Nokia 105 (2015) Review – Update of a Classic Phone

Nokia 105 Review: Released in 2015, this edition of the phone was an update to one of the most popular budget phones ever made – the Nokia 105 (2013). In some senses, this upgrade was not necessary as very few of the components had changed. Additionally very little about the original phone had gone out of fashion. Indeed, its spec was no better than some budget phones released in the decade before.

However, one thing the mobile phone industry loves are sequels as a way of selling more phones, so here we are. More notably, in between the time between the 2013 version and this one, Nokia’s mobile division had been sold to Microsoft.

In terms of specifications, if you’ve owned a budget Nokia phone you will know what to expect here. A very small colour screen, no camera or memory card and very long battery life. Like previous budget models it was also released as a dual-sim variant although these were usually seen in developing markets.

Full specifications here.

Nokia 105 (2015) Review Pros:

  • This phone had a very slight redesign. It was almost identical to the previous version but just a little bit lighter, making it even easier in the pocket.
  • Greater battery efficiency: up to 15h talk time on a single charge and almost a month of standby.
  • More flexibility was given as the phone now contained a microUSB port for charging as well as the proprietary Nokia port.
  • Costs were kept down to the same level for this model, an exceptionally cheap mobile phone.

Nokia 105 (2015) Review Cons:

  • Very little had changed in terms of spec, so not a compelling upgrade for owners of the previous model.
  • Screen size and resolution had stayed the same, so a poor choice of phone for viewing images.
  • The phone featured a 3.5mm headphone jack for music, but no memory card slot.
  • Rubberised keypad mat was slightly inferior in quality to the previous model.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects:

Many of these phones stayed in service for long times, and their durable nature meant they could be as good as new with a simple housing change. With very little to tell apart the models and these phones being manufactured in their millions, they are extremely cheap and working models can be picked up for a few pounds.

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.

Nokia 105 (2015) Disassembly Guide

If you are interested in taking apart the Nokia 105 for repair purposes, here is a useful link.

Nokia 105 (2015) Video Review

Here is a video review on the Nokia 105 (2015) showing its main features:

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