Nokia 1110 Review – Update to Best Selling Mobile Phone

Nokia 1110 Review: Released in 2005, the new Nokia 1110 had a tough act to follow. It was the successor to the Nokia 1100, which measured by number of units sold was the most successful handset ever. This despite the mobile phone world advancing at a great rate of pace, and there was nothing remarkable in terms of specification of the handset.

The reasons why were more straightforward. The Nokia 1100 maintained the same user operating system which had been in place for years, giving it a sense of familiarity. The phone was designed to be practical and durable. The rubberised, lightweight design meant that this phone could easily survive being dropped. Like many Nokia models, it had interchangeable faceplates which were numerous and cheap. And the phone itself was incredibly cheap. It was perfect for developing markets or those who did not require any advanced features.

So it would come as no surprise that the upgrades to this phone were not major, but also numerous enough to justify its purchase to users. The redesign saved weight and made it thinner, a new 4-way D-pad, extra memory, and increased battery life made the value as strong as its predecessor.

Full specifications here.

Unsurprisingly, this phone was almost as successful as the first one and sold in the magnitude of hundreds of millions. It would not be an exaggeration to say that these phones could still be in use today and still be in good condition.

Nokia 1110 Review Pros:

  • The phone was excellently designed. It was slightly lighter and slightly thinner than the Nokia 1100 and retained the same durable coating. The keypad was changed slightly and now offered a proper D-pad as opposed to the up/down keys.
  • Internal memory was beefed up to 4MB – this allowed a greater amount of saved messages, phonebook capacity and upgraded polyphonic ringtones.
  • A loudspeaker was now included for calls, which was helpful.
  • Battery was upgraded slightly and offered slightly longer talktimes.

Nokia 1110 Review Cons: 

  • The phone came with an inverted display, where instead of black text on green, there was green text on black. This took a little getting used to, but most people would probably prefer the standard display.
  • The flashlight function was absent on this phone, which was popular on the previous model.
  • Despite the improved memory it still fell a little short relative to others; SMS capacity still was around 50 messages.
  • The phone came in at a cost slightly above the Nokia 1100, although its improvements were probably not material for anyone wanting an ultrabasic phone.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects:

Thanks to their cheap price and wide availability of components, these phones are still in use today and have not really deviated from their original price. The sheer volumes in which they were produced will most likely keep a lid on their prices into the 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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