Nokia 208 review


Welcome to the Nokia 208 mobile phone review. Released in 2013 it is one of the last genuine Nokia phones left that you can still purchase. Although very basic by 2015 smartphone standards it has a number of features that will keep any one after a mobile phone only for calls, txt and notifications very happy. The Nokia 208 is priced under $90 outright and can also be purchased at a measly $29 as a pre-paid package as we write this review!

The Nokia 208 still has a huge market around the world due to many countries limited mobile networks and limited competition. The 208 stands out from the competition by have 3G capabilities missing from others and still has the brand recognition in this end of the market. In the smartphone dominated market these days the Nokia 208 and it’s competitors are living fossils which is also oddly a good place to be. (More on this in later posts)

In terms of construction the 208 is put together really well, there is nothing to complain about in this price range. The rubber keypad actually feels ok and probably hard wearing. The materials can only be described as minimal and together with the various bright colours in comes in once again stands out and hard to loose. It’s not expensive looking so should keep pick pockets away.

In terms of use the Nokia 208 is responsive as with all phones in this class. The S40 user interface has not changed much over the decade so you will be familiar with it very quickly. Of course there aren’t new apps for the phones anymore so you are reliant on what’s in the box. Of course you can still find caches of downloads to try on the internet but that’s not what this model is about.

The Nokia 208 is great for those who want a simple and resonably tough phone to talk and text on. The added bonus is being able to use it as a notification device like a smart watch so it uses very little data. As a final swan song to ‘Nokia’ brand we wished that the released a high quality standard phone like the Nokia 8800 Sirocco or the Sony W880 phone would be a fitting send off.


  • Nokia 208
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 900/1900/850/1800
    Dual Band 3G 2100/850
  • Design
  • L114 x W50.9 x D12.8 mm
    Weight 90 grams
  • Display/s
    2.4 inch TFT 240 x 320
  • Camera
    1.3 MP
  • Video Camera
    176 x 144 pixel main video camera 15FPS
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V3
  • CPU
  • Memory
    Up to 256MB available to user
    MicroSD up to 32Gig
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    JAVA Apps
    Music and Media player
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    FM radio with RDS and recording
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    3.5mm AV/headset
    BL-5C 3.7V 1020mAh
    Up to 21 days Standby
    Up to 12 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $89 AUD early-2015 (Outright)
    Under $30 AUD early-2015 (Pre-paid)