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Very compact and unique looking, the Nokia 8310 certainly made an impression when it was first released. Usage is as intuitive as ever with Nokia, but the botton size and placement make it slightly awkward to use.

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      19.07.2011 19:33

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      Go for a newer phone!

      The Nokia 8310 was a mobile phone released in 2001. It is much smaller than previous Nokia models, at only about 10 cm in height and 3cm in width and lighter too at 84 grams. It has all the features of the previous Nokia phones - monochrome display, WAP internet, games (especially the Snowboarding game!) and vibration alerts.
      Some new features the 8310 offered however, include infra-red, a calendar and FM radio. The colour scheme of the phone - blue and white - is much more attractive than the dull solid colours of previous models and the keypad is also backlit which is a nice touch.
      A Nokia 8310 can be purchased quite cheaply online - you can find them for about a tenner - but if you can afford it I would recommend a more recent model with better picture and sound qualit, which on this phone leave something to be desired. However, it is reliable and easy to use.

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      27.05.2010 10:28
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      good phone for those not bothered about looks!

      I think I must be the only 20 year old to have this phone out of choice over the dozens of colour, camera, video, mp3 player varieties out there at the moment. I only want a phone to text and call people so this is perfect. The phone is very nice and small. The battery lasts a decent whilse since there is no camera or colour to drain it, so it's worth buying for a festival weekendn if you just want a phone that isn't going to die before the event is over. You can drop this phone and knock it about so much and it doesn't break - it is a very sturdy nokia. It can have very loud settings which is great for me because I have very bad hearing. The only downside is that you can't text very long messages and the character limit is quite tight.

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      27.07.2006 13:49
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      A great phone that cannot be forgotten!

      This little beauty is my all-time favourite mobile phone. Though many would see it as a model from ancient history, it still has many good points. It was my first phone, partly why I love it so. When I bought it on contract at the time, it still caused a stir among my friends.

      Why? It was one of the last phones that came out before the advent of camera phones. So it looked really sleek and trendy in its gorgeous case, the latest phone of the time.

      Though it didn't have a camera (obviously I didn't miss it because they didnt come out till later). It's got a radio, a voice recorder. What I love is the huge inbox, eventough it took ages to open it. Writing text messages is easy, and the screen size is just right to read the joke messages without reading the punchline too early. Such message displays are rare now with bigger screens. It's got a calender and the games are fun, too. I gave up on my usual alarm clock and would tuck this under my pillow at night instead. I know these things are the norm now but I'm sure you appreciate it was of the highest standard at the time.

      Even after camera phones and colour screens came out, I still didn't want to let go of my Nokia 8310. I had lots of fun buying different coloured fascias. You see, after 8310, phones just got heavier and bigger. Plus I didnt really need a camera.

      Over a year later, after my first 8310 fell down the drain (oh, the grief!) I sought for another 8310. By that time, they were off the market and you could only buy it off eBay among other antiquities. I got it for about £45 including p+p, which is pretty dear considering its age.

      But I was happy and thought the money was well spent. Alas, after a few months disaster struck again. I think I'd never allowed my phone to die out ccompletely, always charging the battery as soon as it began to go down (battery life lasts far longer than these modern phones). But one day my phone died- and I couldn't bring it back to life!

      The on/off switch had become lodged! This switch is the most awkward part of the phone, having to press hard with your nail. Upon taking it to the repair shop, he said it would be £20 to fix it. Accepting defeat, I left as I realised it wouldn't be worth the effort.

      Only then, I bought another contract and got a Nokia 6230i which has 'as many gadgets as a Swiss Army knife!' This phone though faultless is noticeably heavier and bigger, and I love it, too! (I've already written a review on this phone, do read it).

      Then my mum bought a 8310 from the market for about £12. It was pretty old, but she knew I was partial to it. It was so old that it needed a little piece of paper to keep the sim card lodged! But I still have it and use it for my second sim though i have a perfectly working, brand new Nokia 6111 for that.

      They are practical and do their basic job well, but I expect you may find the newer ones more preferable. I still recommend it because though old you can still find some in good condition from eBay for a reasonable price. You could always use it as a cheap second, or even third, phone! Definitely recommended.

      Let's just hope nothing happens to my latest 8310. Third time lucky!

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        10.02.2006 00:06

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        Great features but can become unreliable

        I had this phone for over a year and it was brilliant when i got it first. The radio is the best thing about it, walking about, listening to the news and music was brilliant. Its a nokia so most people won't have a problem using it. The games are really good and it has some great features. The main problem I have with it is mine started to crash after about a year. Switching itself off and flashing etc. The people I know who had it as well all had the same problem. So I think if you change your phone regularly this is great, compact and all but after about a year it can become very unreliable!

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        21.11.2004 21:13
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        Okay so i've had this phone what, 3-4 years now and it was the first phone i ever had. When i first got it i was chuffed. It was the latest model out and i was keen to use it although the only reason i had this phone is because my parents had split up and one wouldnt let me speak to the other. So you see it was for a bad reason that i actually got it in the first place. The whole phone itself was fine, i often took to the advantage of using the radio and really like the neon lights which lit up every time u touched a button. However, recently i have whitnessed a serious problem with the phone, and it was something to do with the one feature i had never liked from the start. The only feature infact. The on/off button could be classed as discrete, it is on the top of the phone and requires you to push down and hold. About 2 weeks ago now i went to push down with my nail and it wouldn't come on, it had been pushed down and stayed down. Although, it was my own fault i suppose, partly because i broke the case a while back and the on/off button had fell out so i just tended to use my nail and push down on it. But of cause the time came when it didnt work any more and had to be taken in and repaired. It was at the repair shop about 1 week (the reason for this being is that the repair man was only in on a tuesday and thursday) and cost me £45 to repair. £25 was charged for the service and £20 was charged for the new case. This i found rather funny as you can infact purchase a brand new phone case in most shops for £10. However, it was a very nice black and orange phone case one of which i had never seen before. So if you are going to purchase one of these phones make sure you look after it and as soon as the case breaks have it reapaired. Overall a very good phone, one which i am planning to keep!

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          04.06.2004 19:29
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          INTRO. I owned 1 of these nokia phones until about a year ago, i had it for about 18 months, since then ive had a nokia 6100 as an upgrade on my contract. LOOKS. Gr8 looking phone, detachable covers (you can get anything from winnie the pooh, to just a plain clear cover) EASE OF USE. No problems here either, the buttons are well laid out, just right in this text generation, the menus are very easy to scroll around and are self explantory really, didnt have to use the manual muh to be honest. DURABILITY. Although this phone looks small and pretty flimsy, it is quite tough on the whole, although the covers are obviously not scratch proof (as i found when it fell out my pocket onto the road once) the phone does actually break into the seperate sections of the phone, and doesnt break i.e back cover, battery etc all scatter, all you then have to do is reassemble the phone, and off you go again. BATTERY. This phone has a good stanby/talktime, i could often go over a week without charging, sometimes even a couple of weeks, if you use your phone alot its a good idea to buy yourself a spare one so you can just put 1 on charge whilst still using your phone with the other one. GAMES. Doesnt come with many games, you get pinball, a space rocket game where u shoot aliens and can drop bombs, snake game, every1 must know what this is? RINGTONES. The phone comes with quite a few ringtones, none of which are brilliant but they do amuse you flicking through them for a couple of minutes at least ;-) RADIO. This is a marvellous thing, a built in fm radio, signals not too bad either, used to put this on while i was waiting for the bus to turn up, other phones should have it built in aswell, big plus point in my opinion. All you need to do, is plug your headphones into the sicket at the bottom of the phone, select the phone option and tune in, this option also has 5 presets so you can just go straight to the one you want. MINUS POINTS. The only down side to this phone is that it will occasionally freeze up, it used to happen more often when i was texting, for some reason it would just stop, i couldnt do anything with it apart from take the back cover off and remove the battery, trying to switch off the phone just wouldnt work at all. I called my service provider who said that a software upgrade could be done, but that i would have to send the phone off to the manufacturer (thought for the amount of times it did it, it was easier and less hassle just to carry on switching it off). CONCLUSION. The radio is brilliant in my eyes, looks good, is light weight and the battery lasts for ages, only down side is the freezing of the phone, if i could have this phone without the freezing & a colour screen + wap i would probably have another 1.

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          31.03.2004 07:04

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          the worst phone ever - Advantages: it works...sometimes - Disadvantages: everything

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          10.02.2004 04:49
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          What a totally wicked phone! This is a definite buy not for just nokia lovers but all phone lovers. It is small and compact but its features are not. FEATURES: These include: WAP Games Clock Predictive text Voice activated dialling Picture messaging Loads of ringtones Infra red Voice recorder A massive phone memory (500) and A built in FM radio ........Plus many more As with other nokia phones this one is easy to use and follows pretty much the same as all other nokia phones. It has a funky trendy modern look which covers change to suit all tastes and fits into the smallest of places. Which is great when you are hitting the town as it fits great into your purse. The built in radio is great and the reception is good as well although headphones are needed to listen to it(which are provided with the phone. So even those longest of bus journeys can be enjoyed with your favourite radio channels. The 8310 is dual band so can be used in most european countries (subject to your network providers, talk plans, roaming enabled etc) The price has come down a lot recently but can still be pricey - especially on pay as you go but probably the cheapest way to get this phone is on contract where it is usually given free (with selected talk plans of course). This is definetely a phone to be seen out with and everyone who has it is not ashamed to leave it out (unlike some of the phones you see about nowawdays)!!!! If you are an avid nokia phone buyer and user this is definetely the next phone for you, and even if your usual brand is not nokia, try this one you will not be disappointed at all.

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            04.01.2004 03:42
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            ** I wrote this review on another site before joing dooyoo.co.uk, but considering my recent review of the Samsung V200, I thought it was worthwhile adding it to dooyoo considering I mention the Nokia 8310 so much in my Samsuing V200 review!! Enjoy!** Since I joined the mobile revolution, I've always had a Nokia phone, and despite my dislike of following the crowd, my first was the 5146, a phone that nearly everyone has owned at one time or another. Great phone. Had a good couple of years together - through the highs and lows before I traded it in for a smaller and lighter model - the 3310. I resisted for ages to upgrade my phone - I wanted a smaller phone that I could put in clothes pockets without it looking like I had a growth and pulling my clothes out of shape. Why not a 8210? Everyone has it and apart from being a lot smaller than the 3310 - there wasn't a great deal new in the features. I have a little know medical condition sometimes called 'the dropsies' which means that my phones have had several knocks and scratches. By the end, my 3310 used to fling its covers into very hard to reach places because a fall too many broke one of its hooks, but it always came back to me!! The 8210, to me, just looked too flimsy. A friend dropped theirs during the first week and had to have it replaced - mine would have been replaced on the first day!! The 8310 seems and looks, sleeker though much sturdier - has the cover of a 3310. Features I couldn't tell you what it weighs, but it's light! doesn't mind a few drops - yet, and also has interchangeable covers, if you like that sort of thing. The radio was the big draw for me - as I spend a lot of time taking photos in the middle of nowhere, I like to get lost in the moment, and listen to some choons, while finding something to photograph. You can tune up to 20 radio stations - very useful if you travel the country a lot and know
            what radio stations to listen to. The stations are easy to program either manually or automatically. You also get a pair of headphone to use when listening to the radio. The battery is a power horse - can listen to the radio for around 8 hours roughly and still be able to make several long phone calls - been there and done it several times. I like a diary/calendar that is always on me - I tend to have a diary which has important stuff in it and then forget to look at it, so having it on my phone and the ability for alarm reminders is a God send. I LOVE the Text function - you can store - who knows how many text messages on this thing - and you can also archive them and create your own folders!!! But remember, as with any device you store things on, the more text messages in the inbox, the more time it may take to open. But it's a small price to pay to keep all those cool text messages - a 9 text limit was such a bind - who goes, who stays?! ;0) Nokia has a habit of moving things around when they bring out a new phone, and this is no exception. On the 3310, the alarm clock is set under the Clock menu, now you have to set it under the Settings Menu, but that's just small potatoes as there are more functions, so its one less menu to go through. The Profiles are more or less the same except for one great addition - the ability to set an expiry time. You select the profile you want and you can then set a time for the profile to go off and revert back to your previous profile. Very useful if you don't turn your phone off at night an tend to forget to turn the ringer back on in the morning. The Voice recorder is great - only used a few times - but has been a life saver, especially when someone is giving you a number and you don't have the ability to write it down. I have so far only used the infrared to play snake and send a business card, but need to find someone worth connecting
            to i n such a way! The Ringtones do let it down a bit. It seems a step backwards, that you don't have the ability to compose or download new ringtones - and the ones of the phone sometimes be too quiet even on the highest setting. It is, however, possible to be download/recieve ringtones. On the whole a great phone. With reagrds to cost - it is expensive if you are buying just the handset - around £200. If, like me you are on a contract, and upgrade, for T Mobile is on £20. A big difference!! Like with all phones, its best to take out in insurance to protect not only from theft, but also from accidental damage - ie dropping! There is, also a limited warranty of 12 month. During which Nokia will replace a defective product.

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              03.10.2003 22:51
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              well, what can i say. nokia has sold so many of these phones since release, it would be stupid of me not to write an op on it. i had this phone for 3 weeks, as my nokia 7210 (see review) broke, and when they tried to repair it they gave me this. then i got offered a nokia 7250i (see review). the time i got to use this phone, it was extremely easy to use, as with all nokias. once you've used one, then al other nokias are the same! the phone is very reliable, as i dropped it twice and it didn't fail on me, and also nothing happened while i used it such as a software problem, where the phone just turns itself off for no reason. the phone is very small, compact and light and also looks cool too. the bluey white backlight is cool, however, the screen doesn't have a very good resolution, so text and pictures don't look as 'rounded' as they can with a higher res screen. the battery time is excellent, and the speech quality also. the phone has the old usual standard nokia games, snake ii, for example. it also has snowboarding, which although i didn't get into, could be good for killing a few minutes when waiting for something. the covers are changeable, i got the red one, which i think looks the best anyway. i have also seen a white cover for this phone, and it looks brilliant. there a re a few things which are not perfect on this phone. the main one being that the message inbox takes soooooooooo long to open! when you have about 100 messages, it takes literally 30 seconds to open the inbox, which is extremely frustrating. the phone has a radio, but i did not get to use it as they didn't give me the hands free kit (but is included in the box if you buy one). also, the reception is not as good as it could be, as i have compared the signal strength with other phones on the same network in the same area, and this phone did not shine in signal strength. overall, a nice neat little phone, and if yo
              u're not really bothered with the new technology (for example, bluetooth, colour screen, camera, picture messaging, polyphonic ringtones etc etc, then this phone is perfect.

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                11.09.2003 22:23

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                Nokia 8310 - Advantages: small, reliable, fashionable - Disadvantages: no colour

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                10.08.2003 06:31
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                The Nokia 8310 is by far the best phone I have had, a vast improvement over the 3310. The Phone has a superior battery life to the 3310 and has never run out on me. There is also a vast capacity for Text Messages. The phone includes a FM radio which has proved invalueble for me, especially when travelling on busy public transport. However one feature that I find this phone is lacking is the ability to compose ring tones although you can recieve them.

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                  30.07.2003 18:59

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                  NOkia 8310 - Advantages: Small, Good Features - Disadvantages: Freezes

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                  26.07.2003 02:37

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                  Dream Phone - Advantages: Small and light weight, Very Stylish, Number 1 for functions - Disadvantages: It has no composer

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                  03.07.2003 00:07
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                  i have been surfing through this website looking at reviews about the nokia 8310. although i am very much so convinced in buying this product i have been discouraged by the small number of reviews which say that the phone tends to conk out whilst writing an sms!! i am a big nokia lover and hated it when i bought a siemans c35 as it was totally pantscompared to my first nokia phone(3210!)!i currently own a nokia 3310 and would like to purchase another nokia and i have my eye on the 8310. so if ne1 would like 2 tell me truthfully whether or not it is worth £150?!i know the fone is funky,stylish and very small but i dont want to be buying a new fone if it isn't worth it!! please reply to this review thanx alot !!!

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                  The GPRS enabled Nokia 8310 fashion phone combines beauty with brains. The small and lightweight Nokia 8310 is the epitome of style in mobile phones and the first Nokia phone in the market to incorporate GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) technology. It is stylishly provocative, taking phone personalization to an entirely new level with a tridimensional surface and translucent layering for a unique aesthetic look.

                  The Nokia 8310 introduces a progressive design language, incorporating the latest look and feel in colors, materials, finishes, and design details. Front and back Xpress-on covers and a translucent window frame offer a dramatically changeable appearance, allowing more freedom than ever to personalize the phone exterior. Overlapping translucent surfaces and colors make the beauty of this phone more than skin deep. Shiny chrome surface finish on the main function keys, power key, bezel around the display, and battery release button afford it dazzling detail. It also flaunts a white backlight. It is urban and independent, focused yet casual, making it a phone as unique as its individual users.

                  The Nokia 8310 comes with an array of attractive features such as an integrated FM radio and a dual headset. The new headset makes call and radio management convenient: incoming calls are easily managed while the radio is on and it is possible to browse the web, play games, write messages, and use the phonebook while listening to the radio. Advanced voice features include voice dialing and voice activation of the radio. The phone also supports voice commands to activate the infrared function and change user profiles from, for example, "Outdoor" to "Meeting." An additional attraction is the possibility to record voice memos of up to 3 minutes in length.