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Meet Nokia 215
By Thom Holwerda on 2015-01-06 22:40:09

Helping more and more people around the world get online and stay connected, Microsoft introduces the Nokia 215 and Nokia 215 Dual-SIM.

With a price tag of just $29 before taxes and subsidies, Nokia 215 is our most affordable Internet-ready entry-level phone yet, perfectly suited for first-time mobile phone buyers or as a secondary phone for just about anyone.

I think I'm going to buy one of these, just to see how it holds up. It has most of the services I use on my phone, so I'm wondering if I can take the downgrade while enjoying the crazy awesome battery life.

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Battery life?
By krakal on 2015-01-06 22:52:34
I say no.

It's good routine to slip in the charger every night. If a phone only requires charging every week or so, you're bound to (not) wake up with a dead phone a few times a year. Oh wait, Nokia solved that by making annoying beeps when the battery is near flat. Always fun in the middle of the night. Not.

So.

Battery life on cell phones isn't a selling point anymore - people got used to it.

With reversible micro usb connectors coming to the next generation phones, it'll be even easier.
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RE: Battery life?
By jockm on 2015-01-06 23:05:14
This is a phone for emerging markets, countries where power isn't always stable. Where you may not even have power in your home, and you go to a local shop and pay to charge your phone.

There is also the situation in these markets where you may have to travel some distance and time to go to markets, for work, etc and you need that long standby time.

Please don't assume everyone in the world has the same needs or are willing to make the same compromises as you.
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RE: Battery life?
By Nico57 on 2015-01-06 23:19:51
Uh? WTF?!?

I recently switched to the Xperia Z3 Compact just to get back a barely decent battery life on my phone (about 3 days of moderate usage; pushed it as far as a full week on light usage), and won't look back.

We're talking about a device that has become as ubiquitous as our parent's watches, but won't last for as long as 1% of a watch's battery life!

Oh, well, I get it!
You're satirically making fun of this crazy situation.
I almost bit it, well done!

"Good routine", eh! 😂 I'll borrow you that one.
Thanks for the great laugh. 😊
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Battery life
By Nico57 on 2015-01-06 23:29:24
29 days of *standby* time is nothing to write home about, that's how every other phone is spec'ed out.

The problem is that's the one spec every manufacturer lies about - even in plane mode, no one would be able to reach it - and I seriously doubt Nokia raised above the crowd on this one.
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Nokia battery life is a lie
By ozonehole on 2015-01-06 23:41:32
Prior to the Microsoft takeover, I had a Nokia 2G phone. Actually, I've had several. And I had nothing but praise for those phones. True, they didn't have 3G capabilities, but they had one-week battery life, and lasted years without a hiccup.

The last Nokia phone that I purchased (which was after Microsoft took over) claimed something like a 37-day battery life in standby mode. In fact, it was about 37 hours when set in 2G mode. When set in 3G, it was more like 12 hours. Fortunately, I was able to return the phone, as our local law (here in Taiwan) requires that vendors give us 7 days to decide if we want to keep or return electronic devices.

I replaced the Microsoft phone with a Samsung, which has been good.

Of course, I'm sure that Microsoft wouldn't be lying about the battery life of their phones. After all, if you can't trust Microsoft, who can you trust?

Edited 2015-01-06 23:46 UTC
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Who is this for?
By teco.sb on 2015-01-07 02:45:04
I wish they would have added only a few more features to this phone. If they had, it would have been perfect for me. The only things I look for from a phone is the ability to make calls, text (so a full keyboard would have been nice), do turn-by-turn GPS, and occasionally check out a website. For these features, I'd be willing to go up to $100 for the phone. I already have an 8" tablet for everything else, so why have 2 devices that do exactly the same thing?

For the features it offers, this phone is actually a little expensive, in my opinion. I've had a Google Galaxy Nexus for over 2 years, and even thought it works perfectly, I would like to find a simpler replacement in the foreseeable future.

I seriously considered this phone, but without GPS and 3G (needed for most online GPS software) this phone is useless to me.

And if you're going to say this phone is not for me, then who is it for? People keep saying "emerging markets", but have any of you every been to a so called "emerging market" like Brazil or India? Well, I'm originally from Brazil and know a few people from India and people there don't want these phones either. At least, not when you can get an off-brand Chinese Android phone for $70 US dollars in Paraguay! I imagine it would be even cheaper in India. Oh, and that Chinese phone can do those things I mentioned above as "must haves" for me.
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No wifi?
By tomz on 2015-01-07 03:17:15
It might actually be useful, except I have several (Mot C168) sans the internet nonsense that you would need a data plan.

I have a Verizon LG Glance (VX7100?) with extended battery that goes a month when on, hours and hours of talk-time, boots in under 5 seconds, etc. It's great as a phone.

I have a 4g hotspot for internet.
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RE: Who is this for?
By jockm on 2015-01-07 04:30:39
The 215 is intended for emerging countries in Asia, Africa, and the like. I have been to part of India where even the cheapest android phone is too expensive. This phone will probably have the most traction in parts of Africa. $100 would be far far too high in those countries, and turn by turn data would be spotty if available at all.

While the 215 is going to be released in at least some places in Europe, there don't seem to be plans for it to be released in the US at all.

Edited 2015-01-07 04:33 UTC
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RE: Battery life?
By masennus on 2015-01-07 06:10:39
No, Nokia SOLVED that by having the alarm function work even when the phone is completely shut OFF. The problem just is not there on a real nokia phone (apart from lumias that is, as far as I know the feature disappeared when windows phone took over)
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RE: Nokia battery life is a lie
By hussam on 2015-01-07 08:38:36
> Prior to the Microsoft takeover, I had a Nokia 2G phone. Actually, I've had several. And I had nothing but praise for those phones. True, they didn't have 3G capabilities, but they had one-week battery life, and lasted years without a hiccup.
My old Nokia C3-00's battery used to last almost a month.
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