Nokia 6630 Review – International Mobile Phone

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Nokia 6630 Review: Released in 2004, the Nokia 6630 was the follow-up to the Nokia 6600. At the time, the 6600 was one of the more advanced – and expensive phones made by Nokia. But clearly, the demand for improving mobile phones was high and there was no shortage of takers for this handset despite an unorthodox design.

The camera was one of the main selling points on the phone. Standards had quickly improved from VGA and the phone now featured a 1.3MP camera. The difference in quality was noticeable, especially on video. The memory of the phone was also improved. A new reduced voltage memory card slot allowed for greater capacity, and 64MB was bundled.

Another selling point was the cellular reception. Previously, models of phones were often released in two or three variants to be compatible with the regional networks. The 6630 was one of the first tri-band phones which could work across them all. ‘Roaming’ – the use of a phone across different international networks was to become a household term.

In terms of design, the 6630 featured a larger bottom. Whilst not a common design in mobile phones, it allowed the addition of six extra keys.

Full specifications here.

This phone was as successful as the Nokia 6600. The specification was strong for the time. Not long after, the Nokia 6680 was released. This got rid of the rounded bottom style, added a flash to the rear camera and also had a front-facing selfie camera.

 

Nokia 6630 Review Pros:

  • As mentioned, the phone was tri-band allowing usage on multiple networks. This made it a great alternative choice as a business handset.
  • The camera was much upgraded over the Nokia 6600. It came at double the resolution and also shot video. The rear housing also had a removable lens, although in reality there were very few accessories taking advantage of this.
  • The operating system was improved over the Nokia 6600 and offered a few more applications as well as better audio. A faster processor also made this much smoother. The new memory card type also offered an improved capacity of up to 512MB.
  • A slightly larger capacity battery shipped with the phone and offered an improved talktime and standby.

Nokia 6630 Review Cons:

  • The styling was not for everyone, and the phone lost its joystick navigation. The dimensions of the phone had barely changed and the phone was actually a few grams heavier than the Nokia 6680.
  • The screen size and resolution stayed the same at 2.1 inches, 176 x 220 pixels. It was OK for pictures but may have been improved.
  • The camera was a strong point, but the large lens cover on the rear could have been used for a flash.
  • Pricing for the phone was high, coming at a large premium over the Nokia 6230 of the same year.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

These older phones are much more valuable than Nokia phones of the same year. Their increase in power and price at the time meant they are relatively rarer. A phone in good condition could get a significant premium.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

Nokia 6630 Disassembly Instructions

If you would like to take apart the Nokia 6630 for disassembly purposes, here is a useful link.

Nokia 6630 Video Review

Here is a video which showcases the features of this phone:

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