Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
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Is it what everyone expected?
Member Name: jimbo88
Date: 23/05/02, updated on 24/05/02 (1149 review reads)
Advantages: Size, Internet, Radio
Disadvantages: Stability, Price, Reliability
The 8310, on its release was sought after by many, some of whom could afford its huge £299 starting price, others who just looked out for it on TV adverts or in shops. But is it what everyone expected from a new high tech Nokia? Well here’s what I think about it.
The Good Points
The 8310 unlike its predecessors has an all new colour backlight, which makes it stand out form the crowd. The stunning light is also far more powerful and bright, making it less of a strain for those who struggled with their rather dim older phone.
The fabulous features of the 8310 are also something to be noticed. Behind its standard Nokia menu and screen set up, are living some of the most modern and up to date features for the 2nd generation mobile phones. Its FM radio makes it a convenient tool for taking around with you, as when you’re not talking you van relax with excellent quality reception from national and local stations at no extra cost.
It is WAP enabled, which is not really considered one of the deciding factors for a new mobile because of the whole inconvenience of small screens and larger tasks, but it can be useful if your wanting to go to the cinema or eat out and you can check the times or here to go near you.
It has new improved games- such as ‘Bumper’ pinball, which has been updated to have a muck faster reaction speed when you press the buttons compared to the rather slow 3330. Also is has the never before seen ‘Snowboarding’ which is quite fun to just mess around on; to slalom down a run practicing your jump tricks against the clock, or even a half-pipe and long jump. With a selection of 4 characters and up to 12 different ramps and runs on varying levels of difficulty Snowboarding makes a nice change to the eventually monotonous Snake and even Space Impact.
Its size is also something it can be noted for. Although very similar in many ways to its direct relative the 8210, the 8
310 is smaller and slightly lighter making it a much more convenient communications tool compared to some other models.
Other new and improved features are the ‘to do list’ which alerts you to reminders you have programmed in, especially useful if you’re away from your diary, also helping this is the ‘diary/calendar’, which proves very useful for instant referral to, wherever you happen to be.
It is quite a robust model. Many times have I dropped it on the floor or find not a scratch and still working (but that may just be luck!)!
Also it has the potentially useful infer-red facility, which allows connection to other infer-red phones for games, or if that’s not your thing you can also download syncnorisation programs from the internet (look at www.nokia.com) to manage your phone on computer.
Finally it is reasonably quick to charge – it only takes about 2 hours to give 3-4 hours standby time.
The Bad points
However there are some negatives which may change your opinion completely. Firstly the accessories are incredibly expensive from high street stores. You may be able to find them cheaper on the net. Nokia produced covers can cost up to £35, which is a complete rip-off. Also many street companies do not yet stock accessories and so the only way to get hold of covers and replacement batteries etc is either from Nokia at a huge cost (as mentioned above) or from a website, with the incurring costs (check out www.mobilestyle.co.uk).
Secondly the covers, whilst expensive, also come loose very quickly. After about a month of use they begin to wobble and eventually can just come off when you hold the phone up.
Thirdly the warning tones, which you get when you’re calling someone who is engaged or has their phone switched off, continue to sound even when you’ve hung up, preventing you from making any calls until they’ve stopped bleeping at you. r>
One big problem with this phone is the key focus buying point, the 3rd generation capability of GPRS. However, as I found after buying it, this service isn’t supported on quite a few networks. For example on O2 (formally BT Cellnet) they had not configured their GPRS network and so couldn’t support it, so they’re getting people to buy on a currently false advertising promise.(For those of you who don’t know what GPRS is, it is much faster and easier to use internet access for the mobile phone, with a wider variety.)
The ringtones are, so most people would agree, are one of the best parts of personalising a phone. However on the 8310 they seem to have re-made every single tune from the previous models, replacing all the classics which you hear chirping away wherever you go, with really weird new ones, which isn’t I guess that bad, but with no ‘composer’ it doesn’t give much choice is you want one of those classics.
One of the biggest criticisms of this phone is its appalling battery life. Whilst it can be quick to charge, and yes the stand by time can be 3-4 hours, this 3-4 hours is reduced to 2 hours if you are using it all the time. So if you want anything more than a quick burst of power, any more than 4 hours on standby then you don’t want this phone because the 4 batter bars soon disappear to nothing but the bleeping of the battery dying.
Almost finished now! You can only have short 160 character text messages. On the slightly older but more popular 3310 and 3330 you can go up to and over 400 or so characters, which is much more convenient than having to clear everything you’ve written before and give a 5 minute delay before what you’ve written makes any sense to the receiver.
Finally, my last criticism is that it is not tri-band. This means that is cannot be used in places such as the USA. With the USA being a very popular business and leisure
destination it is a huge disadvantage , and so should be the deciding factor for any travelling business intended user, over the new Motorola version for example, which is tri-band.
So overall the goods on this phone are very good, but the bads completely cancel out everything else it has achieved for itself. In general I think that this was a bit of a hurried release from Nokia. In design it is almost identical to the 8210, although not as stable. However there are some features which make it unique. But if this is your big once every 5 years mobile upgrade, I’d wait a while for a more reliable model.