Similar to the Nokia 1202, the 1203 features only a newer keypad. See what difference this makes to the 1203 in our review of the phone that also details its tech specs, features and price.

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Along with the release of the Nokia 1202, Nokia released a similar handset, the 1203, which has only one difference: a new keypad. While not as good looking as the 1202, the 1203's keypad is easily the most user-friendly keymat ever designed, making it a phone to die forů at least if you're budget is limited.

Design and Looks
The Nokia 1203 is one of the slimmest and smallest handsets ever made. It is similar to the 1202 in every respect but features a different keypad. The keypad, like the phone itself, is an evolution of design; Nokia have been making and perfecting such basic handsets over the years.

The Nokia 1203 is the beneficiary of this evolution. It is fairly compact sporting small dimensions. It is thin at the waist but features all the functionality of a Series 30 handset. The phone has a flat front and a dotted back that helps in easier gripping of the phone. The most novel feature of the phone however is the single piece rubber keypad. This is easily the best keypad ever made, it is both tactile and provides great feedback, plus it is silent and produces no creaks when pressed.

The keypad's construction is itself unique, and never has there been a phone with a keypad like this. Each key is well spaced out, yet the spacing between each key is not defined. Every row of key is made of raised rubber and there is a flat gap between any two rows. Moreover, each row is flatter towards either end and progressively becomes raised towards the centre. The keys are very soft to press and feel comfortable under the fingers. The soft keys and D-pad are also very pleasant to use.

Call quality and reception is on par with the best handsets in the market today. The phone is not without its faults though, vibration is weak and the phone slows down when typing long drawn out messages or when browsing through menus at top speed. There are instances when the phone hangs or resets automatically. This is a shame because older Series 30 phones such as the 11xx line featured fast enough processors to support the simple user interface. Hopefully these faults will be taken care of in the upcoming Nokia 1280 which may very well be the last basic 'black-and-white' phone from the Finnish manufacturer.

On the apps side, the phone features all applications common to the Series 30 UI like calendar, calculator, organizer, simple games, reminders and alarm clock. The phone supports multiple languages including English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Gujarati, and Punjabi with dictionary support for both Hindi and English. And like the 1202, the 1203 features a flashlight.

At the end of the day, the choice between the 1202 and 1203 boils down to whether you want a phone with a good keypad or one with better looks. Students should opt for the Nokia 1203 as they tend to text frequently.

  • Slim design and good choice of materials
  • Excellent voice clarity and reception
  • One of the best keypads on any phone in the market today
  • Dust and splash proof keypad
  • Good battery life
  • Simple and popular Nokia Series 30 interface

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Nokia 1203 Price India
Price:Rs. 1,200
Warranty (years): 1
Color Options:Silver-grey

Technical Specifications of Nokia 1203
Overview Body Type Bar
Battery Life/Talk time 8.0 Hours
Standby Talktime 624 Hours
Dimensions Width 45 mm
Depth 13 mm
Length 105 mm
Weight 78 g
Camera Camera NO
Secondary Camera NO
Camera Resolution N/A
Camera Flash N/A
Auto Focus NO
Display Display Size 1.3 inches
Display Resolution 96 x 98 pixels
Dispaly Type TFT LCD
Colours Black and white
Memory Internal Memory 4MB
Card Slot NO
Complimentary Card N/A
Multimedia Features FM Radio NO
MP3 Player NO
Connectivity Options Wi-Fi NO
Bluetooth NO
Infrared NO
USB Connector NO
Technology Cellular Network GSM
SIM Type Single SIM
Operating System Operating System Java based Series S30 UI
Features Input Type Alphanumeric Keypad
Handsfree Speaker Yes
Flight Mode Yes
Inbulit Dictaphone Yes
Flashlight Yes
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