The Good: This is a basic camera flip phone which boasts a VGA camera, Bluetooth and a WiFi receiver for connecting to wireless networks. It looks attractive with a brushed aluminium finish and has a keypad which is spacious and easy to use when dialling by feel. The phone has a variety of personalization options and expandable memory via a Micro-SD card.
The Bad: Although the phone has both an internal and external display, both are very small (less than 2 inches diagonally) leaving items on screen looking cramped and hard to read. Also the external display cannot be used for photographic Caller ID. The VGA camera provides lackluster picture quality.
The Bottom Line: This is an adequate phone for first-time buyers but what does give it great appeal is the inclusion of wireless connectivity, allowing the making of low cost VoIP calls and web surfing on pre-configured wireless networks. However those wanting something with a little more ‘jazz’ may wish to look elsewhere.
The Good: The Nokia 6103 is a tri-band phone with a clamshell design and a basic feature set. It supports both SMS, MMS and E-mail/IMAP protocols, has both an external and internal display and includes both Bluetooth and Infrared connectivity support.
The Bad: The phone is quite expensive for its limited capabilities, with the poor 0.3 megapixel camera, lack of MP3 support and tiny 4.4Mb of internal memory with no expansion slot particularly disappointing. The phone can be connected to a PC for backup and the installation of additional Java applications; however a USB cable is not part of the retail package and is quite pricy. The design is simple and vaguely appealing, however its wide girth and stubby external antenna make getting it out of a pocket somewhat cumbersome.
The Bottom Line: This is an adequate offering for those wanting a basic phone without all the fancy bells and whistles. However multimedia junkies and futuristic fanatics need not apply.
The Good: The Nokia 6126 is a well featured flip-style world phone with a 1.3 megapixel camera. Notable features include full Bluetooth support, a multilingual translator, a wide variety of utilities and applications and both internal and external displays. Both displays display content in clear detail with vibrant colour and can be easily viewed even in direct sunlight. The camera provides above-average image quality, although videos are a little grainy with the sound tinny at times.
The Bad: There’s not much to say about this phone in the negative, but it would have been nice to see an FM radio as in other handsets in the Nokia range. The hinge can be a little stiff at times and some of the side controls a little slippery to the touch.
The Bottom Line: All in all this is a well-rounded mid-tier handset for all sectors of the market. The silver and black colour scheme looks particularly attractive and the interface is intuitive and easy to use. A device well worth the price.
The Good: If you are looking for a good, basic phone, then this is the phone for you. The Nokia 6315i has good call quality and a broad range of features including Bluetooth, a speakerphone, and EV-DO capability. The phone also includes a music player with control buttons are located on the front of the phone. There is also a 500 contact phone book wherein you can assign photos for personalized ID.
The Bad: The phones design is somewhat dull and the controls are poorly designed. They are also rather slippery because they sit too flush to the phone’s surface. This is also true with the key pad buttons, even though they are quite large. The music and video quality on this phone are also quite uninspiring.
The Bottom Line: While the Nokia 6315i works quite well if you are just looking for a mobile phone, its 3G features are lacking. While they work, they are not as good as those offered on other comparable phones.