Nokia 6300 Mobile Phone Review (Camera, MP3 Player, Radio, Organiser) – Series 40

I bought my Nokia 6300 mobile phone from an Optus Shop for AUS$199 and I use it with my Virgin Mobile SIM. I have read all the best reviews of the Nokia 6300 and hundreds of user comments and feedback about it and created a list of the Best features, Annoying Problems, Tips & Tricks to customise the phone to suit your needs.

Great Features

  • plus Beautiful TFT screen: 16 million true colors, 240 width x 320 pixels height (31 x 41 mm)
  • plus 5 pin Mini usb port – so you can add custom ringtones, games, wallpaper and move photos off the microSD card quickly and easily.
  • plus Includes Opera web browser for WAP 2.0/xHTML
  • plus 2 Megapixel (1600×1200 pixels) camera that can also take video (176×144 QCIF format) onto the included 128 microSD card.
  • plus FM stereo radio (bundled Nokia Stereo Headset HS-47 brushed black metal look) and MP3/MP4/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+ player
  • plus Easy to use Organiser for meetings & todo items and Java MIDP 2.0 applications like: Calculator, World Clock, Nokia Sensor, Bluetooth Presenter, Converter II
  • plus Bonuses: Flashing blue LED light on each side of the phone if you’ve received an SMS, missed a call or have an overdue ToDo item, Built-in hands free speakerphone, Reliable Nokia Series 40 3rd edition operating system, Customisable Alarm and Reminder ringtone/MP3

nokia 6300 futurama theme

Annoying Problems

  • minus You have to immediately stick on a screen protector otherwise you will really regret it when the brilliant quality screen gets scratched after a few weeks
  • minus USB Port cover is difficult to open – It was so frustrating that I ended up cutting it off
  • minus If used really heavily the BL4C 860mAh battery can go flat within 1 day, with normal use it lasts me 3 days maximum.

    If you read old reviews complaining that the battery lasts only 1 day with light use ignore them because the new Nokia 6300 firmware fixes that problem

  • minus The vibrate feature isn’t as powerful as my old Nokia 1600 so it’s sometimes possible to not notice incoming SMS or calls when the phone is set to silent vibrate only
  • minus You need a miniUSB data cable to use Nokia PC suite, add your own MP3 ringtones, wallpapers and themes etc but it’s not included in the 6300 package. You’ll have to go to a computer store and buy it there (less than $10)

Tips & Tricks

  • EASY: You can backup your Nokia 6300 contacts details to Gmail very easily. Lots of thanks to Dave Earley for the tip
  • EASY: Backup your Contacts and Calendar schedule to a text document VCF (vCard file) using johnd’s FREE Java application MobileBackup-1.0.jar
  • EASY: If you’ve lost the 6300 manual you can download it as a PDF
  • EASY: To quickly switch between the “General” profile and the “Silent” profile, press the # button for a few seconds
  • EASY:The radio port is 2.5mm size but you can buy a 3.5mm adapter so you can use normal headphones.
  • EASY: I don’t use this feature but the Nokia 6300 is A2DP compatible with Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headphones
  • EASY:Type *#0000# to bring up the firmware menu and see what version you have. Mine bought in January 2008 was v 5.50 14-08-07 RM-217
  • EASY:You can upgrade to the latest firmware using Nokia Software Updater 15MB (Windows 2000, XP, Vista)
  • EASY: The camera phone lens needs to be protected from scratches. I bought a white silicone rubber cover for my phone which helps because the lens is recessed a few mm. You can also avoid scratching the phone/camera lens by not putting keys or anything sharp in the same pocket as your phone
  • EASY: The camera can take OK shots if there is enough light and your subject isn’t moving around too much. Don’t expect fantastic quality but the photos are good enough to use eg: for a website article, to take photos of signs so you don’t need to write down what they say etc
  • MEDIUM:You can backup all your contacts, sms and other phone data to your PC using Nokia PC Suite, also synchronize the calendar and contact entries or use your phone as an internet modem for your PC. Note: Nokia PC suite can communicate with your 6300 via a 5 pin miniUSB data cable or Bluetooth
  • MEDIUM: You can download the QR code reader i-nigma to use on your Nokia 6300 for FREE
  • POSSIBLY DANGEROUS:BL4C 860mAh battery can be replaced with BL5C 970mah battery with minor modification on the battery. You have to cut/sand off the plastic about 0.5 mm at the top of the battery and then it fits into the 6300. NOTE: Trimming the battery can expose the battery and cause leaks causing the battery to burst and injure you. I would rather have a phone that has average battery life than injuries caused by an exploding battery.

Customising – Themes, Wallpapers, Ring Tones, Games etc

THEMES: – You can choose from 16000+ themes at Mobile9.com – I use the Futurama theme

WALLPAPER: – You can get over 31000+ 240×320 wallpapers from Mobile9.com – I use the Voyage 2 Nature wallpaper most of the time because it matches the Futurama theme.

Other good wallpapers include: Biking Snoopy, Smiling Snoopy, Sleeping Snoopy, Charlie Brown and Snoopy, Earth viewed from Outer Space, Mystical, Moon waterfall and Beach Hammock

RINGTONES: Don’t bother buying ringtones because the Nokia 6300 supports MP3 ringtones which you can put on the microSD card. I use the TV theme for Doctor Who as my Phonecall ringtone and the MP3 theme music of The Adventures of Tintin as my SMS ringtone

SCREENSAVERS, FLASH ANIMATIONS and APPLICATIONS: can also be downloaded from Mobile9.com and Getjar – I use the flash Carbon Fibre clock as my screensaver

Nokia 6300 Unlock Codes

From what I’ve read there is no software or unlocking calculators/units that can unlock the Nokia 6300. The only way to do it is to contact your mobile carrier – but they will most likely charge you eg: for Optus:

“An $80 fee applies if network locking is removed within the first six months of an Optus SIM being activated and used in the phone. Alternatively, if you have recharged to the value of $80 no fee applies”

Vodafone has a similar cost for unlocking their prepaid Nokia 6300’s.

Other People’s Reviews

Our favourite Nokia for years and the only Nokia phone ever to be rated 5 stars by our users. A classic design with a beautiful stainless steel finish. Slim, elegant, easy to use and with a good quality 2 megapixel camera, a built-in MP3 player, memory expandable to 2 Gbytes, and wireless Bluetooth connectivity.

Only the below-average battery life stops this from getting 5 stars. Available in silver, black and white.
Mobile Phones UK

Nokia 6300 is a good phone. Along with slim design of steel plates it also offers an especially rich functional menu, similar to the functional equipment of all other phones based on the Series 40 3rd Edition platform. It brings along broad personalization options and a great amount of working and multimedia functions.

However, it is not only the design of Nokia 6300 that is worth compliments. Its 16 million color display as well as its miniUSB connector are brilliant too. Users may not like the fingerprints or the low video record resolution.
GSM Arena

Another day, another Nokia phone. But among the deluge of mobiles the company releases each year you’ll occasionally find a real nugget. The Nokia 6300 is one of these.
CNET Australia

If a handset boasting golden price/quality ratio and equipped with a brilliant display, good specs, which is reliable wherever you go and is what you seek – Nokia 6300 should definitely be on your short-list.

Nokia’s range delivers even more models of this kind – Nokia 6233 and Nokia 6131. But the toughest competition, as it seems, will take place between the 6233 and the 6300, since it’s quite easy to run around like a madman looking at their specs – Nokia 6233 gets ahead by offering stereo-speakers and better keyboard, but the screen is its drawback, as well as non-minimizable player and on top of that software has less to bring to the table.

Quite challenging choice, isn’t it? So, everything I have left to do now is repeat my own words again – Nokia 6300 is undoubtedly one of Nokia’s best offerings to date.
Mobile Review (Russia)

I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing the Nokia 6300. It’s the perfect balance between functionality and style, and did everything I needed it to do quickly and easily. The 16.7 million colour display is an absolute treat to use, and all the other features of the handset don’t leave it in the dark ages.
iMobile Australia