Written on: 26/02/2002 by Andy Woodvine.
Comes with ultra slim lithium-polymer battery as standard.
Compatable with all the Nokia 6210 accessories.
Easy to use
Has GRPS for always on data connecion & Bluetooth to connect wirelessly to other Bluetooth devices
Does not come with a hands-free kit.
Does not have a colour screen.
May be too big for some
Only dual band - will not work in the USA.
I upgraded my mobile phone from a 6210 to its replacement equivalent - the nokia 6310. My review will concentrate mainly on the differences between these two handsets so will be of greatest benefit to those familiar with the 6210.
The 6310 is the same shape and size as the 6210. The new li-polymer battery is however slimmer and makes the back of the phone completely flat rather than the curve that we are used to on the 6210. The keys are laid out slightly diffently. I have found that the lettering on the keys is slightly more difficult to read in the daytime but they are easy to read when it is dark and the phones backlight is on.
One of the biggest problems with the 6210 was the slowness of the phone (opening the SMS inbox for example) compared to older models. The 6310 is much quicker at everything. It has also not crashed on me (yet) - something that frequently happened when going thru the menu too quickly on the 6210.
GPRS - this was easily set up. WAP over GPRS was not as good as I expected, as you have to reload the page everytime you access the WAP browser - it's not as though the browser runs in the background when you are elsewhere within the menu. There is a counter that keeps track of data transferred - handy to monitor the cost as GPRS is expensive on all UK networks at the moment.
BLUETOOTH - very good, have used it without problems to forward numbers to another 6310.
VOICE RECORDER - can be used to record telephone conversations or memo's to yourself. When you have recorded your own memo you can set an alarm so it plays back at a given dat/time - handy for reminders etc. Total recording time is 3 mins which is satisfactory. I have found the playback to be very crisp and clear.
WAP BROWSER - now has WAP 1.2.1 - with a few nice extras, where you can store your credit card details in the phone so you can buy stuff with WAP quickly without having to enter your card details every time.
Battery says it lasts upto 7 days on standby - only had the phone 8 hours but used it a lot and battery has not gone down even one bar yet so this seems OK. Battery and Signal meters have 7 bars as opposed to 5 on 6210.
Games - more games, and you can download more games and upload high scores to Club Nokia via GPRS.
To-Do List - another new feature. You can prioritise your tasks so the more urgent ones appear first.
The phone is not dual band so is no good if you want to use it in the States. It does not have a colour screen - but I don't think a colour screen is really neccessary (and colour screens use more battery power anyway). If you are interested in a tri-band phone or phone with a colour screen, the Ericsson T68 is a good alternative.
Size wise, it may be too big for some people but I think phones such as the 8310 are too small and fiddily.
In summary, an excellent 'serious' looking high-end phone for the mobile professional!