Nokia 2600 Review – A New Line of Budget Mobile Phone

Nokia 2600 Review: Released in 2004, the Nokia 2600 perhaps would not have raised many eyebrows. But at a time where the number of releases of different Nokia phones had yet to take off, this represented another example of the market segmentation Nokia pursued. Far from having a budget, mid-range and top-range, these brackets were further sub-divided with more tiers added in.

Many at the time, in retrospect were quite experimental: the Nokia N-Gage, and the much rarer Nokia 7710 (arguably way ahead of its time). The newer 2-series of mobile phones by Nokia was basically still budget, but a notch above that. And coming with that was a small increase in price.

By this time we had already seen some of these mobiles roll off the production line: the Nokia 2100 and Nokia 2300 already in existence. This newer Nokia 2600 model pushed the boat out a bit further and possibly was the very first low-budget Nokia phone which featured a colour screen. The phone also gained a more serious look, by default coming in silver colour (other covers were available). Spec-wise this was way down the list and lacked most of the decent features of the better models in the day. But this was to be expected.

Full specifications here.

The 2-series remained popular although never really a priority. The 1-series phones were all far better sellers owing to the rock-bottom pricing.  The phone was improved later in the Nokia 2610/Nokia 2310 models. A full four years after release, the Nokia 2600 got its own overhaul and was relaunched as the Nokia 2600 Classic. This added many features but physically there was little resemblance in the handset.


Nokia 2600 Review: Pros

The handsets serious look would have appealed to a wider range of markets. Many of the lower-end Nokia handsets at the time came with coloured housings, or in the case of the Nokia 2300 a strange keypad layout.

The D-pad worked well for this model of phone allowing for a four-way directional scrolling as well as a central function button. This made many of the functions easier to use.

The colour screen was an added boost over mono models. At a 128 x 128 resolution this was the same as the previously premium Nokia 7250i.

Nokia 2600 Review: Cons

The phone was lacking in many features that many lower-end phones seemed to have: gone were the radio and the torch functions for example.

The price would have been off-putting for some: a reasonable step up from the basic 1-series phones (which were on sale for as little as £10) – so in effect a hefty price increase just for a colour screen.

Future Prospects and Current Pricing

This was a rather unspectacular release and falling in between budget and mid-range did not sell as well as either. Like many Nokia budget phones there are plenty of these available at low prices.

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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