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Nokia 1208

alaTest has collected and analyzed 899 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the screen and design are generally positive. The battery and usability also get good reviews, but there are some less positive views about the features.

value for money, usability, battery, design, screen


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Nokia 1208 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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What's not to like?


Call Quality--Usually good, though your mileage can and will vary with the carrier. In the LA/OC area, I usually get 4/5 bars and people I talk to on the other end hear me clearly and vice versa. Keys-A bit on the average side, not the best for...

Call Quality-Great ; Speakerphone-Great ; Keys-Functional, usable

No camera - Don't worry, people. Unless you're a journalist who likes chasing after celebrities or taking snapshots of crooked cops in the act, you won't need this. Most journalists I've seen use DSLRs anyway

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Great when you want a basic phone.


I was after a basic phone as a second phone. I haven't had any problems with it so far. If all you want is a basic phone or you don't have wads of cash to buy a phone, then you must consider teh Nokia 1209. Yes, Bluetooth would ... Expand full review

price ; nice large screen for the size of the phone ; doesn't have features you will never use ; robust ; s-o-o-o-o easy to use ; very lightweight

No CONS if all you are looking for is a basic phone

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Nice and robust basic mobile phone


This phone is smart as it is reduced to the minumum features that make sense. If you only need a PHONE (no smart phone) because of having access to a netbook it serves you right. I like the big watch in standard mode, the light, the rougedized keyboard.

All features included you need basically: a phone, a calculater, a light

no standard micro usb

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Amazon review summary for Nokia 1208


alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of Nokia 1208 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on

usability, battery, reception, reliability, responsiveness


83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: T-Mobile Nokia 1208 Prepaid Cell PhoneNokia 1208 Unlocked Cellphone with 850Mhz BandNokia 1208 Prepaid Phone (T-Mobile)

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Very pleased - Great Little Phone


If your hearing is good and you do not need a phone that puts out a lot of volume, this is a very nice phone that works well. One reviewer received a phone that appeared to not be brand new but mine was new and complete.

Works well, light and small but shaped so that it is easy to hold ; Buttons laid out well with good countour/feel. People hear me well on or off speaker. Background noise (wind in car, background voices or music) is well controlled when using hands...

Speaker and earpiece are loud enough but a little more volume would be welcomed (My MotoQ is louder by comparison) ; Cannot switch to speaker until a few seconds after call is dialed (must wait for screen under right button to change from 'End Call' to...

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Great deal for the price!


I purchased this phone because I was tired of dropping calls and my tilt was just too cumbersome to use. I gave my wife the tilt because the kids trashed hers.

I live in the bay area and the reception is not too great here. This phone out performs my att tilt by a wide margin. This is just a phone so dont' expect more

This phone does not have bluetooth

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Can't go wrong


Good price, nice basic phone, easy to use


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Below Expectations


It's a cheap, reliable phone, but I can't use this as my main phone because of all the deficiencies. As a backup? Yes. As an everyday phone? No.

Great battery life ; Good call quality ; No frills phone

Small phonebook (200 contacts) ; Low resolution screen, even for the price ; Rubber button covering + small buttons = lots of miskeying ; Bad software, lots of quirks that my barebones 5-year old Nokia did not have. (examples: 1. Call timer remains on...

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I love This Phone


Buy tow.

I work in IT I have had many phones. This is by far the best one I have ever had. This phones battery life is disgusting and Iv punted it ,thrown it and sat on it works fine. And to boot its a good flash light


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Decent Backup


Newegg rocks with shipping and handling. Keep up the great work!

I needed a phone immediately, and didn't really want to extend my contract. This phone works for text and calling. Flashlight is a plus. Tap the up key 2x to light up, tap once more to turn light off. Looks solid built, relatively light in weight....

Battery life is ok. Surprised with the 7 hours talk time, not really getting it. more like 4-5. Not bad though. Could use some bluetooth but for the price i guess i can't complain. Besides i just use the speaker phone when driving, it's relatively loud...

Product Specifications

Colorful connections are easy on the Nokia 1208 - with instant access to key phone functions, unique cost-management features, and a brilliant color display screen. Access phone features quickly and conveniently with One Touch shortcut keys for SMS messaging, calendar, contacts, loudspeaker, and flashlight. View wallpapers, screensavers, games, and phone menus on the vibrant color display screen which supports up to 65,536 colors. Personalize your phone with 32-voice polyphonic ringtones. Extend your talk time. Use the power saver mode to help conserve power when your phone is idle. Control your talk time. Time Tracker allows you to pre-set call times and disconnects calls when the pre-set time is up. Manage your calling costs. Cost Tracker lets you pre-set the cost limit for calls. Monitor your pre-paid balance. With Pre-paid Tracker you can view your pre-paid account balance information whenever you need. Get the right sound for any environment with adjustable ringtone and call volume. Hear more of your calls. Noise cancellation filters decrease background noise for improved sound quality. Keep your phone clean with the dust-resistant keypad.


Antenna Type:Internal


Standby Time (PB):365hours
Talk Time (PB):420minutes




Band:GSM 850/1900 (Dual Band)
Phone Form Factor:Monoblock
Service Provider:Not specified/T-Mobile
Type:Cellular phone
Vibrating Alert: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Color Depth:16-bit (65000 colors)
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nokia




Alarm Clock: Yes
Calendar: Yes

Telephone Memory

Phone Book Capacity:200names & numbers
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