presence of a color display on the 1600. As is emphasised through out the press release, the aim of these handsets is quality at the cheapest possible price. Nokia is correct on this front, most developed countries are saturated on the handset front with most subscribers now having brands that they remain loyal to. Getting new mobile consumers into the fold from these developing nations by enticing them with good features at an extremely low price is a step in the right direction.” – read more of the review at http://www.phoneyworld.com/handsets/overview.aspx?phone=nokia_1600