Nokia 7310 Supernova Review

Introduction and Design
This is an unlocked GSM phone which can
 operate in the US on AT&T and T-Mobile.


The Supernova line was announced by Nokia with the idea to offer budget phones, balanced between an attractive appearance, features and price. Similarly to the higher classes, here the main thing for the design is not only to be easy to use but also to be striking and become the reason for the consumer to purchase it. Bold colors are used, including electric green and pink as opposed to the basic boring grey, black and white; a phone with such a panel rarely remains unnoticed, and that’s exactly what the creators of Supernova wanted to avoid.

7310 Supernova is the first of the four announced models to be released on the market.It is a candybar phone, positioned in the lower-mid class. It is sold in three color versions and every package comes with the blue version plus a panel in one of the other colors. In addition, Nokia will offer five extra colors.

The package includes:
  • Nokia 7310 Supernova
  • Second color panel (pink in our case)
  • Charger
  • Stereo earphones
  • User’s manual


The design language of 7310 is typical for the Supernova line and is something new for Nokia. All three color variants have a pattern on the panel, but when touched the plastic reminds us of the low price of the phone.

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The numeric keypad and the area around the display are silvery and shiny, which not only creates an interesting contrast but also transforms 7310 in a pocket mirror. We’ve seen this effect in other phones as well, but here, it is very well expressed. It’s a bit darker than the conventional mirror and you’ll have to clean it from the fingerprints, but it’ll do the job. As a result of this of course, suffers the display, making it totally useless in direct sunlight (even if it’s not too bright). Because of the glass, the image is pale even indoors. The QVGA resolution is good and overall is OK for this display, but compared to other models the quality is poor.

All buttons on the front are hard to press but there is a good physical feedback, accompanied by a well expressed “click” sound. Only the D-Pad is easily distinguished from the others, and the numeric keys are separated via a relief in rows. The keyboard is totally OK. It’s not like we’d complain about it, but we wouldn’t recommend it to the heavy texters.

On the right, we have the volume rocker; it can be used but is very uncomfortable. The opposite side houses the charger slot and on the top you’ll see the 2.5mm stereo jack for headphones accompanied by the standard microUSB for computer connection.

We are often unhappy when the memory card slot is located under the battery lid. Here, we have the same situation and even worse, because the lid comes off very hard. A lot of effort is required to take it off and we thought it was going to break into pieces. A unique design element represented by two stars appears under it (although we think its pointless since it remains invisible under the lid), which adds to the idea for a fun device. From here, you can take off the front panel to replace it and you’ll have to push and pull hard one more time.

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