What attracted me to this phone was the way the menus work. At the start window you choose between the standard menu and your personal menu. The navigation button allows you to scroll horizontally through menu sections and then up and down within each section. The left button selects and the right button returns you to the previous level. Clear, efficient functions and an attractive full-color display. Also, a good selection of ring tones. Plus calendar, alarm, stopwatch/coutdouwn, calculator, flashlight, keypad lock, themes. My only improvement would be rubberized sides for a better grip.
If you want lots of frills, do not buy this phone. If you want a rugged, reliable beater just to talk to people, the 1208 should be on your short list.
I'd been looking to go back to a small, lightweight Nokia for some time. I'm a big Nokia fan, but the 6085 flipper I've had for a year was just too heavy and bulky in my pocket. I don't use photos, camera, bluetooth, browser, mp3, or any of those bells and whistles. 95% calls, 5% text.
My son just came back from 3 years in the Peace Corps in Bangladesh and the Republic of Georgia. Nokia 1200's are standard issue to PCVs, and they are apparently renowned for their toughness and reliability. He couldn't use his 900/1800 PC-issue 1200 in the USA, so he bought a 1208, which is basically the same phone. I loved it so much I bought an unlocked one myself on Ebay for less than $40 U.S., including shipping.
So far, so good. v 4.0 firmware, so no Goto or SMS bugs as reported elsewhere. People say I sound good. Plenty of volume, good audio quality. My only gripe is a useless manual and (as far as I can tell) no any-key answer.
If anybody knows how to activate any-key answer, please post.
My friend has a similar nokia and the back cover falls off so easily. Is that the case with this phone too?
Basic phone for basic needs. I have had this unit for 8 mons. and have encountered no problems with it. The best feature on this phone is the 'send later' option for text messages. Nice phone!
Excellent little phone. Better speakerphone clarity and volume than any phone I have every owned.
If your looking for something simple and basic, this phone is perfect. It has a few known issues though, like when sending a text message, the phone has a habit of restarting itself, the keypad is also bloated, like it's been inside your microwave oven. Phone's pretty tough. I've dropped mine at least 5 times already and it's still working fine. I also saw an opinion by someone asking if you can set mp3 files on this phone to be ringers? You can't do that. You can't add or remove any software out of this phone. What you buy is what you get. I'd give the a 3 out of 10.
The phone is a basic phone and that is all you should expect of it. The problem I have is that the instruction booklet is also basic. You have to figure out on your own how to operate the few features it has.
Its Restarts Most Of the time When SMS set through Sending Option.
"Send to Many" . Sooo many Times Mesges sending Problem
what a solid little performer this phone is. its a brick that you just can't break. yes it doesn't do much but who cares for the price having a reliable phone is worth the few bucks.
Does anyone know how I can put an customized mp3 file (song) as my ringtone?
i would buy 1110 or 1200 instead. they have a longer battery life. so what if the 1208 has colour display? the screen is so small and with only 65k colours, the display would be grainy