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I owned this phone around ten years ago. Any phone that gives you a nostalgic feeling is most certainly a fantastic phone. Although it sounds strange the 3210 is one of these amazing phones that for many reasons i will remember and adore forever.
One of the features I loved was the predictive text. I don't know how Nokia did it but even I can use predictive text on this phone despite failing on every other device I have used.
The battery life is insane. I took it on a two week holiday to Greece. I made calls and texts everyday. I was worried when I left my charger at home but the phone just kept going and going and going. By the time I had landed in heathrow 14 days later I still had a bar of battery (just amazing).
The fascia of the phone is interchangeable and in my younger, rave phase, childhood I managed to adopt a fluorescent yellow cover. Back then I thought this was the bees knees (although I cringe at the thought of it now).
Back when I used this phone its ringtone (made even more famous by trigger happy tv) seemed to be the one used by everyone. I remember my phone going off on a packed bus and almost everyone checked their pockets to see if it was theirs (very funny).
The game snake was also a huge feature on this phone and I spent many days competing with friends for high scores.
I miss phones like this and smart phones just don't have the charm of the 3210.
You can't beat Nokia phones for durability and stability. I bought this phone off a friend when I was still at school. I remember giving her £30 for it as she wanted something a little more "cool". Back in the day this phone was cool. It flashes on it's side when you receive a message and/ or a call and comes complete with the classic that is Snake!!!
The phone has a great battery life. I only charged this twice a week when I had it and that was with average use. The phone's menu is easy to navigate and the phone is easy enough to learn, even without a manual (I never had one). It doesn't have a bulky ariel (unlike the 402) and has a sleek and elegant design. It doesn't look too masuline, so females can get away with using one of these (I am a woman and I never felt masculine when using this phone). It charges quickly and the clarity is fab. Sound quality (ringtones, alerts) is average. Ringtones are polyphonic and you can customise this phone with it's own logo.
Not a bad phone. A little dated but ideal as a spare phone. The old phones are the best sometimes! I would recommend this phone and you can buy it really cheap now. I've seen these on auction sites for under a tenner. Bargain!!!!
This is a very legendary phone even today, not because it's good, because compared to today's standards, it really isn't. I remember this being my very first phone ever and I was about 11 years old and everyone either had this beauty or the rival I think was 3310? I'm not sure on that one because I was one of the cool kids with a 3210. Now I would just like to say, that this is the longest lasting phone in the world because, 10 years later, I have just found the same one I had in a draw and it's charger, and it still works! This is one of the few that I haven't dropped down the toilet but as you can read, it still works today. They certainly don't make phones to last like this anymore.
This is going to be hard to review because I don't remember anything about it really, the text messaging is rather simple, but why get high tech when texting, as long as it does the job it's fine, also contacts is fairly simple, you just need to pop in the name and number and it's done, not like now when you can put in where they work, connect them to face book, have lots of numbers for them. It's very weird looking at this phone now, it has the tiniest screen that measures about an inch and a half each way, compared to the screens these days that are the same size as the phones almost, this is a little bit of a problem as It's hard to see what it says, it also isn't in colour and isn't LED lighted like all phone snow, so completely useless in the dark!
The best thing in my opinion about this phone in particular, is the very first game of snake! Because I got this around about the age of 11/12 only a few people had phones, so really your only contacts was your family, and it's pointless texting them, so I used to spend hours and hours playing on snake, it is very retro, and I'm glad to see that some phones have the retro version of this on the phones.
Overall, I actually think deep down everyone loves this phone, compared to today's phone standards it is very rubbish, but we all had one at school, for a lot of people it was the first phone, and the use of it maybe rubbish compared to others, but the battery life is very long lasting compared to new phones, you only had to charge it up like once a week, and after 10 years, mine still works and turns on perfectly, they don't make phones like this anymore and it's a massive shame, I know they only do it so you have to spend more money buying anew one, but it's wrong and we need to get good working phones like this back.
It has been years since i had one of these that i used and if memory serves me right it is still in the loft somewhere along with a few others that are similar. These phones were simple to use they work and they were robust which as a teenager that was playing football messing about was exactly what i needed.
At the time the phones cost quite a bit to buy with the typical pay and go tarriff that everyone my age had. The
phones had the main menu button and it was just a case of finding the sub menu you were looking for and then changing whatever settings you were looking to change. The phone compared to nowadays was simple to use and a good choice for parents who are not very good with technology but wanted a phone.
All the phones of these spec were simple nno gimmics or frills phones that rang and sent msgs and even had a predicted txt option that became a formality for phones now. The idea of snazzy games and internet was still along way away but overall i would bet these phones will still be working when the ipods and blackberries have a technical breakdown.
Apart from dropping my phone in a pond and even losing it at a field party and finding it a week later after heavy rain it sill worked minus a slightly dulled ringtone due to the water that got inside of it..... even that dried out and it was back to normal.
All in all this was a sturdy phone and seeing as how i have a blackberry that annoys me (read other review) i think i might go have a hunt in the loft for good old faithfull
Im not going to compare this with the smart phones of today and will rate it against other standard phones. Iv owned this phone for 8 years now, it still works and is still going strong although now days its just a back up phone. It doesnt have any camera etc as it was before that time, which shows in the battery life. Most phones nowdays need charging daily, this can easily last 4 days which is great and you can pick them up for a quid from ebay. So whats the special features on this? Well snake is a great game and you can easily change the cover on them(if you can find any nowdays) other than that its just a normal phone. If you want a cheap spare thats solid and reliable grab one of these, if you dont like modern phones, again grab one of these. For the price nowdays you just cant go wrong they are cheaper than a bag of chips.
Owning a mobile at first seemed to be something which hard working class people like myself could only of dreamed about, since most mobiles during the existence of the Nokia 3210 were very expensive. The emergence of this mobile brought about the reason why a mobile was created, to communicate with others members of your society and across the world. Being relatively cheap to purchase during the time of this mobile and being even cheaper today, this phone guarantees that if you are looking for a simple and small phone or should we say 'mobile', then this is your phone. The simplicity of the keypad is almost attractive, and you will never become frustrated or confused with it compared to many mobiles iv experienced of late(touch screen mobiles). In conclusion, it can be easily claimed that this is a very established mobile of the Nokia franchise.
this is my first cellular phone i use for business, the bad : look verry small and kepypad is very hard touch, but is very simple communication, just SMS and PHONE, so far so good i use this cellular phone, The Good : is very cheapest to buy, Even when you use Nokia 3210 just for fun - to keep in touch with your friends, when you are out in the evening.
Back in the day when this phone was released i could not wait to get my hands on one,i think i paid a larger sum of money for this phone because i loved the way it looked.now however i could never go back to using it because i have an Iphone which does not compare but going back.......
first i found it was very smooth and loved the original color of grey and to text from this phone was quick and simple and comfortable keypad,the main problem i had after only owning this phone for a month was the middle larger button became very loose and uncomfortable probably from the constant text messaging but i still feel that it should have not been an issue because that is what we do nowadays more than ever.
It does lack any new features compared to other nokias, when this phone came out i thought it would have alot more features but it does not,snake is the main game on it and only the original one to be honest i think this phone only became popular for its look as the internal features were the same to previous nokias..
but battery life is pretty good and i believe i charged every other day ..
I personally believe that this phone single handedly started the mobile phone revolution and craze in the world. At its prime, almost everyone you knew carried a 3210. Some of the reasons why it became such a hyper craze that it was is its ease of use and simple interface. Also it was an incredibly scaled down in size compared to the other models in production at that time.
When you purchased the Nokia 3210, I remember it coming with just a few simple things. The phone itself, a black battery charger and an instructional booklet. Pretty basic stuff.
The interface of the phone was simple. On one side you had your battery bar which had about six levels. One the other was the signal strength. In the middle was where you saw the name of your mobile provider and pop ups for messages and missed calls whenever they occurred. At the time, this simple and basic interface was considered state of the art and very user friendly.
There were a few basic applications that came with the phone including an SMS function, calculator, alarm and stop watch. We take these things for granted now but at the time it was really amazing that you could fit all these applications into your phone.
You can't write a review about this phone without writing about SNAKE a game that came with the phone. The simple objective of this very addictive game was to 'eat' the pieces of food to make your snake grow as long as possible. Finally you end up filling up the whole screen with your snake and the objective is to get the highest score possible. Your game is over when you hit a wall or your own body. It was fun and a good way to pass your time.
Battery life was good and you could go on a few days without having to charge it on average usage.
Overall, it was a great phone to have as my first mobile phone and it was actually very durable. This considering the countless times i'd actually dropped it.
Two thumbs up.
Possibly the most popular phone ever brought out before the iphone. Nokia's 3210 was the phone that everyone had back in 2002. It was so popular due to its easy of use, features and look. I had one, my friends had one, everyone had one, but were they any good?
The Nokia 3210 came in a standard box complete with charger and instruction booklet. As anyone with a Nokia phone knows you really don't need the instruction manual if you have had a Nokia phone before. This is because all their phones work in basically the same way.
Features of this phone included 10 volume levels, up to 24 saved missed calls/answered calls, clock, alarm, sms with predictive text, changable covers, various ringtones and 3 standard games. It sounds pityful in comparison to phones today but back then this was brilliant.
The game that will always be remembered on this phone is 'Snake'. In this game you had to control a snake as it got longer and longer as it ate more. You couldn't touch another part of its body with the head. This made it a very annoying but must play game. As a student, many hours were wasted playing this.
The battery charges quite quickly (in around 2-3 hours) and lasts for a few days with medium use.
You can still pick these up on ebay for less than £5 and for anyone looking for a 1st mobile phone this is ideal. Easy to use, durable, simple to charge and not too many features to be confused by. I would definately recommend especially if you want your child to have a phone but you don't want to worry about an expensive piece of kit getting broken or stolen.
My Nokia 3210 was one of several Nokia phones that I have had. One thing that I liked about this phone was a the simple to view and easy to use menu system, which in common with some of my other Nokia phones made this very easy to get to grips with using.
I cannot say this is an elegant phone by todays standards, but at the time when I was using mine, it was very sleek, very modern and very er, up to date in apperance. Ok that may be hard to believe now, but at the time a couple of the Nokia phones, this one included were THE phones to have!
One thing I liked about the Nokia 3210 was that accessories were very easy to source for it. As it was a very popular model you could get hold of a replacement charger easily. If you needed to let a friend borrow the phone to make a call or send a text they usually knew how to work it, as the Nokia phones at the time were very similar.
If you wanted to up date the look of your phone you could. Funky covers for this phone came in all sorts of colour ways and designs. They were for sale n all the major retail stores and there was plenty of choice. Argos had lots of covers for this phone and they all seemed to be under the £10 mark. Changing the phones exterior look was a very fashionable thing to do and so I had 2 spare covers for my phone, so that I could 'ring the changes'.
Thinking about what stood out for me about the Nokia 3210, was that at the time it was very sleek and slimmer than many phones you could buy. I know thats something that when you compare this with more modern phones is not a plus point, but this phone didn't even have a big old sticky out aerial. How cool was I with my aerial-less modern funky phone!
My Nokia not only looked great but it performed rather well too. Looking through my rather rose coloured specs, it had a wonderful ergonomic feel to it. It was smooth yet shaped for a comfortable grip. I found it was easy to use and didn't often find it slipping out of my hand, unlike some phones I have had. The buttons were easy to use and felt well made and pleasing to operate.
Even if the Nokia 3210 did wrestle itself free from my grasp and fall to the floor, it never broke. In fact my phone was virtually unscathed by knocks and bumps. This was in part due to the sturdy shape and design of the phone, as much as it was due to the quality of the casing.
When I compare the results of the Nokia having a jolt, bump or knock, or a fall to the ground at break neck speed, to some of the more recent phones I have owned, the Nokia 3210 wins every time. Why more modern, more expensive phones seem to chip and scratch when the Nokia 3210 remained beautifully fresh and blemish free I will never know. I have to put it down to the more modern metallic, frosted and funky thinner coatings that our phones have now.
At the time when I had the phone, I thought texting could be done really fast! I found the predictive text rather novel and fun and sometimes the suggested words were more fun than sending the text itself. The small screen on the phone was and is very small and basic when compared to modern day phones, but at the time I thought it was great.
The screen display was was in shades of black and er...grey green. A bit boring and not very exciting you might think, well at the time I was very pleased with my phones display. I even had a kind word tape update thing running as a screen saver that ran across the screen with big funky black letters that spelt out my name. That reaaaaally impressed lots of people I can tell you, exclamations of 'how did you do' , that were common place!
The running time for the Nokia 3210 was great. It could go for many days without charge, as many as 10 to 11 if you didn't over use it. This was probably down to the fact that it only offered very basic applications and didn't run any heavy use programmes on it. This longevity of the phones charge was something that when compared to many of the phones I have had, was a real stand out point for this phone.
The size of the phone was around 12 or so cms long x 50 ish cms wide and around 2 cms in width. It may seem a bit brick like with hindsight, but at the time with a funky X-press on cover it looked the real deal. It was a dual band GSM phone and could be used to send SMS texts and also Picture messages.
The picture messages were very basic but fun to send and receive. I could send someone a cake with candles on or a gift box with a bow on for birthdays. At xmas I could send an xmas tree with baubles and there were a range of happy, sad , smiley, cheeky or naughty faces that I could send out too. All the little graphics were in black with a grey green background, but they were something I liked to send and get back in return.
Amazingly the phone also had a speed dial facility, which was very showy-offy at the time in a 'Oh look what my Nokia can do' kind of way. The phone also had a massive amount of ring tones. Ok so they all sounded very similar and some were down right irritating, but that wasn't the point, I had 40 ring tones to choose from and I used them all!
One thing I loved about the phone was that you could add to your ring tones by composing your very own custom ring tone. I have never gotten over the thrill of a friend programming the ring tone of the Zelda main theme onto my Nokia 3210.
Oh my how I loved it when the phone rang out in supermarkets, shops, on the beach, in the park, in fact in any public place where people could hear how cool I was because I had a Zelda ring tone. The shrill and piercing simplicity of the tone was outstanding and it really matched the way in which it was heard in the actual game. If anything makes the Nokia 3210 stand out for me it has to be that. No more Dom Jollyesque HELLOs for me, ooh noo, not when Link and my Zelda theme tune was there to ring the changes.
Other features of the phone were the games. Yep my Nokia 3210 had a set of 3, yes 3 whole (well kind whole) games. I could play memory, rotation or snake! What can I say about snake that we don't already know. It was a classic game, simple yet addictive and something all your friends would laugh at if you got it wrong or help you brag about it, 'IF' you had progressed through all the mighty snakes levels.
With the talk time for the phone at around 270 hours and the standby time at 240 or so hours, I never really seemed to run out of charge when away from the home. The phone had a signal strength indicator so that if your levels seemed to weak, a bit of shuffling around the house to a dark corner with a better signal strength was possible. After all no one could see you, so it didn't matter.
Other things I had with this phone were a basic alarm, a currency convertor, a backlit display, a calendar, keypad/ phone and sim card lock, ringer on or of feature, battery strength alert, ability to store up to 250 names with numbers, list of missed/ received and dialled calls. There were probably other features too which I don't recall sadly.
The phone was something that worked very well for me and as far as I am aware is still lurking in a draw somewhere as a fault proof back up phone. Last time we looked at the phone (although some time ago) it was still working well, so we have kept it for those just in case moments. Once thing it cannot do is connect to your car or other device via bluetooth and there is no camera. Small points to note perhaps, but when you consider what the phone could do at the time it was commonly sold, it did have lots to offer.
To give my Nokia 3210 a rating I have to say it should get the full 5 stars, as not only was it very reliable with lots of features (at the time). It also was made well, it didn't scratch, chip or break, it could have its look updated with a new X-press on cover in a flash and you could play the iconic 'snake' game on it. You can also still buy it secondhand if you shop around.
At the time when I had my Nokia 3210 I felt it was a great phone and I still do, it had many features I liked and my Zelda ring tone was the icing on the cake. It could send texts to your friends and store funky yet simple picture messages and the greatest thing of all was that you could even ring your mates if you got bored with all the other built in features. How funky is that!
Though the Nokia 3210 is no longer in production, this was a model that was around for a long time. Mobile phones have moved on considerably since this model was first released, and I remember at the time of purchase this was an innovative phone that offered huge versatility. Comparing it to models of today however, it appears bulky, its processing slow and its memory pitiful. However, it was always a reliable product, and the tough outer casing afforded excellent durability. If you want a simple phone that you can rely on and are not too concerned by its unwieldiness, this may be the phone for you.
Using the phone to make calls could not be simpler. You merely type the number you wish to dial and hit the Call key. Sending text messages is also a relatively simple process. You need to select Menu, then scroll to Messages. From here you can choose whether to access messages received, view messages sent or draft messages, or compose a new message. The phone is equipped with predictive text, which is designed to make text composition more rapid. I have always found this to be a hindrance however, as the word I am attempting to type is rarely the word the phone suggests. You can opt to switch this feature off however, although it does mean you must repeat this process every time you begin a new message.
In terms of calls you can view missed calls and call duration. The phone is also equipped with a contacts list, so you can store your important numbers and not have to worry about remembering them. The phone allows you to store upwards of one hundred contacts in its memory, which is more than sufficient for most people's requirements. Similarly, when you receive a call, if the incoming number is already one of your contacts their name will show up on the screen.
The phone is equipped with a variety of games including Snake and Memory, which are classic games and ideal for passing the time on long journeys, etc. You can also choose between a variety of ringtones and text alerts, although many of them are shrill and grating, and the process of working through the options yet more so. This model was one of the first to offer Xpress-On, which gives the user the choice to change the outer appearance of the phone by replacing its skin. The choice is extensive, and you can choose neutral or pastel skins, graffiti-inspired skins and even skins embellished with cartoon characters. This makes the phone very versatile, and you can dramatically alter its appearance without purchasing a new model. I did not indulge in this process, as the appearance of my phone concerns me less than its functioning.
I have found the screen to be of ample size so you do not have to squint to view characters, and the contrast between the black letters and the neutral background makes reading off the screen simple. The buttons on the keypad are somewhat larger than those on some more modern designs, but this suits me better as I find that with smaller keys I frequently overreach my target and end up hitting the wrong key inadvertently. The 3210 weighs around 150g, so while it will hardly weigh you down it is noticeably heftier than many new models. Although this may not be the most elegant of models, its durability is commendable. I have dropped the phone on more than one occasion and even scratched the screen, and yet none of these events prevented it from delivering perfect service. It provided me with many years of dependability, and even by today's standards this is a decent phone whose simplicity will suit many people perfectly.
Nokia 3210 is the epitome of a classic mobile phone. At a time when the mobile phone was still a relative novelty and most looked more like a 20kg dumbell than a communication device, the 3210 was a real inspiration. Its aerial is hidden inside the phone and its design is sleek for its time.
It is true that this phone is now seriously out of date. It won't let you surf the web, take and send photos or store a collection of your favourite music. For a lot of people, the mobile phone is a device used for calling and texting and if those are the functions important to you, this is still a great piece of kit. Its battery will last a number of days which is unheard of with modern handsets. While the screen is black and white and is not a touchscreen, it is considerably easier to see and navigate than the complex menus seen in modern handsets.
Moreover, the 3210 has a number features which modern mobiles don't have. The most notable one is the ability to change the outside casing to one of your choice. While these aren't as widely available as they once were, it's still possible to get a variety from a number of online shops.
This Nokia phone is what, over a decade old? It's definitely true what they say - they don't make 'em like they used to. Of course in many ways that's a good thing, because this old phone doesn't exactly weigh you down with features. But on the other hand, the modern phones are infinitely more fragile than this old brick of a thing. The Nokia 3210 is, by today's standards, definitely a brick. It's almost 2cm thick at it's thickest point, about 15cm long and 3-4 cm wide. Plus the screen is only a fraction of that size and, of course, black and white. However I have always hung onto this phone as a good back up for the times when I drop my current phone into the sink or some such other catastrophe and I need a spare handset for emergencies. It's also great to have as a spare handsets if guests from overseas are in town and need a mobile to stay in touch. And I must say, for that purpose you couldn't ask for a better model. It has paid for itself over and over again. I have never replaced the battery and yet it still holds charge better than a phone one quarter of its age and even some of the newest smartphones! This handset only needs to be charged every few days, and is as solid as it's brick title would imply. Drop this phone and yes the plastic backing over the battery will probably go flying off but nothing ever breaks and you just clip the plastic back on again and off you go. No wavering screen, no strange drop-outs in signal (Apple, I'm looking at you!), just bog-standard mobile phone service. You've gotta love that.
This is of course a very outdated phone these days. It does what a phone should do, which is make and recieve calls and send and recieve text messages and not a hell of a lot more.
Unlike the phones you buy these days though the Nokia 3210 is extremely durable, well made and has an exceptional battery life. I still have one of these and I must have had it now for about 8 years and it still works! It has been dropped from chest height on numerous occasions, been submerged in water and it still works!
They don't make phones now the way they used to!
If you are looking for a phone to use as a phone, then this really could be the one for you! Especially if you are in the building trade or something similar and need a phone that can stand up to a bit of abuse!
And something else you don't get with new phones, is snake... everyone had it, everyone loved it... I would have this phone again for that game alone!!