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If you are looking for a mobile phone for texting and making phone calls you can't go wrong with the Nokia 6301, I have been using this model for a work phone for the last two years and I have had no problems with it. The operating system and menus are user friendly and easy to navigate, the colour screen is respectable and the design is sleek, but it does not feel like it would fall apart if you dropped it (which I have to admit I have done on a number of occasions). The camera was also a useful extra for taking quick snaps if a digital camera is not available, although no flash does mean it does not work overly well in the dark.
The other feature MP3 and radio are rather wasted on the model as small handset memory mean that attempting to add media is a pointless task although extra storage space can be added through an SD card.
I have had to borrow this phone from my daughter since my own phone managed to stop working recently. She lent me this phone which is her 'old' phone but it is still very modern compared to what I had! I am told it is still available to buy in some shops and online and I am very impressed with it so far!
I am the kind of person who does not need a phone to do a whole host of tricks, instead I just want it to function in a way which means that I can telephone people, send texts messages and maybe take a photo or two if I remember that my phone has this ability! When my phone broke last week I was concerned that I would have to enter the world of modern technology and get a very complicated phone with touch screen and all sorts of fancy things that I do just not need at all!
So if you are like me and don't need a super fancy phone then this one will you suit you fine. It is not a basic phone by any means- it has got fancy things like MP3 players and what not built in but it isn't as complicated and sophisticated as many so it isn't overwhelming nor do you need a degree to figure out how it works.
It is a Nokia so has a familiar lay out menu-wise. This is very clear to use and you can navigate around it easily. It is easy to see what the icons are and to select them and access them is very easy and straight forward. It didn't take me long at all to work out how to add numbers, how to create messages etc.
The text messages are easy to open and write and the actual key pad is very good as the buttons are not joined together so you are less likely to make typing mistakes when using it. It does also mean tha you are able to text when you're not fully looking too which I assume would not be the case with a touch screen so this is great!
The battery life on this isn't great, the phone is a year old so maybe age has something to do with it. I find that after a day and a half it is needing charging again and that is with probably about an hour's worth of phone calls and a few text messages so it isn't very good but you can buy batteries to replace it so that may help it.
The camera is 2 mega pixel which apparently now is not very sophisticated for a phone but for me it is fine. It does get a bit blurry ,you do have to make sure that you hold it very, very carefully when you are taking the picture, if you shake at all it will be a very blurred picture.
Talking wise on this phone it is fine, the size of it makes it easy to hold without it being cumbersome or too slim. The speaker is very clear and I don't have a problem with this at all.
I haven't used the other functions of this phone so cannot comment on them but for the basics- telephoning, storing numbers, writing messages and taking photographs this is a mobile phone which is very straight forward and easy to figure out. I was able to work out how to use these functions without needing to consult the instructions or have a huge tutorial by my daughter. It is a shame the battery doesn't work any better.
I have had my Nokia 6301 for over three years now and have found it to be a very reliable and easy to use phone. The phone has all the basic functions that you would expect from a Nokia, including predictive texting, Bluetooth, a camera feature which takes good quality pictures and web access. The phone also comes with a newly adapted version of their classic game snake, plus a new favourite 'Sudoku'. One downside of this phone is the ring tones available which are basic as are the text noise alerts and therefore it may be worth downloading others. The great feature of all Nokia products is that when comparing the use of the features on some of their oldest models with some of the newest models today little has changed and therefore they are all very straightforward to use.
The appearance of this phone is very sleek and modern and has a somewhat masculine look about it, however this is offset with the size of the phone screen which provides a good view of the content. The size of the model fits well into any pocket and is also small enough to fit into the smallest of clutch bags.
All in all, this is a very trustworthy phone which is highly fit for purpose, and I will be very loathe to part with it in the future.
This review is also posted on Ciao under the same user name.
I have had this phone for just over two years now and its still going strong. It's a great phone for anyone who just wants the simple features with a phone; calls, texts and camera. I will talk about most of the features it offers and how I rate them.
TEXTING AND CALLING: this phone is very simple to use with fairly large buttons which I have no problem using and after sending tens of thousands of texts they are yet break or become loose. Whilst calling someone the conversation has always been clear for both me and the other person.
CAMERA: the camera isn't the best camera you can get with a phone however, it does the job. Moving objects come out very pixelated or blurry but, scenery or portrait photos come out just fine. I never really bother using the zoom as it just makes the pictures even worse.
BATTERY: I tend to charge the phone every other day when it gets a lot of use however, it can go for 3 or 4 days if I hardly use it.
DURABILITY: with its metal cover and stiff plastic front its hard to damage this phone. I have dropped it many a time and it has only come off with a small scratch or nothing noticable at all.
An interesting feature of this phone is that it can connect via WiFi to any wireless point or within your house to make free calls to other mobiles and home phones. Possibly even abroad. I am yet to use this feature as I have inclusive minutes but it might be worth looking into if you aren't looking for a contract phone but make a lot of calls.
Overall, this is a great phone for anyone looking for something simple thats going to last.
Thank You for reading.
This phone has lasted the test of time and has been my reliable sidekick for a number of years. I have only recently brought a new phone yet have not the heart to say goodbye to this old friend. It's so easy to use and it's the simplicity of the phone that has such a pull it doesn't need a touch screen or an apps main screen it is quite simply a phone to be used as a phone! Saying this, the picture quality is great!!!! And I have successfully downloaded pictures and videos from it. The battery charge lasts and lasts and in the 4 years I have had this phone I have never suffered and any issues or problems which after years of being banged around in my handbag and sand, heat and water (its not waterproof but has had the occasional watery hands on it) on my holidays is a miracle!! I cant recommend this phone enough it may have new more updated friend but it still has a place in my handbag for the foreseeable future!!
Launched in 2007, the Nokia 6301 came as an updated version of the 6300. On the face of them, these mobiles are essentially identical, and within this seems to be reflected almost completely. Of course, this means nothing is you aren't aware of that one either. The phone is basically a chocolate bar-shaped one with a 2.0 megapixel camera. It supports Bluetooth, WAP and does all of the basic features that you'd expect of such a mobile. I've owned this phone for a good two years or so and feel that it's served me well in its time. It wasn't until late in 2009 when I actually purchased a phone myself, and found that my dad had done well in choosing the phones I used in the past. Although I bought a new one, this was merely to act as an additional one to this one - my main phone, as there's no need to replace this (why I need more than one phone is another matter).
When it comes to the aesthetics, I feel that this mobile is good for what it offers when you take into account the time when it came out. Of course you may find that it's not as stylish as more modern ones, but if this isn't a concern for you, then I feel as though it's got a look which will satisfy all the types of people without any sort of concern for making an electronic gadget a fashion accessory. The phone is silver and has a brown backing surrounding the top where the camera is. Although brown may not sound too nice, it seems to be suited to it and reflects the boarder which surrounds the screen and has a sparkly (but non-girly) finish. The phone has been dropped on a number of occasions and found that this has had no effect upon it in any way at all. It's light, able to withstand damage and sits in the hand comfortably.
I, personally, found that there was no real purpose in the camera here. The poor 2.0 megapixels isn't really enough to see anything and so not the type of thing to get excited about. I thought that it was merely there to act as something to show off as something that you've got on the mobile, rather than something that serves a proper purpose as more recent, higher megapixel cameras on phones actually are. This may be a flaw for some, but find that if I needed a camera I've always got another device on me to serve this role. This may be disappointing to some, but felt that this wasn't really something I would have used the phone for in the first place.
When using the phone as I have, I've found that this phone's battery lasts much longer than my other (much newer) phone does. When texting quite a bit daily and having one or two calls, you may find that this will manage a good five or six days before it gets to the bleeping stage and I thought that this was very reasonable. Of course if you're doing more with it then you should expect this to diminish much more rapidly. As I do have a number of mobiles (between two and three), this one tends to simply be used for the standard texting and calls. Due to this, I haven't really made use of the more technical applications of the phone, but I don't think that this is really what this specific one is about.
The mobile's features are easy to navigate (as most Nokia ones tend to be) and seem to be very friendly to those you have trouble with the much more technical phones with a number of applications. The colourful display is bright and inviting and gives you a good indication of where to find whatever you may need to find within the phone. It is able to store 30 megabytes and as I can't really say I know too much about storage, I'd say that this is good if you're only the type to keep lots of texts and not really photos or videos.
When you're texted, but you don't hear it (or hear it but then forget to address this) I found that a good point of the mobile was that it flashes its orange side lights to alert you of this. It's something you'll value if you don't like having to unlock the phone frequently just to discover you're not popular. I found that the 'Silent' mode was quite annoying with this phone as it turns off the vibration automatically. This means that if you forget to turn it back onto 'General' then you'll be stuck thinking that you haven't had any calls or texts when this actually is the case. Due to this, you'd have to make sure that modes are switched to appropriately as and when it's required.
Overall, I feel as though this is a very good mobile and offers all that you'd like in a rather basic phone. It's very functional and has a stylish look is you're not as current as younger people with this sort of item - which I feel I tend to fit into the category of. You can pick this mobile up for somewhere in the region of £85 for new, but I feel that you wouldn't do too bad if it was used. This may be a bit steep for a mobile phone which is essentially just functional and so people may want for calls, texts and occasionally the internet, but I wouldn't choose any others (that I know of) over it.
The Nokia 6301 is a very elegant phone. It was launched in January 2008. The 6301 is almost the same as the 6300 however the newer version has features like the WiFi connectivity and UMA support.
What is UMA? It's a way for you to make free phone calls over a WiFi / WLAN network connection. Very simply, you make a call over a broadband internet connection instead of the usual GSM cellular network. Apart from being free, you have the benefit of stronger reception, and faster data connections. You can use this at home, in the office or in any WiFi "hotspot" such as Starbucks.
Apart from the addition of UMA, the 6301 is almost exactly the same as the 6300. The thickness of the phone has been increased by about a millimetre to allow room for a slightly more powerful battery, which is a welcome improvement. The only other difference is that the 6301 has more internal user memory: 30 Mbytes instead of 7.8 Mbytes, and can support microSD memory cards up to 4 Gbytes. In other words, the 6301 takes an excellent phone as its starting point, makes a couple of minor but welcome improvements, and adds in a brand new feature: UMA.
I would definitely recommend this phone to anybody.
The Nokia 6301 is a great phone to own. I must say the phone has not given me any problems whatsoever. The best feature of the 6301 is the WiFi. With the WiFi you can make FREE CALLS but the downside is that your battery is forced to go low.
The 6301 may not be as flashy as the latest phone in the market but from experience is a great phone to own, very reliable, smart looking phone.
I have two of these nokia mobile phones i think nokias are a simple phone to use and look very smart cameras useful when needed not as good quality as these newer phones now but it does the job i also have a stored some music as i like to use the media player function on the phone its all in one really a phone a organiser a mp3 camera everything packed into one stylish looking phone great buy wortht the money it also has a few games for those who gets bored on there way to work all together it is a relable phone and great buy.
A great phone - simple to use and with great features. The camera is excellent for photos taken during the day. Night pics are not so clear though even with night mode setting on. Durable and stylish. I have had 3 now (with different contracts) and I would have another next renewal time. Passed on the old phones to relatives and they are still going strong - the phones - not the rellies!!
Phone locks easily, and ringtones are easily picked up from music player. Keys are smooth to use and the main button has rocker function that gives 4 uses in addition to pressing the central button. Eventually the battery wears out but in contrast to a previous viewer I only charge it every 3 days. The nokia software makes back ups easy and files and folders are easy to manage with bluetooth links to a laptop. Excellent phone.
The Nokia 6301 is a trusty reliable phone. I have had it two years now and it is still in really good condition. This phone is a survivor, I have dropped it several times in and outdoors and it remains scratch free and works fine. The phone is slim and easy to fit into the pocket. When choosing this phone a couple of years ago I picked it simply for its appearance.
The problems with this phone is the quality of the photos and the length of time it takes to connect to the internet. The quality of the photos is to be expected as it is only a 2.0 megapixel camera.
I have not yet looked into buying a new phone as this one as this one is hardwaring and remains in good working order. I have had few complaints or problems and dont really use it for the camera so that is not an issue. I would definately consider upgrading to a newer model of this phone in the future.
At the time of purchase it was a reasonable and affordable price.
If you want a good basic phone but with a little charm .. this is for you!
This is a geat little phone that packs a punch in looks and performance ... without being too fussy and confusing the user with options they would never use.
The look of the Nokia 6301 is a classic stylish design that looks great even though its now a few years old. The phone is made out of metal and wears quite well compared to a lot of phones that scratch easily ... there is however no cover for the camera so this can be scratched fairly easily. The button layout of the phone is kept simple and for someone with large hands like me there is no problem tying messages. The 2inch display is bright and far from pixalated and shows up pictures captured with the 2mp camera quite nicely, although with a lack of camera flash the camerea is limited.
Battery life is good as with most basic nokias and should last a good three days with one charge. Sound quality is decent and there is a good chocie of tones for users who like to change theri ringtones all the time.
The software is the basic easy to navigate nokia design which you cant really go wrong with .. it offers all the options really needed i.e mp3, radio, games and address book options without adding useless applications.
This is a great phone which should serve well and will not be outdated in a month or two from purchase.
I got ths phone as part of my T mobile contract in february, and although it is not very stylish it is extremely functional.
Exterior- this is a pretty basic looking phone with silver/chrome casing, small colour screen and chrome buttons, at the back it is black metal and chrome. The downfall is I find the casing is very easy to scratch.
Features- it has all ofthe features you would expect with a modern phone bluetooth,2 megapixel camera plays music etc.
The camera function is quite poor as at only 2megapixel the quality of the photos are very basic, the video function is again very poor and you can only record for approximately 15 seconds so it is really not worth using it.
It has the standard nokia menu which you can alter and customise to your own needs ensuring you have easy access to buttons you need to use. The same applies to the number buttons which you can customise to your own settings.
The music player and capacity of the phone are not great however a large memory card can help.
It is very easy to use and recieve phone calls and to text message which is pretty much all I do on my mobile phone however if you are looking for a camera video and music I would not recommend this.
The biggest plus point of this phone is the durability mine has been dropped, stood on, flung around in my handbag and I have never had any trouble with it definitely a hard wearing phone ideal for people who just need it to do its job.
My biggest bug bear with this phone is the starting up procedure it can take anywhere from a few seconds to 5 minutes to start up and is usually nearer the latter sometimes requiring turning of a number of times before it starts up properly, definitely no good if you need to turn your phone on in a hurry.
I have to say that i really do not like this phone. I find it very boring and I find the design odd and unremarkable at the same time. I have to say that this phone is quite dureable. My husband gave me this phone a while a go and is has been bashed and smacked to the floor so many times by my little one that I have lost count.
This phone comes with a 2 mega pixel camera which is for todays standards quite unimpressive, as are the photographs that it takes. It is especiall difficult to take pictures in places that are not well lit. It is common place for pictures to come out quite blurry.
This phone comes with expandable memory capabilities which should be a bonus but I personally do not think that this phone is good enough for you to want to upgrade the memory.
The Nokia 6301 is a decent, reliable phone, if not a little basic.
The battery life isnt that great, i have to charge it every night and it often runs out in the middle of a phone call, which isnt helpful.
The camera is also not particulary amazing.
The speakers are surprisingly good though, much louder than the Nokia 5610 Music Express, so is not bad for playing music outloud.
The memory card that comes with it isnt really big enough for lots of music though.
It has all the basic Nokia features and there isnt really anything that stands out in particular. It has never broken and has always worked fine so this is a plus.
It is also about the right size for a phone in my opinion and isnt too heavy.
Overall, it is not that great value for money, doesnt have many impressive features and has a low battery life but is reliable and does the job
This is one of those phones where it very much depends what sort of user you are. If, like me, you are someone who wants to stretch what a phone can do, and make use of the latest technology available to mobiles, this is NOT the phone for you. Get an iPhone or a BlackBerry instead.
However, if you are someone who wants a phone to be a phone, and not bother with all the silly addons and features a lot of modern phones provide, this could well be for you. It's strongest selling point is naturally it's brand name: Nokia.
Nokia have rightfully been one of the leading mobile phone manufacturers for the last 10 years or so, simple effective designs and a solid operating system have seen them favoured over other, more unusual or less technophobe friendly handset makers.
It's camera is standard for what you expect from a phone nowadays, you get a few games and a media section that includes voice and video recording capabilities.
So in summary, if you're looking for a phone that does the basics well, go for this one. It is a reliable and safe choice.