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Nokia 800 Tough review: Features | Pricing | Specs

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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

2.4 inches

Display size

240 x 320px

4GB

Internal storage

2 MP

Rear camera

2,100 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Display Size
2.4 inches
Resolution
240 x 320px

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
2MP
Video recording
N/A

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
145.4mm x 62.1mm x 16.11mm
Weight
161g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
Category 4

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm 205
RAM
512MB
Operating system
Custom
Internal storage
4GB
External storage support
Up to 32GB
Battery capacity
2,100mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
IP68
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$0
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.


Design

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

Camera

  • Rear 2MP camera... exists
Picture not described

Performance

  • 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

Verdict

  • 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.


Alternatives

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.

If all you want is a simple feature phone, you could also consider the Aspera F40.


Specifications

Display

Display Size
2.4 inches
Resolution
240 x 320px

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
2MP
Video recording
N/A

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
145.4mm x 62.1mm x 16.11mm
Weight
161g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
Category 4

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm 205
RAM
512MB
Operating system
Custom
Internal storage
4GB
External storage support
Up to 32GB
Battery capacity
2,100mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
IP68
Wireless charging
No
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