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Nokia 6100 Review
Review: April 2003. Updated May 2009.
Hot on the heels of the Nokia 7210, comes
the Nokia 6100, offering nearly all of the 7210's features, but with
a digital camera option instead of the built-in radio. All this in an
amazingly lightweight and compact package that oozes both style and
sophistication! In fact it's Nokia's smallest and lightest phone ever.
Very similar in spec to the 7210/6610, the Nokia 6100 offers a colour
screen, polyphonic ringtones, triple band, as well as Java capability.
Its keypad is user-friendly and incorporates a nice 4-way scroll button.
The Java™ capability means that you can download games just as easily
as downloading ringtones or graphics. As well as Java™ games, you can
also download applications like personal assistants, travel and information
tools. Pre-installed Java™ applications include a calculator, currency
and measurement converter, stopwatch, and two games.
MMS means that you can send and receive multimedia messages containing
text, MIDI audio files, and graphics or animations.
The digital camera option comes as a camera/headset that plugs into
the 6100's pop-port.
The 6100 is a nice enough phone, but its only real WOW factor is its
light weight. Its specification is lower than the 7210 or 6610 and users
have reported a number of reliability issues - see the user reviews
below for example.
Features of the Nokia 6100 include:
- WAP 1.2.1, GPRS & HSCSD
(High-Speed Circuit-Switched Data)
- MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service)
- Downloadable Java applications
- Colour display (4096 colours, 128 x 128 pixels, 8 lines of text)
- Polyphonic ringtones (MIDI format), plus standard ringtones
- Integrated handsfree speaker with adjustable volume
- Predictive text input
- Mobile chat
- Electronic wallet (protects credit card details & passwords)
- Changeable x-press on covers
- Phonebook (300 names)
- Built-in infra-red modem & USB cable port
- Downloadable colour wallpaper
- 2 games
- Size: 102 x 44 x 14 mm
- Weight: 76g
- Battery standby: 100 - 150 hours
- Battery talktime: 2 - 4 hours
- Tri band
Nokia 6100 User Reviews
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Average rating from 100 reviews:
Reviewed by Navin from India on 25th Jun 2004
This phone and Nokia suck! Within 3 days of buying it, the defects were
so apparent that I could have flushed it down the toilet, had i not
spent good money on it. The battery life was poor, requiring it to be
charged every 8 hours! The sound quality was horrible, with tremendous
static while making/receiving calls. and to top it all, the internal
clock lost 12-15 mins every 24 hours! and the nokia service really sucks!
they refused to replace the phone even though it was defective to start
with! after 4 days of countless phone calls and endless threats of legal
action, they finally "repaired" the phone and agreed to replace it when
fresh stocks arrived! can you imagine that! they don't have replacement
stocks! anyway, to cut a long story short, i still haven't received
my phone and I will never ever buy a nokia again!
Reviewed by Paula from England on 23rd Jun 2004
Got the 6100 as part of a 12 month contract a little under 3 months
ago. It's sweet little design was a huge improvement on the 'brick'
that I'd previously had, so I was chuffed when I took it away and started
making calls. Over the 3 months though the silver coating on most of
the keys has worn off so I can't see the numbers and letters. Although
I consider my usage to be little, Nokia are saying this is a 'wear &
tear' issue and won't cover it under the warranty. The phone is essentially
inoperable but Nokia refuse to help. The phone is good looking and a
nice size but I question the quality of the materials. I'm also very
disappointed in the customer service from Nokia and Phones4U.
Reviewed by sally from england on 28th May 2004
i think the nokia 6100 is really good
Reviewed by Terry from BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND on
19th May 2004
You have read all the reviews, right? For me this is the phone to have
period, no gizmos like radio, camera... Camera who wants a camera phone,
don't be mean buy a digital camera... If like me you want a phone which
performs and is a well designed functional product you will go far,
and in the process spend a shed load of dollars or pounds to discernibly
buy better than this... My version is o5.51 dated 27/2/04, you can check
that now by pressing *#0000#, Nokia have given the masses a very good
product, maybe too good... I will always buy Nokia, a definite winner
all round, no niggles just so compact, you never want to put it down...
Go on treat yourself. Oh yes to stop your screen from getting scratched
and if like me you don't like the leather cases because that just makes
them more bulky, leave the protective screen cover on but remove the
pull tag by carefully cutting it with an exacto knife, remember do this
at your own risk... If like me your are successful then you have a great
screen protector for free, sorted...
Reviewed by Yo-Man from Pakistan on 15th May 2004
i've encountered a problem 4 sound ..i always thought its fainted voice
.. but when i receive call i never had some listening problems ..its
a great phn when it comes to usage ,decency ,size and performance..
Reviewed by rufus from uk on 9th May 2004
good phone but colour screen could be better and should have a radio
like the 7210/6610. not bad!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Strakalazz from Lithuania on 1st May
an outstanding phone...i bought it 20 hours ago and i just love it.its
unreal after my old nokia 8210:)5 starzz
Reviewed by me from Portugal on 28th Apr 2004
I've bought one Nokia 6100 last week and liked it so much that i already
have another :( The thing is i bought one and the sound was terrible.
I thought it was a defect, so i returned it for a new one. The result:
the new one sounded equally awful. Has anyone experienced similar sound
Reviewed by Manoj from India on 20th Apr 2004
6100 is the cutest phone ever and there is no phone that can beat its
size and looks. I dropped this phone once on a concrete floor and the
phone was on one side and the battery on the other, surprisingly it
worked. It gave some problems when i got a call, i couldnt attend it
and the phone was ringing all the time until i turned it off. Now the
ringer aint working at all, vibrator works sometimes and sometimes it
doesnt. Now im bored of this one, im going for 5100. I recommend this
phone for girls and if u are a rash user never ever buy this phone or
similar models like 6610 or 6220. Again it doesnt have radio but it
costs so much, i guess its only bcoz of its looks... but a good phone
Reviewed by Trevor from Ireland on 14th Apr 2004
Up until today I thought the phone was the Bee's Knees - One month after
purchase and the sound is gone - the Bee has lost it's Buzz and I feel
I've been Stung.
Reviewed by Steve Parkinson from UK on 12th Apr
Only had phone a week (free on contract) I could of had a variety of
free phones including flip camera phones etc but i got a digital camera!!!!
whats the point?? I aint got no creaky cover but if i had this may be
due to exchangebable covers (this is a plus 2 some people yes??)This
is a top phone!! I find the ability to write a message by pressing the
left button is superb (y didnt they mention this shortcut in the book??)Battery
life outstanding, Screen is as good as my Samsung T100. Think a data
cable should b provided instaed of just software but that a minor gripe.
All in all a superb phone!!!!
Reviewed by G from UK on 2nd Apr 2004
Yeah it looks good and being in the 6 series makes it a business phone?
What with that rubbish battery life? Come on the Nokia 6310i does up
to 18 days stand by! They don't make them with battery life in mind
do they i.e. Nokia! If your going to buy one then think again! I went
to the Carphone warehouse who said they have discontinued it due to
a manufacturers defect! So if you buy it, you'll probably have to get
it repaired some where down the line. However, the Link have failed
to notice this and sadly go on selling it. Hey, it's up to you though.
Don't forget the camera attachment is pretty useful if you want to get
the most out of it.
Reviewed by adz from england on 25th Mar 2004
I bought 1 couple of months ago it is great. Had no problems with it.
It is a sleek, small and stylish phone and i would reccomend it. Pity
it hasnt got a radio though.
Reviewed by Anthony from UK on 20th Mar 2004
Read everyone else's comments if you want opinions; here are the nitty
gritty details of the Nokia 6100:
Good points: Very easy to use. Loads of input options: one key toggles
between predictive lower-case, predictive automatic mixed-case (automatic
capital letter after full stop), traditional lower-case, traditional
automatic mixed-case. Holding this key toggles between letters and numbers
input. T9 predictive is more sensible than on my old SE T68i. Common
punctuation is available under one key. Holding the key down brings
up the full table of punctuation to choose from. If you leave a new
message half way through typing it, the phone remembers it and you can
come back and finish it later. You can set the text size really small
so that the whole message fits on the screen. Words are not split up
to wrap round the screen; instead, the whole word will move to the next
line if it's too long.
Bad points: No "drop-down list" of choices in predictive mode: repeatedly
pressing one key will move forward through the choices, and another
will move backward, but it would be nicer to actually be able to see
all the possible choices at once. There are no smilies like :-) and
it isn't possible to train the phone to save such sequences of punctuation
as words. No "unsent" box, so only one unfinished txt can be saved at
a time. When you send a text, it will save it in the "sent" box but
instead of taking you back to the inbox it just carries on displaying
the text. Then when in standby, pressing a certain key in standby brings
up the "new message" screen directly, which is handy, but it actually
brings up that previous message, so you then have to enter the options
menu to clear the text and get a blank sheet.
Texting is better on this phone than on Sony-Ericsson ones. Don't even
think about getting the Samsung A300 or A800 if you ever want to txt.
(These were the other phones I tried out before I bought this one.)
Very easy to use. Pressing one key brings up the phone book list for
you to choose a number from. However, when the talk volume is turned
up high, you get a noticeable whining\squealing noise in the earpiece.
But I guess you'd only have the volume high in noisy places, where you
don't notice the whine.
The usual Nokia list to scroll down (only one item viewable at a time
in the top level of the menu). Where possible, the value of a setting
is displayed next to the setting itself to save you having to go into
the option to view it (eg. "Automatic keyguard: on"). There is a shortcut
menu which you can access from standby by pressing a key. You can select
from a range of items to put in this menu, eg "missed calls" and "alarm
clock". Unfortunately the range is very limited (unlike the T68i where
you could literally choose from every single menu item that the phone
possesses). You can create a new txt message by pressing a single key
in standby mode, and similarly for viewing the recent numbers dialled,
and viewing the calendar.
Very crisp, with very small text displaying clearly. Phone displays
the time, battery life (but only as a graphical bar, not as an estimate
of the number of hours remaining like the T68i) and signal strength.
Don't use GPRS so I don't know for sure, but I don't think the phone
displays the GPRS signal strength. Screen dimmer automatically comes
on after several seconds of idling (can't change the time-out period).
Screen saver displays the time, though impossible to read it in the
dark (can change the time-out period). The date is not displayed in
standby or on the screensaver, though the quick shortcut to the calendar
means that it is only one keypress away.
Phone book views:
Each name can have several numbers attached: general, home, mobile,
office. On option is to have the phone display names only (as a list;
can see several names on screen at once), in which case you have to
press a key to select the name and the list of numbers is displayed.
The only other option is to have the phone display names and numbers.
However, only one name is displayed on screen at once, and despite there
being loads of screen space to list all the numbers for that name simultaneously,
it will only list one number on screen at a time; you have to scroll
to choose the other numbers. This is a hassle if you are quickly trying
to find/identify a specific number from all the entries in the book.
In the end I chose to not bother having more than one number listed
under a given name; instead I just have separate entries, like "Rob
home" and "Rob mobile". If you copy back and forth to the SIM, most
SIM's can't cope with multiple numbers per name, and will split them
up a nyway.
Good signal strength and reception (these things are as much a property
of the phone as the network).
You have control over all the sounds; if you hate startup sounds and
keypress clicks you can turn them off. The 15 or so ringtones supplied
are all awful, but they are 4-channel polyphonic. You can have the phone
set up to vibrate and ring simultaneously for both txts and calls, (or
obviously just vibrate or just ring).
This phone doesn't have a massive amount of memory space, though it
can easily handle several games, applications, ringtones, pictures and
a fairly large phone book. The volume control is on the side of the
phone (buttons rather than a slider). The power button is physically
easier to press than on other Nokias, and it brings up a menu to switch
off or change profile (eg to silent). I had no problems such as noisy
keypad or bad sound quality; maybe this doesn't affect the newer units.
(My software version is 05.16, dated 26-09-03, found by pressing *#0000#;
go to www.gsmworld.net/codes/nokia.shtml to find a list of codes which
let you view this information---use the codes listed for the 6110.)
When receiving a call or txt, the phone displays the name of the caller\sender
if they are in the phone book. This phone really is tiny compared to
older Nokias, but not so much as to be fiddly.
A phone which only does the basic things, but which does them very well
indeed. If you're not interested in all the new flashy stuff that some
phones have, I totally recommend this one.
Reviewed by Richard from UK on 19th Mar 2004
Lets by honest. This phone looks good. Its small sleek design is stunning.
That is one of the major reasons i purchased this phone. It is small
and light. Unfortunately this phone is ruined by everything else. The
colour screen is terrible and flickers all the time. My screen stopped
working after about a month for no reason. This was replaced by Nokia.
Now months later the sound has given in. I am just waiting for my contract
to run out so i can get a better phone. There are lots out there.
Reviewed by adam from uk on 16th Mar 2004
had this phone for a month and it's class. the size is among the best
in the market and the battery is a lot better than the e700. the only
faults are the 4 bit tones ( should be 42 min,) and the screen could
be 64k colour but if you want a camera buy a digital one, not a phone.
Reviewed by metheone from uk on 8th Mar 2004
i like it
Reviewed by Ross from Northern Ireland on 7th
No major faults with the phone(no more than any other phone I've owned).
The 6100 is very easy to use and looks great, anyone familiar with other
Nokias will get used to it very quickly. Downsides are the speakerphone
is not loud enough when using it in the car, and the battery life is
not great, although I text quite a lot so this probably explains why.
I've had no problems with creakiness and build quality at all. Overall
a very good phone, and a very good replacement for the 3330, which I
didn't think was possible.
Reviewed by ian from uk on 28th Feb 2004
i got a nokia 3510i for christmas & was more than happy with this smart
practical phone, that was until i saw this little buty!! The first thing
that struck me was the size, incredibly compact & well designed. the
screen is sharper than the 3510i, the people who suffer from scratched
screens should either leave the plastic cover on as i do or get a case.
carphone warehouse are doing a package at the mo, cover, car charger,
magnet & handsfree for 9.99, usual price 29.99 bargain!!!. the chess
game that comes as standard is pretty naff, so next on the list is some
java games. as for there being no radio or camera, well what you have
never had you don`t miss so no gripes there. polyphonic quality is lower
than some bigger phones but all i need mine to do is ring when required
& i`m happy. i`ve set mine on outdoor volume as i work in a noisy environment
& have no problems hearing it as standard volume is a bit weak. i`ve
seen two of these phones now & neither have suffered from text creak,
so hopefully this niggle has been sorted. overall though a great little
package, thanx nokia, a deffinate 5 *.
Reviewed by Morris from The United States on 27th
The best phone ive never seen is the Nokia 6100. It has loads of god
staff inside, check it out. It fits in jeans pockets, easily so small
as if ur not holding something. When i got this mobile, it never gave
me problems. So ill like it forever. There is no phone better than The
Nokia 6100. Give it up 4 the Nokia. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :):):):):):);)
Reviewed by JB from United Kingdom on 23rd Feb
If you want a walking games console, get a gameboy! If you want a radio,
get a walkman and if you want to take pictures get a digital camera,
but IF you need a PHONE, get the Nokia 6100. I have had this phone for
a little while. What won me over in the first place were the looks.
I was looking for a phone that looked good but didn't seem like it was
made for kids to play around with (7210, 8310, 3100 etc). I needed the
professional well-built look. Something to follow on the footsteps of
the much acclaimed 6310i - The Nokia 6100 does the job. It's not just
looks, the functionality is great as well. The usual Nokia features
are there but after spending 6 months with a Sharp GX10i (which has
a superior display and a decent camera), I was glad to go back to all
familiar territory. Some might say it's a bit of a downgrade, but who
needs a camera on a phone! I hardly used it anyway. Nor would I need
a radio. I haven't experienced any of the creaks people are complaining
about but maybe I have a newer build version. The Nokia 6100 has a very
tight fit and the keypad buttons are great, analagous to the 6510, which
also ranks very highly in my esteem. So basically, I think if you get
the 6100, you're on to a winner! If you're looking for a phone that
is. But if you want flash and showy, this is not the phone for you.
Discreet, sleek and professional, the 6100 is here to stay!
Reviewed by Emma from Australia on 13th Feb 2004
This is one outstanding phone. I love the look & size of this phone,
which is what initially won me over, but it's the features and functionality
which really make it top class. I think it is the best Nokia phone made
to date, and should appeal to most people. A lot of problems with other
earlier models have been fixed in the 6100 - no creaky covers/keypads,
great quality speakerphone, screen-saver, larger buttons, etc. And it
seems more user-friendly than ever, which is major considering Nokia
has always been no.1 in that area. It lacks radio & camera (which, to
me, is not an issue), and I wish it had a larger memory. But it is the
smallest Nokia, so I'm not complaining. Navigating the menu's can be
frustrating (cos theres so much on there!), but switching the right
button 'names' to 'go to' is a great little shortcut for your most-used
options. I just love this phone, and when using the USB cable to PC
it gets taken to a whole new level.... if wallpapers/poly's/java games
a re your thing, you can get them for free. The Calendar & Wallet features
are also great. My friends all want my phone! I give it 5/5.
Reviewed by SKY from U.S.A on 10th Feb 2004
Dam What Really good With your United Kingdom People with Mobile Phone's
is it bad service Outhere, lol reading some review was very amusing///
But Dank you For FCUK CLOTHING EY// This Phone is so far running great.
It Small and just litto taller than my 8390 Which i use before which
has voice activation & the famous Voice Memo" Nokia is smart for taking
Hot function out so they won't go brankrupt. Yeah I'm disapointed, but
Oh well like someone said a mobile phone is usually made for Talking
not a portable GAMEBOY SP// 6100 Is perfect, Take Notes, Speakerphone
which I love to use just to make all the Nextel Describer Jealous &
in Addition the battery life 6 Hours of TalkTime//Whoa You better have
a nice social life to use it up// in my case haven't yet/the keypad
is comfortable and very stylish/screen is crystal clear and with the
DKU-5 USA CABLE U CAN Upload your own Pix and Ringtone// Yeah only 4
Chords thaT why u gotta go download some Ringtone Midi software and
cut and edit your self Durrrr: and Stop Complaining about It //Midi
is free on internet basically everything from wallpaper and midi is
priceless// Service is 100% reception is perfect// and Those guys conplaining
about Handfree, it Pop-Port //Yes New Design spend some money buy the
FM STERO HEADSET//Yeah World Phone So this phone can be use anywhere//
i give this phone 5 *Stars becuz it has class and very useful for my
everyday life patterns// After all this phone retail over 350.00 400.00$
Without Plan/ So you better have everyting enable just to see all the
possitbilties It could do// For all your Hackers juz upgrade the phone
Fimware and dere u go u could have voice activation or voice memo, it
a matter of software// Thanks from the U.S.A (T-MOBILE 4 LIFE) ~ 6100
IS TOP #2 SO FAR ON THE CHARTS//
Reviewed by Glyn from UK on 10th Feb 2004
After 18 months with the 6510 I thought it was time to update this superb
'phone. The last six months were spent deciding which model would be
the ideal replacement as this 'phone was so good that I did not want
to replace it with a disappointment. Should I move away from Nokia for
a change and spend 12 months regretting my choice as before, or stay
with the brand despite the overall similarity of menu, functions, etc?
Choosing the 6100 as the most business like of current options, apart
from 6310i, I was bemused to open the box to find a 'phone with a blue
fascia, grey back and ivory body. This is a German 'phone and although
well built seems slightly inferior to the build of the Finnish 6510,
although this 6100 is creak free. The screen is very easy to scratch,
however, so be careful. After reading the reviews I checked the software
installed by pressing *#0000# to reveal the latest v5.16 which seems
bug free to date. Operation is typical Nokia, intuitive, with good reception
and voice quality. The 4096 colours seem adequate for the purpose, though
on screensaver when it is not back-lit it is very dark, although this
may be a requirement of the screen to display detail in bright light.
Overall, to date, superb (apart from having to replace the fascia due
to the glass)with phenomenal battery life despite calls from verbose
relatives on off-peak tariffs! Better than 6510 on that score. My only
negative comment is that despite its lesser weight, and marginal dimensional
obesity over the 6510 it does seem to be more clumsy to hold than that
Reviewed by jERIKO from United Kingdon on 9th
This is the natural follow-on to the Nokia 8310. It is small and compact
and is ideal for those people who need a practical business/social phone
without a camera. The keys are responsive, the screen is OK (4,096 colours
remember - this is no Sharp GX20), ringtones are OK (4 note poly and
once again not like a GX20) and excellent battery life. Not sure why
people think the sound quality is poor - it is perfect. Ideal for people
who do not want a larger bulky phone (like the flips) and prefer the
Nokia key usage rather than the weird Sharp/Siemens affairs. The only
competitor to it (for me at least) is the Siemens SL55, but the difference
in key usage made me swap back to the 6100!
Reviewed by J from UK on 3rd Feb 2004
This phone is terrible. It lacks in features, the attachable camera
is a joke and the whole thing just stinks. I say go for sharp gX20 much
Reviewed by Tony from UK on 31st Jan 2004
This phone has the worst sound quality I've ever experienced. Make sure
you try one out before you buy one! It's a shame because the looks and
features are very good but lets be honest you mainly buy a mobile to
use as a phone - right? Nokia should really get the basics right.
Reviewed by Steve from England on 30th Jan 2004
Ok so theres some problems, i agree its alittle creaky but most Nokia
phones are, theres no radio which i really do miss :( the add on camera
is useless and poor quality (not sure about the Nokia fun camera tho)no
voice memo or voice activated dialing and only 4ch Poly tones, unable
to change caller group logos..but oh boy does this phone look classy,
it works well, i can live without the above mentioned functions (i REALLY
do miss that radio tho!) i think the screen looks fine, sound and signal
quality are fine too, i found the phone to be alot smaller than i thought
it would be when i opened the box which was a nice surprise. the phone
works great with my infra red adapter, allowing me to change ringtones
and pictures and to organise my phonebook, ringtones are in Midi format,
so you can download the midi file off the internet and with some cutting
and juggling you can get a good sounding tone for free!! i paid £199.99
for this phone and i in no way regret it, as long as yo u can live without
those functions then you shouldnt be disappointed, i love this 6100
and would recommend it to anyone. but a note to Nokia .. RADIO????????
Reviewed by Johan from Belgium on 29th Jan 2004
Nice looking phone and easy to use. Turned mine in after a few day though.
Sound quality during calls is very poor. Color screen is average or
even below average.
Reviewed by Don One from Holland on 22nd Jan 2004
This is a reply to the Iranian guy: "...No date indications on screen.
No analog clock. No choice for backlighte duration. ... Brightness of
screen not adjustable. Handsfrees of previous models of Nokia do not
work with 6100. ... " 1: You CAN set the date to appear on screen 2:
You CAN set the brightness of screen (under display options) 3: Don't
really get that handsfree thing. It does have handsfree, but why should
it be compatible? It's just a feature and has nothing to do with older
Reviewed by -- from uk on 22nd Jan 2004
I've exchanged the phone for 4 times! I still encounter some problems.
eg creaking keypad, bad soundquality during connecting (when connection
is made the sound is acceptable). No nokia for me anymore after this
one is worn out.
Reviewed by Bassem from Egypt on 19th Jan 2004
The mobile nokia 6600 is the usefullest mobile. It's a very very very
Reviewed by Martin Pollard from England on 16th
The best mobile phone I have ever purchased, so light and small that
I sometimes have to check my pockets to ensure its there. Some great
features, I find the most usefull being able to store multiple numbers
and details under a single name in my phone book. With the infra red
I can also download/upload to my Psion, although it will only store
the primary number assigned to each name in the phone book and not all
the other details. Battery life is superb too, as well as the inbuilt
handsfree speaker. I would have given it 5 stars, but for the fact that
my phone is currently back at Nokia after developing reception problems
when making calls or texts, the signal strength would drop and become
erratic. This resulted in inaudiable and dropped calls.... lets see
if Nokia can fix it! Other downer, was although good, I felt the polyphonic
tones are not as clear as other mobiles.
Reviewed by msht from Iran on 7th Jan 2004
Nokia 6100 is a good designed phone. The timed profile is very helfull.
Low weight and Larg display is good. Grouping of call records is good.
The bad points: Calculator not handy. No connect tone. No date indications
on screen. No analog clock. No choice for backlighte duration. No choice
for screen saver types. No ringertone composer. No FM radio. No voice
memo. No voice command, No voice dialling. Brightness of screen not
adjustable. Handsfrees of previous models of Nokia do not work with
6100. and screen resolution is too low to display colour pics well.
No classic ringertones included for people who like their phone sound
like a phone. No data cable nor Handsfree included. Worldtime imperfect
(includs few locations)
Reviewed by Lauren from England on 4th Jan 2004
i'm looking 2 buy a nokia phone after getting bored of my sony ericsson
t300. so far i have narrowed the choice down to either the 6100, the
6610 or the 7250 - but cannot decide! can anyone help - either by their
own point of view or just point me towards some helpful review pages
because i havent found any! email me at email@example.com
if you can help! thank u!
Reviewed by Glen from UK on 3rd Jan 2004
After owning the SE T68i this was a breeze to use an very nice lookin
slim fone! i still cant get over the battery! its about 4mm thick!!
but it has gone back to the shop becuase the screen became really fuzzy
and done ur eyes in and my mate swas totally clear, it is a good mobile
but i think i will have one with a camera. this is a very low spec for
whats out there now for example higher colour screen, camera, bluetooth
this fone just dnt have it! nice mobile tho, recommended.
Reviewed by Eann Plowman from UK on 30th Dec 2003
I have had the 6100 for 10 months and have had no problems. I don't
use a lot of the functions but the main ones that I use have been excellent.
The battery life has also been good but probably not excellent. I think
the phone is really neet and looks cool. I am due to get a new phone
with my contract and was so tempted to take a new 6100 buy reluctantly
opted for a 3100. I hope it turns out to be as reliable as the 6100
Reviewed by Eugen from Romania, Bucharest on 30
Excellent cellphone. Small, lightweight (no other Nokia phone is lighter
than 6100), excellent looks. Got mine a couple of weeks ago - battery
life good (mine lasts 4-5 days), no creaking casing. The software (v.
5.16) is nice, haven't got any problems so far... hope I won't from
now on. If you want a good cellphone, with poliphonic ringtones and
colour screen (and don't crave for 65k colors) 6100 is the one to buy.
Everyone who had problems should try to upgrade the software to v. 5.16.
Reviewed by Blaze1st from Hungary on 22nd Dec
Hi! I bought the Nokia 6100 last week. I dropped it once, no damage
caused except that I'm hearing a clanking noise when shaking the phone
near my ears. I went back to the phone shop, and they said all the nokia
6100 phones are clanking. Anyone knows what is that noise?
Reviewed by Andy from UK on 16th Dec 2003
I've had two 6100s (the first one had an unfortunate encounter with
a glass of water) and I have never used a better looking/better working
phone than this. I think Nokia must have modified the casing a little
as on my current 6100, there is a much tighter fit between the main
body of the phone and the cover, and therefore the "creaking" doesn't
occur. Either that, or some people have just been unlucky. Oh yes, and
Nokia have recently started putting the "i" on the "0" key on the keypad
on all new and refurbished 6100s - I assume that is to remind people
that pressing and holding "0" in is a shortcut to the WAP homepage.
Reviewed by Nishant Gandhi from India on 10th
I got my Nokia 6100 about 2 months back. Must say, the only reason I
chose this phone over the 6610 was the sleekness and uniqueness. Most
of my friends have gone for 6610 since it has FM radio and a better
collection of pictures in the gallery. Also, it is cheaper than 6100.
However, I stated my reasons above. I also beleiev that 6100 is "less
feminine" than 6610. Pros- 1.Sleek, small and lightweight. Very easy
to carry around in your shirt pocket. 2.A very strong vibra alert (which
doubles up as an alarm if by chance I doze off and someone calls!) 3.Good
GPRS connection and access speeds 4. Amazing phonebook memory, with
an option to store multiple details per entry 5.Amazing compatibility
with IRDA port via laptop/PC 6.Over featured! if you know what I mean-many
features are unused (like Java games and applications downloads) but
it's good as it makes the phone future-proof 7.Good screen res. even
at 4096 colours Cons- 1.At this price, I expected 65K colour screen
(since other manufacturers are offering the same) 2.The keypad and the
outer casing seem to be loose and creak while using 3.an over-extensive
menu driven phone, which means that even to reach my inbox,I have to
press 4 keys! 4.Very less memory (atleast 1-1.2 MB could have been provided)
5.Ringtones cant be sent as MMS to other phones Net-net, I would recommend
this phone to anybody looking to upgrade to a good colour screen phone,
but not wanting the "plastic" look to the phone
Reviewed by Ash from England on 10th Dec 2003
I have been considering which phone to get for the last 6 weeks. I knew
I wanted a Nokia as I was used to my old 8310, but I didnt want a dodgy
built in camera phone. I had three phones in mind - 7210, 6100, 3100.
I scrapped the 7210 idea as the key pad looked a little slap dash. I
opted for the 6100 as, not only was it free on 02, but it also had a
volume control on the side - the 3100 didnt. Anyway, I had been reading
all the reviews on here and made a point of checking out certain peoples
gripes. I found none of them. The phone is pure class. The ring tones
are loud, the vibrate is good, the keypad is very easy to use, and the
screen is a beauty. I have had no creaky casing or battery life problems
either as others have mentioned on here. As I said, this phone - Top
Reviewed by Don One from Netherlands on 9th Dec
Ok this might not be the review you're looking for. Why? Well I can't
really tell you much right now. I got it for 3 days, but my contract
will go in from the 11th. So I'm now just enjoying the looks and couple
of java games I loaded up via Infrared port. I have to say it looks
the business. Not so toy-ish as the 8310/7210/7250. Ok so it doesn't
have a radio. I don't really care, I wouldn't use it anyways. I need
a phone to make phonecalls! Games are great when you bored. Specially
the good old card games, which you can just keep playing on and on and
on.... True Nokia is very LOOKS orientated. "just" 4096 colors, just
128x128 resolution, just 4 tone midi polyfonics...but still. I just
like them. I read most 6100 reviews and I hope I don't suffer from some
of the things mentioned here. Mine is rather new, software version 5.16.
So I might mis out on the early problems (let's hope so) Compared to
my brothers slightly older 7250, the menu Icons look more like "real"
pictures, instead of the cartoonish style on the 7250 (maybe also software
version dependable) It lacks animation though, but you can't really
see that as a selling point. It's nice to have, but useless to be honest.
You can live without that. But: I still don't like polyphonic tones.
Not even the monophonic ones played through the speaker of the newer
phones. I want a ringtone to sound like a ringtone i.e. like a phone
is getting a call! and not as if someone turnes on a radio. Just the
old style tones. Well I case I'll just have to get used to that. It's
not THAT big a probem. Though I wish this "business" model would have
some sophisticated tones and not tones like Chicken Dance, which is
kinda emberasing when your phones goes off during a business meeting
(btw I'm not a business man myself) I do like "business" phones over
phones like the super colorfull phones 7250 and those new 3xxx 2xxx
Nokia phones. One last general note to finish this: I see in many (Nokia)
reviews that people complain about battery life and that there 6310/5110/older
models could stand by for over a week. People, have you every compared
battery size? My old 5110 battery is larger than the INTIRE 8210 and
6100. Specially the new style battery as found in the 6100. WOW that
is a seriously small battery! Of course you can't expect extended battery
life compared to the old huge 51xx/61xx models. Design-wise (for whatever
it's worth) Nokia still is the king. This 6100 looks fine in every way.
The blue light of the keys is very nice. I hope a silverish cover will
come out, or I might get the white one and it looks top-notch.
Reviewed by Katrina from Australia on 8th Dec
i absolutly adore this phone! i am 13 and i only need it for texting
friends and making short calls. so i think that it serves my purpose.
i just need it to keep in contact with people so it is very good. the
colour is great and it just looks wonderful. my friends are always going
on about how cool it is and how they all want one. so i feel pretty
special to have one. thanx nokia for the great phone!!
Reviewed by PePPeR from Philippines on 3rd Dec
So far the Nokia 6100 is the only on that has certainly got my attention!
I just can't believ how a small and very light celphone can have all
its great features! well yeah, it doesn't have the radio and camera
option... but nokia has already comeout with attachements to satisfy
that! Nokia 6100... simply the best! Cheers!
Reviewed by kalpz from england on 30th Nov 2003
i think that this is undoubtedly the best fone that nokia have made.
it has all the functions a fone needs and even some that a phone doesn't
need e.g the world clock. i dont no why someone may need that but its
in there. overall TOP FONE!
Reviewed by charlene from uk on 28th Nov 2003
this phone is pretty good. lots of memory space..only bad thing about
the phone is the image quality...not all that..but overall pretty good
Reviewed by A 6100 maniac from Turkey on 26th
Its my 1st week with this beautiful phone.I got it as a replacement
to my 6610 which broke. The colours are gr8. The design is so sexy.
The lcd quality is good. The reception is excellent. Cons: No radio
(but who needs it nowadays)
Reviewed by Dave from UK on 18th Nov 2003
Took me a long time to decide what phone to get. I had an old siemens
and Im still very happy with it, but its just reaching old age. I needed
a phone for texting, short calls and a nice colour screen cause they
look nice. Had the 6100 for a couple of days and Im very happy with
it. The interface is simple to use and moving from siemens to nokia
was easy. screen looks lovely. text msgs are easy to get to. nice capacity,
folders to orgenise them and so on. Incredibly small and light. Long
battery life. And the speakerphone option is just great. But it does
lack in one area for me. The clarity of sound during calls. Its a step
down from my siemens m35. And if you are after a phone for making calls
all the time, you might want to test out a 6100 first to hear it. But
since all the calls i make are short, its not a bother. Overeall a great
Reviewed by Mark from UK, Manchester on 12th Nov
I, like many people, spent some considerable time deliberating over
which phone to upgrade to. I previously had the Nokia 8310e which, whilst
being an excellent little phone, was starting to experience the random
reboot syndrome! Time for an upgrade.... For me, camera phones are gimmicky
and a waste of time, so that ruled out the 7210 etc. The natural replacement
seemed to be the 6100, although I did spend a while looking at the likes
of Sony, Samsung, etc as well. What swayed me in the end was the fact
that I've always had Nokia before and always found them to be generally
good phones. They also have a fantastically simple and effective menu
system that is very easy to use. I have now had my new 6100 for a week
or so and am very pleased. I've heard some people knocking it for its
lack of games, etc - well, in my simplistic approach I see things along
the lines of.....you want a fashion accessory?? Buy a handbag! You want
to play games?? Buy a Playstation! You want to listen to music?? Buy
a Walkman! You want to take pictures?? Buy a camera! And as for the
creaky casing?? Well....disaster! How could one possibly live with such
a nightmare?!? I wanted a phone so that I could....well, talk to people!
Weird huh? Well this little baby does the job admirably. Very slim and
lightweight, good call quality, good speaker phone, clear easy to read
screen, very useful ability to switch into small font mode for text
messages (so you can pretty much see an entire txt msg on one screen
without having to scroll). Tri-band is a good feature as I'm off to
the US shortly. The calendar/reminder feature is also excellent. Add
the infra-red, colour screen, PC connectivity (you'll need a seperate
USB cable for this) and all in all, I find this to be an excellent phone.
Battery life is something that has been mentioned as being poor - well,
I've had it a week and its still on its first charge. Make sure you
fully charge and discharge the first couple of times you use it and
this will set the high and low watermark, so to speak, for the battery.
After this, make sure you fully discharge once a month and I think you'll
find that the battery life is perfectly adequate
Reviewed by Mark Hunter from Scotland on 10th
A few things; You DON'T need to scroll through menus to send a text
message. Simple press the left arrow and *bing* you're there... The
screen is very bright and clear and readable. The fonts used, and the
text message screen in particular are very crisp. The phone is light,
but has a robust feel to it. The build quality reminds me of the 6310,
but without the bulk/weight. The thing that disappoints me a little
is the style of the facia. The front facia looks the part, and obviously
this is what people are initially commenting on when they say the phone
looks great. And it does look great. However, the rear facia looks unfinished.
It looks as if you've forgotten to fit the rear facia. The white section
at the top coupled with the metalic affect battery cover don't fit in
with the quality look to the front of the phone. The only let down on
the phone. The menus are very easy to navigate, especially if you use
the numbers (i.e. to get to display settings you press menu 4 4). The
supplied wallpapers look good. More screensavers would be nice, especially
as they cost around £3 to download. The keys are firm and responsive.
The arrow pad looks like it might be fiddly to use, but it's actually
very responsive. The ring tones could be better, in that they aren't
as loud as 'normal' mono ringtones. The polyphonic ring tones sound
quite nice, but even on level 5 loudness aren't as loud as I'd like.
All in all the best phone I've had (compared with the 5110, 3210, 3310,
6210, 6310 & 8310 that I've had). 4 out of 5.
Reviewed by Fernando from Portugal on 7th Nov
My new Nokia 6100 has an "i" in the keypad, near the key 0_ ... Anyone
have one of this? in the warranty menu it says that has been made in
10/2003... i knew that here in Portugal one mor guy has one like this...
This phone is light, beatifull... for me, the best and beautifull Nokia's
Phone. It cames there a new software version (5.16) that includes a
new menú like Nokia 7250i: "Goto".. and some others improvements. Really
my best phone. Best Regards from Portugal
Reviewed by Ray Wood from England on 3rd Nov 2003
The phone worked in the shop and we transferred all my numbers etc.
I switched on my new phone several hours later with the charger still
attatched, got the sim update and before I could do anything the screen
went black. The well documented problem occurs every time I try to switch
on the phone, screen light up for about 1 second and then.... Orange
suggested the battery need charging? It worked with partial charge in
the shop, add 4 hours charging and the charger still connect. Anyone
have a theory?
Reviewed by James from England on 31st Oct 2003
Probably the worst fone I have had. First bought in July, within 3 days
it packed up - press the on switch and the screen lights up momentarily
and then dies. Given a replacement handset. 6 weeks later - same fault
again. Recieved like for like new handset, within 5 days- same fault.
They tried to repair it and I ended up with new handset number 4. Less
than a month and the same fault happened. Very dissapointed with the
whole sorry affair and have now swapped to a samsung. if you own this
fone ...good luck.
Reviewed by TT from UK on 27th Oct 2003
Well I upgraded to the 6100 for it's Triband capability.. As with every
new phone when you first handle it in your palm WOW always come to mind..
And this is no exception as the 6100 is a great little phone with a
pretty good colour screen! I've dropped it a few times and once in the
toilet! But it still works (after some draining) but now the loudspeaker
sounds a little suspect and (not surprising!) The battery life is not
great especially if you talk but then it is a small phone! Recommended
if you have BUTTER FINGERS like me.. Enjoy!
Reviewed by Jay Sea from UK on 8th Oct 2003
Everything you will read elsewhere about this phone is true. It's pretty
good, BUT: 1) Why don't Nokia allow the option of those good old-fashioned
AUDIBLE ringing tones? Both the mono and polyphonic tones on this phone
are fine when you're not in a noisy environment, but if you are, or
have left your phone in another room, calls and especially text messages
are too easily missed. I never failed to hear the standard text alert
on my old 3310. The same tone on this phone is practically inaudible.
2) Could be easier to use for text as navigating the text menus involves
too much button pressing. 3) Sound quality using the boom is great but
I find the speaker in the phone itself is very sensitive to exactly
where you hold the phone to your ear - half a centimetre too high or
low and you can't hear a thing. Otherwise a good phone - very light,
very small, reliable, good battery life, neat design.
Reviewed by Preet from UK on 2nd Oct 2003
Great phone for anyone and everyone. GET IT!!!!
Reviewed by Catey from UK on 2nd Oct 2003
I have hadthe Nokia 6100 for about 2 months and it is an outstanding
phone. After deliberating over the 6100 and the 7210, I finally went
for the 6100 when I saw an excellent deal on Amazon!! It is a beautiful
phone, sleek, stylish and sexy, and so light you hardly know it's in
your hand. The battery life seems excellent for such a slim phone, mine
lasts about 4/5 days. The text facility is great, the fact that the
text is so small so you can see your entire message on the screen makes
reading your messages over very easy and quick. GPRS once enabled works
brilliantly, and of course, is free at the moment from Orange. I have
one downloaded game, Miki's world, which is amusing, and the graphics
are more than satisfactory. Of course, the screen image is not as good
as that of say, the Sony Eriksson T610, but that phone has a whole lot
more pixals than the Nokia 6100. The speakerphone function is incredible,
chrystal clear from both ends, and of great use to me. As of yet, I
have had no "creaky" problems with the casing, and I have nothing but
praise for this phone. The radio attachment for the newer models should
be out soon which is more great news. I haven't yet made use of the
camera attachment since I haven't got one, and they are very expensive
(look out fo r deals including them if they are of importance to you).
Basically, this is an excellent phone, if you are in doubt, don't be.
Its sleek, stylish, light, easy to use, yet very impressive. When it
rings out it's polyphonic pretty tunes, you won't be embarrased to get
it out :) Buy it!
Reviewed by Sourav Sen from India on 27th Sep
the 6100 is my 2nd phone after the 2100 and i must admit that im pretty
happy with it. Pros:crisp 4096 color display,sleek and sexy,very light,battery
life,feature rich. Cons:no bluetooth,no fm radio,wallet feature not
Reviewed by kev from coventry, uk on 14th Sep
Ive had my 6100 for a month now and have to say the battery is excellent.
For the first two week it needed recharging every 2-3 days but now lasts
4-5 days with average use. With regards the sweeking a bit of blue tack
on the back cover will solve this and is totally invisible. All functions
work fine, but have to say text messaging is a touch laborious as two
many buttons to keeping changing to. Also why don't nokia phones have
a permanent alarm rather than the once daily one only. Game could also
be better as I can't play chess! This phone has serious executive status
and looks and feels the part. So far so good.
Reviewed by Jordan from UK on 8th Sep 2003
This is a great phone however some of its applications let it down.
as said by others reviewing this handset the memory size is minimal
and insufficiant compared to hnadsets such as the Samsung v200 and SonyEricsson
T610. The ringtones arent quite loud enough either and it does appear
2 b a bit on the slow side especially when accessing the phonebook or
message facilities. The creaking case is very irritating 2. However
despite all its bad points its a very attractive and easy 2 use phone
which has good features. dunno about the battery though cause im only
on my 1st charge so i repost 2 let ya know.
Reviewed by James from United Kingdom on 7th Sep
6100, what can I say. Nice looking phone, lightweight, robust (dropped
a few times on varying floor surfaces & my friend dropped hers in a
cup of coffee), good battery life. I have read the earlier reviews and
fortunately haven't experienced any of the software problems. I'm running
version 4.7. Maybe the lastest version has fixed it. Why only three
stars? Once Nokia started using vibrate alert they got lazy and never
properly replaced their old ringtone called City Bird (Do you remeber
it?). With this tone you couldn't fail to hear when your phone was ringing.
I'm afraid that this phone doesn't ring loud enough and the vibrate
alert is only useful if you can feel that phone in your pocket. I don't
beleive it is a true multimedia phone either. You can't record and attach
any sound to your messages. Makes the 6100 a bit of a poor relation.
The phone looks fantastic. But the build quality is poor. It only took
a few days for my phone to start creaking like an old man in need of
a hip replacement. The phone has a very small memory capacity. Seeing
as most people will pay to download pictures & ringtones this seems
both daft and stingy by Nokia. Having said all that I would still recommend
this phone if you can put up with all the grumbles. If not, maybe you
should look at the Sony Ericsson T610. My girfriends got one and she
loves it more than me.
Reviewed by china from uk on 5th Sep 2003
This phone is advertized as the smallest and lightest Nokia phone ever
which is untrue it may be the thinnest and the lightest but the 6510
is at least 10mm shorter and more compact. also advertized with 2 games
and only arrives with one ( a chess thing) its a good phone less girlie
than the 7250 which like the 6510 has a radio that is not on the 6100.
stores 150 text messages and send and recieve photos - tarrif dependant.
i wish it had the games of the 7250 and the sound meter of the 5100
the radio of the 7250 and the size of the 6510 but if there was one
perfect phone everyone would have it!
Reviewed by Mat from Holland on 4th Sep 2003
Good phone, but I earn more money now, so i bought myself a Nokia 8910i,
which elagance exceeds the extra's of the 6100. I now can walk the streets
again without shame.
Reviewed by Brad from UK on 28th Aug 2003
As an average user who mostly uses his phone for making calls and texting
I've gotta say that this is the best possible choice that I could have
made. Everything about this phone is brill. I disagree with all those
comments about the poor battery life. This phone has a better battery
life than most colour screen phones!Most of the failings mentioned by
other reviewers are down to their network and not the phone.Buy this
baby on orange and you'll never look back!
Reviewed by Tom from United Kingdom on 28th Aug
I have had the 6100 for about a month now. I chose it after deliberating
between it, the 6610 and 5100. In the end, it came down to the look,
size and weight of the 6100. Also, I have little use for a radio or
camera on my mobile. Texting is good on these screens (compared to old
phone); WAP works fine but I would be a desperate person to want to
use it regularly! Buttons are positive and easy to press, and the 4-way
key works well. However, I don’t think this phone is for people
with large hands! So far, I have not experienced the problems encountered
by some of the reviewers here. It works every time, in all the areas
I travel to, even when the signal is slightly dodgy. The reception is
usually loud and clear and the speaker works fine. Made it a point to
test the features some users have reported problems with and they seem
to function OK with me. As for the battery, I followed instructions
by giving it an initial 16-hour charge, only recharging when it was
completely flat the first couple of times, and now it seems to last
quite a long time after each recharge. I did ask the guy in the shop
about the problems I’ve read about here and in answer, he pulled
out his own phone, which was the 6100 – to me, this is reassuring!
I can only conclude that there are some dud batches out there but this
may well apply to all models, judging by the various reviews on this
site. The phone also seems robust enough – I’ve already
dropped it a couple of times (carpeted floor) and it didn’t appear
to do any harm. Minuses? The screen is near impossible to read when
not lit, compared to my old monochrome phone. Other than that, I am
very pleased with the 6100. If I do encounter problems in the future,
I will report back!
Reviewed by Fernando from Portugal on 27th Aug
I'm quite dissapointed with Nokia 6100 anda Nokia... they can't make
little phones with quality... Nokia 6100 it seem's Nokia 8210... very
problems... When i buy-it i've changed 5 phones, because all have problems,
anda this one isn't an exception... The software 4.01 doesn't iluminate
the display when somebody that are in you "groups" call you... the version
4.7... has bugs to... try to choose the scheme color for screen and
you will see the bug... no words to designate the color that you want
to choose... The Batery has very poor duration... if you tal one hour,
the phone only gets 1 or 2 days... The quality of sound is very very
poor, it vibrates a lot in your ear... my phone, when the battery complete
discharges, when i charged and tryied to turn on the phone it turn's
on, turns off, and then turns on again... The captation level is not
good... but for the price (300 Euros... my has bought 400 Euros) is
not good... I'm very dissapointed with This model and with Nokia...
a nd i'm very sad to say this because i like very much of Nokia...
Reviewed by Bruno from Portugal on 22nd Aug 2003
Excellent phone if you don't have the 4.01 firmware version, this version
had many problems such the phone doesn't illuminate in incoming calls.
I upgraded the 4.7 version and the problem seams to disappear. The sound
quality should be better. If you like small and elegant phones this
is the one for you.
Reviewed by Andrew from Isle of Man on 20th Aug
I'm really concidering buying this phone but before I do. Can anyone
tell me if it has a ringtone composer?? and whats the memory size. Thanks
Reviewed by Vikki from United Kingdom on 17th
I'm not going to give this phone 5 stars because no phone deserves 5
stars. It is a brilliant phone I don't agree that the visibility of
the screensaver is poor, The backlight does light up when the phone
rings and it does light up the middle row of numbers just as well as
the others. The memory space is pretty damn good and any more would
be a waste. Polyphonic ringtones sound excellent, and if you are not
happy with them or the games etc you can easily buy a data cable and
media cd from ebay at a good price. I have no problems with the phone
and I believe that the people complaining about some of the things I
havn't noticed are just nit-picking. So an excellent buy overall and
would reccomend this phone to anyone.
Reviewed by Tom from United Kingdom on 14th Aug
Got a bit concerned about the battery life on this phone - and my worries
were confirmed by the few postings refering to the same problem. Is
this a problem batch or phones or is this a general problem with the
6100?....Have to charge it every two days, while my old 6310 was a gem!.
Reviewed by Christian from Uk on 8th Aug 2003
Caution!!! This phone looks "the business" and promises much. It has
many useful features, however.... So far in the space of two months
the loudspeaker is not functioning at all, battery life is poor and
the handset housing is rather "creaky". No audible alert is reciecved
due to a fault. Good looks are no substitute for a reliable and fully
featured phone. If I were making a decision again - it would be no.
I am sure that Nokia can do much better!!
Reviewed by rahul from India on 7th Aug 2003
This phone is one of the best Nokia phones i have used so far.The last
best Nokia phone was the 6510!.The 6100 has everything i need,from GPRS
to colours to good sounding melodies.The only thing missing is the radio,though
not used much,can be real fun if you are stuck in traffic or just bored.The
memory could get an improvement too,like the 7250(4.5 MB).669Kb is tooo
less for images,tones and games!.I hope they realease a 6200 or a 6100i
with more memory,a better screen and radio,and that will definetly get
Reviewed by euan from Malaysia on 6th Aug 2003
Beautifully-designed phone, only 2 things stopping it from a 5th star
is the FM radio and the paltry colour display. Hopefully, Nokia will
come out with a 6100i version with the FM radio.
Reviewed by Neil from U.K. on 29th Jul 2003
I have had the same problem as that recorded by Dave on 14 July. Fairly
frequently, my Nokia 6100 refuses to call out and will not take incoming
calls, although everything seems to be fine - good signal. Only cured
by switching it off and back on again. But the trouble is, someone may
have been trying to phone you for some time without your knowing. Unreliable.
Reviewed by al from manchester on 28th Jul 2003
had 3650 brill phone but a bit bulky!! camera was fantastic but phone
still to bulky so i decided to go for the 6100 fantastic choice!!!!!!!!!!!!
luv everything about it the size,weight,the screen,easy key pad and
menu[keypad on 3650 was a nightmare for txting and i txt alot!!!] the
camera atatchment is pretty good the pic do`nt look that clear but when
u send them to an email or 3650 there crystal clear,the two hand straps
that come with it r good to,the poly ringtone r loud enough and the
rythmic vibrate is cool!!!!the clock screen saver is`nt good though
but i found a site were u can down load a program were u can change
itand have a few dIfferent ones eg digital clock.explosion,analouge
clock. its realy for the 3650 but works fine on 6100 and can b downloaded
of pc via infered. THE ONLY FAULT I CAN FIND WITH IT IS CANT SEND PICS
AND RINGTONES 2 OTHER PHONES VIA INFERED UNLESS ITS 6100 CANT EVEN SEND
2 OTHER NOKIAS WITCH IS A PAIN CAUSE EVERYONE I NO HAS A NOKIA OF SUM
SOR T BUT CAN LIVE WITH THAT BEST PHONE I`VE HAD SO FAR SAYING THAT
WHEN I GOT A NOKIA 5110 MANY YEAR A GO I THOUGHT IT WAS THE BEST THING
SINCE SLICE BREAD HA HA HA
Reviewed by smith from uk on 14th Jul 2003
excellent phone. if you want something small and efficient then this
is what you need. be warned though, its unreliable, i had mine for a
month and its loudspeaker decided it'd only work when it felt like it.
the vibration function cops off at time to time as well. im still waiting
for the replacement from orange. better than other nokias around, just
hope it likes you!
Reviewed by Dave from UK on 14th Jul 2003
I got a 6100 2 months ago & everything seemed fine but all of a sudden
I could not call out (it appeared if the number was being called but
phone did not make the connection). If you tried to ring the mobile
then you would not be connected. Remedied only by removing the battery.
Also, occasionally the battery would not charge up. Took the phone back
and got another - same fault. Took it back and got another - same fault.
This happened fairly infrequently - could just be that particular 'batch'.
Otherwise a good phone.
Reviewed by Sukie from uk on 6th Jul 2003
Ok, had this phone for about a month now, would recommend it but only
if you can live with the poor battery life (2-3 days average use) and
a couple of other cons. I got it because of its stunning looks and size,
I wasn't really expecting great features. A quick and effective solution
for the creaking you get due to the poorly designed back cover: Get
a blob of blutack and roll it until quite thin, then stick it on the
edge of the battery and squeeze on the back cover-Creaking gone! If
you want a smart looking phone and are not to bothered about lots of
functions and features, I think this would be a good bet. Also consider
the 6610, it looks A LOT better in real life, not so square.
Reviewed by Sharon from - on 1st Jul 2003
I've had the 6100 for a couple of weeks and I have to say I love it.
I considered the 7210, 6610 and 5100 but the 6100 won because of its
compact size and sleek look. The 7250 also lost out because of its size
and the fact that I don't really need a digital camera, I already have
one. The only gripe is that the fm is replaced by the wallet feature
(which I haven't really used) but I can live without the fm. The world
clock application really doesnt have much use and the games that come
with the phone are pretty passe. Luckily the good stuff is downloadable.
The battery is good enough, usually lasts more than a full two days
with heavy use. The digital clock screensaver is stupid looking but
you have to live with it, you can't change it. For the price you pay,
they could have included the data cable with the package... Also, I
don't understand the logic behind the back cover being a weird bronze
color. It really doesnt match with the dark blue and light blue variants
of the phone. Looks okay with the gold-yellow colour. The 4way key is
really cool, makes navigation so much easier, and also provides some
convenient shortcuts. The shortcuts to the message editor and calendar
are especially useful. Also, the boom headset that comes with it is
a lot more comfortable and better looking than the other earbud types.
Speaker phone is excellent... loud and clear and distribution lists
for smsing are so handy. Overall I would recommend this phone just for
the size if you don't mind not having fm and bluetooth (also some of
the other color display phones in the market come with higher resolutions
and active matrix as compared to the 4096-colour LCD screen passive
Reviewed by - from uk on 30th Jun 2003
Got my 6100 saturday 28th june 2003. So far So good, smart , sexy looking
phone , loads of great features etc. However, looking at other reviews
on this sight i am a bit concerened about the battery life. The saleperson
told me that although they reccomend a 16 hr charge when the phone is
new , this phone as battery life already on it (unlike other models)
and it would be best to charge it up for 1hr and let it run out completely
and re cahrg for the full 10/16 hrs. My battery as now run out , so
i will be recharging it for the 1st time and hopefully get a good amount
of battery life (unlike the 8210 when that 1st appeard on the market).
So far great phone , will keep you posted , and hopefully it will get
the 5* rating im sure it will deserve.
Reviewed by Faisal from Pakistan on 28th Jun 2003
I use to change phones every 3 months.. real critic user.. But 6100
is a complete Executive phone.. I believe the best phone I've ever had..
Compact, Long Battery, and easy to use buttons flattened me..
Reviewed by - from - on 21st Jun 2003
Just got this phone, love it can find anything wrong with it. all these
other reviews say that theirs have had problem, well i'm sorry to say
that i think they are unlucky cos my 1 hasnt had a single problem (so
far). Anyway Nokia have solved the issue of NO RADIO in the 6100 by
releasing a Radio headset (set to be released in the 3rd quarter of
2003) but will only work with the newer 6100's (not the early 1's) also
the design of this phone is the best i can't say that their is a better
phone design than this. I wasnt sure which phone to get at the start
the 5100 , 6100 or the 7210. after borrowing my mates 7210 liked it,
still had the 6100 in mind. My mates brother has the 5100 and i checked
it out, liked it aswell, still had 6100 in mind. couldn't decide as
the 6100 hasnt got a built in radio. then saw the attachment coming
out and bought it straight away. Any1 considering buying this against
any other phone. dont even think about any other phone, this phone is
the nicest , best functions, smallest and lightest. i recommend this
phone to the world
Reviewed by Rachel from UK on 21st Jun 2003
I have had my Nokia 6100 for 2 weeks now, and I think that it is a fab
and funky phone. The only problems which I have encountered so far include
the "creaking" from the back of the handset when texting - to overcome
this just fold up a small bit of paper and place on your battery and
then replace the cover! Also the screensaver is c##p - the brightness
is awful and you can only read the time in a certain light - I only
have my screensaver activated for every 60mins - does anyone know how
to overcome this?? I have tried changing the brightness, but it makes
no difference! Apart from those two gripes I really can't complain about
the phone at all ! :)
Reviewed by don savins from uk on 19th Jun 2003
great easy to use phone packed with features. not enougth covers yet!
Reviewed by Huwski from England on 18th Jun 2003
Great Phone,Fantastic looks and features. Why only 1 star? Sound quality
was terrible compared to my old Nokia 6310 and, being a business user,
the battery life was totally unacceptable - Only 2 days between charges.
Both mine and partners 6100's were returned yesterday - Thanks Orange
for the 14 day exchange plan!
Reviewed by Fred Perry from England on 15th Jun
Absolutely amazing phone. Sold to me by Phones 4 U alongside the 7210
and 6610 (but the 7210 looks cheap and tacky, and the 6610 is too square).
Amazing phone, Looks proffesional and lush, and darn sexy. The colour
screen is great, with a huge number of games available for it (recently
bought Splinter Cell on it, and the game play is amazing). Sometimes
if you have too many colours or graphics on screen it can start to flicker
badly, but that just is expected, with this being a new thing for smaller
phones of this calibre. The camera quality is rubbish compared to what
they advertise, and is a nightmare to use. If it had a better camera
(ie the Samsung v200 camera), it would be amazing. Could do with more
memory too for graphics and games, but these things can be handled.
Worth the cash. And it doesn't just look good, the systems within give
you full control over the phone, and you can do nearly anything with
it. Note, however, that some sites say that this phone is not compatible
with their downloads, but the system is the same as the 7210 and 6610,
so if they support one of the others, say your phone is that instead
and it'll work anyway. . Highly recomended.
Reviewed by Nuno from Portugal on 14th Jun 2003
Nokia 6100 is a great phone. Fashionable, small, light, fits well on
the hand, amazing signal sensitivity, good display, tri-band, loudspeaker,
easy menus, organizer, color display, java, gprs. It gets one star less
because of a few quirks: the color combinations are a bit odd, like
a brown battery with a light metalic blue cover, the plastics do creak
a bit while holding the phone and typing text, sound quality (receiving
calls, not the loudspeaker) is just average, not that bad, but always
with a hiss on the background and a bit of distortion if you set it
high enough. Battery life is average, it does 70-80h on a normal use,
exactly as much as my Motorola V66i that specs 120h standby vs 320h
on the Nokia. The 6100 charges the battery 3 times faster than the V66i,
though. It doesn´t support .amr sounds and it doesn´t have Bluetooth.
I don´t really care for FM radio on a mobile phone. But don´t let these
points take you down. It doesn´t have any weak points, really, it only
reaches average on some and excels on all the others. Highly recomended.
Reviewed by Tayyab Malik from Pakistan on 3rd
I will grant 5 stars to Nokia 6100 being the best hand set in all respect.
Reviewed by - from UK on 30th May 2003
this is an absolutly brilliant phone although i find the screen a bit
bright.Anyway. TOP PHONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by highsector from singapore on 29th
very nice phone indeed. almost bought 7250 cos of the camera function,
however, the bulky-ness with 7250 put me off. It is a cool function
to take pic and set is as your wallpaper right away, but then again,
you can always upload your picture to the net services then download
it to your 6100.... If 6100 has a built in camera, i mean, in that size,
i would i have given it a 5 star rating... Buying 6100 camera is not
worth it. I will wait till they make a smaller size one without all
the cables dangling. You can always take picture from your pictures,
upload it to the net and then download it to your nokia phones..!
Reviewed by Jamie from England on 18th May 2003
This phone is packed so full of features handy in mobile communication,
the only thing missing is a changeable screen saver. Unless i've overlooked
that option. The nokias I've had in the past have always lacked something
whether it be style or features, but this has both. Its compact but
the buttons are well positioned to help those with bigger fingers. It's
a fun phone to have but as a serious business tool has many features,
so long as you are infrared enabled at the desk or on the go. The screen
is good quality too and I think they have actually improved the messaging
system, not made it slower, for example when not using predictive the
time for pressing the same character button has dropped to a more reaasonable
delay. Well done nokia, this helps when you don't want the bulk of a
Reviewed by - from - on 17th May 2003
ok,well a very nice sleak slim line phone that has little weight to
it however i have found a few poor qualities to it even from the 8310.
For starters the colour screen seems to make the phone run much slower
than my 8310, if your use to texting fast you may find this annoying.
Another poor point is the battery life, i was told by a sales assistant
in a phones 4 u store a heavy user would be able to make the battery
last for 7 days! Well i have charged the phone up quite a few times
now and used it heavily and it has only lasted me 2! It does have its
advantages though, the polyphonic ringtones sound great and its nice
having a bit of colour to something u use so often. I wouldnt say it
was much of an advancement altogether however!
Reviewed by Dom from England on 6th May 2003
Reviewed by Hassan from England on 30th Apr 2003
Having used several Nokias in the past (3210, 3330, 8310, 6310i, 6510,
9210), the decision to buy this one was difficult. It was a choice between
the 7250 and the 6100, with the 6610 thrown in to make things worse.
I finally chose this. Why? Simple. I already have a digital camera (I
am an amateur photographer) so the built in camera was nothing more
than a gimmick for me anyways. If it had been important, I might have
considerd the 7250, but that phone is bulkier, heavier - and lets face
it, nowhere as sexy as this one. The 6100 is a thing of beauty. It is
slim, light (at 76g it is Nokia's lightest phone yet) and beautiful.
The shape emphasises the large colour screen, which boasts 4096 colors.
The keys are egronomically designed and easy to use. However, I have
some reservations with the four-direction button in the center. Perhaps
it takes some getting used to. The menus are like all other nokias.
Simple enough to make the instruction book redundant. Being a passive
matrix screen, it makes the menus seem a little slower than the normal
LCD screens, but you quickly get used to this. For people who write
text messages very fast, this could be a slight problem, and takes some
getting used to. The Colour Screen: Its nice enough, although I felt
some lack of sharpness. Perhaps I've been spoiled too much by my 9210i
Communicator's screen! As far as pictures are concerned, DO NOT expect
them to look as they do on your computer screen. The decrease in colour
depth (number of colors used) is a major factor. All things considered,
its still much better than some phones which have 256 colour screens.
The screen flickers sometimes, and this happens most often when the
phone is vibrating - I might have it looked at. I don't have any major
complaints with the phone. The build quality is good, sound quality
is great and the speakerphone function works wonderfully, even from
a considerable distance. As far as phone software is concerned, there
are slight changes - improvements really. The calendar, a function I
use a lot, has an improved layout, making full use of the colour screen.
IN ALL, nokia has produced an eye catching phone, which is all the things
that a reasonably good phone should be. It doesn't have an integrated
camera, and it doesn't have all the capabilities of the Communicator.
I would still say that with the possible exception of the communicator,
the 6100 is the best phone I have ever owned. And after all, the communicator
suffers seriously because of its size.
Reviewed by James from UK on 30th Apr 2003
Excellent phone, easy to use with the great Nokia scroll menu in full
colour, very light and full of functions. To be honest it was a toss-up
between this or a 7250 which looks a nice phone. But the idea of having
a camera on the phone put me off, I've got a digital one to do all that.
I'm looking forward to what Java apps. are going to appear on it and
what miracles the pop-port are going to bring to mobile communications.
Reviewed by FC from Taiwan on 29th Apr 2003
It's OK. It looks very slim and feels great to hold. Menu system is
more cumbersome that it should be. The text message menu which is the
one you spend your time using is clumsy. E.g. you have to decide betweem
MMS and SMS at an early stage so clumsy if you decide later to add photos
and it takes longer just to start your typing. However, main gripe is
that the optional camera attachment is the most laughable piece of technology
I have ever bought. Firstly - no flash - so useless in most of the situations
you might need it for. Can understand the reason for no flash in the
models with an inbuilt camera, but they could easily have made room
for this in an attachable camera. Secondly, the leads. There is an unnessarily
long lead between the camera and phone making the whole thing too big
and clumsy. Gets tangled up in your bag. You cannot see the scene you
are taking on your phone - just look through a small window and then
it transfers once taken. However, the silliest thing about it is the
handsfree kit that comes with the camera. Two earpieces plug into the
camera, and then you have to (get this) hold the camera up to your mouth
and speak into it. It is impossible to look cool doing this. In addition:
- They do not make it clear that you need GPRS to download the pictures
- and there is no other way to get them off the camera. - There are
no cute features like being able to link a pictues to a phone number
(so friend's picture comes up instead of numbers). Basically - it's
a very junky afterthought and Nokia should never have released it. And
be careful - I tried to get my money back on it about 3 hours after
buying it and was not allowed to. I wish I had bought the 3650 instead.
Reviewed by Grant from UK on 10th Mar 2003
I have owned numerous Nokia phones in the past and I have to say this
is the best yet. Okay it doesn't have voice dialling or Bluetooth technology
. but then when do you ever use these function anyway? At the end of
the day is probably one of the best mobiles on the market at the moment.
It is small, light and very sexy looking.
Reviewed by Lisa from England on 10th Mar 2003
I love this phone it has excellent features and ringtones and a great
colour screen. I dont agree with an earlier review that the battery
lasts for a really long time as I find the battery runs out really fast.
The only real downfall this phone has is the attachable camera, the
sales guy in the Phones 4U shop talked me out of getting another phone
as he said the camera wasnt up to scratch and that i would be much happier
with the 6100 as the photos where top quality....LIE! The photos are
really disappointing and unless you are in the best day light they dont
work out at all. All in all the 6100 is a lovely looking phone with
loads of features - but if you are looking to buy a phone for the camera
facility this isnt the one for you!
Reviewed by Elliot from UK on 5th Mar 2003
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What an excellent phone! The size of the Nokia 8XXX series yet featuring
a high res colour screen and more features than I will ever use. The
important aspects of a phone are the sound quality and the reception.
Both are faultless. Easily the best phone I have ever come across for
everyday use and practicality considering the amount of features packed