IT’S not just fashion that’s looking to the ‘90s for inspiration — the tech world is now following suit.
While scrunchies and Doc Martens are back with a bang, the icon of the era, the Nokia phone, is also back on shelves.
Fans of the brand can now get their hands on the Nokia 2720 Flip and Nokia 800 Tough, which have both been reimagined to include 4G connectivity, WhatsApp and Facebook, as well as email, YouTube and Google Maps.
Both have returned to the Irish market and offer an appealing alternative to those who are fed up with smartphone batteries that barely last a day.
For those who spend too much time online, the Nokia could offer an alternative to help you keep your scrolling in check.
And this is precisely the reason I was keen to swap my beloved iPhone for the Nokia 2720 Flip.
Although I’m not a big tech fan, I’m rarely without my iPhone 7, which I use to mindlessly browse Instagram and shopping websites for hours on end.
In fact, I’m ashamed that my handy device’s screentime tracker shows I often spend more than four hours a day on it.
So when I saw the Nokia 2720 Flip had hit Irish shores, I thought it would be worth giving it a go to see how I cope without my seductive smartphone.
First of all, setting it up took just minutes as it came pre-loaded with the apps it offers — Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp, YouTube and several others. It has big buttons that make it easy to use to make calls but it lacks the iPhone’s touchscreen that makes scrolling so easy and addictive.
While I once relished how easy it was to use, the device now seems backwards for those who want to type on the go and keep in touch with friends on WhatsApp
For today’s selfie-generation, the basic forward-shooting camera may also be an issue. Texts can be received as normal and making phonecalls is a breeze.
In fact, hanging up by simply closing the phone is particularly slick.
Using features like Whatsapp are less slick, as you have to check each message individually rather than reading a conversation’s thread, as you can on a smartphone.
It also only allows messages of up to 8MB to be sent, so looking at videos is impossible. While this means that time-wasting on WhatsApp is cut to a minimum, it also brings a sense of FOMO.
And I soon found a retro way to waste time again. With time on my hands now that I wasn’t scrolling Instagram as often, it wasn’t long before I was back playing my old nemesis, Snake.
Long associated with the Nokia, the apple-chasing serpent game is modernised but as addictive as ever. However even with Snake as a selling point, it’s hard for any seasoned smartphone user to make the switch back to a Nokia full-time.
While I once relished how easy it was to use, the device now seems backwards for those who want to type on the go and keep in touch with friends on WhatsApp.
It is perhaps the perfect starter device for someone older who is adverse to using smartphones but wants to be able to access smartphone features like WhatsApp.
It’s also ideal as a second device for those who like to take time out from the incessant lure of their smartphone.
Lisa Higgins, Sales and Marketing Business Manager for Ireland at HMD Global, the company that now makes Nokia phones, said: “This phone isn’t just easy to use, it can also be a second companion to your smartphone.
“Whether you’re looking to disconnect at the weekend or on holiday and be free of work email-related worry, or not have to think about charging your battery while away thanks to up to 28 days of standby time from a single charge, the Nokia 2720 Flip has you covered.”
The Nokia 2720 Flip is available now in Black from €109. The Nokia 800 Tough comes in Black Steel and is available now for €129. Pick them up today from Carphone Warehouse, Powercity and Harvey Norman.