Nokia 6300 4G
The Nokia 6300 4G ($69.99), a KaiOS quasi-smartphone that’s a great travel companion has a place in my heart. The 6300 has the appearance of a candy-bar voice phone, and that alone will protect you from getting drawn into the internet. But it has just enough intelligence to help you explore, listen to music, and stay connected all around the world.
It’s an excellent choice if you want to stay reachable while keeping your eyes on the attractions around you. As a result, it’s our Editors’ Choice for T-simple Mobile’s voice phones.
Big smartphone slabs rule America, but voice-focused phones with classic keypads still have a place in many people’s hearts. Because the carriers are turning down the 3G and 2G networks that older voice phones rely on, many voice phone customers may have to upgrade their handsets shortly.
Thankfully, a new generation of 4G LTE voice phones has emerged, some of which are marketed via carriers and others, like the 6300, which are unlocked. When you buy an unlocked phone, you can get super-cheap phone plans from virtual operators like US Mobile, which offers an unlimited talk and text plan for $10 and a plan with 1GB of data for $15.
If you’re used to using a smartphone, you’ll be surprised how long 1GB will go on a voice phone like the 6300, even when streaming music or monitoring social media.
In gray, green, or white, this smooth, matte plastic slab is offered.
It measures 5.17 by 2.09 by 0.54 inches (HWD) and weighs only 3.5 ounces; it’s somewhat taller than the Nokia 225 but still fits easily in a pocket. Underneath an easily scratched, but not easily damaged, polycarbonate panel is a simple 2.4-inch, 320-by-240-pixel LCD.
The number pad is close-set and flat. Although it appears to be attractive, if you have motor difficulties, a phone with a more divided keypad, such as the Sunbeam F1, is preferable. The lack of a mechanical volume rocker is a typical and unpopular Nokia oddity. That appeals to some folks. I’m not a big fan of it.
In a call, you change the volume with the cursor pad; otherwise, you push up and then use an onscreen setting slider to modify the volume from the home screen.
A Connection Master
The 6300 is a very unusual dual-SIM phone that has been certified by all three US carriers for VOLTE and Wi-Fi calling. You can use one SIM, two US SIMs, or two overseas SIMs.
The 6300 has excellent call quality and is one of the loudest voice phones we’ve seen: The earpiece reached 93.9 decibels, and the speaker reached 93.2 decibels at six inches, which is more than 4 decibels higher than the Nokia 225.
According to Nokia’s spec sheet, this phone is well-suited to T-network Mobile’s and will perform admirably on AT&T’s, but it will struggle with Verizon’s coverage. In the United States, it has LTE bands 2/4/5/12/66/71.
Unlike the Nokia 225 and the Sunbeam F1, it will have a longer range on T-band Mobile’s 71. However, band 13, which is important for long-range Verizon coverage, is missing from the spec list. The Kyocera DuraXV Extreme, the Nuu F4L, and the Sunbeam F1 all have that band.
Because the US model’s spec sheet doesn’t include any overseas LTE bands, you’re likely to only get 3G coverage when traveling. Foreign carriers, on the other hand, are far less aggressive than US carriers when it comes to shutting off 3G. There are 26 ringtones included, and you can also use MP3s from your computer.
The 2.4GHz spectrum is used for Wi-Fi. Tethering is available, therefore I was able to test LTE speeds. The 6300 runs at a fraction of the speed of top smartphones thanks to its category 4 LTE modem.
The 6300 achieved 19.5Mbps down and 24.8Mbps up, compared to 172Mbps down and 49.1Mbps up on a Galaxy S21 Ultra. The 6300’s speed, however, is comparable to that of other low-cost talk phones with tethering settings.
KaiOS Not Chaos
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset is used in the 6300.
It comes with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, as well as a microSD card slot under the battery that worked perfectly with my 256GB card.
KaiOS, a fork of Firefox OS, is optimized for low-power devices like this one. There is an app store. In Africa and India, it is extremely popular. It has arrived on Alcatel flip phones in the United States, although it does not have the market share to attract many developers. It will take some time to acclimate if you’re used to Android or iOS.
The phone comes with (deletable) Facebook and YouTube apps preinstalled. A Flip TV app provides access to news networks like ABC News and Cheddar, while a Kinet TV app provides access to cable entertainment channels like A&E.
However, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix are not available. There are also no mainstream streaming music apps.
However, I discovered enjoyment in a World Radio app that allowed me to stream several Listen. FM 80s stations to my stereo OnePlus Buds via Bluetooth. It skipped now and then, but it was generally dependable.
Because of the limitations of KaiOS, you won’t be able to listen to music while doing something else on your phone; you’ll have to give up your desire to multitask. Google Maps, which comes preloaded and gives transportation, walking, and driving directions, is the killer app. When I’m out and about with a basic phone and need to find a bookstore, a park, or a Chipotle, I miss Maps. Its inclusion, more than any other feature, makes the 6300 a satisfying smartphone substitute.
The operating system is noticeably less responsive than on even more basic phones, while it is far superior to certain Android-based feature phones like the Nuu F4L. It feels a touch speedier than the Alcatel Go Flip 3, which has the same chipset and operating system.
According to certain user evaluations, the 6300 slows down significantly after a time. I didn’t notice that, but I was only testing it for a week.
The default mode for text input is triple-tap; there is also a predictive text mode, but it cannot be configured as the default. Fortunately, as long as you have 4G or Wi-Fi, you can use Google text-to-speech by holding down the cursor pad in any text field. Texting, WhatsApp, entering addresses in Maps, and other text entries are all transformed as a result of this.
The Nokia 6300’s SMS app, like that of the Nokia 225, threads individual text and photo messages by the recipient. Group texts are a jumble, arriving in multiple streams and occasionally out of order.
The 6300, on the other hand, offers a solution: WhatsApp.
Groups and threads are handled significantly better by the phone’s native WhatsApp software. Emojis are also supported on the 6300. The long battery life is a plus.
The Nokia 6300 managed 7 hours, 37 minutes of talk time in our tests, compared to 6 hours, 21 minutes on the Nokia 225. However, because this is a quasi-smartphone that downloads and processes data, the standby period will be shorter than on a more basic device: a few days rather than many weeks.
Of sure, uninstalling programs is beneficial. Clients for Facebook and Twitter are available. After I set up Facebook, it began bombarding me with notifications and draining my battery, so I removed it.
If Twitter DMs or Facebook Messenger is your major means of messaging, the option is still available; you’ll just need to charge the phone daily.
A single VGA camera is found on both the 225 and the 6300. However, various camera software produces varied outcomes. The 6300 has a configurable selfie timer but no Night mode. Images are marginally better than the 225’s, with more realistic colors in outside shots and a minor increase in crispness in my indoor shot—but it’s still VGA. You may save images to a microSD card, send them through Bluetooth, or use a messaging app to send them.
Neither fish nor fowl, but magnificent
The Nokia 6300 isn’t a smartphone or a voice phone in the traditional sense.
It occupies a very handy middle ground between the two. I often used the streaming radio and directions while out and about with the 6300, and I much liked dictating to dealing with triple-tap. With a more basic phone, I couldn’t accomplish any of that.
The small screen and slow OS, on the other hand, never enticed me to spend hours looking at videos or social media. Consider “digital disconnector” phones like the Sunbeam F1 ($195) and Punkt MP02 ($349) if you want a more stripped-down experience.
If you’re on a budget, the Nokia 225 ($49.99) is a good option. The 6300, on the other hand, hits the right spot if you want the most important smartphone capabilities on a phone that also helps you break your room scrolling habit.
The Nokia 6300 is the greatest inexpensive, uncomplicated phone you’ll discover if you’re on T-Mobile.