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Nokia 1661 review

4.8/10 AVG.

Nokia 1661
Nokia 1661

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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

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What the Critics Are Saying...


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

- Kent German, CNET

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Nokia 1661 user manual here.

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

If your 1661 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The Nokia 1661's screen size is 1.8 inches with x pixels resolution.


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.


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

4 MB

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


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

Release Date October 4, 2008
Regions Available USA, Canada
Operating System No

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Internal Storage 4 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.31 W/kg
Body: 0.6 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
Wi-Fi No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 1.8 inches
Secondary Display No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 860 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to 20 days
Mixed Usage
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
Headset Jack 2.5mm
External Speakers No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS
Graphics: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: T9
Any Key Answer: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Contact List Capacity: 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact:
PC Synchronization: No
Custom Ringtones: No
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Radio: Yes
Wi-fi Encryption: -
Games: Downloadable
Apps: -
Included Software / Apps: -
To-Do / Task List, Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Stop Watch, Calculator, Currency Converter

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