Nokia’s latest market-entry level mobile phone for the Asia-Pacific markets isn’t (and won’t be) a model to get all excited about. Probably the only worthwhile reasons to consider about the new Nokia 3315 are the cheaper price tag compared to the greater number of WAP-compatible phones
available (the 3315 does not have WAP), and the slight facelift it has received.
If you’re a first-time mobile user or just someone looking for a phone that does the job of making and receiving calls, the 3315 could be a possible candidate of choice.
When the Nokia 3310 made its market debut a few years back, I considered it to be a significant improvement over the 3210 - especially when you talk about the weight of these two phones. Although the 3315 comes with different-looking Xpress-on cover and keypad designs, the main body of the phone is virtually similar to that of the 3310.
But there are two new features added to the 3315 - a picture editor allowing a user to create or edit picture messages and screen savers, and an automatic keyguard feature allowing the phone’s keypad to be locked after a predefined period of time.
One of the more distinguishing features of the 3315 is the top white section of the phone, which surrounds the earpiece, LCD screen and Navi-key. As this section of the Xpress-on cover’s design doesn’t change, the white colour contrasts well with the available colours. The keypad on the 3315 is slightly more raised (especially evident for the clear, Navi-key, and up/down buttons) and tactile compared with the 3310.
User Interface (UI)
Combining a simple-to-use menu system with the convenience of the Navi-key system, first time users will have virtually no problems going around the 3315’s menus and going about personalising their phone and utilising features to their potential. On the other hand, for those who have used traditional phones (those with two soft keys and answer/reject buttons), navigating a phone such as the 3315 may take some getting use to.
Making and receiving calls
Calls can be made and received simply via accessing the single Navi-key button, and with the assistance of the up/down buttons at times. Accessing in-call features, such as “hold” and “mute”, can be done by pressing the “C” button - which would change the Navi-key’s function from “End” to “Options”. Pressing the Navi-key at this point in time will bring up these in-call functions.
Concatenated (or long) SMS messages can be composed with the 3315 - eliminating the need to write an entire message in several separate messages. The 3315 can also send and receive picture messages as well.
Message tones on the 3315 are not restricted to the 4 standard Nokia tones (ascending, beep once, special, standard) - but now users have the option of composing their own tone, or simply choose an available ringtone instead.
The battery that was supplied with the sales package (BLC-1) provided for approximately 2-3 days’ worth of standby and 2-3 hours’ of talking time.