I bet you remember the days when your phone’s battery life was measured in days instead of hours. You couldn’t do much with a feature phone, but at least you could do it for a long time.
And while most users and manufacturers have given up using feature phones, Nokia certainly hasn’t. Quite the contrary – Nokia is adding features to their feature phones (pun intended) and some interesting concepts emerge in the process.
An example of this is the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio. The feature phone has a charging section for a pair of earbuds and in a way can also double for a media player and a set of wireless headphones.
This gadget is not for everyone, that much is certain. Earlier this year, Apple, the king of media players, gave up the iPod Touch, the last remaining product in the category. People just don’t use media players anymore, so there’s no good reason to assume they’d buy one that also happens to be a feature phone.
However, the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio is an interesting device with some notable advantages. First, it brings the remarkable battery life of Nokia phones to the table. The fact that it also works as a charging case means you don’t have to worry about your earbuds dying because you forgot to charge their case.
Second, the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio debuts with a price tag of £74.99 (the equivalent of about $90). This means you can get both a feature phone and a pair of earbuds for under $100. Most earbuds on the market tend to have a higher price tag.
The Nokia 5710 XpressAudio is a niche device and it is unlikely to make a splash in the phone market. Still, some people who look back on the good old days with nostalgia may be interested in purchasing a Nokia product in 2022.
You can order the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio via Nokia official site straight away. The estimated UK shipping date is around the end of August, while a US release has not yet been announced.