Nokia 800 Tough review: Features | Pricing | Specs
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
- Camera performance is poor
- Display is small
- Buttons are small
Power, storage and battery
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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
- Rear 2MP camera... exists
- 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
- Easy week or more of battery life
- Sealed battery unlike other Nokia feature phones
- Solid and dependable
- The best feature phone of 2019
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 all you want is a simple feature phone, you could also consider the Aspera F40.