Nokia 1650 Review
Review: February 2008. Updated April 2009.
The Nokia 1650 is a good phone for those looking for something simple,
just to make calls. It's cheap, it's robust, and it's easy to use. In
addition, it has a built-in FM radio and can be used as a torch. One-touch
shortcut keys make it easy to access these functions. It also includes
3 games, and you can customise the ringtones with MP3 tones. For the
money, what more can you expect? Some users have, however, reported
that the phone sometimes freezes or randomly switches off.
You might consider the Nokia 2310 if you
want something cheaper, or the Nokia
3109 Classic if you don't mind spending a bit more.
Features of the Nokia 1650 include:
- Display: CSTN, 65,536 colours, 128 x 160 pixels
- One Touch shortcut keys for SMS messaging, calendar, contacts, loudspeaker,
- FM radio
- 32-voice polyphonic ringtones with MP3 grade sound
- Voice recorder
- Integrated handsfree speaker
- Messaging: SMS, picture messaging
- Icon-based phone book (200 entries)
- Speaking alarm/clock
- 3 games (Snake Xenzia, Beach Rally, Soccer League)
- Memory: 8 Mbytes user memory, up to 250 text messages
- Connectivity: 2.5mm headset connector
- Dual band (EGSM 900/1800)
- Size: 104 x 44 x 18 mm
- Weight: 80g
- Talktime: 8 hours
- Battery standby: 420 hours
Nokia 1650 User Reviews
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Average rating from 77 reviews:
Reviewed by PRANENDU from INDIA on 17th Oct 2011
NOKIA 1650 IS A VERY VERY GOOD MOBILE SET.
Reviewed by Beecroft from Nigeria on 13th Aug
2 years now and still going strong. Lovely phone, should get an award!
Reviewed by sivapalani from india on 27th Jul
i use this for the last 4 years even though i had another mob,i keep
this for its rugged stand by my radio will be on for the whole night
with a spare of just 2points down, also i dropped it a lot of instants
that never cause any problem or damage cheap and useful.
Reviewed by saurav* from india* on 17th Jul 2011
its a very good phone to use as i am using it from 01/04/2008.and now
july 2011 if i shall sell it i shall got rs 800 as my handset is in
very good condition.
Reviewed by SANKET PADALIYA from INDIA on 5th
HI !!!!!! NOKIA 1650 IS VERY VERY....EXCELLENT MOBILE PHONE.
Reviewed by Clint from Australia on 5th Mar 2011
Ok when I buy a good phone I do not want a crappy camera in it. Similarly
If I but a good camera I do not want an integrated crappy phone. This
nokia @ $49 is cheap but it is far from crappy. On the plus side it's
robust and reliable and more importantly it's simplicity means it has
fewer features and systems to go wrong; including(excluding) internet/bluetooth/camera/kitchensink/etc/etc/etc.
On the minus side the simplicity is certainly reflected in it's style
and appearance; but if style and appearance are features you are looking
for you should not be buying a $49 phone in the first place. I appreciate
this no fuss phone without all the 'nonsense' features as I have a good
camera and my internet connects fine from the home PC and laptop already.
Reviewed by chloe from england on 24th Feb 2011
I don't really like the nokie 1650. you can't recive picture messages
or go on the web, the texting is rubbish and the phone is not the best
it self. it dose need a camra and bluetooth, the thing i do like about
it is that when you drop it dont break, maybe the battrey may comeout
sometime and it is small so i will fit in quite small places.
Reviewed by srab from nowhere on 11th Feb 2011
ive owned this phone for about a year now and its avery tough little
phone its taken a few tumbles and come out with only a few scratches
its also got quite cool styling but does seriouly need a camera or at
least bluetooth. so on the whole its a good phone but i would definately
consider spending about £30 to £70 more ona touchscreen :)
Reviewed by Lolli from UK on 21st Dec 2010
I've had this phone for over a year now, it cost me £10 and its a perky
little beast. Can I repeat, it cost me £10! And it does everything a
phone should do with no fuss and no tantrums. I have even dropped it
a few times. I think it probably enjoys a good tumble!
Reviewed by parthi from chennai "INDIA" on 30th
In this model the sound is very low while using headphone.... nokia
is not provide good headset for this device. compare with this model
to other old models like 2300, 3310, sound quality and quantity are
Reviewed by AZ from UK on 18th Apr 2010
If you need an instruction manual for this phone, you shouldnt have
a phone. This has got to be the most simple phone on the market. And
i only bought it becasue my Tocco Lite is off for repair, and i need
a phone in the mean time.
Reviewed by amina adia from u.k bolton on 17th
it is ok but rather spend good money on a better phone it also needs
a camera and bluetooth to make it better.but it is user friendly and
easy to use.
Reviewed by r from india on 5th Dec 2009
i Love my mobile
Reviewed by Cerys from UK on 25th Nov 2009
I had this phone for the past year or so and I would say it is a decent
phone for the price. I found the keys fine to press, although I do have
small fingers. I liked that it was moulded from one piece of plastic,
so it didn't get grime in between the keys like others. Sometimes if
I dropped the phone the keypad would pop out, but it was very easy to
pop back in. The texting was admittedly slow, especially trying to delete
words, and it didn't seem to adjust word choices depending on your usage
frequency. But I found the menu was user-friendly and robust. The battery
life was good, and didn't diminish much whilst I had it, I was charging
about once a week I reckon. I recently lost the phone and will be replacing
with a camera phone, but if I were to go for another entry level I would
be happy with the same phone again.
Reviewed by user a from uk on 8th Oct 2009
Typical modern Nokia: Poor screen (hard if not impossible to see in
daylight), hopeless tiny keypad and rocker key, slow menu navigation,
weak ringtones which are easily missed, as happened to me several times
just when walking along a main road due to traffic noise. I went back
to my Nokia 1100 after 8 months, and what a joy it is to use for calls
and texts (i.e, all any adult needs a phone for)! I can see these newer
phones are much inferior in terms of usability. Going to the 1100 was
like a huge upgrade. Why oh why can't Nokia do a simple mono screen
version again - without the daft rocker key?
Reviewed by jim from Wales on 24th Sep 2009
Can a fool alter his review? [Editor's comment: Jim, it takes a wise
man to change his mind!] because my judgment was clouded by the company
which I bought the phone off rather than the phone itself. If it were
not for the keypad on the 1650. Then this phone for the money would
have five stars and upon reflection it is far better than the Nokia
1208. But you take hold of the 1650 in your left hand if right handed,
and vice versa if left handed. And tap the keypad with your other hand
and then there's no real problem with this phone's keypad.
Reviewed by jim from Wales on 23rd Sep 2009
Typical Nokia but the keypad on the Nokia 1650 is a drawback but nevertheless
for £8.90 unlocked plus £10 top up and £3.99 postage total cost £22.89
not a bad phone for the money. However, as cheap phones go. I prefer
the Nokia 1208 which I bought for £4.95 plus £10 top up and post free
total cost £14.95 but unfortunately locked to Virgin but which I think
is the better phone despite not having a radio as the 1650.
Reviewed by mar b from uk on 14th Sep 2009
battery finishes in 1 day on standby
Reviewed by willis from england on 9th Aug 2009
I've had no trouble with my 1650 its a good little phone if you just
want a phone and not a camera,internet,computer,coffee maker super deluxe
high grade weapons system of a phone , which I didn't.
Reviewed by Emily and Millie from England on 2nd
This phone is actually the worst phone in the whole world.!!!the keypad
is rubbish and easily breakable DO NOT BUY IT !!
Reviewed by Yogendra from India on 1st Aug 2009
Worst keypad I have ever used in my life . The KeyPad Sucks. I got this
1 week ago .Ita a pain typing anything on it .. You'll hate texting
on it .. Only yesterday did it slip off my hand while I was standing
and it has developed minute cracks on the 2 sides besides the display
top ... The only good thing about this mobile is the display .. else
it sucks .. Stay away from it ... Honest review!!
Reviewed by Mike from UK on 13th Jun 2009
This phone is great, mega cheap and does exactly what it says on the
tin. Already explored big drains using this as my only light source.
Reviewed by james monksfield from england on 27th
excellent piece of kit,but dont try to teach it to swim. Makes a vey
Reviewed by stinky socks from australia on 21st
good day mate, this phone is awesome it even has snake, snakes are great
mate. its triple A (AAA) AMAZING, ANCIENT AND ADORABLE =] its a little
Reviewed by Tehseen Ahmed from Pakistan on 5th
i purchased 1650 it is very beautifull cell phone. just $41
Reviewed by James from USA on 17th Apr 2009
I purchased my Nokia 1650 In Thailand. I purchased a sim card with the
phone and used it for 3 weeks over there with no problems.I only charged
it a couple times. I thought it was great for the price. Now I wonder
if it will work in California.
Reviewed by Martin from UK on 14th Apr 2009
Great little phone £20 from the CPW with £10 top up... Stunning. Simple
to use never let me down and the battery life is awesome.....
Reviewed by Antares from Romania on 7th Apr 2009
It's a simple but highly reliable mobile phone. No software problems
to date. No fancy features such as a camera or even MMS. PRO: battery
lasts more than a week on moderate usage. CON: the small, unconfortable,
Reviewed by Landy Mann from UK on 6th Apr 2009
This is one of the best phones I have had it is also the only one I
have bought brand new but when you consider the fact my previous portfolio
includes several high power Nokias and a samsung, something must have
been done right. at £15 from the carphonewhorehouse it even feels like
it is high quality! A++++++++
Reviewed by SAUMYA MISHRA from INDIA on 26th Mar
ITS A SIMPLE SET IN SHORTCUT ITS FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT AFFORD FOR COSTLY
SETS.ITS SCREEN IS SO SMALL ONE & THE CALLING NUMBER SEEMS MICROSCOPIC.
I GUESS ITS A WASTE.
Reviewed by VIKASH from INDIA on 20th Mar 2009
NOKIA 1650 AS I CAN SAY THAT SIMPLICITY IS BEST IN THIS MODEL I FOUND
MYSELF TO NEAR THE SIMPLY TO THE MOBILE WORLD IT IS CHEAPER AND REALLY
A GOOD CELLPHONE
Reviewed by John from UK on 14th Mar 2009
If you want a basic phone its good i dont want any fancy gadgets just
want a phone.If you are poor sighted like me you can configure the contact
list name for large font.
Reviewed by Mohidddin Basha Syed from Rajampet, Kadapa
Dist. Andhra Pradesh. India. on 6th Mar 2009
Simple and most usefull
Reviewed by mcorien from Spain on 24th Feb 2009
I bought a Nokia 1650 and found the manual instruction limited. I went
to internet to find out more but no avail.
Reviewed by IKRAM ULLAH KHAN from PAKISTAN on
17th Feb 2009
HI N1650 is a great mobile phone
Reviewed by Jon from Taiwan on 16th Feb 2009
So far so good. If you want a good radio or mp3 player - buy one - not
a cellphone! I've never used my phone for anything but calls and txts.
I don't see the need for more.
Reviewed by alex from england on 6th Feb 2009
This phone is a banger.my nokia luna is getting fixed so i bought this
to tide me over. tell you what im going to cancel the other one and
keep this, you just dont need all those fancy options,thats why they
go wrong in the first place. keep it simple and be happy!
Reviewed by alden from philippines on 12th Jan
this phone sucks always hangs when im texting, i dont recomend it! ^,_,^
Reviewed by Ernest Stephens from United Kingdom on
9th Jan 2009
Completely satisfied with the mobile phone bought on line recently (Nokia)
Reviewed by Peder from Sweden on 29th Dec 2008
This phone sucks. I can't even figure out how to set the volume. Unusable.
Reviewed by Billy from England on 18th Dec 2008
i am getting this phone for christmas it's just such a basic little
thing and it quite cheap i really love it and i can't believe it hs
an fm radio and can be used as a torch just and amazing phone
Reviewed by Racheal odis from Nigeria on 16th
This is the best phone i have ever used so simple and easy to understand.I
Reviewed by Joseph from india on 11th Dec 2008
I am also using this phone and for me its the best phone in the simple
phones. It has got FM radio. torch facility also and even the melody
composer for monopolic ring tones.Although volume in the headset is
too low.Then also if it is compared with other phones with same range,
It will stand above other phones eg. nokia 2310 majority of facility
is same but nokia 1650 has got bigger screen than 2310and morrrrrrrrrreeeee...............
Reviewed by rodger from zambia on 5th Dec 2008
The o/s is nasty;it has decided to stick in silent mode, whenever i
try to change the ring tone it switches on and off..... any help would
do or is it another reject
Reviewed by ACS from UK on 4th Dec 2008
Almost didn't buy it after reading some of these reviews but am glad
I did. Basic but with some good features (love the radio and flashlight)
and all I need for day to day use. Can't find anything wrong with the
buttons or the sound and it was free with a PAYG top up.... So far so
good, except I can't find out how the shortcut keys work...
Reviewed by bee from uk on 26th Nov 2008
its simple. may not have alot on its but easy to use. v. user friendly
Reviewed by panneerselvam from india on 20th Nov
Everything they said fine but the os in this mobile is not good at all..
some times the phone is restarting and i have lost all my contacts in
my phone book.. So if you buy this means dont forget to take a backup
of your phone book contacts
Reviewed by Moses from Uganda on 4th Nov 2008
Its a good cheap phone with built in FM Its receptin is very good too.But
it has a fake battery.I have used Nokia Phones since 2002 i have not
been impressed with this one's please improve on the batery other wise
the phone will loose market
Reviewed by maria from spain on 30th Oct 2008
i bought the nokia 1520 3 weeks ago. The phone itself is great and very
simple to use my only problem is that the battery only lasts for 2 days
maximum ( 40 hours) and then i have to recharge it. Can anyone offer
any advise? seeing that the battery standby is supposed to be 420 hours
Reviewed by omair from pakistan on 12th Oct 2008
it never happened in history that nokia made a perfect phone of its
class, whereas other manufactures have accomplished such models which
can be called perfect for its class at a time. nokia 1650 is a good
handset: good points: good battary, charges and handsfree, sophisticated
design, torch, sms memory, FM radio. bad points: slow software, no mid
button on the D-PAD, you can see both contacts from sim and phone so
to make you puzzle. menu for recieved dialled and missed calls is pretty
difficult than sony ericsson phones. no MMS cant even run GPRS and its
price is still higher than it should be. in pakistan its 4100 rupees
and in my opinion it should be around 3300 rupees. it can be a good
phone if nokia lowers its price a bit.
Reviewed by Glober from Belgium on 21st Sep 2008
What a huge mistake of NOKIA! After using over 4-5 nokia phones I hate
to tell, but this phone is just rubbish. I'm absolutely stunned that
there are people are recommending this phone. This is a typical example
for a low budget phone with way to many whistles and bells for the hardware
design! You can clearly notice (get frustrated) by the slow response,
not mentioning it can speed-up and "ignores" your typing (ex when browsing
trough your phone numbers; isn't that essential for a phone?) The processor
is clearly not designed for all these animations. If they made it much
simplistic it would be just fine. Summary: a nice phone if you don't
Reviewed by gabesz from hungary on 9th Sep 2008
wallpapper change: ok. screensaver: ok. random restarts: always. software:
no upgrades. suggestion: do not use it for alarm clock.
Reviewed by Louis from Serbia on 9th Sep 2008
Wery good basic phone! Battery last for 9 days, clear tone, good display!
Only keypad is small, not for big fingers!
Reviewed by Sunil from India on 22nd Aug 2008
There is a problem in system software in 1650. But if u reinstall it
from Nokia Care with new version this phone work great. Althow ringtones
are low otherwise phone is a good deal
Reviewed by comfort from Nigerian on 20th Aug
Hi, its great to have this type of phone with a good grade level of
technology. I enjoyed the facilities of a mobile radio on my phone,
recovery of each incoming and outgoing calls on my phone. More grease
to ur elbow and highly respectable knowledge in setting Nokia phones.
Bye for now. email@example.com
Reviewed by Linda from england on 6th Aug 2008
RUBBISH! I hate this phone BECAUSE.... 1) freezes up 2) rubbish memory
3)not clear speech whilst in a phone call 4)Chipps EASILY 5) RUBBISH
battery 6) EVERYTHING resets when you change a wallpaper or even turn
the phone off 7) once turned off and on again it resets to silent. and
can't find the menu to change back again. The only thing i like about
this phone is its thin.
Reviewed by pavan kumar from India on 2nd Aug
Nokia 1650 has very bad audio while listening FM.
Reviewed by SHAMAK from INDIA on 4th Jul 2008
NOKIA 1650 VERY CHEP AND BEST MOBILE FOR USE, ITS ALSO FRENDLY USER.
Reviewed by Slobodan from Serbia on 1st Jul 2008
I bouth two Nokia 1650 phones for my parrents two months ago. This phone
is exactly what they need. A simple and good phone. Exelent Phone book,
nice calendar, easy text messaging, loud and good ringtones, relativly
large display and battery life up to one week with ~30 minutes of talk
time during the week. The phone has a very nice design, and a quite
impressive themes. If you need just simple phone with FM radio, Nokia
1650 is good choice.
Reviewed by Renée from The Netherlands on 1st
I currently own my second Nokia 1650 and cannot recommend it. My last
phone was replaced by the phone company after I discovered a restart
bug whenever I wanted to change a wallpaper. The phone I currently have
in my possession has the same bug whenever I view a screensaver. I've
found more complaints on the internet about random restarts in this
model. It's no stable design, the software is just faulty.
Reviewed by M - HASSAN from Pakistan on 24th Jun
"Main Drawbacks, Flaws and Technical-faults in Nokia-1650" • Bad
Keypad’s buttons setting that interrupts in texting flouncy. •
Poor quality of FM-Radio reception. • Very Low sound of the Ringtones,
specially the composed tones. • Absence of SMS storage meter,
that is why the users are not able to watch that how many numbers of
messages are stored in Inbox-folder, Sent-item folder & Drafts-folder
in Phone-memory or a SiM-memory. • Assigned numerical values for
the Contents of Menu & sub-menus are missing. For example if an end-user
does press 1 or 2 or 3…8 or 9 after pressing the menu key, (s)he
could not browse the desire location directly. • Where the 8MB
memory does exist in Nokia-1650 and how could we utilize this utility?
• The back-light timing is required in form of Time-duration (i.e.
mm:ss) neither in the pattern of (Normal, Extended, Off) time-periods.
• We can fix only ten reminders in the dates of calendar and user
can not view their assigned schedules with Date & Time individually
as well. • User can fix the Time-tracker only above than 30 seconds
not less than 29 seconds.
Reviewed by vijay from a.p on 23rd May 2008
nokia 1650 is average hand set but low sound,poor ringtones no voice
recorder & very delicated buttons totally it is aveage hand set.
Reviewed by bob from india on 9th May 2008
I have the 1650 , its the one of the worst nokia phones that i have
used , it hangs almost every day …. i need to pull put the battery
to reboot the phone …. the ear phones are the worst , the volume
on the hear phones is toooooo less for FM . the best is the flash light
…. can use this phone instead of a torch i am tring to sell it
Reviewed by kulaa from uruquai on 21st Apr 2008
best lephoner is nokya 1650 on the earth
Reviewed by Milan from Serbia on 17th Apr 2008
I just bought it yesterday, as a second phone (next to 6300). I love
it so far, cause it is exactly what I need - great connection, FM radio,
(better then 6300 in terms of clarity of voice/music) durable battery
(BL 5C). Decent choice of themes and graphics. For 60 euros, this is
a good deal. The only thing that could be improved is a slow response
from the system - browsing through menu, writing messages. But still,
I am quite happy.
Reviewed by Khurram Shakeeb from Pakistan on 15th
Well totally rubish cell i even seen in my life. I m Nokia lover and
i never change my brand but only this set disapointed me really.I need
a simple cell phone to use for homely purpose so thats why i saw the
review of this cell and purchased it from market.First of all the keypad
is very hard to use.When i typed messeges my fingers started pain.It
was totally uncomfotable and hard as well,after that i saw the display
which was not actractive.and when i on Fm Radio and put my headphone
i was surprised to liston its voice that was very low even u cant liston
ur radio in rushy area.nothing speacial in this cell.and even 3rd day
my bettery was finish.so i tried to sale out this device and i m succeed
now purchase 2310 which is 100 times better choice then this cell.2310
headfone has outstanding sound.and better look n features then this
cell. Hey i would like to recommend u to avoid this cell phone perhaps
after use it u will hate Nokia that i really cant afford.cheers
Reviewed by Mirkata from Bulgaria on 30th Mar
Super GSM for me.
Reviewed by jai from India on 26th Mar 2008
When I saw the phone I liked it very much and I purchased. it is a good
phone but it hangs so often. Leaving this only one disadvantage, it
is very nice low cost phone used for a common man.
Reviewed by Bagas from Indonesia on 15th Mar 2008
It's nice... I love the battery. I love the user interface. I love the
desain. I love the radio. But, I hate because after I change my operator
card (I take off the baterry) and I turn on it again, I must set the
time and set the some others setting... It's a very hard thing in my
life for NOKIA!!!
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
15th Mar 2008
So glad my life isn't as hard as yours, Bagas. Having to set the time
on your phone ... that really sucks.
Reviewed by chandu from india on 11th Mar 2008
its a good phone, but some of the futures are unknown like voice recorder
how can i use voice recorder.and how can i record a sound and use it
as a ringtone.
Reviewed by Shaad from Pakistan on 6th Mar 2008
Its a good phone. cheap phone with built in FM as well as awesome graphics
Reviewed by S Ahmad from Pakistan on 5th Mar 2008
Its a good 2nd phone for someone who just needs a phone set to stay
connected. Looks: Very good and seems one of the expensive phones to
an unrecognizing eye. Display and Screen size: 5 STARS! For a phone
of this category and price, its superb. Colour combination: (in black
and off white scheme) very nice Battery Life: Quite Impressive Themes:
Very good and contemporary Torch: A good bonus Sound Clarity: Better
than my other phone (D600) Extra features: Surprisingly many and quite
useful Radio: A good one, good reception. But ... having said all that:
KEYPAD: Frustratingly hard and extremely user UNfriendly. Maybe for
fingers half the normal adult size, even someone from MARS wont be happy
with the keypad. For the 1st many days, i failed to dial a phone number
using the keypad correctly without having to erase and rewrite as the
keys are very narrowly placed and they have to be pressed at 90 degrees.
RING TONE VOLUME: Good if you are in a library :), and quite low in
a public place (though the vibrator tries hard to make you aware of
the call) But, for the price and features (if you could ignore the keypad
at least ... its a very good bargain!
Reviewed by chandrakant from india on 3rd Mar
i have purchased last month and it really nice piece for me but i want
to know more features such as display name should be bold which we type.
Reviewed by shezy from pakistan on 28th Feb 2008
Reviewed by jatin from india on 18th Feb 2008
the mobile set is as ok as its price
Reviewed by sam from pakistan on 9th Feb 2008
look is elegent. battery time is excellent. but sometimes hangs on,
while running. good phonebook and huge message memory. overall a good
set in low price range.
Reviewed by Gibbs from Philippines on 4th Feb
A good budget phone. For those looking for a phone - not a camera, not
a computer, not an MP3 player - but, a phone. Then this is for you.