Nokia 800 Tough Review: The underrated old school phone with powerful features.

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Nokia 800 Tough Review: Nokia is one of the oldest companies founded in the early 1960’s Nokia’s history dates to 1865, when Finnish-Swede mining engineer Fredrik Idestam established a pulp mill near the town of Tampere, Finland (then in the Russian Empire). A second pulp mill was opened in 1868 near the neighboring town of Nokia, offering better hydropower resources. In 1871, Idestam, together with friend Leo Mechelin, formed a shared company from it and called it Nokia Ab (in Swedish, Nokia Company being the English equivalent), after the site of the second pulp mill. In 1967, the three companies – Nokia, Kaapelitehdas, and Finnish Rubber Works – merged and created a new Nokia Corporation, restructured into four major businesses: forestry, cable, rubber, and electronics. In the early 1970s, it entered the networking and radio industry. Nokia also started making military equipment for Finland’s defense forces (Puolustusvoimat), such as the Sanomalaite M/90 communicator in 1983, and the M61 gas mask first developed in the 1960s. Nokia was now also making professional mobile radios, telephone switches, capacitors, and chemicals. Below are the prices from my favourite stores

Well enough of history and let’s get to its phone released on September 2019 Nokia launched Nokia 800 Tough a phone created purely for the purpose of military, contractors or explorers who frequently visit hard terrain area imagine having a buttoned phone with full features of a smartphone such as fast 5G internet, Google assistant, Facebook, Google maps and is completely waterproof — yep these are the features that Nokia 800 Tough has and according to my view this can become a very powerful phone for our military soldiers or workers who are working in rough terrains. There’s a lot to like about the Nokia 800 Tough, but typing and navigation are not among them. Fortunately, you can almost always use voice search to get what you want quicker. If you open Google and want to search for a train timetable, it’s much easier to just long-press the center button and speak your search terms than it is to type. The same is true of Google Maps, YouTube, and sending WhatsApp messages.

The phone measures battery in weeks not days

The other obvious benefit of a Nokia phone wrapped in durable rubber is that this thing is practically impossible to break. I dropped it out my second-story window onto concrete pavers a couple of times (for science) and, not surprisingly, it survived. Even the light scuffs on the rubber practically disappeared after a quick rub and it looked good as new. You can scratch the display glass if you’re unlucky or super-careless, but I suspect it would be near-impossible to drop this phone normally and actually break it.

Nokia 800 Tough

Alot of companies like Apple(iPhone XR – Renewed @$450 KSH 45000) Samsung(Galaxy S10 @410-KSH 41000) and One plus(One plus 8 pro $999 Ksh 100,000) is producing legendary smartphones for the modern world but not one company has considered manufacturing phone for those workers who dwell in tough terrains so I personally admire Nokia company for manufacturing this phone. Below are the specs

Nokia 800 Tough Full Specifications


Model800 Tough
Release date5th September 2019
Dimensions (mm)145.40 x 62.10 x 16.11
Weight (g)161.00
IP ratingIP68
Battery capacity (mAh)2100
ColoursDark Steel, Desert Sand


Screen size (inches)2.40


Processor makeQualcomm Snapdragon 205
Internal storage4GB
Expandable storageYes
Expandable storage typemicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)32


Rear camera2-megapixel
Rear flashYes


Operating systemKAI OS


BluetoothYes, v 4.10
Number of SIMs2

How’s the camera?

Umm, yeah. This is not the device you want for capturing precious memories. The 2MP camera is about as fantastic as you’d expect a 2MP camera to be. This is a little disappointing because even at this price point you can still get Android phones that have passable cameras, such as the Nokia 2.2. I don’t see any real reason why something equivalent wasn’t possible here.

Funnily enough, the photos the Nokia 800 Tough takes are actually better than they look on the low-resolution display. If you transfer your images to your laptop they’ll look a little better, but don’t get your hopes up too high. Colors were actually not bad, but the dynamic range and low-light performance were poor. In perfect conditions, you can get a salvageable 2MP shot out of the Nokia 800 Tough. In trickier conditions, you’re better off just leaving it in your pocket.

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