Monday, 26 April 2010

Nokia 6303i classic review: Retro chic

  • Introduction :
  • It’s either a job that pays the rent or a job to love, not both. If the Nokia 6303i had this mentality it would be in big trouble. Fortunately, there’s nothing to worry about here. It’s a handset that knows its place and does the job it’s paid to do.
  • The Nokia 6303i classic is an "i" phone – but not the Apple variety. Call it a facelift or call it a sequel – it’s a sub that comes in to keep sales strong. Some minor improvements are implied to an already well-rounded product.

Nokia 6303i classic official photos

  • At first glance however, it seems that Nokia has cut features rather than add them. The 3.2MP auto-focus camera with VGA video @15fps has been downgraded to fixed-focus unit and QVGA video capture @8fps.
  • However, the boost to battery life makes quite a difference. Plus, 3 megapixel is nothing to write home about – with or without autofocus. The retail package was updated too – you get a 2GB microSD card instead of 1GB and the phone supports cards up to 16GB (the original 6303 managed just 4GB cards). And then, there’s the updated user interface as well.
  • So, some trade-offs have been made, but when you add them up the 6303i inches slightly ahead of its predecessor.

  1. Key features:

  • Tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • 2.2" 16M-color QVGA display with excellent sunlight legibility
  • 3 megapixel camera, fixed-focus and LED flash
  • QVGA video recording at 8fps
  • Refreshed S40 user interface, 6th edition
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Bluetooth (with A2DP) and microUSB port
  • microSD card slot (16 GB supported, 2GB included)
  • Standard 3.5mm audio jack
  • Rich preinstalled application package
  • Ovi Maps, Store, Contacts and Share
  • Solid metal casing, nice oval shapes
  • Web browser is WebKit-based and plays YouTube video
  • Respectable BL-5CT battery (Li-Ion 1050 mAh)

2 . Main disadvantages:

  • No 3G
  • Memory card slot under the back cover
  • Below par camera image quality
  • No smart dialing
  • No multi-tasking of any sort
  • No office document viewer

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