"A Step Backwards for Dedicated Nokia Users"1.5 starson by airdog06757
Pros: Lightweight, Acceptable Call Quality, Great Ability to Customize
Cons: Abysmal Vibrate Setting, Terrible Battery Life, Terrible Menu Layouts, Terrible Construction, No External Shortcuts
Summary: The Nokia 6350 is a decidely a downgrade in the Nokia line for every aspect except price, as this phone costs way too much for what it delivers. Prior to this phone, I had a Nokia 6682 and a Nokia 6650. The first difference you'll note between this and the more veteran Nokias is program functionality. The 6682 and 6650 allowed a user to have multiple programs running, which could be toggled by pressing and holding the menu key. Not so with the 6350, if you want to be able to switch back and forth between browser based email and your contact list for instance, you'll be closing one to open the other.
The vibrate setting on this phone leaves a lot to be desired. Instead of using a continuous vibrate alert, it uses a pulse alert. What you read about not being able to feel the vibrate is a100% correct statement. You'd think with such a light phone the thing would jump and rattle like nobody's business. Instead it just sort of buzzes and dies, buzzes and dies. Where I work, having an audible ringer is generally frowned upon; therefore a reliable vibrate is key. I've had the pohne about six weeks, and I miss at least one call a day because of the deficient vibrate setting.
The battery life is pretty miserable. If I were to start a call with a full battery on this phone, I feel as though I may approach four hours, but certainly would not exceed it. The standby time is a joke. I saw a reference to 18 days in the CNET review. AT&T refuses to rate standby above 15 days. In my experience to date, the standby time is 1 to five days, without a lot of rhyme or reason as to why it fluctuates. The phone has travelled with me from DC, to Philly, to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to San Diego, and each locale has resulted in the same unpredictable battery life. Definitely invest in a car charger or a second wall charger depending on your needs.
You can't tether with this phone, or if you can, I haven't figured out how yet. With the 6682 and 6650, it was as simple as staring up OVI suite and clicking connect to internet. Maybe AT&T disallowed production of a tethering phone, but more likely, I think Nokia just left it out of the design. Major let down for someone that travels as much as I do.
I'm less than impressed with the "new and improved" way to add contacts to things like text messages. I text a fair amount, typically only to people in my contact list. I don't find it at all intelligent to click in the "To:" box only to be brought to a menu where I then need to select my contact list. While it is only one extra click, it's one extra click that has no good reason for being there.
The physical construction of the phone is sub-par, especially the battery cover. The gentleman at AT&T fought with one cover for five minutes prior to giving up, getting a brand new phone from the back, and giving that to me instead. I've since become fairly adept at working the battery cover, but knocking around inside a travel bag will often spring the cover free.
Adding contacts to the phone is as much of a chore as you'd expect, with an added twist. I've identified no way to add a new contact directly to the SIM card of the phone. I periodically do a copy all to the SIM, and frag any duplicates.
The final knock on this phone is the lack of external shortcuts. On the Nokia 6650, the camera, music player, stopwatch, timer, and as I recall some other mini-programs could be accessed and activated witht he flip closed. Calls could also be answered with the flip closed. All of these functionalities were deleted when Nokia "improved" phone design and introduced the 6350.
I only changed to the 6350 because I lost my 6650. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't hope someone contacts me saying my trusted 6650 has been found safe and sound, but I don't think it's meant to be.