Nokia 3110 Evolve Review - Nokia 3110 Evolve Review


This is a candybar handset. It weighs 87g which makes it nice and light for the pocket, but it is a little chunkier than many other candybars at 15.6mm thick. At 45.7mm wide and 108.5mm tall it is on a par with other candybar mobiles though, and it feels fine in the hand.

The two-tone pale grey sides and back are distinctive, and the battery cover and a small section above the camera’s lens are ribbed giving a sort of corrugated cardboard effect.

The front fascia is black and shiny, and thus looks bog standard. It gives nothing away about the phone’s eco leanings.

The number pad is relatively large and I had no problem at all tapping away at keys for number dialling or texting. The same can be said for the two softmenu keys, Call and End keys and the navigation pad, all of which are large and easy to use. Every key gives a slight mechanical click when pressed and you can feel a little mechanical feedback too. These factors help with ease of use.

The screen is disappointing. It is small at just 1.8 inches diagonally, and short on pixels with 128 x 160 of them forming the display. Without putting too much effort into it you can see them individually. The display is TFT rather than being the more battery friendly OLED – a shame since the latter would have helped with the environmental point scoring by giving you more battery life from a single charge.

Side buttons are minimal. There is a volume rocker on the right edge and on the left an infra red port. Remember those? Ideal for transfer of data between two devices, they are relatively slow but easy to configure.

On the bottom edge is a headset slot (2.5mm I am sad to report), mains power adaptor slot (one of Nokia’s mini jacked types), device microphone, and mini USB connector for PC connectivity. There’s no cable provided, but chances are you already have one. Nokia PC Suite is not provided either (there is no CD at all with this phone), but you can download it and use it to sync content.

The 3110 Evolve runs S40 which means it doesn’t have all the whiz-bang features of Nokia’s smartphone S60 handsets. Still, I have already noted you can sync with a PC, plus there is mobile email support and for those that are interested Yahoo! Go is built in.

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