Recently I wanted to buy a cell-phone. My budget was around US $150. Although there’re some very good sets available in the international market like nokia 6120 classic, it’s too much to expect in Bangladesh, because not only the recent handsets take time to be available in Bangladesh but also the local sellers like to attach a price tag as their wish irrespective of the international price. So I went to the mobile stores at Bashundhara City and Eastern Plaza and had a good look at the options. This is usually the price range at which normal Bangladeshi people or students buy their handsets unless their big daddy is a big-shot. So I hope that this review might help potential cell phone buyers at this moment.
When I searched those shops the available sets at this range were
• Nokia 6300
• Nokia 3120 classic
• Nokia 7210 supernova
• Nokia 5220 xpress music
• Nokia 3500 classic
• Nokia 3110 classic
• SE S302
• SE k550i
• Motorola V3x
• Samsung F250
If u look carefully, u might probably see two or three of these, around you right now, it’s been that popular in Bangladesh. There’s 2MP camera, 2” QVGA display, stylish metallic look. But to me the lack of 3G, QCIF video recording, class-10 Edge makes it a little less attractive.
Nokia 3120 classic:
It has everything 6300 has plus it’s also equipped with 3G (VGA video calling camera at front) and VGA quality video recording. The only issue might be the OS being Nokia S40, not a symbian, the aged look, the lack of accessories (no data cable, no memory card, with a mono headset).
Nokia 7210 supernova:
This to me, is a fine handset around $100, with 2MP camera and the so stylish look. The only problem is that, the super glossy look is more appropriate in a cute girly hand, not mine.
Nokia 5220 xpress music:
Okay, I didn’t understand the hype of the asymmetric look. It looks like a defect in the design. May be this is the reason why I never understood Guernica. You might consider buying it, if you’re cold and desperately need the jacket that’s being offered with it.
Nokia 3500 classic:
The display is small with poor resolution, no 3G, nothing worth noticing. I don’t know how it went up there, it should be less than $80 in my opinion.
Nokia 3110 classic:
It’s truly classic with 1.3MP camera, the so so display, edge & gprs without 3G, good battery life at a good price. It also comes with 1GB memory and data cable.
Sony Ericsson S302:
Usually the SE camera’s are better than the equivalent ones. It should be a good set with a poor display resolution (176*220) and no 3G. You can certainly buy this if u can live with that.
It’s been around for a while and always shaded under the awesome k750i. It has a cyber shot 2MP camera, QCIF video but with a poor 1.9” (176*220) display. Hmmm….. u never can get anything perfect.
The sole reason that might be enough to buy this set is the brilliant 2.2” QVGA display. It also comes with 3G and the slim moto look. I don’t know why they missed out edge in this super set.
Equipped with 1.3MP camera, 2” (128*160) display and a solid built, it’s a set where there’s nothing to jump at. May be the reputation of Samsung for making steady good handsets might entice you.
No set appeared to be perfect. The ones with the looks lack the feature, and the ones with feature lack the air. After some careful comparison I decided to give the set which would be more useful in near future, when 3G hits Bangladesh. So it’s the Nokia 3120 classic.
Although I seriously doubt that it’d win the popularity among vast majority.
I’ll come up with a user experience of it later.