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It seems like back in 2002 everybody had this mobile phone. I even know one person who still does which shows its reliability!
Whenever I think of an old "feature phone" this is the phone I think of because it really is the classic.
I was handed this down for my Mom when she upgraded to another and this therefore became my first mobile phone ever. When I got my SIM card I remember getting 20 free texts with it from Orange and these actually lasted me a couple of months as I only really used it to play Snake on its tiny black and white (well... black and green) LCD screen.
You really can't much simpler than this phone. It features a standard number keypad, an up/down button, a back button, a select button and a power button. That's it!
Features included text messaging (Yes, this was classed a a feature of phones when this was released), screensavers, vibration/rumble and a WAP web browser (oh how I remember WAP). There was little else it could really do.
Even though this phone had features that were pretty unique to the market at the time, it still had when Nokia phones are known for. It was pretty indestructible. Without even being specifically designed to be, this phone could handle falls, throws, compression and lots more without getting much more than a scratch. In the years I owned it I never had any issues with it not working for even a second - except of course when the battery died.
Speaking of the battery, this phone had a great one. From a single charge I could usually get a couple of days out of it without even having to think about another charge. I would usually charge it up before a weekend away and not have to take the charger with me to continue to be entertained by the pixel-snake slithering across my screen for hours on end.
One thing which I actually miss from newer phone was that the signal bar and battery bar on this phone were big and you could pretty accurately tell how much battery/signal you had at any given time due to the increased number of bars. The signal bars would run along the left-hand side of the screen and battery on the right of the homescreen and I could remember being able to pinpoint the best place for phone reception using just this little miracle gadget!
Small. Bulky. Tough as nails. Legendary.
I'm sure as anybody who once had this classic phone - I remember it well.
I remember as this was my first mobile phone, and I got it about age 10, along with my sister who also had one; I still remember being excited with it, playing snake. 'lol'.
Perhaps this phone is so significant to me and many of my generation due to the fact it was the first phone of our childhood lives, near entering adult hood; it was basically the first tool we used to communicate via text between friends, romantic interests etc... so maybe all that nostalgia and association is tied in to the image some of us have of it! Maybe not!
== The Build ==
One truly memorable thing about this phone, and one of its pluses, is its build.
Solid, sturdy and rigid. I don't think I've ever actually held another phone that fits more perfectly in my palm either; the shape and size of this is very convenient and comfortable.
You'll notice I began this review by using the phrase 'tough as nails' to refer to this phone - this ties in to its rigid build; you can drop and bash this phone around till the pigs (cows was too cliche to say, I just couldn't do it) come home, it won't have much effect. This is a hard phone to break.
== Functioning, Features and Usability ==
The Nokia 3330 gets it very right in another department: buttons. Which, is a very important element to a mobile phone since you'll be hitting them constantly to call and text. It may sound somewhat picky but, they get the spacing between these buttons just right so you're not misshitting and have plenty of room to develop a fast and accurate tapping speed! Nerdy!
As for the features... SNAKE. Need I say more?
== Battery Life ==
From what I remember, the battery life on this phone is very very good. That's what is more memorable about this phone: it's a practical phone. It's very solid, very reliable and very lasting.
I currently own a smartphone (S3) and the battery life sucks major ass in comparison to the classic phones like these. It's apparently very good for a smartphone, and of course a smartphone would need to take up so much more power but, I remember the good ol' days!
== Price ==
Back in the day, I think this was fairly reasonable for price. I remember this phone being incredibly popular, everybody had it (maybe because there was also much less variety, and Nokia were very reliable) and it's one of the best selling phones of all time. Even in spite of that, I don't remember it costing that much at the time, but these days, you can pick it up for next to nothing.
My conclusion would be that this is a very very reliable, very solid, very usable, very comfortable little phone that ticks all the basic boxes. It's nothing revolutionary by today's standards of course, but it remains a staple in the classics, and if you're currently in need for a phone, to just be... a phone, trust me: this is a fantastic choice.
This was my first phone, a hand me down from my elder siblings and I revelled in the fact I was a 12 year old with a cool phone.
It is quite a brick for todays standards but at the time, I loved how there were so many customisable options for this most basic of phones. I bought so many coloured covers as many were available cheaply.
Being juvenile at the time, the games are what were the selling point for me and Snake 2 was the ultimate of games.
Picture messaging on this model, as an upgrade from the similar 3310 was a favourite too, pictures were simply made of black dots that made up an image of a rose or a ship or a smiley face and they were fun to exchange.
One thing I miss about more modern handsets is the backlit keyboard that the 3330 had, and it did not even use that much battery. The sound quality was good and you could make your own ringtones with the keytones on the keypad, genius! You can look up online how certain theme tunes go and spend hours making them yourself. Good old days!
You could go without charging the 3330 for a good 4 days!
This is a basic phone handset, it calls and sends SMS and has a calculator... and is highly reliable as it still will work now, I guess the tried and tested oldies are a firm favourite of the retro technophobes as my Dad still uses his one!
The Nokia 3330 is a variation on the similar 3310. Released in 2000, it is a compact mobile phone with a monochrome screen. Like the 3310, it has numerous features including several games, a calculator and a stopwatch. It comes with numerous ringtones, and many different covers are available to improve the appearance.
It is different from the earlier 3310 due to a number of additions. The 3330 added an SMS-based WAP capability, animated screensavers, a pinball game named Bumper and a phone book. It allows users to download games via the WAP feature.
At first glance, especially compared with phones of today, it looks unattractive and brick-like, however it is easier to use than most modern day phones (perhaps because calls and texting are its only real functions) and it is certainly reliable and more durable than newer models.
Due to great advances in mobile phone technology in the past 10 years I would not recommend this phone to anyone who can afford better, however if you are simply looking for a cheap, easy and reliable means of communication, you cannot go wrong with this model.
Although this phone is 'old' and has no camera or colour screen, it is still a good phone as it is reliable and very easy to use. It would be ideal to use as a company phone as you want reliability and do not normally need the use of apps such as camera, mp3 and video camera.
It is very easy to text and has predictiva and normal abc text which is easily changed. It is also very easy to make a phone call and receive calls and the sound quality is very good. Although, you can't receive mms (pictures) via text, you can receive clip art photos such as love hearts and stars.
This phone has a good battery which i found ideal as i hate going out and having my phone die on me. I would definitely recommend this phone... it may be basic but at least you can rely on it.
The 3330 is the WAP enabled counterpart of the 3310 and the succesor to the 3210 which was described as the 'model T-ford of mobile phones' this phone incorporates standard calling with predictive text input, an intuitively designed phonebook with tons of memory, customizable ringtones, internal antenna only seen before in the 3210, an outstanding battery life and compact durability, it sports the famous exprss-on covers by nokia which changed the face of mobile accessories forever, an intuitive menu design that is uniquely nokia, three games come included with the phone and more can be downloaded, optional loudspeaker covers can be installed, an array of novel and strange accesorries have built up around the phone including flashing multicolored keypad customisations, operator logo customisations, screensavers and a whole bunch more, truly this phone was the best on the market for many months if not years, on the downside the limitations of dual band networks and monochrome screen and the stylistic green backlight of the screen and keypad dates the phone considerably but does not undermine the sheer durability of the product, it has stood the test of time considerably well and I know many people whom still use this phone today over 5 years since its release.
Today's a sad day for me, because I've been forced to say goodbye to my trusty Nokia 3330. I've had this phone for over 5 years, dropped it probably about 100 times and it's for the past couple of months that it's been having any problems at all (mainly because the battery and keypad are old and worn-out).
The Nokia 3330 is a true classic in the world of cellphones. When I first got mine I was in Junior High, and absolutley everyone had them. The only way to tell them apart was by buying some really bright "shell" for it. Mine had Winnie The Pooh.
And so time went buy and phones developed, and around me everyone started buying these new hip phones with crap cameras and wierd ringtones and things like that. But I stuck with my Nokia 3330, because honestly; why replace a perfectly fine phone? Through the years this phone has been userfriendly, practical and perfectly whole. It's only now that it's falling apart I'd even consider getting a new one. This is what phones should be like! A five year lifespan and not a five month one! Quality over "coolity"!
As well as owning 3 3310's, I've also got one of these! Simply because they're a classic design, a robust phone, a great size (you can find it easily at the bottom of a bulging handbag) and they stand up to everyday life.
The phone is bang up to the minute in that you can change the fascia to reflect your mood. Fascias today are easy to come by for £1 each now and hey presto, you have a new phone every day.
Great selection of ringtones, too! Phone is simple to operate with lots of basic features. Texting is easy too, and the screen is easy to read. Replacement chargers can be had for £1 for the car model and less than £3 for the house model, and spare batteries can be had for £5.
This is a phone I'm proud to own and shall never want to change.
This phone is a typical nokia, which i think is a good thing, it is very easy to use, even my mum can use it! The requirements for this phone were basic, make and receive calls and texts, that's about it. No flash ringtones or anything. But this phone is basic and simple to use. The main drawback of this phone is that it is a bit on the bulky side, especially when you don't have much room in your handbag! It is getting a bit out of date now, but then again so are all phones. A lot of nice covers available to make it look a bit better.
I have had my Nokia 3330e for ages now and in truth I wouldn't part with it. Let's set the record straight, I'm not the sort of guy who changes his phone every five minutes, all I want to do is make calls and send texts at the cheapest possible rate - if the phone looks good and has loads of features then that?s a bonus. Buying a phone these days is the complete opposite of finding a needle in the haystack. There's so many to choose from but it's almost impossible to weigh up which one is best for you. Added to the fact that you never know which shops are pushing which phone I'm always sceptical of taking the shop assistants advice. When I actually purchased my phone it was more by chance. Some guy sold me Virgin gas and electricity and also asked me if I was interested in a new mobile (he had seen my old Sagem when completing the deal). It turned out he was a student who promoted loads of companies and got paid commission on sales - fair play to the guy. Anyway, he produced the Nokia 3330 from his bag, which at the time was one of the latest models, and asked me if I'd be interested. I had been looking for a phone so checked it out... It had plenty of features... Predictive Text messaging: not essential but a good extra. Basically predictive texting is just what it sounds like; as you type a word it predicts what you are writing and, once mastered, can speed up your text social life. Messaging extras: include pictures, smileys, symbols, sending by set and templates. Again not essential but all of which I have benefited from. Call reviewing: basically a function where you can check the last few numbers dialled, calls received, etc. Good to check who called when or prove to your girlfriend that you DID call her bang on seven but she just didn't answer!! Call options: speed dialling is available by saving phone numbers as a number on your keypad, so you only have t
o press that number. Saves time scrolling through your phone book (on your phone) to find the people you call on a regular basis. Voice dialling is also available but a feature that I have grown to hate. Basically this is a feature where you record the name of the person onto their profile and when you say their name into the phone it dials their number. Sounds good but the theory is that in trying to call Kim you get Jim, or simply the phone fails to recognise your voice. It doesn't make you look cool saying to your phone "Mum" every three seconds in the middle of a supermarket!! The phone comes with the usual call divert setting which but also the option of a second line. This could be good to distinguish calls - it's easy to set up through your phone and is offered at a reduced monthly charge. One of its top features is WAP (Wireless Application Protocol to those less in the know). This gives you access to loads of things from weather to sports results - good for people on the go. On the fun side you get 35 ring tones, as well as vibrate (no jokes!) and also you can install more by downloading from the Internet, etc. My personal tip is to use a normal ring, it makes picking your phone out when it rings in the office a lot easier because everyone else seems to have the latest pop tune or their favourite film soundtrack!! The phone also has five (highly addictive) games and similar to the ring tones others can be downloaded from the Internet. Other features include reminders to keep help keep your diary in order, an alarm clock and, well believe it or not, you can also make calls from it - now that?s technology for you! The one disadvantage is that since I bought it the newer versions of phones are much smaller - although it makes a great paperweight on a windy day! For contract buyers the phone is usually free but expect to pay around £75 for a pay-as-you-go version. The phone ha
s cha ngeable covers to keep up with the latest trends and it's durability has been tested to the max when dropped on several occasions. It lasts for ages when charged and comes with the standard Nokia charger. So if you, like me, just want to make calls and text your friends then the Nokia 3330 is the phone for you. If however you want it to do your washing, feed the cat and put the kids the bed, look elsewhere.
A few minor problems - Advantages: Easy to use, Cheap - Disadvantages: Battery life decreases after a year or so, Keep ringing 999 in my pocket - you can do this even with the keypad locked. If you have one check your call register to see if you have rung 999 accidentally., Buttons starting to get a bit unreliable - probably time for a new phone
The Nokia 3330 is short and sweet. I find the design world class, and it should look pretty new after a few years. The phone has a large screen so text is much easier to read than some other phones. The phones menu is easy to use, even if you have never used a similar phone. The phones covers can easily be changed as with the Nokia 3310. The battery lasts a very long time, especially if it left in standby mode. The aerial is inbuilt so there is no chance that it could be damaged. I believe that the 3330 is a phone for everyone. It has enough features to satisfy the heavy user, but is simple enough for those who would use it less frequently. There are many tones to choose from as well as the opportunity to download more if required. The games are of high quality, and should keep you entertained whilst waiting for the train (unfortunately, we do not have Bullet Trains in Surrey). Some phone companies are doing some amazing deals with the Nokia 3330, both Pay As You Go, and contract based. Don?t miss out!
If you?re looking for a good, solid, feature packed phone then this is the one for you. It may be getting a little outdated nowadays, and a lot of shops don?t sell it anymore, but if you can get your hands on one then your certainly one of the lucky ones. To begin with, I?d like to just say about the drop retardant properties of this phone, after dropping mine many times it still works as well as it always has! Sure, the case gets a bit scratched at times, but that?s all! It?d take nothing short of a direct hammer blow to get rid of this one; it?ll be one of the surviving species, along with cockroaches after the nuclear war :D Before the 3330, I had a Samsung T100, nice phone and everything, but once the novelty of the colour screen and polyphonic ring tones wear off your left with an average, if somewhat stylish phone with awkward text input?.T9 blows, Nokia?s predictive text is far superior! It?s small, but not too small; its light, but its not too light. The buttons are perfectly sized for fingers of all sizes (though sadly no keypad solves the problem of drunken texting mistakes.) Physically, it?s the perfect phone for anyone. It features Nokia?s X-Press On covers and can use covers from the older 3310 model. Official covers cost around £20 but are rather bland, and look rather professional while cheaper, unbranded covers can be bought for about £5 or so. These come in many colourful and generally offensive designs. I personally prefer the original Grey/Blue cover that came with it. The screen is a basic dot-matrix mono-tone with 84x48 resolution which gives a nice amount of detail and is large enough not to have to strain your eyes over. The 3330 features animated screensavers which the 3310 was not capable of, they?re fairly basic but a nice touch and you can download new animations from the mobile phone cash-in sites all over the net, although I personally recommend spending £15 on a data cable and
downloading your own anims to it, rather than forking out £1.50 a minute on a premium line. The main ?title? screen of the 3330 displays signal strength on the left, battery power remaining on the right and in the middle can be a logo or screensaver of your choice. The phones menu is very easy to navigate with the menu and scrolling keys. Each menu option has a series of sub categories that lead you to the various features. To make things faster, each menu can be accessed by pressing a number on the keypad; the number of each menu option is displayed in the top right of the screen. Its helpful to know how to get to the languages menu and change it back to English if one of your friends decides its ?hilarious? to set your phone to Arabic or something dumb. The features in the menus are: Phonebook ? Commonplace in every phone, the phone itself will hold 100 names in the internal memory and up to 250 names can be held in the SIM, depending on what network you?re with. The names and numbers can be displayed in a variety of ways to suit your preference: Name Only, Name & Number etc. The 3330 lets you assign up to 8 voice dials to your favourite mates. The voice recognition works well in quiet areas but gets confused by anything too loud, like a truck going past or when you?re in town. Finally, you can assign 11 speed dials to the 3330, from key 1 to 0. These are accessed by holding the number down for a brief period of time, it?s really very helpful. You can also assign birthday reminders to each contact which saves a beating from your girlfriend! Messages ? Sending a message with the 3330 is one of lives great experiences. Its so easy and it?s a great relief from the T100?s clunky workings. Its still based around the T9 system, so when you type (6,3) for ?me? you get ?of? and have to cycle through it with the * key, a minor annoyance, but with the Nokia you can add your own words to your dictionary, l
ike all your favourite shorthand as well as the swearwords no Nokia comes programmed with; it really helps to speed up the process! The 3330 supports large message sending, which means you can type around 440 characters in one text. When you send it, it will be split up into 2 or 3 separate text messages, depending on how many characters you?ve used, although if you stay under 130 or so you?ll just send the one, unfortunately, you?ll be charged for each text, so only use this feature if you have the cash! A helpful counter in the top right of the screen tells you how many characters you have left to use and also how many text messages will be sent. If a long message is sent to another phone that supports them, the message will be re arranged into 1 big message like it is on your phone; otherwise it will arrive as 3 separate texts which can be confusing. Just like the 3310 you can send picture messages to other phones that support them. The default images you get are satisfactory, but if you want better ones, look around on the net or on WAP. Each picture message costs 30p to send (network dependant) and you can send a little message along with it. They?re best for sending someone a birthday ?card? if it managed to slip your mind. The 3330 can hold up to 10 messages in the inbox which is a little small and I would?ve liked a larger capacity, like with the 8310s seemingly endless Inbox and folders but it doesn?t cause too many problems. Chat ? This is really the only redundant feature on the 3330. Chat is like a little SMS chat room where you can send short messages to each other, but at 10p a message you better be rich. I recommend talking on the phone or a long text, not this! Call Register ? This is where you can check all the calls that you?ve missed and received, as well as call durations and total call time, which is useful if your on a contract. If you are a prepay user you can check the amount of your rem
aining credit although this is network dependant. Tones ? The ring tones of the 3330 are what you?d expect from a phone, single, ?monophonic? beeps, and this is how it should be. When I had my T100, which has polyphonic tones, I got really embarrassed when it rang, it sounded like I?d turned up my headphones too loud or something, it didn?t sound like a phone ringing but saying this, it was a cool feature. I much prefer the 3330?s simplistic take on ring tones, and I certainly don?t feel embarrassed now. The 3330 comes with 35 default tones, which are OK, nothing to write home about. But there is the good old ?Nokia Tune?, made famous by Trigger Happy, although that jokes wearing thin now. There is also space to add 7 of your own composed or downloaded tones which is one of the best features of the 3330. There are millions of ring tones out there for you, on the net and on premium rate phone lines (which suck and cost too much). I recommend finding a midi of your favourite song, downloading a program called ?Tone Win Midi Converter? and converting it to a ring tone file. You can then open this document in a program called ?Nokia Ring tone Converter? which will convert it to key presses which you can put into your phone through the Composer menu option. It?s all free! As well as being able to choose and compose your ring tones in this section can set your alert type (Ring, Vibrate, Vibrate & Ring or Silent), as well as your message tone, again you can have a vibrate or silent option with this. You also can select if you want key press tones on or off and they have 2 levels of volume. Finally, change the ring volume here as you would expect and choose whether to have alert tones on, for telling you when your battery is dying etc. Call Settings ? Here you can set up options such as your PIN code settings, call barring, etc. The PIN change is the only useful thing really. There?s the option to ?Restore Factory Defaults? whic
h is very helpful if you?ve fiddled about with the settings too much and don?t know how to get them back! Call Divert ? This lets you divert calls to either your voice mailbox, or to another phone number, such as your home number, although the latter option is not allowed by some networks. The calls can be diverted with a variety of options, ranging from ?When Busy? to ?All Calls?, helpful for when you?re in a meeting and don?t want to talk to anyone, or feel the thing buzzing against your leg. Games ? Now, this is the fun bit; the games on the 3330 include all of the ones from the 3310: Snake 2, Pairs 2, Space Impact and Bantumi as well as the new addition of Bumper. Snake 2 is a very addictive game where you control an ever moving snake, your aim is to eat food and bugs to get points, when you eat something you grow in length, making it ever harder because if you bang into yourself, you?re dead. You can also choose from a variety of mazes to play in to make it that more challenging. Pairs 2 is a basic ?match two cards? memory type game, its quite fun, but not amazing. Space Impact sees you flying a little spaceship across the screen and defeating wave upon wave of enemy ship before fighting the level boss in a classic R-Type shoot ?em Up fashion. You can collect power-ups which give you more lives or more powerful special weapons, which let you defeat more enemies than the regular laser beam. My personal favourite. Bantumi is a frustrating Egyptian game involving pots and peas or something; I don?t play it anymore because it beats me even on easy. The basic idea of the game is to have more peas in your pot and the end of the game. This is achieved by moving peas one at a time from pot to pot?..confused? So am I! Finally, Bumper is a fairly enjoyable pinball game, fire the ball into the table and bump it about with the flippers; you can also jog the table left and right to make it go where you
want, but be careful not to make it tilt! Fun to pass a little time, but Space Impact still rules over it. You can download new games via WAP although I haven?t tried this yet and I?m assuming that you?ll have to pay for them but sounds a pretty cool idea. Calculator ? Just a basic calculator really, quite helpful if you don?t have one to hand, don?t try doing your algebra on it though. Reminders ? You can leave yourself little notes here if you?re a bit forgetful (like me). You can set the reminder with an alarm just in case. I mainly use this feature as a ?To do? list and just type in things I need to buy or do without setting an alarm. Clock ? You can adjust the time and date settings here, everything you?d expect. There?s also a stopwatch for all your physics experiments and a countdown timer too, to countdown the days to oblivion if you feel so inclined. Finally there?s a daily alarm to wake you up in the mornings. Profiles ? I find these really helpful, within each profile you can set the ring tone, alert type and screensaver etc. It comes with a few preset ones, such as Discreet for when you?re in a meeting, and Loud for when your out clubbing, the choice is yours. The name of the profile will display on the title screen under the operator logo although I don?t like this, so my general Profile is just a space so nothing will show up. Services ? This is where you?ll find the WAP facilities of your 3330 which your 3310 never had. Its quite useful for finding out on the spot information, such as cinema times etc. Some WAP sites also let you check your emails. It can be expensive at about 10p a minute on Orange so use it wisely. I bought my 3330 through Ebay for £60 and it really was worth it. As I have mentioned at the start of this review, the 3330 seems to have been taken out of most stores, the only place I?ve seen it recently is at my local Currys branch and Carphone Warehou
se told me it had be discontinued, so you may have a bit of a search on your hands. I estimate the price in stores to be around £70 these days. If you look after your battery, i.e. only charging when its nearly run out, you'll get excellent life out of the basic battery as it can last for over a week, although this i dependant on how many calls you make from and to it. Dont bother with the longer life battery unless you really really need it. Overall, this is the best phone I?ve ever had the pleasure of using, it?s a no-frills mobile that gets the job done and gets it done well, its packed with features and has a selection of cool games that?ll keep you occupied while you wait for the bus. It?s easily customisable to your tastes with X-Press On covers, downloadable ring tones and operator logos. Its easily at home in the hands of a teenager with its easy to use menus but wouldn?t look out of place in the briefcase of a London Yuppie who would benefit from the feature hidden beneath that easy to use menu. Go on, buy it!