Pros Excellent call quality, Excellent speakerphone, Excellent sound when playing music and videos, Excellent looking pictures and videos, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, CUSTOMIZABLE sounds and themes, can create your own themes, FM Radio, 4GB SD expandable
Cons Not a Flip Phone, Small Keys
Summary I have been through many phones and this phone is the best I have owned and I REALLY wish it was it a flip phone because they are easier for me to use. This phone is AWESOME...well exceeds my expectations of a cellphone. Love the stainless steel and the sound, pictures, and videos are EXCELLENT. If you get this phone and want to make your own themes (I have made a ton) for free go to: http://www.goggagmobile.com/s40_theme_studio_lite.html and select the 6301 from the drop down menu. I am going to contact NOKIA and ask them to consider turning this phone into a Flip Phone with two speakers of the same type, it would really ROCK...lol...oh, if you get bored watching your 4gigs of music, pictures and video you can plug in the headset and listen to stereo FM radio, what more could you ask for, plus your multimedia texting (alpha, picture, video, voice) OH, and it makes calls too! lol
Pros Beautiful without being flashy. Solid weight and an unbreakable candybar design.
Cons Camera could be better... but how much better? Any phones out there that can realistically compete with a standalone digital camera? No? Okay, moving on.
Summary I got T-Mobile Hotspot@home and the handset situation has been a nightmare. First, I started off with the cheaper Nokia 6086. It was a fine phone, had the legendary Nokia reception when off the home wi-fi... but when it WAS on the wi-fi, it would constantly disconnect. Like all the time. So I upgraded to the Samsung Katalyst. A nice enough phone, excellent graphics, good connection with the wi-fi service, and good reception from cell towers. But the slider design was fragile. I went through two of them in the space of a 4 months.
Then T-Mobile debuted the Nokia 6301, and I jumped at it. I'd actually been using the 6300 right before I got the hotspot@home service, and was forced to give it up due to the lack of wi-fi compatibility (for those who don't know, the 6301 is exactly the same as the 6300, except with upgraded connectivity). It's a great phone- simple, stylish and solid.
The casing is metal and glossy black plastic... it looks expensive. I've had more than a few people assume it's the "younger brother" of the uber-pricy metal Nokia sliders... it looks, if not like a 1,000 dollar phone, then at least like a 500 dollar one.
The connectivity is excellent- perhaps slightly better with the wi-fi than the Samsung Katalyst, and definitely better off the wi-fi... it's a Nokia, after all. The graphics are good... however the edges of the icons are a little less smooth than the pristine graphics on the Katalyst. The voice quality during calls is top-notch... beats the Samsung handily.
The software suite is fine... as full featured as a phone gets until you turn that corner into the realm of "smartphones"... but honestly, I've never seen anything I would recommend to someone over an iPhone or Blackberry, if they intend to do business on their phone. If you want to do business on your phone, those are the tops, and nothing has (or it seems in the foreseeable future will) beat them. Case closed.
As the cnet reviewer stated, the camera isn't the best available on a phone- but it's fine for what the vast majority of cellphone cameras are needed for- taking pictures for your contacts list and taking photos of damage after a fender-bender. I've never understood the whole deal with reviewing cell-phone cameras... can people just agree that the best phone camera is pretty bad, compared to any stand-alone digital camera? If a phone camera does what it's supposed to do, it's fine. You want to be Ansel Adams? Get an actual camera.
Pros Clear screen, calendar syncs, easy menu, sleek and sturdy design
Cons Way too quiet to hear!
Summary I was trying to downgrade from my Blackberry to something more basic, and when I saw this sleek Nokia would sync with my PC, I decided to give it a try. Overall, it's a great little phone. The design is appealing and study to the touch. The keypad definitely allows for dialing by feel. The menu is easy to navigate and the screen is large and clear. When I was listening to things via the music player, the speaker volume and clarity was fantastic. This is where the fatal flaw comes in. Where is that great volume and clarity on the regular speaker? I had the ringer set at the highest volume, and could barely hear it ring when it was in my purse. If I can't hear it ring when I have a message or a call, it's pointless to me. So while this phone offers a great package, when it limits my calls, it defeats the purpose, so it's going back.
Pros Form factor, Mp3 Player, Storage space, and Screen
Cons Camera and Internet
Summary This phone met and exceeded my expectations. I wanted a sleek candybar -style phone to do the basics well: phone calls & messaging. It does these well but I discovered its capabilities as an mp3 player / jump drive. It has a built in mini - USB connection and it is plug and play. Music files are easy to add: drag and drop. The album art is shown, while mp3s play seamlessly in the music player. I haven't tried videos. Camera quality is ok: pretty good pictures in sunlight and terrible pictures in lowlight. Video quality is very terrible. But, if you want transport pics or video to your computer it is easy. Same as mp3s, drag and drop. Media is very easy to manage on this phone, no annoying third-party apps to worry about (plug and play). It comes with a 512 mb micro-sd card, which is nice, but it can hold up to 4 gb micro-sd. This card is basically a jump drive when it is in the phone and connected to computer via mini - usb cable. This phone amazes me this feature, it is ridiculously easy to move media (or whatever you want) onto and off this phone. Battery life is average. It is not awsome, but its not that bad at all. But, I do not use this phone's wifi or bluetooth capabilities at all (they are ALWAYS set to off). Using these functions would probably hurt your battery life alot. If you use this phone on the go with a headset and are using hotspots for phone calls, battery life is gonna suck. But if you use it like a normal phone it will be good. At the same time this phone has a nice charger stand that is VERY solid (charger can be used without stand). If you use wireless capabilities at home on your own router, i'm sure it would be alot like using an old wireless home phone in that respect, which is cool if you want the wifi service for that reason and are not using hotspots. Screen is great. Screen resolution has plenty of pixels and colors. It is also pretty bright. Speakerphone works fine, decently loud( Mp3s sound ok on built-in speaker). Unfortunately it doesn't come with a 3.5 mm headphone out, but it is easy to get an adapter to go from 2.5mm to 3.5mm. So you can hook it up to stereos or headphones! Alarm on this phone is great. Call quality is good but I do get some dropped calls. Dropped calls do not occur often. T- Mobile is ok. Overall this phone excels at the basics, phone software is super stable and runs fast. I have owned many phones: basic phones, smart phones, and nice camera phones. I like this one much better than all the rest of the phones I've owned. This is not the phone you want if you care about: camera quality, having a big battery, or internet. Get an iphone or motorola zine. If you want a fantastic, basic (candybar style) phone which has great music and storage capabilities: get this phone.
Pros My favorite thing about this phone are the memory storage. It completely surpasses all the other phones I've had. Also, I think the image quality is great. Its not that good in the dark, but its fantastic outside.
Cons The only real problem I have with this phone is the battery life. Because I am constantly on it, it drains rather quickly. A 2 hour phone call can use up half the battery!
Summary This phone is amazing. I've gotten so attached to it in such a short time. In fact, I'm a repeat buyer-this is my third Nokia 6301. The memory storage astounds me. As of right now, I have 6000 messages, 800 photos, and 160 contacts! I also think the image quality is pretty good. Night isn't great, but outside is. This is such a sturdy little phone. I'm a little abusive when it comes to cell phones, but this thing can take it! I only wish the battery life was better.
Overall, I would have to say this is an outstanding phone. If you're a heavy texter and you need something thats not too flashy, this phone is perfect for you. I LOVE mine!