Today we go back to 2008 when Nokia launched the North American version of the 6300 model, a handset which back in the day was extremely popular in Europe – the 6301 as it is known in the U.S. of A. The design of the handset puts function over form which is certainly not a bad thing since the styling is still quite nice.
It has a silver candy bar shape with a vibrant display and ergonomic controls that are extremely easy to use. It measures 4.2 x 1.7 x 0.5 inches and weighs only 1.4 ounces. We are dealing with a portable and compact handset which has been equipped with a 2.0-inch display that offers support for up to 16.7 million colors. The text is readable while the photos and graphics look great. It runs on Nokia’s Series 40 third edition interface which as most of you know is quite intuitive. The user has the possibility to adjust the size of the font, while the navigation controls are very nicely designed, featuring a square toggle that has a central OK button, the Talk and End buttons and two soft keys.
The buttons of the keypad are also easy to use, with the individual ones being raised above the surface which offer a tactile and firm feel when you press them. Even though these buttons feel a little bit cramped, you shouldn’t encounter any issues while texting or dialing.
On top of the Nokia 6301 sits a dedicated browser button while on the right side is the volume rocker. At the back is the camera which sits next to a small speaker, while sitting on the bottom of the device are the headset jack port, mini USB port and the charger port. Take off the battery cover and you’ll get to see the microSD card slot.
It has a generous 1,000-entry phonebook and for each entry there’s room for up to five phone numbers, URL, e-mail, job title, company name, nickname, formal name, birthday, street address and notes. Some of the other functions that we should mention include text & multimedia messaging, alarm clock, vibrate mode, to-do list, calendar, countdown timer, calculator, world clock, unit converter and a currency converter. Also on board are USB mass storage, PC syncing, full Bluetooth, voice recorder, instant messaging, speakerphone, POP3 e-mail, along with speaker-independent voice dialing and commands. Let’s not forget that the Nokia 6301 offers Wi-Fi connectivity which works as advertized.
The battery life of this phone is rated at up to 14.5 days in standby or up to 3.5 hours of talk time. It has a digital SAR rating of 0.71 W/kg, according to the radiation tests conducted by the FCC.
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