Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
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Tiny slim dumbphone with big-phone features that'll cover your essential uses well
Nokia 2330 classic
Member Name: evansncl
Nokia 2330 classic
Advantages: Light, thin phone, Bluetooth, Edge, Camera, FM Radio, solid and fast OS, amazing battery life
Disadvantages: No 3G, no upgradable memory slot, no 3.5mm headphone socket
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.
Summary: Capable and no-nonsense dumbphone with smartly judged features
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