Nokia 515: A Dumbphone Built Like a High-End Smartphone
Smartphones are all the rage. You may have noticed. However, their predecessors, the “feature phones” or “dumbphones” as some like to call them, are still fairly popular in some parts of the world. You may recall that Samsung recently released a new flip-phone in China, though only the form factor of that device really resembled the feature phones of old, unlike today's Nokia 515.
With its full keypad and small 2.4” screen, the 515 would certainly look dated if it weren't for the highly durable, premium materials that Nokia encased it with, materials fit for high-end smart-devices from HTC and Apple. These combine to make it a nice looking phone, indeed, and surely a durable one, too.
Despite the Series 40 OS being a little long in the tooth, Nokia has modestly tried to keep it updated, including such features as Facebook and Twitter integration, YouTube browsing and streaming, panorama, face-recognition and voice-guided portrait modes in the camera app, Exchange email functionality, HD voice clarity, and support for turning the phone into a 3.5G cellular broadband modem for tethering, among a few other things.
Multitasking and giant app stores are not supported, but chances are good that you'll find some enhanced version of Snake preloaded. Everyone loves Snake. Right?
Other outstanding specs include 256MB of internal storage, a micro SD card slot for up to 32GB more, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, Bluetooth 3.0, one or two SIM card slots for dual-band HSDPA and quad-band GSM/EDGE, a micro USB 2.0 connector, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 1200mAh battery good for roughly 5 hours on 3G networks and double that on 2G. No, the Nokia 515 is not a powerhouse, though it aesthetically looks the part.
The whole thing weighs 101.1 grams and is only 11mm thick. Curiously, Nokia describes the 2.4”, 240x320-pixel display as being “curved.” All of the (while computer-generated) images show a completely flat screen, so I don't know whether or not this has anything to do with those flexible screens that are supposed to be in production. OLED isn't mentioned anywhere on the Nokia spec page, at least.
As far as availability goes, Russia, Germany, Switzerland and Poland will see Nokia 515s hit their store shelves next month, for the equivalent of USD $151, comfortably more expensive than other feature phones. I wonder for just how long these will be sold, though, given Microsoft's sudden buyout of Nokia's phone division. I doubt Microsoft are planning to have any non-Windows Phone devices in its future roster, let alone dumbphones.