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One of the first phones to feature a colour screen, the 3510i is very intuitive to use, durable and has a long battery life. Whilst it is lacking in features, it is a great option for those who want a basic phone.

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      06.11.2013 23:13

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      A great phone for calls and texts

      My first memory of this phone was as an advert for xfactor, and I knew I wanted it! I mean who wouldn't love a phone that lights up on the sides!?! The great feature of this phone was the fact you could create your own backgrounds with the stencil that came with the phone. The battery life was also great and there was a good selection of ringtones and wallpapers.

      I love the fact I'm talking about this phone as if it's now in the past, because it really isn't, after I upgraded my dad then got this phone! He still uses it to this day and has never found any problems with it! The battery life is still also great which is more than can be said about the battery life of some certain phones today *cough* iphone.

      The vibrate on this phone was also great and it also made a noise when it did this which may be a pain for some but its really the sort of noise that you would notice and others wouldn't.

      The screen is a good size and the phone is too although it is slightly bulky.

      This has been the only nokia phone i've owned and I then moved onto a sony one as I don't know, I didn't like nokia that much (note this doesn't effect my rating)

      This is the sort of phone that if you want your child, or elderly to have then it's great. You can do too much but the essentials are there.

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      03.11.2012 19:32

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      If size/ extra function/appearance of phone is important to you, you'd be better off with new model

      This was the first phone I ever owned, it was the first of it's kind to have colour screen and an internet function! Both of which worked fantastically if a little slowly in terms of the internet. This phone is perfect for the very basic functions i.e. phoning/texting which is all you really need in a phone - especially considering you can now get it for around £10 online. This phone follows the Nokia stereotype in that it is indestructible. I have had it since 2004 and it still works better than some of the newer phones I replaced it with. The battery life is fantastic and has laster me over a week before even with heavy use. You can get other covers for it if you want to customise it, which was very popular at the time. However, obviously with this phone you aren't going to get any complex functions - so beware only get this if you literally just want a phone and no extras, the internet though workable is slow and has an awful browser. Also the phone is quite chunky/heavy especially compared to sleeker newer models.

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      25.07.2011 14:31
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      Simple yet very durable and long serving mobile phone

      The Nokia 3510i was a successor to the ever popular Nokia 3310, and featured a colour screen and polyphonic ringtones which were cutting edge when it was first introduced. This was during the end of 2002 and is now as of 2011, long discontinued. The phone can still be bought from eBay and Amazon for between £10 and £20 in used or refurbished condition.

      Appearance
      The phone at the time, was a really nice looking mobile, it had an interior aerial much like the Nokia 3310 and 3210, a good screen size and buttons which were easy to press. The fascia consists of 3 separate components, a front cover, a back cover featuring a Nokia rubber grip on the back to improve your hold of the mobile and a slightly rubberised keypad. The phone weighed just over 100 grams which was light for a 2002 phone but had a relatively large overall size of 12cm in length, 5 cm in width and 1.7cm in thickness. The phone also featured readily available phone covers, the official Nokia covers were dark blue and a creamy/white coloured fascia, with many other unofficial covers available in gadget shops. The phone featured orange panelled side lights which were permanent fixtures and lit up when somebody was calling you.

      Durability
      The phone without question was a very durable and robust phone, similar to the early Nokia models such as the 3310 and 3210. I had the phone for nearly 10 years and never experienced any major physical or software problems with the phone. It did however towards the end totally die and would not come on even when I changed the batteries and so on. I dropped the phone numerous times over the years on concrete, grass, tarmac, tile flooring and it was never badly damaged. The plastic casing was very resistant to shock and breakage. Overall, the durability of the phone was top class and it lasted far longer than an LG touch screen phone I recently had.

      Battery
      The battery of the phone was brilliant, it would only need charged once a week if that. The standby time was up to 13 days which is colossal for even now, as even the latest modern phones need charged once every day or two. The battery itself was a BLC-2 which was quite chunky and white and slotted into the back of the phone very easily. I really think modern phones need to incorporate the brilliant battery life of the Nokia 3510i, they don't last as long these days.

      Signal
      The Nokia 3510i had the best signal reception out of any phone I've ever owned, including the Nokia 3310, 3410, 5410, 6303i classic, Sony Ericcsson W810i, K850, LG touch screen and two or three Samsung flip phones I've owned over the years. Even when my phone network had low reception, it would always find a signal to text or ring no problem at all. Even with my phone today, I really wish it had the signal of my Nokia 3510i, it was outstanding.

      Features
      At the latter end of 2002, the 3510i was cutting edge. It has polyphonic ringtones as opposed to the monophonic ringtons of the 3310, it had a revolutionary colour screen, and was able to accept pictures from a PC but not take them; as it didn't have a camera. The phone had speed dialing, voicemail, T9 predictive text, concatenated SMS text messages where you could type a long message all in a single text rather than send a complete message in different stages. The phone did not have Bluetooth but did have infrared. The games were quite poor on the phone but I used to play a bowling and skydiving game which gave me a good few hours of fun. The phone had a primitive form of WAP internet where you could download more games, wallpapers and operator logos. The phone also featured a calendar, calculator, stopwatch and alarm clock and was dual band. The phonebook memory was large at 500 or more contacts but the message inbox was quite small and I frequently had to delete text messages here so that I could receive and send new ones. All in all, in 2002, the phone was cutting edge and had loads of important and new features. But as of today, a lack of camera, Bluetooth, real MP3 songs, and only a primitive WAP system make the phone very basic compared to Blackberries and the like and could be a major drawback to you purchasing one.

      Pricing
      I initially paid £110 for the Nokia 3510i in 2002 which was a pay as you go deal, now the phone can be picked up refurbished on eBay and Amazon marketplace for between £10 and £20 unlocked to all networks. The phone now is extremely cheap, and although it is very basic and outdated now, it would be a great phone for a builder, contractor, hiker or maybe a kids first phone to get to grips with how to ring people and they are not too worried about all the latest fancy features and a camera.

      Overall
      To conclude, the Nokia 3510i hits me with a sense of nostalgia. My phone lasted nearly 10 years and worked perfectly, it was large and clumsy, had a brilliant battery, had some changeable fascias, had some really cheesy games, a primitive WAP internet system, would search and find signal reception like it was possessed! and had the predictive concatenated text messages we all use today. The features were no match against modern phones, but the durability and nostalgic memories of this phone would make me go back to it in an instant. If your after fancy features and a smaller modern looking phone then look elsewhere, if your after a touch of nostalgia or want a hard durable phone for work or hiking, then buying this phone on eBay for £10 will be a decision you'll never regret!

      © Revo9 (2011)
      *Note, I am both a member of Ciao and Dooyoo.co.uk under the same username of Revo9*

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        21.09.2009 18:28
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        A phone that just keeps on working!!

        The Nokia 3510i, although basic still offers some useful features and it's very robust and easy to use. I've dropped it several times onto hard surfaces with no damage except a couple of scratches. The keypad is brilliant, even after hard use for several years it still remains in good condition.
        The keys are well spaced and have a very positive feel. The keys are clearly labelled, which greatly helps accomplish any task. The power button (which is on the top edge of the mobile) is a bit hard to press, needing a hard press to turn the phone on, but also protecting against accidentally switching it off.
        The screen is also good, considering it is an old mobile, making it easy to read text messages and enter phone numbers.
        The battery life is impressive, even when its several years old. Although the Nokia doesn't have a camera it does include gprs so you can still surf the internet. A downside is that the phone is a bit slow, so you can only really view mobile webpages.
        Focusing on using it as a mobile phone (which it was designed for after all!) ; The ring volume is very loud and the microphone/speaker are good quality, so I found even in a noisy environment I could still easily make/receive calls.
        Overall I think this is a great phone for someone who only needs a basic handset. Probably couldn't recommend it today, as it is quite old now.

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          22.11.2008 16:04
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          A great phone that's simple to use and works

          When I had to replace my Motorola T191e phone a few years ago, the simplest and cheapest phone I could get was the Nokia 3510i on Orange PAYG for 30 quid.

          I was looking for a phone that could do voice calls and texts, and this one also supports WAP and GPRS for internet access too.

          It's a great phone with a colour screen, simple to use (note that I've had to replace my keypad a few months ago when the "send" button came off), clear microphone & speaker, and supports Java for running applications.

          I've since bought a couple of ringtones and a Tetris game (which was built into my Motorola), as well as downloading a Tube map application.

          I've also unlocked it so I can put any SIM card in that I want, which was handy when I was in NZ and had a Vodafone NZ SIM in it for local use.

          I find that my one's Li-Ion battery does about 6-7 days standby, which may indicate that I need to get a new battery for it.

          This phone is easy to live with as well as use, and I find that because it's a popular model, it's less likely to be stolen, even when I've been travelling abroad.

          My mum also has one of these phones, which makes explaining its use to her much easier.

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            06.08.2008 22:18
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            A really simple phone that did the job well!

            The Nokia 3510i was my first phone. At the time it was a great phone, and I am basing my review on when I bought it and it was new and current. Obviously if we are comparing it to today's phones, it wouldn't stand a chance.

            The first thing to say about this phone was its simplicity and ease of use. It had a simple interface and the buttons were big and easy to use. The buttons gave good feedback and I always felt like I was in control and comfortable with this phone.

            For its time, it had a good colour screen, one of the first colour phones out if I remember correctly, and stood up well against the competition. The phones features were generally basic but it would do the job, and for people that wanted something simple - this phone fitted the bill.

            The phone battery was excellent and I found I could leave it off charge for over a week before I needed to charge it again, but I wasn't making many calls at all really.

            For a first phone what i really wanted was something that was very easy to use and no hassle. This phone really fitted the bill in that sense.

            Its features were good for the time, and all were easy to use.

            The sound was a little dissapointing however. It was a polyphonic phone, but I still found it to be a little tinny and annoying.

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            15.09.2007 13:37
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            Review of 3510i: old, famous and good phone!

            It was my second cell phones, i bought it about 4 years ago. Why am i writing about it? Because last year, even if it was working well, and last week i sold it (by ebay)..
            Now im re-thinking about it: it was one of the first "low cost" cell who had a color display (12 bit, 4096 colours) and could read also MMS: now all phones can, but years ago it was very difficult to find one without exepending a lot.
            Its easy to use, quite good battery (long lenght considering color display (until 270 mins talking and 315 hours in standby.. even if i experienced real values were about half, but i think depends also on use)

            I decided to sell it last week becasue i wasn't using it from months, and i dont like wastings.. i sold it for about 20 £, not low price considering now you can find new cheap cells for same price.

            This cell could also "surf" using wap, send sms and mms, use wallpapers.
            When i bought it existed also the 3510 base versione: the same except for colors, and so a lower price.

            If i have to say a negative thing about it i can say audio quality wasn't very good, sometimes sounds were quite "metallic".

            If you are searching a simple, low price but very "experienced", reliably cell if you find & buy this, one 3510i, you make a good choice.

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              12.06.2007 00:59

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              one robust lttle demon

              Ease of use is best quality of this phone, I have now surrendered mine to a 60 year old lady who has never had a mobile in her life, but within a couple of weeks she has got the hang of most of the features the phone has, so as i say it ideal for the novice.

              If i had to use a spare phone i would return to this one without hesitation.

              for the no thrill feature phone if you can grab one of these cheap do so, i even started my on off ith one.

              Nokia are a robust little phone.
              shame they didnt have a camera

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              03.04.2006 21:47
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              A half decentphone for the prce

              Although perhaps a bit dated now the 3510i is still a half decent phone which will do a good job for you. It is pretty much close to the standard Nokia shape an d design of the late nineties early naughties, with one exception it has funky orange lights on the side which can flash to alert of incoming calls or texts.

              The menu system is very standard for Nokia too being that it has Main catagories which in turn have subcatagories.It is esy to use and navigate once you get the initial idea.It has a coloour screen for which you can download various wallpapers and screensavers, and the quality of picture depends a lot on the quality of the download, which in most cases has been adequate at best.

              It aslo has polyphonic ringtones which are quite good if not to the same standard as the ringtones one might expect from the newer phones. downloading ringtones is also possible and there are plenty free websites where this can be done.

              The phone comes loaded with a few games which are pretty good and once again more can be downloaded from the net some free and some costing in the region of £3.50 - £4.50.

              The inbuilt organiser is very useful in here you can create and save appointments and birthdays. An Alarm is available in the same menu as the organiser.

              One really handy feature is the wallet ehere you can create a mini database of credit and debit card details. That is numbers and pins. This facility is password protected by a password of your choice.

              The phone has a decent memory for storing contact details and it operation for phonong and texting is very simple. As I said at the begining it is a bit dated now, it is a basic phone, but does have a good assortment of features and has never dropped a call or been unable to get a signal.

              The battery life is in the range of a week on standby, and charging time varies from a few hours to 6 hours depending on how dead the battery is when charging begins.

              The cover is interchangeable with many you can purchase at markets for a few quid. All in all it is for its age a very good phone, and at a price of around 19.99 is a decent buy. It probably is not suitable for the younger among you because it ain't as cool and sleek as some of the phones currently coming onto the market. if you are on a low budget and just need a phone to text and store a few bits of info then for £19.99 you can't really go wrong can you.

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                • "Bigger than Nokia 3310"

                I got this phone recently on my Birthday, I was excited to get it.

                I have been trying it out with a friend's phone which was excatly the same make and I was impressed with his phone.

                The phone is bigger compared to the Nokia 3310 / 3330 but that is no problem because it was only slightly bigger.

                This phone has got to be one of the most simple to have been produced by Nokia with an easy menu interface which is similar to the Nokia 3310 or 3330. On the menu, you see features such as Phonebook, Messages, Call Register, Tones, Profiles, Settings, Gallery, Games, Organiser, Applications, Extras, Services and My Services.

                The phonebook feature is exactly the same as the Nokia 3310 or 3330 but with an extra function to show you your very own mobile number which you are using. Phonebook allows to easily add names / numbers, deleting or editing them. You can also easily set up speed dialing, which is pressing a button on the phone keypad for a few seconds to bring up a number. You can also send a person's number by using the business card option to people.

                Messages not only allows you to create normal text messaging, it can now allow you to create Multimedia Messaging, meaning sending pictures. You can also set up a chat between you and your friends. Voice messages (answer machine) can be checked in this area too as well as info messages.

                Call Register can show you who you called recently, who phoned you recently, any missed calls and the amount of time on your calls and can also check your credit amount spent (if on contract but won't work for pay as you go versions, which I have).

                The Tones section will allow you to check out what ringtones you have in your phone as well as the ones you download off GPRS or WAP. You can also set a ringtone to play when you get calls as well as volume of ringtone, vibration, message alert tone and keypad tones. This time, you don't have to stick to the built in message tones as you can select your own tone that is downloaded from GPRS or WAP. All the tones are polyphonic.

                The Profiles section is basically how you want your phone as - setting it Loud will make everything such as ringtones and alert toens really loud, and silent with no tones and no alert tones with no vibrating alert.

                The Settings area is basically what it says on the menu - setting up the phone to what you want to do. You can also set the phone to ask for PIN to make it secure to use and stop others using it.

                The Gallery is where you can view anything that you have downloaded off GPRS or WAP, such as wallpapers, ringtones and Java games.

                The Games section has 3 new games. All of them are good for starters but can add new games to your collection using the WAP / GPRS services. The games built in the phone are Backgammon, Racket (tennis game) and Sky Diver.

                The Organiser allows to add in improtant events which the phone will remind you near to it and will allow to set the reminder to a suitable time and also can set your alarm so you can get up at the suitable time.

                Applications has nothing in when you get the phone but you can download applications from GPRS or WAP.

                In Extras, you will get the calculator, which is useful when you left your proper calculator at home or elsewhere. Useful for basic calculations but cannot be used for technical calculations.

                The Services is where you can access WAP or GPRS. You can choose which of the two you want to use. i find that GPRS is much cheaper when in use on O2, which is my network as it only costs about a penny each time you use it.

                The final area on the menu is My Services. This is depending on what network you use and this will show what services the network offers. In this case, O2 offers the voicemail, 1471, Customer Care,Traffic information, UK directory (similar to 118 118), International Directory, Talking Pages, RAC Breakdown and AA Breakdown services. All are very useful.

                So basically, everything is accessible to anybody very easily for anyone and the interface is excellent. The battery life with this phone is excellnt as it lasts for a whole 4 to 5 days and the battery talktime is excellent.

                The problems what I found out is that it has no camera (this is because it was released before camera phones were introduced) and it cannot assign downloaded ringtones to certain people. This is a real shame as the built in ringtones are not very good compared to the ones you download.

                So if you looking for a phone that is very simple to use, I recommend this phone to you.

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                  My days in the dark ages of mobile technology are drawing to a shuddering halt. Having finally succumbed to the temptation of technological consumption I have finally agreed to an upgrade. So this piece is as much a review as it is a fitting epitaph to a dear old friend. In a world of miniaturization and amalgamation the Nokia 3510 stands as a decaying relic of past ingenuity. A phone built to last not to be pleasing on the eye.

                  Of the four phones I have disastrously owned over the last 5 years this has lasted longest and survived more. Although now tragically outmoded, it has simplicity and efficiency where others have style and innumerable portable options. It may not support the new fangled wave of electronic gizmo’s, your bluetooths, your java downloads even your ‘real’ ringtones, but dammit it’s got table tennis.

                  I got this phone a little under two years ago, by which point it was already clearly out of date. But alas whilst others have taunted the rather bulky inadequacies of my phone it has outlasted all of theirs. You see it has a security device that no other phone can buy, that being it is without any value or credibility. You can leave this on a park bench in the middle of London for an hour and no one would dare touch it. Yes the vain amongst you might find this a little disturbing, but is a phones job not simply to make calls?

                  You see in this post-modern technological age where elements of every appliance must be combined in order to make something ‘new’ we have largely lost sight of items original and most fundamental use. Oddly I got this phone to call people, I bought a camera to take pictures, a CD player to listen to music and a camcorder to video things. This simplistic sentiment appears to be a rather archaic and heavily outdated methodology for purchasing goods in the modern marketplace. I was weak to the temptation of integrated gizmo’s the flashing lights the exciting noises, in essence I fell into the gaping consumer trap that has enveloped this earth. The hegemonic power of the bourgeoisie informs us mere serfs to purchase to extravagance and we dutifully oblige. That is not our fault it is in our new breed of human nature, to survive we must consume, we mast remain credible, and the only way to do this is to buy, buy, buy.

                  The 3510 was the first phone I possessed to come with a colour screen. In the light of modern technologies this is a little underwhelming but through its inherent inadequacies is an underlying depth and sustainability. Not once has the phone given me any kind of problem. Good battery length, no mechanical malfunctions and software breakdowns, it has been a mark of consistency. It also has all the minor features a technophobe could possibly require. It has simple (T9) texting, polyphonic tunes, organiser gadgets and the all-important Nokia games. It may only have 3 games but they are addictive (well at least initially, I make only sporadic time for them now) Backgammon, Ping Pong and Sky Diver, some crazy stuff but needless to say a lot of fun.

                  The phone does not have the capability to import or export pictures, other than those simplistic pixelated ones which come as standard with the handset. Personally this has never come as too much of a problem, but if you are photo-texting fiend then this is not the phone for you. So who is this phone for? You are probably so put off by the endless spiel of mine, undermining it is credibility at every juncture that the idea of owning one seems quite preposterous, but wait. Ok if you’re a long time owner of a new phone this handset would seem like a marked step back. However if you need just a simple handset to get started on or just a phone for emergencies this could very well be your saviour. By now it’s price has plunged and it’s credibility fairly well diminished so it’s easy to obtain and easier to keep. Like the old Nokia’s (3310 etc.) the 3510 is painfully easy to use. The phones menu is split up into twelve clearly labelled and numbered sections. Ranging from games to organizer the phone has the complete set of, admittedly simplistic functions that you might require.

                  Its durability also offers it up as a very good security phone for the elderly or even younger children. This phone is unlikely to run out of juice or breakdown out of the blue, ultimately making it a very safe proposition for a very unsafe world. The buttons are large enough for my podgy fingers, and I see no problem with anyone being able to use them. The screen is fairly large and come with equally giant displays, which can even be read when under the double vision spell of heavy inebriation. In it’s value range I don’t think it can be beaten, it will not make you any friends but for those who like me don’t care about such things it offers the perfect answer to life’s communicatory problems.

                  Alas my time is through with this decaying piece of technology and it will soon be time to bid it adieu. But lest ye forget how well this brick has served me, yes it is culturally unacceptable but so is my fashion taste so we are two of a kind. It is a dinosaur of the mobile communications age but yet it still stands up as a very useful piece of technology. Mock me if you wish but I love my 3510, and will undoubtedly miss it when it is sent to the great mobile gig in the sky.



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                  In light of the questions raised by sirg0508 I have added this little extra segement, not that many will notice or care about it's contents I just thought I'd have a mention. The phone does have a wap capability I never got i connected so i cannot vouch for it's quality or how much it can do but i would assume that it is fairly good, but as a wise man said never assume it makes an ass out of u and me. Similarly the memory is questionable i know for a fact that it has the capabilityt to store around 100, but like all fools i chose to save them to my sim card so this may be variable. I hope this information has been useful to you.


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                    • "Despite being MMS compatible
                    • there is neither an infra-red port nor support for a camera"

                    I think that I may have been a little unkind on Nokia in the past. In more than one review, I have categorically stated what I think about their phones in a rather different way from the vast majority of people who use them in this country. In addition to this, I have deliberately avoided buying them, as I have always considered them overpriced for the set of features they offer. I also find them to be not quite as attractive as other brands of mobile phone I have tried, with the exception of the Nokia 6100, which I think is one of the most attractive handsets which have ever been made. It is the only Nokia which, upon first viewing it, I could see that I would be comfortable owning. Apart from this, there has always been something to put me off, something which does not seem quite right, whether it be the translucent sides and lime green power button of the 3510, the keys being all joined together in rows as in the Nokia 3410, or the sheer ugliness of the Nokia 5100. However, despite the fact I would probably still never own a Nokia mobile phone for my own personal use, the 3510i has to be something which I would certainly recommend to others, particularly if they had used Nokias before. There are times when it is necessary to abandon principles for various reasons, and this was the case when a friend of mine needed a phone to use with a German SIM card whilst in Heidelberg at the same time as me. Her Nokia 3330 was locked to Orange, which was not much use with a Vodafone Germany SIM card, so something else had to be found. Since she did not want anything smaller than a 3310, but something with a green screen was out of the question, there appeared to be little choice. However, my housemate suddenly announced to me that he was selling his 3510i to make way for a new Nokia N-Gage, so
                    at the bargain price of 60?, I could not resist snapping it up. Although I would have really liked to have bought another make of mobile phone for my friend, I knew that she probably would not be satisfied with anything which was not designed in Finland, so I was delighted that she was so thankful to receive it. This was not before I had had a chance to use the phone myself, however. Being familiar with the 3510i right from the time that it came out (I think I must have seen my first one in January 2003), I was not surprised by what it did, or the manner in which it performed. Having owned a 3510, and not being mightily impressed by it, I was not expecting too much more than what the improved specifications could tell me. I was, however, pleasantly surprised when the 3510i turned out to be significantly better than the 3510 after all. The first thing to notice was the physical side of the handset, which had been somewhat altered due to a changing of the coloured sides from transparent to orange. This colour also extended to the power button. Although still being fairly hideous, and clearly something which was designed to stand out rather than blend in as seamlessly as the 3310 before, the design seemed a lot more complete than before. No longer did the standard back and front covers and the sides and power button clash, this phone looked all of a piece, and the more conservative choice of cover was definitely an excellent idea. The colour screen, although being far inferior to the Mitsubishi M320 I had at the time, which also supports just 4096 colours, was certainly very similar to the much more expensive 7210, 6610 and 6100 models which came out just before the 3510i. It definitely made using the phone a lot more of a pleasant experience than the dreary green backlight which had served its purpose before. Other differences included the vastl
                    y improved selection of wallpapers and screensavers, better ringtones, and the ability to actually send an MMS message rather than just receive one. But the major advantage that the 3510i offered over the 3510 was to do with its Java games. This feature, first seen on the 3410, where the games were unfortunately only available in black and white, meant that vastly superior games could be downloaded onto the phone, using the existing GPRS technology from the 3510. My housemate had the foresight to put Splinter Cell on the phone for my own personal gaming pleasure, and the only issue I had with it seemed to be that I could not win. The other games seemed to be pretty much standard fare for Nokia, and the fact that updated versions of both Snake and Space Impact have not made it into the colour screen Nokia phones is something of a disappointment. Java does give the potential for the 3510i to become something of a games console, especially with the hideous gaming cover, first seen on the 3510. This makes playing games easier, as I discovered when I used one on a 3510, but it makes text messaging a nightmare, and is quite the most horrific-looking thing Nokia have ever produced. Still, at least the battery will cope with extended gaming use. As a basic phone, the 3510i makes a lot of sense. When I lived in France, the pastor at my church used to have one, and since he was in his fifties, he needed something easy to use which did not necessarily have all the latest gadgets. The 3510i has a rather large keypad, which makes text messaging incredibly easy. In fact, one of the reasons why my friend was so pleased with the 3510i, and why the down arrow on the keypad is now beginning to wear out, is because she is a very heavy text messager. Before she had a German phone, she was ringing up 120 GBP a month on her O
                    ;range Nokia 3330e just through roaming rates for text messages, which puts things into perspective. In my opinion, four-way navigation is something which can make text messaging a lot easier, and the 3510i does not possess this, but since it is like any other Nokia made in the preceding two years before its release, this should not present too many problems to its target audience. I did find the messaging menu somewhat daunting, however, with about 12 sub menus leading off it! That said, everything functions as one would expect, although it does all seem a little uninspiring. This is a problem I have had with Nokias in the past, is that they all appear to be the same, and even the early colour-screen ones, such as the 3510i, have a virtually identical feel to them. All this has thankfully changed with the 6230, and of course is no concern to about 95% of people who use this phone, but it is good to see things from a non-Nokia perspective once in a while! The call quality seemed perfectly acceptable when I used it, although sometimes the volume likes to reset itself to a very low level when the phone is switched off and then switched back on again, which can be a little irritating. Although not particularly small, in fact larger than a 3310, the 3510i is at least a very light handset, as was its predecessor. The battery also appears to last quite a long time, although it does use the same technology as the old 3310 and 3410. Reception appears to be perfectly acceptable too, although I am not sure I was able to put it through a very stringent test, as the signal on Vodafone Germany, the network with which I was using it, appeared to be very good wherever I went. I would imagine that it would be no worse than average. Build quality also appears to be very good, and this was certainly a 3510 strong point. The covers, despite being changeable, latch very securely to
                    gether, but are very easy to remove, which can often be a contradiction in terms. This time, it is not the fascia which causes me not to like the design, but rather the power button and orange sides, which look very tacky. The power button too is standard Nokia fare, which means a nightmare of a delay after having pressed it, or thinking that it has been pressed, and it fully switching on. I hear this has now been corrected on the 6230, and this is not before time, I must say. In common with the new model, the 3510i does have some rather useful office features. I cannot remember exactly how much space there is on the phone for things like Java applications, ringtones and pictures, but there seemed to be a fair few pictures on the phone when I got it, and also a large selection of ringtones, with a fair amount still free. Since the handset is unfortunately not compatible with any of the Nokia camera attachments, despite supporting MMS and having a colour screen, I doubt that lack of memory will be the problem that it could have been. The ringtones, although not being anywhere near the standard of the ones on my Siemens C60, do a good enough job, and it is naturally perfectly easy that an individual phone does not sound like all the others around it by downloading a new polyphonic ringtone at any one of a given list of websites. I think the phone also supports BMP and JPEG format image files, which would be necessary in an MMS compatible phone, but unfortunately the only way to get those would be to go on the Internet or buy a data cable and use the Nokia data suite software, which most users probably will not. There is also voice-dialling, although after my experiences with this facility on an old Ericsson T65, I am always dubious as to its usefulness. The phonebook itself can hold 500 names, so I suppose for pe
                    ople with many contacts, this would be something of use if it worked as it should. It is also possible to copy names from the phone to the SIM card and vice versa very easily, which is one of the best things about Nokia phones. The calendar application is perfectly acceptable, but the lack of four-way navigation means that its use is quite limited. Those used to business phones from the Nokia range such as the 6210 and 6310i should have no trouble at all using it, however, seems it seems to be identical apart from the addition of colour. A year ago, I would have given this phone only three stars due to its high price given the set of features, a fault with all Nokias, and its rather controversial design. However, time appears to have been kind to the 3510i, and it finds itself sitting in the 60 GBP Pay As You Go bracket, probably about to be further reduced, which means that it competes well with phones such as the Siemens C60 and Sony Ericsson T230, both of which additionally support an attachable camera, but this is not likely to be an issue at this end of the market. I do feel that the user-interface could be streamlined, however, and the addition of separate volume keys and true four-way navigation would not have gone amiss. However, since neither of these problems are likely to affect the average user of the 3510i, who will instead enjoy the Java games and excellent keypad for text messaging, then I suggest that those to whom this would be a big concern should have a look at the latest generation of Nokias, where these problems have been addressed. Before buying, however, do ensure that you can live with those looks and the size, which really is quite unnecessary, even for a phone of this class. A well-earnt fourth star now greets this phone due to its far more realistic price tag.

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                      I recently inherited this phone from my mum, after her contract upgraded her to a Motorola V525 flip phone with camera. No, i don't tell everyone that my mum is more technologically advanced than me when it comes to phones, but then i remind myself that i know how to use it!!!! :-() The 3510 replaced my old 3310, also inherited from my mum. I must say that it is a huge improvement, noticably with a colour screen. It doesn't have a camera, as I originally wanted, but then i realised that i don't need one. I know, I know - I'm the ONLY teenager who doesn't want a camera phone?!?! Am I mad? (Please don't answer that). Anyway, about the phone. Well, the buttons are alot firmer, which makes it feel more responsive. It also has polyphonic ringtones, which for you oldies means that it sounds more like a tune, and a song if you download a ring tone. If you hear the difference, you'll know what i mean. There are also more buttons to press. In that, I mean that you have to do more to be able to perform a function like sending a text, or making a call. Again, this is hard to describe, but if you use a 3510, you'll know what i mean. THis is not a bad thing, because it means that there are more features on the phone to use, which you can spend time trying to fathom out. So, i take it by reading my review, you are considering the 3510. So, it shall therefore be my job to try and persuade you that the 3510 is for you! Weight - 106 g Dimensions - 118 x 48 x 17 mm It can handle 4096 colours It has 34 polyphonic and monophonic tones You can recieve picture messages, but you may need to view them on the website of the network of the person who sent the message. This means, if your friend is on T-Mobile, for example, and sends a picture message to your Orange 3510, for example, you may need to go on the T-Mobile website to view the message. It has a standby time of 13
                      days. This is how long you can leave it on for constantly. Standard Battery Charging Time is 4 hours, 45 minutes Fast Battery Charging Time is 2 hours, 30 minutes I don't know all the specifications for the 3510, so my advice is to check out www.nokia.co.uk, or visit a phone store like Carphone Warehouse or Phones 4 U, and they will explain everything you need to know. Prices vary depending on where you buy the phone, whether it's on contract or on pay as you go, and on which network the phone is. On Pay as you go: Fresh - £79.99 O2 - £79.99 Orange - £89.99 Virgin - £89.99 On Pay Monthly / Contract: Fresh - Free O2 - Free T-Mobile - Free Vodafone - Free to £9.99 These prices will change, and were from www.carphonewarehouse.co.uk on Sunday 18th April 2004. So in conclusion, why would you want to buy the 3510? Well it's light, has a colour screen, is dual band so can be used in europe as well, and basically, it's a great phone. Like I say, if you are serious about buying a new phone, whether your choice includes a 3510 or not, please seek advice from someone who can tell you in more detail about the phone. I'm sure they'll be glad of the extra commission!!!! thanks for reading the review. i hope it has been helpful, and good luck finding the phone of your dreams!! (Let's hope it's a 3510!!!)

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                        Although this phone provides the end user with some excellent features, and at a fantastic price from today, roughly £79.99, there are a few problems that can occur with it... There are two main problems with this phone: 1) Crashing - this occurs most often when there is a lot of memory activitiy going to and fro the phone - for example a lot of ringtones being deleted and then loads of new ones being added. 2) Viruses - at the start, to the middle of, 2003 - there was an unknown virus going around that was affecting this phone, making it appear to have switched of to the end user and then not being able to switch back on thereafter. Although the above two problems mentioned above are quite serious, I must point out that they are rare. My first 3510i got affected with the crashing bug, and then not working, since refurbishment of this broken phone (which was only a month old) I have had no more troubles with it (4 - 5 months on from refurbishing). If, unlike me, you rarely update your phone, I would suggest delaying buying this product until it drops in price to around £50. If, like me, you update your phone regularly, I would suggest looking for newer models, take the 7250i for example - fantastic phone but a pipe too pricey for some users weighing in at around £250.

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                        My good old trusted 3310 was killed off by my girlfriend messing about with it, after my hour or so of grieving i thought i need a new phone. The new mobile i got was the nokia 3510i due to its similarity with the 3310. If you need a simple phone with a large array of features which is reliable for a half decent price, please read on. Looks........... This nokia 3510i is basically a slightly redesigned 3310, while bigger and heavier than most phones i don't believe it is very noticeable. The colour design is a dark blue facia with orange running down the side which lights up due to a incoming call or a text message. The buttons also light up and the buttons are simple with a set of cursor keys at the top, a answer button, a reject or finish call button and the main number buttons which are large enough and are not fiddly even for those with big fingers. The general look is one of fun and ease of use but should not be seen as a fashion item! Durability......... Though this mobile has been dropped on the floor many times it has never broken at any time. The facias and buttons are easily replaceable and as with all nokias will last many years. Features..... The mobile contains most modern features which will be described in detail but the ones most people are looking for are Wap, GPRS, MMS Picture messaging, SMS. The menu is seperated into catergories, each catergory contains a feature, we will discuss these in more detail. ***Phonebook*** Depending on the memory used this phone can store around 400 numbers which should meet most people's requirements. A useful feature over most models is the ability to store a home number, mobile number and email address under one name. Speed dialing can be accessed from here and useful if you ring a set number of people, thi
                        s is easy to set and once ready all you do is press a set number to access a individuals number. Another useful feature is the abililty to save numbers on the sim card AND the actual phone this can increase the amout of numbers immensely. But this does have the flaw that if the phone breaks you will also lose the numbers connected, so maybe keeping all the numbers to the sim card may be sensible. ***Messages*** The messages you can send off this phone is the basic text message (SMS) and also MMS but the flaw in this is that you can only send pictures that you have downloaded so the use of this is very limited. The menu's are basic and easy to use for most. It stores outgoing messages and stores many incoming ones. But folders can be developed to keep those funny text messages in. Chat option again is again on the nokia phone but have not used this due to the high price of sending the messages. Its basically a instant messenging system but you pay the standard text price for each message you send. You can imagine this can cost alot of credit in the long run. Oh one final advantage over past phones is the ability to send a text message to a email address which can be useful in some circumstances. ***Call Register*** Not the most exciting feature but important all the same, provides information of call durations, missed calls, recieved calls etc. A very useful feature is a text message counter so you can see the amount of text messages used. This can be vital for anyone on a contract to keep track of the amount of text messages used each month. ***Tones*** There are a large array of tones for messages and incoming calls. The sound is adequate and is polyphonic so has a nice sound to it. But i just keep to the basic nokia tune, which has been updated. The vibrate function does well to
                        alert all to a message or a phone call, all can be personalized to your own settings to make the phone truly yours. Nokia also provides a online service where you can download new tones including songs in the top ten. ***Profiles*** This allows certain settings to be present which a touch of a button. The main default is normal but there is also silent and loud. But personalised profiles can be named. These profiles can also be timed to come on and then off but in my experience this can only cause problems and embarassement at the mobile ringing when i was sure i set it on silent. ***Settings*** This is the core of the mobile which provides the settings for the most important features. Call settings provides options for the general calling device and also allows the user to view a summary after a call has finished which can be useful to see how long you have been chatting for. From here you can also choose the wallpaper which is the same as on a computer. The display is bright and colourful. The ones already on the mobile are a bit dissapointing but can be downloaded from the nokia WAP service, my current one is a wavey blue. There is only one screensaver which cannot be changed, this is a clock. The only setting you can change is when this screensaver comes on. But i cannot complain with the array of screensavers as this clock does the business well! You can also change the colour scheme as well so the entire phone is to your liking, keeping in with my wallpaper being blue, i have chosen a blue colour scheme. But the more outrageous people can choose a colour scheme more clashing such as a red. Security settings are also present on the phone so a PIN can be asked to access the phone and it has varying levels on the security level, most useful to keep out thiefs or more commonly those nosey people. ***Galler
                        y*** This provides folders of all your pictures and ringtones from the default ones to the downloaded ones, easy navigated in this and from here you can also change the ringtone of the mobile or even the wallpaper. ***Games*** All three basic games are in full colour and are backgammon, racket (tennis game) and sky diver (navigate the sky diver through the hoops). These games do look of fairly high quality but i am generally dissapointed with the quality of these games and does not have addictive fun such as snakes. But the games are not the reason i bought the mobile. But for those game addicts again nokia provides games such as bowling through their WAP service. These games seem alot more higher in quality. Another quick moan in this department is the amount of loading it takes for exit the games, one or twice the phone has got bored and switched itself off at this point. ***Organiser*** Getting away from the dissapointing games comes the essential calendar and alarm clock. The calendar is in colour and is beautifully set out, you can write a event on any day and can even set a alarm to remind you of this. Doesnt sound like alot but is incredibly useful for day to day use, would be lost without it. The alarm clock is also one of the only alarm clocks which can wake me up. It has a loud piercing sound that gets loud and louder. Useful for those Monday mornings. ***Extras*** Within this appropriately named catergory you can use a calculator (which again has become essential for me) and also provides a countdown timer and a stop watch probably for those sporty persons. The final part is the Wallet which can be password protected where personal notes can be stored aswell as credit card numbers. ***Services*** This is the access point of the WAP services. The connection rate is fai
                        rly fast but the use of WAP is quite limited to downloading items for your phone. But the main thing i use WAP for is to access the national rail network service when travelling to check on arrival times and timetabled journeys. This has become essential (this service can be found from the network rail website.) ***Vodafone*** The network provider for this phone, it should be noted this is one of the few nokia phones that CANNOT be unlocked to other networks. So once your on a network on this phone, your stuck on it! But vodafone services are adequate and provide you with useful links such as news, weather lottery. And you can also locate your current location, nearest vodafone shop and even cash machine. I have used this in the many times i have become lost due to my no sense of direction. Battery............. The battery is very long lasting and can usually last me 5-7 days before it needs charging. It provides approx 2.5 hours of talk time. It also charges very quickly aswell if the need for extra talking becomes a issue. Accessories........ Included with this mobile is the charger, a hands free kit and full instructions. All the basics needed. Call quality........ In most areas the signal for vodafone is very good compared to other networks. The call is usually loud and clear and meets most requirements. Conclusion..... This mobile is ideal for those who enjoy modern features but does not want to waste time and money on non-essential cameras and other gimmics. Its a robust quality phone which has a competitive price. I would recommend this phone to all including children due to its ease of use. You should now find this mobile in the shop for £79.99 to £99.99. Thanks for reading.

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                        The Nokia 3510i phone delivers a high-quality color display, MMS and Java technologies in a trendy package. The Nokia 3510i supports polyphonic ring tones and functional accessory covers. The Nokia 3510i phone's high-quality color display, with support for 4096 colors, enriches multimedia messages and games, and is well suited for WAP browsing. The Nokia 3510i is able to receive, send and forward multimedia messages with text-, image-, and tone content. The functional accessory covers for the Nokia 3510i also include active covers that completely light up, flashing to the rhythm of your ring tone or as a game effect.