Trading Up from a Nokia 6303 or Nokia e5 to a Smartphone

Nokia have been making phones for years and know what they’re doing. If you buy a Nokia, you’re sure to get a phone that is sturdy, good-quality and that has a sleek enough design to please even the pickiest of punters. Nokia have also progressed dramatically over the years and their smartphones rival not only rival devices but also laptops and PCs. But before you even think about trading in your old mobile phone for some extra cash, do your homework first.

If you have a Nokia 6303, for example, you’ll have a stylish mobile phone with a 6cm screen which has vibrant colours and great clarity. It’s pretty light for a phone (weighing in at just under a kilogram) and is nicely pocket-sized. If it’s in standby mode, you won’t need to charge it for days, and even if you’re using it regularly you should still get around 7 hours of talk time between charges.

The Nokia 6303 also has GPS and a map app to help you find your way around, and of course internet access for web browsing. It has a decent camera that will also record film, and a radio plus storage for downloaded songs.

Likewise, the Nokia E5 is a decent mobile phone with a QWERTY keyboard device (though the screen size is correspondingly smaller) a basic camera with an LED flash. This is a cheap, basic alternative to the Blackberry which is most useful in a business or work setting.

However, if you already have either of these models and are considering moving up to a smartphone such as the iPhone or Blackberry, then beware: what you are happy with now will not be something you will want to return to once you have stepped into the world of the smartphone. Smartphones deliver unrivalled access to a plethora of apps, games, music and movies and will help you to manage and organise your schedules like never before.

True, smartphones are not cheap – to buy or to pay for on a monthly contract. If you go for an iPhone, your apps will normally be charged for (but at least you avoid adverts), whilst they are normally free on the Blackberry and other similar androids (though you have to put up with adverts…). But you could reduce some of the cost by trading in or selling your old phones and any other unwanted or unused gadgets, CDs, DVDs, games or bits of tech. Sell your Nokia E5 at a site like Music Magpie, for example, and get quick cash for your old phones to pay towards your new smartphones.

And then… welcome to the world of the smartphone: where have you been?