Nokia 800 Tough review: Features | Pricing | Specs

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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.

2.4 inches

Display size

240 x 320px

4GB

Internal storage

2 MP

Rear camera

2,100 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 2.4 inches
Resolution 240 x 320
Rear camera megapixels 2MP
Rear camera aperture size N/A
Video recording N/A
Front camera megapixels N/A
Front camera aperture size N/A
Dimensions 145.4mm x 62.1mm x 16.11mm
Weight 161g
NFC No
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed Category 4
Processor Qualcomm 205
RAM 512MB
Operating system Custom
Internal storage

4GB

External storage support Up to 32GB
Battery capacity 2,100mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor No
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$0
Nokia 800 Tough

The good

  • Tough as boots
  • Some integrated Google features
  • Possibly tougher than boots
  • Great battery life
  • Tougher than a $3 pub steak
  • Snake!
  • Did we mention it was somewhat durable?

The bad

  • Camera performance is poor
  • Display is small
  • Only a feature phone
  • Buttons are small

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

Should you buy the 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.


Pricing and availability

The Nokia 800 Tough sells in Australia for $199 outright.


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

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 2.4 inches
Resolution 240 x 320
Rear camera megapixels 2MP
Rear camera aperture size N/A
Video recording N/A
Front camera megapixels N/A
Front camera aperture size N/A
Dimensions 145.4mm x 62.1mm x 16.11mm
Weight 161g
NFC No
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed Category 4
Processor Qualcomm 205
RAM 512MB
Operating system Custom
Internal storage

4GB

External storage support Up to 32GB
Battery capacity 2,100mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor No
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging No
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