Nokia 6301 (T-Mobile) Video
Nokia 6301 (T-Mobile) Video Transcript
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>> Hi, I'm Kent German, Senior Editor here at CNET.com. Today, we are going to take a first look at the Nokia 6301. This is a new phone for T-mobile service and it does come at T-mobile HotSpot@Home service which enables you to make Wi-Fi calls as long as you have a wireless router and switch seamlessly between cellular calls and Wi-Fi. This is Nokia's second phone for the HotSpot@Home service. This design really screams Nokia and there is something wrong with that, I'm just saying it is a very basic, simple, generic Nokia design. It does have a nice size. It fits comfortable in your hand. And since you're gonna be seeing this phone so much even at home for all your calls, it is nice that it sort of mimics the ergonomics of a cordless phone. And the great thing about this phone also, is it comes with a charging base, I don't have the cord attached but you can plop that in there and then the phone is just gonna sit in the shelf or table or whatever, so it charges it and also just keeps it in one place at the same time. So when your phone rings, you're not rooting in your bag or your pocket or anything like that to find it, so just a nice feature to that comes with. Haven't seen a charging base in a long time either, so really this phone brings back a lot of classic cellphone designs a few years ago. A really brilliant display, several million colors, very bright and colorful, really shows up photos and graphics and all the menus well. So I was really a fan of that. Also improved highly the navigation controls. Couple of soft keys here. Toggle is nice and square but it's got a silver ring that's raised above the surface of the phone, so it's really tactile and easy to use. I can get in there and use it with no issues. Dedicated power button here in the top, of course that's a classic Nokia thing to separate that power button in to its own control. Keypad buttons were also fine. They are tiny bit squashed together, I felt that they could be a little bit more spacious but I don't have any problems with misdials or anything like that. The numbers on the keypads are a little bit small. They are brightly back lit but you do not wanna give this phone a test drive if you're not a fan of phones with really small numbers or buttons. But overall, really user friendly design, just basic, simple, and functional. Remove the back, here's a nice metal back as well. You see they have the micro SD slot right here, so never a fan of really removing these back covers to get this card slot but it's nice, you don't have to remove the battery as well. Also I wasn't really impressed as to the location of the headset jack. It is 2.5 mm which is one thing, 'cause I really like 3.5, but it is in the bottom of the phone that means the cord has to wrap around it down. Midrange feature set with a music player, mega pixel camera, bluetooth, voice dialing, and things like that. And call quality was pretty decent as well, but this really--this phone is all about its ease of use and its simple design. I'm Kent German and this is the Nokia 6301.
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Nokia 6301 (T-Mobile) Review
The good: The Nokia 6301 has a simple, easy-to-use design with a brilliant display and well-designed navigation controls. Its functional feature set includes Wi-Fi for VoIP calling, and its call quality is top-notch.
The bad: The 6301's microSD card and headset jack are in inconvenient places. It has poor photo quality as well.
The bottom line: The 6301 is a great choice for a T-Mobile HotSpot @Home cell phone. Just don't count on its camera.
Nokia 6301 (T-Mobile) Specs
Part number: 6301SILTMB
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