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      24.09.2011 23:55
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      A good classic for those not in need of the extras.

      This phone is fun! For an older model it shows up current smart phones with it's durable shell. Throw it of a wall and it will bounce back! There are tons of changeable covers for this phone which help to make it a bit personal. It cannot compare to any smart phones on any level: no colour, no camera, no bluetooth, no music storage. However, my Mums been using this phone for years after I passed it onto her she loves it and refuses to change. I changed because I wanted the latest up to date phone with all the extras which she finds unnecessary. This little phone has always been reliable when I used it I never had any software problems I've had with other phones and it has never frozen or switched of for an unexplained reason which all my other phones have done. It can go for 3 days with quite frequent usage including games without needing charged. Can only hold 20 messages on the phone memory which is quite annoying but allows for 100 to be kept on sim as well which isn't quite so bad. Considering my current phone currently has over 1000 in storage I doubt i'd be able to deal with that few being able to be stored. I still use this phone when I go away to festivals as I know it will survive the time I'm away without needing charged or getting broken, it's been dropped in puddles and had beer spilled on it and it still works fine (it's east to clean as well so never starts to look grubby thankfully). I trust this phone to not break on me despite it's age.

      If you are looking for a phone which covers the basic call and text duties then this is the one for you. It stand out against other basic phones with is simple easy layout and the ability to alter its exterior. The battery lasts for ages and it comes with the old classic games such as snake. This phone is ideal for a first for someone who has never text and does not want distracted by all of the add ons of the modern smart phone.

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        22.09.2010 16:59

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        Easy to use, simple mobile phone that can last a lifetime

        A few years ago, I received this phone as a gift (I'd picked it out beforehand) and I loved it. The colour of mine on the outside was blue and it had everything I needed. I'm a little clumsy, so dropping things (including mobile phones) is a bit of a habit. The rubber coating on this phone provided the reliability in a phone that I needed. It has a simple, easy-to-use interface, with buttons that, in all my use of the phone, did not wear out. It has easy call and text messaging functions as well as classic games such as Snake. The fact that it is durable and has a stopwatch also made it good for use when I was running and wanted to time myself. The only reason why I moved onto a newer phone was because I wanted a mobile phone that had more advanced technologies. Despite the small, non colour screen it is a highly useful phone for all your basic needs, that will not easily break and is small enough to be discreet in your pocket, as well as having a good shape that is comfy when held in your hand.

        Overall however, a good mobile phone that is easy to use, pretty much unbreakable, small and compact, and not too expensive.

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        25.10.2006 14:54
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        It breaks.

        I managed to break it. Unbreakable my arse. I fell in a canal in Coseley and it broke then. I got a new one after that and dropped it down the toilet in a curry house near Moseley Dance Centre, and sure enough, it broke again.

        If phones are going to be advertised as being 'unbreakable', could they please be sent to me first, as I reckon I'd be able to break them easily.

        Bones, Aston.

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          19.07.2004 21:44

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          • "that orange screen really starts to get on your nerves"

          I bought this phone around 6 months ago on orange from phones 4 u. Without knowing much about it, the main reason I bought it was because I know how much abuse my usual phones get and I wanted one I could rely on, with a battery life of a reported 100 hours and a talk time (how long you can talk on your phone before the battery needs recharging) of 2.2 hours it fitted the bill quite nicely. The actual battery time I get out of it is around 4 days on a full charge of around 3 hours. The phone is light at only 92grams considering the casing it has to protect it from all the bumps and knocks it recieves. I would recomend getting it on orange with all the promotions they offer such as orange wednesdays and 5 free texts a day. Although orange is the only network iv'e been on! The phone itself comes packed with features including an alarm GPS and WAP, including one little gadget iv'e never personally used a thermometer! The stop watch is top notch and I do however use that quite regularly. Although without a camera or colour screen and it's starting to feel like a bit of a brick compared with newer phones, I think the asking price is a bit far fetched. A top phone none the less.

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          16.03.2004 04:23
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          This phone was one of the first phones that I had personally bought from a shop new, I had previously only had hand-me-downs from friends and family members. I thought that it was great. It bounced! I gave myself a bit of a fright when I dropped it only 3hrs after getting it, but it just bounced, literally. The only problem that I found with it is that the buttons were hard to use. They required a more definite compression, rather than the slight tap that other Nokias require. But being a Nokia, it is impeccably easy to use and is very user friendly. My phone took a lot of knocks, but finally gave up the goose when I fell down a 7ft hole and landed on my side where my phone was. The screen had cracked. It may be shock proof, but it isn?t landing on it from 7ft proof! All in all, a very good phone that will take anything that normally everyday life can throw at it; lets face it, falling down 7ft hole onto your side isn?t really that normal is it...

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            19.12.2003 00:44
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            [Personal Opinion] My Personal Opinion on 5210 is that its great on The Rush Hour Periods of the day/night. Owning a 5210 is in terms to people owning a break which seems to look like its indestructible. As Believing that I've tried smashing it a cuple of time testing its capabilitys of survival. What a laugh it has been,beside how stupid i've been trying to smash my own phone. I've owned many mobile ,9210,Communicators,7250,3210,sumsung s40,s45... and the list goes on Sounds abit silly but it has its experience. I've broken 1/4 mobiles I buy, its like hell believe it or not, spending more money. and sooo it goes on earning a descent wage/good. Playing around with my Nokia 5210 opening its case again and again trying to amaze my self to this middle aged mobile. As in the past i've done quite some contruction work, involving lots of heaving machinery it could be so dangerous for all of us. As Im gonna tell thier are serects or seemingly uses I believe people dont knoe too much about on, what other uses it has except send and recieve call plus its many other Nokia features and Services. other uses: 1. When you open you mobile have you ever notice how bright the lights on the mobile are... Say you can use it in the dark works like a light bulb. light stays on more then 10 sec comsumes normal amount of battery power. so (convenient) as for car drivers just by opening you mobile when on.. ( information might sound abit unfocused on the mobile) 2. Your Mobile Screen will never be damaged unless without case could be used for playing cricket and remember you can change you cover when ever been actually damaged. Other reasons to buy the product: 1. It has a unique size compared to 8310,8210 losing the mobile is quite harder becuase it size is tightly goes in to you cloths. 2. has good quality of ring tone and high sound. 3. bein
            g quite old its pretty much into fasion despite being quite a large object is worth changing but having no GPRS it will lose communication quite easily. 4. In-fra red Device able to communicate eith other Laptops/PC on quite cheap rate. Need WAP Software is Provided with Complete Package. Mobile Features: WAP 1.1 Full display profile logos (6 pictures), including digital clock animation Animated or still graphics, which can be downloaded over-the-air via WAP or SMS Customizable and timed profiles Stopwatch with split and lap timing and an option to save results in calendar and view, stopwatch icon in calendar Countdown timer with two different options: Normal and interval Thermometer measures the current temperature in Celsius and in Fahrenheit SMS, picture messaging Picture Editor with clip art (6 sets): Create new or edit new picture of any predefined or downloaded pictures by adding picture of clip art sets, by drawing new, by changing color (black or white) or by using any predefined options Calendar (100 calendar notes, repeated calendar notes, training folder of 20 predefined icon options) Clock, alarm clock Calculator, currency converter from idle mode Automatic keyguard (time delay end-user selectable) and security code to unlock the phone NITZ (network dependent) Chinese lunar date 5 games Recent Concerns by My self and other users of 5210: *Doesn't have good Communication somtimes - reason is becuase its made for builder and builder are mostly onsite in open air, so it catching a more steady conversation. *it looks quite plain borinhg at time - it may be boring but think of what it will give in return. might not have colour but it has some good set of game equally good as new games on case of additivity. *no polyphonic ringtones tones - depending on peoples personality, most like ring tones. Overal l rating is 5.5/10 in some cases is better rating. its a must have for out and about people. it may not suit business men or classifed jobs but for the sporty quick and going, it could be good idea od buying the moble.

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              13.11.2003 19:50

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              I got this phone free of charge when I subscribed to a vodafone pay monthly contract (£13.99 for 750 mins+50 textxs) about a year ago. This is the first Nokia I have owned however, my family have had them in the opast and have always been pleased and I must say that I am with mine. As with most phones these days it has the following features: stopwatch, thermometre, quick dial facility(voice tags), wap, currency converter, games etc... The phone is very durable having been dropped on several occasions and it still works fine. The only problem I have had is that when you turn the phone on it takes a while to load compared with other phones I have had and the menu can be a bit slow to load at times. This phone is very unique and I am not aware of others that are similar to this. In my opinion it is a lot better than other plain phones that all look the same. Reception has never been a problem although I think some people have but this could be isolated incidences. Standby/talk time is reasonable with me only needing to recharge it every few days and this only takes a couple of hours with the standard charger. However, it is important to know that if you use some of the phones extra functions including the games then this tends to go through the battery quite quickly. The phone has now been on the market for a couple of years so it can now be boght for approximately £100 which is not bad considering the price of many phones. One piece of advice though is that if you just want the phone to put your sim card into (i.e. pay as you talk customers) it may be cheaper to get one that has a sim card with it and just swap the cards over. As the phone has been around a while now accessories are easy to get especially as nokia tend to use the same connectors for most of their phones. However, the replacement cases are fairly difficuilt to locate and can be expensive when you have. I would certainly recommend people to get t
              his phone even though it may not have colour display etc...

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              04.09.2003 00:25
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              the fone was cute and nice to look at and hold and i loved the water proof swimsuit on it but when it goes wrong it goes wrong im only writing breifly here because after three weeks of having the fone it broke and im about to write a reveiw on phones 4 you. But it was expensive to replace and the problem re occured time after time after time every nokia i have ever had has had a failure on it very quickly.

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                29.08.2003 06:49
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                My first good phone- any phone I had before was a cast off from a family member but this one was my own and I love it. The last few phones I have had have gone missing, fell down the toilet (woops,) sort of took a spin in the washing machine or generally stopped working. I intend to look after this one. Man, how have phones progressed since the big old bricks that used to break your arms after holding longer than a minute? The nokia 5210 has got to be one of the best mobile?s invented just before the recent launch of the camera phone which is not a feature of the 5210. Unlike most of my mates I am actually quite aware of the risks of cancer and radiation from mobiles. Brain cells die rapidly from time spent talking on mobiles, scary eh? A down side of this phone is that it is a nightmare to switch on. There is a tiny button located at the top right end of the phone. It requires a fingertip nail to hold it is for a good 2 seconds until it decides to co-operate. Once it is on, things get easier. I purchased the Nokia 5210 from Carphone warehouse on contract for a year at least, £20.00 monthly plus call charges. (No free minutes or texts.) Nokia is a reputable company and I had previously heard good reports on this phone. It comes packaged in a box with charger, manual, hands-free kit and a blue X-press on shell. Fully charged which gave me 3 hours talk time/ approx. 100 hours on standby mode. It appeared different than other phones; it has a vertical intact 2 ways scrolling button, with blue up and down arrows, enabling the user to scroll through options and names in the phone book. There was also 2 separate buttons, which allowed the user to end and make calls, a red and green phone icon respectively. The screen displayed the operator logo and on the right a ?Names? and ?Menu? option, which could be accessed using two dashed buttons located under these options on the keypad. It was useful to access the phone book directly i
                nstead of searching for a name via the phone book. The phones specifications: - Messages were the first section of the phones menu. I could write messages, view my inbox and outbox, send picture messages (pre formatted, not sourced from a camera,) use smiles and templates. A great combination of options. Writing messages are incredibly simple to do, the phone had pre-programmed dictionaries in many languages which were all in predictive text if the user wanted. And each message had a maximum of 450 characters, a lengthy number by anyone?s standard. Then there is a call register function next in line. It contains functions that allow you to view missed calls, received calls, numbers dialled. You will find yourself using these more than you imagined. If your phone cannot be reached in time for a call or you are in an area of no signal this will record the callers number and time of call on whatever date. Settings is a useful menu, tones can be adjusted. Here you can compose your own ring tones using composer. This saves money as they can be got for free on websites; try searching ?Nokia key press ring tones?. Or enable vibrate option or use any of the phones many ring tones. Personally I prefer toreador. It never gets old. Ring tones can also have a rhythmic light background in time to their beat. Pretty funky. Call divert is an option. If you want to bar people from calling you, if you are busy or want your head showered from calls, you can divert all calls to voicemail or even another number. There are a few decent games to keep you occupied while bored at home, on the bus or whatever. They come in handy although murder the battery rapidly. They include snake 2, pairs 2, space impact, bantumi and bumper. Other features on the phone are the calendar, which allows you to add notes and reminders, there?s a calculator, currency converter, picture editor, although patience is needed. Or you
                can take a inaccurate reading of the temperature with the thermometer, it is never right for example one cold winters morning the forecast read -1, my wonderful phone said 15c. Countdown timer and stopwatch are useful for a bit of fun like in my case timing sprints with my mates or whatever floats your boat. There is a really good infrared device, allowing you to send things like phone numbers and ring tones to other infrared enabled phones. Simply hold the infrared part of the phone in line with another phone to receive the number. This is a free option and in my opinion far better than forking out 12p or 15p. This phone also has the Internet but costs an absolute fortune, you could download games or ring tones, and it has to be set up by selecting country of residence, number and so on via the wap. Also a costly operation. The phone has got a huge memory for numbers and you?ll never use them all, 450 to be precise 200 on the sim card and 250 to the phones hardware memory. Overall the Nokia 5210 is really durable and waterproof with many great features. I advice anyone thinking of purchasing it to opt for the blue cover as the orange and the rest of my tried colours get sickening and give the urge to be changed. It is really reliable and so should be the one for you. Thanks ever so much for reading. I hope to pay back the favour.

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                  29.07.2003 19:32
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                  I have owned 3 phones over the past 4 years and spent £10 to get them. The first an ancient Nokia brick was handed to me by my father, the 3210 was sold to me for a tenner and the most recent one, the Nokia 5210, was handed to me by a close friend. Nice. The phone is identical to my girlfriend's so I already knew what to expect... my incredible ability to break things has vanished now I have this super tough, indestuctable phone. Well they say that but the screen on the case is easily broken and a replacement case costs up to £20! Thank god a fake case from the market in a variety of colours (making up for the hideous orange) for a mere £7. Anyway known as the bouncing phone, the 5210 is a durable phone that features WAP capabilities, infra red options, a host of traditional games as well as the normal dialing features... But of course most of us use our mobiles for texting and phoneing... and this is where the problem lies. Using the phone to talk is all well and good, it is comfortable due to its thick size and easy to use menu's make it fine. It is the texting where a problem comes in. You can save just a mere 10 messages which, considering this is a phone that is still selling for £100, isn't that smart. Also a problem both me and my girlfriend have discovered when texting is the fact that a space counts as 2 characters, does anyone else have this problem and can it be sorted out? Help would be greatly appreciated. The orange screen though does make it surprisingly easy on the eyes and nicely so. Nevertheless as a durable top-of-the-range non-colour phone it is a nice addition... it doesn't have the frankly embarassing polophonic ringtones and it does the simple jobs brilliantly. Just the 2 character spacing brings down the score. Dringo.

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                    22.07.2003 22:17

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                    Ugly ! - Advantages: Tis a Nokia - Disadvantages: ugliest phone I ever did see, not for the ladies

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                    02.07.2003 05:45
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                    1. Get it made by Nokia - the sturdiest phones around 2. Make it shockproof by adding a thick layer of rubber on all sides 3. Make it waterproof by making it fit together like a Russian doll........ This all adds to......... The Nokia 5210! The most durable phone in the world (at the moment). You could run the thing over with a car and it would probably still work. You can throw it into a swimming pool (or the sea like a certain other reviewer did to their 3310) and it will come back for more! The reason? It is a well-designed sports phone. The phone may be aging a little now, but if you are a fan of sports, then this is essential if you insist of having your phone with you at all times. It comes with the standard programs of the G1 type of Nokia phones, such as a ringtone composer, Space Impact and the usual rock solid texting mechanism. Added to this are things like a full calendar, thermometer, Stopwatch with 10 split times, countdown timer and cool profile logos like an animated pulse. The system is the standard Nokia system, thus making it one of the simplest to use phones on the planet. If you do not want a phone with all of the fancy camera attachments and MM messaging options of the smarmy new phones, the go for this one. The police did! The reason for this is that this phone will last for years, decades probably, even with very rough treatment, like the police may receive. Overall ? a very tough, basic (deluxe basic even) phone for use in an active career, or people who want their phone to be safe (maybe clumsy?). For standard use i.e. calls, texting, simple games etc., this phone excels itself. If you want more advanced things and do not intend to keep your phone for too long, then avoid this phone.

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                      03.06.2003 05:21
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                      A friend sold this odd little phone to me. After always dropping my old phone on concrete floors and even into a pint once! She announced that this phone was designed with me in mind! It's meant to be be drop proof and water resistant but mine has survived more than its fair share of bad luck. After quite a few clumsy incidents it proved that it really is water resistant and even a bit waterproof after it fell out of my back pocket down the lav! It was in the water for a while before i was brave enough to fish it out and sure enough it still worked. I've thought about getting a shiny silver trendy phone but i really don't think it would be so forgiving. It is light and small and has all the usual Nokia features.The great thing about Nokias' is that once you've owned one phone the format is the same for all of them so no more searching through pages of instructions to work out how to switch the thing on!

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                        14.05.2003 17:35

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                        The nokia 5210 is a poor phone in my opinion as after owning one for about six months i have had loads of trouble with it. I hav had three screens and two rubber protective covers. Which i think is poor for a mobile phone which is designed to be sturdy. Also nokia policys of replacing a mobile after having to be mended three times is also a con as they only offered me £1 worth of text. This will be the last nokia phone i will buy

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                        09.05.2003 17:04
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                        I bought a Nokia 5210 last September. I bought it from Phones 4 U on an 02 Pay as you go tarrif. Then it cost £150. This phone has all of the usual Nokia features. They are: Messages - You know, text messages. It has predictive text so that you can write messages quickly. One downside is that it can only store 10 recieved messages. More would be better. Call Register - This contains useful information like the duration of your last call, the total amount of time you have spent on the phone, and most importantly a list of calls you missed. Profiles - This is where you customise your phone. You can set up different profiles that do different things. You have control over the ringtone, the volume of it (and the same for the message tone), if the phone vibrates when you get a call, and if it lights up. You can switch between the profiles as and when you need them. Settings - In here you change things like the clock, the alarm clock, turn speed dialling on or off and lots of other useful bits and pieces. Games - On this phone you get 5 games to play with. You get snake 2, Space Impact, Bumper, Bantumi and Pairs 2. Everyone knows what Sake and Pairs are, so I won't describe them, but I will describe the others. Space impact is a kind of space invaders type game, You go along the screen shooting the alien ships that fly towards you whilst dodging their missiles. Bumper is a basic pinball type game. Bantumi. Hmm I've never understood bantumi!! It does have instructions for all the games on the phone, but I can't get my head around the bantumi rules! Calculator - Always useful! Calender - This is another really useful feature. You can store reminders of important dates so you don't forget things. Infrared - This can be used for a number of things. You can use it to play 2 player games. You can use it to send numbers and things to other people whose phone has infra red, or you can
                        use it to communicate with a computer. I've not tried the last of these 3 though. Extras - This is where they put the features that they couldn't fit into any other category. It has a stopwatch, countdown timer, and thermometer!!! The thermometer is next to useless. It takes about 5 minutes to work out what the temperature actually is, and even then it is wildly inaccurate. I think that the reason for this is because the sensor is inside the plastic shell of the phone. I really don't know why they included this feature. Services - This is where you can access the internet using WAP. I don't use WAP much, but you can use it to find travel information, sports results etc... So that's the features that are on the phone, but what is it actually like to use?? Well, The phone looks quite good. Mine came in blue. It has a hard shell with a rubberised outside. The reason for this is that it is a 'tough' phone. It is splash resistant, and dust resistant. It is also meant to be stronger, so if you drop your phone it won't fall to pieces. It's quite small and fits in the hand nicely, and the buttons are all easy to access. When fully charged the battery lasts around 4-5 days, depending on how much you use it. Toughness - This is a main marketing point of this phone, but I haven't found it to be that robust. The screen on the casing has cracked. It did this when it was in my pocket. The only thing I can think of is that it must have pressed against my keys, which were also in my pocket. I did look at getting a new cover for the phone, but they cost £24!!! Another downside of the shell design of the cover is that it muffles your speech when you are talking to people on the phone. I quite often find myself having to repeat myself as people can't clearly hear what I am saying. Overall it is quite a good phone, with good features, but I don't think I would recco
                        mend it to people, as I don't think it is a strong as it is made out to be, and the quality of the microphone isn't good enough for being behind a thick plastic cover.

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