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And so the time came to replace my ageing Nokia 7210i. And, my did it serve me well. Nearly 4 years and still going strong (I say going strong, the battery was dying every day, and it looked like a dog had a go at it...).
But what phone to get? I didn't want anything complicated. I didn't even want a camera. I never used it on my other phone, why would I need one on my new phone? I could have even done without a colour screen. All I wanted was a phone I could talk and text from. And it had to be cheap. Very cheap. Because I'm tight like that hehe
So, after a quick search on Orange's online shop (I've always been with Orange, why change? They've always served me well), I'd made my decision within minutes. It had to be a Nokia also. I've only ever had Nokias, I really like their menu layout.
And so it was, I'd have the Nokia 2610. It was a steal at only £39.99. And it was the only Nokia availavble for under £50.
Three day's later, the phone arrived. First impressions were good. It looked nice, and it was very light, but the case didn't feel very strong, and there's a bit of a give if you apply some pressure to the back.
I immediately phoned up Orange to register my phone, who did a sterling job by the way. All my credit was transfered over from my old phone, I kept my number,and because I was upgrading, I now receive free topup every month, depending on how much I topup the previous month. That, I thought was pretty good.
So within an hour of opening the box, my new phone was up and running. I started playing around with the menus and features, all of which are very easy to use. I then started inputting all my contacts from my old phone, which was simple to do thanks to the very clear screen and large buttons.
Next up was setting everything to my preference. First up, wallpapers. Because the phone has no camera, you're limited to what's on the phone, what people send you, or if you're willing to splash out, you can download wallpapers from Orange's WAP site. Same goes for ringtones, but the handset does come with about 15 ringtones and wallapers. They look pretty stylish, so I didn't have a need to download anything.
The handset also supports Java, so you can play downloaded games for a mobile. The handset comes with two games on it, Coin Flip and Nature Park. The first, well it's a coin, and you eh... flip it. Nature Park is a puzzle game along the lines of Tetris. They're really quite simple,and ideal if you need to waste 5 minutes.
Other functions include a Calendar, Alarm Clock, Calculator, Countdown Timer, Stopwatch and Converter. They're all easy to use, and are ideal for remembering birthdays or timing how much longer your pizza needs to cook for. I've lost count the amount of times I've used the Countdown Timer hehe
On a full charge, I've had the phone on, day and night, for at least 5 days before it needs a recharge. Granted, I do have it on silent (due to school) a lot of the time, and I'm not a great user of the phone, but that is very impressive either way. Because it has no battery draining features such as a camera/video or bluetooth, the battery lasts for what feels like forever! If all you want from your mobile is the ability to talk and text, you can't go wrong here.
The biggest disapointment with the phone is probably the small memory it has. It isn't designed to hold film clips or large files. If anything, I'd say it's a phone designed for the older user, the technophobe. If there was a phone to buy Granny for christmas, this would be it! It's simple and cheap, and would be very ideal as an entry level phone. The most technical thing on the phone is a simple Voice Recorder. But, if like me, all you want is a phone to talk and text on, without the frilly bits, this is the phone you want!
So, if you're looking for a simple, stylish phone, you can't really go wrong with the 2610. Just don't go expecting all the extras!