I found this phone in a box the other week when I was cleaning up and I had forgotten that even after all these years how cool and modern it still looked compared to loads of other phones from that era which now look incredibly dated and like bricks.
The Nokia 8210 was released in the UK in 1999 (I can't believe it was so long ago) and I remember coveting it so much, for me this was the first cool phone whereas before they had all been bricks and not very attractive the Nokia 8210 changed all that.
Obviously compared to todays all singing all dancing mobile phones this phone is completely outclassed but at the time it was pretty cutting edge. It was so lightweight compared to the other mobile phones that were available and weighed just 79grams.
As far as features this phone makes phone calls and sends text messages and that is about it really. I remember thinking what a brilliant phone it was though at phoning and was just as clear as todays phones. It also never used to have any problem with picking up a connection or dropping calls which is always a problem that I have with phones today. The screen is tiny compared to today's phones too so there was always a lot of scrolling through when reading text messages but the buttons were so easy to use and smooth that I could write a massive text message in seconds with it and certainly much quicker than I can with a touch screen phone.
The best thing about this phone though was the battery life. Whereas modern phones can barely eek out a full day this would last for days at a time before needing charged which I suppose is to be expected considering its limitations with technology but it was still impressive at the time.
The only thing that really drained the batter was talking and of course playing snake which this had preinstalled. I used to spend hours at a time playing snake and was really good at it. There is a lot to be said about the addictiveness of such simple gameplay.
When I found this the other day I couldn't believe it wasn't smashed or cracked and it looked in as good a condition as it did years ago. I couldn't believe that it also still worked when I charged it to check. How many modern mobiles do you think will still be around so many years later? Not a lot I'm betting.
This would be the perfect phone for someone who just wants something with buttons for calling or texting. You can pick them up on eBay for next to nothing and it is a good sturdy phone that is genuinely pocket friendly. Was a 5 star phone at the time and is still a decent alternative to a smartphone for people looking for something less technological and easy to use.
This was my first ever phone back in 2000 - aaah!..worked great - clear sound, no longer have it anymore but I do remember it being very small (smaller than any modern day smartphone). Obviously phones of this era were not exactly feature heavy. Forget email , internet browsing etc...what it did do excellently though was
a ) hold a signal
b) last for 2 weeks on standby (very good for phones c.2000)
Looking back , it was a design classic, I never used express on covers as I was very happy with the blue colour of mine. Ironically you can rely on these older phones more than smartphones as there is likely to be some charge left in them unlike an iphone for example which runs out of charge in no time.
There are some very basic features like an address book - snake game um.....buttons lol - pushing it here are'nt I . Overall a great phone in its day - you will likely find very cheap entry level phones now that blow this out of the water.
I had completely forgotten this phone existed until I dug it out the back of a draw, and to my surprise 7 years on it still works & is still as Tony as I remember!
I bought my 8210 around 7 years ago as my first contract phone. Back then it's main selling point was it's size-it really is absolutely tiny & only weighs 79 grams! Even now I don't think there is a smaller phone on the Market?
As the phone is quite old, it's technology is now understandably quite out dated. It only has the normal black and White screen and does not have many of the features we now take for granted, such as camera, Internet access etc.
Despite this it is still a very good phone. Because the phone is so small the buttons are obviously tiny, but because of how the keypad is designed & the spacing between keys, it is still easy to use. All menu options are accessed from the old style simple Nokia menu.
A further selling point of the 8210 was the inter changeable covers for both the front & back. If you don't like the colour of yours then pull of the existing covers & find something you do like! This was all the rage a few years ago!
Overall, even though technology had moved on, this is / was a cracking little phone, in fact, I may start using mine again!
Nokia 8210 is an old black & white mobile phone which is very lightweight. It's one of the smallest phones around which measures 101mm x 44.5 mm x 17.4 mm and weighs only 79 grams. The base of the unit has headset and charger connector. At the center of its head is the power switch and at the left side is the volume adjustment button so you can adjust the sound without looking at the screen when talking.
The text messaging feature of Nokia 8210 has predictive text input which supports major European languages and it can receive and send picture messages with compatible handsets. It allows you to send up to 160 characters only.
The phone's memory can store up to 250 names aside from the SIM card which can be alternatively used to store names. It has infrared port for wireless transfer to compatible mobile phones and can also be used to play the classic game 'Snake' in a 2-player mode with another phone.
This phone uses lithium ion battery which allows 48 hours of standby time including 2 hours of talktime and 3 to 4 hours of continuous talktime. It has basic features like calculator, clock, alarm, calendar, to-do list and voice dialing with 4 built-in games; Snake, Memory, Logic and Rotation.
Nokia 8210 is undeniably old. When it was first introduced in 1998, it was the most elegant Nokia phone at that time with its small size and internal antenna. The faceplate can be easily changed and I remember dressing up mine with metallic red colour. This phone is really durable. I gave mine to my niece after about a year of using it and it powered for 5 years not to mention the countless drops on the floor.
The phone's keypad has small keys and are placed so close with each other. If you have a big thumb, I recommend you test the keys if you can be comfortable writing messages on them. Nokia 8210 is a great phone if you only want the basic features such as calls and text messaging without the complications of today's modern phones. It was priced £115 about 12 years ago but it's available now for £38.
I have to say that, may mum is not much of a techno-whizz like me. This phone in its self and on a basic front is quite good, it is small and compact making it perfect for smaller pockets or hand bags, but that said I think that that may be the only thing that is good about this phone.
I did not own this phone, my mum did and I was forever showing her how to do things, which as most people know, with a Nokia is pretty simple, but I just simply found this phone infuriating to use. The keys would stick and not come back up (this happened on my dad's too who also had the same phone for a while) and when the button did not come back up it would not allow you to press the next key you needed to. The general layout of the keypad too is rather poor, because of the phones small size this can make the phone unconfortable to use and those with normal sized fingers may struggle a little too. But I guess this point is down to personal preference.
Now onto my main gripe with the phone. Erm. The whole phone, I remember now, the phone is really the most shoddily made thing in the entire phone industry in my opinion apart from maybe the entire Motorola catalogue. The screen would cut out and the speak button on the side of the phone will stop working periodically. It has also been known to turn its self off. It is just a cheap phone. But I guess you get what you pay for and all you are looking for is a phone that you will use only occationally then it is fine but the infuriatingly small screen restricts the amount of character that can be viewed on it at once which only increases wear and tear on the keypad, especially the scroll up and down buttons.
i have been waiting for ever to find a phone just like the 8210 and i have now finally got the phone of my dreams. i absolutely love it to bits. it is soo cool and is supported by practically all networks. sure its a little pricey but if you shop around you'll find that there are some good deals. on this phone there is voice features which you just hold enter and talk in to the phone. it speeds everything up. there are tonnes of great features and extras like logos instead of having boring operator icons like welcome to... whatever your service provider is. you can have a picture instead. these can be bought on the internet or downloaded for free on the internet. you can also download numerous ringtones although one of the downsides is that there is no composer. whilst this is not really needed for those people that have access to the internet, for those that don't it is a bit of a shame that they are unable to easily obtain different ringtones. like many other nokia's the front facia of the 8210 can be removed and exchanged which means that you can really personalise your phone. there is an alarm clock for the more hard to wake of us. hint: me. calendar for the forgetful, games for the bored, phone book, messages, and can send business cards through intra red saving you 12p/15p. Cant complain. this phone used to retail at £250.00 but i went shopping and you can get it for free on contract ar 49.99 on pay as you go. hows that for a great deal. this phone is quite hard to use and i would advice people with experience with nokia types to try a 3310 first but it has to be said this phone is a star buy and basically if you can purchase it, get it! An absolutely great phone!
I've had a Nokia 8210 since it was released in the UK. The phone had to be replaced in the first few weeks because of the faulty display. The handset I eventually received was fine for a bout two years until the display fault returned. Of course Nokia and my service provider are now saying it is too late for them to help and I must pay for the repair. The repair didn't help. I learnt recvently that Nokia knew the 8210 had a design fault but they are not going to admit it.
I cannot believe this phone has been out for nearly 2 years! I have just bought this phone from my older sister, she has had the phone for just over a year and in this time the phone has been returned to the shop once. My sister returned the phone because the screen went they replaced it. My expierence with the phone so far has been great, but I have had a few dissapointments- unlike the nokia 3310 it is hard to find a variety of phone covers. At the moment im stuck with a silver cover but I feel the stylish phone should have a stylish cover. The covers are also hard to get off and to chang, the top of my phone where the back comes off has snapped and the back is now lose. My other dissapointment was there is no composer on the phone so I have to pay for my ringtones unlike the 3310 which will compose ringtones and save me a lot of money! My phone is on vodaphone at the moment and has good signal I haven't had a problem with this and the battery does not have to be charged for a few days when in use. I am very happy with this as my phone is very impotant to me when im out of the house. Messaging is simple to use and dosn't take a lot of time up. The phone may be small but the buttons are easy to use and the screen is clear you can adjust the logo you want on the phone. My sister and husband have identical phones to get round this they wrote their names on profiles and replaced "outdoor" their names now display on the screen underneath their desired logo you can do this on 8210s as well. I like the variety of ringtones and my favourite is circles. When I don't want the phone to make a sound I go to profiles and put it on silent this is a good advantage compared to my last phone when trying to change the ringtones which took time. The phone can vibrate if you want but i find this uses up the battery more quickly. The games are dissapointing and are nothing special, snake, memory and logic I would have liked snake 2 and batummi l
ike a 3310. The calander is important to me as I use it set reminders my memory isn't to good I find this a good funtion for rembering birthdays and meetings as its like an alarm with a message. I would like to find out how to use infrared as its the only function im not sure on as my sister lost the manual. Im all the phone is small and stylish but a 3310 I think is just as good. I would recommend this phone to people who depend on their phones and use them a lot.
I've had my Nokia 8210 since early this year and as usual I never bothered to read the instructions. My efforts at mastering modern technology normally consist of asking the hubby how to do something (he?s not any cleverer than me, it's just that I?m lazy!). I get him to read the instructions and then tell me, at least once. How do I write an op about my little phone without going through the boring task of fixing my eyes on the 'how to' leaflet? Well, I'm probably going to have to aren't I? I will leave it as long as I possibly can though; the reason being is that I'll tell you first of all about what I do know. I figure that this is the best way forward as if I use a certain function then it must be worth knowing about and if I can do it then anyone can. The Nokia 8210 is a very popular phone; I'm not bothered about having something different to anyone else or the very latest gadget. I simply want something that looks good, does the job and is reliable. One of the main reasons why I bought the phone was its size. I could give you any number of reasons but as I had a Nokia 3310 prior to this that was more or less the same, I would be lying. The dimensions are 101.5/44.5/17.4mm, this may not mean much to you so I'll compare it with the Nokia 3310 dimensions, 113/48/22mm. More importantly the 3310 weighs 133g and the 8210 weighs a mere 79g! Some people don't like small phones, my mum is one of them and it's hard to find things in her handbag at the best of times. If you have large fingers you may also prefer a phone that encompasses a larger keypad. I think the 8210 is ideal for a lady, my fingers aren't small and I don't have a problem. I've just asked my hubby what he thinks of the size of the keypad and he says he finds the keypad fine, he wouldn't make a mistake pressing the wrong buttons and he would feel quite comfortable using it. He did point out that he doesn'
t have big fingers (thank god, lol) so if yours are short and stumpy I suggest you do the finger test first. The next best feature for me is the alarm function. It is so easy to use (after hubby told me how) and I set the alarm to wake us up for school everyday. You have to press the keypad 9 times to do this but that only takes about 5 seconds. You simply go to settings from the menu, click alarm on and set the time! Simple. If you get up at the same time every day you won't even need to change the time. When it goes off it is quite loud and I certainly don't sleep through it. You can of course set the phone to silent, general or loud anyway so if you're heavy sleeper, go for loud. It has lovely little bells flashing on and off and you can postpone it if you want. So that you know the alarm has been set there is a little picture of a clock that appears next to the time, once the alarm has been turned off it disappears. Following on form the alarm there is a calendar function where you can enter a reminder, i.e. 'library books' and a date and time you want the reminder. You can choose to have the alarm sound or not. Thanks to reading the instructions I have just discovered that you can also enter notes for 'calls' when you need to phone someone a t a certain time, meetings and birthdays. Each of these notes will be indicated by a different symbol. The meeting for example would be two hands shaking, not like in the DTs but actually shaking hands. Of course you can view and erase notes at any time. I have just scrolled through right up to the middle of January so I imagine you can make notes for quite far in to the future if not a full 12 months. Every phone should have text messaging functions, as it seems to be the communication method of the centaury. The Nokia 8210 comes complete with predictive text messaging. I don't know if this is a good thing or not. It is meant to save you time and what it does is
actually guess what word you are about to enter. It predicts it, enters the word and you can press the star key for another list of words if it is incorrect. If you are used to the old way of texting where you have to press number 5 on your keypad 3 times to get the letter L then you may get confused. The first time I used predictive text my words were a load of nonsense. I once sent my friend a message telling her I could get 'happy routes' through not checking what I typed, it should have read, harry potter! If you don?t like it, you will be pleased to hear you can switch it off. You can send messages up to a maximum of 160 characters. For those of you who like to personalise your phone as little more you can send and receive picture messages from and to other 8210, 3210 and 8850 mobile phones. Ring tones! You can download ring tones for this phone although it might annoy other people. It has standard ring tones built in and it's up to you to choose and set the phone accordingly. If you download a ring tone from a website or pay for one then it will come through as a text message. You then need to save it to your phone. You can have the phone on silent or vibrate if you wish, or both! This is useful when you are in meetings so as not to disturb others. I have it on ring and vibrate most of the time. Making a call is so easy, you either type in the number (including dialling code) and then press the button with a telephone on it, or go to your phone book and dial from there. You can store up to 250 names and numbers on the phone and another 250 on the sim card, I only wish I knew that many people. There is also a voice dialling facility where you can store 8 numbers. I actually didn't know this, which is why I haven't used it. It is a dual band phone, which means that it can operate on GSM 900/1800 frequency and the talk times ranges between 2-3hrs 20 minutes. A small but useful feature is the ability to lock the
keypad. I have been known to accidentally press the keys and call someone; this can prove rather expensive. To do this you simply press the top left arrow key followed by the star key, it will then tell you that the keypad is locked. It's the same procedure to unlock the phone. If it is locked when the phone rings you can answer the call but you need to unlock it before you make one. One of the many advantages of the 8210 and the like is the ability to customise the phone by buying the snap on express covers. It is not everyone's taste and I must admit the standard Nokia covers are very nice looking although expensive. There are literally hundreds of designs to choose from, I currently have a Crunchie one, hence the title. Original Nokia covers are around £20 but you can buy cheaper from ebay etc. be warned that some cheep imitations may affect the functions of your phone. I bought some once that switched the phone off when I went to dial and some just won't fit properly. Many other accessories are available from hands free kits to car kits, headsets, cases etc, again it is advisable to use Nokia approved products. If you buy something that attaches to your phone that isn't Nokia approved I'm not sure how you would stand with your warranty. If you ever need a new battery they are easily available and I picked one up of ebay for £7, much cheaper than buying from the likes of Dixons. The battery you get with the phone is a li-lon battery, which gives a standby time of 50-150 hours. This type of battery is extremely slim and lightweight and you can charge it without having to fully disperse it. You should get more battery life and you don't have to wait until your battery is dead before you charge it up. I also have a twin sim back for my phone; this means that my phone will hold 2 sim cards of either different networks or one contract and one pay as you go. This is very handy for me as my husband is on another netw
ork. They aren't standard with the phone and you will have to but them independently, again I bought mine from ebay for £7! The phone will be slightly heavier than normal as the back is thicker than the original Nokia back and it is plain back. This means that if you buy a new front and back X-press on cover you will only be able to use the front. This doesn't bother me as I prefer the convenience of having two networks. I have told you the features that I think are more important but I would need to write pages and pages to give you all the information on this phone. I will list some of the other features to give you an idea of its capacity and usefulness: Infra red For wireless communication between phone and compatible PC or printer. You can send messages/ring tones etc to other phones with facility at a speed of 9.6kb/s Missed calls Received calls Call duration Dialled numbers Call divert Set your own profiles Automatic update of date and time Last but not least as there are probably loads more, Games! The phone comes complete with 4 games: Snake Logic Rotation Memory The kids are always borrowing the phone to play games, it does wear you battery down pretty quick though. If you are lucky enough to have a friend with an 8210 you can play a 2-player game using the infrared feature. Overall opinion I am very happy with the phone and will probably stay with Nokia as I find their menu functions easy to understand and the phones easy to use. Accessories and spare parts are easy to come buy and customising your phone is a piece of cake. The only problem I have had is a bit of plastic broke off the top of the phone when I was changing the cover, the same thing happened to a friend of mine in exactly the same place so it must be a weakness. The covers stay on fine so it isn't a major problem. Some phones had been known to have a sc
reen problem but that has been rectified. I think you could take your phone back to have it repaired free of charge if you needed to, mine has been fine and it's a couple of years old as I bought it second hand on ebay for £85. You can pick them up now second hand for around £70. They were selling new for about £150 but as newer models come out and replace them i'm not sure where they are available from now. I would definitely recommend the phone and can sum it up by saying it's funky, stylish and sexy, we're a perfect match!
I had wanted to buy this phone for quite a while. The main reason was its size. This phone is tiny and looks very nice! However, don't be fooled by its stylish design. If you are looking for a phone that you can actually use i would stay well away from the 8210. Almost every single person i have spoken to with the phone has had problems. It is true that if another 8210 user sees you in the street it is normally a good excuse for them to start talking to you so there is some kind of fellowship amongst users but this is because we all understand how annoying it is to own one. The two main problems you get with an 8210 are with the screen and the signal. In the 6 months of owning one my signal cut out completely and i had to have major work done on it to put it right, the phone constantly switched itself off becuase of the battery not charging properly, text messages didn't send, reception was poor and the keys were difficult to use. If you are lucky enough to have an 8210 that works perfectly, and thinner fingers than me you will find that it does have some good features. It can store 200 numbers on the phone (plus an average 100 on the sim card depending on your network). It has infa-red which can be used for two player gaming and sending data between phones and has the standard nokia games. I would not recommend this to anyone though as it is the most unreliable electrical item ive ever used. (price quoted is second hand price as not sold new)
1Week out of 16 it actually worked - Advantages: Attractive - Disadvantages: Screen burst for no apparent reason and then it takes nokia 15 weeks to send a replacement screen, Menu features not as good eg-composer, Very small screen and keys -so is hard to read.
NoKiA 8210 This phone has people begging for it and people dreading the one they happen to own, this phone has ups and downs, more downs for me and also many other people... MY STORY: I was getting rather bored of my simple Siemens handset, so when a mate offered me an 8210 for a bargainess price, I couldn't refuse.(Shame really because now I wish I had refused!) I love the idea of these tiny, latest phones that can fit in your wallet and so on so I was really looking forward to putting my Orange pay as you go SIM card into this new phone. The phone itself is small, lightweight and attractive. It's made by Nokia and the screen takes up most of the phone, the numbers take up less room then the screen which I like, I think it looks cute! But this can be rather annoying when your fingers miss buttons! (Hence this is more a feminine phone, suitable for long nails or thin fingers, not for men with fat chunky fingers!) The person I was buying the phone off warned me that sometimes the phone flicked on and off, I didn't think much of this, most phones have something weird about them, you just have to live with it! Anyway, 2 months later I'm still using this DRETCHED phone! The casual, flicking on and off has now developed into a complete nightmare, some days the phone will let me see the screen, other days I get a blank screen! Just a tick bit annoying, I've thrown my phone across rooms, wacked it against lamposts and thrown it 10metres up in the air, but nothing will fix my phone, so instead I'm forking out £50 to get it repaired! Mad huh!? Ok, well why not get a new phone? ~ Have you seen the prices of phones these days!!?? So instead I'm hopefully going to get the phone insured! I know six people who own this phone and have had simalar problems with it and many people know these phones tend to break! Do I recommend this phone?! ~ NO. If I don't suceed in g
etting the phone insured, I'm most definitely starting to save for another model! As like all Nokias, the 8210 has the simple menu: Messages - Inbox, Outbox, Write Message. (SMS) Call Register - Lists the last 10 missed calls, recieved calls and dialled calls. Profiles - 6 Profiles to set your phone to. (Ring tone, Volume, Vibrate, Key pad tones) Settings - Alarm clock, Clock, Call, Security and phone settings. Call Divert - Gives option to divert certain or all calls. Games - Snake (NOT Snake2) Memory, Rotation and Logic. Calculator - Simple calculator Calender - Gives date and time Infrared - IR reception. Services - Nokia and Phone services You may of noticed that although the 8210 is newer then the 3310 & 3330's it only has snake1 and not snake2, the phone however has an added feature of an Infra Red service, as far as I know this is so you can play 2 player snake with any other Infra red phone! (other 8210's and new 8310's) As like many Nokias now, you can also have downloadable Logos and ringtones. However you cannot compose ringtones on the 8210 like you can on the 3310 & 3330, another down point but you can send tones to your phone as well as logos. You can also buy covers for this phone, front and back. You can buy these from most phone shops and also some market stools. This phone may have the sweet and innocent looks but really, its a bit of a disaster! I'm going to stick with the phone though, until I can afford a better one! This phone is usable, don't get me wrong, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who gets annoyed easily and is after a permanent phone! Cheers for reading all, hope I've helped in anyway at all. Best wishes as always emma xxx :0)
I bought this phone, mainly because it was the smallest phone I could find at the time! At first, I was very pleased with this phone, it was fairly easy to use and you can hide it anywhere! This phone has all the usual Nokia feautures plus a couple of extras. It's very easy to use whether you have owned a Nokia before or not. Features include: Voice dialling The simplest way to dial is to press one button and say a name. You can save up to eight names and numbers for voice dialling. Picture messaging You can send and receive pictures to and from other Nokia mobile phones supporting picture messaging. (3310 onwards I believe) Predictive text input You can write short messages quickly by pressing a key just once for each letter. The Nokia 8210 has a built-in dictionary, with support for major European languages, which enables you to write faster than with a conventional keypad. Infrared This allows you to transfer data between your phone and computer-including logos, ringtones etc Vibrate Now dont get me wrong but I love having a phone with a good vibrate on it! Yes I am female, but no THAT is not the reason! The vibrate is very strong and so you'll never miss a message or call when your phone is on silent! The handset is a tiny 101.5 x 44.5 x 17.4 mm and weighs only 79g! Fully charged, this phone offers between 50 - 150 hours standby time and 2 - 3h 20m talk time so if you treat the battery well, it should maintain these figures! Now this may all sound good in theory....but I had a few problems with my phone! The first problem I encountered, was a problem with the screen. It would occasionally freeze, so I would just turn it off, then on again. Then, two weeks after this, the screen would scramble and scroll along as I pressed any button. I found that by taking off the fascia, the phone was fine, but obviously, I need a cover on my phone! I put up with this problem with a temporary fix of a small piece of folded paper between the cover and the speaker at the top. Problem number 3! The microphone in the phone stopped working so no one could hear me when I talked. I'd had enough of this phone and so I sold it described as faulty for £40. In total, a loss of £110! Not worth buying and I would not recommend this phone to anyone! Amongst my friends and colleages, this phone is notorius for screen problems. The problems I've mentioned are fairly common amongst these handsets. Nokia have now stopped producing these handsets. As this is a review, I feel obliged to outline out the good features! It's a very attractive looking phone, small enough to fit into the tiniest pocket! It's easy to use too. In conclusion, if you're willing to take the risk, buy this phone , I would go for something newer such as the 8310. But do your research first, lets hope the 8310 and above have not inherited the 8210's problems! I think the problems I had with this phone were a real shame as it was my pride and joy when it was fully working! I now have the 3310-a bit bigger but oh so reliable! Talk to someone who knows what theyre talking about, not a 18 year old sales person in The car phone warehouse. Believe me, I say this from experience!