Nokia 6300 Review – Classic Flagship Mobile Phone

Nokia 6300 Review: Released in 2007, the Nokia 6300 had a tough job to follow. The previous model, the Nokia 6230 was one of the best selling phones of the previous year. It combined ease of use with both a camera and memory card support. With a rich history in previous models, it was deemed that not much needed to be changed with the flagship model.

However, the mobile phone world was changing quickly. Phones were becoming better in almost every aspect from the screen to the camera. 2007 was also the year the original Apple iPhone was introduced. So there was some pressure on Nokia to keep up with the pack and release a little more than an incremental upgrade.

And this is what happened. The Nokia 6300 combined a metallic body with some radical changes. The phone used the new microSD card slot for greater capacities; an upgraded camera and also came with a universal 2.5mm port for ease of use with headphones. This was a far more media-friendly phone than previous models.

Full specifications here.

This model of phone was incredibly popular and its great feature set combined with high build quality made this a very versatile handset. The phone had an i variant – the Nokia 6300i was released a year later and notably featured Wi-Fi support. The Nokia 6303 was released in the same year and featured a similar metal design but with an improved camera with dual LED flash.

Nokia 6300 Review Pros:

  • The phone featured one of the best designs so far. The phone was smaller and thinner than the Nokia 6230, but also came with high quality metallic covers. Better still, these were easily changeable, thus preserving the ability to personalise the phone.
  • The screen of the phone improved greatly; it was now a full colour TFT version at 240 x 320 pixels allowing very decent definition for media.
  • The phone comes with miniUSB connection and standard headphone jack for ease of use of transferring data.
  • MicroSD card support was enabled which allowed greater capacity at lower prices.

Nokia 6300 Review Cons: 

  • The camera was the weakness on this model. Unlike other phones there was no flash which reduced its effectiveness. Despite being a 2MP sensor, videos could only be shot at very low resolution.
  • MicroSD card size was limited to 2GB: not quite enough for larger media collections.
  • The microSD port was only open for data transfer only; charging still required the proprietary Nokia charger.
  • The phone is not 3G enabled or Wi-Fi enabled; these were top-end features at the time.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects:

This was Nokia’s best selling phone of 2007 and deservedly is known as a classic. The metal covers mean that this phone is extremely durable, and the acceptance of a standard BL-4C battery means that many have had extended lives. There are many refurbished versions around which puts a lid on used version prices, although demand for this should be strong for years ahead.

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.

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