Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
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Member Name: SimonFinnigan
Date: 13/06/02, updated on 13/06/02 (66 review reads)
Advantages: Simple to use
Disadvantages: Not too cheap
I`ve not had my Nokia 3330 for too long - I used to have a Nokia 8210, but I sat on it one night when I had a bit too much to drink and had to replace it :-)
Since I had decided that I wanted to get myself a slightly larger phone, and I want to stick to Nokia phones (I just prefer them to the other makes) I had to choose between a 3310 and a 3330, since they were all I could afford that me my needs.
I looked at the 3310, which is essentianlly a 3330 without the WAP capabilities, but ended up deciding that the 3330 was worth the extra money. I decided this because I knew I would use the wap function on the phone quite often to quickly check my email when I am away from a computer.
Anyway, on to the phone. I`m sure everyone knows what this phone looks like - it`s just the right size to fit into your hand, not so big it gets in the way, and not so small you lose it all the time. There is an internal arial, which means there is nothing on the outside to get snapped off. The cover my phone came with looks nice - Grey and blue, but since everyone sells covers for the phone this isn`t really important. If you don`t like the look of the phone just get yourself a different cover and you`ve got a nice looking phone.
The menu`s and navigation is very well done. You have an up arrow, a down arrow, an enter key and a clear button, as well as all the numbered keys. The menu is split into a number of section, like "Messages", "Services" (WAP) and so on - you just pick the relevant section and then you get another list of options in that section. It seems to have been designed to be as efficient as possible - to write a text message takes 4 quick key presses, which I do in less than one second. The less often used options take slightly longer to get to, but that isn`t a major problem since you hardly ever use the.
The battery life is more than adequate as well - I tend to get about 3 days between charges in
normal use, more if I`m ot using it much. I tend to use the phone in areas with poor signal reception (like in radiation shielded rooms :-) ) so I`m sure this gobbles up the power - you might get more out of it if you use it in normal places. I tend to write more text messages than voic calls, simply because I get free messages and have to pay for my calls :-)
The method of entering the text messages is very good as well. I`m sure everyone has used predictive text messaging before, but if not it is very simple. Rather than press a key more than once to get a letter (for example you`d press "1" once to get "A", twice to get "B" and three times to get "C"), you just press the number once. This means that to enter the word "Good" you press "4663". If predictive text was turned off, you`d have to press "4666 wait 6663". 4 more keypresses and waiting is involved - this means you can type more than twice as quick very easily.
There are also lots of features that are useful if you`ve got friends with Nokia phones. You can send ringtones and pictures to each other, as well as longer than normal text messages. Messages are normally limited to 130-140 characters, but with the 3330 you can enter messages well over 400 characters long. These messages are then split up and sent bit by bit, and the newer Nokia phones will automatically put them back together for you, making it nice and easy to send long messages.
In conclusion this is a very nce phone. There are probably nicer and better ones coming onto the market as I type, but given the choice again I`d probably still go for my 3330.