Nokia 3210 Review

The Nokia 3210 review must be the “mother of all phones”. Released in 1999 you would not believe me if I told you how many of these phones I still see today. In my view this phone is what made the Nokia brand into what it became later. For all the mobile phones on the market today the Nokia 3210 is an icon of the industry.

Nokia 3210 Review

The Nokia 3210 brought with it what the Nokia 6150 brought to the market – dual band.  The phone had 2G both GSM 900 as well as GSM 1800. Everything on this phone was standard such as the 5 line Monochrome graphic screen, 8 dialed, 8 received, 8 missed calls call view ability however it brought with something new – your phone-book was on the SIM.

Nokia 3210 ReviewThe phone had the usual clock and alarm which the Nokia 5110 brought to market. The phone however did not have an infra-red port or for that matter voice dialing. I am not certain what made this phone such an icon that is become the flagship for mobile phones.

It was a tough phone that was certain. Even without a protective cover it could take its knocks well. It was a very robust phone and well designed to the extent that it would even take an occasional water splash without any problems. Maybe that is what gave it the icon status it has even today – it was the Nokia phone that could be treated like a battle tank and still survive. Its maybe because of this robustness of the phone that its longevity might have led to its icon status. See also the Nokia 5110 Review on here as well as the Nokia 5110 Review.

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Nokia 3210 Features 

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Design and Build:

  • Weighing 151 grams and measuring 123.8 × 50.5 × 22.5 mm², the Nokia 3210 stands out for its slim design.
  • Users can customize the phone’s appearance with clip-on fascias, introducing a level of personalization.
  • Notably, it is thinner than its predecessors.

2. Display and Sound:

  • The phone boasts a 1.5-inch backlit monochrome graphic LCD display, offering a resolution of 84×48 px and 64 ppi across 5 lines.
  • Sound features include support for monophonic ringtones, in line with its era.

3. Memory and Storage:

  • The phone relies on SIM card memory, allowing for the storage of up to 250 names in the phonebook.

4. Connectivity:

  • Operating on GSM 900 / 1800 networks, the Nokia 3210 represented a step forward in mobile communication technology during its time.
  • However, it lacks support for GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, or Bluetooth.

5. Battery:

  • Fueled by a removable BML-3 (NiMH) 1250 mAh battery, the Nokia 3210 offered users reliable power.

6. Additional Features:

  • An innovative feature of the Nokia 3210 was its internal antenna, a pioneering design in mass-market phones.
  • Preloaded with classic games like Snake, Memory, and Rotation, the phone provided entertainment options.
  • The inclusion of SMS messaging functionality addressed communication needs.


Additional Features

Despite its lack of modern smartphone features such as Wi-Fi or a camera, the Nokia 3210 is remembered for its robust build and extended battery life. It served as a straightforward device designed for essential communication, leaving a lasting impact on mobile phone history. You will also be able to look at the Nokia 2690 here. See also the LG AKA Manual on here.

The Nokia 3210 earned its place in history as one of the most popular and successful phones ever, boasting an impressive 160 million units sold worldwide. This remarkable achievement solidifies its status as an iconic device that left an indelible mark on the mobile phone industry. See also the Nokia 8110 Review as well as the Softbank apn settings.

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There is also the Nokia 2710 navigation mobile phone. The Nokia 3210 and the Nokia 5132 as well as the Nokia 530. There is also Nokia x6 which is an old phone.


Nokia Specifications


1. Design and Build:

  • the pioneering mass-market phone with an internal antenna.
  • Users could personalize the phone’s appearance with clip-on customizable fascias.

2. Display and Sound:

  • Equipped with a 1.5-inch backlit monochrome graphic LCD display.
  • Supported monophonic ringtones for audio alerts.

3. Memory and Storage:

  • Relied on SIM card memory, accommodating up to 250 names in the phonebook.

4. Games:

  • Came preloaded with classic games such as Snake, Memory, and Rotation.

5. Messaging:

  • Supported SMS messaging for text communication.
  • Introduced the ability to send preinstalled picture messages between devices.


However, the Nokia 3210 did not support conference calls, as its design was centered around fulfilling basic communication needs. The absence of conference call functionality is typical for phones of this category, which focuses on simplicity and essential feature.

You can still find them for sale on Ebay today. They tend to be full of scratch marks which shows how it can take its knocks. The Nokia 3210 had an easy to understand menu, excellent battery life, perfect design. Oh how I miss the days when we still had high standards. If you have forgotten the box used to read – Made in Finland! Likewise see also the Samsung Wave 525 User Manual as well as the Nokia 6150 Review.


The Nokia 3210 was a legend!



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