Nokia once held the prestigious position of being the top company in the manufacture of mobile phones in the world. Nokia is still one of the global leaders in mobile communications. Of late, the entry of the smartphones from Samsung and Apple had given it a jolt. The company is now trying to revamp its lost image by tying up with Microsoft in manufacturing its Lumia series of smartphones, which run on Windows phone 8 operating system. Alongside, it has kept up its progress with its most popular Asha series. With the Nokia Lumia mid-range and premier smartphones and the Nokia Asha budget feature phones, the company has gained a lot in its lost position. Nokia, the connecting people, had made its name synonym with the common and low middle income group people by giving them the best quality handsets at low prices. This is the reason that the company commands a user base of over 1.3 billion people in the world. The company is recognised all over the world for its brand and design innovations. This month the company has launched Nokia Lumia 925 and Nokia Lumia 928 in the premier segment of Lumia series. It also brought out Nokia Asha 501, a budget feature phone in the Asha series. Nokia's latest launch is Nokia 105, a low cost colour screen phone for small income group people. This is a step ahead in the company's strategy of 'Connecting the next billion and beyond'. This is the first time that a colour screen entry level mobile phone has been made available to the phone lovers in India at a price of Rs.1249. Let us discuss the features and specifications of Nokia 105.
Networks supported, SIM and design
Nokia 105 supports 2G GSM 900 / 1800 networks. It is provided with a single micro-SIM facility. This basic phone has a high quality handset design provided with almost all the basic features of a phone. It has a dust proof and splash proof key mat. The entry level phone is an ideal device for the first time buyers.
Dimensions and weight
The dimensions of this entry level phone with colour screen are 107 x 44.8 x 14.3 mm. The phone has an ideal weight of 70 g. It is very handy to carry anywhere even in your small pocket.
The display size of Nokia 105 is 1.45 inches. The display type TFT supports 65K colours. Commenting on the launch of the phone on May 17, 2013, Mr. Viral Oza, Director Marketing, Nokia India said, "The Nokia 105 marks the end of black & white screen era in the Indian handset market. The very human and fresh fabula design of Nokia 105 makes it distinct in this price range, and utterly modern despite a traditional form factor. Our most affordable device-the Nokia 105, with some of the best category features, is the ideal handset for first time buyers to enjoy the benefits and experiences of mobility." The display resolution of this phone is 128 x 128 pixels and the pixel density is 125 ppi.
Sound, Memory, Connectivity and Camera
The sound features of this basic phone are just like any superior phone. It supports vibration and polyphonic ringtones. A loudspeaker and 3.5 mm jack is provided. The internal memory of this cheap phone is 8 MB. Its phonebook can contain up to 500 contacts and there is a facility for call records. However, there is no microSD card slot provided in this phone. The RAM support is of 384 KB. Quite obvious looking at the low price of the phone, there is no camera provided for this phone. There is no internet or data transfer connectivity available in this phone. The USB port is provided only for the purpose of charging.
Messaging, Radio, Games, GPS, Java and colours
Messaging facility for Nokia 105 is through SMS. There is an FM radio and 5 pre-loaded games for entertainment in this phone. Of course, there is no GPS support, but there is a Java support. The handset is available in cyan and black colours. This feature makes it a distinctive phone compared to other phones at this cheap price.
Some other features and battery
Nokia 105 is provided with some additional features like digital alarm clock with multiple functions. This basic phone also has a speaking clock and flash light. A very good feature of this phone is that it carries Nokia Life service for tips on education and health.
The mobile phone is equipped with Li-Ion 800 mAh battery, which is capable of providing enough talk time support of 12 hours and 30 minutes for this low cost phone. The stand-by support is up to 840 hours and this is an equivalent of about 35 days.
When we compare the features of Nokia 105 and its very low price of Rs.1249, this phone is really worth buying. Nokia has already tasted the success with its Nokia 1280. There have been sales of over 100 million handsets of Nokia 1280 in its lifetime. Inspired by the sale of Nokia 1280, the company has now brought out Nokia 105 with colour screen and every day essentials like FM radio, a speaking clock, a flash light and a long lasting battery power. This is really an ideal phone for the first time buyers.
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