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When I bought this Product
About early to mid 2007 I had previously owned a Sony Ericsson phone which was supposedly being repaired by Argos, I had waited months with no news on how my phone was doing, my dad had been repeatedly visiting the store trying to get an explanation of when my phone would be available, in the end he requested a replacement phone (basically something that would do the same thing as my other phone).
I remember coming home from college one evening and my dad calling me into the living room. He told me that Argos couldn't repair my phone and gave me a replacement instead, he pointed out an Argos bag and told me to look inside, I was expecting the same model I'd previously owned and was amazed when I looked in the bag and saw a brand new Nokia 6300 which at the time was a very good phone at the time.
My Experience / Features
I used this phone for about two to three years and I never had a problem with it while it was my main phone, the sound quality was very clear when speaking to people on the phone and it could store my music on a micro SD card (max 2gb) and assign songs as notification tones.
This phone has a 2 mega pixel camera built in which is only rear facing but I found it took some very good photos and could store plenty of photos on the memory card which made it easier for transferring them to the PC.
This phone also doesn't have flash support either which could affect the quality of some of your photos and would limit you to taking photos during the day.
It also has a video camera built in which isn't the best quality but could come in handy if you just want to mess about with friends and family.
Data Transfer and Storage
This phone has a micro USB port located at the bottom of the phone which is actually a standard port rather than a custom one that is found on some later models, this would also be handy for transferring files to and from the device at a decent speed, this usb port unfortunately doesn't charge the phone though.
Bluetooth connectivity is also supported by the phone which is very easy to set up and transfer files to and from the device, although the speed isn't very fast so would be more useful for transferring a photo or two from another device.
The phone also has a slot on the side of the phone (underneath the battery cover) which allows you to insert a micro SD card up to a max size of 2gb which can be really handy to transfer files if you have a memory card reader.
The battery on this phone always lasted me between 4 - 8 days which was better than me having to leave it on charge every night, the charging port on the phone is also a standard Nokia port which means If I lost my charger I had plenty of spares around the house.
*Excellent Audio Quality
*Standard USB Port
*USB port hidden by rubber cover
*No Wi-Fi Support
As I mentioned above I used this phone for about two to three years until I replaced it with another phone, however this was one of the best phones I have owned and was very reliable, this phone also still works (it's actually on my desk as I type this) and is mainly used as a backup phone, although the screen now has a black line across it is still useful just to keep around in case my current phone stops working, on this basis I will be giving it a 5 star rating.
This is a great phone for business use or if you just want a decent phone with straight forward functions and proper buttons. Lots of businesses use this as a company phone as it does all of the basic functions necessary for a phone - calls, texts, Bluetooth etc and fits well into different car phone chargers and is durable and reliable.
It is not heavy but it has a good weight to it and doesn't feel cheap and plastic like some of the cheaper nokia phones. It also looks very sleek and smart. The buttons are metal and the number and letter markings have never worn away on mine despite regular use. It is very easy to use and the menus are logically set out. It has a good memory and can hold hundreds of text messages although the more you have, the longer it will take to turn on. Mine has frozen a couple of times due to this reason but turning it off and back on again and deleting some messages solved the problem right away.
The battery power lasts dramatically longer than touch screen phones. This phone also has a very decent camera in it which is handy on occasions. My favourite features are the lights on the side which flash blue when you have a message. This means you don't have bother checking your phone every time you leave it somewhere and then come back in as you can tell just from looking at it from a distance.
If you are looking for a phone where you can download touch screen games and apps then this is obviously not the phone for you. However if you want something for the more traditional functions that looks smart and is straight forward to use then I recommend this phone.
I will start by saying I love this phone! It never let me down even when I dropped it out the car into a puddle, or when I dropped it out a first floor window (I was showing off), or well the numerous times it has been dropped, kicked, stepped on or watered!
The phone is very easy and simple to use. Mine comes with the brushed metal backing and silver front. as with all phones you can make calls and send texts but it is not a Smartphone so no social networking or apps but in saying that at least the battery lasts a good long time (approx 2-3 days compared to my new Sony Ericsson which lasts 1 day). It has a satisfactory camera, 2 mega pixel, and it does have a built in MP3 player as well as an fm radio (you do need head phones for this to work). if you want a phone for networking and internet use then this is not the phone for you, as although it does have the Nokia Opera browser it is not the easiest to use and to be honest I tried it once only and gave up.
The keys have a good feel to them and I found that even my fat fingers could fly across them and text like the best of them. The screen is a nice size and it very clear and the menu is very well set out and easy to navigate.
I you are looking for an easy phone to use, that does everything a phone should do then this is brilliant, but if you want a phone to be a small portable computer then this is not for you. In my opinion this is the best phone I have ever had the pleasure of owning. I bought my for £135 + trade in of my old phone but you can pick one for anywhere between £80 and £149.99 depending on refurbishment or new phone.
I've had this phone for over 2 years now & it's never let me down. It's the best phone I've have ever bought. My previous mobile phones were more expensive and didn't last as long as this one. I would recommend it to all. The Camera is spot on & great quality as is the Video recorder. This slim phone fits neatly into your pocket, it's not a bulky "in your way" phone by any means. My only critisism would be that I have to charge it now every other day..Not bad hey! :)
To look at this mobile phone it looks very basic but very professional, which I guess is the reason it is used as a company work phone in a lot of business's, the phone was actually smaller than I first anticipated, only being 10.5cm tall is measures in at about the same as my personal phone the SE x8, however at 4cm across and only 1cm deep its much smaller in comparison. It does have rounded edges but still appears to look very "rectangular" however it is very light to handle and weighs very little not to my personal liking though (I prefer heavier phones as they feel more durable).
Calls on this phone are perfect, this phone manages to keep the call connected even when at very low signal, something other phones seem to struggle with, the clarity of the call is very good as well, both party's can hear each other without any issues and the speakerphone provides a just as good performance, from a distance of a meter away both party's are able to speak and hear each other.
Texting on the phone is very basic and very easy to get to grips with, it uses the same text message system as most previous nokia mobile phones so if you have had one in the past it will take you no time at all to pick it up and continue, to be honest though even if you have not used the nokia text system before it is very easy to learn, when receiving messages you get the traditional "1 message received" that shows on the screen and you click open to read, then you are provided with "reply" or "options" buttons to do the required task. The text message text size is also changeable which is quite handy for people that find it difficult to read smaller text or for those who prefer all text to be visible like myself.
The operating system for this phone is Nokia's own and as with the texting if you have used any nokia phones in the past then you wont have a problem with this phone, likewise if you have not the interface is easy to pick up with straight forward icons and names, there is little option for customization using the interface though, you do get the option to change the themes which can be downloaded from the internet or via Wap on the phone, the wallpaper is also customizable along with ringing tones but options are limited unless you use a memory card due to the poor internal memory size, however as the phone does accept a Micro SD car then this can be easily overcome.
Using the internet on this phone is possible via nokia's WAP application, however it can be quite slow and the pages do not format correctly most of the time, it is possible to download external applications to use the internet with this phone such as OPERA however with applications the phone requires additional set up as it doesn't seem to take the WAP setting as application defaults which leads to the "subscribe to packet data" error, obtaining the correct settings from the internet usually overcomes this problem but I see it as unnecessary set up and advise if you wish to use a mobile for internet browsing that you do not get this phone as you may be disappointed.
The media player on this phone is nokia's own, very similar to all older models that have media players, there is no options for customization and it is not very user friendly as a MP3 player, however the sound quality is acceptable, again if you are wanting a phone that you can plug in and listen to then this is not for you either.
The phone doesn't actually have any features that stand out (except for the flashing blue light on the side) but then again it appears nokia have built this phone to be very standard, for the kind of people who make calls often, and text a little bit. The camera on this phone is absolutely useless in my opinion, its 2MP but the quality is that of a 0.3mp kids toy, it looks very grainy and poorly lit compared to a lot of other 2 or 3mpx cameras by nokia (such as the C3)
The screen on this phone is Tiny in my opinion, but then again I am used to my personal phone with has a rather large screen, the colors on the screen are bright but nothing to get excited about, I have found however that the screen scratches really easily so I wouldn't recommend it for someone who is rough with mobiles.
The Keyboard is a basic 1-9 *0# keyboard layed out very neatly in shape with the phone, however I do find that the keys are very small and I sometimes end up pressing the keys next to each other. The keys are backlit though with blue light which I think looks very nice and the numbers do not rub off at all (I have tried), there is some other keys on the phone keypad, two soft keys, left and right, a call answer lit green on the left and a cancel/call end lit red on the right. The phone has a direction buttons which is a outer square which presses up down left or right and a centre square button which is the general okay/accept/proceed button.
The battery on this phone is by far one the best I have seen, when charged it generally lasts for about 3 days receiving about 5-10 calls a day and around 20 texts, I presume the length of this battery is increased by nokia's lack of features on the phone.
The charger for this phone is one of nokias standard chargers as well which makes it very easy to get hold of one if something goes wrong, never had any problems with it not charging or anything like that (I know previous models the Pin inside used to break quite easily).
To summarize, the phone looks professional but lacks features to make it stand out.
The Nokia 6300 is one of the best "standard" mobile phones you can buy. Even now, several years after it was first released, the 6300 continues to stand as a benchmark in the mobile phone market. With functions such as a Micro SD card slot, music player, digital camera, email applications and a comprehensive MMS/SMS service, if web browsing and access to numerous apps are not important features to you then you cannot go far wrong with the 6300.
The sturdy metal construct means that this phone can take a few knocks. The keypad, although small, is convenient enough for quick SMS typing even with chubby fingers such as mine and the inbuilt dictionary used by the predictive text function is comprehensive, meaning that most words can easily be spelt out without the need for much correction.
The comparatively large screen should suit most users although if using the phone for email functions or specialised services such as O2's email to mobile, longer emails can become something of a chore to read through and occasionally disjointed. With no HTML support, HMTL-rich emails will be nearly unreadable but those looking at this phone are likely not to use the email function too often. If, however, you do need email then POP3 email can be setup and manually checked as and when required.
The large screen also allows for a level of customisation of the home screen to include a simple day-planner and access to oft-used features, such as the music player.
Battery life is superb. Light users who may be making sporadic calls and sending/receiving the occasional SMS can realistically expect to only need to charge the phone every 3-5 days, although heavy users will find that long phone calls will quickly drain the battery life within a day.
The phone is compatible with Nokia's PC suite through a micro-USB cable which allows for quick transfer of files from a PC to the phone's Micro-SD card, or for backing up contacts.
On the downside, the phone does occasionally suffer from an issue where it never enters standby properly, instead displaying a greyed-out home screen. This can quickly drain the battery and if left in such a state can cause the phone to eventually break down. Rebooting the phone can correct this issue. There is also another issue where the phone will occasionally lock up upon booting if the user attempts to use the phone too quickly, although this is somewhat sporadic in occuring, but can only be remedied by removing the battery.
Accessing the micro-USB port is unnecessarily difficult, requiring the battery cover to be removed in order to pop out the tiny port-cover. This could prove confusing for first time users who may try and pry the port-cover open with a pin or similar and risk causing superificial damage to their handset.
Camera quality, both photographic and video, is poor and this will certainly not replace a digital camera. For the quick snap of something that catches the eye it is useful and the home screen can be arranged for quick access to the camera.
Those issues aside, the phone is reliable, with mine lasting three years to date, and only being upgraded due to needing more functionality. Calling quality is mostly clear, though in a low signal state breakups and call drop outs can be common. Potential buyers should check the signal levels in the areas they are most likely to use the phone before purchasing. Nokia supply a headset, although it is a very low-end one with only one earphone and a much better compatible headset can be purchased from a third party or direct from Nokia.
For those just needing a mobile phone and a sturdy, reliable one at that, perhaps for their children this would be ideal although it does support WAP so parents may wish to check for the relevent charges with their network before letting their children use it.
For a phone that is so easy to use, the money you can buy it at now, is absurd.
Everything is well laid out, and where you expect it to be. The buttons are easy to use and responsive, mixed in with the bright, large screen, it's a very attractive phone both to look at and hold. Texting is fast and easy, as is calling, although the web browser is slow due to not having 3G or Wifi. I had a Blackberry after having this phone, and swapped back to this just because it's so easy to use. Ideal for people who don't really understand phones, or someone who just wants a good, reliable, easy to use, good looking phone.
The only negatives are, as the screen is so bright, battery life is reduced to two days with sustained use, and due to it all being metal, if you're hands get a bit crabby, it transfers onto the metal making it a little slippery. But that's all, a cracking phone, for not a lot of money.
My Mum bought me this phone on contract as a suprise so I didn't really know what to expect from the model. It's a relatively simple phone compared to all the new models around nowadays but I love it. It's never let me down over the past 2 years i've had it, even throughout the numerous drops it's had to face from my clumsy nature. I think it's a very slick mobile aswell thats very user friendly, as most Nokias are. the camera isn't too great but it's not terrible. The photo's are bad quality if you wanted to put them on a networking site but if you want to look at them on your phone then they are fine along with the videos aswell. I strongly reccomend this phone if you are not looking for the most high tech gadet with the latest what ever on it but you are looking for a strong reliable phone that you can text and call away on endlessly without ware and tear.
I found the Nokia 6300 to be a very reliable phone for the first year I owned it. The phone has a great design, the camera is good for a 2 megapixel phone and it seemed to have all the feature I needed.
The phone is very easy to navigate and the menus are easy to use. One complaint is the size of the buttons which are slightly small but this is not a problem if you have average sized fingers.
The camera provides good quality pictures and the video recorder is decent. Included in the box is a disc for connecting the phone to the computer which allows you to update the firmware and import videos or music.
One of the great features was the music player which provided a high quality of sound through the supplied earphones. However, after a year of occasionally using my earphones the phone started failing to detect that the earphones were plugged in. At first simply rotating the earphone in the socket or removing and plugging in again worked but it has now got to point that earphones only work for a short amount of time before cutting out. I have tried new earphones but this has been unsuccessful.
On the whole this phone was good while the earphone connection worked and it is very easy to use. The inclusion of an fm radio is useful but it is the shame that this phone is not 3g. If you do not intend to use this phone for the music function I would recommend this phone.
If you like the idea of the iPhone, with all its touch-screen and interactive qualities, this phone will disappoint you. If you're like me and you just want a phone that's reliable, sends texts and makes calls: this phone is for you.
It's stylish and easy to use, with useful features such as a camera with a video function. It's bluetooth enabled also, which allows you to share pictures and message with your friends in the same room for free.
The Nokia 6300 is small and stylishly thin and will therefore fit easily into handbags and pockets. Its minimalist appearance allows it to be discreet and attractive to look at. However, its sleek appearance doesn't mean it's fragile - far from it! I'm rather clumsy and have dropped this phone many times without so much as a twitch from the display screen!
The buttons are large and easy to use, so if people aren't very precise texters, this will help a great deal.
Something that honestly surprised me was how long the battery life is. My battery lasts for a good 5 days before it starts to dwindle and even then, it'll last for another 24 hours after it says it has "no" battery left! Very impressive.
Overall this is a great little phone for people looking for reliable and long-lasting phone, who just need a phone that does what a phone should do: call and text.
I have had my Nokia 6300 for nearly a year now and have to say I am extremely pleased with it. It is fairly slim, not too heavy and is a (I think) classy silver colour. The buttons are large thus errors when typing numbers/messages are rare.
As all Nokia phones that I have purchased, it has a straight-forward and simple to use menu system, that is similar to other models.
It has a 2 mega-pixel camera which takes excellent photographs, these are stored on the phone and then can easily be transferred to a computer using the USB wire provided or sent by MMS to other phones.
It also has an MP3 player and FM radio which I find invaluable- especially when walking to work or using public transport- it helps time to pass so quickly!
The battery life (for me) tends to last between 2-3 days, and I do a fair amount of chatting and texting. Charging takes around an hour and the phone tells you when this is complete so it can be unplugged to save energy!
Overall I give this phone a big thumbs up :-)
I chose the Nokia 6300 when I changed my mobile phone contract as I have always found Nokia phones reliable. On the whole I have not been disappointed. The phone is extremely robust (I drop it on a regular basis and have had no problems from this!) and easy to use. The main screen is particularly useful as it is customisable and allows short-cuts to your most used applications. It also displays the calendar on the front so you can see your appointments for the day without having to open up your calendar.
Battery life is excellent. I never turn my phone off and the battery lasts around 3 days before it needs charging - this is after a years use. The battery also charges very quickly.
The camera, mp3 player and radio are all adequate but not the best features of the phone. In low light the camera produces grainy photos which are usually tinted green, so it's not brilliant on a night out. Otherwise, though, it is great for quick snapshots and sending photos to friends.
The only problem I have had is that when I am writing a text message the phone often deletes everything I have written. I have not managed to figure out what triggers this and the Nokia representative I spoke to said it was possibly because I am writing too quickly for the phone. Though this seems like a minor problem for someone who sends so many texts it is incredibly frustrating. However if you tend to send fewer texts the phone is very good and definitely worth considering.
This was a really great phone which is solid, practical and really hard to break. Owning this phone got me far too used to indestructible phones that when I replaced it, my Amoi only lasted a week. This phone is really great all round. The buttons are solid. The controls are really intuitive, I challenge anyone to have problems navigating the menus on this phone. I received this phone free from Vodafone when I renewed my contract and after my Motorolla PEBL, this was a welcome return to a Nokia. They're just so sturdy and generally bug free. My only slight issue was that sometimes the signal wasn't as strong as it could have been sometimes although this was adequate. I didn't appreciate this phone at the time but having tried others, I can now see that, for the price, this was an amazingly solid and reliable choice. I really lucked out. Thanks vodafone.
I have had this phone for a while now, and I am still impressed by it. It doesn't lack features and it is great for all your basic and advanced needs. Now, it won't do all the fancy things the new smartphones will do now, but it will do everything a phone needs to do, and a few more.
It features SMS and MMS (texting and sending pictures and videos to others), an FM radio, a 2 megapixel camera which is suprisingly good quality, a video camera feature for recording those fun moments, and a bright screen. There just a fraction of the features included and it all weighs just 91 grams, and it measures less than 13.1mm thin. Which means it is compact and will fit in your pocket easily.
The quality of the phone calls are fantastic too, with the phone never dropping calls and the voice quality is good to you and to them too, which is useful :D
The phone features an MP3 player for listening to music, and a video player for watching videos, which makes it more appealing to younger people who listen to music with friends, and the integrated speakers are actually very loud. The phone is made from high quality stainless steel and doesn't mind being dropped a lot, although the shiny back is prone to pick up scratches easily.
Hope you enjoyed reading this review of the Nokia 6300.
This great little phone really surprised me. My son's friend, aged 12 recommended it to me and I was a little sceptical, thinking, 'what does a 12 year old know'? But as all of us older ones have learned, it's the kids these days who understand the technology much more easily than us older ones! I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of features on this phone. The music player has quite a volume, although the sound is slightly tinny and could have done with a bit more bass. The other features are Internet connection, camera, email etc etc. It is a very easy to use phone and the best I've had as far as reliability for sending texts, power of signalling etc. The bodywork is quite sturdy. Mine has been dropped several times and has remained unscathed. I was so impressed wih the reliabilty of this phone, that I recommended it to both my daughter and son and we all have them now. The only downside to this phone is the quality of the pictures from the camera. They look o.k. til you load them into the pc, then you find that once the pixels are enlarged, they become quite blurred. Overall, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who isn't after (or can't afford) a state of the art phone.