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This is an excellent phone in terms of the features it offers users. Yhe camera is of excellent quality and there is suffice memory to take plenty photos and videos. I really like the "look" of this phone as it looks classy and quite buisness like. The phone has a large screen which is good when in use but generates another problem. It tneds to be easily damaged especially when placed in the pocket. I had to replace the screen on it twice after a slight bump in my pocket caused the screen to crack and make the screem leak. The overall quality of the phone in terms of its fixtures and fitting is rather poor. Many items such as the camera cover begin to weaken and eventually fall off after a few months use. The phone is also quite chunky and bulky and is hard to fit in your pocket. For the look and features within the phone I would highly recommend it but the quality of fixings really lets it down.
I have had quite a lot of phones in my past starting from those large bricks you couldn't even fit in your pocket! All of them didn't really last long and I was slowly losing my patience with mobiles. But then this phone came along and thank god it did!
The nokia 6280 has survived 2 years with me and although it is becoming to look quite tacky with the back cover snapped off and a few scratches here and there, there is little for me to complain about. It does everything I need it to do like texting and calling people plus a 2mpixel camera, games, calculator, internet etc.
The phone is black and silver, rather chunky and has a smooth slider which I never have any problems with. Its not the most beautiful phone I have seen and the chunkiness does sometimes irritate me as its less mobile if I cant even fit it in my pocket but then again appearances aren't everything. I didn't buy this phone to look good so spending more money to get it in pink with cool looking buttons seems completely pointless.
This phone has far more advantages than disadvantages. For example I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the music player on this phone is excellent quality. Not only for its sound but for the quantity of music I have been able to store on it. Of course it is nothing compared to ipods and phones built for music use but is still impressive.
The camera also surprised me with its quality. I have dozens of photos stored on my phone (although with no way of uploading them to my computer as I have no lead). You are also capable of editing the photos by adding clip arts, titles and other photos to it. This means you can create customised wallpapers, screensavers and is also a good time waster!
Although I do love this phone, unfortunately there are some disadvantages. The first that I will point out is the casing of the phone. Although is has done no inside damage, it is quite weak and I have found that bits are beginning to break off. It has not effected anything important but it doesn't exactly make it look attractive.
Another downside to this phone is the chunkiness. Its not a huge disadvantage but a slim phone is a lot easier to handle and carry around in your pocket. I do not think that it is a disadvantage to stop you from buying the nokia 6280 however.
I would recommend this phone to people willing to pay roughly £130 for a mobile that does everything you need it to do and more. In the 2 years that I have been using it, I have not yet come across any major problems and have thoroughly enjoyed playing with the extra gadgets!
I got this phone when it first came out as it was one of the best on the market for the spec-
user friendly slide action
2 way calls using the camera so you can see who your calling
high re screen
takes photos in both landscape and portrate
fast internet connection
mini sd memory card for when you want to boost the memory
radio and alot more features too
its a very light weight phone around 100g i think so defiantly not a brick in your bag/pocket and looks quiet compact when not in slide mode.
The keypad is very user friendly too, easy to use for both calls and texting ,
quick access button for the camera which makes life alot easier than keep going through the menu all the time,and it really looks like a normal digital camera when its closed.
Not only does it take excellent pics both with and without flash and night mode but you can also use it for videos too which is great if you cant afford to buy a video camera like me.
The phone is easy to use on the internet too meaning you can download games,programes music and more directly to your phone.
use facebook,msn and all your usual applications you would use on your laptop or pc/mac just on your phone.
The battery life of the phone is really good a full charge taking about 2 hours i think will last for at least 2 days depending on how often and what you use it for.
i havent really had any problems with my phone in the time i have had it, and im not looking to change to anything new yet either .I know there are much better phones on the market now, but im still happy with my 6280 so im sticking with this
The Nokia 6280 is a smart, stylish slide mobile phone. It has a good range of extra features, including a 2 megapixel camera with flash and video recorder.
It has a large screen with good clarity. When closed the phone is quite compact, but I was often accused of possessing a 'brick' when it was open! I think attitudes on large phones have changed since the release of the iPhone etc.
The music player is very good, and the sound quality is superior to a lot of phones including newer models. I found the quality particularly good when using the Nokia headphones that the phone comes with when new.
The phone doesn't have a great deal of internal memory and as messsages cannot be saved to the memory card, I had to delete my messages quite often. This also posed a problem when trying to store music. The camera is good during the day. I tended to use mine in night clubs and bars, and the flash wasn't very effective and photos would come out looking cheap and hazey. The video claims to have night mode capabilities, but I disagree. The video is simply terrible during low light.
The phone has internet capabilities, which I found very useful. It is only advisable to browse mobile websites, as most of the HTML pages were too much for phone to handle and the speed was slow.
I quickly developed a problem with my battery, I find the phone runs it down very quickly, especially when using the internet, playing games and making lots of texts and calls. My battery has gone from fully charged to empty within 10 hours before. I feel this is unacceptable for a mobile phone. It will probably stay charged on standby for about 48 - 60 hours.
i got this phone as a gift last year, i was a little thrown by the size of it at first. the quality of the phone is overall great but it did give me a few problems after a while and i have had three of the same phone 3 times since i recieved it which was a little disheartening at the time.
the phone looks big but its quiet light as it happens. the screen is big so its good for internet access and stuff like that and the battery life is really really good.
after a while the phone did begin to start to freeze on me and refused to accept my memory card but i am really quiet attached to it. i did drop it once and it fell to pieces so i wouldnt advise doing that.
apart from the above slight glitches the phone is reliable and fun to use.
I have bought this phone two years ago. The phone looks very good and has big colorful display. The phone has many functions and two cameras for video call and the phone can do very good pictures ( 2 mega pixels). You can surf the internet with it, check your email, and download pictures, music, games. It is very easy to use. The battery holds on for a few days (new one).
But I have unpleasant experience with this phone. It worked well or good for about a year and a half. After that I have experienced numerous problems with it. It was and still is shouting down when ever it wants, and is doing so even after many repairs and hardware and software changes. It is constantly losing signal and the software freezes.
I had Nokia phones for long as I remember, and I never had any problems with them, but this phone is really a nerve breaker.
Before you start reading, please be warned - I'm not the most technological minded of people so this review is based more on my opinion and feelings about this phone, but I have scoured the handbook and had a good play with my phone so I can try and give a thorough review!
I chose this phone from the wide choice on the Vodafone website. I've owned a few makes, Sharp, Sony Erricson, Samsung and Nokia and found the Nokia holds battery life longer, gets a stronger signal in our area and the calls are clearer. My only requirements were for a camera and for a free phone as up to date as possible (I knew 18 months is a long time by mobile standards), this phone ticked these boxes.
It is a slide style, the front panel slides up a couple of inches to reveal the keypad, although many features can be used without sliding it 'open' by using the main control buttons on the front lower panel. The main options such as 'menu' and 'vodafone live' are shown on the bottom left, right or middle of the screen and you just press the buttons directly under the option you require. Easy! The sliding mechanism is nice and smooth with an audible click when it's in the correct position, and there is a handy little 'ledge' just under the screen you can use to open and shut the slider although it is quite thin, anyone with large fingers or without nails would probably accidentally press the buttons which are directly underneath.
The front of the phone has a large screen measuring 4.5cm x 3.5cm approx. Above the screen is a tiny lens, for the video call camera. The on/off button is on the top. On the side is the camera button, although this can also be accessed from the menu. The 2 mega pixel camera has a digital zoom and although it's not a fantastic camera it's not too bad, the large screen helps. Press once for photos and press and hold for video. You will need the memory card though as the phone itself does not hold much memory. The slot for the memory card is on the side of the phone, along with the volume controls.
The phone can be locked, when sliding shut, an option to lock appears on the display. To unlock, the command is the usual 'select & top left control button' or just slide the phone open. Handy for when in your bag or pocket, but not to stop a child playing with it as they seem to think the sliding up and down is great fun!
It is a 3G phone, which means you can make video calls (although I never have), download music, games and video, either through the computer or Vodafone Live on the phone. The USB cable and headphones are included in the box along with a CD through which you can download the all the software needed. I haven't downloaded any video, but I found the music easy to do through vodafone live. The sound quality is no where near as good as my husbands Ipod, I wasn't really expecting it to be, but good enough. Although I don't use this function as much as I thought I would due to the phone being fairly large.
The menu is easy to navigate around and has the usual options, to include: messaging, applications (games and memory card), media (music & video files), organiser (calendar, to do list, notes), contact list, items (photos, themes, tones), audio message, call log, settings, web access (which I have never used).
Battery life is about average. I'm not a heavy mobile user, probably about 5-10 calls a day and 10-20 texts and the battery lasts me 5-7 days. Obviously it runs out much quicker if you are using the media functions.
The phone is quite heavy and thick, especially by todays standards. It looks quite nice, a silver front with a black surround with a very thin silver edge. The sides are black and have a very firm rubbery kind of feel. Its kept it's condition really well, all but for a few scratches on the screen which are more noticable when it is turned off and the back which is hard black plastic is sporting some scratches and grazes. I've had my 6280 for 14 months, this is the longest time I have ever kept a phone as I usually get bored, the truth is that I'm locked in to a 18 month contract and can't get a new one yet! I'm looking forward to something thinner, lighter and maybe a bit more feminine!
This phone is still available new, the cheapest price on Amazon was £104.99, surprising really!
2mp camera 8x digital zoom
Fast WCDMA and EDGE connections for broadband-speed browsing plus tri-band GSM phone with global roaming capability (sorry i have no idea what that means!)
MP3/AAC/eACC+ music player with stereo audio
i have had this phone over a year now and have had hardly any problems with this phone.
what attracted me to this phone is the large screen. now to the actual phone. the 2 meg pix camera not bad pictures seemed to come out pretty clear, night vision is useless, took a bit of time to work out when taking picture which way to position the phone ie picture would be upside down not clear which way to turn the phone. loudness of the phone is good, battery lasts pretty long time before charging. have bought a memory card for storage as it only holds a few pictures before filling up. the phone has radio, music player, games , the normal accessories like calendar, alarm clock, organiser, bluetooth. transfer music, photos from your pc with the cable and disc provided. i havent had any problems with the slider or the keys.
only problems i have had is that sometimes the screen goes white and turns off but very rarely, predictive texting seems to be in american so lots of words not found and it doesnt seemed to save not known words, when putting in my sim card my stored numbers didnt show the id of the person texting so took a bit of trial and error to correct it. wish it had a light on it.
overall pleased with the phone still going strong but i did prefer my sony erricson.
I have now had my Nokia 6280 for a full 12 months, and in a nutshell, it isn't going very well at all. Before I list the various troubles that I have had with it, i'll do it some justice and list some of the nice points of this handset.
1. It has a great interface, which is easy to use and very responsive unlike the Nokia N-series operating system.
2. The 2 megapixel camera punches above its weight. Don't bother with night time snaps, these always turn out nasty, but otherwise I have taken some really great photos with this camera.
3. The styling is simple and elegant.
Now anyone who has owned this phone and has nothing but solid reliability to report is a very lucky person because i have been plagued with unreliability for months now. Here are the faults that have arisen on my handset in the order in which they appeared.
1. Nine weeks from purchase, they number keypad ceases to function due to short-circuiting (build-quality flaw). Returned the handset to Nokia who replaced components and returned handset to me.
2. Slider starts to seize, gets jammed from time to time now.
3. LCD display dis-coloured, now shows diagonal streaks across the screen.
4. Back casing is loose, squeaks when typing numbers or text messages.
5. The buttons for 3, 6 and 9 on the number pad stick, I bought a replacement number pad on ebay only to discover that the sticking was below on the button connections themselves.
I have a lot of electronics and I always take good care of my belongings, but the build-quality flaws that have showed up on this particular handset are really terrible and no amount of care would have prevented them from occurring.
Nokia made its name as one of the best mobile manufacturers but they really let themselves down with this model, it feels cheap and flimsy, day-to-day use of this phone will only prove that this is the case.
The 6280 is offered today with cheap pay monthly tarriffs from the 3 network, my advice is that this is one to avoid!
Product Review and Opinion
After much trekking around trying to find a shop to unlock my Nokia 6630 and being told numerous times there was no chance due to a new coding system called BB5 and would cost upwards of £150.00 to unlock from the service provider I decided to invest in a new phone and that phone would be the Nokia 6280.
So the Nokia 6280 is a 3G slide phone although it is not a smart phone(but has all the capabilities, the difference being it dont have a symbian operating system).
The main thing that attracted me to the phone was the big screen which was 262k colour screen and has a very high resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, I thought to myself great bigger screen better for viewing pictures and videos.
The phone also has a very good Mp3 player and has a really good sound even without the head phones the sound is really clear, in addition the phone has a fairly good memory card allowing room for about 25 tracks and numerous pictures and videos.
The phone is easy to use with the same exact layout has all fairly new Nokia phones so finding things is easy.
However this is where the party ends, has I has previously said about the big screen, well this would be great if the quality of the camera and video was any good to say its a 2.0 megapixels its actually far less superior to my Nokia 6630s 1.3 megapixel camera which was superb.
The video is even worse with the inability to actually film a clear video its always blurred even when filming something that was stationary.
I also found problems with sending texts I had to change my settings from 3G to GPRS to get the thing to actually work why have a 3G if it dont work.
I have had the phone about 16 months now and with being a student I dont come into contact with much dust or muck like I did when I was a builder but the phone somehow is like a beacon to dust and is always dusty behind the screen so theres no way of getting rid of it.
So overall I was disappointed with the phone especially with the fact it was a Nokia which have been the forerunners of mobile phones for years.
And to be honest have taken a step back with the 6280 due to the fact its not a patch on the 6630.
Thankfully I now know of a place that can unlock the bb5 coding for as little has £10.00.
So Im off to get that unlocked.
Stay Away from the 6280
3G functionality (including video calling)
2 megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom and integrated flash
VGA camera for video calling
Display: Active Matrix, 262,144-colours, 320 x 240 pixels
Music player with stereo output (stereo headset supplied)
Messaging: SMS, MMS, Instant Messaging, email (SMTP, POP3, and IMAP4)
XHTML web browser
Memory: 74 Mbytes plus miniSD card
Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB 2.0, Infra-red
WAP, GPRS Class 10, EDGE (up to 236.8 kbps) & 3G (up to 384 kbps download)
Triband + 3G
Size: 100 x 46 x 21 mm
Talktime: up to 3 hours (3G) or 4 hours (2G)
Battery standby: up to 250 hours (2G or 3G)
On the onset, you find the Nokia 6280 a pretty nice phone.
Design-wise, it's neat, with a novel smooth slide. The phone screen is of a good size and the colors are rich. The 6280 packs a good spectrum of features such as games, organizer etc and is 3G-compatible. The memory card slot allows you gigabyte of potential storage depending on what memory card you put into the phone. I for one, also use my phone as a storage device to transfer large files between home and campus.
However, I have to say the phone has a honeymoon period. The first few months are blissful. Now rounding off my first year with the phone, it switches off on its own, and occasionally hangs, giving me the white screen of death. Now, the slider has become almost impossible to slide, and it feels more like a broken sliding door than a smooth velvet slide. All these, even when I have been treating it with respect and TLC.
The sms function of the phone, has a niggling thing for dropping my custom words. Words like "nite", "rite", "cuz" all get forgotten by the phone every few weeks meaning I have to constantly re-update my custom words. Though a minor hassle, it is enough to make me go "tsk".
Overall, this phone is decent for about 8 months, after which you may wish to trade it for another one while it still has its value.
This phone has all your mod-cons, 2 Megapixal Camera, FM Radio, MP3 Player, 3G.
The Camera is pretty good quality and the Radio is average but the MP3 player fails to work half the time and the battery never lasts, which is a fault I have found with all Nokia phones.
The phone is fairly light in weight and is not particularly bulky.
An average phone but i would definitely buy a spare battery as the one will never last.
I got the nokia 6280 back in May on a new contract. My main reason for selecting it was that it had been marketed as a phone & music player and had expandable memory.
Great, I thought, a way to take my music with me on my daily 2 hour trip to London (since I don't have a working MP3 player). It seemed to work ok and the phone itself does everything you could possibly want it to do. It's very easy to figure out and responds quick to keyboard input. The screen display is a decent size, the camera is easy to use - as a phone I think it's fantastic.
Where I have a problem is the music player. Almost every time I began playing music, the phone would at some (unpredictable) point turn itself off with no warning, then reboot automatically. When rebooting it would sometimes forget that it was supposed to be a phone and would not find a network - so when I later turned the phone off and on I'd get several irate voicemails from people who'd been trying to get hold of me.
This reboot problem could sometimes occur 5 or 10 times in a row, which can be very frustrating on a 2 hour trip. I had to take the phone in 3 times before we solved the problem, which further added to my woes.
As it turns out, the expandable memory slot only really likes certain memory cards, so the (non Nokia branded) mini SD card that I bought made the phone go haywire. Removing the card makes the phone run perfectly.
Thus I would certainly recommend the phone as it's been extremely easy to use, my only word of warning would be to watch out when buying expandable mmeory and if, after buying a mini SD card you find your phone is playing up, chances are it's the memory card that's causing it. It may not be, but try using the phone without the memory card first before taking it back for repairs - it could save you a few frustrating weeks of temporary phones from the phone shop.
Oh and for those who buy a 6280 and find it refuses to import music logically (creating the strangest track lists and adding new songs in the most unlikely section of the existing track list), I find it easier to ignore the Nokia software and instead allow the computer to treat the phone as another hard drive, to which I can transfer files directly & create sub folders within the music folder. That seems to allow me to separate my more "chilled out" music from my "get up and go" music within the track list. But of course that could just be my phone...
I have a Nokia 6280 on contract with Three and personally wouldn't recommend it.
How I came upon Three:
I was a T-mobile customer for years and one day received a text message offering me a free, brand new nokia with monthly contract for less than i was paying on Pay as You Go. I called and discussed the offer and it sounded great so decided I would switch to Three on an 18month contract.
My Phone Arrives:
I found that the signal coverage in my area is awful - I don't live out in the sticks - im in one of Kent's biggest towns (Ashford). When I called Three after first recieving the phone to ask what they can do to fix the problem the man I spoke to said there was nothing that can be done but I could always try removing the battery and sim and then inserting them again to give a temporary boost in signal.
I wasn't very impressed with this, but the solution did provide temporary signal coverage.
Using the free £5 downloads:
Every month I get £5 free downloads as part of the contract, this sounds great right? Well yes it would be if there was anything worth downloading. I couldn't find any decent realtunes at all. They had all the chart hits but nothing else, personally I don't want the Pussycat Dolls blaring out of my phone everytime I get a call. The wallpapers and themes are no better, great if you are into pop charts but not so good if you like anything else.
Im not talking about wanting obscure artists that no one has heard of either, I was looking for things like John Lennon or Meatloaf (very popular artists but not on 3). I did manage to download one meatloaf song (took the words right out of my mouth). Once it had downloaded (which was quite quick actually) I listened to it, unfortunately it wasn't Meatloaf at all but an impersonator (£3.95 to listen to someone else singing his song).
Anyway lets get down to the phone itself.
Mostly I recieve calls no problem, but every so often the automatic divert will turn itself on and I will lose a call. I was once sitting right by my phone and received a voicemail from a friend asking why I had my phone off. My phone was on and I was right by it - it did not ring. I spoke to 3 about this and they advised me to turn the call divert off and talked me through the steps. However, the phone still does this regularly and I have to keep an eye on it and turn the divert off accordingly.
I have never had a problem making a call (when I have a signal) and the reception is usually very clear.
Again, when I have signal, there is never a problem sending texts or recieving them. I receive Texts instantly.
Be warned that Three will call you a lot (or send you texts) offering new phones and contracts. These will be in addition to the contract you have. Just the other week a woman from Three called to offer me a new contract, when I explained I am still commited to my orginal one she offered to reduce the cost of the contract. Of course this would reduce the amount of minutes, texts and downloads I would have. I explained I have no use for a second mobile, she then proceeded to offer me a THIRD phone for a relative. I again said I didn't want to pay 2 or 3 contracts when I am happy with the amount of my current one. She then said 'Well you wouldn't have to use them just because you have them madam' I asked why I should pay an extra £30 a month for a service I won't use. She came back with 'Because its a special offer'.
Three staff are clearly scripted and can't answer any question that isn't on their scripts. I eventually just laid my mobile on the table and continued watching Trisha on telly lol - when I cam back to the phone the lady had hung up.
I think I have given you an idea of the trouble with 3, I mean it's not major issues but just naff service. As soon as my contract expires I will go back to Tmobile
The phone is fantastic. The only grumble I have with it is the photo quality. In daylight the pictures are great - I often leave my digital camera at home when going out on trips and just use my phone instead. When the light is a bit dimmer, or when you need to use the flash the photo quality is quite poor, I have found. Many of my pictures have got blue dots on them. I have messed around with the settings to try and fix this, but haven't managed to yet.
I also keep getting asked to put in my security code randomly, and it occassionally switched itself off.