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Forget your Pixels and iPhones, Nokia 106 with price of Rs 1,299 is the best phone to buy in 2019

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Forget your Pixels and iPhones, Nokia 106 with price of Rs 1,299 is the best phone to buy in 2019

Nokia 106 features the Finnish smartphone maker's iconic Snake Xenzia game along with LED torch and FM radio.

How many times do you pick up your phone in a day? Just how many times, have you ever thought about it? A photo of a dog someone posts on Facebook and your phone pings. A tweet Donald Trump makes and your phone pings. Dr Batra tries to sell you hair cream and your phone pings. So, just how many times do you pick up your phone, and just how many times do you pick it up unnecessarily? Do you see the problem? If you see the problem I have a solution for you. It is called Nokia 106. It's even cheap. And it cutesy!

Seriously, it seems as if the Nokia 106 is the best phone to buy in 2019. It may not have the ability to run WhatsApp or Facebook. It may not click some glorious photos but this may be the phone for you if you are looking for a detox from technology. No, no this is not a joke even if some people may find it funny that I am asking them to replace their Rs 50,000 phones with a Rs 1,299 Nokia 106. This is the phone that may give you some peace and that is priceless.

It's not that the smartphones are no longer useful. They serve so many purposes. They let you find a way in a small Uttarakhand town using an app like Google Maps. They let you order food conveniently when you are not in a mood to cook, they let you shop from the convenience of your room, they show latest movie trailers... you get the idea. But what was once incredibly useful, has turned somewhat toxic of late.

You must have heard all of this. We live in 2019. Loss of privacy, you know about. From Facebook to Google to an innocuous Weather app, all of them track you. All of them want access to your phone's GPS and your photo albums. In 2018, there were so many scandals that explained how tech companies track users. You have heard of the loss of concentration, and attention span. There is a constant bombardment of notifications. And almost 80 per cent of these are useless. There is someone somewhere who tagged you in something you don't even care about. There is some company somewhere that wants to sell something you will never use. And so on and so forth. The barrage of notifications is such that it constantly distracts. At least I find it difficult to keep my focus on something I am doing, just because my Instagram friend posted a photo of a cute cat.

The Pixels and the iPhones, they not only cost a lot of money, they are also kind of tracking devices. And yes, they are useful but of late aren't you feeling that may be you have sold you privacy, your attention, your peace of mind, in exchange of all the convenience you get?

You don't feel like this? I can understand. But I feel like it. And I believe a lot of other people also feel the same because this is why companies like Google and Apple have come out with features that limit all the smart functionality in their phones. When you toggle Do Not Disturb in a phone like Google Pixel -- like some people do -- it essentially turns your phone into a dumb phone. You won't get any calls, any messages, any notifications, unless you white list some contacts, for example your parents.

So if the problems that smartphones have caused are so acute in 2019, how about the Nokia 106. Yes, it's a dumb phone. But why use Do Not Disturb briefly when you can use it all the time with something like Nokia 106?

To give you quick recap of its features, the Nokia 106 (2018) comes with 4MB RAM and 4MB storage space. It runs on MediaTek MTK 6261D processor and it features an 800mAh battery, which can provide a talk time of 15.7 hours. The phone can hold up to 2,000 contacts and 500 messages and it houses Nokia's iconic Snake Xenzia game along with LED torch and FM radio. In other words, it is a fairly capable phone that will let you send all the important messages that you want to send and all the important calls that you want to make.

The Nokia 106 is a bit old-fashioned. There are no fancy apps and their jazzy features here. And it is the absence of these widely popular features that makes Nokia 106 perfect phone for 2019 or rather for the world of 2019 that is full of obnoxious technology.

Instead of feeling all burned up with jealousy after your friend posts photos of her Vienna holiday on Facebook, by using Nokia 106 you will show her that you don't give a damn. Lack of camera in Nokia 106 will mean that you won't fall to your death while trying to click a selfie at the Grand Canyon. Instead, you will enjoy the view. Lack of Facebook on Nokia 106 means you won't scroll through your timeline and wallow in misery inside your bed on a Sunday morning. Instead, you would probably have time to cook a nice breakfast for yourself or go out and meet that friend who you were meaning to meet for the last six months.

Oh, and it's healthy to use a phone like Nokia 106. No large screen and just a wee bit of blue light, so it is not going to disrupt your sleep cycle -- I assume you have heard of how smartphone screens mess up the body clock -- or going to harm your eyes.

Still don't get it? Here is a grand statement for you: By choosing Nokia 106 you have nothing to lose but your heroin-like addiction to Facebook and WhatsApp notifications. So go ahead and do it, the Nokia 106 is the best phone for 2019.