Nokia 206 Hands On

Alongside the QWERTY equipped Nokia Asha 205, the Finnish phone manufacturer also announced the Nokia 206 as part of its feature phone offering.

The phone has a candy bar form-factor and looks quite handsome if we might say so. The quality of plastics used here is very high though the high gloss finish means that the phone is a fingerprint magnet. 

The Nokia 206 is available in a range of colors including  magenta, yellow, cyan, black and white. At launch, only the cyan, black and white models will be available in India.

The front of the handset has a nice and bright 2.4″ display in portrait orientation. The design of the handset has a classic vibe to it and it feels rather nice in the hand.

Over at the back we have a design which is  highly inspired by the ‘fabula’ design language first seen on the Lumia 800 right down to the metallic strip around the camera module. The camera unit itself is a 1.3MP module which is a bit better than the one the Asha 205 but not much. The camera software can upload pics directly to Facebook and includes the same voice guidance system as seen on the Asha 205.

Nokia claims that the speaker on the 206 can go up to 103 phons which should be plenty loud for any usage scenario. The handset supports upto 32GB of memory via SD card.

The dual SIM handset supports hot swapping which means that you can just swap out SIM cards without having to reboot the device. Its a pretty nifty feature for people who regularly swap SIM cards.

Overall the Nokia 206 is a nice little handset which should work well for not just basic calling and texting but also to experience rich content via the internet on a budget. The Xpress browser compresses and uses upto 3 times lesser data thereby saving you even more cash. The Nokia 206 will be available later this year at a price point of about $62.

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Author: Dhruv Bhutani

Dhruv loves technology & is passionate about travel, science in equal measure. Currently using a ZF2. Catch him on Twitter (@DhruvBhutani) / Facebook . The metal head down the block ;)