The Good 3G connectivity for speedy Web browsing; menus are easy to navigate.
The Bad Poor controls; low-spec camera; small screen.
The Bottom Line We like the Nokia 2730 Classic's 3G connectivity and simple menus, but the user experience is hampered by stiff buttons and dodgy build quality in places
Nokia 2730 Classic
Nowadays, just because you want cheap a mobile phone, it doesn't mean you have to settle for a model that will blow up in your hands, crippling you for life. Times have changed, and the penny-pinching shopper now has a huge range of decent options available. The Nokia 2730 Classic, for example, is a 3G phone that's available for free on a £10-per-month contract, £50 on a pay-as-you-go deal, and about £70 SIM-free.
No school like the old school
The 2730 is an archetypal Nokia handset, with a sturdy, elongated, candybar frame. Around half of the phone is taken up by an alphanumeric keyboard, navigation button and other controls. It's surprisingly chunky, at 14mm thick.
Around the sides, you'll find a microSD memory card slot, a micro-USB port and, blessedly, a 3.5mm socket for plugging in your own headphones, so you don't have to use the bundled hands-free set. A chrome trim surrounds the handset, while the back is mostly matte black. A 2-megapixel camera sits on the rear.
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