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Good for fashion,Not so good for faults.


Brilliant looking phone and light and small .   Packed full of USEFUL features .

Phones produced when first launched had faulty screens .

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I remember when the 8210 was launched. People dancing around on the sand with this miniscule phone was Nokia's advertisement which enticed people to their supposed top of the range tiny new phone. I wanted that phone, i wanted that phone so badly but it was £250 so it was a bit out of my price range and even then it was only on contract and I wanted Pay As You Go.

So a year passed on and four phones later my tarrif needs changed and I decidd it was time to join contract. I went into the Carphone Warehouse and there i saw two phones which took my fancy. The sony CMD-Z5 and the new motorola V. But they were £100 and £70 and it seemed a bit ridiculous to pay all that money for a phone on contract. Then i saw it again, The 8210. I looked at all the phones and came away to think about it.

The following day i returned and purchased the 8210 and because i was trading an old handset in it was free and i got a lot of fashionable fascias for free. :-) At last I had got the phone of my dreams and it cost me nothing.

I was amazed with the phone. It had lots of typical Nokia features plus a few extra's.

It comes with text messaging and the predictive text input feature which many people find irritating but i find a godsend as it sppeeds up text input considerably. It was also the first Nokia phone that incorporated Picture Messages. These are good for kids but i have never had the cause to use them.

It comes with all the standard call register features with data of how long you have been on the phone for etc.

Then there is the profiles menu which allows you to change all aspects of the phone when a call or message is received by changing the tones and volume and controlling the vibrate function.

The settings are the next ones to come to change your pin and select all the in-call options such as call waiting and speed dials.

The call divert menu follows allowing you to change divert features to voicemail and any other number.

Then come the games :-) The 8210 has four games. Memory,Snake1,Logic and rotation.

All of them are fun especially snake if you have a friend with an other 8210 as you can link the two together with the infa-red to play against each other which i find rather groovy.

Then you have the calculator which does like it says calculates stuff.

The calander follows with the feature to input appointments. ( I have a psion revo so don't use this function) but this should be quite good.

Then you have the options for infa-red which allows you to link the phone with other infa-red devices. I so far have linked it with another 8210 and my Psion Revo. When you link it up with a Psion Revo the phone becomes a mobile modem and allows my computer to dial up my e-mail server so i can collect my e-mail and surf the web from wherever i am. You can also use wap with the revo as this is something that the 8210 does not incorporate but is not missed at all.

The phone also has a phone book which you can store upto 250 numbers. It also has voice dialling which enables you to say a name into it and the phone will recognise this and dial the associated number.

As for battery life the phone is very good and lasts a long time aproximately 3 days without a charge with general use of half-an hour a day talking to someone.

This phone is one that will definately appeal to the fashion conscious as it is the smallest phone in the world to buy and weighs a mere 79g. This phone is light and i mean light.

It also offers interchangeable covers so you can have a different colour whenever you please. Just click them off and on and you are done.

The 8210 seemed a brilliant phone with no faults but then disaster struck.......

After owning the phone for about a month i started to notice that the display had gone faulty. The top line of the display had become intermittent as to wherever it would work or not. This became annoying as i could not tell wherever i had enough battery and so on. Then i remembered all the trouble about this phone that was on watchdog a few months prior about faulty screens. So i took it back.

The carphone warehouse didn't have any query about replacing it and simply swapped it as nokia had informed all of the stores to do so.

So off i went on my second 8210 which has been fine for 4 months now and is still the perfect phone to this day.

Nokia have supposedly resolved this fault and if they have then this phone is the best one to have out there providing you dont have a faulty screen.

When the contract on my 8210 is up i have already decided that i will replace it with it's successor the 8310 as i find this phone superb apart from the faults and will be sticking with the nokia 8*10 range for a long time to come.

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TheHairyGodmother 13.10.2009 17:32

Excellent review :)

murban 06.10.2001 21:09

Excellent well informed op. Quick note: the 3210 was the first nokia to allow picture messages and there is no 8310 range, but there is a new 8xx0 - I forget what it is. Once again great op [-Mark-]

emu128 06.10.2001 20:29

Great opinion, a friend of mine has this phone and they look so stylish and are sO diddy! Cheers ~M~ :0)

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