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      19.08.2012 11:02

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      Good phone,made more for talk than others

      People these days forget what phones were made in the first place.The phones where made to talk.Now,every state of the art phone has tons of gadgets, bigger aspects and are in general way bulkier than other phones.
      This phone is very versatile,is not so big and it's way cheaper that others. If you are looking just for a device that you want to talk with, this indeed is the best choice. It doesn't take long to master it, the battery isn't getting low that fast that you need it to recharge every night, and it doesn't take that long to recharge.
      I have changed many phones,but I always returned to this one. I like it because it's not complicated. In 5 minutes you know how to call, send messages, organize items. In about an hour you know about everything that is to be known for this phone.
      In my opinion, this is clearly a phone to keep.

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      06.01.2012 14:02
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      everything you need for cheap

      The best thing about nokia phones has to be their durability they arent likely to break when they get a little bit wet or smash into pieces if you drop them on the ground and this is very true in this phones case. It is small and looks smart and has become very popular. The functions are basic but it does everything you need, if you want a phone that simply calls and texts then this is for you. The price is very reasonable and is has some useful features such as a callender that you can but events into. It also has an alarm and some basic games. It has a camera which is ok but I wouldnt buy it for that. If you want a reliable, durable phone that has all the basic funtions that you need then I would highly recomend this phone to you. Sarah w

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      12.10.2011 20:56

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      Fantastic value

      I have had this phone for almost 2 years. I bought it because it was cheap and i like nokias. it obviously doesn't have the capabilities of smartphones such as iphones or blackberries but it is a fraction of the price.

      Texting is very easy and is making phone calls. the buttons as easy to use which for me is one of the most important selling points for a mobile phone.

      Games include snake and a tetris style game. Again, good for the money you pay but nothing outstanding.

      I find the calender on the phone very useful and use it for my day to day meetings and reminders.

      It is also a very hardwearing phone. the amount of times i have dropped and bashed it and it has survived is very high. it has even been in a glass of water and lived to tell the tale

      Only downside is storage ability is low. i forget to delete messages and after~ 3000 in my inbox the phones speed became slower.

      overall, great value for money.

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      05.10.2011 13:23

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      You get what you pay for.

      I received this phone after signing up for a cheap pay monthly tariff. I found the phone easy to use, the menu, phonebook and messaging system all follow the tried-and-tested Nokia layout so if you've used a Nokia phone before you'll know where everything is.

      A 'widget' bar has been included along the left hand side of the screen where you can place icons to have quick access to different applications and services, but I never really use it.

      It comes with basic apps like a calculator and converter, and also some messaging and internet apps. I can't really comment on these because my tariff doesn't allow their use.

      The phone has a 2.0 megapixel camera with basic features like zoom, white balance, self timer and video capture. There is a headphone jack to listen to Mp3 and radio as well, and there is an SD card port on the side of the phone if you need extra memory.

      Unfortunately some components seem rather cheaply made. Within a few months of receiving it the speaker seemed to go very quiet, so even with the speaker volume at full I have a hard time hearing anyone calling me. The silver case began chipping away almost immediately as well, so after a couple of months my phone looked completely knackered.

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      21.08.2011 13:48
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      Capable and no-nonsense dumbphone with smartly judged features

      I bought the Nokia 2330 as a festival phone, something to drop down from smartphone status onto and hopefully not be too annoyed by. I was not only impressed by the mid-range functionality you get from such a bargain-bin priced phone - I was so satisfied that when I decided to capitalise on the remaining value of said smartphone, the 2330 was the natural choice to tide me over to the next free upgrade (if I even bother with one!).

      Cosmetically, the sleek 2330 is pure Nokia, years of tiny candybar phone design distilled into a small, thin and light form factor. You can see the cues from the telecommunications giant's greatest hits like the 8210 and 3310 throughout the feel of the handset, which feels solid but 'replaceable' if anything drastic happened! The keypad isn't the greatest, and has little feedback which may be annoying for less experienced texters but didn't bother me - good to see muscle memory isn't being lost after years using a touchscreen! The back is a one-piece design, with a built in secondary lens for the 0.3 megapixel camera and a relatively simple top-mounted button to release the cover. This appears pretty solid - I bought a couple of official replacement batteries for a small outlay to give me the ability to go 'off the grid' for approximately a week and ended up swapping them out several times; I didn't feel that the back cover would disintegrate from continued opening and replacing, which is a comforting thought. For most buyers, the back will probably only come off once or twice anyway during SIM card fitting, such is the capacity of the BL-5C battery and the quick charging time.

      Features are sparse but the necessary ones are there - FM radio does what it should, and Bluetooth is easily mastered, as is transfer of files and settings (Phone Switch is a great added feature).Nokia's S40 OS is pretty well realised on a small colour screen, and there's ample ability to customise your display. I have the left and right multi-function buttons as Facebook and Twitter respectively, but one of these could be set to Radio if you're a daily commuter. All the ports for the 2330 (well, all three) are protected under a small swinging cover which protects them from dust and rain spray - bear in mind this is going to be left open if you're using the 2.5mm headphone port for radio use, or to charge the phone, and if any part of the phone feels vulnerable, it's this. One more point about the connectors - there is a proprietary Nokia connector socket which may make you think you could physically connect the phone to Nokia's much-improved PC Suite for backup and upgrade purposes - you'd be wrong. I have tried to find out how to upgrade the firmware, but it appears to only be for Nokia service engineer use, whatever that means. This is probably the only downer for me, as I'd like to see how much better the OS is in its current version. Saying that, the phone does allow you to bluetooth-connect to your PC to transfer files and contacts, so you aren't without functionality entirely.

      What the Nokia 2330 sacrifices is any removable storage - more modern entry-level phones offer microSD storage up to 4gb or even more, but here it's the radio or bust. It's a minor point but does matter to some people. Connectivity is via GPRS and Edge (no 3G), but in my experience the GPRS-driven native Facebook app is just what I need: its menu reminds you of much more expensive versions of the app, and you don't feel short-changed in its features, especially in its messaging and news feed menus. It should be noted that this 'app' is the same one that appears on the higher-end Nokias of recent past like the 6500 slide and 6700 classic, all running the same OS. Similar to those more 'business' phones, the 2300 doesn't support any type of multitasking, so it's a minor niggle that if you receive a text, you have to drop out of whatever you were doing and re-enter the text messaging menu to read it. Despite hammering the GPRS for Facebook and Twitter however, the 2330's battery refused to drop a bar until halfway through the next day.

      The camera is as basic and poor as you'd expect when you hear it is a 0.3 megapixel, but if you're just taking a snap, who cares? This brings me to the whole point of my decision (now vindicated) to embrace the dumbphone lifestyle once more: one gadget can do everything moderately well, but two or three can do their respective functions excellently. The 2330 does what it's designed for very well, and even manages to convince you it will cover functions you'd expect it has no right to be able to offer. I'd recommend it as a secondary phone to anyone, and many people trying to slim down their lifestyle would be hard pressed to find a more capable phone at this price.

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      20.06.2011 22:40

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      A good simple phone for the price paid.

      Recently bought a nokia 2330 classic for my dad to replace his old nokia phone. The good points are its very easy to use and set up. The only down side to this phone is the loud speak funtion which is not very clear at time so you may end up shouting down the phone because it's so hard to hear other people,and there is no volume control button on the outside of the phone which is a real pain. The screen can become damaged from every day usage knocking around in pockets and bag's if you dont have a screen protector on it. Also there are limited ring tones too, but you get what you pay for. However, the screen may get damaged from time to time, but overall the phone can take a lot of hits and survive well (something you may not get with a smart-phone)

      Overall a good phone for the price if your one the older generation.Also if your not bothered about the latest hi-tec iphones would recommend this handset.

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      20.06.2011 22:30
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      A basic, simple but very inexpensive phone.

      Introduction:

      Before anyone starts questioning my street cred, I must point out that this is my work mobile, supplied by my company and not of my own choosing!

      Nonetheless, this isn't a phone to be entirely dismissed. How can you dismiss it when it can be bought for as little as £10 on a PAYG contract? It's a mobile phone for the masses.


      General Usage:

      As the main selling point of this phone is its price, don't expect much in the way of features. This is not an Iphone or smartphone. In fact it's really just a...urm...phone.

      Yes, there are some basic functions such as bluetooth, camera etc.. - things that you kind of expect on a mobile phone nowadays.

      The phone itself is lightweight but reasonably well put together. There's a few squeaks here and there, but it won't fall apart too easily. In fact, trying to get the battery cover off is quite a task. You'll need nimble fingers to press the battery release button while prying the battery cover from the rest of the phone.

      Ergonomically, the phone's buttons are well sized and positioned, making it easy to text while on the move. The screen could be a little bigger, but it's kinda the size that you would expect from a £10 phone.

      Battery life is surprisingly good and the phone will hold a charge for a number of days with mild usage. In fact, if you rarely use the phone at all, you can expect charges to last for up to a week (no, that's not a misprint!) Quite impressive for such a small, cheap phone.

      At full volume, sound is okay - though if you're slightly hard of hearing then you may want to use the supplied earphones... or look for another phone!

      Having used the phone for around 1 and a half years now, I can report that the phone is extremely reliable and hasn't let me down once. No glitches, errors or sudden signal droppage (take note Apple!)


      Conclusion:

      I think everyone has had an encounter with someone who has asked the question 'Why can't a phone just be a phone?' Well, the Nokia 2330c is the answer to that question.

      A basic, simple but very inexpensive phone.

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      30.04.2011 17:09
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      Good but don't get your hopes up about the features.

      I recently lost my previous phone, a Nokia C5, on a boistrous night out, so I decided to replace it with a cheaper model that wouldn't break my heart if it went missing. A quick trip to the Carphone Warehouse to try out some models and my heart was set on the Nokia 2330.

      I'm a Nokia snob (or idiot depending on your view) when it comes to phones. I like that all the menus are the same and that the predictive text works the same way across all their phones.

      On first glances the 2330 is a pretty phone with quite a lot in common with the higher range 6303 or 6700. It's a standard candy bar shape that fits easily in all pockets or handbags. The plastic components are of the usual high Nokia quality and don't look like they should break that easily.

      Despite the hype I just use my phone for talking and texting, with perhaps the seldom multimedia message. For this the Nokia 2330 comes up trumps. There is a decent camera on the back for taking shots of loved ones or nice cars or whatever takes your fancy. The resulting photos arent' amazing and probably won't be hanging on your wall any time soon but they are clear enough to be seen through a multimedia message, and to be honest, for the money paid what else did you expect?

      Battery life is the lynchpin of this whole phone, I tend to charge mine once a week, twice if my voice call usage has been high. About 3/4 hours using the standard nokia charger and you're set to go for another week. No waiting around anxiously for an iPhone cable from your friends!Sound quality is reasonable and voices can be heard clearly on either end, messaging is also easy using the standard Nokia keypad and predictive text. I've yet to run out of memory despite holding ~400 messages in my inbox and about 70 names in my phonebook so I'm sure it'll suit most socialites!

      Overall this phone is a solid performer, it won't blow you away with features or designs but it will make and take calls all week long. You can't ask for much more for the price paid.

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        16.02.2011 18:16
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        Ideal for calling and texting; does what it says on the tin

        Having had my £180 phone stolen over the Christmas holidays, I decided it was best to get back to basics and go for a cheap, reliable mobile that wouldn't cost the earth should I need to replace it. I couldn't be happier with my choice: the Nokia 2330 is quite simply a classic. The Carphone Warehouse offered this particular make for a very reasonable £19.99 (plus a necessary £10 topped up sim) and were good enough to sort out the transferal of my previous number too. With just a few hours of purchasing, I was up and running.

        If you're in a similar position and need to transfer contacts or messages from an old (or in my case old old!) phone, then the 2330 has the benefit of bluetooth transferring systems to make life easier and removes the need to retype friends, collegues and family numbers. Whilst it doesn't have the flashy gadgets of an iPhone or Blackberry, it is the perfect companion for texting and making calls.

        The buttons are very good texting and I'm yet to experience an problems with the keypad. The texting layout is standard of the classic Nokia and the memory has yet to exceed maximum despite holding a good 700 messages and about 30 photos. On that note, the camera isn't of great quality but can't really be complained about due to the price of the phone! It enables video recording and voice recording too which is of similar standard quality but a useful addition to the mobile's functions nonetheless.

        The other great attributes of the phone include the exceptionally loud alarm clock which has been faulted only by other members of my household for being too loud (you can of course turn the volume down but I prefer the noisiness). The games also take you back to the age of 'Snake' and 'Tetris' whilst there is also the option of connecting to the internet and getting updates from your mobile provider through interactive news flashes.

        The battery life is outstanding too. Mine generally need charging for about 4 hours once a week (constantly on) which is better than any phone I've previously owned! This is with limited use of other functions except calling and texting but to be honest, that is what this phone prides itself on: simplicity, userfriendliness and not to be missed, style.

        A recommended phone for those wanting to get back to basics.

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          30.01.2011 15:42
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          Light-weight, somewhat durable, good quality phone with excellent reception.

          ~*~ It aL stRtD w ~ A GIFT! ~*~

          Fourteen months ago, my son-in-law purchased the beautifully curved Nokia 2330 classic for both myself and his mum. He set up a basic contract at £10 a month for our phones that he was paying for. The phone came with a comprehensive user guide that deals with everything from the phone's features to safety information. I'll be using past tense in this review as I recently had to invest in a new phone!

          ~*~ getin d fone 2 wrk ~ SETTING UP ~*~

          As with contempory mobile phones in general, getting the device up and ready to use was simple and basically the same. I carefully installed the fragile SIM card and the battery that were carefully enclosed in polyurethane bags. I pressed the release button, opening the SIM card holder, and then inserted the SIM card into the holder making sure the contact surface was facing down, then closed the SIM card holder. I next inserted the battery and popped the back cover on.

          To charge my phone up, I connected the charger to a wall socket in my lounge and linked the charger to the phone. When my phone indicated a full charge by the bars at the corner of the screen, I disconnected the charger from the phone, and then from the socket.
          I actually could phone my daughter while the phone was charging. This has been very handy when I've let my phone run down accidently; I've been able to make urgent calls without waiting for my phone to be fully charged! As long as the phone's battery hasn't been completely exhausted, there is no waiting time involved.
          When switched on, there was the familiar Nokia tune with the Nokia imagery introduced for their format of two hands reaching toward each other. The phone was on Standby mode as I hadn't entered any information at that point.

          ~*~ whr 2 find modes ~ LOCATING FUNCTION ~*~

          To view the utility modes, I operated the selection key located on the left. I selected 'Options' and an array of modes came up to choose from. I found the phone's lay out so simple to navigate. By simply pressing back when I made a mistake on choice, I could go back to another mode. My phone functions were arranged into menus. When In the standby mode, I'd selected 'Menu', the chosen menu and sub-menu.

          ~*~ getin ordrlE ~ GETTING ORGANIZED ~*~

          The calendar feature is a very helpful mode that I generally used for special occasions, such as friend's and relative's anniversaries. By Selecting 'Menu' then 'Organizer' would bring me to 'Calendar' with the current day being bordered. When I set the chosen day, it would become bold. I made calendar notes by scrolling to the chosen date and selecting 'Options' which brought me to 'Make a note'.

          I also found the contacts list to be invaluable. I could save names and phone numbers by selecting 'Names', then 'Options' which brought me to 'Add new contact'. I'd select 'Names', then 'Details', 'Options', to 'Add detail'.

          ~*~ lock ^ d butNz ~ LOCK ~*~

          I found the keypad lock feature a particular asset. As I tended to keep my phone in my secular uniform, it was very easy to accidently press the key face. All I did to secure the lock was selecting 'Menu', then pressing * and within 3 seconds the lock was in operation. When I wanted to use the phone, I simply selected 'Unlock' and then pressing * within 1 second I was ready to use my phone.

          I could even set the phone to lock automatically after a time I chose. When my phone is in standby mode, I just selected 'Menu' then 'Settings' next 'Phone' to 'Automatic key guard' finally 'On'.
          I set the phone to this as I got on my bus for work, timing it for arrival at work to ensure I could still call or text on the way. But, also to lock should I forget when I arrived at work. But even with the keypad locked, to answer a call was simple by pressing the call key; very quick! Then when I ended or had to ignore a call, the keypad just locked automatically.

          ~*~ lowd & clr ~ RECEPTION ~*~

          The reception when calling was excellent, and the times it wasn't operational was generally the fault on the participating phone's connection! The manual does note that the consumer should "avoid touching the antenna area unnecessarily while the antenna is transmitting or receiving, contact with such an
          Antenna affects the communication quality and may cause the device to operate at a higher power level than otherwise needed and may reduce the battery life". As long as I heeded this advice, the reception remained consistently good.

          ~*~ listNN 2 d radio wAvz ~ HEADSET ~*~

          To listen to a radio station was a basic procedure. I Selected 'Menu', then 'Media', onto 'Radio'. I actually saved my favourite radio stations so all I had to do was scroll to the left or to the right to switch between my chosen stations. To save my station I just selected 'Options' then 'Save station'. The sound was clear providing reception wasn't interfered with. I would use the radio feature to and fro work. To listen to the station of choice, I would simply connect the headphones to the phone, pop the neat small earphones into my ears, and woop woop, most external noise would be shut out, enabling me to quietly enjoy the output. But, following the safety advice as set out in the manual, I would "Listen to music at a moderate level" as the safety counsel noted that "Continuous exposure to high volume may damage your hearing. Do not hold the device near your ear when the loudspeaker is in use, because the volume may be extremely loud". And I can confirm that the tiny phone could certainly furnish a substantial volume!

          ~*~ alarm bells rngN ~ ALARM ~*~

          The Alarm clock function was a really useful mode. I used this particular function often to wake me for an early shift. All I needed to do to set the alarm was to Select the 'Menu' then 'Organizer' then 'Alarm clock', a little bell symbol would show on the corner of the screen when set. In order to set the time, I simply selected 'Alarm time'. I could even set my phone to alert me on chosen days of the week, by selecting 'Repeat'. Having the option to choose the alarm tone was easy, by selecting 'Alarm tone'. I would incorporate the snooze facility, as I always like to wake naturally, this mode somewhat helps this feeling! I simply selected the 'Snooze timeout' mode. In order to stop the alarm, I selected 'Stop', 'simples'!

          ~*~ txtN d nyt awA ~ TEXTING ~*~

          I used the phone predominately for texting. To write my messages, I could choose between the usual way and predictive text, which is established on an in-built dictionary. I dislike predictive so I always set my phone to allow me control; by pressing and holding 'Options' one can alternate between traditional text and predictive text. To create a text message, I Selected 'Menu' then 'Messaging' which brought me to 'Create message' and finally 'Message'.

          To text, I'd press a number key repeatedly until the chosen character appeared. If, for example, I chose an A then wanted C, as it is located on the same key, I'd have to wait momentarily until the cursor appeared, and then enter the next chosen letter. To attain general punctuation marks and characters, I simply pressed '1' repeatedly; to obtain a list of special characters, I'd press *.

          I could save my text too, which I used for writing a lengthy message to send at an appointed time. For example, I'd write a text, save it, and then send it to my daughter in time for when she finished work. So if I were busy, I'd have saved time by already writing the message, (I'm a slow texter!), and simply send the message I'd saved to drafts previously. Long messages that exceed the character text amount are sent via separate text messaging. If I was sending a text to a contact that wasn't on my list, I'd scroll to 'To' field, and then enter the chosen recipient's number (or select 'Add' from my contact's list). I'd then Scroll to the 'Text' part and enter my text. If I wanted to attach anything to my message, I'd just scroll to the attachment mode located at the base of the display and select my chosen type of attachment then press 'send'.

          ~*~ makin calz ~ CALLS ~*~

          Making calls on this phone was simple too. By entering the phone number then pressing the green call key, symbolized by a phone handset, the device was set. Most calls I made were to pre-set numbers saved to the phone's contact list. To add a phone number I selected 'Menu' then Contacts' to 'Speed dials' scrolling to the chosen number, selecting 'Assign' then entering the phone number. To answer my incoming calls, I pressed the call key. The Loudspeaker mode was very practical. For example, when I had to make arrangements for a family get-together, my daughter called to finalize arrangements, as I had my other children present, to save time on communicating separately, I simply selected 'Loudspeaker' so that we could all hear my daughter at the same time.

          ~*~ sndN EMSGz ~ E-MAILS ~*~

          I never up-graded my phone but my daughter's mum-in-law was able to send e-mails from her Nokia simply by selecting 'Menu', 'Messaging', 'Create message', 'E-mail Message'. Then attaching file to the e-mail by selecting 'Options' then 'Insert'. Finally, to send her e-mail by pressing the call key.

          ~*~ tkng VDOz & pix ~ VIDEO/PICTURES ~*~

          My phone supported an image resolution of 480x640 pixels which I didn't feel gave me great clarity. But as my son was buying me a digital camera, I wasn't bothered by the picture resolution. To take a picture I selected 'Menu' then 'Media', 'Camera', then I selected 'Capture' to take the photo. In order to bring the object into focus, I could zoom in by scrolling up or down. I used the video setting occasionally for such things like my son pulling away from the curb on his first driving lesson! To record the video clip I selected 'Menu' then 'Media' to 'Video'. To start the actual video recording, I simply selected 'Record'. The recording wasn't particularly sharp but then for the specifications on the phone, I didn't expect a National Geographic award winning piece!

          ~*~ tkng cAR of my mob fone ~ LOOKING AFTER PHONE ~*~

          I made sure that I kept my phone away from wet surfaces etc., as it isn't water resistant. The phone tended to get marked so I used a soft dry cloth to clean its surfaces. To avoid harming the phone's fragile components, I stored the device in a phone pouch in a cool environment. Although I did knock the phone a few times during work, it sustained no internal damage but did have scratch marks on the casing. It is advised to avoid knocks and dropping the phone due to its elements being easily damaged.

          ~*~ rEDN d manual ~ THE MANUEL ~*~

          The contents of the manual are well set out with 'Safety' being first on page six. There's 'General information' on page seven with 'Get started' on advice on setting up the phone in order to use from pages nine to eleven. The 'CALLS' information is on page twelve, with the 'TEXT' information continuing across pages twelve to fourteen. 'E-mail' notes are located on pages fourteen and fifteen while 'Flash messages, Nokia Xpress audio messages' through to 'Message settings' go from pages fourteen to sixteen. 'Settings' notes can be found from pages seventeen to twenty. All 'Media' data is on pages twenty-one and twenty-two, 'Web or Internet' usage on pages twenty-four. There are practical 'Recycle 'notes on page twenty-seven with 'Additional safety information' located on page twenty-eight to thirty.

          ~*~ fEturs of d mob fone ~ FEATURES ~*~

          This phone is compatible to many of the features available on other brand inter-mediate phones but need to be set up by the chosen service provider and come at a cost! I only required a phone for calling, texting, listening to a radio station, occasional picture and video taking. Therefore, although other features were available, they would be surplus to requirements and present an unnecessary cost.

          After the year's contract ran out, I told my dear son-in-law not to renew as I wanted to change my phone to a slide protective key casing and a pay as you go utility. I didn't want my son-in-law to continue paying the monthly contract fee. Personally, I found the buttons on the Nokia too small and the phone too tiny and slim line for practical usage; dimension's depth of 13.8cm, dimension's height being 107.6cm and with the width being 46cm. The phone is also a little too light for me being 90g in total. The button characters were beginning to fade and the casing, my fault, showed considerable wear which reflected badly on the cosmetic appearance of the device.

          ~*~ summing ^ d review of mob fone ~ SUMMARY ~*~

          Over-all, this device has great potential in features for those prepared to pay the contractual cost. For the year I had the phone, it served me well with an excellent reception and service. The Nokia 2330 Silver & Black mobile phone is presently available at Tesco direct for £24.97 and gaining 48 points on clubcard.

          ~*~ wud i recommend DIS fone 2 u? ~ Would I recommend? ~*~

          Yes, as a reliable phone with potential for those unconcerned by its basic appearance.

          No, as a model that has much competitive devices at the same cost available. Its uncovered buttons are open to damage and although a lock is available to avoid accidental pressing, the slide cover models present a faster, sleeker protection. The phone is now out-dated due to the attractive and highly ergonomically engineered devices available on the telecommunications market. Due to the higher quality models accessible that present even more potential and include excellent picture/video quality, I will give this model a three.

          ~*~ extra materL 4 :) ~ SUPPLIMENTARY MATERIAL ~*~

          Bridge the generation gap with Useful text speak for parents and children!!

          "P911 = Parent alert / PAL = Parents are listening / PAW = Parents are watching / PIR = Parents in room / POS = Parents over shoulder"

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            07.12.2010 13:21
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            A good basic phone

            Some time ago, I reviewed by trusty old Nokia 6210, a phone that had lasted well through almost ten years of constant use. Unfortunately, it seems that posting that review jinxed it, as it promptly started to have problems charging. I suspect the problem was the charger rather than the phone, but , unable to find a charger to test it out, I decided instead to buy a new phone, as I needed one for work .
            I already knew I wanted to stay with my current network, Vodafone, and also that I wanted to remain a Pay-As-You-Go customer . After a little more thought, I also decided that I wanted a Nokia phone, as I was very familiar with the designs, and that I wanted something with a good amount of battery life, as I often forget to charge my phone . The assistant at the Vodafone store was very nice, and didn't try to sell me anything I didn't need, or anything incredibly expensive - instead, he recommended the £30 Nokia 2330 Classic, explaining that it had a good battery life ( Up to 540 hours ) , and offered a very similar keyboard layout to my old phone, whilst still including a camera, internet access, and FM radio .

            They also had an offer on in store, where PAYG phones all came with £10 free credit . So, for my £30, I got the phone, battery, charger, sim card, and a £10 top up voucher, which I could either apply to my new sim, or to my old one if I chose to keep my number.

            Upon opening the box, and the manual at home, I was impressed to see that unlike many other phones I have purchased in the past, this does not need to be charged overnight before use - it's ready to set up straight away . Naturally, this involved fitting the battery and inserting the sim card, a process that was a little tricky, despite the handy diagram in the manual, and something I suspect could be doen much more easily by someone who, unlike me, does not bite their fingernails down to stubs .

            The phone itself is a basic candy bar design, not too heavy at 90g, but a nice size that isn't so small I worry about losing it . The buttons sit flush with trhe casing, and the phone is largely silver, with a matt black backing, and some glossy piano black detailing on the front . The Nokia logo, at the top of the screen is small and subtle in silver, and the buttons are clearly indicated as to their purpose . Charging (and the insertion of headphones) is done by prising open a small manel at the top left side of the phone and plugginh in the jacks. One small downside is that the charger lead is not very long, which could be a difficulty if you need to make a call on the phone while it is charging .
            Turning it on, I was greeted by a bright white screen, and prompted to enter the date and time. Once that was done, I was free to play .

            The first thing that impressed me was the brightness of the screen - it really is incredibly easy to see text on this screen, and the 128 x 160 pixels screen is certainly large enough to enable easy reading of text messages, and a good display for pixtures . The screen displays colour well, with pictures displaying clear and bright .
            Then it was time to play with the Fm radio, a feature not present on my old phone . I was mildly dissapointed to see that the radio could not be used without the headphones being plugged in, as the headphones cable acts as an ariel . Now, I'm not one of those annoying idiots at the back of the bus, blasting out my (c)Rap music at top volume, but I was rather hoping I might be able to educate them with a loud and blaring play of Schuberts Ave Maria. Sadly, not the case, perhaps for the best. The headphones themselves are small, with a decent length of cable, and are the kind that sit inside the curve of your ear. They are comfortable to wear, with inline volume control, and produce a clear, crisp sound .

            The radio scanner managed to pick up seven radio stations , which was plenty really, including BBC two, and BBC four, the two I listen to the most. Playback was generally good, although occasionally the tuner would need tweaking .
            With the radio playing some soothing music , it was time to let my friends know my new number (I decided to ditch the old one as a good way to cut some undesirables from my life). But before I could do that, I needed to put all their numbers into my phone - this was pretty easy,as I could synchronise this phone with my old one via bluetooth and send the contact list over quickly and conveniently . I did enter a coupld of numbers manually, and found it straightforward. although it asked for first and second name, and displayed contacts second name first in my list. So, for example, Harry Balls would be displayed as Balls, Harry .

            Right, time to call them all up and tell them about my new shiny phone - accessing the contact list was incredibly easy, and making a call simply required a single button press. I have never had any problems with reception at all with Vodafone on my old Nokia, and so far no problems here either. My poor friends though, they are a poorlyy lot with this bad weather, and a little hoarse - but luckily I can turn up the phone volume whilst still in a call.
            Texting is also very simple, with predictive text offered as an option, and some handy templates and emoticons for those of us too lazy to actually type a man sticking his tongue out ( :P ) . I liked that I could enter up to 1000 characters into a text, great for those longer messages, and also the ability to add multiple contacts. It also remembers who you text most often, and stores these names in a recently used folder.

            The camera is not something I really use, since I actually have a digital camera, but it is easy to access, and does have a night-time mode which offers brighter clearer images in dark conditions . The pictures I have so far taken appear a little blurry when displayed on the camera screen, but fare considerably better when transferred via bluetooth to my PC.
            The phone comes equipped with a small selection of ringtones, with many more available to download via the internet, which is easy to access on this phone, and seems to be pretty reliable, although again, is something I have not used much . There is a small selection of games on the phone too, including that classic, Snake, as well as demo versions of some games such as Lego Batman, Assassins Creed, and Galaxy Balls.

            There are a couple of small downsides with this phone . I find that on occasion the phone can be a little slow, only a few seconds delay but a niggling annoyance none the less. I also find the charger cable too short, and the location of the charging jack itself, behing the little closed door, is irritating.
            But, as a basic phone to keep in touch, it offers great value for money at just £30. It offers all the basic functions, with some degree of customisation available with regards to ringtones, wallpapers and messaging tones, and actually looks quite smart. Recommended , but with one star off for being a little slow on occasion .

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              18.11.2010 13:36

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              The phone-loving world has had its eye on Nokia's first Symbian ^3 OS smartphone that's optimized for touch and ready for modern times. The N2330 features a mind-boggling 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens and a Xenon flash that will blind your friends and illuminate the dark corners of your life. It snaps fantastic photos and 720p video. The phone has a 3.5" capacitive multi-touch AMOLED display that vibrant, Flash video support, a full HTML web browser, WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0 and a GPS with Ovi Maps. other amenities include an FM radio and FM transmitter, 16 gigs of storage, a microSD card slot and aluminum casing. This is an unlocked GSM phone that supports both AT&T and T-Mobile 3GG HSDPA as well as overseas 3G.

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              18.10.2010 14:59
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              Great for the "elders"

              Nokia 2330

              I bought this Nokia as it was the cheapest Nokia on sale in the supermarket that particular day, as a gift for a non-techie grandmother. It was £29 on O2 and came with some free credit, which was a bit of a bonus.
              I was looking for something that phoned and texted, and did nothing else. To my surprise this one had a colour screen and did internet and email, although I don't imagine that will be used. It comes loaded with the standard basic Nokia navigation system which is the easiest to use of all the manufacturers and why I insisted on Nokia. I was also able to set the font size to large (massive in my opinion) without having to scroll additional screens etc.
              As someone else had already pointed out the silver casing does chip easily even thought this one rarely leaves the kitchen table.

              Other than that, the 2330 is a cheap but sexy handset great for the older generation who just want the simple things in life.

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                Another winner from Nokia

                The Nokia 2330 Classic is a old fashioned "bar" type mobile handset available black or red coloured casing sections with silver keypad. A basic 65k 1.8 inch screen with 128 by 160 pixel provides the display. The Nokia 2330 comes with a number of preloaded games such as Snake II and Galaxy Ball with plenty more avaiable to download. The 2330 Classic comes with a range of standard features such as built in phone book, clock/alarm, MMS multimedia messaging/ SMS text messaging, email service, Web browser, hands free calling, conference call feature, integrated FM radio and audio recording.

                With 32Mb of internal memory the Nokia 2330 Classic allows the user storage of photos, music tracks and contact information. Bluetooth wireless technology allows connectivity with other compatible devices up to 10m away and a USB cable for transferring between non bluetooth devices. The 2330 Classic supports high data rates via EDGE technology. The integrated VGA digital camera allows both picture and video recording on the Nokia 2330 Classic. In summary a good reliable phone that does not cost much, with exeptional battery life although on the downside I found the casing chips quite easily even when you are careful.

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                  Simple powerful phone with everything you need!

                  I have a Nokia 2330 as my work phone, and it does the job its supposed to, works for phoning and texting and the occasional photograph. It actually does a surprising amount of things for such a simple and small phone.

                  Its got the Nokia indestructible qualities about it, which is good, you can drop this phone and it won't break or fall apart (and we don't have a carpeted floor at work). It has a Nokia BL-5C standard battery inside, a colour large screen, a single rear camera, and a hidden ports for charger, earphones, and usb data cable.

                  The screensaver on the phone shows the current date and time, which is really useful especially when you don't wear a watch these days. Once you get inside the phone is has Contacts, Call Log, Gallery, Media, Organiser, Applications, Web, and Sim Card Services.

                  The features inside allow you to do the simple things call and text message anyone, but also allows you to send Multi-Media Messages and long text messages. You can synchronise your phone numbers with you're address book, the phone has profiles for different occasions (Loud, Silent etc), can play Music, Video and Image clips and store them.

                  The camera can take photos as well as videos, and also has a full fm radio receiver built into the phone. The organiser has a calendar, alarm clock, notes, calculator and to-do list. There are three games built into the phone as standard, Galaxy Balls, Snake EX2, and Sudoku. The web function has links to the browser for viewing the internet and links to the Nokia sites.

                  All in all a compact powerful basic Nokia mobile. It requires charging about once a week, but I do only have it on during the day. It uses the newer small Nokia mobile charger adaptor. Very reliable and simple phone.

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                  The Nokia 2330 classic helps keep you connected, informed, and entertained throughout the day. Capture moments as they happen with the built-in camera - then share with friends via a Bluetooth connection, email, or MMS. Access a world of information and services via an Internet connection or the handy EMS (enhanced messaging service) client. Discover and enjoy music on the move with the integrated FM radio and handy radio recording feature.