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★★★★☆

“I "graduated" to a Nokia 8310 from the older 8210. Its...”

Written on: 08/07/2003 by Prion. (1 review written)

Good Points
Size, weight, looks, radio, changable covers, reasonably text friendly, intuitive Nokia Menu.

Bad Points
Flimsy build quality, slow, outdated display, no colour.

General Comments
I "graduated" to a Nokia 8310 from the older 8210. Its main selling point was really its size. I wanted a phone that I could bring with me on nights out which would fit comfortably and inconspicuously into my trouser pocket. The 8310 does just that. It is a nice size phone, with decent reception and enough features to get you through, although it won't blow the minds of any technophiles. I have had it for over a year now so feel able to comment on it reasonably dispassionately.



Firstly, don't expect to get a trendsetting gadget with this. If you are after a phone which is functional, convenient and looks good this is for you, if not look elsewhere. The display is extremely outdated now as are most of its specs. No Bluetooth, Java, Colour or camera. One extremely useful feature for me is the radio. I go cycling with the earphones plugged in and it is much lighter than a discman, MP3 player or walkman.



The reception is average I would say and does not compare to a siemens I had a couple of years ago but that seems to be a problem with both Nokias I have so far owned. The vibrating alert is extremely vigorous and the ringtones very loud. Downloading ringtones is never a problem as with all Nokias.



Games are pretty standard. Snake 2 is a hoot. Bumper is a decent Pinball game. The other two are alright but won't set the world to rights.



Battery life is a plus point certainly and seems to outlast many phones. I charge on average every 4-5 days.



My only major gripe is the sluggish transition between menus. It seems to take an eternity to open the text message inbox particularly when there are more than 4 messages stored! When locking the keypad a display comes up saying Keypad Locked. When unlocking it a very similar looking display comes up to declare . "Kepad Unlocked". This is really unnecessary and adds to the frustration of an already sluggish phone as well as needless confusion.



The phone also feels often like it would snap in two if you dropped it too hard. This may be a reflection on its size but I have already had problems with the responsiveness of some of the buttons. In short it is not a trash about phone.



So, buy this phone for its size, radio, looks and weight if you must, just don't throw it too hard against the wall when you get miffed with its speed.