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Comparing the iPhone 5 with the Nokia 100

Nokia 100 and Apple iPhone 5

At the moment, I’m one of those annoying people who has two mobile phones. There’s my own Apple iPhone 5, and I also have use of a brand new Nokia 100.

Clearly the iPhone 5 is the better phone – or is it? There are actually several ways that the Nokia 100 is better than the iPhone:

  1. Battery life. All smartphones have pretty poor battery life, with their high resolution colour screens, GPS, Bluetooth, Wifi, 3G support all putting strain on the battery. The iPhone 5 claims up to 225 hours – just over 9 days – standby, although most users will find they’ll need to charge it at least every other night. The Nokia 100, on the other hand, can last for over a month on standby from one charge – 35 days is claimed. That being said, the iPhone 5 claims 8 hours of talktime as opposed to the Nokia’s 6.7 hours.
  2. Smaller size. The Nokia 100 is shorter and narrower than the iPhone 5, although it is significantly thicker.
  3. User-replaceable battery. If the battery in your iPhone dies, then you’ll need to get it replaced by a professional. The Nokia 100, on the other hand, allows you to change the battery with ease, and you can even keep a spare charged battery to swap in.
  4. FM Radio. A data connection will let you listen to radio stations on your iPhone, but the Nokia 100 keeps it simple with a built-in FM radio.
  5. Torch. I’m sure there are apps out there that will allow you to use the flash LED on the back of your iPhone as a torch, however, the Nokia 100 includes a small LED in the top that can be used as a reasonably effective flashlight.
  6. Cheap. You can get a Nokia 100 on a pay-as-you-go tariff for only £10.

Of course, that’s about it. In every other way, the iPhone 5 is a better phone – it’s easier to use, with more features and better build quality.


  1. The Nokia 100 also has the advantage of doubling as a hammer – I’d like to see how the iPhone fairs. Other areas that it excels and the iPhone fails include acting as a nutctacker, doorstop and bookend. Also, the Nokia has Snake as a standard!

  2. What is your reason for having two phones? Interestingly I have an IPhone 4 and am considering not upgrading to the 5 next month but getting a Nokia 100 and downsizing and saving some £

    • Essentially, the Nokia is a work phone (that’s normally only on in work hours, but the number can be given to anyone) whereas my iPhone is my personal phone.

  3. Do you have two numbers or just swap the sim over with a sim adapter? I’ve just purchased a Nokia 100 and have an iPhone 4 as well. Was fed up with battery life issues.

  4. Ah ok. Many thanks