Nokia 3300 Review| By Allen Tsai
It seems as though QWERTY keypads are suddenly popping up everywhere nowadays. And the 3300 is not all that it seems to be. Yes, it is slightly larger than most phones, however it isn't just another full keypad phone. Underneath the cover lies one of the most robust music phones today.
First the 6800, and now the 3300, full QWERTY keypads seem to be here to stay. For frequent text messaging, full keypads are a must. While at first glance, the 3300 seems very large, it is still easy to talk on the phone with its unorthodox shape.
The 6800 folded into a compact design, but the 3300 has a sideways block form with no ability to fold. However, in reality it is only slightly larger than your average phone. With a full keypad, size limitations are a factor, since you can't make it so small that they keys are too close together.
Different versions of the 3300 are planned for release. This review will focus on the North American version which has a full QWERTY keypad. European and Asian models feature a 4 directional navigation button on the left half, and numeric keys on the right and are to be released after.
The 3300 comes with the same 4096 color STN passive matrix display in all Series 40 phones. It has a resolution of 128 x 128 px and shows 5 lines of text and a service line. When messaging, 8 lines of text and 2 service lines are displayed due to scaling.
STN display (as opposed to TFT) does not have the circuitry on the glass and has to scan the pixel locations. This slows the response time and produces what is commonly referred to as "ghosts." Most phones use STN because the need for fast refresh rates aren't needed, and ghosts aren't a big deal. However, if you plan on playing a fast action packed games with a lot of motion, then this could potentially be a problem.
With games that change a lot, you'll see remnants of the previous screen when it changes to the new screen. It's not that noticeable when you're using slow changing menu functions, but a game like bounce makes it more noticeable. The screen is bright and clear in dim conditions. However in sunny weather, the screen becomes a bit washed out.
In addition, the 3300 has the best audio capabilities to date. You won't be bored with the 3300 around. The 3300 contains a built-in music player that can play MP3's and AAC files. For those of you who don't know AAC, it's a file format with a more sophisticated compression algorithm. So theoretically, you can compress a song in AAC format, have the same sound quality of a MP3, and be half the file size.
The 3300 can also use MP3's as ring tones. MP3s are far superior in sound quality when compared to polyphonic ring tones. However, if you still want to use midi files, the phone can play up to 24 simultaneous chords.
Nokia also packed the same great dynamic FM radio found in other Series 40 phones of the past. And as if that wasn't enough, Nokia included a loudspeaker so you don't have to hold the 3300 to your ear to listen.
It's no wonder the 3300 is a much anticipated phone. With the much saturated camera phone market, Nokia has jumped out in front to lead start the music phone. The 3300 can play MP3's, AAC files, has a built-in radio, and loudspeaker.
As mentioned above, the Nokia 3300 comes with a full QWERTY keypad. Unlike the 6800, the 3300's keypad is not foldable. That makes its size slightly larger than most phones on the market.
The 3300 has a total of 40 keys, and a 4 directional keypad in the middle. The first 3 columns of the left side can be used as numeric keys for quick dialing.
Nokia has made the phone very comfortable to use. The keys are slightly raised and phone is shaped for comfortable typing with your thumbs.
Overall, Nokia has done a good job designing the 3300 for optimal messaging speeds. The only problem we had with it was that there was no backlit for the letters. Typing in the dark is nearly impossible. Strange how only the directional keys are lit though.
A lithium-polymer 780 mAh battery is used with the 3300. Nokia claims the battery will work for 2.5 hours of talk time, 228 hours of standby, and 9.5 hours of digital music, however those numbers are maximum times. Realistically, you can expect two hours of talk time, six and a half days of standby and six hours of music playback.
When handset manufacturers and mobile phone carriers list talk-time and standby-time ratings, they usually include disclaimers about variable performance and often refer to the times they publish as maximum times.
The 3300's internal memory contains approximately 4.5 MB. However the phone has an expandable Multimedia Card (MMC) slot. The phone comes with a 64 MB card, but more cam be purchased to store music, ring tones, etc. Unfortunately the 3300 cannot accept SD cards.
The internal memory lets you store up to 500 phone book entries, 150 text messages or 50 picture/concatenated messages, 250 calendar notes, and up to 30 To-do list entries.
Since the memory is dynamic, you can share memory between your ring tones, pictures, and games.
The 3300 comes with a DKU-2 data cable. On the top is the outlet for charging your phone, and a system connector, Pop-port.
Pop-port can automatically identify accessories attached to the 3300. It also offers stereo sound with the use of headphones. Lastly, its also where you can charge your accessories with a single USB cable without the use of separate power sources. Pop-port transmits up to 230 kb/s.
Unfortunately the 3300 uses a Nokia proprietary headset jack, so you have to use the headphones supplied or other Nokia headset products. That means if you're an audiophile, you'll have to leave your expensive headphones at home.
Nokia Audio Manager comes with the 3300 to convert MP3s and transfer between a PC and the phone through the data cable. The program allows you to rip directly from CDs into MP3 or AAC formats and assign playlists.
At the time of writing this review, there has been no software compatible with the 3300 to transfer pictures and ring tones to the phone. Programs such as PC Suite aren't compatible with the 3300. This makes customizing the 3300 a big headache.
Much of the Messages Menu is similar to its predecessor, since they are all based on the Nokia Series 40. Overall, the Nokia 3300 has some great messaging features. It supports MMS, SMS, chat, POP3 and IMAP4 incoming email, and SMTP outgoing email with authentication. You'll have up to 4.5 MB of internal memory for saving messages and emails. If you've had a Nokia phone in the past. Much of the look and feel of the Messaging Menu will be familiar to you.
The North American version has a QWERTY keyboard for added ease in messaging. They keys might be a bit small for some users at first, but continued use make the 3300 grow on you.
However, the 3300 is not without its flaws. The phone has a maximum message limit of around 50 messages in the inbox. This means you'll have to delete fairly often to be able to check for incoming mail.
Another drawback is the lag of the email client. Although the 3300 comes with a robust email client, the software is based on a Java platform. When starting the application, or entering folders, the 3300 requires several seconds of delay.
Find missed, received, and dialed calls in your call register. Also keep track of your call and data costs.
The internal phone book has a maximum capacity to save up to 500 names with up to 3 phone numbers and 1 text notes about each name. You can save a max of 5 phone numbers and 4 text fields for each name. The number of names that can be saved depends amount of memory left. With the addition of a SIM card you can save up to 250 more names and phone numbers.
Quickly change the settings on your phone by assigning and customizing profiles. This menu is pretty self explanatory, however one great feature is the timed profile ability. You can tell the phone to stay on a certain profile until a specified time. When the set time is reached it changes back to the profile you had before.
All the multimedia customizations are done here. Create and add your own wallpapers, or just download them to the 3300. Background sizes are 128 x 128 px, which is standard for the Series 40 phones. As noted before, the 3300 also supports colors up to 4096 which places the 3300 right in the middle of the market in terms of screen size and resolution.
The audio capabilities of the 3300 are quite amazing to say the least. The 3300 can use its 24 simultaneous tones or MP3 or AAC encoded files for stunning sounding ring tones. The 3300 also allows you to play music in the background, so you can text message or play games while listening from the music player.
MP3 and AAC files are stored on a MMC card. A typical 64 MB card can hold about an hours worth of MP3s sampled at 128 kbps and around 2 hours of AAC encoded songs. The difference between MP3 and AAC is is supposedly ACC has a more sophisticated compression algorithm. So it takes half to file size to produce the same quality music.
The built-in equalizer, balance, loudness and stereo widening lets you adjust your music environment to your liking. The 3300 comes with 4 5-band equalizer presets and a spot to save your custom setting.
In addition to playback, you can record directly to the MMC card. Next to the headset jack is a 1/8 inch input. This allows you to record from any device with an audio output source. You can even record voice conversations using the microphone. Many phones offer audio playback capabilities, but few let you record. By letting users record from any audio source, Nokia has added versatility to the 3300 that is unrivaled thus far.
One small addition should be noted. Nokia uses a proprietary jack for the 3300, so only Nokia designed headsets will work with the 3300.
This is your standard alarm clock. Set the time and when the time hits, it rings. The phone will sound an alert tone, and flash "Alarm!" and the current time on the display.
If you let the alarm continue for a minute or press Snooze, the alarm stops for about 10 minutes, and then resumes.
If the phone is turned off when the alarm time is reached the phone turns itself on and starts sounding. If you press Stop, the phone asks whether you want to activate the phone for calls.
The 3300 uses the same great radio found on previous Nokia phones. You can still make a call or answer an incoming call while listening to the radio. The volume of the radio is muted when you accept a call. When you hang up, the radio will automatically be turned back on. The loudspeaker we raved about is also still here. The loudspeaker is nice and loud. It's even loud enough to be used as a portable radio or play MP3s from.
The Gallery Menu displays your collection of pictures and ring tones. You can also display your pictures in a photo album. Download more images and tones. The list of available WAP bookmarks is shown.
The Nokia 3300's calendar can hold up to 250 entries while the to-do list can store a maximum of 30 notes. Unfortunately there is only a monthly view. Add different entries according to the event. You can also enable the auto delete option to delete events that have passed to conserve memory. The to-do list is fairly ordinary. Put in things that need to be done. And set the deadline.
3300 comes with four preinstalled games. In Water Rapids, you control a raft to navigate your way around boats and whirlpools through a river course. Virtual Me is a Tamagotchi game where your goal is to grow monster by performing tasks. Snake EX2 is the classic Nokia game where you control a snake eating food and growing longer while trying not to crash into walls or your tail. DJ is a game where you play as a DJ who runs around finding records while avoiding obstacles. You try to learn to become a DJ and party in the best clubs of the city.
Additionally the 3300 is J2ME compatible. That means you can download and install extra games if you get tired of the preinstalled ones.
One thing that makes the 3300 versatile is the ability to install Java applications. Converter comes preinstalled on the phone. It lets you convert distance, weight, etc. This isn't something new, but its still good to have. Other applications can be downloaded and installed. So the possibilities are endless.
The Extras Menu contains more programs and applications such as voice commands, a calculator, countdown timer, stopwatch, voice recorder, and memory card management. These programs are all pretty much self explanatory and need no further descriptions.
The Service Menu lets you choose how you want to connect to the internet. Options include setting up your GPRS or GSM accounts. After the browser is setup, you can surf the web and download multimedia, links, or bookmarks directly to the phone. The 3300 uses WAP browser version 1.2.1.
The Nokia 3300 is a good solid phone. There was no significant problems with sound quality. The tonal qualities were balanced and voices had sufficient clarity. A slight boost in low frequency audio is present for voices to carry in loudspeaker mode. However the drawback was that noises are more noticeable.
The loudspeaker is the same as other Series 40 phones. And the sound quality was excellent. The 3300 contains an internal speaker for superior sound as opposed to buzzers found in other phones.
The 3300 also has exceptional RF. It holds small signals and is definitely one of the better phones out there. Considering the 3300 uses an internal antenna, it's quite an accomplishment. Nokia's 33XX series phones have always had great reception, and the 3300 is no different.
- Full QWERTY keypad. Easy typing and fast messaging.
- Best audio bundle to date. Use the built-in music player to play MP3s and AAC files. Use the versatile equalizer or audio filters to change the sound of your music.
- Use MP3s as ring tones. Sounds much better than midis. But if you still want to use them, the 3300 comes with 24 chords.
- Built-in FM radio. Definitely a major plus. Stereo sound and the ability to save up to 20 radio channels. Also a headset that's functional and pretty cool. One of the best we've seen.
- Great loudspeaker. Plenty of volume for those times when you don't want to use your hands. Excellent range and clarity.
- Expandable storage. Great for bringing along extra music. The Nokia 3300 has a slot for MMC cards and comes with a 64 MB card.
- No backlit for QWERTY keypad. Don't even try to text message in the dark.
- Lack of PC Suite software. At the time of writing this review, there is no PC Suite support for the 3300. Makes it a big problem when trying to transfer pictures and ring tones from your computer to phone. MP3s aren't a problem with Audio Manager though.
- Nokia proprietary headset. The special jack will only take Nokia headsets. So you're pretty much stuck with the ones that came in the box.
- Memory slot only compatible with MMC cards, not SD.
- Bigger than most phones. Might be a little bulky for some. But might not be a problem for others.
The Nokia 3300 will be one of those phones that people remember as a trend setter. Much like the T68i was for color phones, the 3300 will be for audio capabilities. Nokia packed the phone with two major sets of features. Firstly, the full QWERTY keypad for fast text messaging. And secondly, the great audio features.
While the 3300 has many great additions it seems that there are minor disadvantages that Nokia overlooked. For instance, the keypad makes messaging considerably quicker and more efficient. However there is no backlight for messaging in the dark. Many people text message when there's not much light around, like at night in the car, or in a movie theater when you can't answer the phone. The lack of a backlight makes it almost impossible to type anything and makes the keypad useless in times of need.
Another example is the audio features. Nokia spent a great deal and time making the 3300 the ultimate music phone. Adding MP3 playing, dynamic FM radio, and loudspeaker. However, it only provides Audio Manager for transferring MP3s. Nokia doesn't provide PC Suite with it. You can't even download it from the web. Without PC Suite you can't transfer images, ring tones, and data to the phone from a computer.
It seems like for everything great about the 3300, there is a nagging flaw. Granted these aren't really large flaws, but nuisances. Much of the 3300 is built on the Series 40 foundation with some new added features. It almost seems like Nokia may have rushed the 3300 into the market to be the first music phone, and in the process overlooked some minor details. However, if you can overlook these setbacks, the 3300 is a great phone.
Nothing really compares to it at this time. The music features are targeted at the youth much like the 6800's business applications were for an older consumer. And most of the cons aren't going to be a big problem. With everything considered, we think the Nokia 3300 is a great phone with nothing like it on the market at time of this review. ♦
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January 06, 2006
In-Depth Nokia 3300 Review
I got this phone about two months ago on eBay unlocked. It's a great phone. It gets great reception on Cingular's "Go phone" service. Using the phone without a headset, people are so loud that it hurts my ears I have to turn the volume down. But the speakerphone doesn't seem loud enough when using it for calls with lots of background noise. The loudspeaker could be louder but I would suggest recording your MP3s louder -- the phone has an equalizer that helps some with hearing in noisy environments.
Yes, the keys don't light up, which is a drawback, but not a major one. I just got a 256-megabyte MMC card for it and it works fine. Storing large amounts of music files is a difficulty, but it should be manageable.
I was disappointed my phone did not come with a paper manual. It came with a PDF format on the CD so I would highly suggest a person buying this phone have access to a PC, as it's essential to fully utilize the phone.
It appears to come standard with an ear headset, and it works great and can usually be put on quickly if you have to make or answer a call. You can also listen to music audio files with the "boom" headset, which has a button to flip tracks and answer hang up calls. I can press one of the number keys and hold it down to call my frequently called numbers. The earbuds that come with it snap around your neck to hold them and they sound good they also come with a microphone and a button to answer calls switch tracks. But I can't skip through an audio file; I can just swap to the next song.
The stereo earbuds seem impossible to stow away and take out quickly and put on as they tangle up, so the other boom headset is the single accessory I would recommend carrying if you have to carry only one.
Both the ear "boom" headset and the stereo headphones can control the radio. The radio has reasonable reception, but not the best -- good enough to get several stations. You can record from the FM radio and the phone comes with an audio inline cable also for recording with another audio source like a PC or another radio, etc.
It also came with a USB cable to transfer files, which can be done from Windows Explorer, that seems much faster than using the Nokia audio manager. You can load 30 applications and 30 games for a total of 60 programs loaded onto the phone. With over 55 programs loaded, the phone still has 4-megabytes on its internal memory. It appears to have approximately 6-megabytes.
The phone can play MP3s on the ringer. It also comes with MP3 files of some popular artists -- and also ringtone versions in some kind of real audio format. The "pop port" is nice multi-function port, so you can't plug in say... a USB and a headset at the same time. It's also difficult to connect if you can't see the "front" marked on the cord, but it's not too bad takes a little practice. It does not appear that the phone is usable at all when connected to the USB cord. I don't know if it can even indicate an incoming call.
It seems sturdily built. Sorry I haven't gotten my phone a good hard drop yet but have dropped it three feet maybe a few times in the case I have for the phone and no problems. I've never had to take the battery out or anything for some phones when they lock up and not work.
I'm very happy with this phone. I think this phone is a great value for the money -- at this time about $60 or $70 or so. It's not top of the line anymore and wasn't a big hit with the general consumer from what I understand. If someone gives me some cash I'll buy another Nokia 3300 and drop it good and let you know.
I hope this review helped anyone considering buying this phone. Included with my phone when I bought it was the over ear headset that fits on one ear left or right. The stereo headphones (earbuds) both with single button to hang up and pick up calls access voice features and both with microphone so can use for phone calls. Audio inline cable for recording. Regular house charger and USB cable. CD with manual and Nokia audio manager a quick start user's guide.
I would not recommend the phone for the business professional, as it does not seem to have much for syncing schedules and other features though the ability to run the Nokia series 40 java based programs. You can find programs that do stuff that a business professional might want or need. I would recommend this phone to people who text message a lot.
You can't set the alarm, for example, on a schedule, but you can set the calendar to alert you like an appointment setting, etc. -- that usually works. It seems like you can't load graphics files from the memory card onto the phone, so you might have to download wallpapers from the Internet connection.
It is larger than most phones, but I would compare it to the size of most men's wallets, it will fit in a pocket. The awkwardness using it as a regular phone and the keys not lighting up, I think, is what possibly made it a less than desirable. Still, I'd rate this phone probably a B+ or 8 or 9 overall.Was this review helpful to you?
105 out of 109 people found this review helpful.
January 22, 2004
I have this phone for AT&T, and let me tell you, I love it.
Before the 3300, I owned a Sony Ericsson T306... what a mistake. The 3300 picks up a full signal where the T306 had absolutely none. Call quality is excellent; I can make a clear call on one bar of service. Some people may complain about not being able to use their own headphones with it, but the headphones that came with it have better sound quality than a pair of $25 Sony's that I bought before the phone. Yes, the phone is a bit bulky, but it has a solid feel. The design makes it extremely easy to type two handed on the keyboard. MP3 player and radio are easy to access by the music button, and are easily controlled by the four-way rocker beneath the screen. Games are fun and rather addictive.
There are a few very minor gripes I have about the phone:
1. After sending a text message, the phone does not clear the screen, so the next time you want to write a message, you have to erase the previous one.
2. The data cable only lets you access the memory card, not the internal memory, preventing you from uploading pictures onto the phone.
3. The keyboard is not lit, though once you become acquainted with it, you don't need lighting.
4. This doesn't really have to do with the phone, rather with the Nokia Audio Manager. The program offers no way to compress MP3's or convert them to AAC's, making the 64 MB of memory seem rather small.
Overall, thought it has a few drawbacks, I would buy this phone again, no doubt about it.Was this review helpful to you?
98 out of 102 people found this review helpful.
June 15, 2005
Does What It Says
The phone does what it says that it will do. I agree with most of the stories above, but my experience with the headphones and phone speaker have been quite the opposite. The speaker in the loudspeaker mode is angled and designed so that the output sounds best when the phone is lying on its back. Preferably on top of a wooden table top. Any flat surface will do though.
The headphones are great too. You have to plug them into your ear cavities properly. They don't fit like the usual earphones, with the stubs hanging straight downward. Aim the stubs almost parallel to the ground when you're in an upright position. Not only is it more comfortable, you'll notice that the sound is clearer and much louder.
The microphone on the headset is built with auto noise-cancellation. So if you're in a pub or a disc, the thumping sounds are reduced. Your friends will hear you fine. Plug your free ear with a finger or something. That's the reason why you can't hear the voice in the phone properly.
As for those saying you can't pack more than 198 songs in the phone and be able to hear them all, the answer is simple. Make many directories on your phone, copy 99 or fewer songs into each directory. Then create M3U or PLS files. Keep these in the "Music" folder of the phone. The player will automatically pick up the PLS or M3U file and play from the playlist instead of listing each file out separately.
This also avoids the scanning of the directory before each play. It will greatly improve the speed of your phone.
If anyone's having trouble with their Nokia 3300, I'm sure I've done enough research to help you with your problem, feel free to ask.
The earpiece on the phone is designed badly, so that the phone has to be held at an angle to your cheek. Pressing it flat against your face won't give you the most effective output. Experiment with the angle in a quiet room one night, you'll find the best angle easily enough.
One thing about the phone that totally bugs me is the fact that even though the phone can display animated GIFs, it is unable to have them as animated backgrounds. You can't change the screen saver either.
Also, I've searched high and low and read the manual time and again, but there seems to be no way to change the back-light settings to "stay on."Was this review helpful to you?
88 out of 92 people found this review helpful.
November 01, 2004
Not Too Shabby
The Nokia 3300 was my first cell phone and I wasn't too disappointed.
Firstly, the user interface is fairly straightforward. The screen is rather small by current standards (Nov 2004) and it is also quite slow to respond (hence "ghosting" is present). However, the music capabilities are fairly decent, and as a music player it is more than adequate. The speaker is very loud for music. You can play your tunes out of the speaker and hear it while the phone is in your coat pocket -- sort of your own portable ghetto-blaster.
The battery lasted a good long while, and the wall charger used a common adapter. SD memory is also fairly cheap nowadays, so it should be no problem to fit many songs in this player. I also really like the fact that you can store many phone numbers for each person in your address book. No need to scroll through each phone number as a separate entry as you do in the Motorola V300.
What I was disappointed in was the speakerphone. It is fairly easy to access it, but the only time I could use it was in a very quiet environment such as the office, or outside when there is little ambient noise. For that reason, I've decided to try out other phones. I know Motorola's iDEN phones have a really loud speakerphone which is fantastic when driving.
I am hoping the 6820 has a louder speakerphone than the 3300. This "blue taco" does look sort of funny; it resembles the N-Gage. Many younger kids (teenagers) thought it was a cool looking toy, but the novelty wears off fairly quickly.Was this review helpful to you?
75 out of 79 people found this review helpful.
September 20, 2003
You'll Like This Phone
I've had this phone for about two weeks now and am very happy with it. I only use it so far for the music and PIM features, not the texting or e-mail.
The speaker on the phone is nice and loud, loud enough to play at your desk at work or while you're sitting doing homework or checking e-mail or what have you. The bundled headphones sound fine and the boom headset works great. You can use the FM radio over the speaker unlike it's been said in another review I read, it just has to have one of the headsets attached -- maybe it uses the headset as an antenna? The MIDI ringtones are great -- or you can use MP3s or AACs which is very cool. It does not have a line out, though, which for me is the biggest drawback, so you can't play music through external speakers. Also, you can't play WMA files on this phone.
I've never used a phone with predictive text, except in testing other phones in the store. But compared to that the keyboard makes a huge difference. I use the phone as my PIM now and it works okay. Like all the Series 40 phones, the PIM functions (Contacts, Calendar, To-Do List, and others) are limited compared to a Palm device. The biggest problems for me are the lack of a weekly view for the Calendar and the limited number of lines on the screen for your Contacts. Your caller groups are limited to five, too, which seems unnecessary. But the ability to set up reminders with an alarm is great (and has already saved me one missed appointment this week). Though that's not unique to this phone, the keyboard makes a big difference in using a phone as a PIM.
Overall, I am very happy with it, and I am guessing that if you check e-mail a lot or do a lot of texting, you'll like this phone even better.Was this review helpful to you?
71 out of 76 people found this review helpful.
December 09, 2004
I had this phone for quite some time now and despite there being no lights behind the keys, I found it to be very easy to use and I have no problems with voice quality with or without headset. In fact, I found it to be much better voice quality than the previous Nokias I've had.
I don't download all these ringtones from service providers. I just use some cut up MP3s, which sound better and cost nothing because you can make them yourself. Just copy the MP3s from your PC directly to the MMC and put it back in your phone. They say max only 128-megabyte MMCs but a 512-megabyte card seems to work fine as well.
I also use the email, which is really easy with the QWERTY keyboard, once you get all the email settings set up. The battery life is good too.
I've dropped this phone a lot on hard surfaces and it just doesn't break. I'd buy the 3300 again if ever breaks.Was this review helpful to you?
48 out of 53 people found this review helpful.
December 11, 2004
Pros Outweigh Cons
I got the 3300 in November of 2003. I paid $200 for it and was sent the paperwork for a $100 rebate. I forgot to mail it in, but I still don't feel like I was ripped off.
I think the size on it is great -- considering the phone I carried before this one was the old 5165 workhorse. It fits perfectly in my pocket. At work, I can rock out to my favorite tunes and not bother anyone. I can surf the Internet and message my friends. I can play a ton of games. I get to hear "They Might Be Giants" when anyone calls me.
The organizer and calendar on this phone are really cool... I don't know what else I can say, it's really just one of my most awesome possessions, and all my friends try to steal it from me -- I'm not kidding. I like it enough that I just tracked one down on eBay for my husband, and now he'll keep his hands off of mine.
I will agree with many of the gripes about the phone -- low volume on calls, no backlight on the keys -- but I feel the benefits really outweigh these drawbacks.Was this review helpful to you?
52 out of 58 people found this review helpful.
December 22, 2005
If you're a parent and want to get your kids or yourself a cool phone then get the Nokia 3300. I have already parted with mine. I got the Sony Ericsson T630 but I would still like to post a review on the 3300.
First of all, for $30 to $35 you get quite a bit out of this phone that used to cost $200. You get a MP3 player. You also get an FM radio and also a great sounding and great looking phone too. The reception of the phone is awesome. Calls, in my opinion, are very clear to you and to the person you are talking too.
The low memory card that comes with it -- 64-megabytes is too little of memory. The speakerphone feature is okay or average. If you're talking to someone in a quiet room it sounds good, but on a bus, train or in an airport -- forget about it. The keypad doesn't light up so it's hard to text someone or dial a number in a darker room or place. Also, the ringtones aren't that spectacular. It's kind of a clumsy phone to hold if you're talking to someone.
Overall, I would grade this phone a C+.Was this review helpful to you?
51 out of 58 people found this review helpful.
June 23, 2005
I would buy it again and again and again
I bought my 3300 a month ago and now I can`t live without it. I always listen to music. First, let me say that I don't have the model that was sold in the U.S., I have the European model. My keys have a backlight, calls are very clear and the loudspeaker is loud. Others complain that it is too weak but it's a phone, not a computer with loudspeakers.
The battery is fine. If I don`t use the phone very much it holds four days, and if I use it a lot, one day. I think it`s great for a phone with MP3 player.
I had some problems with it -- but minor problems like: I listen to the radio and if I switch to the MP3 player very quickly it stops playing and it restarts itself. That`s all.
I love the form of it, the colors of the display are not that great but the phone was built in 2003 and back then the phone industry was not that great. If you want a phone with MP3 player, and a cheap one, you should buy a Nokia 3300.Was this review helpful to you?
33 out of 38 people found this review helpful.
March 29, 2005
Nice Phone, But 3 Gripes
The 3300 is best of any of my many Nokia phones. I have awesome reception and I've had AT&T service in northern New Jersey for 11 years. Now that AT&T is Cingular, it's actually even better. I have no volume problems either. The phone is nice and loud with or without the headset.
But I still have three gripes:
1. I don't like the lack of backlight on the keyboard.
2. I have the ability to store more than 200 tunes but the folders can only read 99 songs in each -- 99 in the music folder, 99 songs in the recordings folder. Also I can store 99 tones in the tones folder. Since I use a 1-gigabyte MMC, I can store more than 200 MP3s ripped at 128Mbps to 196Mbps.
3. Nokia should make a headset adapter. I bought one on eBay so I now can use it with regular headphones or my car kit. I'd like an official Nokia one though but my European version works very nicely.Was this review helpful to you?
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April 20, 2004
Phone With Zing
- MP3/AAC player and FM radio.
- QWERTY keyboard.
- MMC memory expansion.
Overall, the Nokia 3300 is a great phone if you are looking for a phone with that extra "zing." The phone is eye catching due to it's unique shape and QWERTY keyboard, I constantly get "Is that a phone?"
Of course the phone is quite functional and if you can get by the size and small numbers it's a pretty decent phone. The main feature of this phone is of course the MP3 player, which is not as versatile as the standalone MP3 players in the market, but still great for a phone addition. The MP3's are loud and clear, and they can be set as the ringtone. Calls were good and reception was average.
- Speakerphone is horrible.
- Screen isn't bad but compared to the 65,000 screens of today... lacking.
Two things that Nokia could improve on in the next model is a better color screen (65,000 TFT or better) and a louder, more vibrant speakerphone for calls and music. The coolest accessory Nokia has for music phones -- the Music Stand -- doesn't fit this either.Was this review helpful to you?
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