The Nokia 6300 is the ultimate in understated design - thin without being awkward and lightweight without being flimsy.
Phones simply don't get any easier to use than the Nokia 6300. It's Symbian made simple.
Doesn't compare with the Nokia N-series, but you'll get a decent camera, music player, and push-email support.
Considering its mid-range feature set, the 6300 is a solid performer. Admittedly, 3G would speed up data downloads and the camera is good rather than great. But it does the basics perfectly.
We're re-charging once every three days at the moment, which suits us fine, although we have heard one or two user complaints re the battery.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:48:40 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
It is incredibly well built, while the trim profile means it is great to handle and use.
We are finding it hard to spot a real weakness with the 6300.
The 6300 moniker suggests this handset is the true heir to the classic 6310i. The bygone phone is still treasured by Jurassic businessmen everywhere and, although many refuse to trade in their handsets, Nokia has still tried, with some success, to fashion a successor.
The Nokia E50 may be a great example of Nokia marrying business acumen with a solid performance. However, like the recent Nokia E65 slider (a new Choice favourite), the Nokia 6300 has an ace up its sleeve - it exudes crossover appeal and wouldn't look out of place in the hands of a suit or with your best mate down the pub.
Nokia may currently be making a name for itself in technical innovation with the Nseries, but the Nokia 6300 is the perfect example of an easy to use, easy to like handset. It is incredibly trim at 11.7mm thick and feels like a quality handset. This is backed up by a metal rear battery cover and quality construction. Nokia has done a great job crafting a classy handset and keeping the price down.
It may not have the 'wow' factor of fashionistas like the LG Shine and MOTOKRZR K1, but the 6300's elegant, clean lines are still alluring. Apart from volume keys, the sides are bereft of any other buttons. The keypad is spacious with sturdy buttons and the five-way rocket switch and soft/call keys are easy to use. The user interface is based on the Symbian Series 40 platform and remains lucid and intuitive to negotiate, offering nothing to outfox experienced or even novice Symbian users. The QVGA-quality screen is bursting with 16.7-million colours, making for a rich, luminous display.
The Nokia 6300 lets you access and send emails remotely and its built-in Java-run email client can also let you view attachments. Configuring your email is straightforward enough thanks to the setup wizard which has the most popular ISP and webmail settings already installed. You just need your username and password and the niggly, behind-the-scenes gubbins is done for you. You can also determine the size (maximum size is 300KB) and number of emails to be retrieved when you check your messages. However, because the phone is EDGE rather than 3^, it takes a while to download large emails.
The embedded Opera web browser makes surfing on the mobile internet a lot less exasperating, fitting the large pages into a digestible, bite-sized format. Meanwhile, if you are a member of Yahoo!'s instant messaging service, it is all set up to begin chatting.
The built-in music player is clean and simple to use, accessed via a customisable soft key, or in the Media section of the main menu. The navigation rocker switch controls the player and you can boost the audio using the seven-band equaliser. It is a great little player with a dynamic-sounding fidelity over the supplied stereo earphones. Elsewhere, the 6300 also supports A2DP Stereo Bluetooth for wireless streaming of music to compatible headphones and speakers.
A microSD card slot, located under the rear cover on the side, is on hand to store your music, pictures and messages, although we recommend you invest in a higher capacity card than the supplied 128MB card if you want to hold a considerable music collection and photo library. The 6300's staying power is also a boon with a quoted battery standby time of 14.5 days. That's being a bit generous, but you certainly won't have to re-juice your phone for a good five or six days.
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