NEC e338 Review
Review: January 2005.
Available in black or silver, the e338 is NEC's latest flip-style 3G
phone. It's a good-looking phone and is the lightest NEC 3G phone to
The e338 supports all of 3's mobile services, including video calling
and video downloads. Football fans can stream or download the latest
UEFA Champions League and Barclaycard Premiership football and music
and film buffs can access the latest MTV and movie clips. The phone
includes an MP3/AAC player with stereo headset support.
The e338 improves on NEC's previous 3G flip-phones in a number of ways:
an integrated handsfree speaker makes video calling so much easier and
battery life has been improved enormously. Yet at the same time, the
e338 still has the same poor quality camera as the e616, there's no
Bluetooth support, and why no memory card?
The e338 may be the lightest 3G phone yet, but functionally it misses
out in a number of ways.
Features of the NEC e338 include:
- Display: 65536 colours, 220 x 176 pixels
- Integrated rotating digital camera (CIF resolution) plus video camera
- Video calling, video and audio streaming, downloading and messaging
- MP3 / AAC music player
- 40-voice polyphonic ringtones
- Voice recorder
- Java games
- Predictive T9 text input
- 3G data & GPRS (supports data upload
of 64kbps and download of 384 kbps)
- Memory: 18 Mbytes
- Connectivity: USB
- Stereo/Mono headset support
- Address book (500 contacts)
- Calculator, Currency converter, Scheduler, Notepad, To-Do, Clock
- Silent vibrate alert
- Size: 94 x 47 x 23 mm
- Weight: 113g
- Talktime: 200 minutes
- Battery standby: 116 hours
NEC e338 User Reviews
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Average rating from 82 reviews:
Reviewed by kenneth from philippines on 29th Nov
the camera is useless..
Reviewed by adil baig from pakistan on 2nd Mar
phone is bater very good.... but its batery timing is very bad and also
no external memory
Reviewed by ali khan from pakistan on 7th Oct
This phone is cute.its works as so good as Nokia..low price, light weight,
but it has only one problem i-e low Battery stand by time and low talk
time minutes..im using this set almost 1 year..still its working..
Reviewed by Mariola from UK on 2nd Jun 2008
The battery is really bad and the quality of photo is terrible.
Reviewed by Dan Walker from UK on 8th Mar 2008
Had the phone for almost two years now and has just died but it has
done well. It is a satisfactory phone for approximately a year. Top
3 Strengths: - Internet services very impressive - Storage Space above
average but not amazing - Design is fair and looks different Top 3 Weaknesses:
- Camera/Video Quality is very poor indeed - Battery Life is shocking-
doesn't last long at all - It doesn't have bluetooth which is a compulsory
factor in this generation's fashion
Reviewed by Ashley from Bham on 19th Oct 2007
this phone is rubbish! camera is poor as anything, no bluetooth, buttons
are quite hrd to press and the phone itself is unattractive...nothing
unique about it at all! RUBBISH!
Reviewed by Dee from UK on 30th Aug 2007
Cute lil phone but really bad battery life AND do not expect to keep
for more than a year. Cheap phone. First one I had stopped working after
about 9 months (yes, it just died). Second one died after an impressive
12 months of use - battery overheated and just died!
Reviewed by Allen Mwamengele from Tanzania on
28th Aug 2007
can not connect to the internet in my country, unpleasant, very bad,
it's looks is a veil to it's performance..
Reviewed by festus amuzu from ghana on 1st Aug
wow!!!! nec e338 great and splendid. But has no GPRS for internet on
phones. it is the greatest of all phones i have ever used.
Reviewed by Sameerah from United Kingdom on 4th
This is phone is terrible, the battery has a short life 8 hours. While
the phone has lots of features, there is no way to back up all the pictures
and videos that you may have there. The only way to upload the pictures
and videos is with a USB cable which I have looked for everyhwere and
to this day i have not found.
Reviewed by Martin from England on 30th May 2007
Excellent for the money, reliable, handy replacement phone, Good for
Reviewed by salma from england on 17th Feb 2007
i think this phone is really good. i think the only thing that is missing
is bluetooth/ infred but you can still search loads of things so i rated
Reviewed by scarface from enland on 12th Feb 2007
I LOVE THIS PHONE IT SO S0 S0 S0 S0 GOOD I THINK EVER ONE WHO SAY THR
PHONE IS POO I THINK THERE DUM
Reviewed by kashif from pakistan on 31st Jan 2007
i think it is SO SO,not so good ,,,,,, not so bad....
Reviewed by USMAN from PAKISTAN on 23rd Jan 2007
very bad there is no bluetooth or infrared
Reviewed by Saba from England on 29th Sep 2006
I recieved this phone from my uncle who passed it on to me. I loved
this phone it was easy to use an it could store quiet alot of images
and short videos. But also had alot of important things missing for
example blutooth or WAP. The reason i haven't got this phone anymore
because this screen naturally stopped workin, when I recieved phone
calls I coudn't see or hear them an had to put the phone on handsfree.
Also this phone can't store 1 full song, which was disapointing. But
overall this phone is ok, this phone wouldn't really be ideal for someone
who wants a top noch phone though.
Reviewed by Donna Marks from England. U.K on 24th
JUST DON'T DO IT TO YOURSELF. OK it LOOKS OK and its the slimmest 3G
phone but it's also slim on performance. Shame on 3G for letting the
NEC338 through. It's not worthy of such a cool network and it can just
about handle talk and text. This phone fails on BATTERY power, it flats
out and takes ages to charge up. CAMERA gives you fuzzy photos MEMORY
can only give really short videos. Video conferencing is not going to
happen with such a poor camera. Get a NOKIA 3380 or newer model and
feel proud of your photos and transfer them with ease.
Reviewed by Ruairi from Ireland on 24th Aug 2006
always freezing bad camera not @ all good for 3g calling. It is easy
2 use quite good memory for the money but wouldn't rush out and buy
Reviewed by matt from scotland on 21st Aug 2006
This phone seemed great when i bought it but it can only hold 6 short-ish
videos, no bluetooth, no infared. I had this phone for months because
I could afford nothing better but i would really not reccomend buying
it partly because 3 is a rubbish network. The signal was terrible and
the services cost a lot.
Reviewed by Akande Adegbenga from Nigeria on 13th
When my old phone got spoilt, i decided to go for a different brand
name. some people have always critisized nec phones but when i saw this
brand, flat,portable and upon all, the picture quality, i was tripped
so i decided to buy it. Up till today, I never regreted buying this
Reviewed by glozia from england on 12th Jul 2006
This phone is definately not up to standard. i have had two and both
are faulty. 1 didnt send messages 2 faulty camera. I advise you to chose
a different phone as this one is very bad quality. please pay attention
to this review there are much better phones than this.in the features
column it says games and music but you have to pay for these features.
Reviewed by Deborah Thompson from England on 4th
I regret the day i walked into my high street "fones 4 u", and purchased
this payg handset. £50 with £30 free credit and a years insurance....I
thought i couldn't go wrong.........fool me! After a month, the handset
was switchin itself off, and i was unable to switch it back on sometimes,
until it refused to power up at all. This was less than 6 weeks of buying
it. I contacted the 3 company, and they arranged a collection, and repair.
I received a letter stating my warranty was out of date, and had to
pay for repair myself, so I faxed the warranty and receipts, and also
posted them. Weeks later, my handset was sent back to me.........same
fault..wouldn't even switch on! I cannot now find the receipts, so I
have thrown £50 away, in purchasing a NEC 338 handset. I write this
review hopefully, to prevent anyone having to go through the same thing
with 3 customer services. DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE!
Reviewed by Eoghan Casey from Ireland on 21st
I love this phone!! great features and cool design!! only bad point
is you cant video record for that long:(:
Reviewed by yusuph from Nigeria on 6th Jun 2006
i bought the phone 5 days ago and i find out that the phone is not wit
a usb cable no Bluethoot enabled no infrared no java games u can not
received call while charging u can not use the recorded song as a ringtone
but the phone is a great phone nice camera video recording mms and the
internet provided by 3G THUMBS UP for 3333333333333333333333333 they
are great guys keep up the good work
Reviewed by al from UK on 7th Jun 2006
had this a yr on contract, never again. like a brick, v heavy & sooo
out of date wi external aerial. battery life v poor n has only got worse
over time. 3 customer service rubbish compared to other networks so
changing now. guess low price now means ok starter cam fone for kids
but def better alternatives. sorry 3, can't recommend ur dealers, network
nor nec e338!
Reviewed by Nidal from UK on 2nd Jun 2006
I think that is is a good phone for basic needs but it is too big and
looks a bit plain. The securitt on it is too strict and not being able
to set a recording as a ringtone is stupid. Also wallpapers that are
purchased can't be sent to other phones. Looks= -1 Overall - 6
Reviewed by Ryan Williams from Essex England on
18th May 2006
Joe the minimum top up is £10. You should look into 3 before you moan
about something that was changed months ago.
Reviewed by joe from uk on 26th Apr 2006
the nec e338 is a great phone but it is ridiculous that it needs toppin
up by £ 15 a month!!!! the minimum payment should be a £10
Reviewed by Nicola from Wales on 16th Apr 2006
I bought this phone after my contract one broke & my insurers wouldn't
pay up. It's an ok phone. My other 3G handsets have been the Motorola
E1000 & Sony Ericsson K608i - but the NEC doesn't come close as far
as features go, but the performance is good. Considering it's only £40
with £30 talk time included - you can't go far wrong!
Reviewed by Granny from UK on 13th Apr 2006
This handset now sells at under £40 with £30 of credit on 3. It is a
good size - my previous phone on 3 was a Motorola C975. 3 isn’t
too bad now its changed its charging policies on pay and go. The storage
is a bit naff especially if you want to use it to play MP3s as even
reduced to the smallest size you will only be able to fit 2 or 3 so
if that’s what you want do NOT buy it! The camera is not bad considering.
Disappointed to find it is not shipped complete with data cables, however
these are available with drivers on ebay for under £5. As a phone it
functions well, incoming calls are clear, its easy to use & set up caller
ids etc (even texts can be given individual sounds, so you know who
they are from without opening the flip) Email on messaging is simple
to set up. Certainly a great starter phone on 3g.
Reviewed by jamie from bedworth on 8th Apr 2006
The phone is fantastic!! i love it!!,its brill and i like how the camera
Reviewed by dnt need 2 know from america on 6th
da phone is poo
Reviewed by Mikey from England on 3rd Apr 2006
This phone is ok for me, but it is quite complicated, and the different
buttons and menus take some time to get used to. But on the whole it
is good, it is small and light, looks great, and it has everything you
would ever need.
Reviewed by Toks from UK on 29th Mar 2006
The size is alright for me, but the quality of the phone is noodles.
I can't seem to impress the ladies with this phone and to make it worse,
the one I have seems to go into a different mode. It cuts out whenever
I reach an important conversation. It seems to have a mind of its own
and I can't even connect it to my computer. The most annoying thing
about this phone is that no one would try and steal it from me, they
would rather pay me to keep the phone, but at least its a bright side
Reviewed by gerard from uk on 28th Mar 2006
great phone. takes a bit of getting used to but still good even though
last years reccomend to anyone
Reviewed by james from england on 22nd Mar 2006
Igot that phone and i think is good but not exellent but let me tell
you one thing that it dont come with a usb cable
Reviewed by Waqas from Pakistan on 10th Mar 2006
E 338 is good mobile. It is not so expensive, but it has no bluetooth
oh!God so wat but NEC E228 is a outstanding mobile
Reviewed by Sid from Hong Kong on 10th Mar 2006
The battery life is worst. Can't switch on the phone when battery is
low, can't even check the phone book. Hangs very often. Heats up easily.
Very unreliable phone.
Reviewed by Fleur from UK on 9th Mar 2006
THIS IS AN AMAZING PHONE, GOT IT 2DAY AND EASY TO USE N LOTS OF GREAT
FEATURES!!! BUY IT NOW!!!
Reviewed by John E Smith from United Kingdom on
27th Feb 2006
Plus points: once unlocked, you can use on any network (but no internet
in UK :( ). You can load MP4 clips MP3 music from your PC if you have
the USB cable. Reasonable camera. Looks okay. Negative points: no access
to Java folder from PC so you can't use games you have already downloaded.
If phone has been unlocked, then you pretty much have no Java funtionality
available on another network. You only get 18 MB of memory and its not
expandable. It's only worth paying about £40.00 (max) for it now. Anymore,
and you might as well buy another phone.
Reviewed by Ryan Williams from Esses Englad on
6th Feb 2006
I just bought this phone recently as it was only £50 with $30 credit.
Altho it aint got all the features my NEC E616v had I still think its
better as its smaller, lighter n looks wicked also people moan about
3 but i find them better as I am a deaf mobile owner and since going
deaf al i cud do was txt now i can download footbvall n do more visually
so thank you to 3, Also people are complainin abt the batteryb but mine
lasts for days whether i use it or not. if anyonr esnts to ask nething
on this phone email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or add me to MSN
Reviewed by Rasheda Yasmin from United Kingdom on
27th Jan 2006
I got da fone with my line rental it is a nice lookin fone but da battery
life is really really bad I cant talk 4 an hour it goes dead. There
is no blutooth but other then that the fone is okay.
Reviewed by jonroywill from ENGLAND on 8th Jan
Take one fone, add music downloads plus stereo headset one now has mp3/wma
file player. add the inbuilt camera good results when sent as multimedia
email. now add data lead, now you have a photo to print off your pc.
no probs with battery mine lasts 5 days with use. buy a spare as well.
read what you can do, from NEC website. Me, Im happy. A REALLY GOOD
Reviewed by Jonson from Nigeria on 5th Jan 2006
This phone is the greatest phone I've ever had!!!Buy it NOW!I sayd BUY
IT NOW, WHAT YOU ARE WAITING FOR!!!!?
Reviewed by Haze from England on 31st Dec 2005
This phone is a great phone considering the price i paid for it, it
has some good features, but it's a shame it doesnt have bluetooth, and
theres Another thing I dont like, you can only send very short length
videos, and you can't set a voice recording as a ringtone. Rubbish battery
life, but good sound quality. Overall a good quality, reliable phone.
Reviewed by l from england on 27th Dec 2005
This phone is HECTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by chris from england on 26th Dec 2005
dnt get this phone it is the size of a brick and crashes all the time.
i dropped mine on the sofa and it broke big big letdown :(
Reviewed by Kate from UK on 5th Nov 2005
The look on my daughter's face was five star on Xmas morning with this
incredibly inexpensive phone that certainly looked the part. I was against
an 11 yr old having such a gadget for obvious reasons but as she was
just about to start high school and would need to travel alone for the
first time, it wouldnt have been the end of the world if it did get
lost.We found it a bit complicated and the 3 network didnt help. It
was nicked at school but 4 weeks later, even the thief gave up and its
reappeared after having the battery lead input screwed. We have the
charger but I'd love to know how we can charge it so I can do some detective
work without paying more for repair than the cost of the phone. Any
help gratefully received please.
Reviewed by dave from australia on 3rd Oct 2005
this phone is junk !!!!!!!!!!!! why.......... because their is no card
slot so what's the point of puting in mp3 songs! if u can only store
a few !
Reviewed by Emran from Macedonia on 6th Sep 2005
I have the phone 2 mounths amd it is the worest phone becouse it doesn
' t has a memori card just 18mb and that is litle. The rosolusion is
zero and it is the worest phono DON'T GET IT !!!!!!
Reviewed by Joshua King-Smith from Australia on
23rd Aug 2005
great phone. i bought one as a spare for my mum, she loves it. has all
the features you need, a reasonalbe camera, and is very lightweight.
one of the best features is the battery life, for a 3g phone that is
small and lightweight, it almost outlasts an old nokia 3315!
Reviewed by Johnny P from Australia on 9th Aug
I liked my e616v way better...i mean i like this phone, its smaller,
but doesnt have as much stuff(i.e bluetooth, compass, memory sticks)
and why cant the nec phones get real tones????????
Reviewed by Brendon from Australia on 29th Jun
Going from a nokia 3315 to a nokia 3350 to a nokia 2100 to a nokia 3530
to a nokia 3200 to a nokia 7250i to a nokia 7600 to this phone, i was
disapointed in a number of ways. Firstly no bluetooth connection which
is annoying because people need it. Secondly the external antenna, which
makes the phone look older than it is. There is no external screen so
you cant tell the time or who;s calling. The camera is only CIF and
is poor quality. THere is no memory card extra which means that only
17MB of memory is all you are going to get. THe video is only 1minute
long. On the flip side, the phone has a large screen with bright colours,
great internet and sound quality and an easy to use menu system. Overall
a good phone but save yourself $55 and buy a NEC e616v it has bluetooth,
better camera, external screen and maybe a little heavier but doesn'tt
have that awful antenna!
Reviewed by Nicole from Australia on 27th Jun
Hi, this phone is easy to carry around, however the battery life is
terrible, they say it lasts 3 days, thats rubbish, i find myself charging
if every night, and if i use the camera alot the battery runs out with
in hours. the colour screen is hard to read in the sun. however if u
get the right light the camera is good. over all this phone is ok for
what i need it for. Ciao
Reviewed by Matt from Australia on 15th Jun 2005
this fone isnt the best ok for vidio calls the mp3 player volume is
not loud, the camera has bad resolution i like it because its small
but i think my nec e616v had way better features.
Reviewed by Hannah Watts from England on 6th Jun
This phone is fantastic and amazing. It has everything from video-recording
to Java-games and video ringtones. I think this phone is magnificent
and outstanding . The design is brilliant . Thank You.
Reviewed by marco from italy on 1st Jun 2005
good phone, very light and with beautiful design. Cons are the camera
with not so high resolution and the display not so bright, which can
be a problem in sunshine. I bought it for 99? and receive 80? recharge...
so very convenient! (I like the agenda too...)
Reviewed - by - from on 27th May
i bought 1 of these fones in jan 05 and had to get it replaced with
the same model in april as the screen wouldnt work and the replacement
i was given has now also broken so if i wer u i wouldnt by this fone
Reviewed by Don from England on 24th May 2005
I got this 'phone for my technophobic wife. It's on the 3 Offpeak 3000
tariff, as she spends a lot of time on our normal 'phone. It took me
ten minutes to teach her how to use it, and she was very impressed with
how easy it is to use. I have a Nokia 6630, also on 3, but would be
happy to have this as my main 'phone, even without Bluetooth. I bought
the data cable and data transfer software off E-bay for £5.50.
It enables you to transfer files easily, as well as backing up your
info to PC. You CAN use transferred music as your ringtone without too
much trouble. We are both very pleased with the e338, as well as the
3 network. Cheers.
Reviewed by clive from uk on 17th May 2005
this phone is my first phone on 3, 3 pay monthly are great! its just
this little phone is not! the phone resets and u often loose calls,
the phone is complicated and freezes! i am very happy with 3 but not
thi phone, i have brought a notorola v975 for 150pounds out own pocket,
go on 3, but not with nec!
Reviewed by cayleigh moore from ni on 13th May
this phone is average
Reviewed by Luke from Essex on 5th May 2005
Brilliant phone!! If you would like any infomation on mobile phone i
am a mobile phone speciallist so email me - email@example.com
Reviewed by Ryan from UK on 3rd May 2005
i left a review on this phone below praising it but my views have changed
today is tuesday ive had this phone since last wednesday an it has reset
itself n m at least twice everyday so i took it back and th guy told
me to come back later and he will refund me I tHink i'm gonna just stick
with good old O2 from no on
Reviewed by Anth from on 2nd May 2005
This Phone is the lightest phone for 3 i love this phone it is amazing
the ringtones arnt that good but the vipration setting ios unbeleivieable
it is really strong and you can change how it vibrates i have got this
phone and it is the best phone i have ever had the only bad thing about
this phone is that you cant read the screen when it is sunny This Phone
get a A************** from me
Reviewed by tomi from finland on 1st May 2005
It looks like a remote controller.
Reviewed by Ryan from UK on 27th Apr 2005
This phone is wicked muc better then the last 3G fone I had and for
its weight and size is a big improvement I love it and won't be changin
for a long time.
Reviewed by leon from england on 21st Apr 2005
The NEC e338 is a great phone to have, and the 3 services that you can
get on it are good. But what the phone lacks is the capability of having
'bluetooth' or even 'infrared' a big let down for the e338. i'm not
saying DON'T GET IT! cause i have it.
Reviewed by chris w from england on 7th Apr 2005
This phone KIKS ASS by it now says chris and all me m8s.
Reviewed by sandra from U.K on 6th Apr 2005
Another rubbish phone provided by NEC. Y do they even bother to continue
making phones..... the LG phones are so much better.
Reviewed by Madmouse from UK on 29th Mar 2005
i've had this phone for around a month now on 3pay after ending my contract
with o2..i'm pretty dissapointed with the network quality but the hand
set has some good points, it's one of the lightest handsets around i've
seen on 3 the video is ok the photo quality is reasonable there are
better around but for a whole lot more money, the battery life is awful
standby and talktime, the phone has a nasty habit of dropping calls
on a regular basis as well as turning itself off at various times, the
ringtones are average the accessories are a little thin on the ground
but it's a new phone still most accessories available at the minute
are very expensive, don't try using the phone in sunlight as it's terrible
can't read anything whatsoever on the screen, e338..if your looking
for something cheap and cheerful go for it...but there are better hansdets
around if you fancy paying a little more wish i'd have done
Reviewed by liam from uk on 24th Mar 2005
My m8 has this mob n it would b gud but its on 3pay.It could b smaller
n alot easyer 2 work.Dont by it its not worth as tenner.
Reviewed by Razer from England on 21st Mar 2005
All i can sya is this phone is amazing i cant get off it and all ma
m8s always want to have ago on the anazing quality video capture ITS
Reviewed by morrissey from england on 21st Feb
I think that this phone is good and the only thing wrong with it is
that you cant set a recorded sound as ur ringtone. You can record some
top quality videos as well, its great lads.
Reviewed by Robbie from England on 20th Feb 2005
Looks cool, and has some cool features. Only negative is that you cant
set recorded sounds or texted ringtones as your ringtone. Or maybe you
can and I'm just really thick.
Reviewed by Daz from England on 3rd Feb 2005
I've had the Nec 338 for about a month now and i can honestly say its
the best value phone out there considering the features it comes with.
The camera and video recorder are very good and the sound quality is
brilliant. The only problems i found are the lack of bluetooth and infra
red, but what do you expect for a 3G camera phone for well under £100.
Reviewed by tp from England on 31st Jan 2005
bought this phone on the internet, alot of people think that this phone
costs 40 quid but they are wrong the 338 costs 40 quid the e338 costs
another 40 or 50 quid more because of its extra and better features.
i think this phone is great the only things that made it not perfect
was the difficult buttons and the poor coverage in cornwall. seeya
Reviewed by darren from england on 3rd Jan 2005
this phone only cost £40 pay as you go with £15 credit.
excellent value for money.
Reviewed by The Big T from England on 4th Dec
Lets start with the looks, not much to be said except awesome. It may
not have an outer screen but it still looks fantastic. I dont know how
it performs yet but as soon as they are out and I have one. I will tell
you. I think it will be interesting to knoe how the camera is, the 313
and the 616V's cameras were amazing quality but they were a little big
so the new rotating little camera should be similar. Back soon T
Reviewed by mike 3 from england on 3rd Dec 2004
its amazing how u can fit such great features in such a small unit.its
on 3 which makes it even better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by John Berry from UK on 20th Nov 2004
Ive just had this phone for a week but i think it is really impressive,
its light and far from difficult to operate as another reviewer seems
to think. Im very glad I bought it.
Reviewed by kash from Wales on 17th Nov 2004
3 mobile what can i say that hasn't been said by others. This phone
and the network provider are absoulutley terrible. The phones features
are very difficult to get to grips with,and believe me I have had alot
of phones to play around with. The screen resolution is not bright so
in the sunlight the phones good as a three legged dog, ok you get what
you pay for, uding that asumption you might as well get the Nokia 6100
or the samsung X450 for an extra £20 yow will get a much better
quality phone. People at 3 and makers of any 3g mobile should know that
budget phones doesn't mean rubbish phones, look at the latest Vodaphone
phones, ok good features but again ugly, and if people want a justification
i don't think i'll have enough space for it.
Reviewed by Cameron from England on 16th Nov 2004
GET THE PHONE IT IS GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!