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Pure usability and simplicity, the Nokia 6303 is a great option for those who just want a reliable, easy to use phone. The lack of features may put some off.

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      05.11.2010 19:29
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      Well worth considering.

      I've had the '6303 Classic' for about a year now and I have really enjoyed having it as my phone. Previously I was using a 'Blackberry Curve' which I liked a lot but unfortunately I broke it so had to move over to using the phone I originally got with my contract. I have also used the 'iPhone 3GS' but did not get on with it.

      Nokia are renowned for making decent, durable and easy to use phones and the 6303 is no exception. As I said in my iPhone review the most important things to me from a mobile are calls and texts and the signal that I receive is always better than my friends and families (apart from my wife who also uses a Nokia).

      The 6303 is quite light but not ridiculously so, my wife's phone is very light which she likes but when I have a phone in my pocket I like to be able to feel that it is there. I don't really use my phone for music or video so I find a 1GB memory card to be acceptable however if you did want to use this as your MP3 player the sound quality is good enough.

      There were six different games included on the phone when I got it. Although you couldn't really get into a mobile phone game I like to have some on there to kill five minutes every now and then. All of the games on the mobile are casual and fun.

      The 6303 does not have Wi-Fi so the internet is slower than it needs to be but the 3G is OK and the browser is easy enough to navigate, using the internet is not really what I have a phone for.

      The camera's phone is 3.2MP which obviously is not great. My wife and I almost always have our camera on us but when we don't the phone camera is ready to use almost instantly and although it doesn't take print quality photo's they are clear. The bluetooth is easy to use and I often use it to share photo's with friends and family.

      I use my phone most often for; making calls, texting, alarm clock, calendar, countdown timer (for cooking.), the calculator and taking photo's (this list is in descending order). I am extremely happy with the way in which my phone performs all of these tasks. On my last phone the alarm clock was a lot louder so it took me a few days to acclimatise but it is not annoyingly quiet. When in calls the loudspeaker could do with being a little louder but it is my only gripe with this phone.

      I got this phone free with my contract and also my laptop so it was fantastic value for money. I would really consider getting a contract phone rather than 'Pay As You Go' as you can get contracts for as little as £10 a month and if you use your phone less than that I would not get this phone as I wouldn't want to spend over £20 on a phone.

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        05.11.2010 14:27
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        About 3 months ago I was given a work mobile by my company for me to use whilst at work, and for work purposes only!
        It was the Nokia 6303 classic, and so I thought I would write a review on it.


        ** The Nokia 6303 Classic **

        Nokia packaged this phone very well in a nice small box, which contained the phone, the SIM, a hands free kit, a power adaptor, and a USB cable, along with a user manual.

        This phone is identical to the picture above that Dooyoo have supplied, as it is a 'Candy Style' mobile phone, which has no flip, or slide features, and it is silver in colour with a black screen.
        It does look basic by today's standards, and 'basic' pretty much sums it up as a whole, in my opinion.

        If you are wanting an all singing, all dancing gadget filled, feature packed gizmo of a mobile, then this will bore the pants off you!
        If like me, you are happy with a pretty standard, easy to use phone, which can make calls, send texts, and let you use the internet, then this is ideal, especially when it is free!

        The phone itself is nice and small and compact. It sits in your pocket easily,at just 12.0 mm in depth, and only 96 grams in weight, it is an absolute dream for anyone who keeps their phone in their trouser pocket.

        The screen is about half the size of the phone, and so i find it easy to view and navigate on.
        The buttons on this phone however are quite small, but just about big enough for me although I do have quite small fingers.


        In terms of battery life, I think this phone is easily the best I have used so far. I only charge it on a Monday each week, and that comfortably lasts the 7 days, although I do not use it all that heavily. The battery is a lithium ion type battery, which Nokia state has a talk time of up to 420 minutes, along with a standby time of 450 hours!!

        Nokia (in my limited knowledge) have always been famous for their nice simple menus, which are easy to navigate, and the 6303 is no exception. The LCD colour screen, although small, is quite sharp, with its 320 x 240 pixels display resolution. Calls are easy to make, and the sound quality is good during conversations. The phone book has a capacity of 2000 names and numbers, which is surely enough for even the most popular of people!


        In terms of the camera, the 6303 classic is equipped with a 3.2 mega pixel camera, along with a flash, and automatic focus adjustment, and so again the camera is kind of average by todays standards, but it is simple to use, and has no complaints from me.


        I won't bore you with anymore spec, suffice to say that this phone is basic, but does all the things a phone should do. It is easy to use, the battery life is excellent, and the camera is quite good too. Im very pleased to have been given this phone to use at work for free, as it saves wear and tear on my own phone, and keeps my phone bill down a bit!

        Thanks for reading.

        © L500589 2010

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          09.10.2010 14:32
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          Good for basic needs.

          This phone came free on my wife's orange contract so she gave it to me and bought herself an android all singing all dancing touch screen phone but this is a great phone for me, why? I'm not on face book, I'm not on twitter and my e-mails are not that important that I have to check them every two minutes. Yes OK I'm sad and have no life but all I really need from a mobile is the ability to make calls and send texts. That's not to say you can't check your e-mails because you can, you can also browse the internet.
          This phone came unlocked to all networks too so I was able to stick a cheap PAYG sim in it. The screen is a nice size and the keys are well spaced and easy to use. It comes with earphones, a USB cable and a 2 GB micro sd memory card and you can do all the usual stuff on it like play mp3's but also videos if they are in the right format. I have uploaded some music videos onto it from my computer to see if they worked and they did. It has a good battery life too. I like the fact it has a stainless steel case, very handy if you're prone to dropping things like me. It has a handy 3.2 megapixel camera with a flash. This will take photos and videos. I also like that it is quite a slim phone so you can put it in your jeans pocket without looking like a pervert.
          Although you can get on Nokia OVI store and you can load maps from your pc onto the phone it does not have a GPS receiver so it cannot be used like a sat nav. Overall a great little phone.

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          12.09.2010 19:34
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          A simple phone which does exactly what you want it to do. Simples

          This was given to me as a work phone and is on an O2 contract. I have never been a big fan of nokia's having had a few bad ones in the past which were faulty.

          Compared to alot of other phones around now, the nokia 6303 does quite little in terms of new features. This won't bother many people but those looking to get a phone with lots of cool featurres had best look elsewhere.

          The phone size is compact and has a rounded design which is ok. The phone looks fine but it isn't much of a looker in my opinion and the black rim around the screen looks out of place. However the phone has a durable feel to it and feels like it could take some punches, so if you knock your phone about its one to consider.

          The buttons are nice raised for ease of texting and calls. The phone is surprisingly easy to navigate and after a while is great to use. Inculded in the phone is a camera, media player and mp3. The camera is good quality too and you can take some cracking pictures with it. The stand by time of the phone is a good 450 hours which is good but of course when this was taken I don't think anyone used the phone. realistic you have to charge it every 2 or 3 days depending on how much you use it.

          As a run-around phone you can't go wrong as its so simple to use and you don't get hundreds of features that you will never used stuffed into it either.

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          03.09.2010 15:21
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          Fine for what I need.

          I have recently been given one of these as a work replacement phone after my Nokia 6233 gave up the ghost after I tried to use it in a rain deluge!

          As it was given to me by my company, I cannot really comment on it's cost or how it performs relative to cost.

          INTRODUCTION / OUT OF THE BOX:

          Finally, it seems as though Nokia have worked out that they do not need to provide their phones in massive boxes filled with meaningless rubbish and excess packaging. The box this phone comes in is very small, and only contains the bare essentials i.e. the required cables and instruction manual.

          The first noticeable nice little design feature is that the charger is tiny, and folds out from a small size to the required full size, reducing the requried size of the box - a simple thing but shows that Nokia are thinking outside the box. (no pun intended!)

          As with all Nokia phones, setting it up is very easy. When you first turn it on it asks you for your date, time etc and away you go. Obviously once you have got this far it is up to you to adjust all the settings to your own preference, which is easy to do.

          DESIGN:

          The outer shell of the phone is a combination of brushed steel, and plastic. The brushed steel gives the phone a very solid and expensive feel, and also makes it fit neatly into the palm of your hand.

          The screen is half of the size of the phone, which makes it very easy to read. The downside of this is that as it is quite a small phone, there is little room for the buttons. This means that the buttons are quite small and are also quite close together. I am sure this is something which I will get used to, but compared to the Nokia I had before it seems quite awkward.

          LAYOUT / USE:

          As with all Nokia's, the 6303 is very easy to use. As my previous phone was a few years old I am a little out of touch with the layout of Nokia's, but this has a homepage which gives you shortcuts to the main functions and options on the phone. Again, I am not used to this but I am sure I will get used to it. The main menu layout aside from the homepage bit is the same as with every other Nokia I've ever used.

          FUNCTIONS:

          I only use this as a company phone, so am not particularly interested in something which connects to the internet and I can play games on. For what I need, it is absolutely fine.

          ANYTHING ELSE:

          I don't think so!

          At the moment I can't comment on it's reliability - watch this space for updates!

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          12.08.2010 14:56
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          My new favourite phone

          The Nokia 6303 is a well made, simple phone. I've always loved simple phones; starting with the Philips Savvy, moving onto the Panasonic GD87e - and now my latest favourite is the Nokia 6303. It has survived for a year where other fancy smartphones (some of them made by Nokia) have failed.

          Unlike some of my recent phones, it has no moving parts to break; no flip-shell, no scroll-wheel or other flimsy menu buttons.

          The buttons are firm - and the phone's software responds well to keystrokes. On some keypad phones, software can't keep up with keystrokes (i.e. it slows the phone down), or it misses out certain letters if one is pressed too soon after the other. This doesn't happen with the 6303; it queues up the keystrokes which have been pressed, and waits for the user to 'unpress' the previous key in order for the software to register the next keystroke in the queue. This may sound slightly pernickety, but it's something that always gets on my nerves with bad phones.

          The phone is fairly heavy for its size; the BL-5CT battery has a lot to do with this. The phones of this size, I'm more used to a lighter feel in my pocket. On the note of the battery however, it does last for over a week - and up to 10 days without heavy call usage.

          The GUI is laid out quite logically - as with all Noikia phones. Storage is on the light side (not sure how much it has exactly, but without a microSD expansion, it holds about 40 photos before getting full. The photos are good quality in daylight - with the flash is needed, photos come out pretty grainy.

          Now I come to racking my brain for a complaint about this phone, I can only find one; when you're in a call with somebody else, if they hang up the phone (or get cut off etc.), then the phone makes a loud "beep" which is a lot louder than that of the person who was speaking. It is very deafening, and when it catches me out (i.e. I don't have time to move it away from my ear), it is really annoying. I can't find a way to turn this off.

          That aside, I'm going to stick with this model until it breaks - and hope that I can subsequently find a model which is as quick and simple as the Nokia 6303!

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          30.07.2010 00:24

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          Great phone - will not deviate from Nokia again

          I was given an LG Cookie for Christmas and expected to love it's large touch screen. However I just couldn't get on with it. I found the touch screen difficult and slow to use and after a month of struggles went hunting for something that would suit me better.

          I don't use many features and just needed something with texting, and a decent camera facility. Having read other reviews I decided to look at the Nokia 6303. I had had several Nokias in the past and always got on well with them.

          THe 6303 is a nice looking phone - silver with a black screen. The screen size is a good size and the phone itself is not too large and not heavy.

          It has a 3.2 megapixel camera and I am very pleased with the quality of the photos.

          I don't use the internet connections but they are there.

          I keep the phone on 24 hours a day and it lasts several days on a single charge.

          If you want an inexpensive phone with camera and texting facilities I can't recommend this enough. I can't comment on the other facilities as I haven't needed them but as it's a Nokia I imagine they are pretty good.

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          16.06.2010 13:36

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          all round easy use

          This is a very easy, user friendly mobile phone in my opinion - easy to use features and can get to them easily - you can choose what you want in the bottom right hand corner - I have it set to inbox - so I just press that and it goes to inbox straight away.
          Great for taking pictures with too - has a flash on the back for better quality photos. Easy to download with the USB cable that comes with it when you get it - download onto your laptops or PCs.
          Easy to send texts and make calls can use your own pictures as the screensavers or wallpaper. Has bluetooth facility, video, voice recordings, radio, web, this phone also lets you see which messages you sent as well as received - which is something my older Nokia wouldn't let me do, its handy to know when you sent someone a message and to know what you said sometimes!! All in all - a great all-rounder

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          02.06.2010 12:58
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          Affordable, relaible phone that wont let you down

          The Nokia 6303 is a simple easy to use phone that will not disappoint you. I have currently this phone as a company phone so it is used every day, all day long. Its simplistic styling and design make the Nokia ideal for an every day working phone. The Nokia 6303 is not packed with fancy tricks and buttons such as your iphones, but if you are after a phone to use simply as a phone you can not go wrong with this model.

          I said previously I use mine all day long and I only charge it once a week, the battery life is the best I have ever experienced in a mobile phone. Its slim design allows you to carry it around in your pocket without knowing its there. As a male this has always been important for me as I hate having my pockets bulging with a big phone. The attributes of this phone has led the company I work for to purchase these phones solely for its employees.

          To summarise if you just want an affordable phone, which is intended for use just as a phone this is the model to buy.

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          23.04.2010 21:30

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          A perfect little phone.

          When I was first shown this phone, I thought it'd be a rubbish phone, however I was surprised when I realised this phone was the one for me. It is an easy to use phone, which locks the keypad automatically. I used to have a touch phone, and one with a pull out keyboard, which I couldn't get used to. However, when I was younger I had a Nokia, and I feel that with a Nokia you can never go wrong! My previous phones I've had loads of problems with, even though they were the "latest craze" but I've had this phone for a couple of months and have had no problems with. The battery life lasts quite a while, even though I use my phone for calls quite often and there are a couple of games on there, which has been handy for me for those long and boring train journeys! The camera is very clear for a 3.2 mega-pixel & the MP3 Player is good too, which can hold a few songs on. It comes with a memory card too, so you don't have to worry about storage of your videos, pictures and music.

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          10.03.2010 22:09
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          good value for money

          I have a Nokia 6303 on a monthly contract. It is a light weight phone which can be stored easily either in a pocket or hand bag. It has a lot of functions such as a video recorder which I have found invaluable in catching precious moments with my grandson, a digital camera, an FMradio complete with head set,a calculator, a ,range of games which keep my teen age son amused an e-mail function but I am not technically minded enough to work out how to access that feature. It is a phone which I feel suits all age groups from the young to the more mature adult. It has blue tooth capability which is useful for downloading ring tones. It has a light weight durable stainless steel casing which has a very modern look and feel about it. I for one am very impressed with my Nokia and will not be upgrading for some time.

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          23.02.2010 23:01

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          Nokia 6303 .
          I got this phone on contract around four months ago, although it does what it says on the tin (phone calls & txts) I found it to be a little basic at the best of times.
          Its a very hardy phone with a stainless steel finsh, it also has some great features MP3 Player, FM radio and camara.
          A couple of things i have found to be not as good as my previous phones is the battery life and the sound quality, i love to listen to music however i find that the battery it almost gone when i finish my short walk home.
          I would reccomend this phone, but at the most for a bumper phone so of a starter phone and for business use only. As its has enough features to get to grips with the basics and also as i mentioned it does what it says on the tin so business use would be perfect.
          I wouldnt reccomend this phone for anyone inneed of the latest up to date gadgets.

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          09.02.2010 15:20
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          A great all-round phone

          The Nokia 6303 classic is an upgrade from the Nokia 6300 (the one you see on all the adverts!). I have always trusted Nokias as they are generally very easy to use and are always good quality. I don't tend to go for overly intricate phones with high spec cameras, internet etc. However, for a basic phone with basic extras, this is very good. The layout looks great, and so does the exterior of the phone. The features are all of a decent quality too. This is an all round phone that you can get for a reasonable price.

          Despite this, I have found problems with the one I have currently, as it lags a little in between screens, particularly in the 'messages' section of the phone. I have tried getting it fixed twice already but nothing has changed. This may only be the case for my specific phone however. Generally, it is very easy to use and of good quality.

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            25.01.2010 13:56
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            Buy this one - great value.

            Hi Welcome to my first review.

            My parents bought me this Phone as a Christmas present to replace my old Samsung that i had been using for about 7 years. What can i say but Wow this is one sexy, stylish phone. My parents took a long time choosing what to buy due to the large range of models and makes around this price range, plus there knowledge of mobiles is not good. It seems they made an excellent choice. The phone is sooo easy to use compared to my old one, even without using the very well explained and thorough instruction book you can soon find your way around its features. The menu layout is simple and intuitive and even for someone like me who is not very savvy when using mobiles it was all easy.

            Straight out of the box the first battery charge took about 1.5 hours. Charges after that take a lot less and the battery life is terrific, i have it on all day (not evenings) and since christmas i have had to charge it just twice. My main reason for wanting a new phone was the camera, and the camera on this baby is superb, it comes with a hefty 3.2 megapixels and a good zoom, photos are crisp and clear and whats more set up and connection with the P.C was simple. The video function is just as good and while it is not as good as a standalone digital camera it is excellent for the convenience that comes with using a mobile.
            It connects to the internet and your e-mail account with loading times of about 30 secs.
            It also comes with a built in music player for your MP3s being easy to load and locate your files afterwards. Sound quality is pretty good although you may want to upgrade the earphones at a later date.
            The actual phone itself comes in a very slimline stainless steel case that fits the hand like a glove. I love this phone.

            The main negative would be for anyone with particularly large fingers, they may have trouble with the rather small buttons.

            The only downside to all this for me is that my wife is now very jealous and wants me to buy her a new phone, calling her own one stoneage in comparison.

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              22.01.2010 18:43
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              Mid-market phone with GPS, the Nokia 6730 Classic

              The Nokia 6303 classic is a s60 operating smatphone. Exclusively for Vodafone.
              Its not miles away from the 6720. However the specifications are fairly mid-market. With a 3.2 mega pixel camera, Multi media player, usb connectivity, 2.2" 240x320 display, Fm Radio and is a 3.5G device.

              The standard sales package includes a 1GB memory card. And a 10 mili amp battery. Standby time - About 20 days. 4 hours talktime on 3G. 10 hours on GSM.

              It weighs just 83 grams, which makes it one of the lightest 3G phones on the market.
              One of the unique selling points of the phone is that it comes with built in GPS, Plus 10 by 10 navigation. It will never be as good as a satellite navigation system, but never the less, a very pocket friendly approach by Nokia.

              This is an S60 series smatphone. So expect it to come with the usual applications you recieve from Ovi store (personally not fond of Ovi).

              User interface: 8/10
              Style:7/10
              Functionality 8.5/10

              Very user friendly. In other words, easy to navigate between pages on the web, and very small ammount of lag between applications such as the GPS and web browsing.
              I found it to be very strong as I do with all my Nokia phones. And the build quality is top notch, I used this for EDC (everyday carry) for 2 weeks an had no problems. I used the internet every lunchtime, used the music player when commuting. And overall I had minimal problems.
              However texting is slightly tiresome, as with most smartphones these days you are supplied with a full QWERTY device. But you can set the button speed so when writing words such as no, which required you to press the number six, twice, then 3 times. You have to wait a while even on quick speed setting for the letter to stay.

              Overall: 8.2/10

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              Enjoy the feel of durable stainless steel. The compact size and rounded design fit comfortably in you hand. Capture and share special moments right from your phone. It's easy to take photos and videos and exchange them on-line with friends and family. The up-to-data features are easy to learn and use with a straightforward, intuitive interface and large display.