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Good: Small, lightweight, fits easily in the pocket, spreadsheet, flashlight, battery life, good antenna
Bad: The reactions it elicits from *some* smartphone users can be annoying but just ignore them and carry on.
Comment: It's a great phone and only cost me less than $30 -- and that was nearly 3 years ago. It is built to last. It has been dropped a few times and not one part of it broke.
The battery is original and still gives me days of use before it needs recharging and it recharges quickly.
The spreadsheet is very useful as well as the countdown timer. The flashlight is very bright. It also comes with an FM radio if that interests you. I have never had any issues with audio quality when making calls.
The antenna is very good as I have received full signal whereas a smartphone user had difficult getting even 1 bar of signal.
Texting is effortless on this phone compared with other basic models.
There are no downsides if you are looking for a practical cell phone to make calls and send texts.
I wish I had bought 2 or 3 of these at the same time because it is not easy to find a cell phone like this these days.
This phone is excellent value for the money.
Good: great battery life , i got it brand new for 50p with free delivery!
Bad: no camera nointernet no memory card slot or ability to play music apart from radio
Comment: I got this phone from an offer signing up to some random VIP thing on a website which i had to pay 50p and then got the phone in return. its quite a handy little phone just to keep one of my other sim cards in as i have several numbers that people call me on so i need several phones, usually i stick wihblackberry or htc but this little cheapy one is handy for a number i use for putting on gumtree or on my website etc, so i know any calls that i get on that number are business calls and i also know that phone wont get stolen lol
Good: Cheap, Easy Use, Batterie Life
Bad: Voice From Back Side
Comment: That bad point, i will fix it by insulating tape
Good: See my earlier comment
Bad: See my earlier comment
Comment: I forgot to write:
1) Some people wrote that the call quality is bad. Not at all! When I talk with other people on that phone, i hear them well and they hear me well too.
2) "Voice leakage from the back side" - true, but not so bad. I read somewhere that you can fix it by covering from inside the back cover of the phone with insulating tape (isolente), then the sound will not come out from the back side, but from the front side.
Good: Bought it for my aunt who turned 84 years, user friendly,good looking
Bad: Nothing bad about the Nokia 1616
Comment: Bought is for my aunt who turned 84 years. She just wants to make and receive a call. Its simply the best I ever saw for old age people. They understand the function of the menu, and wow the loves the flashlight at night in hospital and at home.
Comment: This is a terrible phone for me. Nobody could understand me because of background noise and I could rarely understand anybody - who knows why. It dropped calls even though there was full signal. I had to replace the battery the first day and every now and again it gave off a 20 second loud electronic hum that lowered the charge in the battery significantly.
Good: You can text.
Bad: Call quality is terrible
Comment: It is a shi@ty phone (sorry for my French) but I can only use it for texting. I hear people well but no one can ever hear me, so I am so sick of my phone. People even stopped calling me a long time ago because phone conversations are a disaster. I have been looking for a new phone for a while but now I am concerned about buying another cheap phone and the same thing happening again.
I tried to bring to the store where I bought it back but they told me that there was nothing wrong with my phone. Or I could go to the technician and wait to get fixed. Unfortunately, I bought outside of the country where I live so I could not wait until the technician looked at it. To sum up, don't waste your money on this phone. Buy something better.
Good: long lasting battery,Good for the hard use,Design is very comfortable to carry around,Very basic and very simple
Bad: Voice leakage from the back side(can be managed by lowering the volume or using the headset)
Comment: this phone,i just bought yerstaday is very nice,its easy to carry around and very slim and sleek,it has all the basic functions like calling,txting,and listning to radio.In sri lanka this phone is priced at 4000 Rupees (USD @ 110 Rupees)Only problem is the voice leaking fro the backside of the phone.
Good: good batt life, nice menu display
Bad: for fifteen quid? nothing
Comment: totally disagree with the comments about build quality, mine feels sturdy enough and to grumble about a phone that costs about 10-15 pounds is a bit petty. As mentioned battery life is excellent and the layout of the menus are far superior to Samsungs in the same price bracket.
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