The Nokia 6030 is yet another of Nokia's basic phones, primarily for those who just want a phone that works. Devoid of fancy features such as a camera, a music player, and Bluetooth, the Nokia 6030 is intended only for making phone calls. It retails for an incredibly low $19.99, but if you sign up for a two-year contract with Cingular Wireless, you can get the phone for free.
The Nokia 6030 is basic not only in terms of functionality but also in its design. Measuring 4 by 1.7 by 0.7 inches and weighing 3.17 ounces, the 6030 is a tad bulky and has a simple candy bar design. Yet, it does have smooth, rounded corners and a sleek black and silver color scheme that adds style to its otherwise basic appearance. The display isn't much to look at, however, with its 65,536-color palette and small 1.5-inch-diagonal stature. Although you can't change the font size, you can change the display's contrast.
Underneath the Nokia 6030's screen are the navigational controls, which consist of two soft keys and a five-way toggle that doubles as shortcuts to text messaging, Cingular's Media Net portal, the address book, the My Stuff folder, and the menu. These shortcuts cannot be changed. Below the soft keys are the Talk and End buttons. All the above buttons were simple enough to press, but they felt cheap and plasticky, which didn't make for a tactile navigation experience. The dial-pad keys are raised and shaped in pill-like bumps, making them much easier to press than the navigation controls, and it was also a cinch to dial by feel. In a departure from most cell phones but similar to most other Nokias, the Nokia 6030's power button is on top of the handset. On the bottom are the charger and the headset ports.