Causes nostalgia: TOP-7 mobile phones come from the past

Causes nostalgia: TOP-7 mobile phones come from the past

Even the simplest classic mobile phone like Nokia or Tecno can fulfill its main task – to be in touch.

Evgeny Opanasenko

Causes nostalgia: TOP-7 mobile phones come from the past

Techno section editor

Smartphones over the past 10 years have almost completely replaced the once popular classic mobile phones with buttons and small screens from the market. However, despite all the technical excellence of Android and iOS devices, not everyone needs all the features they offer, such as social networks, instant messengers, browsers and video games. In our time, there are users who deliberately abandon smartphones due to information oversaturation for the sake of simple push-button mobile phones that will not pester the owner with notifications. Sometimes people need a simple and reliable “dialer” for every day, so that it can hold a charge for a long time and be inexpensive.

Fortunately, manufacturers have not stopped the production of push-button mobile phones and continue to release devices in small editions, which can cause nostalgia for “zero”, when each of them had an individual design, compact size, and by modern standards held a charge indecently long. Despite its modest capabilities, even the simplest mobile phone performs its main task flawlessly – to stay in touch.

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Today.Lifestyle has prepared a nostalgic selection of the TOP 7 of the best push-button phones that can still be purchased new. Some have even remained in their former guise, as if from the past, others have been improved to meet modern standards, and still others are simply a reliable and trouble-free phone “for every day.”

Nokia 3310 (2017)

Causes nostalgia: TOP-7 mobile phones come from the past

Nokia 3310

Opens the rating of Nokia 3310. Against the background of the overwhelming success of the original Nokia 3310, the owner of the Finnish brand HMD Global decided to re-launch the popular classic model, but with a color display, thinner profile and colorful cases. The updated 3310 has only everything you need on board: 20 MB of internal memory expandable with microSD cards, a 2.4-inch color screen, Bluetooth, a 2-megapixel camera with flash, all packed in a simple plastic case. But for all its merits, the modern Nokia 3310 is inferior to its legendary predecessor in strength.

Sigma mobile X-style S3500

Causes nostalgia: TOP-7 mobile phones come from the past

Sigma mobile X-style S3500

Sigma Mobile X-style S3500 sKai is a classic compact phone running on the promising KaiOS operating system. An important feature of the phone is support for 3G and a Wi-Fi module, thanks to which it can be used as a modem for Internet access. In addition, thanks to KaiOS Sigma Mobile X-style S3500 sKai is able to synchronize contacts and calendar with Google, and e-mail with Gmail and Microsoft Exchange. The model is made in a case of durable plastic and is equipped with a removable 2000 mAh battery, which provides up to 12 hours of talk time. Sigma Mobile X-style S3500 sKai is equipped with a 2.4-inch display with a resolution of 320×240 pixels. A 2-core MT6572 is used as a central processor.

Xiaomi Qin 1s

Causes nostalgia: TOP-7 mobile phones come from the past

Xiaomi Qin 1s

Few people know that in the huge range of Xiaomi devices there is even a simple “dialer” – the classic QIN 1s model. The model received a solid monolithic plastic case, as well as a familiar keyboard. The Xiaomi QIN 1 screen is made using IPS technology, its diagonal is 2.8-inches with a QVGA resolution of 240×320 pixels. One of the advantages of the device is a capacious 1480 mAh battery that provides up to 7 hours of continuous talk time. Built-in memory – 16 GB expandable with microSD cards. The phone also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB Type-C, and even a built-in infrared port for controlling home appliances. But the camera is not provided. But the key feature of Xiaomi QIN 1s is its support for Android applications.

Philips Xenium E570

Causes nostalgia: TOP-7 mobile phones come from the past

Philips Xenium E570

Philips relies on large batteries, which is why its smartphones are famous for their long battery life. For example, the Xenium E570 model, thanks to a 3160 mAh battery, is able to work as much as 4 months in standby mode or 2 days of continuous conversation. The Xenium E570 has a body and all controls made of high-quality metal, which makes it almost as “indestructible” as the Nokia 3310. The mobile phone has a slot for microSD memory cards, a large 2.8 “screen, support for two SIM cards and a flashlight …

BQ 2436 Fortune Power

Causes nostalgia: TOP-7 mobile phones come from the past

BQ 2436 Fortune Power

A unique feature of the BQ 2436 Fortune Power is the support for a record number of SIM cards – as many as 4 slots. In the budget segment of the branded manufacturers, no one else offers such an opportunity. The removable battery has a capacity of 3000 mAh, which is enough for several weeks of use, given the performance and screen size. The display is standard for push-button phones – 2.4-inches with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and a clarity of 167 ppi. This is a pretty good indicator considering the cost of the model. At the same time, the manufacturer has equipped the new product with Bluetooth support. There is a flashlight, radio and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Nokia 216 Dual Sim

Causes nostalgia: TOP-7 mobile phones come from the past

Nokia 216 Dual Sim

Another Finnish brand phone in our ranking. The Nokia 216 Dual Sim is just a good phone that provides the owner with all the basic communication options: dual SIM calls, SMS, camera, radio and LED flashlight. At the same time, the device received a nostalgic retro design, a comfortable rubberized keyboard and a 2.4-inch screen. I am glad that there is a built-in Opera Mini browser, Bluetooth 3.0 and an MP3 player. There is enough memory to store up to 2000 contacts, and they can be imported from another Nokia phone via Bluetooth or using a backup on a MicroSD card.

Tecno T473

Causes nostalgia: TOP-7 mobile phones come from the past

Tecno T473

The Tecno Mobile brand, which is gaining popularity in Ukraine, has established itself in the world as a manufacturer of high-quality smartphones in the budget segment. At the same time, this company has a line of still inexpensive mobile push-button phones. A prime example is the Tecno T473. The main advantage of the new model is cost. In a mobile phone for 555 hryvnia, the manufacturer has a 2-core Mediatek MT6261D processor, 16 MB of RAM and 4 MB of flash memory (with support for microSD / SDHC up to 64 GB), a 2.8-inch TN screen and support for two SIM cards – a good filling for that kind of money.

What are the advantages of push-button phones?

Causes nostalgia: TOP-7 mobile phones come from the past

Classic mobile phones are still relevant

Despite the fact that push-button devices lack a number of capabilities compared to smartphones, they have a number of advantages, in particular, for certain categories of users.

First of all, push-button telephones are convenient for the elderly. They are more like traditional push-button telephones and have simple controls than smartphones. Most have the ability to dial quickly, when for an emergency call the desired subscriber just needs to press one button.

Push-button telephones are convenient for primary school children. They allow you to stay in touch with your parents, but at the same time they do not distract you from playing, studying, exploring the world around you and communicating. In addition, they have an eye-safe radiation level – unlike smartphones for the school, among which you still need to search.

Push-button phones are simpler and more reliable in terms of security. It is more difficult to install spyware on them, because for this you have to disassemble each unique firmware (as opposed to the public Android OS).

Recall that we have previously compiled a rating of the most profitable smartphones that can be successfully resold and earned. At the same time Nokia has promised to revive another legendary mobile phone.

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