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I suppose it could be considered a little embarrassing to post a review on a phone that is as old as this one, but I still use it as a weekend phone when we are out and about in the car.
There are 3 reasons for this:
1. Our utility vehicle has a hands-free car kit which includes a cradle which fits this model.
2. It's nice to get away from the Blackberry at the weekend and thereby avoid routine checking for messages
3. The damned phone is so reliable that it just won't break, despite it suffering a fair bit of treatment over the years
When it was first introduced, before all of the current application-mad options were introduced with a superabundance of features that none of us really need, it was considered to be a decent phone for both personal and business use. I can even remember showing it off to all and sundry.
You can phone with it and you can text with it. It's got infrared but no Bluetooth, no camera, no nothing - just the way I like it. I'm not interested in Facebook; I don't want to tweet. I occasionally make a call and receive a message and that's about it. It's mostly carried with us so that we can be easily contactable in an emergency and so that we can speak safely hands-free when we are in the car.
It has been dropped several times. It has paint spills on it. I have replaced the cover, the buttons and the back twice and it's now almost impossible to see the letters and numbers on the buttons because they have almost worn away.
I have only had one change of battery and the charge will last quite happily for several days. It still has some ring tones on it which I downloaded for it when I first got it - tones like the X factor Theme Tune, soon after the show began - which shows how old a model it is. Also, The Magic Roundabout, which is my current message alert. Steptoe and Son is my favourite ring tone and I tend to alternate between this and Benny Hill.
Surprisingly perhaps, although it offers little these days to the discerning feature hungry phone nerd, there are still plenty of these models,(including new ones)around, testament to their longevity.
It would make a good first phone for a youngster who likes texting. Alternatively, at the other end of the age spectrum, the simple Nokia standard menu system would make it an ideal choice for an elderly relative. It's OK for Grumpy Old Men like me too and I will keep it going for as long as it lasts!
This is one of the best mobile phones I ever purchased. I have had it for 6 years now and still use it as a spare! I have never had a problem with it, I even dropped it in a glass of orange squash (by accident) and after a night on top of the radiator it worked fine!
It has no camera and is very basic but I have had phones with cameras boasting 3.5 and 5 meg cameras since and hardly ever used them. If you want to take pictures you use a camera! Speaking as someone who uses a phone as a phone it gave me all the features I needed. It is small, easy to use, makes calls and it fit nicely in my handbag.
The battery life is also the best of any phones I have ever had...not like the ridiculously expensive one I have now which needs charging about twice a day!
As you will see from all the other reviews, this mobile phone is more or less unbreakable! I've had mine for about three years now and all I have to show for it is a few scratches and slight wear on the buttons.
If you just want a phone for calling and texting then this it. It's very basic, there's no camera or Bluetooth, but because it's so sturdy you won't ever have to worry about being without it. It's great for emergencies as the battery lasts a long time and it doesn't take very long to charge either.
It uses the old style Nokia charger which is very easy to get hold of; many people have them stashed away in drawers!
It's a nice compact size and it's easy to customize using the various fascias that are available, I've even found several in the local pound shops! A friend connected mine to his computer so I now have a customised starting screen and ringtone (both 'Phantom of the Opera'!).
It doesn't have any decent games - no snake! I've been told you can download them but I've never bothered.
Overall, it's not flashy but it does the job that a mobile phone is supposed to do, you couldn't ask for more!
The Nokia 6100 comes with a colour screen, easy to use interface, and more than enough features for business use. For the techies, it does come with infra red, handy if you want to sync contact numbers with your PC or beam your number to your mates. Regardless of what the manual says, the battery life is long (around 5 days for me), even with using the loudspeaker option. The loudspeaker is a great new feature. Press of a button and you now have a hands free car kit! No more using those messy headphone cables that get caught up in your seatbelt or replacing the old car kit with a new one! You can upload java applications to the small 400K memory. And although it is messy, I have managed to install and get working an SSH telnet session! It comes with a couple of useless games, Bounce and Chess, a calculater, stop watch, calendar and world clock 2. All of these seem great and novel at first, but like most toys get left unused in the toy basket.
Huge fan of Nokia phones. This phone is utterly perfect; only thing it is missing is a camera, really, but it's definitely not a necessity. People might make fun of you a bit for carrying it around, but who cares; they probably have Motorolas anyway. (lol) Amazing battery life. Amazing reception. No regrets.
Nokia 6100 - the unbreakable phone.
I managed to have my phone stolen, and then my replacement phone broke and so my boyfriend lent me this phone until I found another phone. He'd had this phone years ago and kept it lying around after he got an upgrade.
~ Basics ~
Make: Nokia 6100
Dimensions: 10.2cm (h) x 4.4cm (l) x 1.4cm (w)
Phone Book Capacity: 300 numbers
Camera/ Video: No
Polyphonic Ringtones: MIDI
Music Player: No
Speaker Phone: Yes
Battery: 5 hours talk time, 240 hours stand by
Screen: Colour LCD
Other Features: Alarm, Calendar, Calculator, TO-DO, Stopwatch, Wallet, Currency Converter, Changeable cover.
~ Good Points ~
I have dropped this phone on concrete, dropped it down the stairs and someone has thrown it at the wall (long story!) and still it hasnt broken. This phone has also been dropped in the bath and survived! There are a few scratches on the cover, and a hairline scratch on the screen, but this phone still works 4 years on. Apart from running over the phone with a car, youd have to really use your imagination to try and break it!
This phone is very reliable. Ive had newer phones that after 6 months have stopped working or have had problems sending/ receiving texts, but I have never had a problem with this phone. Also, none of the keys stick and the centre button still works as new. On newer phones Ive often found the centre button, which you press most often, doesnt work as well as it used to, or that the keys stick and are hard to press.
- Battery Life
This phone has been used for about 4 years now and the battery life is still relatively good. I tend to spend 1 hour talking on the phone a day and the phone is left on 24 hours a day, and it still takes about 5-7 days before the phone needs recharging. So that's 5 - 7 hours talktime, PLUS 120 - 168 hours standby (roughly) before the battery needs recharging.
~ Bad Points~
- Buttons are close together
At first it can be hard to use the phone as the buttons are very close together. However, after a week I had got used to the phone and now I dont have a problem at all. I am female and so have smaller hands than most males, but my boyfriend didnt have a problem using the phone either.
- Lack of modern features
This is an older phone, and so doesnt have the modern features most phones have at the moment. It lacks a camera or Bluetooth. However, if youre not looking for a phone with these features then it can only be a bonus as the phone is cheaper because it doesnt have a camera etc!
- Have to reset time when you take the battery out
Minor detail, but I was trying to think of three advantages and three disadvantages of the phone, and this was the only other bad point I could think of. When you take out and then put back in the battery you have to reprogramme the date and time on the phone, it doesn't just remember. Though this can hardly be a reason not to buy the phone, but it can be a little irritating!
~ General ~
This phone is fantastic, and I can honestly say it is the one phone I've had that hasn't broken or deteriorated after 6 months - 1 year of me having it. I've found that phones tend to lose their battery life quite quickly and become less reliable over time, but this phone hasn't.
If you are looking for a basic phone, one you can use to send/receive texts, ring people, and generally do the basic things a phone should, then this is the phone to buy. Your only problem might be finding somewhere that still sells it!
If all you want to have is a phone that can make phone calls then this is abrilliant choice of mobile phone for that. I have had one of these for three years and there is nothing wrong with it. It does not have any fancy memory card or camera in it but it has everything a mobile phone needs. If you like chess though then at least you get chess free with it. The memory is about 400kb and it has a 4c nokia battery which lasts me the whole week of using it for a few hours a day.
This phone has many great features, but most importatly it has never in over a years use ever crashed or let me down in any way. It fits perfectly in your hand and looks the business. Mine is silver and I think it still looks like a top of the range phone.
The sound quality and reception is very good. I am on the T-Mobile network. Other makes of phones I've tried never quite seem to have the same clarity or a consistantly good signal.
The user interface is very clear and easy to use as are most Nokia phones. The buttons are also well layed out and responsive. The menu system uses the classic Nokia layout which I think most people find easy to use, including myself.
One of my favourite features is the loud speaker mode that can be activated by pressing one button during a call. I find this easier than using a hands free kit. Espeically now that you are not allowed to use a mobile in your car, although I have never done this as I find it a bit tricky driving with one hand and changing gear.
Text messaging is easy, it supports the T9 predictive text, which I find very handy. I know a lot of people don't like it but persevere with it and you'll be texting much faster and with fewer mistakes. It also support long messages where more than one SMS message can be used to create one long one. The phone can store many messages in it's memory so there's no need to worry about deleting them all the time to make space quite as often.
The battery life on the phone is very good and one of the best I've had in a mobile. Make sure you get a Nokia battery as I received mine without one and I bought a differnt make and it was poor, I ended up buying a Nokia battery and the difference was immediately apparant. The phone gives you adequate warning when it's running low so you don't get caught short, usually in the most inconvenient circumstances.
An important part of any mobile phone for me is the quality of the buttons, I've found that again the 6100 wins. The buttons are very affirmative and firm and you get a nice reasuring click when you press them. The buttons are also layed out in a very logical way. Nice and easy to write text messages on.
The display is not as clear as some more recent phones but is adequate. It can be a little bit dark unless viewed staight on.
Ring tones are polyphonic, the ones provided on the phone are good, you could always get more if you wanted. I've found some sound better than others on this phone.
It's biggest missing feature is bluetooth, if you need this then this phone is not for you. It also has no camera if this is important to you, I have found them to be a bit of a novelty.
The phone isn't very robust so it may be worth investing in a case. My girlfriend dropped her's and craked the display. It cost £40 to have it replaced.
Java applications can be used on the phone and the games supplied are not very inspiring, although I don't really play games on my mobile.
On the whole I love this phone and hope that Nokia keep making great phones like this. I've been using a Sony Ericsson phone for the last year and I've found it much more difficult to use than all the Nokia phones I've owned. If you want a good phone that is reliable and sylish without some of the nice to have features than you can do a lot worse. In fact when I upgrade my dad (who usually has my last phone) says he doesn't want it as he wants to keep his Nokia 6100. I rest my case.
I am a Nokia fan.
For me a mobile phone is just that - a phone which I can carry about with me to speak to people whilst away from home or my desk at work.
A mobile phone (for me) on the other hand is NOT a Gameboy, a hi-fi music system, TV or video camera.
Grudgingly I can see a use for a digital still picture mode on a phone, after all you do not carry about a camera with you all the time, whereas most of us these days do not leave home without a mobile in our pocket or bag.
Over the years the texting feature has come in handy but on the whole I could even live without that.
What I do need is a compact phone that is built to withstand around three to four years use without being particularly cosseted. That is why I'm a Nokia fan.
My first Nokia was the brilliant (in its day) 5130, big by todays standards but it did exactly what I expected a phone to do and very little more. It is still in perfect working order today, seven years later, never cost me a penny in repairs, nor has the battery been replaced.
The main reason I replaced it with the still unique 7110, was that the newer phone had a slide cover over the keypad (I would never buy another phone with exposed buttons) and a much larger screen which I find extremely useful when mounted in the hands free kit in the car.
That phone is now almost five years old and again apart from having been replaced under the Orange Insurance scheme (it took a swim in a paddling pool one afternoon and, well, drowned!) I have been using it continiously, again without so much as replacing the battery.
That is how I expect my mobile to perform!
Here comes the subject of this review!
My wife, when she came to England four years ago, inherited my by then little used 5130. She liked the phone well enough but found it very heavy in her bag or worse spoiling the line of any jacket she put it in due to its size and weight.
Looking at Nokia's in shop windows and reading about them from time to time, she fancied the look of the tiny 6100. Not only of diminutive proportions, but also very light in weight - 77 grammes - we just weighed it!. The fact that it was available in a very attractive metallic blue and silver colour scheme probably aided her choice too.
Whilst my Orange phone is used for business and pleasure and is on contract, hers we left on the Orange Pay as You Go tariff. This left us looking around for a competitive price last year just as the 6100 was being replaced. In May of last year we were told all sorts of conflicting stories by various shops and suppliers as to this phone's availability, finally calling the Orange shop in Eastbourne who had no less than 18 in stock. He was selling it on Pay as You Go at £99.99, that including £10 call credits, a bargain for a phone which had cost twice as much a few months previously.
The Orange shop - we turned up at 5.25, as they were just closing - was extremely helpful, the manager even transferred the old phones memory for us. My wife walked out with the phone of her dreams and I thought that we had purchased a real bargain.
OK it had a colour screen and goodness knows how many other superfluous features that we are never going to use, but it did exactly fit my wife's criteria for the ideal mobile phone.
In terms of reception and speaker clarity, the 6100 is the best phone either of us has used. My wife even uses the hands free mode, although it does pick up a fair amount of background noise.
We also managed to download a polyphonic ring tone for it. As you have already gathered I am the old fashioned sort, I like my phone to ring and on my 7110, Nokia provided a perfectly acceptable ring ring tone.
However the 6100 arrived without such a tone, we went through all of this phones melodies and disliked all of them. My wife, being a fan of "Sex in the City", heard the theme tune on a moblie in a shop one evening and then found it advertised in a TV magazine. £2.50 later, we had it downloaded onto the phone thanks to the net, the phone even makes a fair fist of playing it too! Trouble is she's too amused listening to the tune to answer the phone quickly which can be a little frustrating sometimes!
The most impressive feature (others have commented on this too in their reviews) is the incredible battery life. Quite how Nokia have managed to pack such a powerful battery into this tiny casing I will never know. We hardly ever seem to charge it - maybe once every 10 days, it also charges remarkably quickly (in less than 2 hours) which is handy.
Very occasionally when we go out socially rather than carrying the much larger and heavier 7110 (or Green Godess as we call it - due to its simply beautiful case finish) I will leave mine at home and take the 6100.
It was on one of these occasions when disaster struck, or at least we think it was. I pulled the phone from the mobile pocket of my (very thick) leather jacket to see a strange site on the 6100's colour screen. A perfect pair of red "lips" had appeared seemingly overnight. Pressing the buttons lit the screen but the lips remained, you could not see any of the data displayed on the screen. The phone was still fully functional in every other way but obviously the screen would have to be replaced.
Being only two months old at the time, we thought that it would be a simple case of back to the Orange shop to get it exchanged for a new one.
No such luck!
They simply refused to have anything to do with it, claiming that the phone had been subjected to "impact damage". There was no mark on the casing and we know absolutely that the phone had not been dropped, knocked or in any other way "abused".
The best they could do was refer us to a Nokia repair agent, who very conveniently turned out to be located just around the corner from where we live.
He took one look at our 6100, laughed and said: "oh yes, the lips!" He went on to say that these tiny phones are very fragile, he had lots of colour screens in stock. His own 6100 was now on its third screen, he told us that he had a habit of leaning on bars and that the phone twisted in his pocket.
We were about to discover how a Nokia agent can afford a new Porsche 911!
That'll only take 5 minutes, pop a new screen in and Bob's your Uncle. Well, we had a fully functioning 6100, two months old and an impressive looking VAT receipt for £50.
Yes, £50, more than half the cost of the phone!
My liking for Nokia took a big hit that afternoon. If I finish up having to replace the 5 year old 7110, its replacement, if of similar dimensions to the 6100, will have to have an aluminium case or be of "flip phone" design which should prove to be more robust.
This is a very good mobile telephone, but after our experiece with it we would not reccomend it as a practical purchase, which is a pity because all it would need is a stronger, but then presumably heavier, case.
After all that my wife still loves her little Nokia 6100. Although unlike mine it has not gained a knick name!
I only use my mobile when I’m out and about, so I need to get to it quickly, and it needs to be easy and quick to use, with a clear display. This phone is none of those things. The keys are so small that it is really hard to press only one at a time, and I have small fingers! My husband can’t even fit one finger on one key. The text on the display is minute, so I have to fish out my specs every time I use the phone. Stupidly I chose this from a photo and description, when my old Nokia gave up the ghost. It never crossed my mind it would be so small that a middle aged or male person struggles to use it. Also the light behind the display turns itself off after a certain time. You can alter this, but you can’t stop it turning off, so when it rings you can’t see anything until you press a key. I am always pressing the wrong key to answer the phone for reasons explained above, and as a result something else happens (like I terminate the call). This phone is probably fantastic for youngsters who have perfect vision, tiny and nimble fingers and actually use all the bells and whistles. A bad buy for a middle-aged person who mainly wants to make and take telephone calls!
I have always liked nokia phones, they are one of the oldest mobile companies around so they should know how to get things right! I like the use of any nokia's menu, and this 6100 phone is no different. I 'brought' the phone for free on an orange Contract costing around £30 a month, and after three months i can drop it down to £15 a month so therefore i think it's a very cheep way to get such a good phone! The phone has a nice large colour screen, WAP (which has slightly more point in colour, and is free for the first three months you have a contract at the moment!!), predictive text, support for downloadable games and applications (although you have to pay for most of these), polyphonic ringtones. The battery lasts me about a week on low usage, however if i use it a lot then it only lasts a couple of days. Although the phone does not have bluetooth you can use the built in handsfree option (which makes the sound louder and the microphone more sensitive) to talk without wires! I think the 6100 is a nice phone, solidly built, small, thin, good battery life, and it looks pretty good!! I would definatly recomend this phone, the only thing that is missing is Bluetooth!
INTRO. This is the phone i own at the moment, Ive had it nearly a year now, never had any problems with the phone itself, just a small problem connecting to the wap, but this has all been resolved now. I got this phone free via orange as i went onto a contract, but i think its retailing at about £199 at the moment. LOOKS. No problems in this department, changeable covers in quite a wide range, colour screen, u can also change what colour the text is, aswell as changing the wallpaper, or you could add a logo such as your name to go on the screen. COVERS. I bought a couple of cover for my mobile from donnington market, (near east midlands airport) they were cheap at only £1.50 compared to the usual £4 or £5 from a proper shop, but they didnt last very long before the colour started coming off and looking very faded and dull, suffice to say i wont be buying these cheap ones anymore. EASE OF USE. No problems here either, ive had nokias now for the last few years, tried motorola and erickson but the buttons just dont seem right for your thumbs, I find when im texting i can do it very quickly with a nokia, although i dont bother using the dictionary either, i cant get on with it and find it much faster to do it manually anyway. I changed from a nokia 8310 to this, my old phone used to freeze up but this one doesnt, so it looks as though theyve cleared up the software glitch. DOWNLOADS. Plenty of these to be had (at a cost of course) normally cost about £3 depending on which website you goto, or whether you connect straight upto your service providers wap, i find the nokia club the best website, this site has polyphonic ringtones (which you can use with this phone) screensavers, wallpapers and games. dont really rate the games for mobile phones, if youve got an xbox/playstation 2 etc save your money up and get games for those. RECEPTION. I have had problems here, i know a couple of people with this phone and theyve all had probl
ems with connecting to the wap, after a few phone calls to the relevant phone company they finally send you some "new gprs settings", since then ive had no problems connecting at all. PRICE. For what the phone does i think this is good value for money, i didnt have to pay for mine (took out a contract) otherwise i think there about £150 now. Seems to be the best phone nokia wise on the market at the moment. EXTRAS. As in other reviews ive read it doesnt come with alot of games (only 1 in fact) this is a rubbish chess game, you either have to get someone in check in 1 move or get out of check in 1 move, suffice to say i dont both with this game. CONCLUSION. I bought my phone via orange on the internet, was an easy online form to fill in, 2 days later my phone was here, just inserted the sim card, activated my phone and i was away SIMPLE, Would recommend this phone to any1 easy to use and looks good, what more could you ask for from a mobile phone (as the advert says, it does exactly waht it says on the tin). Would have liked to have had a fm radio on this phone like my old one did, but im happy with it never the less.
its a good phone with good functions, no bluetooth is a minus but only a little one, its easy to use, compact, looks good and overall is a good phone untill... after about 8 months the phone started to switch it self off randamly, it started to happen more often untill after about 2 weeks the phone was almost always off, and becoming difficult to switch back on, the same thing has also happend to my friends 6100. The problem seems to be with the battery contacts coming away from the circuit board where the solder is. it is a good phone, just thought it would be fair to share my experence of this problem. i find it difficult to recommend this phone as i've had problems, but it seems to be only a minor fault; with the majorty of users having no problems.
Having just sent my 7210 to mobile heaven I went to pick up my upgrade: a Nokia 6100. At first glance the phone is much like any other standard handset; no distinctive looks about it but nonetheless very small and compact. After managing to figure how the sim card inserts and the back cover locks in I switched it on and began to browse the phone?s features. Here is where we begin? FEATURES: The 6100 features all the generic Nokia features expected; a phone book, text and media messaging, organiser, call register and the extras such as wap and a calculator. As far as games go the 6100 is lacking with only one pre-installed game, which allows you to solve a few chess problems. It doesn?t even let you play a whole game of chess! However, you should bare in mind that this model is aimed at the business user and therefore the variety of games available is not going to be a high priority for this market. The 6100 also allows you to download wallpaper, ring tones and also java games. This is done via the built in wap browser but the cost will depend on your network and can be expensive so be careful there. Like most handsets nowadays the 6100 features polyphonic ring tones with a number of them pre-installed. Finally, to my delight Nokia have included a normal ring-ring tone rather than the usual multitude of embarrassing tunes. For the frequent flyer there is also a world clock. This does exactly what it says on the tin with a world map shown on the screen as well. DEESIGN: The 6100 is not the most unique phone in the world, far from it. The design is however clean and simple and it should appeal to most people as its very inoffensive. The actual size is extremely small and it weighs in at only 76g, one of the lightest phones on the market. The keypad is well laid out and the 4-way scroll button makes for quick and easy navigation of menus and text. I found that the buttons are slightly harder to press than on other Nokia mo
dels (namely the 7210) however they still give a good audible and tactile response so you know if you have actually pressed a button or not. The 6100 hundred has a couple of built in shortcuts. Pressing left scroll will take you straight into a new text message, whilst pressing right scroll will take you into the organiser. This is extremely useful, especially if you text a lot. VALUE FOR MONEY: My 6100 was a free upgrade on my contract from my previous 7210. As far as I know, most contracts will now offer this phone free although some of the lowest price contracts still charge for the handset. As a guide, the 6100 is around £120 on the cheapest contracts and about £170 as a standalone package or on pay and go. PERFORMANCE: The 6100 has a stated battery life of 300 mins talk time and 300 hours stand by time. This as always is slightly exaggerated but it?s not far off the mark especially given the small size of the battery. The menus respond quickly to commands and the colour screen is both bright and clearly defined. Overall, the 6100 is a great phone. It won?t appeal to all, as it?s not quite as unique as some other models. The lack of a camera may disappoint some users but for most it should suffice. If you need a compact, stylish and reliable phone with functionality, this is the one for you. Another great effort from Nokia.
Well, I've had mine for a year now, and have done away with my diary, my address book, my Gameboy, my calculator, my alarm clock, my watch, my computer - heck, I hardly need my brain any more (except maybe to work out some of the challenges on the games I have downloaded!). What can I say?! A superb phone, these Nokias just keep getting better and better. Even though I use it all the time, I only have to charge the battery once a week. Trouble is, if I ever accidently leave it at home I feel so vulnerable and naked without it! Am I sad? I can fit most of my personal life into my mobile phone! My contract is up for renewal shortly and I have the chance to upgrade, but for the first time, I don't really want to.