Nokia's new, lower-cost phones have social networking, YouTube integration

For enterprise users, Mail for Exchange is supported, as well

The Nokia 208 comes with one or two SIM cards.

The Nokia 208 comes with one or two SIM cards.

Nokia's latest low-cost phones, the 207 and 208, have integrated support for social networking as well as Exchange and can be turned into a USB modem.

While Nokia is doing its best to convince smartphone buyers to choose Windows Phone over Android and iOS, the company has also continued to expand its portfolio of so-called feature, or low-end, phones.

The Nokia 207 and 208 both have a numeric keypad and a 2.4-inch screen. They also access the Internet using HSPA and Nokia's Xpress Browser, which compresses data before sending it to the phone. They can also be used as a USB modem with a laptop.

There isn't much to tell the two phones apart, at least when looking at the front. The differences between them is that the 208 has a camera and there is a version with two SIM cards. Users can switch between the two cards without turning off the device, to take advantage of more favorable tariffs, Nokia said.

The 207, on the other hand, has a single SIM card and no camera. A phone without a camera isn't very common these days, but that makes the 207 a good fit for people who work in places that ban camera phones on security grounds, according to Nokia.

Just like it has on other recent products in this segment, Nokia highlighted the availability of adapted versions of popular smartphone apps. This time the company has integrated YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp. The latter will initially be available for the version of the 208 that offers one SIM card. For enterprise users, Mail for Exchange is fully supported, according to Nokia.

The camera on the 208 has a 1.3-megapixel resolution and includes features such as voice-guided self-portrait, sequential shot and panorama mode.

For those considering one of the two phones as a secondary device, an important new feature is that it uses a micro SIM card -- a size that is used by most smartphones -- rather than the full-sized versions, according to Nokia.

One of major advantage with feature phones over smartphones is battery life. The 207 and 208 have up to 33 days of standby time. People who choose the dual-SIM version of the 208 have to make do with up to 20 days, according to Nokia.

Before local taxes and operator subsidies, the 207 and 208 will cost about US$68. They are expected to start shipping during third quarter. Nokia didn't offer much detail about where the phones will be available, but the 207 will ship in Europe, it said.

On Wednesday, Nokia also released a beta version of Here Maps for the Asha 501. This version has been specifically designed for devices without GPS.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mobileNokia

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?