Nokia 6303 Classic review

Is the Nokia 6303 Classic the true successor to the popular 6300?

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While the Nokia 6303 Classic is built for the solid, dependable performer role, eschewing more high-end gadgetry, it's more than just a basic, reliable phone.

Under its solidly built metal exterior, it is equipped with plenty of useful features for its target audience that are straightforward to use but do their jobs effectively.

The communications options tick the boxes and the organiser functionality is more than adequate. Some decent media functionality and an adequate camera mean it's got a bit of downtime entertainment value too.

We liked:

The Nokia 6303 Classic is a well-built handset, and that metal bodywork feels comfortable to hold and reassuringly solid. Most mobile users will find its conventional Series 40 user interface straightforward to operate; it's a functional set up that many people will feel familiar with. Controls are good to handle too.

The addition of a 3.5mm headphone jack enables users to upgrade easily to better earwear to make the most of the decent music player, while the 1GB supplied MicroSD card provides a sufficient amount of out-of-the-box content storage space to be getting on with.

The 3.2-megapixel camera can capture pretty good images for this class of shooter – although its autofocus system is limited.

We were very pleased with the battery performance, which gave us plenty of chat and play time between charges.

We disliked:

Even though the 6303 Classic is aimed at those users who don't necessarily desire 3G connectivity, we'd have preferred to see high-speed data available. The lack of high-speed mobile data connectivity (and Wi-Fi) will be a drag for users who want to explore the pre-loaded online services, either to upload or download content or to browse the internet.

The camera's autofocus is pretty basic, not offering the versatility of a two-step autofocus system. The camera is a step up from the 6300, but not a great leap forward and not as sophisticated or capable as those on Nokia's up-range handsets.

We also found Nokia's Maps software limited without GPS or cellsite triangulation – it limits the immediacy of the map viewing experience, even though mapping info is included on the supplied MicroSD card.

The supplied earphones are pretty mediocre – but thankfully you can easily swap these for better headphones.


Fitting into the Nokia portfolio as an updated version of the 6300, the 6303 Classic provides a solid user experience – although it doesn't wow with high-end features, and the lack of 3G feels like an odd omission which is unnecessarily limiting.

It fits the profile of solid and dependable handset while still offering a tidy amount of relevant functionality, though some of the updated online features could be complemented by higher speed 3G or Wi-Fi.

The 6303 Classic carries out its role in a decent enough way, and is a reliable performer for what it does. We still think, however, that the Nokia 6700 Classic is a more natural successor to the 6300.


Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandTri Band
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported4 GB
Built-in Memory32 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourMatte Black, Steel
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time7 Hour
Product Model6303 classic
Screen Size5.6 cm (2.2")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)96 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, China RoHS, ENERGY STAR
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height108.8 mm
Width46.2 mm
Depth11.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time450 Hour
Product Name6303 classic Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberNOKIA6303
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Discover the Nokia 6303 classic a reliable, intuitive phone that keeps you close to the people that matter. Classic design meets proven technology. Nokia 6303 classic is a phone that beautifully balances reliability, durability, and design with up-to-date features and performance.

Package Contents
  • Nokia 6303 classic Cellular Phone
  • Nokia Battery (BL-5CT)
  • Nokia Charger (AC-8)
  • Nokia Stereo Headset (WH-102)
  • User Guide
  • 1GB MicroSD card including Nokia Maps
  • USB Data Cable (CA-101D)
Limited Warranty2 Year