Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
Newest Review: ... the highlighted text/image/icon before trying again. This was corrected with the 6230i which was released a year or 2 later along with... more
Good back in the day, but not today.
Member Name: NotMyToothbrush
Advantages: Simple interface, fairly slim, built in camera.
Disadvantages: Poor keypad, sometimes difficult to use select button
This was my second ever mobile phone which, once again, was handed down to me. My previous phone was a Nokia 3330 which was one of the most basic phones imaginable. The transition to a full colour phone which even had a camera was just mind-blowing to me back in 2004 when I got this.
The reason the person who had this phone before me chose to have another Nokia was because of the trust we had gained of the brand following our great experience with the last phone. Nokia phones have always been well respected for their reliability, robustness and simplicity and we really liked this. Thankfully, all of these stereotypes of Nokia phones held up when we got this new model as it was as good as we expected and better still!
The phone itself was very block-like. It actually felt like a miniature plastic cereal box with buttons due to its relative dimensions and sharp edging. I can't image it took too long for Nokia to actually design the case for this phone as it is so basic but this, in a way, added to it's charm. I know that it was quite popular with not only personal users but also for business people. Quite possibly because the phone did look quite professional due to its design being functional and to-the-point without any gimmicks. I likened the phone to a plastic cereal box, this was not only for the reasons I previously listed but also because at certain parts it was actually as flimsy as one surprisingly; the keypad especially was very low quality. When pressed, the keypad would move around slightly inside the casing and flex. The keypad buttons on this were actually removable on this sot hat it could be replaced simply by taking the cover off but it did mean that it did feel cheap. The keypad never moved enough to cause wrong buttons to be pressed or entered but it did make the experience of using it a little worse though.
The 0.3 Megapixel camera built in to this phone was revolutionary in my eyes. This phone was amongst the first mainstream phones to offer such functionality and lead to a revolution in convenient photography. No matter where you were you were now able to take photos (not necessarily good photos) without another bulky device having to be on hand. I say that the photos were not necessarily good as they were not at all. Even the slightest of movements would cause the image to blur greatly and the colouring of the photos was very, very dull and grainy. However at the time you really could not expect much more and merely having a camera was good enough for most people.
As you come to expect from Nokia phones, the user interface was very simple and easy to navigate. You opened up a 2 dimensional menu which could be navigated using the 4-directional button near the screen and to select you simply pressed the centre of this button. This way of pressing enter could be difficult at times as unless you pressed it perfectly, you could often hit a direction instead and therefore have to correct the highlighted text/image/icon before trying again. This was corrected with the 6230i which was released a year or 2 later along with some other improvements too.
The battery life was pretty good with a couple of hours needing to charge it up fully and then that charge lasting about 2 days before running out again with regular usage. This made it very reliable even if you were away from a power source for a while. If left in standby it could last maybe a week or so.
Summary: At the time, when the tech was almost revolutionary, it was great. It wouldn't survive today though.
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