Cell phone buyers used to the technical specifications of smartphones might snub this simple Nokia phone, created primarily for the rural folks of developing countries. Nonetheless, people hooked to the stark realities of everyday life will find Nokia 1280 an useful device. For a farmer in Indonesia, knowing the daily weather forecast or staying informed about the current prices of seeds, fertilizers and pesticides is more important than connecting to some online social network site. By incorporating Nokia Life Tools in the Nokia 1280 handset, Nokia has tried to solve the real life problems of people searching for a communication device with minimal frills.
Nokia 1280 features
The 107.2mm long, 45.1mm wide and 15.3mm thin monoblock shaped phone, weighing 81.92 grams, comes in blue, orchid red, black and gray colors. Users can customize the handset with changeable color covers. To increase the durability of the Nokia 1280 phone, Nokia has incorporated scratch resistant casing and anti-dust keypad in the handset. Nokia 1280 runs on the S30 platform. It features a 1.36-inch low-resolution black and white display. To ease typing, this phone sports a large keypad and tactile keys.
Users can use personalized MP3 ringtones to recognize contacts. Calendar, alarm clock, multiple phone books, FM radio and flashlight are integrated in the Nokia 1280 handset. This Nokia phone supports text messaging and picture messaging. It has enough space for storing up to 500 contacts and 250 SMS. Nokia 1280 keeps track of all the calls coming to the phone through its integrated call tracker. The phone’s battery supports up to 8 hours 30 minutes of talk time and 22 days of standby time. The preloaded Nokia Life Tools is perhaps the only advantage of owning this low-end Nokia phone.
Nokia Life Tools is a specialized Nokia service that provides information on agriculture, education and entertainment. Contents in the agriculture category comprises of weather forecast, farming tips and latest prices of seeds, fertilizers and pesticides. The education part of the Nokia Life Tools offers English learning courses. From the entertainment category, users can access entertainment related news and information.
Price and availability
Nokia 1280 will be available worldwide in the first quarter of next year. This phone will cost about $29.50.