Nokia 7110 Review – Groundbreaking Mobile Phone

Nokia 7110 Review: Released in 1999, the Nokia 7110 is now over twenty years old. However, this was a phone that was on top of its game when it was released. The 1998 market for mobile phones featured models that were functional rather than stylish. 1999 brought some more playful designs into the mixer, aimed at the younger market. The 7110, featuring no colours was a more professional model of phone.

The phone also became famous for the flip as popularised in the film ‘The Matrix’. The older Nokia 8110 model featured a flip covering the keypad, but the Nokia 7110 improved upon this by adding a button to the rear. This operated the flip and allowed the phone to be answered in one go. A similar mechanism was seen in the Ericsson T28.

The Nokia 7110 featured a substantially larger screen than previous models. This was required as it was one of the first Nokia phones to contain a WAP internet browser. The new roller navigation was perfect for scrolling through long pages of text. With a large phone book capacity and infrared port this was an ideal model for business.

Full specifications here.

Despite the uniqueness of the design, flip phones were never that popular with Nokia. Smaller versions were made such as the Nokia 8910, although the rapidly declining size of handsets probably made this feature redundant.

Nokia 7110 Review Pros:

  • The phone featured a classy, timeless design. This was centred around the flip mechanism protecting the keypad which was spring loaded, making opening and closing satisfying.
  • The navigation roller was a plus, allowing scrolling through text pages much easier than pressing buttons.
  • A new larger screen was included which allowed more text to be displayed, and made things easier to read.
  • The WAP browser gave a new dimension to usage. Although not all sites supported it at this time it meant that a user could get things such as the latest news headlines or their bank balance where ever they were.

Nokia 7110 Review Cons:

  • The Nokia 7110 featured the external antenna design as opposed to the Nokia 3210 and later, where it was integrated. This was rather long and could be uncomfortable to carry.
  • Unlike other Nokia models at the time, no customisable housings were released and so it was not possible to personalise.
  • A more popular choice for business phone was the Nokia 6210, which at a similar spec featured far greater battery life.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects: 

This phone is slightly rarer than the Nokia 3210/5110/3310 models. It was more expensive, and sold in fewer numbers at the time. This has translated into the phone becoming quite sought-after and models in good condition attract good bids.

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 7110 Disassembly Instructions

If you would like to know how to take the phone apart for repair purposes, here is a useful link.

Nokia 7110 Video Review

There are many video review of this phone on the web: here is one showing off the main features of the Nokia 7110:

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