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Nokia 6300

If you are looking for information on opening the USB cover, see this post.

My Sony Ericsson k750i started playing up recently: locking up requiring a battery removal to reset, but then continuously vibrating on switch on, or going very slow, not responding to key presses, so I decided it was time for a change.

The question was, “what to?”. I had always stuck with Ericsson phones (starting with the analogue EH237, then on digital: GH388, I888, R320, T39m, T68i, T630 and lastly the K750i) because the menu system always made sense compared to Nokia, and prior to Sony getting involved, Ericsson had always made the serious phones with useful features, whereas Nokia had gone the route of appealing to those more interested in silly ringtones and swappable covers. Some Nokias didn’t even have a normal telephone ringtone.

Nokia 6300Unfortunately, Sony appears to be trying to turn all the phones into Walkman clones, and the last three (T68i, T630 and k750i) have all exhibited the common Sony Ericsson joystick failure problems, so I decided to give Nokia a try and chose the Nokia 6300.

A Glaring Omission

Bluetooth smallFirst thing to do on receipt of the new phone was to transfer my phone book from the old phone. Here I hit a snag. Ever since my first bluetooth phone (T39m), I have been able to ‘send all contacts’ via bluetooth to the new phone. Unfortunately, Nokia phones don’t seem to support this. Sending a single contact at a time works, but not the whole phone book. I was not prepared to sit and transfer one contact at a time and copying to the SIM was not an option, as this truncates the names, so I would have to spend time correcting all the contacts. I did find a way round this using my Apple Mac, but I shouldn’t have had to resort to that.

This is a glaring omission on a modern bluetooth enabled phone.

Buried Memory

I had realised that I would have to change from the Memory Stick Duo in the k750i to a MicroSD card, but was at first stumped when I came to look for the slot. Whereas the k750i has a rubber cover for the memory card, the slot on the 6300 is buried away and you have to remove the back cover to get to the memory card slot. This is not some ‘fit and forget’ item like the SIM card. If you are using the phone’s camera on a day-to-day basis, you need to be able to remove the card easily.

Speaking of the camera, it is a shame there is no lens cover to protect it, nor is there a light or macro mode.

The phone does has a mini-USB port on the bottom, (good, so you don’t have to buy a special Nokia lead) so it is actually possible to connect the phone to a computer and access the memory card directly, effectively using the phone as a card reader, but I shouldn’t have to carry an extra lead.

There is also a missed opportunity here. If you’ve provided a USB connection, why not charge the phone using it?

Use with Tom Tom

I was pleasantly surprised that the Nokia paired up very quickly with my Tom Tom GO 500 and the wireless data side also works, whereas my k750i refused to pair up at all under current Tom Tom firmware (6.x) requiring to pair under 5.42 and then upgrade the Tom Tom. Also the k750i wireless data never worked and had to be disabled. Considering that Ericsson developed the Bluetooth standard, it is rather odd to see another manufacturer’s phone working better than an Ericsson phone. Plus point for Nokia.

However, it then goes and falls flat on its face for two reasons:

  • incoming SMS messages do not show on the Tom Tom. Minus 3 for Nokia.
  • Importing the phonebook to the TomTom only brings in one phone number per contact. Nokia was late in the day introducing multiple numbers per contact and it would appear that they still don’t have it properly implemented.

Minor niggles

The following are minor niggles, but show that a little more thought would have gone a long way.

Changing the wallpaper to a colour similar to the menu text makes the menu text invisible. Not very clever! There is no warning about this. Note this is using the supplied Nokia wallpaper, so someone obviously forgot to check this. The k750i would automatically swap the text to a contrasting colour.

Pressing the green ‘call’ button brings up a list of recent contacts, both incoming and outgoing. The icons for in and out are very similar and difficult to distinguish. More importantly, there is no indication against the contact’s name whether the call was home, mobile or work. For this you have to go into details, check, then come back out to make the call. Again, on the k750i, an icon appeared against each entry. You can switch icons on for the main names list, but this does not affect the recent caller list.

There is no tone or message when you get a receipt for a text message (Sorry, Delivery Report in Nokia-speak). You need to open each message in your sent items list and check the message details and scroll down to delivery status – very long winded. On Ericsson, apart from getting a tone and message, each sent item has a tick next to it if a delivery report has been received.

This next one make me think that Nokia just haven’t thought the interface through. Let’s say I have a contact ‘John Smith’ which currently contains only his landline number. He sends me a text with his new shiny mobile number. On my Sony Ericsson, I would simply open the text, select ‘options-save number’, then select existing contact and tell it what type of number (home/work/mobile/other) it was. It would then add the new number to the existing contact. Simple. Not so on Nokia. True enough, there is an ‘option-save number’, but it does not allow you to save it to an existing contact. Never mind, I thought, enter the same name and it will ask if you want to add the number to the existing contact (in much the same way as MS Outlook does). No. Instead I get “contact exists, do you want to replace it?” “No I **** don’t you stupid phone”. In the end, I wrote it down on a piece of paper and manually edited the existing contact. I think it boils down to the fact that Ericsson’s phonebooks have been able to hold multiple numbers against a single name for a lot longer than Nokia’s have, and Nokia hasn’t got the hang of it yet.


Overall, the screen is very good and the in-call sound quality is comparable to a landline.

I’m still getting used to using unlock-* rather than *-unlock, and the different keys for space, and upper/lower case, but that’s to be expected.

  1. dee f
    December 4th, 2007 at 20:41 | #1
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    Speedy!! Thank you!
    I’ll take a chance on the sensible answer it; most of the useful stuff i’ve learnt has come from places like this…. 🙂

    I’ve got a mini usb type cable for my digital camera, can I use that to connect the phone to the laptop? – surely a cable is a cable is a cable??? Nokia imply I will destroy laptop and phone if I don’t use their own.. I’ve downloaded the software for the cable
    thanks again! D

  2. December 4th, 2007 at 21:18 | #2
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    Yeah, and no doubt Nokia’s cable will cost an arm and a leg.

    I can only tell you my experience and that is that I have used a standard mini-USB camera cable with no problem.

    Also, the camera appears as a card reader to the computer (PC or Mac) without any additional software, although I think the software gives you more access.

  3. Al
    December 4th, 2007 at 21:55 | #3
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    Had a Sony ericsson k550i and i found that the camera was useless even though it has a 2 megapixel like the nokia 6300. I prefer nokia phones all the time!

  4. dee f
    December 4th, 2007 at 22:29 | #4
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    fantastic!! downloaded music, uploaded photos. I don’t have an mp3 player, so really impressed by the sound, all I need is stereo bluetooth headphones and then I too can be one of those people who spend more time in the gym fiddling with their ears than working out…

    best £55 i’ve spent this week and finally can come out of mourning for beloved 6310i that died last a year ago, and throw the RAZR v3 i replaced it with in the canal.

    Big thanks again DX

  5. December 4th, 2007 at 23:05 | #5
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    Can’t speak for the k550i, but the 2MP camera on the k750i knocks spots off the 6300. I used to use it all the time as a note-taking camera, especially for close up stuff. The light in the k750i comes in useful here too. The camera on the 6300 is useless by comparison and I miss having the k750i camera.

    I have used the camera on the 6300 about three times since I got it, with very poor results (not sharp, poor colour rendition, very noisy). The k750i actually focuses, but the 6300 appears to be fixed focus and suffers because of it, even though they are both 2MP.

  6. Michaela
    February 24th, 2008 at 12:33 | #6
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    To copy contacts over you need to go to contacts, options, mark all,options, then move or copy all contacts from sim to phone or vice versa, it is very fast and saves doing it one by one!

    Hope this helps!

  7. February 24th, 2008 at 12:37 | #7
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    Except Michaela, as I said in the original post:

    copying to the SIM was not an option, as this truncates the names, so I would have to spend time correcting all the contacts.

  8. zack
    November 3rd, 2008 at 02:03 | #8
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    My wife is also facing this stupid problem. To make it worst, her phone can’t detect a brand new original headset to activate the built in fm radio. The only thing that I can say about this nokia phone is, it really uses a LOW QUALITY and USELESS components. I’ve already lost half of my savings, just for this burden-giving-phone’s maintainence and repair cost. I really regret for choosing this brand.

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