Another day, another Nokia phone. But among the deluge of mobiles the company releases each year you'll occasionally find a real nugget. The Nokia 6300 is one of these.
The 6300 is one of the most pleasantly tactile phones we have ever used. It's a slim-line candy bar wrapped in a layer of stainless steel. Add piano-black accents, a large seamless screen, and you have one phone that feels great just to simply hold. It's cool to the touch -- thanks to the steel coat -- and gives off a satisfying sense of solidity. The product photos simply don't do this phone justice.
The controls should be instantly familiar to users of Nokia phones, but first-time converts may have benefited from the old-school "Phone" pictograms rather than the red and green dots here. Navigation is easy thanks to the sensibly-spaced four-way rocker switch and Enter key -- which are easily better than most competitors' solutions.The screen is large and perfectly legible, and the keypad is sufficiently sized for heavy-duty texting.
There has been a push for phones to be everything to everybody, and most times this doesn't work. While the 6300 may include features such as 2-megapixel camera and MP3 playback, it is undeniably a phone first. There are no perfunctory Play buttons, or shutter controls. The Nokia makes and receives telephone calls.