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Nokia 8110 4G - a biased opinion

2 min read

I'm all for retro products. And even though I've always been more of an Ericsson man than a Nokia fanboy, I thought that the new Nokia 8110 was a nifty idea.

There's a few reviews out there that blame the 8110 for it's lack of features, its clumsy texting, and the lack of apps. In my eyes, that's beside the point: The 8110 was never meant to be your "office in a phone".

Having said that, the 8110 is (in my humble opinion) still a useless piece of junk.

  • The firmware is unstable, and the phone needs to be reset several times a day. I'm not sure if this is a problem with KaiOS itself or if Nokia's own overlay is the problem.
  • Nokia claims 3+ weeks standby or 10 hours of talk time on a single charge. In practise, the phone needs a recharge after two days of (very) light use.
  • The charger needs hours to recharge the phone. That's ok if you need to recharge once or twice a month, but given the actual battery life this is annoying.
  • Connectivity is flaky. The 8110 connects to a Jabra headset via Bluetooth, but can't work correctly with the car's handsfree.
  • The phone can sync Google contacts and calendars, but the calendar only shows last month and next month, not the month we are currently in.

What does this mean? For me it means that after three days the 8110 ended up in the drawer. It's highly unlikely that I will use it a cheap travel phone as I had initially planned. Given the abysmal battery life I'm better off with my Blackberry Motion which easily runs 2 days on a single charge.

Again, it's not the Nokia's lack of features that is the issue. It's its incapability to live up to its own standard that's the problem.

Obviously, you mileage and opinion may vary.