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Nokia 515 Sim-Free Mobile Phone - Black
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- Beauty without compromise
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||Gagets4u||Amazon.co.uk||MB Direct Trading Ltd||VasuTech||MB Direct Trading Ltd|
|Display Size||2.4 inches||2.4 inches||2.4 inches||2 inches||2.4 inches||2.4 inches|
|Item Dimensions||1.1 x 4.8 x 11.4 cm||5 x 1.2 x 11.4 cm||1.3 x 5 x 11.8 cm||4.7 x 1.5 x 11 cm||1.3 x 5 x 11.8 cm||4.9 x 1.3 x 11.3 cm|
|Item Weight||101 grams||101 grams||83 grams||89 grams||81 grams||85 grams|
|Memory Storage Capacity||—||32 GB||16 GB||16 GB||1 GB||140 MB|
|Special Feature||camera; e-mail; face_detection; flash; wap; mp3_ringtones; radio; stereo_jack_connector; keyboard; usb||camera; e-mail; mp3_ringtones; radio; keyboard; usb||—||camera; e-mail; mp3_ringtones; radio; keyboard; usb; wap||—||camera; e-mail; keyboard; mp3_ringtones; radio; touchscreen; usb; wap|
|Wireless Communication Technology||3G; Bluetooth; Edge; GPRS; GSM; HSDPA||3G; Bluetooth; Edge; GPRS; GSM; HSDPA||2.5G||3G; Bluetooth; Edge; GPRS; GSM; UMTS||GSM||3G; Bluetooth; Edge; GPRS; GSM; HSDPA|
Style Name: UK SIM Free | Colour Name: Black
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Nokia 515 - Designed to Impress
Premium aluminium body with stylish matt finish, toughened display and great sunlight readability. Full-focus 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD voice quality, 3.5G connectivity, social media apps, Mail for Exchange and Micro SIM - a great companion device for when your smartphone runs out of battery.
Beauty without Compromise
- Made from premium sand-blasted aluminium for a classy matt finish that looks and feels great. With a durable curved display and excellent readability in direct sunlight, the Nokia 515 makes a statement in any situation.
Like talking Face to Face
Feel closer to the other end of the line with crystal-clear HD voice quality on supported networks. And reliable battery life means you can keep the conversation going even longer.
Stay connected and organised with built in social networking apps and Mail for Exchange. Share contact between devices with the Transfer app, and enable internet sharing to turn your Nokia 515 in to a 3.5G modem to connect to the web on the move.
Get the BIG picture
Take better pictures on a full-focus, 5 megapixel camera. And with an LED flash, you don’t have to worry about low lighting conditions when taking photos
The Nokia 515 comes with great built-in photo apps. Put the whole view in the picture with Panorama, capture all the action in a single image with sequential shot, and use voice guidance to take great self-portraits.
Top customer reviews
I have been searching for the perfect mobile phone before the market forgets those who don't want huge touchscreen mini computer nonsense whose battery lasts 12 hours and are awkward to use as an actual phone, the so called "smartphone".
As for design, it is simply beautiful, slightly curved back and front, aluminium and glass, iphone esk only a better size. It will still look good in 10 years time. Its a real classic design that I think will stand the test of time.
Call quality is excellent. So far so good
But but but...battery life is 4 days from full to dead, no matter if you switch off bluetooth, data, 3g. Its the biggest disappointment. This is with light usage as well. I very much doubt it could standby for 38 days, more like 10 at best. You'll be charging this phone every 3 days. If you switch it off at night you might squeeze a week out of it.
Signal strength is not as good as a cheapy plastic old nokia phones. At my workplace I sometimes have the phone dropping to no signal just when I wanted to send a text. I think this is the fault of ineffective design of the aluminium casing. On the plus side I haven't had any dropped calls. The signal strength symbol only has 4 bars and 1 bar is enough for calls and texts.
Software is surprisingly buggy as well, not smartphone buggy but it will take some rousing from standby on some occasions and will give info screens several seconds after you expect them, like lockscreen notification for example. I have tried updating to the latest software OTA but this has always failed.
It is a real faff to prise the back of the phone off, which you need to do to access the sim and sd card slot. Removing the sim card is a real pain a well.
These things take the phone from the most perfect business phone to frustrating, especially as with a bit of tweaking it could be amazing.
Woe betide anyone who wants to use the more advanced functions too, sending photos via Bluetooth? FAIL, set up gmail email client with 2 step authentication? FAIL. Luckily I only bought this phone for calls and text, otherwise I would be bitterly disappointed. It does pair with my car Bluetooth though.
I lent this to my wife when her iPhone went in the bath (I used my trusty Nokia 105 backup phone) and it did pick up a few scratches and a bump to the aluminium case in the week she used it (toddler chucked it across the room, banging about in a handbag etc, grrr). The front was unmarked however and you can pick up replacement case backs for about £5 from eBay. It is a solid phone but not as blemish resistant as the glass coated or polycarbonate phones. You can pick up replacement parts pretty readily and cheaply which is more than can be said about some devices.
I applaud Nokia for creating a true premium non smart phone for those of us who loathe todays pointless, technology obsessed culture, but who also love a bit of luxury. It is a luxury phone insofar as its design and build, but on all other fronts it is extravagant for what it is; its certainly not value for money.
The rub really is that battery life, I ditched the smartphone as I was fed up of always thinking where my next charge was coming from, but this phone only goes part way to address this, I really wanted a weekly charge without switching if off at night, like the days of yore...
But I was also expecting to have a good camera. Unfortunately, this model's camera is pretty bad. The pictures are blurry etc.
Second, I was also expecting to have at least WIFI so that I can connect through coffeeshops whenever needed (without buying an internet package). This model does not have WIFI.
In short, buy this phone if you simply want to have good built quality & good battery life. Do not expect much from camera and the internet options.
The back of the phone is just beautiful. It's a unibody design, and you can only get the back off using a little pin that comes in the box. This means the back is one smooth plate of cool metal, only interrupted by the camera, LED flash, and a rubberish rectangle at the bottom which I believe is something to do with the antenna. Slick.
Onto the features. The main things I need from a phone are calls, texts, music, internet browsing, and maybe the occasional email. The Nokia 515 does all of these things brilliantly, apart from internet browsing. I didn't even bother with the built in browser, I just installed Opera straight away as I know it tends to speed things up a bit by compressing data. To be fair, if you just want to look at BBC News or Facebook, it's perfectly adequate. It's not painfully slow but it's also not lightning fast, although my previous phone was a Samsung Galaxy S2 so maybe I'm just used to that. The Nokia 515 claims to be 3.5g, so I don't know if it's the speed of the downloads or the processor that's holding things up. Anyhow, I sit at a computer all day at work, drive home, then have a laptop here, so in all honesty it's not a massive loss going without mobile browsing.
For calls and texts the phone is just perfect. Going back to a traditional keypad, I find that I can now text without even looking at the phone, and using predictive text it's just as fast, if not faster than using a touch screen qwerty keypad. The Nokia 515 also claims to use HD calling (depending on the network). I don't know if Orange supports "HD calling" but the quality is superb.
A special mention should also go to the battery. Because there's no huge screen or quad-core processor eating up the battery, I can easily go for two days without a charge. But I listen to music for about two hours a day using a big pair of Sony headphones. If I didn't do this, I dare say the battery would last three to four days.
On the subject of music, I've put in a 32gb micro SD with about 17gb of music (1800 tracks). When I launch the music player it does take around three seconds to load the playlist. At first I was slightly annoyed by this, but now I think "come on Ricky, what's three seconds, honestly?!" Although there's no EQ control, the sound quality through my Sony ZX600 headphones is brilliant, and the volume is unbearably loud if I turn it right up. Just the right balance of bass and treble. Even though I use iTunes to import CDs to my laptop, the Nokia 515 still recognises all the mp3 tags and album art. It can play via bluetooth which is great if you have one of those new-fangled speakers from HMV. In a nutshell, the Nokia 515 does not miss a beat in this department, in fact I'd be happy to buy this as a standalone music player.
Before I forget, the camera's not bad either. You're not going to win any awards for the snaps you take on the 515, but for those spur-of-the-moment shots it's actually pretty good. Plenty of options and tweaks to choose from, but it is fixed focus as a pose to auto focus.
So in summary, I actually love this phone. Fair enough I can't do online banking any more, or find local restaurants using Google Maps. But if you have a serious think, I'm sure you can survive without these tools, especially if you have regular access to a computer or tablet. It just takes a few days of adjusting to having a phone in your pocket rather than a palm-sized tablet. The only reason I haven't scored five stars is the browser speed, it doesn't bother me personally but I appreciate it could be a selling point for others. Go on, you know it makes sense!
Believe it or not I am a tech freak - two laptops, tablet, MP3 players, touch screen phones, desktop PC, Xbox 360, PS3, smart tv, but i just want a phone that does the basics and has a LONG battery standby life.
Very happy with this phone.
The battery life is a day or two at most, the backlit keypad goes off much too quickly and the keypad is illegible without it. Nokia oh Nokia... where did you go so wrong?
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