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      10.01.2012 19:06
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      typical basic nokia

      So this is a typical basic cheap Nokia phone, however I cant see anything wrong with it and it has some really useful functions. One of the unique features of the phone is that it glows in the dark which can be useful at night, the buttons also light up when you use it so it is a really luminous phone. It only has basic functions but all most people want to do is speak and text which this phone does fine and is a lot less complicated than more expensive phones. It has everything you would expect from a Nokia such as games and an alarm function. The games are better than other phones because the are Java and you can download others when you want. The buttons on the phone are soft and don't make noise when you are texting. I would recommend this phone to some one who only needs basic functions and doesn't want to spend a lot.

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        19.09.2010 23:51
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        If there is only need for a phone and nothing more, this stylish and pretty phone is ideal!

        In this workaday world of smartphones that do almost everything except tuck us in at night and read us a bedtime story, we almost forget that the device we have in our hand is, quintessentially, a mobile telephone. If you are looking for a practical yet stylish mobile phone and nothing more, then in my mind the Nokia 3100 is the pick of the crop.

        It is a lovely size for a mobile phone - I don't think you'll like it if you're eyes 'ain't what they used to be' but for me it is perfect. It slips into any pocket almost inconspicuously and is a very nice blue and cream colour. The phone feels extremely sturdy and is durable - it has suffered many a knock in its time from me, and hasn't given me a day's worth of grief!

        The screen is small compared to a lot of models of similar size, but again I don't really consider this to be a problem. The display is bright and the colours vivid, with a very good resolution that looks neither big nor too small. The keypad is superb, with the regular number keys but separate keys for making a call, disconnecting a call, a generic 'yes' button, generic 'no' button, and a large multi-directional key for navigation. You will find nowadays that many phones lump together buttons and it becomes hideously confusing - this phone has kept, in my mind, an important distinction, and I am very glad of that fact!

        Call quality is superb with this phone, and with the option of using a handsfree headset, you're options are well and truly open! The interface is simple yet practical, and despite being a simplistic phone, allows you to receive MMS messages and therefore to store photographs! You won't store many because of the limited storage space (just under 0.5MB!!!) and lack of expandability, but the odd picture of a loved one or pet is nice to have as a background! If you're feeling adventurous, the handsfree kit I mentioned doubles up as a camera, believe it or not! A simple camera for taking simple, and I mean simple, snaps. It's fun, its quirky, it's practically useless compared to even a 1 megapixel camera, but there's nothing more fun than playing with a camera on a lead!

        You get a basic array of utilities with this phone such as calculator and stopwatch, but you can expand the list to include games and other utilities if you wish to. Remember however that you need to be ruthless when it comes to keeping a check on your memory! Expanding the number of games, and of course polyphonic ringtones and backgrounds can be done through downloads using the GPRS browser built into the phone. It is rudimentary and not technologically advanced, but will keep you up to date with the news headlines and weather as well as satisfying the need to customise your little phone! Remember though, this phone has no MP3 capability, and no radio! Without these features, you may not be surprised that this phone will last for days without a charge! It may leave you somewhat lacking if you even expect a modicum of frills, but for me, it served as a practical and pretty phone for many, many years and I was absolutely devastated to part with it. Fact is, I haven't. I still use it if my other phone is 'in the shop', or just for the sheer fun of it!

        In conclusion, despite showing its age, the Nokia 3100 is a delightful phone in a delightful package. It provides the basic functions with flair, but don't expect any more than this. If basic is the name, the 3100 is the game!

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        20.08.2010 01:54
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        Cheap (Not when I bought it) phone and very reliable piece of kit.

        I don't even remember when I bought this phone, it's that old. It had been loyal to me throughout my late teenage years, never breaking down, never losing signal and most importantly never losing battery.

        It's got one of the most simple interfaces ever. Quite big numberpad and easy to navigate screen. What made this phone so great was it's boldness. You could drop it from a metre and it's like nothing happened.

        On many an occasion, I used it as a flashlight. The background light was that bright, it made me dizzy when I looked at it. To most people this is a downside but to me, it was a lifesaver when going down a dark alley, it made me feel safe and secure.

        It's got the usual features you'd expect from a moblie of it's status, and most of them are useful. Games provide some entertainment and you can download more from the Nokia website. It's got an Alarm Clock and Gallery where you can view your latest colour images and ringtones. A stop watch that has the options of spilt and lap timing, and a very basic calculator. The only feature that I would have liked the 3100 to have would be a camera, even if it was only 1 mega pixels, it would still have been useful.

        The only reason I got rid of it in the end was to look cool. It's quite bulky and used to stick out in my pocket, but other than that it was a brilliant phone. And as I paid over £100 for it and now it's going for £15-£20, it's a better time than ever to get one.

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          21.06.2010 22:48

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          Good for occasional users.

          I bought this phone in 2003 and it was the first 'good' phone that I ever had, as prior to this I had always had phones with non-colour screens and were primarily just for making calls. At the time I was in school and mobile phone technology was still up-and-coming, and every young person just had to have a phone to fit in.

          Not wanting to spend a stupid amount on a phone, I decided on this one because at the time smaller phones were what everyone was going for (these days with iPhones and blackberries it seems to have reserved). The phone is very well styled, it looks very simple but with it's basic appearance it still could pass as brand new model even to this day.

          The phone itself is reasonably equipped, with a the option of interchangeable covers (which glow in the dark which makes it ideal to find it at night), java games, a useful calander, calculator and stopwatch/timer.

          This major downside to this phone is the lack of camera. Even for the time of release the majority of phones were equipped with cameras so there really is no excuse for Nokia to omit it. You can however still receive picture messages and it IS possible to purchase an add-on camera but I doubt many people would want to do that.

          I stopped using this phone about 2005, mainly due to the lack of camera but I still use it every year on holiday and it gets dropped in clubs and bars and falls down stairs and its appearance is still as the day I bought it seven years ago - and it's incredibly better looking and easier to use than my work 'smart' phone, but that's an entirelly different review!

          There are better phones out there these days for the £10-£25 price mark but if you want a nice robust phone which won't let you down, you should definately think about this one.

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          17.06.2010 20:11
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          Great basic phone

          I bought this phone when it came out many moons ago in 2004 I think, for the massive sum of £70. At the time it wasn't a bad phone and it has served me well to this day, so I think I've got my moneys worth.

          If you are looking for a phone that is just a phone with good signal, long battery and decent memory then it still cuts it and is well worth the £16.99 Amazon.co.uk are selling them for. It's well put together, easy to use, lightweight and robust.

          It comes with all the features you'd expect, a few good games, calendar, reminders etc. Most of the features are pretty pointless but the games aren't bad if you are stuck on a train and need something to do.

          The loudspeaker could be louder and the quality isn't amazing but it gets the job done and the glow in the dark case is a nice feature that is actually useful, it is much easier to find in the dark if you drop it in the car or something.

          If you want a basic, useable phone then I would recommend it any day, it isn't going to fall apart, the battery isn't going to start going wrong after a year or two and if you manage lose it, it didn't cost the earth. If mine ever does give up I will be replacing it like for like.

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            18.06.2009 12:19
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            For the right money you can back a winner.

            I recently started using this handset as a supplied work phone. (No Blackberries here!). It's a small and sturdy little phone in the traditional candybar design. There are no end of X-press on covers, both official and 3rd party, to change the phone to suit your personality, choice or even mood.

            Under the cover:

            The phone is 10.2*4.3*2cm and weighs 85g. It's fairly small and discreet and slips easily into a pocket or bag. The phone is tri-band and supports GPRS, Wap 2.0, Java and XHTML.
            There is also vibrating alert to accompany the polyphonic ringtones. 31 are supported by the limited 484kb memory which is non expandable. The handset does come with a pc cable for data synchronisation, there is support for e-mail via SMS and the phone supports data and fax. In terms of the contacts there is space for up to 300 names and numbers.
            There are 6 profiles to choose from including loud and silent and some which can be customised to your preference. Basic games and some organiser apps such as alarm and calendar complete the deal.

            Interface or two face?

            Hooray! You can't fault Nokia for sticking to the same menu systems as most of their other phones use.

            Boo! Sometimes it's nice to have something a little different.

            The menu is colourful and icon driven with clear descriptions of what they represent. Handily they are all logically numbered too so you can refer to the manual quickly if you get stuck. Having said that it is fairly intuitive to use which is probably why Nokia maintain their simple navigation interface.

            Give it to me straight:

            This is a basic phone for someone with basic phone needs, simple as. Ideal as a second or work phone and easy enough for your granny to use. If you have a modern phone you'll miss some features like a camera perhaps but you'd expect to at entry level.


            Value for money?

            I have seen some online retailers still selling this phone for in the region of around £70-£80 which is no doubt very steep. Shop around and you may pick one up for as little as £30. If you do pay the lower price you are getting a dependable phone with very little to criticize. The only omission which I would have liked to have seen would be Bluetooth for safe hands free calls.

            Summary:

            It's very good! Basic yes, but still very good. I have never encountered a problem with Nokia handsets and it's tough enough to stand some heavyish knocks. If you can get it at a realistic price then you will be buying a good little phone.

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              20.03.2009 20:53

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              great phone for phoning or texting, if you want to show off, pay more and buy a newer version.

              This is a very robust phone which is reliable, it honestly seems to be unbreakable. I have dropped it in many puddles and it has been a fantastic phone. The life battery is superb and can last easily all week. It runs of one of the old style nokia chargers with the large ports which i find are more reliable and harder to damage although are now becoming old technology are harder to get hold of. The phone does not have any of the more modern aspects that one would expect from a mobile such as a camera, however i believe that if you want to take photos, you can just buy a camera. There are some games and the graphics are as good as one could expect of a phone of this price, I also enjoy the interchangeable covers which are widely available and come in many colors and styles, including my favorite, the glow in the dark variety, handy in a tent, and add interest to the phone and prevent it becoming unfashionable. For me this has been an excellent phone which has many uses in outdoor pursuits especially. This is not a phone for the fashion concious, instead i would recommend this to a person looking for a solid everyday workhorse which they can throw about and not worry about.

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              29.08.2008 19:39

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              Dont get rid of your old phone so quickly

              I bought this phone nie on 4 years ago, at the time it was at the height of the latest technology. It is now out of date if you want the lastest technology. However it does has a glow in the dark cover which is more useful because when you drop your phone in the dark you can find it easily. It also flashes in time with your ring tone, which is pretty neat. It can handle WAP and it informs you (if you are with Vodafone ) when your text has been recieved.

              I would recomend this phone to other people, it does all that is needed of a phone, it deals with calls and can send and recieve text. If however you want the latest in modern technology, then this phone isnt the phone for you as it doesnt accomodate bluetooth or any modern forms of technology. I still use this phone

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              02.06.2008 20:19
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              Recommendable for those who don`t necessarily need a lot of features.

              I`ve got my Nokia 3100 since 2005. It is a very robust and basic phone without much bric-a-brac. It hasn`t got many trendy features such as a camera, blootooth or a melody composer but if you are one of those people who use mobile phones for writing messages and making phone calls it`s alright.

              Nokia 3100 is light (85g) and cheap (around 80 pounds). Its battery talktime is around 4 hours and the standby time is nearly 15 days. It is glowing in the dark so you can find it any time. It plays polyphone melodies and has a multi- coloured screen.

              Furthermore it is easy to use, not too small and the key letters can be read easily.

              Nokia 3100 looks fashionable but sturdy and is absolutely handy ... not only an ideal birthday present for your grandparents but for those who think less is more!

              You can find this review and many others I`ve written on www.best-price.com, too. It is similar to dooyoo but there are more categories to rate, such as Food, Sports&Outdoor, Kids&Family and a lot more.

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                22.08.2005 21:12
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                Sturdy Little One

                Very good product for somebody wants to use it as only a phone. Very affordable and has a very friendly user interface (thats how Nokias are). They keypad is very comfortable and is just the right size for your thumbs.

                Although it does not have all the 'latest' features, it works as an excellent phone. The glow in the dark covers are very handy and helps in locating your phone in the dark.

                I had dropped it atleast 10 times, but it still works like new! Must have!

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                  11.04.2005 12:08
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                  After having a very long and loving relationship to a Nokia 3210, in November 2004 it was finally time for that little phone to travel to the large Mobile phone knackers yard in the sky...

                  However, after buying 2 x Nokia 3100 phones, one for my partner and myself, I am rather glad my old phone finally died. This phone is everything that the 3210 was and a lot more.

                  The factual stuff:

                  The batteries last for ages, if you charge them as per the instructions from day1. on average I get 4 days from mine, and I do a lot of talking and texting. My partners is similar, even though she wouldn't be as maticulous at sticking to the charging rule of wait till its empty then give it a proper full charge. (please note that my signal strength is usually high hence I do not lose a lot of power from the phone trying to gather signal)

                  The phone(in my opinion) is virtually indestrucible! I've dropped it from 10 feet on top of a ladder, it hit a hard surface and on other occasions its been bounced from my pocket onto pavements and many other accidents. It's still like new.

                  Its small enough to fit in your pocket comfortably, but yet not so small that you can't talk and listen at the same time.

                  It feels really solid, the cover doesn't fall off for example if you shake it too much. I have used other phones that just didnt feel as solid. The buttons make a nice response to your touch and they're not too soft.

                  It has the newer style connection socket at the bottom for attaching peripherals, such as cameras. Haven't used it myself but I know from previous experience with other Nokias that this new socket is much better that the connections from the likes of the 3210 and 3310.

                  MAJOR PLUS - IT LOOKS GREAT!

                  It was very cheap as well, I paid £60 each for the 2 phones with SIM card.

                  Summary:

                  A great little phone that should last as long as the rock solid 3210s did. Great value for money depending on what network you choose to go with.

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                    05.01.2005 23:07
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                    Was a decent phone for the time

                    As my trusty 3310 neared retirement age, I decided I needed to replace it with a somewhat younger model. So I searched the shops for something suitable.

                    My criteria were simple:
                    1. It had to be a nokia with similar operation to to 3310.
                    2. It had to have WAP.
                    3. It had to be on Vodafone, as I wanted to keep the same SIM card.
                    4. It had to cost significantly less than £100.

                    So armed with these requirements I went shopping and found the 3100, on vodafone pay as you go (PAYG), on sale in Argos for the very reasonable price of £59.99.

                    The Packaging


                    The phone came in a box adorned with a dance floor with people dancing, so obviously its aimed at the party animals among us. With this being a vodafone PAYG this box was enveloped in a red sleeve with a picture of the actual phone on it.
                    The sleeve displayed the following features of the phone:
                    *Phone flashes in time with ringtone
                    *Multimedia messaging
                    *Java games
                    *Animated screensavers
                    *Handsfree speaker
                    *Colour display
                    *Can be used in five continents

                    In the box

                    Being the impatient so and so that I am, I opened the security sealed box the minute I got home.

                    Inside the box were the phone itself, the battery, a charger, and several instruction books. After reading the couple of pages of the instruction books I discovered I was going to have to wait until the next day to play with new toy as the battery needed to be charged for 16 hours.

                    So what does the phone look like??

                    The phone itself is a pale blue colour, with glow in the dark detailing. I believe that it is also available in pink and white versions but these are harder to get hold of. And yes the keys really do flash in time with the ringtones, no more fiddly flashing keypads to insert.

                    There are the standard alphanumeric buttons along with a 4-way direction pad, the begin call (green handset), end call (red handset) and two hotkeys.

                    The phone measures 42.8mm x 101.8mm x 15.2mm and weighs 85g, so pretty small and compact, but not so small you're in danger of losing it.

                    The features

                    Most of the features are accessed via the menu, so I'll explain them in the order they appear on the menu.
                    Hany tip : If you leave the cursor over an option a handy info screen appears explainly the function of that option.

                    1. Messages
                    This is where you can access your, text, multimedia, voice and info messages. There is also an option for changing message settings.

                    2. Call register
                    Here you can find info on:
                    * Missed Calls
                    * Recieved Calls
                    * Dialled Numbers
                    * Call Duration
                    * Call Costs
                    * GPRS Data Counter
                    * GPRS Connection Timer

                    You can aslo delete recent call lists.

                    3. Contacts
                    This is where you manage your contact list.
                    In this menu you can:
                    * Search
                    * Add Contact
                    * Delete
                    * Copy
                    * Alter Settings
                    * Create Speed Dials
                    * Create Caller Groups (ie family, work, friends, etc.)

                    4. Profiles
                    This gives a number of profiles for using the phone in different situations. For example: You're in an important meeting and you don't want the lastest pop tune blaring out when when you get a call, so you set the phone to the silent profile and it will simply vibrate when you get a call.

                    5. Settings

                    * Personal shortcuts.
                    Here you set what the right button does, by default it takes you to contacts but you can change it to take you anywhere within the menus.

                    * Screensaver
                    This is where you choose your screensaver and decide how long it is before it comes on.

                    * Time and Date Settings
                    This is where you set the clock and date

                    * Call settings
                    Here you can set up call divert, automatic redial, speed dialling, call waiting, summery after call (tells you how long the call was, or much much it cost), and send my caller identity (whether you want people to know its you calling or not).

                    * Phone Settings
                    Where you set up phone language, automatic keyguard,Cell info display, welcome note, network selection, confirm SIM service actions, help text activication, and start-up tone.

                    * Display Settings
                    Here you can personalise your phones display by choosing different graphics and themes.

                    * Tone Settings
                    Here you can personalise the different sounds your phone makes, for example the ringtone, message alert tone, whether the phone vibrates or not.

                    * Security Setting
                    Where you can set the different security functions, for example PIN code and call barring.

                    * Restore Factory Settings
                    To put your phone back to the out of the box settings

                    6. Alarm Clock
                    Here is where you set the alarm clock function and which tone you want to be woken up by.

                    7. Gallery
                    This is where your downloads are stored, by default there are two folders, Images and Tones.

                    8. Calender
                    A handy calender for staoring those important dates.

                    9. Games
                    The phone comes with three games
                    * Bowling
                    * Snake Ex2
                    * Beach Rally

                    10. Applications
                    For storing any applications you've downloaded.

                    11. Extras
                    * Calculator
                    * Countdown Timer
                    * Stopwatch

                    12. Services
                    This is where you access the internet.

                    13. Goto
                    Bit of a weird pone this with links to other parts of the menu system

                    14. Vodafone
                    Links to vodafone wap channels.


                    Actual Use

                    The first thing you're going to want to do with this phone is personalise it, and beleive me there is so much you can do to make this phone your own. From changing the case, to the ringtone, screensaver, wallpaper, colours on screen and even choosing a ringtone for your message alert.
                    However the tones and graphics that come with the phone are pretty naff. But there are some good FREE sites for downloading these, which are easily found by searching google.

                    There are four ways of making a call:
                    1. Enter the number and press the green handset button
                    2. Go into contacts and choose who you are going to call, then press the green handset.
                    3. If you have previously called someone, you can press the green handset button, scroll to the person you want to call, then press the green handset button once more
                    4. You can asign a phone number to any of the keys 0-9 then hold that number down to speed dial.

                    Once you've started your call, reception through the in-built antennae is crystal clear, although you meay need to adjust the volume (I found the default rather low). Another handy function is the speaker phone which I found perfectly clear.

                    I found the GPRS function didn't work on my phone, but thats probably due to the area I live in as other GPRS phones don't work here either. But the WAP function is more than adequate, is works at about the speed of dial up. I find it costs me approximately 10p to download a ringtone.

                    Battery life is good. I need to charge mine every two to three days with pretty heavy useage. A nice touch is that there are now seven bars in the battery life indicator, which means you have a much clearer idea of how much power you have left.

                    Prices

                    This phone is available on most networks and the price varies from £60 - £100
                    I bought mine on Vadafone PAYG from Argos for £59.99

                    Accessories

                    There are a number of accessories available including:

                    Data cable,: for computer connectivity
                    X-Press on covers : to personalise the phone
                    Headsets
                    Camera


                    Conclusion

                    This phone is a good introduction to the world of multi-media phones. Although obviously targeted at the younger age group, its a smart edition to anyones handbag or pocket.

                    I've tried to make this review as informative as I can but if there's anything else you want to know please ask.

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                      21.06.2004 16:54
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                      Great little phone for the money! I got one of these when they were on offer at the carphone warehouse for just £59.99! The phones software is very similar to the more expensive 6100, and i believe it is basically a cut down more trendy version of it! The phone seems to be equivilent of the Sony Ericcson T310... but of a much higher quality! And with better games! WAP is available on the phone, and it is GPRS enabled meaning high speeds! And paying for the amount of information downloaded rather than the time connected. The front and back covers can be changed, although personally i liked the glow in the dark covers my phone came with! Sending Text messages with this phone is extreemly simple as it uses predictive text. Normally predictive text really annoys me and i refuse to use it, however i find the nokia system very friendly and i think i would now struggle to send a text without it! Multimedia messaging is also possible, and if you purchase the camera add on you are able to take your own photos! Although the phone does not have bluetooth which is a great shame, it does have a fantastic built in handsfree system, which is basically where it increases the volume and sensitivity of the mic so you can leave it on the desk to talk and it really does work! The 3100 will store upto 200 contacts on the phone, plus the 90 on a normal sim bringing the total contacts to 290! Unfortunatly i cannot fill that up!! You can show off to your mates with this phone, as it's not only stylish, it also accepts polyphonic ring tones! So no more tryng to guess what on earth the tone is ment to be! Although i have never used it, the phone comes with an alarm clock function... which could possibly be useful occasionally.

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                        Today I will be reviewing my new mobile phone the Nokia 3100. I took receipt of the phone three weeks ago after requesting an update from Singlepoint as my Nokia 8210 was starting to look dated and very worn due to amount of punishment it had taken over the past 12 months. The phone cost me £19.99, but as it is a fairly new release from Nokia it does retail with most contracts from £100 - 150. My main attraction to the phone at first was the actual look, it has a colour screen, can send multi-media messages and receive pictures. The features weren't really a consideration as most features are standard across the Nokia range. The Nokia 3100 is a great looking phone. The picture above shows the white version. My 3100 is in light blue. Although the 3100 contains a lot of technology it is remarkably small measuring in at 10.19cm tall by 4.28cm wide making it just a fraction larger than the 8210. It only weighs in at 85g!!!! My only gripe about actual build and look of the phone are the covers. Although the plastic facia are extremely scratch resistant and look great they are rather flimsy and I would be worried about it smashing to bits if the phone was ever dropped with any force. The phone has polyphonic ringtones, colour wallpaper and animated screensavers. These features are amazing and set this apart from any other phone I have ever owned. The 3100 has a large number of quality pre-installed ringtones and images for use with the colour screen. Further ringtones and images can be easily downloaded from various websites via the WAP feature of the phone. The phone uses XHTML browser to view the web and this supports JPEG files. The keypad is very well presented with the normal numbers, shortcut and navigational keys that allow movement both left and ri
                        ght, up and down when making selections. Again, I could only find one fault with this part of the phone. The polyphonic ringtones, whilst sounding brilliant were very low and at times, calls could be missed. This is easily rectified though as the phone has a LOUD option which incorporates a reasonably loud ringtone with forceful vibrations. The 3100 is marketed as the "Light Effect" handset and the phone to been seen with in a disco. This is due to software that has been installed which make the handset flash in time to the beat of your ringtone. It has to be seen to be believed, it looks so cool. In addition to flashing when ringing, the handset glows in the dark making it very easy to spot while the lights are out. The entire phone doesn't light up as such, but a visible strip is evident in a dark room. The screen itself is square measuring 2.73cm by 2.73cm. It is a high resolution, passive matrix colour display that supports 4096 colours within 128 x 128 pixels. In addition to being WAP enabled (which is very easy to set up anyway) the 3100 is Tri-band and will therefore work in North and South America along with Asia. The 3100 does not have a built in camera but it does have the software and ports to support a camera attachment that can be purchased separately. Personally I haven't opted to buy the camera yet, but I have received picture messages from friends and the quality is amazing. Although not the same quality as a digital photograph, images are clear and very colourful. When making and receiving calls, the 3100 has a loudspeaker function which allows you to listen to the caller via the external speaker rather from the handset. I have only tried this feature once and found the sound quality to be a little muffled. Not a feature I?ll be using regularly. Another new feature to the 3100 is the Java supported games. The 3100 has three pre-installed games. Bowling, Beach Rally and Snake. The graphics and gameplay in Bowling and Beach Rally are fantastic with cool sound effects. In the past I have rarely used the game function on my mobile phone, but the 3100 does attract my attention now when I'm at a loose end! The 3100 isn't going to replace the PS2 on the game front but it is a nice feature on the phone. Further games can be downloaded onto the phone via the WAP function. The 3100 has a built in antenna and call reception is crystal clear. Calls are made quickly and connection to the web takes under 10 seconds. The phone has the appropriate port to support a handsfree set however I am not yet aware of a cradle for cars that is available specifically for the 3100. Text messaging is a painless operation. The phone has the normal predictive text which never seems to know what you are trying to write, but this can be switched off. The actual text messaging screen allows 5 lines of text which makes actual composition far easier. The inbox can hold over 100 text messages for use as evidence at a later date! In addition to this, the phone also saves the text messages you send to others. I find this a very helpful feature as I can now wake up after a night on the tiles, check the messages I've sent the night before and start a pre-emptive apology campaign! Unlike the 8210, the 3100 has a choice of sound alerts when messages arrive including a very eerie echo effect beeping. As I stated earlier, I don't yet have the camera attachment so I can't yet comment on the MMS sending feature of the phone. Other standard Nokia features on the phone include: Call R
                        egister This is an extremely useful function. Call register records all the calls you have received, missed or dialled along with the number, date, time and length of call. Not only does this let me see who has been playing with my phone, the call duration meter that totals up all the calls I?ve made helps me to keep track of the free minutes I use and keep my bills down. The call register feature also tracks your use of the GPRS data network which stores the WAP sites you have visited but also records how long data takes to be transferred to your phone. Contacts The Contacts book contains all personal numbers saved to either the phone or SIM card. Numbers and names can be easily added and deleted. As the 3100 can be used to send e-mails, the ability to record e-mail addresses and home numbers has been added. Favourite numbers can also be added to a speed dial listing. Personally I don?t use this function as it can be difficult to remember which contact has been allocated a certain speed dial number! It can be quicker to actually use the search function in the contacts book to locate the person you want to call. Profiles This is the features used to personalise your phone. Ringtones can be changed here, screensavers set and wallpapers chosen. The 3100 has 6 preset profiles which can again be altered. As the polyphonic ringtones can be quiet at times I use the LOUD profile personalised with my own ringtones and sexy wallpaper. Settings The Settings feature allows personal shortcuts on the phone to be changed. The display can be changed so that the screensavers takes longer to kick in, the time and date can be altered and the phone can be restored to its factory settings if you accidentally change something
                        you shouldn?t! A very useful function for a technophobe like me! Alarm Clock The alarm clock is a self explanatory feature. The alarm works based upon the time setting on the phone obviously and can be programmed to go off at any time. When activated, a bell appears in the right hand corner of the screen. The alarm can be changed from a monotone bleep to an upbeat tune from your ringtone gallery. I find it much better to wake up to a nice melody rather than a drilling sound at the side of my head. The alarm will continue to sound until it is switched off. When sounding, the alarm will make the phone flash in time with the beat of your alarm tone. A snooze function is also present on the alarm and this will reset the alarm to go off 10 minutes later. Gallery This feature allows you to view your image or tones galleries. You can browse wallpapers saved to the phone or listen to a prospective ringtone. In addition to viewing galleries the feature allows folders to be created for data downloads. Personally I haven?t found any need to add any further folders and I have downloaded a number of images and tones via WAP to the phone. Calendar The calendar is a useful feature to the 3100. It allows appointments and events to be recorded. An alarm can then be set which will sound prior to the date as a reminder. I have started to use this function as a large amount of text can be added to a date. Free flowing notes can also be added, which could in theory be used as a kind of diary should you need to keep details of your day. Extras Included within the extras feature is the calculator, stopwatch and countdown timer. I find this a useless feature on the phone as the calculator is extremely fiddly and I have never had any need t
                        o a stopwatch or countdown timer! Services The services feature is used to link up to the internet using the WAP technology. As I said earlier, the WAP access is fast at contacting to my selected homepage. The services function also allows favourites and bookmarks to be stored for later use. The 3100 uses a lot of technology and I was surprised when I opened the box and removed the battery. It is tiny, much thinner than the battery to a 8210. The official Nokia website states that the battery to a 3100 when fully charged should remain charged for 170 hours when on standby due to a power saving mechanism that reduces power use when not used for 5 minutes. From a personal point of view, I have found that I have to charge the phone every two to three days and the battery bars do get wiped out if the games are played for any length of time. Overall I am extremely chuffed with my upgrade. Apart from the flimsy covers and quiet ringtones I cannot find any faults with this phone. It has never crashed (unlike my 8210), the features are presented in a colourful and bright way, the screen picture quality is fantastic and the phone itself takes calls without any problems. This phone is just downright sexy. The 3100 is a phone for everyone. If you want or need a camera phone, the attachment is available at additional cost and due to the programming this phone can be personalised in every way imaginable. If you?re a game freak and need gameplay even when away from home you?ll love the clip on game covers which make playing easier. Worth every penny. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Thanks for taking the time to read and rate. Steve :o)

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                          Nokia 3100 or 0013 iakon - Advantages: Express-on covers, Glow in the dark cover, Tri-band - Disadvantages: Without any good function, The polyphonic ringing tones for this phone is bad

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