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Nokia 1661 review

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The Nokia 1661 currently has an Informr score of 4.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 18 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

There will always be a place for entry-level phones. Despite all the excitement over breakthrough advances in cell phone technology, there remains a significant chunk of the market pie where folks just want a simple phone.

Enter the Nokia 1661. It’s a simple candy bar with a modest 1.8 inch, 128 x 160 pixel resolution display (very low resolution), simple alpha-numeric keypad, speakerphone, predictive text, alarm clock and calculator. This sounds like the feature list from a few years ago, but here again, for people looking for an emergency phone or a phone on a budget, the Nokia 1661 offers a simple design and basic functionality. With the “send” and “end” keys placed in familiar places, and a central navigation array, this phone is clearly within the reach of anyone who needs to make a call.

Talk time is rated at up to 480 minutes and standby time is rated at up to 472 hours.

There are better options available today, and with promotions and special offers, folks can get into a stronger device that could do more for them.

The Nokia 1661 is basic at its very best. Not bad, just basic.

Review by: Scot Cerullo


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
1.8"
Camera
No


What the Critics Are Saying...


CNET

The Nokia 1661 doesn't promise much, but it doesn't offer much either.

- Kent German, CNET


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Nokia released the 1661 on October 4, 2008.


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Nokia backs up the 1661 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
1.8"

The Nokia 1661's screen size is 1.8 inches 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
860mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 860 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 20 days standby time.

Nokia 1661 Specs

Overview
Release date October 4, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
900/1800 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: 1.31 W/kg
Body: 0.6 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 860 mAh
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: 20 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Black, Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.8 x 4.5 x 1.4 cm (4.3 x 1.8 x 0.6 in)
Weight 82 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 1.8 inches
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 Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser No
Email Client No
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS
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 No
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 Yes
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 No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
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 Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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CNET

In terms of cell phone design, it doesn't get any more basic than this

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The Nokia 1661 doesn't promise much, but it doesn't offer much either.

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User Reviews


loly

Don't like this phone

Is awesome on everything except on network coverage NO NETWORK COVERAGE A phone is suppose to be useful, You know, like you have to be able to call. Thats why I don't like it sooo practickly is a big junk, I wasted my money

This phone stinks

Keys are too small. Can't answer with any key. Manual has very limited information. Bare bones software not even any way to add any more information to contacts than phone numbers. Clock is not visible until key is pressed.
Amazon

Great back up phone for all TMo account types, ultra compact, light, good battery life. Buy it for a song and a dance!

from Amazon
Purchased April,2010 for less than $15 at a national U.S.A. pharmacy chain as a pre-paid TMO kit. Intended as gift for a relative. Without activating phone, I slipped in my T-mob sim from my standard T-mob account and phone booted up fine w/o ever activating the pre-paid sim. As others have mentio...More
Purchased April,2010 for less than $15 at a national U.S.A. pharmacy chain as a pre-paid TMO kit. Intended as gift for a relative. Without activating phone, I slipped in my T-mob sim from my standard T-mob account and phone booted up fine w/o ever activating the pre-paid sim. As others have mentioned, this phone has issues, but imho this is an excellent value for back-up or when you need to travel light. Don't hesitate to buy it for temporary use if your regular T-mob phone dies. Gives you time to shop around for a permanent replacement. Basics: For use on GSM systems and only on GSM 850 and GSM 1900 MHz networks. Sold as a T-Mob pre-paid but will work right out of the box on all T-Mob plans w/o the need to un-lock. Key chain with eyelet. Supports up to five separate phone books for multiple users. Has three ports: charge, headphone and ??mini-usb?? The latter is not described in the owners manual. Manual says to rest the device from time to time by powering down then removing the battery to optimize performance. "go to" soft key just below the screen quickly brings you to an easily customizable list of actions such as setting the alarm, calendar, flashlight, contacts, silent mode. User can move the most desired functions to the top of the list. Pros: * Lowest cost for a replacement GSM phone * Clock and Timers: count down timer, stop watch, displayed correct time right out of the box, speaks the time,auto update of date and time, alarm clock, in-call timer, call summary timer. Repeating alarm mode. * Ease of use: customizable "go-to" key for fast acess to features and settings, multiple pre-configured profiles and a configurable "my profile" all easy to quickly toggle. Easy, intuitive menus good for the technically challenged. Fixed dialing mode if you need to give to a child or loan to a helper. * Fast access for toggling to commonly used modes. Pres the red end call key and the profiles menu pops up. Here you can power down, or toggle to silent, normal, "discreet, loud, lights only, my profile. Also, raised "go to" key just below screen on right can be easily programmed to quickly pull up any number of customize-able phone or call settings, alarms, timers, calendar, ect. * 500 name directory (4MB internal) * Screen with large text. Default is set to blue background with white letters on red highlighted bars. Good for aging eyes. While keypad is locked can still display a large digital clock with date by pressing red end call key. Date and time display for several seconds then times out to screen off. * Charging and battery: Per owners manual: "Do not leave a fully charged battery connected to charger as overcharging will result" "Ideal temp range is 59F to 77F, battery life is reduced outside of optimal temp range" Have not had this long, but based on previous Japanese made Nokia batteries, should be better than most. Shipped with Chinese made Nokia 860 mAh, 3.7v, BL-4C Li-ion battery. Included charger, Nokia A-3: electronic auto-switching, world voltage type rated output: DC 5.0 volts, 350 mA. will charge most modern Nokia phones with the small round tube port. The Nokia BL-5B battery from my old 3220 fits in the phone although it is a bit shorter and requires a homemade spacer at the top to press the battery down on the phone contacts. * Simm card very easy in/out with just your finger. * Call history displays missed caller and logs each attempt to reach you CONS: - What the others have said. Lacks volume control on the side. Control keys not ideal, signal strength may be an issue although the few calls made so far were fine. Call quality was clear, would like it louder. - A major issue is with ring volume, perhaps a deal killer for many, is that the ring volume is m-u-c-h to low even set on loud and with highest ring volume selected. - Clumsy rocker key for selecting functions, but can get by with programming the upper right soft key to access most settings. You will still need to rock the center key to scroll your list, but this works better than rocking side to side in the main menu. - Message deletion: Is there a faster way to delete? Not sure, but so far had to open every message individually to clear them. Quite time consuming Conclusion: If you favorite TMo phone or it's battery/charger goes south, then you will be glad to have the Nokia 1661 as an emergency back-up. Heck, for the price you can use it as a calendar or kitchen timer, clock, alarm with a deactivated simm card inserted. Phone made in Brazil, charger and battery, China. Slim pocket size carries easily. Signal strength and reception in fringe reception areas reported by some. Have not had it long enough to verify that. Less
Amazon

T-Mobile might be getting a bad rep with this GARBAGE Nokia

from Amazon
Wow, I haven't seen a phone this pathetic in a while.. where do I start, first of all -- the signal (or lack thereof) this thing gets is HORRENDOUS. T-Mobile's PCS network already has issues in deep residential areas, and this phone is of NO help. It will often show "No Network Coverage" as mentioned i...More
Wow, I haven't seen a phone this pathetic in a while.. where do I start, first of all -- the signal (or lack thereof) this thing gets is HORRENDOUS. T-Mobile's PCS network already has issues in deep residential areas, and this phone is of NO help. It will often show "No Network Coverage" as mentioned in other reviews which isn't the case! My other T-Mobile phones easily have 4 bars in these areas where this phone won't even get 1 bar of signal strength. That and the keypad is godawful, and so is the 4-way navigation toggle. Less
Amazon

issues quickly arise

from Amazon
i bought this phone to last ~3 months, which it did, but barely. right off the bat, it was difficult to use the phone: calls were drop routinely in a moving car, volume was not sufficient (i ended up putting all calls on loudspeaker), people had a hard time understanding what i said. after about a...More
i bought this phone to last ~3 months, which it did, but barely. right off the bat, it was difficult to use the phone: calls were drop routinely in a moving car, volume was not sufficient (i ended up putting all calls on loudspeaker), people had a hard time understanding what i said. after about a month, it started being flaky when i tried to charge it. often, it would show no effect when i plugged it into the charger (whether it was the wall or auto charger). to get around this, i had to turn the phone off, plug in the charger, then turn the phone on. a couple of weeks ago, a new problem arose: the phone no longer rings or vibrates when a call comes in. just before this, the phone had somehow been set back to factory default. every time i start it up, it asks for a security code even though i didn't set one and actually set it to NOT ask for one. luckily, it works with the default: 12345. i had to reset all of my one number dialing settings... i don't quite regret buying it but i am ever so grateful that my contract has renewed and i can get a new phone! only 1 star though-- it is a much hated phone around here. Less
Amazon

Totally useless because of terrible antenna

from Amazon
Even if you are expecting just telephone and text functions, avoid this junk. Nokia 1661 has an unbelievably poor antenna which doesn't receive signals very well. Nokia 1661 pretty often showed the message 'No Network Coverage' and it was really annoying. I'd used the older model, Nokia 2610. Now I use...More
Even if you are expecting just telephone and text functions, avoid this junk. Nokia 1661 has an unbelievably poor antenna which doesn't receive signals very well. Nokia 1661 pretty often showed the message 'No Network Coverage' and it was really annoying. I'd used the older model, Nokia 2610. Now I use my old Nokia 2610 again since it is usable unlike Nokia 1661. Less
Amazon

not worth 20$ to me.....

from Amazon
for the most part the the phone looks nice in the package but it really flimsy and i could live with that but i could not hear anything with or with out the head set i took it back to walmart.
Amazon

Does it's job

from Amazon
I bought this for 19.98 at [...], after my t-mobile phone died on me. I didn't want to pay the outrageous prices that t-mobile was asking for any of their regular phones, since I plan to switch companies once my current contract is up. The chick at the t-mobile store told me I couldn't buy the phone...More
I bought this for 19.98 at [...], after my t-mobile phone died on me. I didn't want to pay the outrageous prices that t-mobile was asking for any of their regular phones, since I plan to switch companies once my current contract is up. The chick at the t-mobile store told me I couldn't buy the phone without paying the 50 dollar activation, but wal-mart had no problem. I popped in my old sim card and it worked right away, no need to install the sim card that comes with it first or anything. The phone it self is basic, and kinda cheap feeling, but it was worth 20 bucks. Yes, the keys are sort of hard to use, but I don't text a lot so it doesn't concern me. Overall though, it makes and receives calls, and will get me through the last 5 months of my contract. Mine actually came with a headset to use with the FM radio built in, which might come in handy if my Ipod dies at work or something. It also has a built in flashlight, but you have to press so many keys to get to turn on, you might be better off just using the key glow. Less
Amazon

Basic Phone for a Great Price

from Amazon
I bought this phone on yesterday at your neighborhood Target. It was $19.99 and included the charger and headset. For the price, this phone is worth it only as most reviewers stated: a replacement for the meantime until you get a new phone. This phone is only good for those who don't talk or text much....More
I bought this phone on yesterday at your neighborhood Target. It was $19.99 and included the charger and headset. For the price, this phone is worth it only as most reviewers stated: a replacement for the meantime until you get a new phone. This phone is only good for those who don't talk or text much. I wouldn't recommend it for long time use (i.e. more than 1 year) but since times are tough, I'd say it's a great deal! I used to have a LG cell from Alltel, but since they merged with Verizon and my old cell was malfunctioning, I decided to get this one in the meantime. Overall it is a nice cell phone with a nice sleek screen, I only wish that the sides and back cover were just as sleek instead of the cheap flimsy plastic they used (it looks so weird up against the smooth black screen!). So I would recommend this phone to high school and college students (such as myself) and to others who want to save some money or need a starter phone. Less
Amazon

Best Phone for best price

from Amazon
This phone is such a good deal.I have used lot of go phones.But I find this one to be very convienent and user friendly. The best low price phone.

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