Nokia 6101 Review – New Mainstream Flip Mobile Phone

Nokia 6101 Review: Released in 2005, the Nokia 6101 was a continuation of the successful 6-series of Nokia phones. These had broadly come to dominate the market with phones such as the Nokia 6230 becoming pretty standard. Where Nokia were lacking was in the flip phones game, and players such as Motorola, LG and Samsung had made this type of phone their own with notable success.

Real genuine flip models were thin on the ground with Nokia. The Nokia 2650 was an early model of this type but aimed at the entry market. The lesser-known Nokia 6170 was an upgrade of this and added a camera as well as a more high-end finish. The Nokia 6260 was an ambitious higher-end model which featured an innovative rotating screen. The Nokia 6101 could thus be regarded as an update to some of these phones.

The 6101 was more of a case of style over substance. The size of this model had reduced dramatically and at sub-100g was now much lighter than previous models. This came at the expense of specification. It featured a smaller screen size and did not match the attributes of 2005’s Nokia 6230i, which did improve upon the best-selling Nokia 6230. Thus, this was more of a way to get the Nokia operating system out into this format.

Full specifications here.

Like most things Nokia did at this time, it was a success. Further flip models followed, although they were not nearly as popular as the flagship models. 2006 saw a heap of related models released including the direct successor Nokia 6103.

Nokia 6101 Review Pros:

  • The phone came in a mainstream design instead of an experimental one, a first for these flip phones. The keypad, taking hues from the Nokia 6820 was large and offered an easy surface to type on.
  • The phone size was also compact despite relative thickness. At 97g, this was lighter than the flagship 6230i.
  • An added design feature was the external display, allowing a greater amount of information to be displayed
  • Operating system is untouched, making a seamless transfer for previous Nokia owners.

Nokia 6101 Review Cons:

  • The phone featured a protruding, non-removable aerial. In future iterations this would be removed entirely.
  • The screen size had reduced from previous flip models and also was a relatively small 128 x 160 resolution.
  • The camera was rather basic, a VGA model with no flash.
  • Unlike other models of this time there was no memory card support or Bluetooth connection for transfers of photos.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects:

A popular model at the time of release, this is now relatively rare. Models in good condition should be able to achieve some decent prices.

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 6101 Disassembly Guide

Opening this phone is much harder because of the flip part, but a useful link is here.

Nokia 6101 Video Review

Here is a video review of the Nokia 6101 covering all its main features:

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