Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
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8310 - Little Phone, Big Attitude
Member Name: freespirit1402
Date: 06/07/02, updated on 13/07/02 (905 review reads)
Advantages: Small, Better Backlight
Disadvantages: Expensive, Throws the occasional tantrum
I decided on a change of phone about six months ago. With the exception of my very first phone all my others had been Nokia?s ? a 5110, a 3210 and a 3310. When I upgraded I initially decided to try a change and go for a Motorola V66. What I think of that is a whole other opinion, however, after a week it became faulty and I took it back. When they offered me a replacement I decided to back to Nokia and the all new 8310.
The 8310 is the upgrade from the faulty 8210, developed due to consumer problems with the 8210. It has a whole new range of features but does not come cheap. Mine only cost £49.99 on an evening and weekend contract as the phone was on offer but prices generally seem to range from £129.99 to £149.99 or a hefty £299.99 on Pay As You Talk.
Surprisingly good considering I have heard comlaints. Then again on an evening an weekend contract I do not phone as often as I text which may make a difference.
The backlight color has been changed from the original dull green to a bright blue which provides better visibility and the phone features a radio with preprogrammed stations and WAP capability. The sim card and phone both have phone book capabilities giving space for up to 500 names. It features a voice recorder, voice activated dialling and speed dialling keys. You can now also assign names in your phone book to caller groups, each with its own symbol and ringtone.
Message Menu : Predictive text is now standard but unfortunately text messages are only a measly 160 letters as opposed to the 400 of its predeccessors. However, a bonus is the templates : messages saved in the phone you can send at the press of a button when time is pressing. These templates can be edited for the more personal touch. You can also insert names from the phone book, numbers or words not recognised by the predictive text dictionary. The sending options enable you to send the message to
one person or multiple people easily. For those text messages you wish to save and read again there is an archive submenu they can be moved into. There is also a picture message menu featuring 10 new pictures plus the capability to download new ones.
There is the is the usual message setting options such as delivery reports and extended times messages are valid and sent for. There is also a section for voice messages although the voice mail is easily accessed through Hot Key 1.
Call register : This menu features listings of recent calls received, made or missed, dialled numbers and call times. There is also a call cost settings menu but I have never been able to access this so I am not sure how to use it. There is also a GRPS menu showing how much data was sent in the last session and timing of session.
Profiles : This menu allows you to select phone profiles, groups of settings to be used at separate times. The featured profiles are General, Silent Discreet, Outdoor and Pager. The settings which can be altered are Incoming call alert (Ring, Beep, Vibrate), Ring Tone, Ring Volume, Vibrating Alert on or off, Message Tone (Any ring tone from the menu), Keypad tones and Warning tones. You can set the profile to be timed.
Settings : This menu features an alarm clock, time settings, call settings, phone settings, security settings and ringtone settings. You have the usual call divert, call waiting and anykey answer but an additional option is a summary to be shown on screen following each call. You can choose to include a welcome note to be shown when switching on the phone. The ringtones menu includes 35 preprogrammed ones and spaces for five downloadable ones. There are some familiar ones such as The Entertainer, the Charleston, Brave Scotland and the Toreador but many are new. I dislike most of them so I tend to stick the tried and tested ones or my downloaded ones.
Games : The games menu features Pinball, Snake T
wo, Snowboarding and Pairs. If you register with Club Nokia you can buy credits and download new tables for Pinball and mazes for Snake Two. Using the GPRS settings you can also send your high scores to be featured on the Club Nokia settings.
Calculator : A handy little menu that enables you to make basic mathematical calculations or, after entering the exchange rate, currency calculations.
To Do List : Enter short messages about things you want to remember and set a timer to remind you about them. You can also prioritise them.
Calender : Your basic calender except you can add notes to certain dates such as birthdays for easy reference.
Infrared : Used in data transmission, can be linked to other phones through this link.
Radio : Needs to be used in conjunction with radio headset. Channels can be preset to enable you to switch without hassle.
Extras : Voice recorder allows you to leave yourself voice notes for later reminders, Voice commands allows you to add voice links to your profiles, voicemail, radio nd Infrared. There is also a countdown timer and a stopwatch.
Services : Your Wap menu, enabling you to set up a homepage and bookmarks you can return to again and again.
Vodafone : (Obviously on vodafone phones only) Preprogrammed handy numbers such as Customer Care, My Number, Directory Enquries, Scoot, The speaking clock and Who wants to Be a Millionaire SMS game amongst others.
Advantages and Disadvantages
This is a small phone weighing only 79g and approximately 9cm tall by 4 cm wide by 1.5 cm deep but is surprisingly robust (Which is good considering how often I drop it). However on the downside accessories are still not in abundance and still expensive. My phone screen has frozen a couple of times, but I do not know if this is a common fault so I need to get it checked out. I do have one other Fascia for it but it isn't an official Nokia one and my sim card wo
bbles around with it in so I tend not to use it. On balance though this is a top range phone from Nokia but at the price it is I would advise anyone to weigh up all options before going for it especially if they already have the (in my opinion) fantastic 3310 already.
Wow, one of my longest opinions so far. I hope it hasn't come out as dry and dull as I have tried to present all the features of this phone as concisely as possible.