- Analysis by KJ David
An updated version of the Nokia 106, which entered the market way back in 2013, the Nokia 106 2018 comes with somewhat the same essentials-only mix of pros and cons delivered by its ancestor. In fact, the biggest difference between the two models seem to be their physiques -- the older version touts a boxy candybar shell, while this 2018 edition dons a contoured body. Nevertheless, this version, like the older one, calls up Phonerated's list of senior-friendly and basic phones.
Starting off with its cons, this call-and-text phone does not come with any camera , which, as of this specs-based review, was no longer a rare facet in the basic phone category. In a similar manner, its lack of a microSD card slot (It comes with a 4MB native memory, which translates to about 500 SMS and 2000 contacts) sounds quite off-putting, since a good number of its candybar competitors double up as portable storage devices through their external memory card sockets.
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As for power, this follow-up to the 106 banks on a removable 800mAh battery whose raw power capacity is far from reassuring, given the number of other models with tantamount pros and cons packing up to 1200mAh cells.
That said, its 15.7-hour maximum talk time (942 minutes) and 21-day maximum standby period sound passable, at least by 2018 basic phone standards.
The 106 2018 touts a minuscule 1.8-inch QQVGA (160 x 120) screen and offers two mini SIM card slots , the latter of which winds up as a solid pro in our book, coming from a basic bar phone like itself. By the way, don't forget to check out some popular dual-SIM phones here.
Under the hood, it is powered by a typical (among basic phones) MTK 6261D processor with no more than 4MB of accompanying RAM. It supports 900/1800MHz GSM network bands. Lastly, although the 2013 106 was offered in Red, White, and Black, this 2018 sequel is only available in a Dark Gray finish.
Long story short, the 106 2018 is a simple bar phone for users who are looking for a cheap call-and-text phone or a backup device for their smartphones.
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