Nokia 6303 Classic review: Nokia 6303 Classic

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There's only 17MB of built-in memory, but you can add a microSD card of up to 4GB.  You'll definitely need one if you want to load some tunes onto the phone.

Once you've got it set up, syncing your tunes or files via USB is fairly easy using Nokia's PC Suite software, and it also works well over Bluetooth. PC Suite isn't the most elegant software, but Nokia releases frequent updates, and it has a few great features. For example, you can use it to type SMS messages on your computer and then send them via your phone, so you benefit from a full-size keyboard when typing your missives. You can also back up your phone and update its software. Sadly, Mac users aren't included in the fun -- PC Suite only supports Windows.

No surfing for you
With two browsers pre-installed -- Nokia's own and Opera Mini -- you can go online if you want to, but the 6303 doesn't have 3G or Wi-Fi, so you'll be surfing in the slow lane.

There's also no GPS receiver in this phone, so, although you can use map apps like Nokia Maps, they'll have to triangulate your position using phone masts. That means they won't be as accurate.

You can download more apps for the 6303 from Nokia's Ovi Store, but it could be slow without a 3G or Wi-Fi connection, and we imagine that most people who fancy this simple phone won't be too bothered about making it more complex. It comes with Flickr already installed so that you can upload your photos, though. If you want to try installing more apps, the Facebook app is a good choice and it's free from the Ovi Store.

There's no doubt that the Nokia 6303 Classic is a basic phone, lacking high-end features like 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi. But it offers great build quality and its good looks will send other budget phones running in shame to put paper bags over their hideous heads. It's also got good-sized keys, a standard headphone jack and a simple user interface, so, if your focus is on making calls and texting, while listening to an MP3 or two, we think the 6303 would make a fantastic choice.

Edited by Charles Kloet

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