Nokia 215 hands-on

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the Nokia 215 and its dual SIM variant – a feature phone with neat looks, limited apps, and long battery life. We managed to get a closer look.

Design and Display

A nice, simple, rounded-off candy bar design that oozes feature phone nostalgia. The Nokia 215 comes in three different colors – black, white, and a nice, vibrant green. It's made of matte plastic that keeps the finger smudges away. Naturally, the front of the phone houses a full physical dialpad and a navigational button just below the display, for browsing the phone's menus.

A 2.4” display, glowing with a 240 x 320 resolution is nested on the upper-half face of the phone – not a very crisp one, nor does it provide stellar viewing angles, but for what it is – it does the job .

Interface and Camera

The Nokia 215 is a feature phone and thus – provides some Internet browsing and social media functionality. The handset has an Opera Mini browser with Bing search installed, along with Facebook, Twitter, and MSN Weather apps. Feature phone signature extras – the FM radio and torchlight – are also present.

The camera is, naturally, nothing impressive – a 0.3 megapixel sensor makes sure that you'll be able to take a snap when no better alternative is available, but we're inclined to say that it will probably find itself barely used.


The Nokia 215 is meant for developing markets and, as such, packs quite the bang-for-buck, seeing as it's an Internet-capable device for only $29. Equipped with a 1,100 mAh battery, the phone is supposed to provide up to 20 hours of talk time, or 29 days of stand-by, according to Microsoft.

A pretty neat little device for those looking to grab something simple.

Related phones

  • Display 2.4" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 0.3 MP VGA
  • Battery 1100 mAh(20h talk time)



1. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

woul have been perfect if it had wifi...

2. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014


3. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Nokia Asha line with s40 are already an atrocious user experience if you try to do anything internet related. I've used Asha 201 and Nokia 206 (not branded ASHA but same s40 platform) extensively. They crash several times a day and take forever to load most functions except the most basic. Plus they get significantly slower over time as the tiny internal memory gets full with SMS and Contacts. They are an absolute joke. And to now expect s30 to carry a facebook app, opera browsing and facebook chatting is totally unreasonable. A slap in the face to low end customers - rather bring in cheaper smartphone coz these things are pure garbage!

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Not bad for the price, I guess, but for a few bucks more you can find a brand new 520/521 on eBay. I don't have the highest opinion of Windows Phone, but it has more to offer than this phone.

5. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

all I can say is that even for the price and the OS it's rocking, this better take down 3310's hardness supremacy or gtfo. Bend video guy should add some rougher tests in order.

6. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

hmm folks where did he get this phone to review at CES I thought Microsoft did not have a booth there to show off some of it's products.?

7. aksa123

Posts: 367; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

PA, have you tried throwing it to the ground? Did it break?

8. spasticpat

Posts: 110; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

But will it blend?

9. RetsuS

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

could anyone enlighten me... How come Nokia sitll producing phones, and tablet, even thou it had been acquired by Microsoft.?

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Microsoft has the right to make feature phones for 10yrs with the nokia name. A tablet is not a phone.

11. Z3R091 unregistered

I thought Nokia and Microsoft partnership have been collapsed. Why Microsoft still producing Nokia's phone?

12. RetsuS

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

So youre saying that the one who producing this nokia phone is Microsoft using Nokia brand, and the one who producing the N1 tablet is the original Nokia itself?? Hmmm.. what a complicated relationship...

13. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

the original nokia is now microsoft. the new nokia or some remains of the original along with foxconn produced an ipad copy the n1

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