The Nokia 6303 Classic is a good looking mobile phone with a nice clean interface and a decent feature set.

Alright, you have a modest budget and desire more than just a lame excuse for a phone? Good news: the new Nokia 6303 Classic is just what the doctor ordered.

It is good looking and offers a nice clean interface, and the Nokia 6303 Classic has a decent feature set for the price.

The Nokia 6303 Classic's metallic grey body feels nice and solid in the palm, and has a premium air to it. It weighs close to 100g, primarily because of the metal casing.

However, the Nokia 6303 Classic phone isn't too bulky and has big, uncomplicated keypad buttons that are easy to press-whether you're typing out a long SMS or switching between various menu options. It has a 2.2-inch screen with QVGA (240x320 pixels) resolution, 16.7-million colour TFT-typical of a Nokia candybar design that's bright and clear, something similar to the Nokia N85. There's a convenient volume button at the side of the phone.

The Nokia 6303 Classic comes with a 3.2-megapixel camera which is not great but good for casual photos. Photos taken in bright light are pretty good, and in low-light conditions the dual-LED flash takes acceptable photos at only short distance. But the shutter-lag is rather long, disappointingly, and the videos shot at 15fps aren't mentionworthy at all.

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Although it isn't a music phone, the Nokia 6303 Classic comes with a simple media player and FM radio support. There's also a standard 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom, so you can use any headphone you like. Sound from the phone is pretty good for its class, and no complaints on the FM reception either. Battery life is also quite adequate - it lasted roughly three days on a single charge.

The phone supports a microSD card of up to 4GB, apart from 117MB of onboard memory. The Nokia 6303 Classic also comes with a microUSB port for connecting a data cable to your computer to transfer music, videos, and photos. Since this is a basic phone, and no smartphone, it doesn't come with 3G, GPS or Wi-Fi. But you can browse the web through Opera Mini on GPRS-albeit a lot slower. We were very happy with our experience on the Nokia 6303 Classic, and it met most of our expectations of a decent entry-level phone.

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Nokia 6303 Classic: Specs

  • 108.8x46.2x11.7mm
  • 96g
  • 2.2in display, resolution: 320x240 pixels (QVGA), up to 16.7 million colours, TFT technology
  • Numeric keypad
  • Micro-USB connector, 3.5mm stereo headphone plug, microSD slot
  • 17MB internal memory
  • BL-5CT 1050 mAh Li-Ion standard battery
  • Tri-band EGSM 900/1800/1900
  • GPRS class 32, EDGE class 32, TCP/IP support
  • Bluetooth version 2.0
  • SMS, MMS, IMAP, POP, SMTP email
  • HTML, XHTML, WML, HTTP, WAP, TCP/IP support
  • Nokia OSS web browser, Opera Mini browser
  • 3.2-megapixel camera, 8x digital zoom
  • Video recording at 640x480(VGA) and up to 15fps, 4x digital zoom
  • Music playback: .mp3, .aac, .mp4, AAC+, enhanced AAC+, H.263, H.264
  • FM radio 87.5-108 MHz with RDS support
  • 108.8x46.2x11.7mm
  • 96g
  • 2.2in display, resolution: 320x240 pixels (QVGA), up to 16.7 million colours, TFT technology
  • Numeric keypad
  • Micro-USB connector, 3.5mm stereo headphone plug, microSD slot
  • 17MB internal memory
  • BL-5CT 1050 mAh Li-Ion standard battery
  • Tri-band EGSM 900/1800/1900
  • GPRS class 32, EDGE class 32, TCP/IP support
  • Bluetooth version 2.0
  • SMS, MMS, IMAP, POP, SMTP email
  • HTML, XHTML, WML, HTTP, WAP, TCP/IP support
  • Nokia OSS web browser, Opera Mini browser
  • 3.2-megapixel camera, 8x digital zoom
  • Video recording at 640x480(VGA) and up to 15fps, 4x digital zoom
  • Music playback: .mp3, .aac, .mp4, AAC+, enhanced AAC+, H.263, H.264
  • FM radio 87.5-108 MHz with RDS support

OUR VERDICT

All things considered, the Nokia 6303 Classic is a great entry-level phone if you need to do just a little more than make and receive calls. It covers all the basics very well at a good price.

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