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Nokia 1600 review

7.6/10 AVG.
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7.6/10
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The Nokia 1600 currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 48 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
No



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Nokia released the 1600 on June 2, 2005.


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Nokia backs up the 1600 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The Nokia 1600's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
No

This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.

Storage
4 MB

Internal memory is 4 MB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 14.5 days standby time.

Nokia 1600 Specs

Overview
Release date June 2, 2005
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/1900 MHz
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 4 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.72 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 14.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Black, Silver, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.4 x 4.5 x 1.7 cm (4.1 x 1.8 x 0.7 in)
Weight 80 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates Yes
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control No
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 200
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser No
Email Client No
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization No
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar No
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Pre-installed
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Digital TTY/TDD, automatic switching between bands, talking clock and alarm
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Awesome Deal!

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Great phone for a great low price. The Net10 prepaid service is impressive as well. Just 10 cents/minute and 3 cents/text - including long distance nationwide calls! It even won the JD Power award for "best no-contract experience". I got mine off of Amazon for an awesome price. Switching to prepaid is...More
Great phone for a great low price. The Net10 prepaid service is impressive as well. Just 10 cents/minute and 3 cents/text - including long distance nationwide calls! It even won the JD Power award for "best no-contract experience". I got mine off of Amazon for an awesome price. Switching to prepaid is saving me so much, it really is a wonderful deal. Less
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Nokia 1600

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If you don't want a ton of bells & whistles, or any at all, this is a very good, handy, functional phone. There are adequate adjustmnets for the features it does have and the sound quality for conversations is the best of the 3 or 4 phones I have used. Its really easy to use you can figure out anything...More
If you don't want a ton of bells & whistles, or any at all, this is a very good, handy, functional phone. There are adequate adjustmnets for the features it does have and the sound quality for conversations is the best of the 3 or 4 phones I have used. Its really easy to use you can figure out anything you don't know without resorting to reading the manual. And its so inexpesive! It seems to have good reception getting bars in remote areas where some other phones I've used would not show any. The battery life between charges is excellent even for basic phones without cameras, big screens, music players, etc. I can go for days without charging even if talk on it a lot every day. I used this exact model 1600 for years and never a problem, even though I didn't exactly pamper it. I had to replace only because I lost it. I first bought an LG 300 series but besides sounding crappy there were too many other problems to mention. Thank Goodness! I was able to find another Nokia 1600 here at Amazon. Less
Amazon

Net10 Unlimited

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I absolutely love this phone!! Especially Net10 has been great to me. There is this thing called the Net10 unlimited where without a contract you literally have unlimited texting, minutes, and web browsing. Plus I love the phone! The Net 10 bundles are great because they can be used for international calling and Purchase of Data calling.
I absolutely love this phone!! Especially Net10 has been great to me. There is this thing called the Net10 unlimited where without a contract you literally have unlimited texting, minutes, and web browsing. Plus I love the phone! The Net 10 bundles are great because they can be used for international calling and Purchase of Data calling. Less

Quite Basic, Good as a Starter.

It was my first phone i owned it is not very eye appealing but it is small and makes a good starter. I bought $100 worth of mins at 7 11 and got the phone free.( its inexpensive) it didn't experience any problems, mine still works great but i have another one. It hasn't got many features at all but its...More
It was my first phone i owned it is not very eye appealing but it is small and makes a good starter. I bought $100 worth of mins at 7 11 and got the phone free.( its inexpensive) it didn't experience any problems, mine still works great but i have another one. It hasn't got many features at all but its pretty good if you're on the go and need to talk/text Less
Amazon

The most basic phone on the market

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I owned this phone for 2 years before finally upgrading. It is the most basic phone I have ever run across. 2 years ago I got it in a pinch because I was so ready to dump AT&T that I grabbed the cheapest phone i could find. I never dreamed I would keep it for 2 years. I guess the main reason I did hold...More
I owned this phone for 2 years before finally upgrading. It is the most basic phone I have ever run across. 2 years ago I got it in a pinch because I was so ready to dump AT&T that I grabbed the cheapest phone i could find. I never dreamed I would keep it for 2 years. I guess the main reason I did hold onto it was because I really never had any real issues with it. True, it won't show the time and your remaining minutes on the screen at the same time (one or the other) and the alarm feature stunk (1 of every 2 times I set the alarm it went off at some randomn time waking me up at 2:12 in the morning... don't count on the alarm, it surely doesn't work very well. And all this time I thought it was maybe a malfunction of my phone, but it sounds like other people had the same trouble). Otherwise it's pretty decent. The sound quality is good, the reception is spot on- even 2 floors underground in a parking gararge. It's cheap, and with 300 minutes, it's actually free. So you can't go wrong, IF, you don't want much out of a phone. Less
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Basic Phone Service.

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It works well for the price. Consider it for just basic phone use. Forget about customer service. It stinks!. However, calls and gets calls for a modest price. That is it.
Amazon

Phone is standard Nokia, NET10 is a nightmare

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The 1600 is Nokia's entry level phone with few frills over its ancestors. It's the same screen size, menu structure, and candy bar factor that made them famous, though they obviously have other, fancier phones now. Quality, signal and battery has been good. The older set often complains about the sm...More
The 1600 is Nokia's entry level phone with few frills over its ancestors. It's the same screen size, menu structure, and candy bar factor that made them famous, though they obviously have other, fancier phones now. Quality, signal and battery has been good. The older set often complains about the small screen and buttons. The alternative is far more complicated user interfaces and more, smaller keys or touchscreen. There really isn't a phone made for old folks. Sorry. Now, NET10. Some people love them. I did too. They're great if you never have to deal with them. Best analogy I have is a slumlord. You pay your rent on time and they leave you alone. But if you need something from them, forget it. First thing I tried to do was port my old T-Mobile number. That got wedged up. I was never able to get a handset to work with the phone. I asked them, via the customer service Web form, if this phone used standard 2.5mm headsets or if I needed the Nokia one -- I tried three off-brand ones and none worked. The cut and paste reply had absolutely nothing to do with the question. So I thought I'd buy another identical phone and try it. The form on the website to move service from one NET10 phone to another gave an error that did not apply, saying that I entered the phone number wrong. Not only was the phone number correct, but you don't enter it at all -- it has it in the system and it merely shows it to you. Trying to add it as a new phone with a new number, it assigned the same number as the other phone, making both the new and old phone inoperable. Automated diagnostic stuff on the website couldn't fix it. Their overseas operators only have a few scripts and none apply. I've worked customer service for a cell company before and it's not pleasant. I know the turn over rate is high and you usually never get to see the phones you're supposed to be supporting. But my employer at least allowed me to engage in dialogue with the people I talked to, even though I had to read a lot of required script. These guys only get script. Clearly they were told that if they improvised anything, they'd be fired or punished. So they have humans they're using as robots. I have a profound distaste for NET10 for that alone. That's just uncool. Customer service and the website runs you in circles. NET10's idea of automating common customer service requests via forms on a website to save costs is a brilliant one. Someone should actually implement the idea. NET10 sure didn't manage to. I've spent four days and countless hours trying to get NET10 to perform one of the most commonly required services -- transfer service from one phone to another -- and have failed miserably. Less
Amazon

problems receiving text messages from some other carriers?

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My Net10 Nokia 1600 was unable to receive text messages from a Sprint Palm Centro. I contacted Net10 tech support, who insisted that the problem was on Sprint's end. Net10 tech support couldn't understand that a one-way conversation via text messaging isn't very useful, whether it's Sprint's problem...More
My Net10 Nokia 1600 was unable to receive text messages from a Sprint Palm Centro. I contacted Net10 tech support, who insisted that the problem was on Sprint's end. Net10 tech support couldn't understand that a one-way conversation via text messaging isn't very useful, whether it's Sprint's problem or not. (I have never had any problems sending messages from the Centro to any other phone.) I was hoping Net10 would at least try to figure out what was wrong. Maybe it was the admittedly old 1600; maybe it was network incompatibility; maybe it was Sprint's fault. I'll never know because tech support simply refused to help me, saying that my messaging was "working properly." Less
Amazon

Excellent for Texting

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This is a great little phone. The deal is that it is only 10 cents a minute, no matter what. If you roam, it's 10c. Texting is half a minute each way, so messages are 5c to send and 5c to read. Much cheaper than even contract phones. Service is great in my area, and there are no defects in the phon...More
This is a great little phone. The deal is that it is only 10 cents a minute, no matter what. If you roam, it's 10c. Texting is half a minute each way, so messages are 5c to send and 5c to read. Much cheaper than even contract phones. Service is great in my area, and there are no defects in the phone itself. It has tons of great ringers built in, and all of them can be used for alarms. The battery is very long lasting. I don't use it that much, so I only have to charge it every 5 or 6 days. The bottom line is that this is an excellent phone for the money, and is highly recommended. Less
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Technical Service Horrible

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I purchased 1000 minutes for my phone on July 11. I have called them 10 times exactly, each time it was escalated and repeated to me the phone would be active within 24 to 48 minutes. Each time they said they would call me. No call. Issue still not resolved and today is July 21, 2008. 2 people cal...More
I purchased 1000 minutes for my phone on July 11. I have called them 10 times exactly, each time it was escalated and repeated to me the phone would be active within 24 to 48 minutes. Each time they said they would call me. No call. Issue still not resolved and today is July 21, 2008. 2 people called me after I told them repeatedly I would be in on weekend to call on Monday. I called the center back and was told they have no report that anyone called me. It will be *resolved* within 24 to 48 hours. Have filed FCC and BBB complaints. Avoid this phone and telephone service. Avoid it all costs! Less

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