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Nokia 3110 Classic
Nokia has got to be one of the most innovative phone manufacturers, and yet here is a product that looks like a small sized black brick. So why would someone go for the Nokia 3110 classic? Well, read the review right down to the conclusion for that.
The way the 3110 classic is designed, it gives off the impression of extreme dullness. I believe, this phone was done up in passing, and I’m sure you will agree, the form factor is something even the most fashion-deprived mind should find bland. The 3110 comprises a glossy black front and a black rubber rear. But that’s it!
Also in my opinion the dimensions aren’t impressive either. At 108.5 x 45.7 x 15.6 mm, it leaves a lot to desire for from the phone. The phone’s surprisingly light though, weighing only 87g.
Despite my bad remarks on the overall look of the phone, I have to give it to Nokia to instill an ergonomically good phone. The buttons are evenly placed, and are satisfactorily responsive too. The five-way D-pad, however, may pose to be a bit of a problem at first, but I got used to it soon enough.
The volume keys can be found on the right side of the phone, while the left hand comprises the Infrared port. The power off/on button can be found on the top, and the bottom has the charger plus the miniUSB slot and the 2.5mm earphone jack. The camera is situated above the battery cover.
The 3110 classic runs on series 40 UI, and is as smooth as you would expect it to be. However, this phone is as basic as it gets in today’s day and age. To begin with, the phone carries only 9MB of internal memory, leaving you very little room to move around. A couple of high-resolution pictures can take up all the space.
The phone supports MicroSD card external, however, there is not hot swap slot for the memory card. You will need to take the battery out every time you want to access the memory card.
The screen is a 1.7-inch TFT that can display up to 256K colors with 128 x 160 pixels. It’s conveniently easy on the eye. As far as connectivity goes the phone is pleasantly well equipped. It supports class 10 GPRS plus EDGE too. Although with the screen size such as that of the 3110, it certainly isn’t very pleasant to surf.
One good thing about the phone is that apart from supporting Bluetooth, the phone is also equipped with Infrared. Even though the odds of having to use it at least once in your lifetime is one in a million, there is chance today is that day.
Apart from this, the phone has all the standard applications that any other S40 phones would have like Alarm, Notes, Calculator etc. The phone, however, does support PTT, which is available in most of the recent 40 series Nokia phones. It also has World Clock, and Nokia Catalogue through which you can download the latest content for your phone.
The camera on the 3110 classic is not anything out of this world. It’s a 1.3MP camera without flash. It does have a night mode, however, which goes without saying that it’s pretty bad. The shots taken using the 3110 camera had very bad reproduction value, which means that the camera is just there to make users feel good about the owning a phone with one.
If you scale it to the actual proportion on the computer screen, you will notice that the pictures look rather like a smudged painting. You can, however, have fun with the various color options. Not having an inbuilt flash is a downside in my opinion. Although, even a lot of 2MP cameras don’t have a flash, there isn’t a reason why not!!
The music player is quite elementary too. Like the camera, the music player does what it is meant to do (which is play music), but you won't be able to fool anyone with the output. For one, the volume is quite low, and for another the frequencies are out of order. Even though, the piece that we got was not supplemented with a handsfree/earphone, we managed to test the player with a converter. The bass is virtually non-existent, and the highs are too pronounced. It has EQ preset options like Jazz, Pop etc. It supports MP3, MP4, AAC, AAC+, H.264 and WMA. The phone also has an FM radio.
If there is one thing that I have really enjoyed about this phone then it would be the talk time. I got nearly 3 hours at a stretch!! That’s brilliant. The phone works on a standard Li-ion battery, and I think not having a flash does contribute to conserving a considerable amount of battery while clicking pictures.
The phone is priced at Rs. 5800 with bill and warranty, which is a decent price. However, the phone has nothing new to offer. It’s a basic phone that’s spruced up to comprise of a camera and a music player, for the sake having one though. Yet, I can't deny the fact that in whatever the phone does, it manages it quite well. I like the options of connectivity that the phone has to offer, makes me feel quite equipped. In my opinion, if you are looking for a phone in this price limit, and if you are a die-hard Nokia fan then this is surely the phone for you.
Nokia 3110 Classic
GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900
|108.5 x 45.7 x 15.6 mm, 87g|
TFT, 256K colors
USB, Bluetooth, GPRS, EDGE, Infrared
Up to 370 hours stand by, 4 hours talk time (according to product manual)
Approx. Rs 5,800