Nokia 6310 review

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There were times when I just wanted to not respond to WhatsApp messages and emails and stay away from social media. On several occasions, the idea of ​​cutting all my ties with a smartphone crossed my mind. But switching entirely to a feature phone isn’t an option for someone like me in the news business. But recently, I started an experience of using the reinvented Nokia 6310 on my morning walk. The idea wasn’t to completely ditch my smartphone, but to use a feature phone at a specific time of day when I need to take a break from the hyper-connected world.

If you want to rethink your relationship with the smartphone, you can try what I did with the Nokia 6310.

Nokia 6310 review: Design and aesthetics

The original Nokia 6310 was released in 2001. I had my first date with the classic phone three years ago when I spotted the device in a vintage store in London. The updated version of the Nokia 6310 brings back memories of the original model which had a cult following during Nokia’s heyday. Its reboot, done by HMD Global which licenses the Nokia brand, takes some design cues from the classic phone and reshapes it for the new generation.

The new version has a bigger screen, a slightly different button layout but the same long battery life and solid build. The reimagined Nokia 6310 has classic appeal and it’s impossible to ignore this device in dark green. The top half has the gold frame accent surrounding the screen and navigation pad and the bottom half has a number pad.

I loved the more user-friendly shape of the Nokia 6310. (Image credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)

I’m a sucker for retro products and holding the Nokia 6310 feels divine. Unlike today’s smartphones which have amazing design similarities, the Nokia 6310 has a timeless design – an identity all its own that will influence gadget lovers for years to come. In short, the Nokia 6310 is well built and good looking.

On the outside, the Nokia 6310 has a 2.8-inch screen. At the bottom, you’ll see a 3.5mm headphone jack and a micro-USB charging port. It has a 0.3 megapixel camera on the back with a flashlight. The Nokia 6310 is incredibly light and I loved its more user-friendly shape. You probably won’t even know it’s there.

Nokia 6310, Nokia 6310 Feature Phone, Nokia 6310 Review, Nokia 6310 Battery Life, Nokia Classic Phones, Nokia, HMD Global The icons are large, and reading text messages on that small screen is acceptable. (Image credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)

Obviously there’s no water resistance, but the back cover is removable, which hides a removable battery, a dual SIM slot and a MicroSD slot for up to 32GB of additional storage. Don’t be surprised to see a miserly 16MB of built-in storage. If you plan to listen to MP3s, which I did, buy a 16GB microSD card. It will cost you less than Rs 300.

Nokia 6310 review: screen and keyboard

The phone uses a 2.8 inch QVGA screen with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. The icons are large, and reading text messages on that small screen is acceptable. You can change wallpaper, adjust font size and change backlight time. Below is a navigation toggle and a central OK button.

The backlit numeric keypad keys are large and flush. Texting and calling worked well. Those used to using a modern smartphone may feel irritated typing on this keyboard. I can type much faster on a touchscreen keyboard, but the reality is that the Nokia 6310 isn’t made for browsing the web or WhatsApp(ing).

Nokia 6310, Nokia 6310 Feature Phone, Nokia 6310 Review, Nokia 6310 Battery Life, Nokia Classic Phones, Nokia, HMD Global You will find a slightly different button layout on the new Nokia 6310 compared to the original phone. (Image credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)

Nokia 6310 review: performance and battery

The Nokia 6310 is a basic phone and its comparison with a smartphone is unjustified. I use my iPhone 13 mini as my daily driver and this Nokia 6310 is a device I carry around for my morning walk – its use is mostly limited to making emergency calls and texting. I could take my iPhone when I go out for a walk and turn off the notifications, but I still end up responding to WhatsApp messages and emails. I want to cut myself off from the outside world for a while. The Nokia 6310 not only reduces my anxiety but also makes me less concerned about phone notifications.

Nokia 6310, Nokia 6310 Feature Phone, Nokia 6310 Review, Nokia 6310 Battery Life, Nokia Classic Phones, Nokia, HMD Global The Nokia 6310 comes with a new version of the Snake game. (Image credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)

I use a Nokia 6310 for a specific purpose and it works for me. But that doesn’t mean it also works in your case. It doesn’t have 4G/3G, Wi-Fi or GPS. But the phone is simple to use, menus are easy to navigate, and has a battery life of around 21 days between charges. It also includes FM radio, a speaker, comes with the iconic Snake game preloaded, and since there’s Bluetooth 5.0 for the wireless headphones, it’s easy to pair truly wireless headphones. My Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 work surprisingly well with the Nokia 6310.

You will find basic apps on the device, such as voice recorder, calculator, stopwatch/timer, and calendar. As it runs on Symbian, there is no access to modern apps or an app store. Facebook is pre-installed along with the Opera Mini internet browser which takes some time to open the webpage. The phone’s camera is only 0.3 megapixels, and that’s really bad by today’s standards.

Nokia 6310, Nokia 6310 Feature Phone, Nokia 6310 Review, Nokia 6310 Battery Life, Nokia Classic Phones, Nokia, HMD Global You can always open the browser and access the latest news or live cricket score. (Image credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)

Nokia 6310 review: should you buy it?

before spending 3,499 rupees on the Nokia 6310, ask yourself what kind of relationship you have with your phone. In my case, I spend too much time on my phone and it affects my mental health. The Nokia 6310 is more of a detox tool and less of a phone for me. It has helped me get my “Me” time back, which I can use in a positive way. I don’t endorse a 2G phone in 2022, but I encourage you to think about life beyond social media and spending more time with yourself. Get closer to nature, meet new people, read more and put your smartphone down for a few hours.

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