Nokia 3300 Cellphone Review

Overall Phone Features: (as on Nokia Website and GSMArena)

  • Mobile music player for MP3 and AAC files
  • Stereo FM radio
  • Digital recorder from integrated FM radio and Audio Line-In
  • Music files as ringing tones
  • Music storage on multimedia card
  • Multimedia messaging & GPRS web access
  • Java™ games
  • For GSM 900/1800 networks
  • Xpress-on™ covers

Note: There are two variants of this phone, one released in America (with Qwerty keyboard and Bluetooth) and another for European and Asian market (without Qwerty keyboard and Bluetooth.) All the details here are with respect to the latter (Eurasian) model.

Personally, anyone judging a phone looks at three basic points: (1) Visual Appeal, (2) Display and (3) Ringtone. The rest of the features are subject to preferences of individual users.

Visual Appeaal:
This phone is pretty much looks like Nokia NGage QD. But with very many differences. In many cases it is more preferable than NGage itself!! Firstly, it looks a bit bulky and odd. However, its dimensions are much less than NGage. Its unique design makes it the center of attraction in the crowd. The phone has a horizontal layout with its screen in the centre. The number pads are at the right side and a four-way scroll-cum-game control at the left side. Below the screen there are normal menu and call keys (4 in number) with a dedicated button to start the Audio Recorder. On the top (vertical side) of the phone there are the volume keys and the Multimedia Key. The MM Key lets you run Radio/Music Player at one go and the intelligent volume control lets you change volume of the individual multimedia applications (Radio/Music/Voice/Ringtone/Loudspeaker.) The Xpress-on covers come in trendy colours and can be easily interchanged.

Display:
It has a pretty bright display (good at night,) but is a bit dull under daylight. It has a square and big (compared to most other Nokia phones) screen with 4096 colours. This is less colours compared to most other 64k colour phones, but is decent enough for normal users. The screen type is passive matrix (not TFT LCD.) This is a bit dull and of low resolution compared to LCD and creates ’’Ghosts’’ in fast moving games. (Ghosting is an effect where light impression of the previous image remains on the screen for a fraction of a second.) This should not bother normal users, it is not easily noticeable and is at times give a smoothening effect to most games or animations. The predefined wallpapers, supplied default in the handset, are bogus and does not project the full beauty of coloured screen.

Ringtone:
You can have Midi or Mp3/AAC audio files as your ringtone. It can play simultaneously upto 24 midi instruments (pretty good compared to 4 and 16 capability of other Nokia handsets.) Mp3/AAC ringtones (also known as Truetones or Singtones) are not that loud and clear, but in any standard, better than that of other contemporary phones providing this feature. Overall, the loudspeaker of the phone is not ’’loud’’ at all! ringtones are not audible in too noisy environments but nonetheless, is clear and soothing.

User Intrerface:
The phone has a new User Interface, but overall menu style remains the same. Comparatively, NGage has a more sleeker and better (very much like Sony Ericsson type) menu navigation system.

Memory:

It has a good 4MB of internal memory and storage is dynamically shared between Gallery, SMS, Addressbook and other phone settings. This is more than enough for normal users. But that’s not all, you can also access MMC cards that can store upto 128MB of data. Weird but true, you cannot access the MMC card to view or use images. (I wonder why this restriction exists!)

Audio:
The sound quality is unbelievably great. (With AAC codec pre-installed in the phone, music can be encoded in very high quality at half the size of Mp3.) It has stereo widening, loudness and 5-band graphic equalizer support. The stereo FM radio’s audio is crystal clear but the reception quality is poor in areas far away from FM broadcasting towers and also poor when the phone is in high-speed motion (i.e. in cars, Trains, etc) It has a good voice clarity, but its loudspeaker isn’t that loud, compared to Ngage, 3100 and others. The recorder is pretty basic and can be started using a dedicated record button on the phone. You can record music from FM radio (at surprisingly great quality) and from any audio source through a line-in jack. Again weird is its incapability to record a call conversation or use the phone’s microphone as a recording source!

Gaming:
It has pretty good gaming features with so many extra keys and Gamepad like design. However, the passive matrix display is a slight problem and it has a comparatively slow processor. It has no Bluetooth or IR facility for direct gameplay. It supports a wide range of Java games.

PC Connectivity:
It easily connects to PC with the supplied USB DKU-2 cable. Only Nokia Audio Manager 3.1 (supplied with the phone) works to encode AAC files and to transfer Mp3/AAC files and M3U playlists onto the phone. Weird again, Nokia PC Suite does not work with the phone (as of now.) This means you cannot access Addressbook, SMS or Gallery items. This is a serious problem even for normal phone users.


Overall: The product has many features but it lags behind in every respect from the best. It has weird restrictions in features, yet good value for money. That’s why the title

A copy of this review is posted on MouthShut.com.

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