Nokia 6303i Classic Smartphone Review

Nokia 6303i Classic looks good, and you get the thousand million without
subscription. Quality Feeling arise immediately when we get your
fingers in this stylish steel mobile.

The performance is classic and elegant with rounded edges and keys that
are somewhat lowered in relation to the screen. The alert reader will
also note in-one in the name. This shows that we have with an "improved"
version to do. The original Nokia 6303 was released last summer. Some
of the enhancements in this new version are support for larger memory,
longer battery life and newer Bluetooth standard.

Nokia shows that they understand completely that most people are
concerned about the appearance in the hunt for a new telephone. In
addition to steel and black, as on our test model, you can also choose
between illuial pink, steel, chestnut, white, silver and khaki gold.
With an emphasis on modest 96 grams the phone is easy to handle and fits
nicely in your pocket. The screen comes with a resolution of 240 x 320
pixels and 16 million colors. It is 2.2 inches, which is sufficient for
normal mobile use. However, it is not suited to films and TV series. The
picture is simply too small, you could at all brings out something.


Keys

The keys are just the right size and provide enough resistance so that
you doesn’t press them by accident or need to squeeze for every
character. Our first impression was that we had received a winner in the
category for affordable basic mobile. Unfortunately, the phone lies in
the middle range in most areas.

Office mobile

The menu is straightforward with Nokia’s default setup with 3 x 3 icons
visible on the screen. Those who wish to change the font size in the
menu, text messaging or web browsing can quickly arrange this in the
display settings.

It is easy to find both pictures you have taken and to use things like a
calculator, notes, radio and alarm clock. The calendar is also
practical. Today’s events are listed at the bottom of the screen when
you scroll forward to the dates.

Contacts entries, appointments, reminders and notes synchronized easily
with Outlook using Nokia PC Suite. This worked smoothly and mobile was
totally updated in a short time. Email is well hidden under the "More"
in the message menu. You can add the G-mail and other accounts. The
system is obviously designed for Nokia’s own Ovi Mail.

We soon found out why there is no icon for e-mail easily visible from
the main menu. What takes time and e-mail reader is not optimized for
the opening of mail in html format. Nokia 6303i can set your curiosity
when one is waiting for important messages, but can not be recommended
for other than immediate check of the mail boxes.

Convenient shortcut keys are outstanding by their absence. It is only
the call volume we have the ability to adjust in the usual way on the
side of the phone. There is no separate button to take photo. In daily
use, we also miss the shortcut to your e-mail and internet.

In other words, this is not the phone for the active mobile enthusiast,
but we neither believe them nor were the target group for Nokia this
time. Those who consider most mobile phones as a necessary evil in
everyday life will thrive with such a robust and probably long-life
cause.

Package contents

No surprises in the packaging. It is the regular and mandatory things
that are attached. The phone comes with a 2GB card, but otherwise no
ingredients other than the usual.

 

  • Nokia 6303i classic device
  • Nokia 2 GB microSD Card MU-37
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-101D (China: CA-101)
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102
  • Nokia High Efficiency Charger AC-8 (UK: AC-15X, China:
    AC-8C)
  • Nokia Battery BL-5CT
  • Slim user guide

Technology

We would like to see support for super-3G, as we find in like Nokia C5
that is not very much more expensive. Unfortunately there is not much
speed to get the 6303i. The speed is limited to Edge. There is also no
possibility to connect to wireless networks.

In return you can enjoy good storage with the included 2 GB micro-SD
card. This can be replaced with other SD cards up to 8GB memory. However
the internal memory is limited to 55 MB.

The monitor comes with a resolution of a few pixels too small for Web
browsing. In all Nokia 6303i is bad for internet activities. After a
short time we were notified that the memory was full. There was a sudden
end to this use. The speed of the network is anyway nothing to brag
about.

Not for SMS enthusiasts

When one can not be sure to bring out their messages via Facebook, SMS
should be a good choice. And that’s it. It is effective to write in the
user-friendly buttons. At the very least as long as you do not get
interrupted nor has several things going at once. This mobile phone has
in fact, not a draft-category of unfinished messages. Semi-Finished
messages must be removed before you begin a new one. This is not a big
complaint, but one of several small annoyances.

Furthermore, we are missing the line with the most frequently used
symbols, which is located in the symbol table on Nokia’s more expensive
models. It takes too long to KNote through to the characters most
commonly in use.

Strong Battery

The phone is equipped with a capable battery. In combination with a few
advanced features and no 3G to drain the power, there is no need to
charge the phone more often than every 3 to 4 days of active use. They
only took out the phone and could get away with charging even rarer.

Nokia claim that 6303i will provide up to an impressive 8 hours of talk
time. Nokia has added a couple of videos to show how good the 6303i is
like in movie player. It’s a bad sign when the demo material instead
demonstrates why you should not use this model to see the movie.

We tried to transfer some movie clips to mobile phones, but none of them
worked. It is related to the video player and is limited to MP4, AVI,
and 3GPP and in a suitable resolution. You can convert video files and
watch them on the small screen. The rest of us can find a device that is
better adapted to the type of activity.

Small impressive camera

It is increasingly common to use mobile phone as camera. We would not
replace a dedicated camera with this phone, but the pictures are good
enough in daylight. One should however be aware that the camera can not
handle the lighting. Even small amounts of backlight will result in
parts of the images drowned in a sea of white.

Mobile camera can be a good back-up if they have forgotten their usual
camera. However, it is not recommended to fill the family album with
photos.

The camera can also be used for video recording. The choice is then
between QVGA with 8fps or QCIF with 15fps. This means that in practice
whatever ends up with coarse and choppy picture. We can hardly imagine
that this feature will be frequently used.

Throw the jacks

The sounds from the included earbuds are the closest we have come sing
in the tin box. Fortunately, the end of the headset of the type is
suitable for most ordinary headphones, that is 3.5 mm.

We also tested the phone with the very good ear earphones Klipsch Image
S4, and the sound quality of the 6303i is definitely approved. In
addition, the amplifier section is actually powerful enough to play at
decent levels, even with great headset. Throw the jacks. Whatever you
have left before it will sound better.

Excellent music player

Media Player from Nokia has become elementary. It is in no way a
disadvantage. Artists, albums, genres, and videos are neatly listed.
There are a snap to click through to the desired song or album. Own
playlists, as well as pre-defined playlists of recently played songs and
most played songs are placed in the top of the player.

The radio, which is separated from the media player, however, are
struggling to find stations. There was a lot of hiss and a little
different sound as we ease our way through the airwaves. Finally we had
to diagnose that none of the channels were clearly received that we
could listen to them. To use the 6303i to music, you should therefore
keep them to their own sound files.

Entertaining Games

If you click into the "Extras" in the application menu, it reveals all
the 11 different games. There could have been a shortcut for the game in
the main menu.

The timeless classic Tetris is our favorite games. In addition, you can
be entertained by, among other things, Sudoku, Need for Speed and High
Roller Casino. If we were too tired, just download other games from
Nokia’s Ovi store. Link is aware of the game icons. We found a plentiful
selection of both free and paid games.

Specifications

Dimensions

  • Form: Monoblock
  • Dimensions: 108.8 x 46.2 x 11.7 mm
  • Weight (with battery): 96 g
  • Volume: 57 cc

Display and user interface

  • Size: 2.2"
  • Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels (QVGA)
  • Up to 16.7 million colours (TFT)

Keys and input methods

  • Alpha numeric keypad
  • Side volume keys

Colours

  • Matt Black
  • Illuvial Pink
  • Steel
  • Chestnut
  • White Silver
  • Khaki Gold
  • Colour availability for White Silver and Khaki Gold
    varies from country to country

Personalization

  • Customizable home screen
  • Customizable profiles
  • Video ringtones
  • Ringtones: MP3, AAC, eAAC+, True tones and MIDI tones (with
    support for 64 voice polyphony)
  • Themes
    • wallpapers
    • screensavers
    • ringtones
    • pre-installed themes
    • changeable colour themes

Power Management

  • BL-5CT 1050 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Talk time (maximum):
    • GSM 8 h
  • Standby time (maximum):
    • GSM 515 h
  • Music playback time (offline mode, maximum): 30 h

Memory

  • MicroSD memory card slot up to 8 GB (2 GB
    memory card included)
  • Internal user memory: 55 MB free end user memory

Operating frequency

  • Tri-band GSM EDGE 900/1800/1900

Data network

  • GPRS MSC32
  • EDGE MSC32
  • DTM MSC11
  • DARP (SAIC version 2)
  • Capability to serve as data modem

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth version 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
  • Support for local and remote SyncML synchronization
  • Full-Speed USB 2.0 (micro USB connector)
  • Charging via USB supported
  • 3.5 mm AV connector

Software platform & user interface

  • S40 (SPR Compact
    User Interface)
  • Active Idle
  • Voice commands
  • FOTA (Firmware update Over The Air)
  • Demo mode

Applications

  • Calculator
  • Converter
  • Size converter
  • World clock
  • Start-up Wizard
  • Opera Mini Browser
  • Web Search
  • Nokia Maps
  • Ovi Store
  • Download! (where Ovi Store not available)
  • Ovi Share
  • Nokia Messaging Service (NMS) email, IM
  • Ovi Contacts (where NMS not available)
  • My Nokia
  • Nokia Life tools
  • Chinese Dictionary (simpl. Chinese)
  • Chinese Dictionary (trad. Chinese)

Email and messaging

  • Nokia Messaging Service – Email
  • Nokia Messaging Service – Instant Messaging
  • Native email and IM only where Nokia Messaging Service not
    available
  • SMS, MMS 1.3
  • Audio Messaging (AMS)
  • Support for concatenated SMS for long messages
  • Multiple SMS deletion
  • Common inbox for SMS and MMS messages
  • Distribution lists for messaging
  • Automatic resizing of images for MMS
  • Voice messages
  • Reminder light for message alerts

Call management

  • Integrated hands-free speakerphone
  • Vibrating alert (internal)
  • Automatic answer with headset or car kit
  • Any key answer
  • Call waiting, call hold, call divert
  • Call timer
  • Logging of dialed, received and missed calls
  • Automatic redial
  • Speed dialing
  • Enhanced voice dialing
  • Fixed dialing number support
  • Side volume keys
  • Mute/unmute
  • Contacts with images
  • Conference calling with up to 6 participants

Browsing and internet

  • Nokia OSS web browser
  • Supported markup languages: HTML, XHTML, WML
  • Supported protocols: WAP 2.0
  • Support for: TCP/IP, JavaScript, ECMA, CSS
  • OMA DRM 2.0
  • Opera Mini Browser
  • Web Search

Camera

  • 3.2 megapixel camera (1536 x 2048 pixels)
  • Full Focus EDOF (extended depth of field) technology
  • Up to 4x digital zoom
  • Dual LED flash
  • Still image formats: JPEG

Image capture

  • Flash modes: on, off, automatic
  • Capture modes: still, self-timer, video
  • Effects: normal, false colours, greyscale, sepia, negative,
    solarise
  • Scene modes: automatic, portrait, landscape
  • Full screen viewfinder
  • Direct printing to compatible picture printers

Video codecs & formats

  • Video capture at up to 320 x 240
    pixels (QVGA) at 8 fps and 176 x 144 pixels (QCIF) at 15 fps
  • Video recording format: 3GPP; codecs: H.263, MPEG-4
  • Audio recording codec: AMR-NB
  • Video playback formats: MP4, 3GPP, AVI; codecs: H.263,
    H.264 and MPEG-4
  • DRM support: OMA DRM 2, Windows DRM-10

Music features

  • Music Player
  • Nokia Music Manager (PC application)
  • Audio file formats: MP3, WMA, WAV, NB AMR, WB AMR, MIDI,
    AAC, eAAC, eAAC+
  • DRM support: WM DRM 10, OMA DRM 2.0
  • Ringtones
    • up to 64 voice polyphony
      MIDI ringtones
    • video ringtones
    • formats: MP3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, WMA
  • Stereo FM radio (87.5-108 MHz/76-90 MHz), RDS

Gaming

  • Bounce Tales
  • Brain champion
  • Sudoku
  • Tower Bloxx/City Bloxx
  • Highroller Casino
  • Block’d
  • Diamond Rush
  • Rally Stars

Conclusion

6303i Classic is Nokia’s option for first time buyers and others who are
looking for a solid and affordable mobile phone. This is the updated
version of the Nokia 6303, which was released last summer. The phone
looks stylish and is very solid. The test specimen color combination of
black and metal is tough. It is also possible to choose between a
numbers of other colors.

The basic feature of the 6303i works fine. It is easy to navigate the
menu with the 3 x 3 icons and the font size on the screen can be quickly
adjusted for text messages, menus and online use. The keys are
excellent for SMS input. The camera can even snap only using images if
you have the sun in the back. We are also pleased with the ease of
organizing everyday life with this phone. Calendar and notes
synchronized easily with Nokia PC Suite.

The media player of the Nokia 6303i is extremely easy to understand. The
menu is intuitive and straightforward. We found immediately the artists
and the songs we would listen to. It is also very problematic to create
your own playlists. In addition, the media player keeps track of which
songs you play most often and what you played last.

The included micro SD card of 2 GB provides ample space for MP3 files.
If it is not perceived as sufficient, it is interchangeable with other
micro-SD cards up to 8 GB. You can actually enjoy a very good sound
quality if you replace the jacks with your own headset. This phone can
also be nice to replace smaller MP3 players. This classic designed phone
from Nokia comes up short, however, when it comes to more advanced
features. Video camera is practically useless. The significance of this
is minimal anyway, as the small screen hardly gives the big movie
experience.

Internet can be used to keep updated on news and Facebook. But do not
surf for a long time, because then hung the phone up and tell us that
the memory is full. When neither can connect to wireless networks, or
3G, you can just as easily restrict your use of "emergency". 6303i is
good for normal use. The most eager mobile enthusiasts buy any other
things than Nokia’s simplest models.

For those who are willing to replace steel with plastic, should go for Nokia C5 smartphone constitute a better
alternative.

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