Why I dumped my Nokia 105 for a 2007-made Nokia torchlight phone
What the heck is a torchlight phone?
Why would one dump a 2013 phone for a 2007 phone?
If you had question one on your mind, then this article is obviously not for you as you are certainly not one of us third world country dwellers stuck in a world of -2hours of daily power supply and needs a mobile phone that can, apart from making calls and texting, have a useful flashlight for navigating the dark streets at night.
Question 2 is for the curious. I ditched a phone for it’s 6-year old predecessor, and this article will explain why. Speaking of phones, both phones cost less than $40 combined, so this is not some Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 6 comparison video on YouTube.
As a normal adult living in a developing country, it’s normal to have a smartphone (just like they do in the US & Europe), but not without the safe backup of a feature phone with longlasting battery (Nokia torchlight phones are the preferred choice in this part of the world) because this is not America where you have constant power to charge your mobile phone every now and then.
I have been using a Nokia torchlight phone since my knowledge of smartphones — from my Nokia 6600 days to my BB days down to my current days of Android and iOS and BB10 (in fact I change smartphones almost monthly) — but the Nokia 105 seems to be the worst torchlight I have been with.
Why I Threw Away My Nokia 105 (literally)
(and why you should never use a Nokia 105).
1. Tiny handset speaker:
First thing I noticed about the phone after I bought it and slotted my MTN SIM inside it is that the phone is dumb. Not dumb in knowledge or reasoning, but this phone hardly speaks.
You should expect more from a phone whose work is only to make calls and flash lights but the Nokia 105 is so unbearable that you can’t hear what the person on the other end is saying unless you switch the call to loudspeaker.
My Nokia 105 can make/receive calls normally in a quiet environment like in the office, but try receiving a call in a marketplace, or while on the move on a commercial bike. Try that on my new 2007 torchlight phone (Nokia 1208). Just last week I was making calls conveniently in the middle of a night party where the music is so loud, but I heard everything.
2. Shaky battery/ Phone tripping off:
After a few weeks of use and occasional removal of battery and swapping of SIM cards, the phone’s contact with the battery became loose. I had to force a fold of paper between the battery’s base and the phone to keep the opposite end tight.
This helped, but not before some great disappointments like keeping your phone in your pocket only to realize it has “tripped off”. Another common scenario I had was taking the phone to my ear to receive a call and suddenly my Nokia 105 goes blank — just for having contact with an ear.
Now, this is getting weired. Isn’t “hanging” meant for virus-infected PCs and overloaded smartphones?
My Nokia 105 started hanging one certain evening just as was about to meet this fine lady on our second date. Phone numbers went blank and the phone hitched a couple of times as she called me that evening.
Though the hanging stopped, it resurfaced on my phone after a fortnight and disappeared again just like it appeared.
4. Swelling buttons:
The Nokia 105 has two variants the version2.70 and version 3.40. This problem seems common with the later version dated 8/8/13.
I’ve seen a lot of people who had their Nokia 105’s button area swollen just after few weeks of use. Though my own (v2.70) didn’t have such issues, I find it disgusting looking at those phones with belly-like buttons.
5. Poor battery! Poor battery!
Though rare, it’s not totally unexistent to find a Nokia phone with poor battery. Nokia 105 arguably has the worst battery among all other Nokia tourclight phones.
My battery on my new (not so new) Nokia 1208 (the 2007-made phone I told you about) goes a full day before depleting one bar while the one on my Nokia 105 does the same in less than two hours, and the rest of the bars goes in quick succession over the next 48 to 72 hours depending on use; But my Nokia 1208? It lasts for a whole week on normal calls, texting and a little torchlight usage.
What Substitutes Do I Have For Nokia 105?
Though a tad bit costlier, there are other Nokia torchlight phones in the market thought the Nokia 105 seems to be the cheapest and that explains what it’s breaking so badly.
For me, Nokia 1208 (or even the Nokia 1209) is the best offer as it stands out from other Nokia torchlight phones. It seems to have the best battery. Plus Nokia used dedicated speakers for the handset and loudspeaker modes respectively in the Nokia 1208, and that’s why the speaks clear and crisp.
If you are buying the Nokia 1208, you should be ready to look awkward, considering it’s a phone from 7 years into the past. This is the only downside, the phone looks ugly when compared to newer torchlight phones, but for people like me who prefer quality over looks and trend I can deal with that. I can even, if necessary, have me the good old, Nokia 3310.
Don’t expect to see a brand new one, the phone has been discontinued way back but you can find the refurbished or “belgium” unit of the Nokia 1208 in local phone outlets.
I got mine for just about 10 dollars without charger and other phone accessories. Meanwhile I had to change the casing on it as it scratched all through following years of (ab)use and torture by the previous owner.
Did I mention that I bought the phone casing for 150 naira (about $1) and was able to change it by just removing the old one and slotting the new one with my bare hands?