Nokia 800 Tough Review


Nokia 800 Tough Black

Some of us fondly recall a time when phones were not the fragile things they are today. Of the phone models around then, Nokia was well known for sturdy phones that were virtually unbreakable and whose batteries could last for days on end.

While most manufacturers have moved on to the delicate smartphones, Nokia has maintained some production of feature phones. The Nokia 800 Tough is one of these.

When Nokia released their Nokia 800 Tough phone, they weren’t kidding about the name. The Nokia 800 is designed with a rubberized exterior that can withstand drops from up to 2 meters and it has an IP68 rating for dust protection.

Nokia 800 Tough

The Nokia Tough, released in September 2019, is a light, small phone. And just like other Nokia feature phones from years past, it has an unimaginable battery life and takes a lot of effort to destroy.

For people without the need for an App packed phone, this can make a good primary phone. For others, it can make an excellent backup phone.

The 800 Tough’s heavy-duty rubberized buttons give phone a stronger feel and help give the phone an easy to use feel.

Nokia has included some tech in the phone as well, and it supports voice control via Google Assistant, which adds a modern touch and makes it more user-friendly.

Features and Specs

Here is exactly what you would get;


The phone comes encased in a 145.4 x 62.1 x 16.1 mm and weighs 161 grams. It’s a single Nano-SIM.

It features a flashlight and is IP68 water-resistant, which is up to 1.5 meters immersion for 30 minutes.

The phone is built for survival and is sheathed in a shock-absorbent rubber with MIL-STD-810G compliance.

In short, this phone is a sturdy block, with some smart features missing in the feature phones of yesteryears, more notably the famous Nokia 3310.

You can get it in desert sand and black steel colours with the Nokia 800 Tough currently priced at $174.99.


For display, you get TFT and 256k colors on the 2.4 inches, 17.8 cmͨ 2. , with 240×320 pixels at 4:3 ratio.

Platform and Memory

Nokia Tough runs on an OS KaiOS. Its CPU is 2×1.1GHZ Cortex A7. Its card slot is a microSDHC and uses a shared SIM slot. You get 4GB and 512 MB.

Camera and Sound

Yes, you get a camera. The camera is 2MP, with LED flash and video as well. The phone, however, lacks the selfie camera that’s a basic feature in smartphones today.

For sound, the phone has a loudspeaker for music, audio clips, and phone calls. It also comes with the standard 3.5mm jack that’s compatible with both earphones and headphones.

Nokia 800 Tough Sand


Nokia 800 Tough has:

  • SMS applications
  • MP4/H.262 player
  • MP3/WAV/AAC player
  • Voice memo
  • Organizer
  • Predictive text input


As you may have guessed, the battery on this phone is a pure beast. The Nokia 800 is fitted with a non-removable Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery.

Its standby time is touted to be 1030h which is about a month and a half!! If this is not impressive enough, you can activate the battery-saving mode to extend the duration.

What You Will Not Like

Because the perfect phone is yet to be invented, the Nokia 800 Tough does have a few downsides. The first is the navigation that’s a bit slow and does not allow you to do things as quickly as you should on an android or iPhone.

Typing is another as it can be rather tedious compared to smartphones.

Final Say

For older people who don’t need a computer in their pocket, tradies, adventurous folks who are always up to strenuous activities, and people who travel a lot, this can be a great phone.

Its sturdiness, battery life, and ability to take knocks without suffering any major damage are some of the qualities many people have been looking for and is an important device in Nokia’s range of phones.

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