Nokia 100 Review – Rebirth of the Budget Mobile Phone

Nokia 100 Review: The Nokia 100 was launched in 2011 – perhaps just old enough to claim the tag ‘vintage’ but also new enough to be recognisable to all. Truth is across various models such as the Nokia 1100 and its variants, Nokia had the ultra-budget side of the handsets pretty much nailed down: let us not forget these were the best selling handsets of all-time by numbers sold.

By this decade, the benefits of monochrome over colour had more or less died out (chiefly cost and battery life) and hence the lowest rung of the mobile phone ladder got an upgrade. Perhaps with phone number models running out, Nokia ditched the four number configurations for these models and went with three instead.

The Nokia 100 was released alongside a twin model: the Nokia 101. These were cosmetically identical but the 101 featured a microSD card slot. At under 70g this was one of the lightest models released and lighter than the tiny Nokia 8210.

Full specifications here.


It is hard to under-state how successful these phones have been. There have been several iterations to the basic Nokia 1-series, so many to the extent that Nokia have chosen to re-release some models using the same name, such as the Nokia 105.

Nokia 100 Review Pros:

Low cost: As with its earlier brothers, cost was the main selling point of these phones. Extremely cheap, and often the cheapest on the market from a trusted name.

Standard look: Also gone is the slightly garish looks of the earlier handsets. We have here a very clean, neutral look available in several colours.

Colour screen: This is going to win no prizes, but with a screen roughly equivalent to earlier Nokia flagships this extends some more basic features to the lowest model such as receiving photos. This screen has not impacted the standby time which goes to almost a month.

Familiar navigation: The basic Nokia OS has changed little over the years and fans of earlier handsets will have no problems in using the phone.

Nokia 100 Review Cons:

Lack of expandability: No memory card was on this phone (although there was one in the Nokia 101). There was no bluetooth either, so very little room for additional functions.

Lightweight offering: Seems frivolous to be a downside, but the plastic construction means that the phone is very light, to the extent it might not be felt in a pocket. The size of the handset meant it was difficult to use for those users requiring more accessibility, hence the rise of the ‘big button’ phones.

Future Prospects and Current Pricing

This family of phones is extremely numerous and still in use today and it may be hard to tell the difference between all the different variants and versions. Whilst demand is good as they are still bought for use, with an average new price of £10 it is hard to see these phones becoming valuable in future.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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