You can connect the 3110 classic to a PC using the PC Suite software in order to synchronise contacts, calendar, notes and to do items. This is not bundled with the handset though – you have to download it. You’ll also have to get hold of a mini USB cable. Chances are you may already have one of these knocking around that you use for other devices, so effectively PC synchronising is free, just not provided out of the box.
If you don’t want to bother with PC Suite then just connecting the phone to your PC via USB lets you use ‘data storage’ mode. This allows you to copy data to and from the phone including music. You only have access to the microSD memory card that is awkwardly located under the battery in this mode, though, not to the 9MB of memory that is built into the phone itself.
The good news is that you can simply drag and drop folders of music onto the memory card and the phone finds them automatically and imports them into the player’s library. This is wonderful as it lets you keep your tracks organised and stop you having to faff about finding a specific folder for music storage.
However, I’ve already noted that the location of the microSD card itself makes it a pain to get to and it is a great pity that Nokia has not managed to include a 3.5mm headset connector. The connector is a 2.5mm one instead and even worse, Nokia provides just a mono earbud.
The solution to this problem is more painful than that to the PC synchronising issue. Where you can fix the former for free, the latter requires purchase of a replacement headset. This is the biggest negative for this handset and I think it is unforgivable. Also irritating is Nokia deciding not to go with a USB style mains power adaptor, instead choosing its tiny pin variety.
The camera isn’t as good as that of the 6300. Its maximum resolution of 1.3 megapixels (1,280 x 1,024 pixels) won’t charm the birds from the trees, and it has trouble with exposure. Colour reproduction in the photo of the coloured dish, shot indoors under normal household lights is pretty good, but the background should be white and its bluish and pinkish tints are aberrations introduced by the phone.
You can see on the cat photo that the white is over exposed. On the plus side his head was moving (fairly slowly) as this photo was taken and there is no significant blurring. You don’t quite get the photo you anticipate with moving subjects, though, as there is an ever-so-slight delay between pressing the navigation button and a shot actually being taken. You need a steady hand to keep things under control.
Colour reproduction in the flower is very good, and I was quite close to the subject taking this shot. However the level of compression applied to the image means it lacks definition.
Battery life was very impressive and beats the Nokia 6300 hands down. That phone gave me eight hours 54 minutes of music from a full charge; the 3110 classic managed ten and a half hours.
If I were making a straight choice with all other things being equal between the 3110 classic and the 6300, then the 6300 would be what I’d opt for. Its better screen and camera win the day for me. But this handset stands up well in most respects and has superior battery life.