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I originally bought one of these phones when they came out and they were all the rage, as I like to have the latest phones. I bought it for £149.99 on pay as you go, as an upgrade to my Nokia 5110. It came from one of my mum's home shopping catalogues, about 18 months ago, they have since reduced in price to about £80.
My reasons for choosing this phone were that I wanted something that was new to the market, reasonably affordable and had plenty of features. I chose this phone over its counterpart, the 3310, because it has WAP, which was also quite new and again a bit of a gimmick. The WAP was also handy for downloading new levels for games and the suchlike. I also occasionally used it for looking up sports scores and news headlines. I found the WAP quite fast, but it was quite slow to connect. To me, this phone is more of a fun, teenagers' phone than a business phone, as it has more fun features than handy business features, for example it has no calendar, just a reminder system.
My first opinion of the phone was that it was modern, and had lots of features that my 5110 didn't have. I loved the fact that you could interchange the covers, and add new ringtones and logos, which personalised the phone.
The battery time on this was the best of all the phones I have had, it often went a week without me having to charge it. I had a small problem with the messaging on the phone, in that sometimes when I was typing a message, the phone turned itself off.I guess this was a fault with the earlier phones. Otherwise, the messaging service was good, with a T9 predictive text system which made typing texts much faster, although if you are used to 'normal' ways of typing, it may take a bit of getting used to.
The games on the phone are good, with Snake II, a updated version of Snake with new mazes, Space Impact, a space invaders type game, Bumper, a pinball game (this is exclusive to the 3330, it is not available on the 3310), Bantumi, which is a Japanese game I never really got the hang of, and Pairs II, an updated version of Pairs. You can obtain new mazes for Snake II, new tables for Bumper, and new levels for Space Impact from the Nokia Games site on WAP, which you can access from the games menu.
Ringtones were good, loud, and with a wide range. There was also a composer if you didn't like the pre-programmed ones, with an option to send your composed tones, and a vibrate option. Another new feature which wasn't available on the 5110 was the option to edit your profiles, so you could choose combinations of different ringtones and message tones, and name them whatever you liked. Again, I liked this because it personalised the phone.
The phone book held 100 names on the SIM (this may vary according to your provider) and 100 names on the phone.There was also a voice dialling option. The only downfalls of the phone book was that there was no caller groups, and no option to add more than one number to a name.
Overall, this is a good phone. I went through 2 because the first one fell in water, and it got in the battery. It resumed working again, but had been damaged, and wouldn't turn on in cold conditions. This accident happened because the phone was on vibrate near water and it vibrated so hard it fell in the water, as the vibrate is quite strong, so I would recommend turning the vibrate off if you are near water. I changed this phone after about a year as I wanted something smaller and lighter, as this is quite heavy and bulky. I opted for a 8210, but I wanted something more up to date, so I have just changed to a contract and chosen a Sharp GX10, one of the latest camera phones. I would recommend this phone if you want something that is reliable and simple to use. This would be good for a older child, teenager,or someone with light phone use, as it is easy to use, and does its job well, with a few gimmicky extras that are more fun than anything else. There is a good range of colourful covers that you can put on it to give it a different look. It is great if you want something that is cheapish and you don't want to be the latest fashion statement, you just want a phone that works. It is a good first phone.
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