Basic mobile phone reviews

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03.Compare table


Comparison table list

  • By default ALL tested products are listed. You can select up to five mobiles to view in a side by side comparison.
  • Additional columns can be viewed by using the Next/Previous buttons.

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  • Use the filters to show only mobile phones that meet your specific requirements or which have the specific features you're interested in. Selecting filters automatically updates the Comparison table list.
  • The number shown in brackets represents the number of products displayed if you select that filter.
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Micro USB connection
Charging via USB
Bluetooth A2DP

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Overall scorePrice ($)Handling score (%)Keypad score (%)Menus score (%)Display score (%)SMS score (%)Sensitivity score (%)Sound quality score (%)Manual score (%)Durability score (%)Battery score (%)Calling time (hours)Standby time (days)Charging time (minutes)Micro USB connectionCharging via USBBluetooth A2DPHandsfree modeSilent modeFM radioCamera resolution (megapixel)Memory card slotFlight modeSAR rating (W/kg)GSM bands3GNextGWeight (g)ContactBrand
6303 Classic80319916575947592Nokia
3720 classic76269926572946387Nokia
GT-B3210 Corby73265814075649388Samsung
2330 classic72109686571696989Nokia
2720 fold72129637071695288Nokia
2700 classic70169666064716482Nokia
2220 slide68109526061695690Nokia
W39568100825564715490Sony Ericsson
U100i Yari67249735074714687Sony Ericsson
2730 classic63179655064565581Nokia
T71562229716071544683Sony Ericsson


How we test

The overall score in the compare table incorporates an evaluation of features and aspects that are important to someone who wants a solid, affordable phone, without the bells and whistles. For this test, we score the phone on the quality of its display and menu system for making a call, the ease of creating, sending and reading an SMS, and the sound quality when talking to another person. We also score the durability, reception quality and battery life.

We don’t include a score on how good the sound is when playing music, or the quality of the photo it takes (if indeed it can take a photo). Some of these phones do have cameras and can play music, but we’d advise against replacing your iPod or compact digital camera with one.

Table notes 

Scores The overall score is made up of: Handling: 10%; Keypad: 10%;
Menus: 10%; Display: 10%; SMS: 10%; Sensitivity: 10%; Sound quality: 10%; Manual: 10%;
Durability: 10%; Battery 10%. Price Recommended retail, as of June 2010. You can get most of these phones cheaper by shopping around.

* Rounded to the nearest half-day.
** Measured in megapixels.
All phones on test can be operated in hands-free mode and have a vibration (silent) mode and an FM radio. None have a touchscreen.

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