Nokia 6101: Steady, Sober Simple Companion

By: Adam Jaylin

Being subtle is the forte of the Finnish mobile phones giant Nokia and they succeed magnificently In their new Nokia 6101. The design elements of Nokia 6101, even though a bit staid, are elegant and understated. Except the ugly antenna sticking out of the top left, this clamshell phone looks subtly sophisticated and nicely round - having more Asian design elements as opposed to earlier Nokia designs.

The phone is a tri-band GSM, along with GPRS and EDGE support. Significantly, Bluetooth is missing, though Infrared is definitely present and also the pop-port USB support. The camera is, disappointingly a VGA one, which are one their way out. Those who need email-connectivity while on the go, have WAP and xHTML browsers for their convenience.

One of the best features of is a brilliant keypad, which, though looks like a single block, is well spaced and is very convenient to use. The swivel of the phone is very well coordinated, so much so that a single shake of hand can easily close the phone.

The external display is nothing extraordinary, but shows everything of importance. The internal screen is good at 176 x 208 pixels, but we have come to expect so much from Nokia that it is disappointing.

The operating system is Symbian version 7. Now that newer, better versions are in market, one is obviously reluctant to go for something so outdated.

Those who need the beats to keep them glued to their daily work have an FM radio and a mono-mp3 player at their disposal. Another popular entertainment feature is Java enabling that lets you download your favourite games in a jiff.

Clearly, there are better models available in the market, especially with rivals like Motorola and Sony Ericsson, but Nokia 6101 will continue to exert its superiority due to its excellent value for money factor.

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