Nokia 7100 Supernova Review

Welcome to the Nokia 7100 review. Like a few other lower end mobile phones we have been meaning to do a write up on the phone for a while now (since its late 2008 release) but once again for what ever reason just never got around to finishing it. The 7100 Supernova is a basic slider phone designed for as Nokia calls it ’emerging markets’ essentially a basic mobile phone.  The 7100 in mid-2010 is priced under $129 unlocked so is reasonably good value.  We think it will drop to under $99 by the end of the year.

The 7100 is a GSM only phone but capable of data thanks to EDGE and GPRS compatibility.  However do not expect high speed data.  Surprisingly it has a number of features that surprise given its position and price in the lineup.  Hardware extras such as a decent screen, Bluetooth, able to play various media formats including the capability to record radio broadcasts and a small camera. Other than that it has got a huge speaker grill at the back for reasonably loud audio output.  The main flaw is the missing expandable memory slot.

In your hands it feels light and sturdy – like most Nokia phones.  The slide mechanism feels good for the price like wise the keypad and screen. The screen is not big but larger than similarly priced phones thus commendable.

It runs Nokia S40 operating system so if you’ve used a Nokia before you will feel instantly at home.  Everything is logically located in the menu system and reasonably responsive for the price.  You can’t really fault the 7100 for anything significant taking its intended purpose into account. At a stretch perhaps the tiny 4MB free memory is sad but.. However when you do compare it to phones priced a little more then its value price becomes odd.  You see for a mere $20 more (at thie time this was written) you can buy the 6600 Fold which has much more features and technology.

To conclude we like the 7100 Supernova, it does everything well for a cheap mobile phone but you will be happier in the longer term with its relative the 6600 Fold.  If you have a few more dollars the 6700 Slide is also a superior mobile phone. Nonetheless the 7100 would be perfect for those who just want talk and text functions in a slider format but not value for money considering a few more dollars will get you significantly better mobile phone.


  • Nokia 7100 Supernova
  • Network
    Dual-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Dependent on country)
  • Design
  • L98 x W48.4 x D15 mm
    Weight 103.5 grams
  • Display/s
    2 inch TFT 240 x 320
  • Camera
  • Video Camera
    128 x 96 pixels @ 7FPS
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V2
  • CPU
  • Memory
    Up to 4MB available to user
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, vibration and others
  • Features
    Music and Media player
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    FM radio
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    BL-4S 3.7V 860mAh
    Up to 19 days Standby
    Up to 8.5 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $129 AUS mid-2010 (Outright)