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Nokia 6300 Review

written by: unsel•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 5/24/2011
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The Nokia 6300 is a classical, stylish and solid phone. It has good multimedia features, a beautiful stainless steel finish and is really easy to use.

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    Introduction

    The Nokia 6300 is a stylish, and solid-looking phone. It has a large bright screen and comes packed with fun and usable features for its users. The Nokia 6300 is a reliable and high quality product and really nice to use. The phone was introduced to the market in 2007 and is still popular today among a wide range of consumers. It has a price tag of US $200 and is available for purchase on Amazon.

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    Design

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    The Nokia 6300 is a beautiful looking phone. It has a slim design, wrapped in a layer of stainless steel. It is made from a combination of Nokia 6300 review glossy, expensive plastic and tough stainless steel. The fascia is cool to touch and gives off a sense of solidity. The handset measures 106mm x 43mm x 12mm, and is very comfortable to hold. Weighing only 91 grams, the 6300 is very light in the pocket, considering that it has a solid metal body. The keypad has large keys, making it easy to use. The rapid access keys and navigation tools are set in a shiny black coated finish and look durable.

    The on/off button is located on top of the phone and the 2MP camera lens is on the back panel. The volume rocker is located on the right, and at the bottom of the phone, there is a charging port, mini-USB port and 2.5mm headphone jack.

    Image Credit: gadgetsbuzz.com

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    User Interface

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    The handset has a two-inch 240 x 320-pixel TFT QVGA screen that displays up to 16.7 million colors. The text, images and videos look bright and clear on the screen and the text size is big enough for comfortably reading text and e-mailing.

    Navigation on the 6300 is easy due to the sensibly-spaced Enter key and four-way rocker switch. The nice-looking stainless keypad is sufficiently sized for heavy-duty texting. The answer/reject call and the software keys are transparent and glass-like, and soft to press. The only regrettable impression about the Nokia 6300 is the volume rocker. It is hard to feel and difficult to use during conversations when the handset is next to your head.

    With one tap of the menu button, you go straight into the customizable menu. You have options to change the view of the menu. It can be viewed as tabs, a list or a grid of icons. You also have the option to rearrange the icons so they are in the order you want them.

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    Features

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    The messaging features of the phone include SMS, MMS and e-mail with attachment. The supplied e-mail client is easy to set up and supports popular e-mail services including Yahoo mail and GMail. The phone book can contain up to 1,000 contacts. The 2 megapixel camera features 8x zoom and can be used for recording videos, with options to adjust several settings, including night mode, and timer. It is a bit disappointing, however, that there is no flash or auto-focus on the camera, which means that photos will come out blurry if you do not hold the phone very still, and while there’s the night mode feature, taking shots in low lighting is not really an option.

    The internal memory is only 9MB so to store your large collection of images, videos or applications you will need to use an external memory card (microSD). The phone supports external memory cards of up to 2GB. Being an Internet-enabled phone, the 6300 features a fast Opera Mini web browser that can read simple HTML as well as XHTML websites. The audio player supports MP3, MP4, AAC, AAC+ and eAAC+ formats.

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    Nokia 6300 Features

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    You can send pictures and music to friends using the EDGE/GPRS in a MMS or an e-mail. The other connectivity option the phone has is Nokia 6300 review Bluetooth and it lacks Wi-Fi. The preinstalled Bluetooth app lets you control Powerpoint presentations and Nokia’s sensor app lets you send your personal information and pictures over Bluetooth. Using Bluetooth you can also upgrade the phone’s firmware as well as synchronize your calendar and contacts with other devices, wirelessly.

    Other features of Nokia 6300 include speakerphone, notes, alarm clock, push-to-talk, organizer with calendar, countdown timer, Java games and FM radio. You can listen to the FM radio and music using the proprietary headphones. Alternatively you can listen to music via Bluetooth headphones but these will not work with the radio.

    Image Credit: pcmag.com

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    Performance

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    The battery life of the Nokia 6300 isn’t very good. The talk time for the 6300 goes up to 3.4 hours and standby up to 14.5 days. The phone’s audio quality during calls is very good and no distortion or echoing is heard. The speakerphone is loud enough but you probably would want to use headphones to listen to music rather than the loudspeaker. The camera takes decent pictures for e-mail and MMS but the lack of autofocus and low resolution means that pictures will come out slightly blurry when viewed at full size. The GPRS/EDGE connectivity is slow and browsing the web is not a very pleasant experience. As the phone lacks 3G support, downloads will also be slow over its GPRS connection.

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    Verdict

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    The Nokia 6300 has a very nice large screen, and sufficiently sized keypad for fast, convenient texting. This makes the 6300 a very suitable phone for youngsters who want to keep in touch with their friends throughout the day. The large screen especially suits users with weak eyesight as they can see the content without putting strain on their eyes.

    As the Nokia 6300 lacks 3G, you won’t be able to enjoy web surfing. Also, the phone’s battery life isn’t impressive, but for casual users, this should be ok. Overall, the 6300 is a decent Nokia phone at a reasonable price and is a fairly good choice for both teenagers and businessmen alike.

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    References

    • Cellphonedia, http://www.cellphonedia.com/nokia-cell-phones/nokia-6300.html
    • Mobile T-Mobile, http://www.mobile-t-mobile.com/mobule-reviews/Nokia-6300-review.html
    • Know Your Mobile, http://www.knowyourmobile.com/nokia/nokia6300/nokia6300reviews/2125/nokia_6300_review.html