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Nokia 220 is unabashedly simple, but stylish (hands-on)

Boldly colorful and solidly-built, the straightforward Nokia 220 was designed to look and feel great while making calls.

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Jessica Dolcourt Editorial Director / CNET Franchises, How-To, Performance Optimization

Jessica Dolcourt leads CNET Franchises, How-To, and Performance. With over 15 years in journalism, her experience includes mobile phone and software reporting and reviews, and delivering advice on expansive topics ranging from personal finance to travel and home. Jessica got her start at Download.com and holds an MA with Distinction from the University of Warwick (UK).

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BARCELONA, Spain -- For most of its mobile life, simple cell phones have been Nokia's bread and butter. It's safe to say that Nokia knows how to make a good-looking device that handles basic communication. The 29 Euros ($40, £24) Nokia 220, announced at MWC 2014, looks like a promising addition to this legacy.

One thing I like about Nokia is that no phone is beneath its attention. The 220 comes in bright colors; I saw it in red, but check out our slideshow for the blue and yellow versions. The polycarbonate unibody design has rounded corners, and a smooth finish that helps it fit comfortably into my palm when I held it. In typical Nokia style, the color runs deep. Instead of simply coating the phone, it saturates the material and flows into the dial pad, a rarity.

Nokia adds one other tiny bit of flair, where a square directional navigation pad surrounds a central select button. It looks neat and handles well.

Nokia returns to its roots with its 220 candy bar phone (pictures)

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Into the meat of the phone, the 220 has a 2.4-inch, 320x240-pixel display, a 2-megapixel camera, and Nokia's Express Cloud Browser, which compresses data. You will have access to Facebook and Twitter, and in a nod to Microsoft, Bing is the default search engine.

The Nokia 220 goes on sale for 29 Euros in the first week of March.

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