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  • Design Score 4.5
  • Performance Score 3.5


Quick Verdict: Nokia hits an excellent balance of price, easy-to-access features and, above all, toughness with the Nokia 800 Tough. If you want a feature phone that's nearly impossible to accidentally destroy, buy this handset.

  • Tough as boots
  • Great battery life
  • Snake!
  • Camera performance is poor
  • Display is small
  • Buttons are small

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Launch price (RRP) $0
Launch date 2019-10
Nokia 800 Tough

Plenty of people break smartphones and even feature phones for that matter. As a species, we're remarkably clumsy creatures, and any device that lives with us day in and day out is bound to cop a little accidental abuse.

Enter the Nokia 800 Tough. Now, you can't give a phone a suffix like that without being tough, but all too often phones that are particularly hardened are also rather hard to live with. The Nokia 800 Tough isn't a phone for everyone, but anyone considering a feature phone purchase in 2019 should absolutely put it at the top of their list.


  • 2.4-inch QVGA display is blocky
  • Small keys
  • Easy to open up or seal when needed
Nokia 800 Tough


  • Rear 2MP camera... exists
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  • KaiOS provides essential functions
  • Yes, it plays Snake
  • Google Assistant gets past the T9 text trap nicely
  • It's tougher than anything you're likely to throw at it accidentally
Nokia 800 Tough

Battery life

  • Easy week or more of battery life
  • Sealed battery unlike other Nokia feature phones
Nokia 800 Tough


  • Solid and dependable
  • The best feature phone of 2019
Nokia 800 Tough

The market for feature phones isn't immense, and as a result, the competition isn't particularly fierce. Most manufacturers who still offer feature phones provide simple but essentially compromised devices.

The Nokia 800 Tough isn't a complex device, and it's certainly not a smartphone, but I wouldn't call it compromised. While the core appeal is likely to be among tradies or other folks who work in environments that would kill regular smartphones or require heavy cases to protect them, it's also an excellent choice if you want a long-term durable feature phone.

The competition might not be fierce, but the Nokia 800 Tough is easily the best feature phone I've tested this year.


If you want a rugged feature phone in 2019, you're essentially out of luck. Buy the Nokia 800 Tough.

If you just want a feature phone and can't meet the Nokia 800 Tough's asking price, you could opt for the Nokia 2720 Flip; at least there, the flip screen provides a level of protection against simple drops, albeit nothing like the Nokia 800 Tough.

If you can find them at retail, there are also the Nokia 8110 4G and the Nokia 3310 3G handsets, both of which run on the same KaiOS platform as the Nokia 800 tough.



Display Size
2.4 inches
240 x 320px


Rear camera megapixels
Video recording

Physical Dimensions

145.4mm x 62.1mm x 16.11mm


802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
Category 4

Power, storage and battery

Qualcomm 205
Operating system
Internal storage
External storage support
Up to 32GB
Battery capacity

Device features

Headphone jack
Fingerprint sensor
Water resistance rating
Wireless charging
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