The 206 is a dual-sim device, we’ve seen lots of them and none so far commands the segment when everything is analyzed. Nokia 206 is safely pinned at the budget end genre, expected to be available in Kenya for a measly Ksh.6000; it excels in dual-sim capability but fails to call shots in areas deemed important. At an almost rock-bottom price tag while supporting two networks, it’ll be interesting to see how this phone fares on in a segment most manufacturers are keen not to miss out. It runs on Nokia’s long preferred symbian software but a couple of smart phone goodies such as facebook and messaging notifications are on board. Unlike its siblings, the 206 doesn’t have a QWERTY keypad, which makes its design look very cheap in comparison, instead, there’s an alphanumeric key-pad below the screen with big-enough rounded-corner keys that’ll do just as good; in fact, keys here are spaciously placed eliminating common typo errors.
Previous asha devices such as 201
have a fascinating QWERTY key-pad that make sending text messages or chatting a pleasant experience, its absence on 206 though doesn’t make it less desirable as not all asha siblings are dual sim handsets either. Sadly, there’s no 3G and Wi-Fi, so web pages are often sluggish to load via GPRS and EDGE. The front panel is equally shared between a 2.4inch display screen and an alphanumeric key-pad, you’ll only get 167ppi (pixels per inch) resolution at a basic 320×240 screen resolution that’s on 206 making small text look blurry rather than crisp. The phone’s back-side houses a lucking 1.3Megapixel snapper that’s only suited for taking fun shots of your mates in broad day-light or well lit environments. For a device that’s entering market now, I’ll say a 1.3MP primary snapper is more than a joke and I wouldn’t agree more if you think so; however, we’ll forgive Nokia 206 considering the rock-bottom price tag attached. If you’re looking for a cheaper device to enjoy affordable services from two different mobile operators, I’d say Nokia 206 is the answer, but my opinion will less likely appeal to those looking for smart phone specs and features.
Not everything about Nokia 206 is on the dark-side at least; it’s available in cyan, magenta, yellow, black and white colors depending on your taste. The internal 64mb memory is a joke, but you’ll have an option to expand using an external MicroSD card of up to 32GB, thanks to a MicroSD slot. There’s a loud speaker far below the camera at the phone’s back-side, and for a budget phone the design is far from worse, it’s not the slimmest budget phone we’ve seen, but still, it’ll fit in those skinny jeans. We expect pre-loaded apps to work just fine and you can install more from Nokia’s own Ovi store which somehow loads sluggishly on GPRS and EDGE.
Nokia 206 Features/Specifications;
- Operating System: Symbian 40 software
- Display : 2.4inch (240x320p) (167ppi), TFT, 256k colors
- Primary Camera: 1.3 Megapixel (1280 x 960p)
- Storage: Up to 32GB MicroSD, 64MB internal storage
- Connectivity: MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
- Internet: GPRS, EDGE, Browser: WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Adobe Flash Lite
- Other features: Dual-SIM, FM Radio with RDS, FM recording
- Battery: Standard Lithium ion 1100mAh
Nokia 206 Price in Kenya: Kshs 5,600
Nokia 206 Price in Uganda: UGx 210,000
Nokia 206 Price in Tanzania: TZs 120,000