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Nokia 3109 Classic Review
In a nutshell: A highly recommended phone for those who don't
want a camera in their phone. A classic user-friendly design, built
to last and with excellent battery life, it will get on with the job
without any trouble. It includes an MP3 player and has the benefits
of an expandable memory card, Bluetooth connectivity and triband.
Review: January 2008.
There aren't many phones around these days that don't have a built-in
camera, but for those whose job prevents them from having a camera,
the Nokia 3109 Classic is probably the best option available. It's almost
exactly the same as the 3110 Classic,
except that the camera and FM radio have been removed. The 3109 Classic
has all the essential phone functions, and is a tough no-nonsense phone
with a good battery and smart looks. The keypad and 5-way navigation
key are very tactile, and this is a phone that you can just get on and
use without having to worry.
Although it has no camera, it has easily the best LCD display in its
class, and benefits from an MP3 player and a memory card slot that can
take microSD cards up to 2 Gbytes. It also has excellent connectivity:
Bluetooth, USB and Infrared. The only thing it's missing (apart from
the camera) is an FM radio - if that's important to you then choose
the Nokia 2310 instead, although the 2310
doesn't have an MP3 player.
Features of the Nokia 3109 Classic include:
- Display: TFT, 262,000 colours, 128 x 160 pixels
- Stereo MP3 player (MP3, AAC, AAC+, enhanced AAC+, WMA formats, DRM
- MP3 ringtones / 64-voice polyphonic ringtones
- Integrated handsfree speaker
- Voice features: Push to talk, Enhanced voice dialing, Voice commands,
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, and email with attachments,
Nokia Xpress audio messaging
- Java games
- Wallpaper, animated screensavers, themes
- Organizer with calendar, to-do list, and notes
- Internet: XHTML browser, HSCSD, GPRS
Class 10, EDGE
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB, Infrared
- Memory: 9 Mbytes plus microSD memory card slot (up to 2 GB)
- Tri-band (EGSM 900, GSM 1800/1900)
- Size: 109 x 46 x 16 mm
- Weight: 89g
- Talktime: 4 hours
- Battery standby: 400 hours
Nokia 3109 Classic User Reviews
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Average rating from 35 reviews:
Reviewed by Mike from UK on 29th Nov 2011
Excellent handset in the Phone only mode. What I love about this phone
is the supplied/downloaded nokia suite software allowing the ability
to sync contacts, calendar and notes with microsoft outlook.
Reviewed by Uchenna from Nigeria on 3rd Jun 2011
I so much like nokia 3109c becouse it browse so fast,and it is a strong
phone but i didn't no the problem it normaly develop.IT is the phone
i m using now.
Reviewed by echee leonard from nigeria on 6th
really nokia 3109c is a flexible phone irrespective of the fact that
some things are missing it still gives all i need from a phone.
Reviewed by JC from UK on 9th Sep 2010
This is a terrible phone. I would have liked a simple camera but its
work issued. I find a the anti camera comments very unimaginative. Understood
some works wont allow though. It cant find half of my blue tooth devices.
It gets really really hot when used. The audio quality is terrible -
very harsh sounding that gives me a headache. I try to use it as little
as possible and the screen is a joke by modern standards. I hate the
way a text screen stays up after you have sent the message. Im not after
a android type phone from work - just something I dont dislike using
and is not convenient. Im assuming the official review above was first
written many years ago, as this phone does not hack it now.
Reviewed by Chris H from England on 28th Aug 2009
My 3109 is a works issue phone. I have had it now for 12 months. It
is probably the best phone I have had. It has proven to be reliable,
easy to use and brilliant battery life. Have even used it when no battery
life has been displayed and it just kept on going and going. If you
want a good looking hard working mobile this is the one for you.
Reviewed by Jimbo from UK on 20th Apr 2009
Acceptable handest for a corporate offering but reception and audio
quality are well below par.
Reviewed by Karl from United Kingdom on 13th Mar
This is a lovely phone,it feels nice,is lovely to use with a bigger
keypad that suits male fingers, it feels very well made,the screen is
lovely too,but the battery life is absolutely rubbish,nokia quote up
to 16 days,well the only way you'd get that is if you left the phone
permanently plugged in to the mains supply or had a very high capacity
battery,this phone on the flight profile that can't receive a signal
lasts 60 hours,and mines only 2 months old,use it on stand by on an
ordinary profile,you get 2 days and if you dare use the phone barely
a day,which is very dissapionting,but other than that,it's great.
Reviewed by Karl from England on 16th Feb 2009
Well I bought this phone mainly for it's good looks and big buttons,also
because I didn't want a camera on a phone,if I want to take pictures
I'll use my SLR,and also camera phones aren't permitted where I work,this
phone is typical of nokia's in that it's easy to use,looks great and
texting is a dream,most phones seem to be designed for female fingers
with there stupidly small buttons,so if you have big digits,try this
it works brilliantly as well and appears very well made,although the
battery life is rather poor,but you can't have everything,can you?
Reviewed by Thomas from Ireland on 8th Feb 2009
I lost one of these on a night out and am about to buy another. Best
phone I've had and I've had alot. Had it for about 6 months with no
problems. If your looking for a phone without a camera (I don't see
the point of cameras on phones unless your a 12 year old girl looking
to impress your mates) well build, good size buttons and cracking battery
life look no further. The way things are going I reckon this will be
the last decent non-camera phone we'll see. Big up to Nokia, hope they
Reviewed by D`Souza from India on 3rd Feb 2009
Tis is the best non-camera cellphone I have ever seen that has a bar
design & all the features accpect for Wi-Fi. 3G, camera, Radio....
Reviewed by fredrick from wales on 31st Jan 2009
Reviewed by Glyn from UK on 3rd Jan 2009
Good phone, as a phone, long battery life and easy use. MP3 player is
a disaster, two of this model have done the same thing and even rev
7 does not cure it. The MP3 player works ok for a bit then it starts
to take ages to start, then it will not choose a track from an album
without restarting the MP3 player and updating its library. However
when it does work, it sounds great with a set of Sennheiser CX300s
Reviewed by Lulu from UK on 30th Dec 2008
Amazing phone. You wont regret it. Basic yet reliable and does everything
well. Have had mine a year now and still cant find anything better.
Reviewed by mark from Ireland on 20th Dec 2008
i think the phone is a class phone i am getting it for christmas thanks
for making the phone.....
Reviewed by Kalense from Belgium on 15th Dec 2008
I wanted a phone I could use to call people and to send text. If I wanted
a camera, radio, or a fashion accessory, I'd buy a camera or radio -
but not the accessory because I don't do fashion. I wanted a useable
keyboard for a guy with big fingers, a simple, straightforward operating
system, and an easy-to-use phone-book. I got exactly what I wanted,
and the price was right. Brick? You should see my camera.
Reviewed by Qango Tackhammer from Wales on 28th
Its tough and no nonsense,a real gem of a find.Its a right bobby dazzler.
The man at the carphone warehouse was a diamond geezer!
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
28th Nov 2008
Gor blimey, guvnor! Do they all talk like this in Wales?
Reviewed by bob from jamaca on 8th Nov 2008
dont buy this phone it sux!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Lewis from Stoke on Trent, UK on 6th
If people want a phone that does everything then they can't expect it
not have a few faults. Most phones these days are mini computers and
with that in mind everything needs to be very small, but sometimes small
isn't best. people whos phones that do turn off from time to time, this
maybe a genuine fault with the phone or something you are asking it
to do is over loading it or overheating it and it shuts down. I have
owned a fair few phones and at some point they have shut down on me.
If you want a phone that doesn't do this and don't need all these extra
features then buy a simple phone. My way of looking at it is.....If
you already own an mp3 player you don't need one on your phone, if you
own a camera you don't nee one on your phone. Yes it is easier to carry
one device than it is three, but something has to give. There are plenty
of phones out there that can do all 3 very very well. Most are very
expensive but even if we buy them they will only be out of date by the
following month. If you want a phone to make calls, to text then buy
a phone like the Nokia 3109. This is a current model and can be picked
up for around £70. It does have an mp3 player built in and you can store
photos on it. if you really need a camera buy the 3110. These phones
are by far the best out there at the moment. they keep things to a minimum
and because of this they simply work very well. I have one of each,
one for work and one for my private use and since owning them neither
has shut down on me. One last thing.....use a computer for the internet.
It cost far to much money to browse the web on a mobile and very slow.
Most people have the internet at home or at work. Thank you for reading
this. Well done Nokia.
Reviewed by Hannah from UK on 18th Aug 2008
Good basic phone that's reliable. What else do you need?! Mine lasts
over a week on a single charge and sometimes over two depending on the
amount it's used. It also looks reasonable for a low end phone, instead
of looking cheap and tackey. I got mine new on Ebay for about £30 just
over a year ago when no-one had heared of it. Would definately recommend
it to anyone looking for an uncluttered basic phone.
Reviewed by Wojtek from Poland on 30th Jul 2008
Very usefull when working as a journalist or making inteviews. It has
a good recorder and files can be downloaded and listened to via freeware.
Reviewed by Sean Hodges from UK on 3rd Jun 2008
I was given mine by work to replace my old 6021, but I am about to give
it back and stick with the 6021. The reason? Reception on the 3109 is
very poor - I get no signal at home or in the place I stay in Germany,
even though every other phone I and my family use can get a signal.
Very nice phone in many other ways, but if you can't make a call, it's
just a piece of useless metal and plastic.
Reviewed by NORRY from UK on 29th May 2008
I have bought a number of these handsets over the last few months for
company use but have stoped doing so due to a higher than average fail
rate compared to the 6021 I had been purchasing. users find them ok
to use but quite a few returned due to charging problems and one way
Reviewed by Craig from UK on 17th May 2008
Best phone I've had in a long time, very long battery life (over a week
between charges), simple to use. I tried a Motorola F3 but was frustrated
with text messaging function (otherwise a great piece of design itself)
so switched to this instead. Excellent for those people who require
a straight forward piece of good design without adornments such as camera
etc. Cannot recommend this enough. Outstanding.
Reviewed by carlos from England on 16th May 2008
A great reliable work phone. Easy to use. Good MP3 sound quality for
a budget phone and quite loud too. An expandable memory, good battery
life even when playing mp3 files. Easy to connect and download media
onto memory card. Well done Nokia!
Reviewed by mick from england on 11th May 2008
i have been giving this phone by work,and i love this phone ,does what
it says on the tin,this phone is not a brick and feels quality
Reviewed by Alex Meah from England on 27th Apr
simplicity is the key. best low entry phone for years. highly recomended
Reviewed by Mick from Russia on 25th Apr 2008
This is good, reliable tool for many purposes but most importantly communicating
and also recording up notes from meeting, mainly for its good microphone
reception. It has good coverage and best feature is that you can get
EDGE capable triple-band data transfer for $150, not SIM- or operator-locked
so it can be used basically in any place with any operator globally.
Only negative feature is that it can't be charged using USB cable.
Reviewed by jill from uganda on 5th Apr 2008
wow.... I bought this phone last week .. and its doin wonders in my
palm.... Gr8 phone and a cool buy....
Reviewed by Alan from England on 24th Mar 2008
I wanted a phone that was simply a phone i.e. with as few bells and
whistles as possible. I already have a Nokia 1112, which is an excellent
phone, but I occasionally lusted after a colour screen and a more robust
build. I tried the 2310 mentioned in the main review as an alternative
for those who require a radio. Don't buy it - the screen is awful. Enter
the 3109, which I got free from Vodafone on a cheap contract. The phone
is a little larger than average in the hand (it dwarfs the 1112). It
has a very bright and clear colour screen (tick box number one), and
it has no camera or radio (tick box numbers two and three). The build
quality is very good (tick box number four), and the extra size of the
phone allows room for a larger keypad, which, combined with the Nokia
interface, makes texting about as easy as it is possible for it to be.
Battery life is excellent (tick box number five) - not as good as the
1112, but then nothing is. I've had the 3109 a week now, I've only charged
it the once when it arrived, and it still has rather less than half
the battery power still remaining (though I'm not a heavy user). It
has Bluetooth AND Infrared for those who want them, and you can also
connect by USB. I can't fault the phone in any way except for the presence
of the unwanted MP3 player, but I'm not taking a star off for that.
If you want the radio and camera, get the next model up, the 3110. Otherwise
stick with this - I can't speak highly enough of it.
Reviewed by Trev Knight from uk on 11th Mar 2008
This is a great work phone....does what it says on the tin....people
who say it is a brick dont want it for a phone but an accessory to show
off to their no brain mates, if you want to pose dont buy it, if you
want it to be a very very good phone and mobile office then do...it
is very good.
Reviewed by frank domican from uk on 9th Mar 2008
This is easily one of the best nokias without a camera that iv ever
owned and iv owned a lot. it has a usb port but i found the bluetooth
really quick it has a very loud speaker on the back great for the mp3
player and ring tones there are good size keys for texting and for anyone
not sure of them selfs it is menu driven on screen you will hardley
ever if at all have to get the intructions out if you dont want a camera
then this is the nokia for you superb.
Reviewed by Banny from UK on 28th Feb 2008
Just bought this phone. Its not rubbish and its not a brick! It really
is an amazing phone. It may not be as pretty as some of the phones out
there, but it's smart and brains wins over beauty everytime!;-) It does
everything well, it's battery life is amazing! Ringtones are the clearest
and loudest i have ever heard and great too, unlike the Samsung F210
which i recently bought and sold (low and rubbish ringtones!!) It has
all the connectivities you could ask for, the PC suite is easy and fast
to use, transferring files is a doddle,(the best PC suite so far). It
boasts a fantastic MP3 player, which in my view is even better and clearer
than other walkman phones out there who claim to be just that. Its even
better than the last sony ericsson walkman phone i bought! Everything
the review above says about it in this website is true and more, It
does not have a camera, but after owning so many phones, i did not want
one, no matter how good they claim to be, putting a camera in a mobile
phone was the worse idea ever, i know people who have 5 megapixel cameras
on their phones and they are still complaining about clarity! If you
want quality pictures, buy a decent camera!! Phones were meant to be
just that, phones! I have just woken up to reality and gone back to
basics and just wanted an excellent phone that did everything perfect
and i am glad to say i have found it! This really does deserve every
star it gets from me, and if i could i would have given it more! If
its a no nonsense capable, reliable, worth every penny phone you want,
this is it! Have tried so many makes and they all let me down, but once
again Nokia prove to be the best!!! Well Done Nokia!! A+++++
Reviewed by Lisa from U.S.A on 13th Feb 2008
RUBBISH! Don't buy it! It is absolutely rubbish BRICK BRICK BRICK BRICK
BRICK BRICK BRICK BRICK
Reviewed by AMRAEZ from ENGLAND on 26th Jan 2008
BRICK ABOUSULUTLY BRICK