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The Nokia 6630 was the first smartphone i had after i owned a flip phone. This phone was the best phone i'd ever had until obviously i bought a new one. But this phone i believe was the first 3G smartphone/symbian operated phone, so this gave it a unique quality at the time. Now there are phones such as the n95, n70 and 6680 e.t.c. At the time this was all i wanted in a phone. Here are some of it's features:
.1.3 Megapixel camera.
.Symbian operating system.
.Capture video and use video editing software.
.Able to play 3d games either Java or Symbian.
.Also able to run application such as word viewer, photo editing programs and music software, if Java or Symbian compatible.
.Quick internet access using 3G.
.Memory card holder (I think the cards compatible are SD cards, i had a 512MB to hold my music and the phone should be able to support up to 2GB?)
.Change the casing of the phone to suit the style you want.
Upload photos/files by USB or Bluetooth.
Those sort of features were new to me then as i had a flip phone which could take photos but nothing more. I could use this one to view my word files which was good as i was a student at the time. Even taking photos was good as i would make good use of the camera and enjoy the fact that i had a camera on my phone. It felt like a business phone to me as it had everything i wanted. I bought this phone on PAYG as contract was sort of not my type of deal to go on. Back then i was able to go on vodafone live! for free, but now they charge to browse the wapsite, which is a shame as i could check out the news, sports results and get road directions for free. As long as i could ring people and have a camera it was perfect when i had it, but now people can buy up to date phones at good prices.
I would suggest getting this phone if you could not afford a better nokia smartphone. But if you want a simple and fun phone then this would work. Even though it's out of date and probably not worth much now, it was a good phone and a legend to me.
I recieved this mobile phone a number of years ago now, and albeit battered and bruised, (more on this later), this phone is still in a working conition. This has been one of the best phones I have ever owned and to this day, I still use it.
At first, it may come across a bit bulky and oddly shaped, but once you get past this, you will not be disappointed in the ability and more importantly, durability of this phone.
The camera is a relatively low 1.3mp, and no radio or music player can be found, but as a phone, its main job should be to call and text, and this is carried out perfectionally.
Along with the camera, a video recorder can be accessed and all files can be saved onto a memory card in the side of the phone, which can be removed for ease of printing etc...
Next comes durability. I assure you you will not meet a phone which can withstand more destruction yet still perform its main functions as intended. Dropped, kicked, soaked, scraped, thrown... All of these actions have been at some point, witnessed by my Nokia 6630 and still it performs. It was even part burried in deep snow, after the screen was cracked and partially removed, thus wetting the inside of the screen, and still you can use the phone as you could the day it was sold to me.
Astounding value for money. Almost everything you could basically want from a phone.
This here is one of the legends, and what I mean by that, is many of those I knew were very satisfied with this phone. This is very old now, 3 or 4 years old already, with 1.3MP camera (average) and impressive screen and biuld. It is a smartphone, a good one in its age, running on Symbian OS, good music player, and even a memory card slot (MMC)! However, as outdated as it is now, I would not recommend it for any serious businessmen or feature-seeking users, as you will be disappointed. The upside is, that it isn't very expensive now, and this phone is reliable. It will keep running and running. The build is good, somewhat doubtful about the design but that's just my opinion. From all my friends, they used this phone for a long time, which suggests stability. I don't think many can go wrong, but just not for our time now.
The first thing that i noticed about this phone was its weird shape at the bottom and it was surprisingly large and thick. Some people may like big phones, but to me, this was definitely a downfall. I started using it and i noticed it has much more functions than the usual nokia models. With a 1.3 mega pixel camera and various camera and video modes, this phone is ideal for photography. The various other functions of this phone include the media player and music player. One great thing about this phone is that it can store a vast amount of memory, which means storing more pictures, videos, music and so on. However, one downside has to be the fact that as storage increases, the phone tends to slow down which can be quite irritating at times. I would recommend this phone to the younger generation as it would meet their music and picture requirements.
It is really good to be open minded sometimes, especially when it comes to mobile phones. I've always been an odd chap when it comes to trend or style. I was not one of those people who has had a Nokia from birth. I'm quite the opposite. I really hated the Nokia brand, feel, and ugliness. Let alone the features, you mean to say it has features.
My Nokia experience started on one dark miserable day when my beloved Motorola V975 decided to not wake up one morning. After the initial shock of having a Nokia replacement phone, which I must confess wasn't touched for the first 3 days after arriving in a jiffy bag. I glanced over at the shiny new mobile and started to make do with what life had thrown at me. Naturally, I was use to flip phones and when it came to this Nokia 6630, it wasn't. Hair gel, grease, ear wax was on my display. Most unsavoury, while wiping away the yuk on the display, I saw another side to this phone.
The screen size is bigger than I'm use to. The display light was brighter too. I started to download games and I could see how easy it all was, interacting with the keys and mobile games created a bond between us. Other things happened as well. I Bluetoothed people. I started using the 3 meg pix camera and was amazed at the quality. Music files and ringtones came after, I started to put the Nokia on the bar, and use it in public places. I let friends play with it. It is also true that texting has become easier, if that is possible. Yep, I'm quicker. I put that down to this phone to. The keys are bigger and oval so that my big clumsy fingers can dance a jig while textin. Girls seem to like it a little more to, it is hardly a pulling magnet but it certainly has character.
I remember the Car phone warehouse adverts including the Nokia phone character that always seemed to be loved by it's owner. I can relate to that now.
If your not a Nokia fan, like I was, it does take a while to warm to.
Now my mobile is with me most of the time; until another dark miserable day descends. When it the whole process starts again.
Thank you for reading 'Me and my Nokia 6630'
Been using this wonderful device for about 6 month and very happy of this fact. 1.23mgpxl camera makes it very useful in routine life. Internet browser helps me stay informed in all interesting news. 1gb card makes a good mp3 player of this device. Negative side is battery - my phone works about 30 hours. Many different applications may be downloaded (some of them very useful, such as dictionary or e-mail client with more wide options than standart).
This is the best phone I can ever own.The keypad is very easy to use... well designed, except for the fact that selection keys where oversized.I love the speed of its processor...I can easily send group text messages (SMS) with just a few clicks!This is the cheapest BEST OF THE BEST!!!
I brought my Nokia 6630 back in december 05 from The Link on Orange pay & go. It cost me £150 at the time, although I do believe it can be brought much cheaper now. I chose Orange because me being a total WAP head (back then), they offered unlimted browsing for £1 a day which no other network offers and plus its a great deal. So I pay £31 pounds a month for practically broadband instead of the £40 a week that I was paying with other networks.
At first I must admit that I wasn't all that impressed by the phone, that was until I bumped into some techno geeks online and started to learn what this phone was capable of. As a phone by itself there is nothing special about it but when it comes to the technical side of things like video editing, POP3 email, Applications, MP3 player and online ability it is simply amazing.
PACKAGING & CONTENTS
As I said before I brought this phone effectively from Orange and all their boxes are pretty much the same in design. They are black with the Orange logo on the front and also have the make and model of the phone you have just brought. On the side is written all the contents of the box. These are as follows.
The Nokia 6630 Smart Phone Itself
64MB Reduced Size Multi-Media Card (MMC)
Adapter for MMC
Nokia Stereo Headset
Nokia Travel Charger
Nokia Connectivity Cable (USB)
CD-ROM containing software and guides
The design of the phone is somewhat different to most phones as it has a rounded bottom. Many people tell me that they don't like the design but I find it quirky and very original. It sits nicely in the palm of my hand and the buttons are a decent size making usage easy. It has all the normal numbered keys, 2 soft keys, a menu button, navigational keypad, a clear text button, call and end call buttons plus my favourite which is a button with a pencil on. I had no idea what this was for in the begining but someone then told me it was for copy and paste which is another great feature this phone has.
SIZE & WEIGHT
The phone weighs 127g which is quite heavy for a mobile phone but I like that as it gives you a sense of quality when being held in the palm of your hand. The phone on the whole is big and bulky being 11cm long by 6cm wide and around 1.5cm thick. Again I like that fact cause with other smaller mobiles I have had, I have often wondered if it was still in my pocket, at least with this phone you know it's there. The screen takes up most of the front of this phone and measures 4.8cm long by 3.8cm wide.
Nokia never disappoints when it comes to building strong and robust phones. They have done it again with this model even though it is a heavy phone. I have dropped mine on a few occasions and despite a few little scratches it still works well. Not sure how well it would handle falling from a great height though.
This is the only disappointment with this phone as the main drive (C:) only has 10mb which is simply not enough. However, it does come with a 64mb memory card which is nice amount of space but you are much better of buying a 1gb memory card (MMC).
I must stress that when downloading anything, applictions included, that you store them to the memory card. Having spoken to quite a few other Symbian users they have explained to me that it is possible to fill up the phones normal memory but only to find that the thing not only runs a lot slower but it can also eventually get to a point where if your phone turns off it will not be able to start up again.
The battery life of this model can normally last for max 2 or 3 days max, although saying that if you are a heavy user of the phone you will find it doesn't last very long. After having it since December I am finding that I am constantly having to keep on charge. I must admit that I didn't properly charge the battery up when I first brought the phone so I am sure it would last longer if I had.
As with most Nokia phones navigation is simple compared to other mobiles. The menu button, which is situated to the left bottom corner of the phone, will probably be the most used (I know it is for me). You can access everything here, although you can set up shortcuts to make your life easier. I personally have found no need to do this as it is simply laid out as it is. One of the other great features on this phone is the side bar menu which if you like is the quick access to the main features of the phone. I have listed the main menu from the top reading left to right below.
LOG: This leads you into 2 other sub menus. The first menu contains Recent Calls, this is where you can see your missed calls, received calls and dialled numbers. Call Duration lists your last call time, your dialled numbers call time, received call time and total call time. Packet Data is also where you can see the amount of sent and received GPRS data. The second menu is accessed by pressing left on the navigational keypad. This lists everything that you have sent or recieved.
CONTACTS: This is where you can store all your contacts, you can also make calls from here by clicking on the desired contact by pushing down on the navigational keypad. Another great thing about this phone is the amount of data you can store about a person, like their email address, home address and their username if it is someone you have met online. You can also edit labels on your contacts so you know exactly what number/network etc. you are phoning on that particular contact.
TOOLS: There are many tools on this phone but basically here you can set up your whole phone. This is actually a folder and contains the following tools. Settings, Profiles, Themes, Voicemail, Voice Command, Speed Dial, Application Manager, Active Keys, Transfer, Device Manager and About which tells you about the phone.
CAMERA: This takes you to the camera on the phone. I wont go much in to detail here as I will do later in the review but you can choose whether you want to take a still photo or video.
MESSAGING: Here you can access everything to do with messaging, again I wont go into to much detail as I want to talk about it seperately as it this is just another smashing feature on this phone.
WEB: Here you can access the internet and is where I spend most of my time. Unless you have brought the phone complete with network and set up already this can be complicated to actually set up unless the network is willing to send you the settings but I know from previous experience that they say they will and never do. I will also talk about this a bit later on.
MEDIA: Here you can access all your media tools that are already installed on the phone. They are Video Editor, Movie Maker, Image Manager, Voice Recorder and Real Player. These are also some of the many great feaures of this phone although some are a bit tricky to use.
GALLERY: This is standard on most phones these days and includes Images, Video Clips, Mp3 Tracks, Sound Clips and Links which is where you place links to download sites.
CALENDAR: Again this is pretty much standard on most mobiles. It allows you to set dates, appointments etc. along with an alarm to remind you of anything important.
ORANISER: This is a folder which consists of tools to help you organise your phone. These include the following, File Manager, Memory, To Do List, Calculater, Notes, Converter, Help, Wallet, Go To Options and Instant Messanger.
CONNECTIVITY: Another place that might be of interest as this area contains Bluetooth, Syncrinization and Connection Manager. All you need for helping you set up important stuff on the phone.
CLOCK: One of the things I love about this phone is the clock. Ok, so you can do the normal stuff like set up the time and date but not only that you can also enter cities in the world and it will give you the time and date there. Very handy if you are thinking about calling someone abroad but don't know the time there.
Having gone through the menu I will now talk about the previous features that I mentioned in order of the list.
This is by far the best feature of the phone. The 1.3 megapixel camera produces good quality photos which is suprising as they are not exactly print quality when it comes to printing. Still, although I have not printed any yet I have moved them on to my PC and the quality is still extremely good.
The camera also has a night mode for taking pictures in the dark and believe me it does make a major difference to the picture quality when taking pictures indoors or outside when it is dark.
Not only does the phone take still pictures it also records 3gp videos. These are also of good quality and unlike most mobile phones that only let you record something silly like 20 or 30 seconds of film this one, as long as you set it to the memory card, will record an hour. I've not done this and i'm not even sure the battery would hold out that long but that is a good amount of time if you are out and want to record something of importance.
You maybe wondering why I wanted to talk about this seperately, well like most modern phones you can still send and receive multimedia/text messages which is great but this phone can also send and receive email. Most modern phones will send email but POP3 email means you can access your email without keep having to go to the email site you signed up with. You simply put the settings in, click on retrieve email and they will be sent direct to your phone. I must admit I did have some trouble setting it up but still, it is a great feature for any mobile phone.
Another thing this phone has is Instant Messanger, unfortunately I have not set this up or even tried but like the email you put in all the correct settings then as long as you stay connected to the internet you can receive instant messages fom your friends. I should imagine it works very similar to MSN and saying that I do know that they can privide you with their settings for you to use.
This is another great feature to this phone. As I have mentioned before, I spend a lot of time online and my old phone the Nokia 3100 was good but it was very limited to where I could go and what I could do online. The Nokia 6630's online capabilities are fantastic as not only can you access WAP pages but you can also access full WEB pages, although some sites may not work with the phones normal browser but that is soon fixed by downloading Opera.
Another great thing is the fact that if you have a picture or video you want to upload somewhere then you can with this phone as it uses drives similar to that of a PC. In fact I uploaded my picture on this site from my 6630.
This phone does have far to many features to go through each one in detail. However I have listed below the main key features of this phone below.
RealPlayer Supported Formats: 3gp and .mp4 file formats, MPEG-4 video, H.263 video and AMR audio, RealMedia (Real Video and Real Audio), MP3 and AAC
Video Recorder: Resolution = 174 x 144 pixels or 128 x 96 pixels
3G video calling
NOKIA PC SUITE
This phone comes with a CD-ROM that allows you to get more out of your phone. It is simple to set up, you just put the CD-ROM in to your PC and let the wizard set it up for you.
This allows you to drag and drop pictures, MP3's and anything else you can think of really as long as you have installed the software on to your phone to let it read that type of file.
You may be quite suprise by this but as you know I used to use my phone to come on here and type reviews, I then brought a PC but had no internet connection, or did I? Well yes I did, I had my mobile phone which I am currently using as a modem while I type this review. It runs at 460.8kbps to which I understand is only around 100kbps slower than broadband and all this is brought to you by using the nokia PC suite to connect and my trusty Nokia 6630.
WHAT IS SYMBIAN?
As many of you may have guessed the Nokia 6630 is not only 3G and smart it is also a Symbian as opposed to Java. I have included this section to help you understand what Symbian is.
Symbian is a company formed in the late 90s by Psion, Nokia, Esricsson and Motorola to develop an operating system to allow compatibility between different handset manufacturers. It has produced the Symbian OS6, 7, 8 & 9 platforms which have been included in 75 million Smartphones sold worldwide to date. This has proved good ground for a wealth of quality 3rd party applications, good flexibility (especially with multimedia) and smart user interface. All of which are an achievement in themselves.
Although Windows Mobile is very popular in the USA probably due to Microsofts hold on the American market. Symbian has reacted by developing an application for Windows Mobile which allows the porting of most Symbian applications to the Windows Mobile platform. My personal opinion is that Symbian kicks arse and its only a matter of time before the large and slow American market comes round to the acceptability of the Symbian operating system.
MY OVERALL VIEW
I must admit I still don't know my whole phone and I do find the video editor very tricky to use but 1.3 mega pixel camera produces quality pictures and amount of video time available is excellent.
I have downloaded well over 2gb in mp3's which are stored on memory cards and they go everywhere with me. The loud speaker is not the best for sound quality but who really wants to hear my sad tracks, anyway? The headphones that came with the phone produce a better quality of sound.
With my phone I've managed to build a wapsite and can view most of the larger web pages around plus it can be used as a modem for you PC
However you don't really need a PC if you have this phone as it is more than capable of doing everything a PC does.
This phone is definately one of my best purchases to date and I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to have a gadget that does almost everything and anything.
When I say mobile phone, I think of Nokia. Really, this is the second phone I ever bought for myself and I am more than pleased. This phone has it all: mp3 player, digital camera, video clip recorder, bluetooth, office organizer, stereo headphones, MMS, GPRS, Symbian OS which makes it have dictionaries, flashlight, Adobe Acrobat Reader (TM) for pdf file reading, hundreds of games . . . anything you can want from a palmtop (exept for touch screen display) you have in this phone . . . And the best thing the price is dropping . . .
The only "con" (if that can be called con) is lack of radio . . . 8| ? ? ? Who needs radio when you can stick 512Mb MMC in it and load it with hours and hours of music . . .
Although a little bulky it is still light enough. It appears to be made for men, but I've seen some girls using it . . .
Oh, yeah. Battery. Lasts for 5 days of normal usage or for 1 day to intensive listening to music.
I got this phone as I was changing contracts from vodafone to the 3 network to take advantage of cheaper rates. I didnt pay anything for the phone so didnt expect much but saw it was getting good reviews online.
I have to say since I have owned the phone I have been completly underwhelmed with it. I have had lots of phones over the years (my last was a p900) and this has been the hardest to live with
firstly the battery life is like going back in time 10 years, it never lastst a day with me, and for me this is the biggest consideration (if you have to keep on plugging it in its not really mobile is it !)
My second biggest consideration is speed, I have never ever had a monile phone that didnt respond instantly, this thing is like a really slow computer opening up a really large image, its embarrasing when someone gives you there number and you say wait a minute.........nearly there.........its coming........what was it again !.
I see other people are happy with this phone but I would ask what on earth they were using before - either that or mines a complete dud but I have heard reports of bad battery life.
In short I would go to a shop and really test the product, I ordered mine online without viewing it and Im really not happy with it now
The time has come for me to get my hands on a new mobile phone and sign up to a new twelve month contract. I have been waiting for the right phone to come along for a while, nothing else that I have seen really appeals. It was a contest between the Nokia 6630 and 6680 for me, but I eventually settled on the 6630 after agreeing a great deal with shop.
The Nokia 6630 is a third generation smart phone. For those of you who are a little less clued up, I will explain those two terms as simply as possible. The third generation handsets (3G) allow users to send and receive videos and images, as well as making video calls. The smart phone, refers to the functions like Microsoft Word and Real Player that are available to use. This phone is quite high-tech and very much top of the range. Other notable features are the 1.3 megapixel camera and the in-depth functions available.
I haven't written a review on a mobile phone for a while now, so I do hope that you will bear with me. I will break the review down into more manageable sections, each with their own self explanatory headings. The technical information will be included where necessary and explained fully. If there are any questions that you have about the phone, I am only too happy to answer them.
The Nokia 6630 comes in various different boxes, reflecting the various Nokia factories around the world. The box contains everything you need for your new phone, although some people won't find all of it to be of use. The items are listed below:
Nokia 6630 Smartphone
64MB Reduced Size Multi-Media Card (MMC)
Adapter for MMC
Nokia Stereo Headset
Nokia Travel Charger
Nokia Connectivity Cable (USB)
CD-ROM containing software and guides
The calling capability of this phone is pretty much standard in line with any other mobile phone. The telephone number can be punched in the keypad or the name of the contact you wish to call simply highlighted and with the press of the green 'send call' button you are put through. As soon as you have made the connection with the other person, you can switch to loudspeaker, which can be a very handy feature at times. The video calls can be made, simply by selecting the intended contact, selecting 'call' and then choosing 'video call'. This is only possible if the contact you are calling has a 3G compatible handset.
There isn't really too much to criticise or commend as far as making calls are concerned. It is the most basic of all of the phone functions and it can't really be improved or made that much worse. The voice tags are the only way that calls can be made only using one button. This is an effective tool, but in public you may look rather silly saying the name of contact into your handset. The set-up can also be a quite lengthy process if you have a lot of contacts.
Again, this is a fairly straightforward feature of the Nokia 6630. There are now three different types of message that you can create and send to other. The text and multimedia messages are still present, along with the capacity to send and receive emails. There is the possibility to add images and video to your multimedia and email messages and doing so is very simple. The same rules still apply for writing the messages and sending them. It is very self explanatory and if you are in doubt at any point, then the instruction booklet is the best form of information.
It is possible to view sent items and messages and also to create drafts that you may want to add to and send at a later date. This can be handy if you haven't the time to complete your message and don't wish to completely erase it. There are various templates for text messages, 10 preset onto the phone. There isn't really too much else to add, although I would say that you should experiment with different types of messages and have a bit of fun. I think that sending and attaching any file to a message couldn't be easier. The only issue that arises for me, is my sometimes slow and sloppy writing of messages.
The phone really starts to get good now, the 1.3 megapixel camera is very much the centre piece of the handset. It produces quite superb images that once uploaded to your computer look absolutely fantastic. They are faultless and I didn't expect them to be quite so fantastically clear. The video recorder is also another possibility, but not something that I make much use of.
The camera has various helpful functions that allow you to maximise all possibilities. There is a timer function that allows you to set the camera to take a picture after a certain amount of time. It is very handy for group shots of people. It is possible to adjust the brightness of the image and to choose 'night mode' which enhances the image in low light. There is a 6x digital zoom that allows you to get in close on the target object. The quality does get progressively worse, the closer in you get. You are able to capture six consecutive images in the space of 2 seconds, which can be very funny. The image can also be flipped between portrait and landscape.
I am very impressed with the quality of this camera, Nokia to tend to be a little bit behind other firms as far as their imaging capabilities are concerned, but in this case they have done a great job. I don't think that anybody who buys this phone, or gets it for free, will be disappointed by the quality. The images may not great on the phone, but transfer them to the computer and you will be delighted.
-Nokia PC Suite-
The Nokia 6630 comes with compatible software, that allows you to get so much more out of your phone. It makes it so much easier to make changes and add things to the phone. The software first needs to be installed, which is very easy indeed. Simply pop the CD-Rom in the computer and let it take you through the wizard. The phone then needs to be connected to the USB port of the computer and you can begin having fun and changing your phone.
I have uploaded a number of music tracks and pictures direct from my computer onto the handset. It did take me a while to get the hang of it, partly because the software is a little misleading. The best way to add music and pictures, is to copy the file and paste it into the relevant folder on your phone. It can be great fun adding music and pictures to your phone, allowing you to effectively turn your phone into and iPod and also to personalise your desktop with pictures. You can even use an mp3 as your ringtone!
The software effectively allows you to manage your phone via the computer. It is much easier to view the inner working of your phone and make changes to them on the bigger screen and in a Windows format. You can also have more menus open at once, which means you can move things around with greater ease. There is one problem that many people tend to have when they get a new phone. It is the transferring of their contacts, or adding lots of new ones. With the software, you can type your contacts details into the computer and then simply update the contacts on the phone. It saves such a lot of time and effort this way.
This phone really has far too many features, to go through each one and give them an explanation. There are a few key things that should be listed, that are relatively key aspects of the phone:
- Bluetooth enabled
- JAVA Games
- Symbian Technology
- RealPlayer Supported Formats: 3gp and .mp4 file formats, MPEG-4 video, H.263 video and AMR audio, RealMedia (Real Video and Real Audio), MP3 and AAC
- Video Recorder: Resolution = 174 x 144 pixels or 128 x 96 pixels
There is going to be an issue with memory on the phone, it only has 10mb of internal memory. This will be used for your contacts, ringtones, messages etc. It will get full relatively quickly and if you have one song on it, it will be pretty much full. The phone has a 64mb hotswap MMC, that does give you a lot more capacity. I have uploaded 10 songs and that leaves me with a little bit of spare capacity. I am going to invest in a 512mb MMC, that will mean that I can get over 100 songs onto it.
-Shape and Styling-
There does seem to be a move towards rather oddly shaped mobile phones within the last year or so. Nokia are the main culprits, with various different designs shaking up the way that handsets now look. I think it is a positive move, giving people a much wider choice in that sense. I would say however, that Nokia should perhaps level with its current designs and refrain from launching any very strange look phones, for the time being at least.
The Nokia 6630, looks very stylish and smart in my view. I'm not sure that too many people would disagree, many of my friends have said that the thing that comes across most is how practical the handset actually looks. It is predominantly rectangular, with slightly round top corners. The phone gets a little wider towards the bottom and takes on a semi-circular form. It doesn't widen too much, which means that it still looks like a pretty 'normal' shape. I am would say that it is the best shaped handset in the current Nokia range and the best non-flip phone on the market.
There are two main colours that dominate the phone. The front a back express-on covers are in metallic silver, the standard colour. These can be changed if you are willing to fork out for expensive replacements. They can be purchased from all good mobile phone accessory stores, online and off. A matt black band of plastic runs right around the sides of the phone and along the bottom. This is the permanent part of the phone, that can't be adjusted or the colour changed.
-Size and Weight-
This isn't one of the smaller or lighter mobile phones available today, but by no stretch of the imagination is it big and bulky. The handset is 11cm from top to bottom and 6cm from side to side. The maximum thickness is allegedly just over 2cm, but I would disagree and say that it is more like 1.5.cm. It is not too dissimilar to an iPod in its shape. The phone will easily fit into you pocket with out any trouble at all. I have found it to be very comfortable whilst walking along and it is easy to get hold of should you need to take a call.
The phone weighs in at just 127g, incredibly light for a phone of such magnitude and overall size. I think that it is relatively light and it won't make your pocket sag when you have a loose pair of shorts or trousers on. When you are holding the phone in the palm of your hand, or up against your ear, it doesn't hurt your wrist at all. You may have to change hands every so often, but only because the blood supply to the arm may become limited after a while. The last phone that I had was just as heavy and didn't have even half of the features of the 6630. The weight of the phone is certainly not an issue.
The phone seems to be pretty well made and put together, something that I come to expect from Nokia. They have such high standards in every area of their products and the toughness and manufacture of this phone proves to be no different. The phone does look and feel like it could withstand every day use and also the odd bang and collision every now and again. The exterior covers give the phone added protection and the fact that these can be replaced, should they get damaged it a great plus point. The camera lens is very well protected from damage, with a rubber ring lignin the circumference. If the phone should impact a surface on its back, then the camera should survive the impact.
As far as the software and actual electronic part of the phone is concerned, I expect it to be fully operational for the lifetime of the phone. I only expect to have the phone for 12 months and in that time there shouldn't really be any problems with the interface. I still think that it will be fully usable for about three to five years without and trouble. However, the new software is that much more complicated, that the likelihood of problems occurring may just be that bit higher.
*After having this phone for a while, the protective rubber sealant around the camera starts to peel and wear away. This isn't much of a problem, let it occur naturally is the best advice I can give. Don't try to neaten it up by peeling it away yourself*
There do seem to be an every increasing number of buttons appearing on the newer and up-to-date mobile phones. I can count a total of 20 buttons on the keypad, of which one has five different functions, as well as one button on either side of the phone. They do all have their relevant uses, although there are some that you will use a lot more than others.
The numbers and the hash and star keys are self explanatory, as well as the green and red call buttons and the 'clear' button. The directional buttons are each used for two different things. Pressing 'up' takes you directly to the camera, 'down' to your list of contacts, the 'right' button will open the calendar and by pressing 'left' you are take to the text message function. They are also used to navigate within the various menus on the phone. The buttons either side of the centre, will perform the very command that is written in the text above them. This will change, depending on which part of the phone you are navigating. The main menu button, is located below the green 'send call' button and has a strange blue symbol on it.
The phone can be turned and the current profile changed, by clicking the button that is located on the side of the phone. This will bring up a menu, with option to turn the phone off, switch to any of the optional profiles and lock the keypad. The keypad can also be locked and unlocked by pressing the button to the left of the central directional button and then the 'star' button. There is the opportunity for you to set up various voice tags for your phone. These can be set by simply configuring your voice tags.
I have always said that Nokia phone software is by far the easiest to use and operate. Many people do agree with that, sighting it as one of the main reasons for purchasing a Nokia in the first place. The phones really are designed so that anybody can get to grips with at least the very basic calling and texting functions available. It is designed logically, the Scandinavians are well known for their simple approach to things. I have had a couple of problems with working out what certain new things do, but after a day or two I know pretty much all of the ins and outs of the phone.
-Instructions and Multimedia-
If you really do struggle with some parts of the handsets functions, then the instruction manual and interactive guides are of great help. Again, they are set out in a logical format that means you can find what you are looking for with relative ease. The step-by-step guides are easy to follow and they often include pictures showing what button to press and what should be appearing on your screen. The interactive guide that comes on the enclosed CD-Rom, is probably the best way to tackle things. There are various demonstrations and guides that help you to maximise the possibilities of your Nokia 6630. I haven't had to use the instructions, but I do feel that should I need to do so I will have little problems in solving problems.
As far as I am aware, the Nokia 6630 is available on 3 and Vodafone. I'm not sure when it will be available on Orange, 02 or T-Mobile. I do know that the official UK launch of the 6630 isn't until next month. It is available for free on most tariffs and in pretty much any mobile phone store, on the high street and on the internet. There are various deals doing the rounds at the moment, so be sure to shop around and get yourself a good bargain.
I got my handset from the Link on a 3 contract. The tariff that I chose, is VideoTalk 500 and it is £25 per month. I have managed to get half price line rental for the first three months, credited by the network to the account, as well as the phone for free. They wanted to charge me £29.99, but I said that I wanted the phone for free and they obliged. The tariff entitles me to 500 inclusive minutes to any number, on any network, at any time. It also includes all video calls.
I can certainly recommend this phone to anybody who is looking to acquire a new mobile. It is packed full of useful features, that allow you to get so much more from your mobile phone. It is very up to date and incorporates the latest mobile phone technology. The phone is also a Nokia and for me that on its own is enough for me to be drawn to the handset in the first place. They make top quality, easy to use handsets.
The Nokia 6680, has just been released and it is a step up from the 6630. It has two cameras and an integrated flash, that allows you to make video calls and capture even clearer images. The phone shops are only offering this phone for free, on the higher end contracts but it is worth waiting for a few months for the price to come down. However, if you aren't interested in video calls, then this phone is more than suitable. I absolutely love it and I think I shall enjoy using it for the next twelve months.
As many of you know Nokia are the leading phone manufacturer. From the Nokia 502 to the Nokia 6630, Nokia have made many improvements to their phones. Many of them now being a shape out of the original mould.
When I purchased this from e2save I was so excited, waiting on the edge of my seat for the email confirmation and for when it would be delivered, however, to my displeasure I was told it was out of stock at the moment and they would take delivery in the next 7-14 days. I was on the phone to them first thing next morning and an advisor told me they had a few in stock and he processed my order immediately. By the next morning I had recieved the phone (royal mail special delivery!).
I opened the box feeling as exciting as a little boy on Christmas Night. The phone looked perfect. It was smaller than I thought it would be.
Put the sim card in, charged it up and was playing with my new toy immediately. Any way I suppose i should review the phone instead of telling you about me getting over excited!
~Whats in the box~
The phone (Obviously)
Pc Suite CD
DKU-2 data cable
~size and weight~
Dimensions: 110 mm x 60 mm x 21 mm
Weight: 127 g
176x208 screen size
65,536 colour screen
I installed pc suite to access the memory card and the phone (wasnt plug and play). Transferred over mp3's and a few videos. It plays .3gp and mpeg4 in realplayer(installed on the phone). The videos played on the phone are very clear and can be viewed full screen, landscape. I installed Smart Movie on, v'good program. It enabled me to play avi's and xvid's to. Was straight on to ebay and bought a cheap kingston 512mb rs dv mmc.
Also purchased TomTom5 with GPS reciever. Perfect for getting lost on the way home!
Rs Dv mmc is the only memory it takes. it is very new and is more expensive than normal mmc's or rsmmc's but takes less battery life.
The Nokia 6630 is a smart phone which means it does have a lot of functions your average phone wouldnt do. The phone is hard to use, however, it'll only take about a week or so to get used to it and if I can use it, believe me anyone can.
Text messages are easy to send and type. The keypad is the usual layout that you would expect on a phone and not weird like the nokia 7600.
Connectivity - It can connect to the computer via a usb data cable (which is supplied) or via bluetooth which can also be used to connect to other phones. The nokia 6630 does not have an IR(infra-red) port which does mean that you cant use applications like tv remote, however, I didnt find that too much of a problem. This does also mean that you cant connect the phone to your laptop via the IR port.
The Camera - It features a 1.3 mega pixel camera which takes some excellent pictures. Very easy to transfer the pictures from the phone over to the computer. They looked excellent on the computer as well. I got the pictures developed from an online photo company and they were really clear.
The Video Camera is decent but the quality isnt always that good. It records in .3gp format. It is a bit blurry but is fine for taking short clips and then editing them with the video editor that comes with it.
The loudspeaker is very good for when your driving. It is extremely clear, whether your listening to songs or talking through it.
The battery life, i thought personally was excellent. It is as they say on nokia. 3hrs taltime and 11 days standby.
Overall I think this phone is excellent and i do recommend it to everyone.
I was curious about the whole 3G experience so decided to invest in a Nokia 6630 on an orange contract. Included in my contract I got a heck of a lot of free data allowance for the first 3 months and was really glad I did, as this can prove to be an expensive feature. I got a bit hooked on the celebrity news videos and downloaded quite a few things too, but when orange mistakenly charged me for the data after the first month I was horrified to find a bill for £100! Be warned, 3G is great but you really do need to watch the cost.
I didnt actually use the video calling feature but the fact that there isnt a phone on the front is, in my humble opinion, a bit silly. For the other person to actually see you (which, lets face it, is the whole point of video calling) you would have to stand in front of a mirror and after all, thats not always possible. You can show people where you are standing of course which may have its merits!
The phone in general is pretty much as good as it gets. I love Nokia phones, especially series 60 ones, and find the menus easy to negotiate and the text system an absolute dream to use. GPRS and MMS are easy to set up and work without a hitch and there are hundreds of downloads for Nokia phones available so themes, games, videos and ringtones are never a problem to find.
Call quality was high and I never had a problem with a call being dropped. The ringtones and message tones seemed clear enough and its easy enough to change the profile to silent if in the cinema etc.
Maybe the size of the phone could be a bit of an issue for some, especially the ladies reading this, but its certainly not brick like, or out of proportion. The screen is large and impressive which in turn means that the photos taken with the 1.3 megapixel camera look great. Photos are also very easy to send through Bluetooth or mms and they do still look good on a computer (something that cant be said for some other phones out there).
Mp3s sounded good through the phone, but much better when listed to through the included stereo earphones. With its large memory, this phone was easily capable of holding the 10 full songs I downloaded through music player, and also the games, photos and videos that I collected over the months that I owned it.
Its also worth pointing out that the covers are changeable on this phone too. I do like a change, and was pleased to be able to get rid of the orange logo (sorry orange) on the back of my standard silver cover by purchasing a new one in brown/red. I will say though that Nokia branded products are well worth the extra money. I bought three cheaper ones but didnt use them as they made the phone look cheap and the keypads included with them didnt work well at all.
All in all I would highly recommend this phone to anyone looking for a good quality, well built phone capable of doing everything you could ask of it although I do think that Nokia should have included another camera for video calling.
I have just got myself one of these phones,i must confess it took me a while to figure out how to use the phone to it's full potential as it does so much.The only thing i have found with this phone is that the battery life seems quite short.The camera is also on the back of the phone so when you make a video call you only see what the camera is pointing at for example the floor.You can buy a stand to enable you to see who you are talking to but it would be nice to see who you are talking to whilst you are on the move. I must confess that this is my first bluetooth phone and it is great to be hands free with no wires from phone to ear.I love the removable memory card because it just fits straight into my printer and i can print all of my pictures to a good quality.One thing that really annoys me with this phone is that it is forever telling me that my memory is full and that i have to close applications,but it doesn,t tell me this till someone tries to video phone me then the phone just refuses to let me take the call using either voice or video,resulting in my friends thinking im ignoring them.If it wasn't for the poor memory and battery life i would be happy with the phone,but at the moment i am consiering getting another.
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