Pros Excellent reception. Fabulous battery life. Simple to use. Speakerphone works. Alarm works well. Small and lightweight. Inexpensive.
Cons Screen is not as bright as it could be so isn't easy to read in direct sunlight.
Summary This is a nearly perfect phone for folks who want to get the best reception possible, have good battery life, and pretty much just want to make calls.
Sure it's all plastic but I think it's good looking (in a subdued slightly retro way) and it's small and fits in a pocket well and feels good (is ergonomic) in the hand. Also the speaker phone works well as does the alarm. Highly functional. I don't need/want features like a bad camera or bluethooth or other functions that simply drain the battery and take away from the phone functionality. I also needed a phone with good reception because I work in a basement and this phone gets WAY better reception than the "fancy" Samsung phone I had for a month and had to replace with this because I couldn't get a signal in the basement with the Samsung. I happen to love the Nokia 2610. It's meets my needs fabulously.
"Nokia 2610 Sux"on by slp1234
Pros speaker phone
Cons everything else
Summary My company replaced our old phones with this unit and to the person, everyone hates it for many reason's glossed over by CNET's technical reviewer.
1- the screen is invisible in outside light, not just hard to see;
2- It has only 9 speed dials;
3- You can't program phone number extensions in the directory;
4- The controls are absolutely not easy to understand, use or program;
5- After a month of not significnt use(most of us are using our personal cell phones at this point) the unit feels like it's falling apart!
And I could go on and on. The Nokia's one good feature is that the speaker phone is strong and easy to turn on and off.. Other than that, the designer who designed this product must have had a $10 budget to work with...
Pros Looks Cute and compact
Cons Keypads malfunction Awful phone reception
Summary I bought a new phone April 2007 and ended up exchanging the phone (for a refurbished phone) in October '07 due to poor reception... and NOW again December '07 exchanging the phone, keypads malfunction, for another refurbished phone. Awful.... they need to give me my money back call Nokia Manufacturer 1800-801-1101, and demand them for a call back of this phone!!!
"Solid Phone"on by canavady
Pros battery life, ease of use, durability, reception
Cons memory capacity, visibility in sunlight, display
Summary I owned many phones and I can say quality wise this phone is in the top three. There are no major flaws with this phone. And it's call quality is the finest I've ever experienced.
Pros Speakerphone, goes long on a battery charge, display can be used as a mirror
Cons You name it! Too much "bad" to list in a sentence.
Summary Amazing that this phone got through the Design Department. Unless no one at Nokia tested it before giving it the go-ahead for production. RRR it makes me mad to even think about this phone! The center button (big chrome thing) will click in any direction, not just up down left right, but any degree of diagonal, meaning you cannot navigate using it without going the wrong direction multiple times first. It also takes so little pressure to activate the buttons, just putting it into your pocket will enter
88*####1* Number not saved. Save now?
or some such nonsense. And look, I'm 40 years old and have had cell phones since back when they were almost 3 inches thick and you had to deploy an antenna- I bet I've owned 15, and this one is so bad it literally makes me angry to own it. The display (that the Main Review describes as "can be difficult to see") is SO reflective that it's IMPOSSIBLE to see in direct light-any of you owners who disagree are using your hand to shade the thing so you can see it- am I right? But that brings up a good thing about the phone: if you're lost and out of cell phone range but you have this phone, the display can literally be used as a signal mirror to aircraft. The plastic is CHROME PLATED like an interrogation room mirror. Thankfully these will quickly be defunct and you most likely will never have to consider one, but the worst thing of all is that it is so subject to scratches that if you have a 30-day testdrive, wherein if you don't like the phone you can return it in a month, you'd better not USE it during that 30 days or you'll ruin the finish, and the main thing about a return is that the phone must look "as new" when you return it. Impossible. That's another reason I'm so dang mad- I'm stuck with it. Oh I could drop $200 on another phone (this was $20 with my plan) but I'm not made of money. I want my old phone back. Jeez there aren't even any "normal" ringtones available for it.OH YEAH speaking of rings- the first ring you hear when you get a call is, for some odd reason, veeeeeeeery quiet. So unless you're near it when it rings, you only hear 3 rings before it kicks off to "1 MISSED CALL". Dude at the store said, "oh, your ring is set to 'Ascending'." Um... NO, Junior, it's not. After he stumbled through the same navigational mess to which I'm subjected every day, he said, "Oh. Hm. That's weird."
I'll tell you this: if you read this and buy it anyway, don't blame ME.