Nokia 6310 Review – Iconic Business Mobile Phone

Nokia 6310 Review: Released in 2001, the Nokia 6310 was for some time the most popular choice as business mobile phone. The phone was a much slimmed-down version of the Communicator series and the much awaited sequel to the Nokia 6210. This was a leading business phone in its own right. Running much the same software as the popular Nokia 3310, the phone had a more mature appeal due to its sleek looks and larger screen. The phone also had a more practical side: the phone could accept both slimline and extended batteries.

The phone also was remarkable for being one of the first with Bluetooth, although this had to be provided via adaptor. The Nokia 6310 improved on this by building the Bluetooth into the handset, becoming the first phone with it integrated.

Aside from this not too much had changed. The look was similar and the phone had a host of good business-friendly functions such as long battery life, modem usage, WAP browser and compatibility with in-car kits.

Full specifications here.

This phone was one of the best-selling at the time due to its consistent performance and durability. A successor to this was the Nokia 6310i, which was Nokia’s first tri-band model making it useable throughout the world. After this the Nokia 6600 took up the mantle of business phone, adding a huge range of functions.

Nokia 6310 Review Pros: 

  • The phone came with excellent build quality: it was a solid 111g. The phones housings were high quality, metallic in style and very durable.
  • Retained compatibility with previous accessories; the phone also was more efficient in battery life off the same batteries.
  • Bluetooth was added, making the addition of a headset easy. The phone also retained the infrared port for compatibility with laptops.
  • Although housings were not officially available the process of changing them was quick, easy and cheap.

Nokia 6310 Review Cons:

  • The phone featured much the same design as the Nokia 6210 although legibility of the keypad buttons was clearer on the older model.
  • Screen resolution had only improved by the slimmest of margins: it had pretty much the same display characteristics.
  • Bluetooth was restricted to headsets: in these early days of the protocol the least problems were seen only with the Nokia accessories. Bluetooth also affected the power.
  • The phone was priced at the top end of the market and harder to receive on a subsidised leisure contract.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects:

The Nokia 6310 and Nokia 6310i are difficult to tell from each other at first glance, but nevertheless they are classics today. Their robust build and great reliability means that most likely they will also still be working. Whilst it has dropped out of usage, there is no doubt that this phone is quite valuable today and should be worth more in future.

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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