Nokia 113 Review – Brightly Coloured Budget Phone Upgrade

Nokia 113 Review: Released in 2012, the Nokia 113 was an refresh of the budget Nokia 1-series. These phones needed no introduction. Collectively speaking, this family of phones are the best selling of all time by numbers. The reason why does not come in their technical specification but their ease of use and very low price point. Available in a broad range of colours, these phones pretty much are known by look worldwide. To the uninitiated, they all look similar and are roughly comparable.

The last update of this series came in 2011. The Nokia 100 and Nokia 101 followed the same formula as previous budget phones: low price, low features. In a more unusual step, Nokia chose to release four models for the refresh, the Nokia 110, Nokia 111, Nokia 112, and Nokia 113. All were similar in look but with some minor cosmetic differences. They aimed at different markets and it would be unusual for more than one of these models to be available at one time. A core difference with all these models was colour. With the Nokia 100 mostly being available in a sober black tone, the newer models mainly went for sharp, neon colours for the phones back.

Looks-wise, the phone is barely changed from the Nokia 100. Measurements and weights are almost the same, and the screen display is the same size as resolution. Users of this phone will see very little difference at all in how the handset is used. The key change is that the phone adds a camera to the rear and a memory card slot.

Full specifications here.

There was no real surprises here. The basic 1-series would keep evolving with a new release every year. The next year saw Nokia go back and fill in some of the missing numbers as the Nokia 105 was released. This was actually a downgrade on these phones and even more basic.


Nokia 113 Review Pros:

The phone is extremely durable. A slightly rubberised keypad was a tried and tested format, which was quite spill resistant. The rear comes in a hard plastic shell. Components for these phones were cheap and reliable.

The camera would be a welcome addition for those who required it. Sensibly, an ample 16MB of on-board memory was provided which allowed a large amount of space to store shots as resolution was only VGA.

A microSD card slot really bumps the phone up from the very basic level. With a media player on board, this allows the phone to play audio and video files as well as record voice memos.

Standby and talk-times on this model was extremely long, lasting almost up to a month.

Nokia 113 Review Cons:

The screens on these phones were virtually unchanged throughout the generations and featured a low resolution. This made it less useful for media and limited the amount of information on the screen.

Unsurprisingly the camera was weak on the phone, and only recorded video in very low resolutions.

Whilst MP3 playback was supported, the Bluetooth profile did not support headphones. A standard 3.5mm jack was provided instead.

In a surprising omission, the torch function was also left out. This was a useful function for many of the base model phones.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects:

These phones were basic, cheap models. Even when they were new, pricing of £10-15 was not uncommon to see. And pricing seems to have not moved from this level either. With these phones still being in use as basic models, it appears they will hold this value pretty well.

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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