Nokia 2630 Review: Released in 2007, the Nokia 2630 was a continuation of the budget series of mobile phones. This phone succeeded the Nokia 2610, but this concealed the fact that in terms of form this was a substantial upgrade. The Nokia 2630 was remarkable at the time for being the thinnest and lightest Nokia phone at the time. At under a centimeter thick, this was half the thickness of the 2610, and at just 66g including battery this remains one of the lightest phones made.
The Nokia 2630 also added a camera to proceedings. Whilst the VGA camera was nothing to write home about, it also shot video. This put down a marker that the budget phones were catching up. Allied to this was also an increase in the size of memory, to 11MB.
Also remarkable was that despite the smaller dimensions, the phone featured a slightly larger screen at 1.8 inches and better use was made of the available space, thus losing little functionality. The phone also introduced Bluetooth and an FM Radio, both features not being present in the 2610.
This phone was a great success – the small size of the phone and the mid-range price was a popular combination. This being said, the design did not hold. Subsequent budget phones were not as slim. The official successor was the Nokia 2690, but this was a rare phone and was not available in many places; it also took 3 more years to come to market. This retained much of the design but added a microSD slot and an increase in internal memory.
Nokia 2630 Review Pros:
- The design of the phone was striking. A thin and small size was unmatched by many other phones in the same price range, and it was easy to carry around.
- The phone added a VGA camera which allowed some rudimentary shots – this feature was not common in the budget phone category.
- The screen gained an upgrade over the Nokia 2610 and was slightly bigger and at a slightly better resolution. It was also was a TFT design giving better vibrancy.
- The phone also added some useful features such as Bluetooth and FM Radio.
Nokia 2630 Review Cons:
- The sheer small size of the phone was a downer for some: it was so light it was almost not possible to tell if you were carrying it or not. The smaller size of handset also gave rise to slightly smaller buttons and navigational keypad.
- The camera was pretty poor in quality; and videos were very low resolution.
- Only 11MB of memory was onboard; this was not expandable so thus photos were limited.
- Bluetooth profile only allowed data transfer and headphones were not supported. The phone lacked a standard headphone port so needed to rely on the pop-port.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects:
Unlike many other Nokia budget phones of this era this phone is distinctive and can be identified on sight. It does have some novelty value due to the small size. Whilst they are sought after, the large number of phones produced is keeping a lid on prices for the moment.
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Nokia 2630 Disassembly Guide
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