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Nokia tribute act HMD has revived another of the band's classics – the slider phone made famous by The Matrix. HMD has retained the original name from 1996 – the Nokia 8110 – and it hopes to repeat the successful formula that attracted so much attention to the redesigned 3310 last year. The re-recorded 8110 (2018) slider …

Those were the days....

I remember buying new fascias for my old Nokias to make them look like an 8810 with the flick cover. Ahh, nostalgia, changing the while front and back of a phone in under 30 seconds, rather than just putting a case on everything. Buying new fascias from dodgy market stalls in town, rather than from dodgy ebay resellers.

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Re: Those were the days....

I did that as well. Had a bright yellow slidey case for my 2210 - I think it was (their names were so rubbish). Anyway the one that was ubiquitous just before the 3310, and a bit bigger.

You pressed a button and the keyboard cover pinged down. Snapped on to replace the front and back covers, and cost about £5 from the local market.

I've always liked a mobile that you could cover the keyboard, so it couldn't be pressed in your pocket. Had a Motorola MicroTac, that Nokia, a Samsung slider and best of all 2 Motorola RAZRs.

The RAZR, best ergonomic phone design ever. Some of the worst software though...

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"The RAZR, best ergonomic phone design ever. Some of the worst software though..."

Oh my god, tell me about it. I was absolutely beside myself when I finally got hold of one of those, then sorely disappointed when I actually had to use it. One of the best examples ever of form over function, which still applies to this day. It is probably still one of the best looking phones I've ever owned, and without a doubt the most awful. Although in it's defence, making calls with one was damn cool

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Re: Those were the days....

Maybe there's a business opportunity - a remake of the Moto V3. New software, better display, music player and 3.5mm socket, removeable battery and storage, and a really high grade camera. No need for a compass, GPS, maps, or any Googleshit, just a phone, camera, some calendar integration and music.

Then again, apparently you can'r sell feature phones, or anything without access to at least 50,000 (cr) apps

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Re: Those were the days....

The V3 was the perfect size for a mobile phone, like some sort of sexy Star Trek communicator. Binatone licensed the V3 design from Motorola before the Google digestion process, dubbed it the "Binatone Blade". Available from purveyors of tech tat everywhere. They screwed it up however... f*cking thing is way too big, almost does nothing useful. Slim sexy and useful? Totally the opposite, much like my wife.

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Re: Those were the days....

same here, but mine weren't spring loaded covers, you had to flip em down manually, which took some practice to make it look cool :)

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Love the Yellow!

Any word on pricing? A 'vacation' phone is all I need, it could well replace the Nokia 520 I'm using now.

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Re: Love the Yellow!

"any word on pricing?"

Given the USD and Euro pricing - then probably GBP79 ?

"It will cost €79 with UK pricing expected to be announced in the coming days."

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Re: Love the Yellow!

Thanks!

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Re: Love the Yellow!

Anyone who buys it in black should be ceremonially booed out of the shop by an honour guard of all the staff. Bright shiny yellow only!

My current smartphone is black...

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"[...] the ability to use the phone as a WiFi hotspot."

Does that mean tethering for a laptop etc - or can it use a house router instead of the SIM?

"[...] with plenty of speculation suggesting WhatsApp and Instagram could finally arrive on these budget devices."

That could provide a cheap one-off way to register WhatsApp to run on my desktop.

"It will cost €79 with UK pricing expected to be announced in the coming days."

That's affordable for a phone that might give 25 days standby on one charge.

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"That could provide a cheap one-off way to register WhatsApp to run on my desktop."

Even at a price of 79 Euro that is quite expensive just to activate Whatsapp to run on your desktop. Much cheaper to just buy a used phone from Ebay or your local classified for under 20 quid, or even just buy a pre-paid SIM card and put it in your existing phone (if your phone has a SIM slot)

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You can't run WhatsApp just off your desktop, your desktop talks to your WhatsApp client which has to be running on your phone.

Also, it's the Express. They can talk about speculation but they don't know that it's running a fork of Firefox OS called KaiOS which can only run HTML5 apps.

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Big Brother

built-in "curated" apps including Facebook and Twitter...

No thanks... I don't want to be connected to "The Matrix"...

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Re: built-in "curated" apps including Facebook and Twitter...

And hopefully they can be user deleted

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Re: built-in "curated" apps including Facebook and Twitter...

You are already connected to the Matrix you just don't know it.

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I still have a 7110...

I still have a 7110 in a pile of old phones in my attic. It was quite satisfying to press the little button and deploy the slide with a little 'snick!' noise,.. although tbh it felt a bit flimsy I thought one day it was just going to shoot off the end, and that would not be cool.

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Re: I still have a 7110...

Little known fact (or forgotten) is that the Nokia phone in the film used the mechanism from the 7110. The original 8110 that was used in the film didn't have a mechanical opening system. You had to pull the cover down.

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Re: I still have a 7110...

I believe that is the case with this model as well. No spring.

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it wasn't. a friend had one and after a few months you had to jump out of the way every time he answered the phone.

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Re: I still have a 7110...

And for more nostalgia... the 7110 was Jack Bauer's first phone at the very beginning of 24.

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Re: I still have a 7110...

Not entirely forgotten - I found both of mine (7110 and 8110) in a random box in the garage over Christmas. Didn't stop Orange marketing the 7110 as The Matrix Phone. I'd like to think they both still work but they're both still locked to Orange and I no longer have a working Orange mini SIM.

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Re: I still have a 7110...

I really liked the satisfying "snap" as you closed the Motorola RAZR at the end of a call. No other clamshell I tried was quite the same, I think the hinge was slightly sprung.

Obviously you had to open it yourself, and it took quote a while to train myself to be able to take it out of my pocket and prise the phone open with my thumb while bringing it up to my ear. So I could answer one-handed with a flourish, while carrying a bag.

A few early attempts at this resulted in the phone opening halfway, and then snapping shut again as I moved my thumb out of the way too quickly, thus hanging up the caller. Sorry.

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Re: I still have a 7110... @msknight

Definitely had a spring, although the tracks that connected the microphone in the slide were the weakest point. As soon as the contacts got dirty (and they were exposed to the air), the microphone stopped working.

It was an easy fix, but tedious to do frequently.

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Re: I still have a 7110... @msknight

According to this, they are bringing back the 8110 - which had no spring...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/technology-43191571/nokia-adds-steel-flagship-sirocco-and-banana-slider-8110

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Re: I still have a 7110...

On Orange, it was the "nk702" (I had one)

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Re: I still have a 7110...

I had a mate who had a 7110 just after it had come out. He was also paying for insurance from Orange and he loved the phone. Then one evening he lost the phone which might have last been seen in the back of a taxi but I couldn't comment. They sent him another one and that lasted a few months before it was removed from his jacket on the back of his chair in a restaurant. He phoned up and asked for a new phone and was told he'd had one, didn't get another one so bugger off.

He pointed out that he was still paying the premiums and they'd sent him a replacement phone before. As they'd proved that the contract was valid by sending a phone, they therefore owed him another phone. Customer Service Agent says no you get one replacement phone and you lost that so case closed. My mate asks to speak to the supervisor who was called and after some argument and reading of the contract he agreed that my mate was owed a new phone. My mate was well chuffed with that result.

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Re: I still have a 7110...

Also a 7110 owner, it was my first personal mobile (had a few work ones before this).

I can remember having to clean the contacts now and again, otherwise the mic stopped working.

Also the stops for the slide wore out eventually, so you couldn't pop it open via the button, as it just shot off the end. Of course this also automatically answered any incoming calls, which you couldn't then talk to until you managed to get the base re-attached! Happy days.

And WAP! Almost forgot about the wonders of Internet access back in those days :-)

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Might just suit my wife...

...who really doesn't get on with touchscreen keyboards, wants a phone that doesn't need charging every evening, but could do with a bit of internet connectivity (maps, email) while out-and-about and can't justify shelling out every month for a data-only SIM for a tablet.

Pair this phone with a cheap Android tablet and I think she'd almost have the best of both worlds; a phone to use as a phone, with a real keypad for texting, and then a tablet (tethered to the phone - though I think I would prefer Bluetooth tethering to WiFi - doesn't say if this is possible) for internet when needed. She currently has a Samsung XCover 550 which does all of this except for the tethering, which is only available through USB. Works fine for a laptop, not so much for a tablet.

Just so long as I can delete Facebook and Twitter. Hmmm.

Of course, all this ignores the fact that five or six years ago there was a plethora of phones that would have fitted this bill (keypad, battery, useful internet) and now there are next to none. If someone would bring out an updated Sony k800 or Nokia 6220 classic, I'd be happy too - I just like the form-factor, particularly the shutter on the back for the camera.

M.

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5110 Next?

Hopefully, the next one they redo is the 5110.

It was my first phone, I lost it somewhere in the attics in the early naughties, but I am pretty sure I ever find it, it'll have 50% battery left.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/72/CSIRO_ScienceImage_2936_Nokia_mobile_phone.jpg/1920px-CSIRO_ScienceImage_2936_Nokia_mobile_phone.jpg

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Nokia 6310i FTW.

In fact it seems you can still buy one for 50 notes.

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Re: 5110 Next?

That was my first company phone, I'm going all nostalgic now.

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Still plenty of Nokia / Nokia branded Microsoft feature phones available "new" from Ebay / Amazon for around £20 - including dual SIM variants. The obviously overproduced before shutting the production lines.

Still useful now - only downside is they are 2.5G, not 4G.

However for a phone to succeed at this bottom end market pricing is going to have to be sub £50.

Why spend more on a fake Nokia, when you can still get a real Nokia for peanuts?

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One reason: Three network SIMs only work in 3G phones, so that's 90% of Nokia's back catalogue out straight away.

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Might get one in yellow for my step father

as he keeps losing his phone, currently looking to get him his 3rd phone in 12 months... figuring the yellow might make it easier to find, and the low cost less of an issue if/when he loses it (first two were iDevices).

Nokia also announced a new Nokia 6 with wireless charging for €279. Sold!

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Re: Might get one in yellow for my step father

currently looking to get him his 3rd phone in 12 months

Superglue it to his hand., And tell him next time he loses it, the new one will be superglued to his nads.

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"the new one will be superglued to his nads."

That'll be a bit tricky to use it as a phone, though quite exciting when ever people ring him, and might be lots of trouble using it in public. It will need to be, er, "water" proof.

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Still use my original 8110. The issue for them these days is the battery. Every one you find will be DOA after 20 odd years. I found a place that can refurb the old batteries so job done.

Still works with an EE SIM which nostalgically says "Cellnet" on the phone.

I had a thing for the *110 Nokia phones I had almost everyone at some point. 3110, 5110, 7110, 8110 and of course the 2110, now that was a phone! Pretty sure if you sorted the batteries they would all still work.

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"I had a thing for the *110 Nokia phones I had almost everyone at some point. 3110, 5110, 7110, 8110"

I had the 6110, which is basically the business cousin of the 5110 (ie with dedicated send/cancel buttons), and an infra-red port.

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woah!

The 8110 is back? Woah, Deja vu!

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HMD phones

Does anyone have any experience of the HMD Androids? I'm looking to jump ship from Windows Phone 8 soon. Shame, but the few apps I use are starting to disappear, and the phone's getting a bit battered. 21/2 years old and the battery still gives 2 days though.

Just had a quick look at the HMD / Nokia 6 and 7. Not sure there's a price on the 7 - but it has Android ONE, and they're promising 2 years of updates.

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I have a 5 and love it; replaced my Nexus 4 when it hit the wall of planned obsolescence and I didn't see the point in paying stupid money for a Pixel. If just the screen was a bit smaller (I'm one of those that likes a phone size phone) and it had twice the storage . Just updated to Oreo and Feb security patch.

I don't play games, I don't watch video I surf and use some communications apps; camera I haven't even bothered to compare it to anything as for important stuff I use a dedicated device. - 4G is fast it's good practical phone.

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and they're promising 2 years of updates.

You're using a WP8 device, and you're still falling for this? I have a bridge I'd like to sell you, and you'll be able to use your cut of my wealth as a Nigerian prince to buy it.

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Also have the 5. It looks great, it works fine, it goes da-da-daaa-daaa-daaaaaa. Internal storage is a little limited but what will you do.

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You're using a WP8 device, and you're still falling for this?

Ledswinger,

Falling for what? My device is on WP8 by choice. There's been an upgrade available on it for WP 10 for about 18 months. I just chose not to, as Orlowski (and others) said it was a bit worse - and I barely use apps, so don't need to be up-to-date. I like the simplicity of the Win Pho 8 UI. I'll miss it.

Even where MS abandoned people on WP7 - they still got bug fixes, and 2 point releases (taking them up to 7.5) with quite a lot of the features from Win Pho 8. Leaving millions of users stranded with zero support is what happens in the Android ecosystem.

HMD seem to use close to stock Android and promise updates (though aren't specific). Hence asking people's experiences. The new Nokia 7 is an Android ONE device and promises to keep you on the latest version and with updates for 2 years. That's legally binding under EU and UK consumer laws.

You can keep your bridge...

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list of applications?

Could not find one - does anyone know if it comes with Signal?

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Re: list of applications?

State of mobile network regulation in the UK, most mobile phones come without signal.....

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Gimme!

HMD sure knows how to attract attention. The 8110i was may first mobile so I might pick one up just for giggles.

It's a bit of a bummer that it's such a low-end device though. Imagie the same design but with a spring-loaded slider revealing an expanded, curved touchscreen with proper specs behind it (remember those SonyEricsson phones?). But then we're not in Korea or Japan and probably nobody would want that...

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Miss my old 8110i

To this day it was the most comfortable phone I've ever had or used to hold and to, err.., use.

Tempted by this - use as a phone with an android device hung off it's hot spot for errrr PoG..Ingress (honest guv)

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Jailbreak and hotspot!

It's only a matter of time before it gets jailbroken and mobile hotspot functionailty enabled, if it's hasn't got this facility already... would make it bloody useful for my laptop.

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