The Nokia 6100 was released perhaps at an unfortunate time, at the end of 2002. Unfortunate because it followed less than a year of a really popular handset – the Nokia 7210. This offered a great jump for many older Nokia users – going from a mono phone such as the Nokia 8310 or Nokia 3510 to a colour screen model. By contrast, there were not too many improvements in the Nokia 6100.
So with many Nokia 7210 users still less than 1 year inside their contracts and hence unavailable for upgrade, the Nokia 6100 did not have the first mover advantage. It also suffered a degree of going out of date quite quickly, as the Nokia 7250 followed on its heels very quickly and featured a camera, something that was coming into fashion at the time.
There were a few phones quite similar to the Nokia 6100 at the time of its release, most notably the Nokia 6610, although at 74g the Nokia 6100 was one of the lightest, weighing less than both the Nokia 8210 and Nokia 8310.
Ultimately, the more angular and unusual keypad designs of the Nokia phones did not win out, and although we did see elements of the 6100 keypad in future models the next main candybar 6-series release was the Nokia 6230 which had a standard more functional design.
Pros of Nokia 6100
The size of the phone was small and a direct improvement over earlier models because of the colour screen. Compared to the Nokia 7210 the size difference was not noticeable, but it was smaller and lighter.
The phone came in an arguably more sensible design than the Nokia 7210 and offered the same specification and ability to change covers.
The phone also features the same familiar Nokia operating system, making it easy for people to upgrade. The phone also added support for Java applets.
The phone also was also at a discount to the Nokia 7210 and Nokia 7250.
Cons of Nokia 6100
The phone offered no improvements over the older models. The screen was the same in both size and colours.
Image support was via an external camera, although many phones were beginning to have this feature integrated.
For some unknown reason, the radio app was left off the phone. This was a handy feature to have in days where phones could not do much else.
The battery switched from the BLD-3 to a smaller capacity BL-4C which slightly reduced standby and talk-times although both were still much above that of today’s generation of smartphones.
Future Prospects and Current Pricing
The Nokia 6100 was a popular handset, if not as popular as many of the better known ones. However, it remains a real ‘retro’ handset, perhaps by virtue of its very small size. Many of the housings did not stand up to much punishment and as a result many second-hand versions are worn, so there would be a premium for those in good condition.
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