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Nokia 1616

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1551 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the design and battery are generally positive. The responsiveness and value for money are also appreciated. Many are negative about the GPS navigation and connectivity. Opinions are divided on the camera.

usability, value for money, responsiveness, battery, design

features, connectivity, GPS navigation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Nokia 1616 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 1551 reviews)

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Nokia 1616


The 1.8" 128 x 160 pixel screen is large enough to be useful, and as it's a TFT display it should be very easy to read. Although this is a very limited resolution compared to most mid-market European phones, the Nokia 1616 doesn't really do anything...

Consumer review by:

Great basic or back-up phone.


Works well for what it does, do not expect something great, just functional

Call quality, flashlight, loud ringer

Smallish buttons (especially the soft-key/call buttons), no dedicated volume rocker, super basic

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Amazon review summary for Nokia 1616


alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 user reviews of Nokia 1616 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on

value for money, usability, portability, design, reception


68% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: T-Mobile Nokia 1616 Prepaid Cell PhoneNOKIA 1616 Dark Grey


Consumer review by:

Good Basic Phone


I bought this as a replacement phone when I lost my other one. This phone has basic functions and carries them out fairly well. It even has a flashlight, not just the screen but an actual flashlight. Battery life is great, the only downfall is speaker...

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Nokia 1616 Black Unlocked GSM DualBand Bar Cell Phone


The item is very BAD... I keep getting Insert SIM CARD Message... The phone doesn't work properly.

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Nokia 1616 review


One of the cheapest handsets we've seen so far, the Nokia 1616 is perfect for people who just want a phone for making calls and sending the odd text. Anything more complicated than that is off the agenda, but this could make an ideal gift for an...

FM radio with headphones ; Handy flashlight ; Decent battery life

Cheap design ; Lack of camera and 3G ; No data connectivity or Internet access

With so many cheap phones on the market, it's hard to decide which offers the best deal. All of the phones we've reviewed recently have been seriously lacking in features, and the Nokia 1616 does nothing to buck this unwelcome trend. It's...

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Nokia 1616


The 1616 is the cheapest brand-name phone we know of in Australia, and for some this will be reason enough to buy it, but we'd like to see a camera and web browser included.

Solid old-school design ; FM radio and flashlight ; Good battery life

No camera ; No web browser ; Keypad will be tricky for those with enormous fingers

We've described this handset as costing AU$29 throughout this review, but we should point out that it is only available at this price when bought through either Crazy John's or Vodafone and it is locked to these networks.

Expert review by:

Nokia 1616


Nokia are famous for making different specced mobiles to cater to a wide range of users around the world, such as its N-Series aimed at businesspeople. The Nokia 1616 is a budget mobile phone, targeting users after a basic mobile, ideal for calling and...

It's a compact, candybar handset, measuring in at just 107 x 45 x 15mm, and weighing a comfortable 78.5 grams. The device is available in 4 different colours, including Black, Dark Red, Blue and Dark Grey. Its design is reminiscent to earlier Nokia...

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Nokia 1616


The 1616’s dimensions are not bulky (107.1 x 45 x 15 mm, weighting 78 g or 4.22” x 1.77” x 0.59”, weighting 2.75oz) and is comparable with other One Thousand Series Nokia phones. The handset fits in the palm of a man's hand and thanks to its size it...

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Nokia 1616


It is a shi@ty phone (sorry for my French) but I can only use it for texting. I hear people well but no one can ever hear me, so I am so sick of my phone. People even stopped calling me a long time ago because phone conversations are a disaster. I...

You can text

Call quality is terrible

Product Specifications


Autofocus:Not Applicable
Built-in Camera: No
Built-in Flash:Not Applicable
Swivel Camera: No
Video Resolution in Pixel:Not Applicable


Audio Formats : No
Audio Playback:No / Yes
Dual SIM Card: No
GPS Receiver: No
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: No
Multi SIM Card: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Telephone Keyboard
Video Client: No
XHTML Browser: No


A2DP:Not Applicable
Bluetooth: No
Infrared Interface: No
Memory Card Slot: No
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
WiFi Data Exchange: No

Data Transfer



Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:65.536
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Multi Band:Dual Band
Operating System:Proprietary
Operator:3 / EE / MVNO / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Tesco MB / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: No
Instant Messaging: No
Push email: No