- External Screen, User Interface, Build Quality, Features
- External Antenna, Peeling Rubber Finish, Speed Issues,
If you are looking for a solid mid-range handset then the 6103 is definitely in your ballpark.
Price$ 469.00 (AUD)
Nokia has a new entry into the competitive mid-range market in the 6103. A direct upgrade to the 6101, the new model has many of the same features as its predecessor and the upgrades are mostly cosmetic. If you are looking for a solid handset and don't need the latest and greatest technologies, then the 6103 should fit the bill.
Like the 6101, the external screen of the 6103 once again caught our eye. It displays almost exactly what is shown on the internal display and this includes battery life, reception, time, current profile and network. Animated screensavers and wallpapers can again be applied to this screen, although its resolution and quality is exactly the same as its predecessor. In an upgraded model we would have liked to have seen advancements in this area.
The 6103 is finished in a black and silver colour scheme with rubber coating dominating the exterior. This gives the feel of a solid phone and the impression during our testing was one of excellent build quality. The flip mechanism worked flawlessly and felt firm and well constructed. Importantly, there is a volume control key on the left hand side of the phone, which can be used to adjust the volume during phone calls, and a Push To Talk (PTT) button on the right.
If we have one complaint it's with the rubber coating that Nokia has used on the 6103. After two weeks of use, the base of the flip started to peel. As a phone will most likely be placed in your pocket or thrown into a handbag with keys and other items, we expected the 6103 to be a bit more durable. However the most disappointing design element of the 6103 is without doubt the external antenna. Most handsets released these days have internal antennas, which reduce the size of the handset considerably as well as make the unit more aesthetically appealing.
Flipped open, the 6103 is slightly different to its predecessor. Where the 6101 had an uncharacteristically large and raised keypad, the 6103 is far more subtle in its approach. The keypad is smaller but is still quite comfortable. The keys are more rounded and have a black outline with a silver centre, making them stand out. This simple but user friendly design has extended to the controls as well; two selection buttons, an Answer and End Call key and a 4-way navigational pad round out the controls.
Nokia is well known for pleasing menu systems and they have got it spot on yet again. The intuitive list style menu system is extremely easy to use and we'd be confident to say that even those who have never picked up a mobile phone before wouldn't have any problems. For example, if you leave a menu item selected without entering it, a small description of the item will appear, giving you a text description of what you are opening.
Our main complaint with the menu is its speed. If you try and quickly scroll through a list the 6103 doesn't respond well. This is most evident when scrolling through your message inbox or more importantly the phone book. The latter can get frustrating at times, especially when you navigate directly to a contact by using the first letter search function.
The 6103 is well equipped for a handset in this price range including support for SMS, MMS and email messaging with T9 predictive text input, a VGA camera, Java games, FM radio, push-to-talk, a voice recorder and MP3 ringtones. Unfortunately the camera is VGA and consequently photos produced are poor quality. The shots we took all had poor lighting and with no flash present, you should only be using this for your phone's wallpapers and screensavers.
The FM radio works quite well, although once again you have to use the included headset as this acts as the antenna. Only Sony Ericsson's Walkman range offers an adapter to use the radio with a pair of your own earphones. The biggest downfall of the 6103 is the internal memory; at only 4.4MB with no option to expand, you'll quickly run out of space. We realise it's not a top level multimedia handset, but we still expected more than the paltry amount on offer.
The 6103's battery life is extremely impressive with up to four hours of talk time and 350 hours of standby time. We only had to charge the phone every three or four days which is an outstanding result. Out of all the handsets we've reviewed, it sits close to the top of the pile.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Huawei Mate 9
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Acer Swift 7
Lexar® Portable SSD
Google Daydream VR headset
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Surface Pro 4
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- 2 ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?
- 3 Oppo R9s smartphone full review
- 4 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
- 5 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
Latest News Articles
- Android's next destination: Untethered VR headsets with Snapdragon 835
- MWC 17: What's coming, what's not, and what we really want to see
- Xiaomi planning second version of its revolutionary Mi Mix ‘bezel-less’ phone
- 5G progress at Ericsson could help enterprises work worldwide
- Apple smartphones outsold Samsung's in Q4
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- TPICT Project CoordinatorQLD
- FTSecurity Solutions Architect - Consultancy - Permanent - Sydney CBDNSW
- CCSAP/ Nakisa Implementation ConsultantQLD
- FTPre- Sales Solution ArchitectVIC
- CCSolution Architect - Financial applicationsVIC
- FTSenior Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)ACT
- TPFull Stack .NET DeveloperWA
- FTSenior IT Business Analyst - Permanent OpportunityNSW
- TPTechnical Report EditorQLD
- FTTechnical Consultant - SQL Server programming skillsACT
- CCUnix AdministratorNSW
- FTCitrix EngineerNSW
- CCWindows System EngineerNSW
- CCDevOps/Senior Sys Admin - eCommerce - Contract - Sydney Northern BeachesNSW
- FTInfrastructure Solution ArchitectSA
- CCFinance Analyst/ Project SpecialistVIC
- CCSOE EngineerACT
- CCSAP ISU Device Management ConsultantNSW
- FTIT Information Security AdvisorNSW
- TPSolution Architect - IntegrationQLD
- TPAgile CoachNSW
- TPOrganisational Change Manager - ICT Services TransformationQLD
- TPAEM DeveloperNSW
- FTChief Architect - Public SectorACT
- CCSenior Storage System Engineer -NetApp & TSMNSW