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Nokia 2320 @DASHING THING REVIEW

Nokia 2320

Of all the cell phone manufacturers on the planet, Nokia arguably has the most different manufactured goods line nearly. From fancy models like the Nokia N97 Mini to basic handsets like the Nokia 1661, the company has them. The Nokia 2320 for AT&T’s Goprepaid benefit is beyond doubt of the latter camp. Built for interaction, the 2320 offers a austere point and excellent call feature, even if we would have liked Bluetooth and a dedicated number rocker. It will cost you $29 with no contract.

2320With its charming lines, austere reins, and plastic skin, the Nokia 2320 is just what you’d guess from a basic candy bar phone. It won’t win any point contests, and it doesn’t feel above all well-built, but this is a handset that justly puts usability first. At 4.21 inches by 1.81 inches by 0.54 inch, the 2320 travels well. And at just 2.81 ounces, you might even not dredge up it’s in your sack.

The 1.75-inch sight chains 65,000 sign and 160×128 pixels. As you might guess, it’s not very animated, and graphics are far from sharp, but sign are sharp and you can see the sight in supervise over light. The menu interface is intuitive in any the list or icon style, and you can change a few sight options like the standby font color and font size.

The steering array consists of a toggle with a central OK button, two soft keys, and the Talk and End/power buttons. The toggle ring is raised above the surface, and its silver color stands out from the phone’s black face. The remaining keys are flush, but their spacious agreement makes them simple to use. On the downside, there’s no dedicated Back button.

They alphanumeric keypad buttons also are flat, and they have a cheap plastic feel, but they’re simple to use. When texting quickly we made occasional mistakes, even if those instances were few. Public with visual impairments should take note that the backlit text on the keys is quite small.

Unfortunately, there’s no side number rocker, which means you’ll have to use the toggle to change the sound all through calls. The only exterior facial appearance are the mount port and receiver jack on the left spine. We’ll let the 2.5mm pass on such a basic phone (naturally, we prefer a 3.5mm jack), but we have to complain about the proprietary Nokia mount connection.

Appropriately, the Nokia 2320′s figure set brushwood to the basics. The phone book 2320holds 500 contacts with room in each entry for five phone digit types, an e-mail take up, a proper name, a company name and job title, a nickname, a street take up, a birthday, and notes. You can save callers to groups and you can pair them with a photo–just dredge up that without a camera you’ll have to be creative about which photos you use. The 2320 comes with eight polyphonic ringtones, but you can assign them only to groups and not to those.

 

Other facial appearance contain text and CD messaging, an alarm clock, a calendar, a full duplex speakerphone, a to-do list, a pad, a calculator, a timer, and a stopwatch. Bluetooth, sadly, is absent, but you do get following messaging, PC syncing, carton data help, and a few applications, counting Wikimobile, the Ride out Channel, Mobile E-mail, and Mobile Banking. Keep in mind that most apps will require data use.

You can personalize the 2320 with a diversity of wallpaper, color themes, and alert tones. More options and bonus ringtones are available with the WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser. Just be sure to watch your data use on a prepaid phone, as Web browsing can add up on your bill quickly. The 2320 comes with demo versions of three Java games: Collapse, Dig, and Midnight Bowl. You’ll have to buy the full versions for total play.

2320We experienced person the dual-band (GSM 850/1900) Nokia 2320 in San Francisco using AT&T benefit. The 2320 offers square call featurefor such a basic, affordable phone. Voices sounded natural, the indicate was clear, and the number was strong. As we mentioned, we’d prefer to have a number rocker, but we infer you’d get used to its loss ultimately. Our only protest was that voices could sound a bit tinny at times, even if it wasn’t really bothersome. As a dual-band phone, the 2320 will not work further than North America.

On the other end callers reported excellent call feature as well. They could tell that we were using a cell phone and even if some reporteda lot of background noise, the complaints were few. In draw a distinction, speakerphone calls were garbled, and voices were distorted. Also, the placement of the tiny lecturer on the rear face doesn’t help with the low number.

The Nokia 2320 has a rated array life of 3.5 hours talk time and 15 days standby time. We got an incredible 11 hours and 55 minutes of talk time in our tests. According to FCC radiation tests, the 2320 has a digital SAR of 1.47 watts per kilogram.

The Nokia 2320 excellent:

The Nokia 2320 has a austere point with simple-to-use reins. Call feature is quite satisfactory.

The Nokia 2320 terrible:

The Nokia 2320′s speakerphone is disappointing and the figure set lacks Bluetooth. There is no number rocker and the mount jack isn’t standard.

The Nokia 2320 underside line:

The Nokia 2320 is an ideal phone for occasional callers who need smallest facial appearance and a user-friendly point.

The Nokia 2320 Price: $20

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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in MOBILE

 

Nokia 5800 Steering Journal@DASHING THING REVIEW

Nokia 5800 Steering Journal

GPS on cell phones is no longer an emerging trend. It’s very near a must-have figure nowadays, and more and more handsets are offering it. Even if, taking subsidy of GPS, and the steering powers that come with it, ordinarily comes at a price. If you want facial appearance, such as voice-guided directions, you often have to subscribe to a location-based benefit–TeleNav, for model–which require a subscription fee. That’s why it was such huge news when Google announced that it would offer all of this for free with Google Maps Steering. Well it’s not just Google any longer; Nokia has also entered the fray.

5800In late January, Nokia announced that it will offer its Ovi Maps with Steering for free on all its GPS-enabled smartphones. The Nokia 5800 Steering Journal is in fact one of the handsets that by now existing a free ticket to Ovi Maps with the buy of the phone, and at a reasonable price at that: $299 unlocked. For this price, not only do you get a decent route-finder, but also a solid phone and CD device as well. There are bumps in the road, even if. The Nokia 5800 doesn’t have the most intuitive user interface, and we found route recalculations to be a bit slow. Also, you don’t get quite the power or functionality of the Motorola Droid. Even if, if your lifestyle requires you to journey often and you crave the frankness of an unlocked phone, the Nokia5800 Steering Journal is worth a look.

When it comes to point, there’s very modest differencebetween the music and steering editions of the Nokia 5800. There’s a affront alteration in bezel color, but otherwise, the physical attributes are the same with the phone measuring in at 4.37 inches tall by 2.03 inches wide by 0.61 inch thick and 3.84 ounces. Even if vaguely on the thicker side, it’s remarkably light so it won’t weigh you down in your travels. The rear also facial appearance a soft-touch close to give the phone a bit more texture and prevents it from feeling too plasticky or slick.

The sides on the handset house numerous reins. On the left spine, you’ll find the SIM card and microSD additional room slots, both of which are confined by emotionally involved covers. The right side has a number rocker, a lock thrash, and a camera admittance/capture button. There are also Talk and End keys and a main menu button just below the sight, but you’ll use the 5800′s 3.2-inch resistive touch cover for most of your interaction with the phone.

With a 640×360-pixel pledge and help for 16 million sign, the sight is satisfyingly clear and sharp. The cover does wash out a bit in sharp sunlight, but it’s not a huge issue when mounted in the car. Instead, the challenge there is viewing maps on the smaller cover. There is a built-in accelerometer so you can rotate the phone and view maps, Web pages, photos and so forth in landscape mode, and we experienced very modest lag when switching between modes.

5800The touch cover is open, but we have complaints about the user interface, just like we did with the XpressMusic translation and the Nokia N97. To start, the onscreen dial pad doesn’t show corresponding calligraphy on the digit keys, which makes it very trying if you’re trying to spell a supporter’s name to call up from the phonebook or when you need to dial a digit with calligraphy in it. Also, some menu items answer to single taps, but others require two taps; only after some use do you learn that icons only need one tap while list items need two. There are other annoyances like the potholed scrolling encounter, all of which you can get accustomed to over time, but it’s a tough pill to swallow when there are so many other more intuitive and simpler touch-cover phones out there.

Dying out the Nokia 5800′s point is Micro-USB port, a 3.5mm earphone jack, a power connector, and a power button on top. Also, above the sight, there’s a small touch-insightful XpressMusic button, which will bring up a launch bar for the phone’s various CD options, counting the music player, photo and video arcade, Web browser, and online air force (e.g., Flickr, Vox, Ovi).

 

5800The Steering Journal of the Nokia 5800 comes packaged with a USB cable, a cradle and vehicle mount, a car mount, an 8GB microSD card, a wiredstereo receiver, an audio adapter, a wrist strap, a software CD, and allusion notes. Even if our assess didn’t come with an AC adapter, Nokia’s site says one is included in the box. Also, the car mount requires a bit ofassembly, so have a Phillips screwdriver close. The cradle itself securely holds the phone in place, but the suction cup mount only works for the windshield, which is fine for most public, but still, we wish there was a dashboard choice. For more add-ons, please check our cell phone accessories, ringtones, and help page.

Recently, Nokia announced that it will offer Ovi Maps with Steering for free on all its GPS-enabled smartphones. Earlier, you had to pay monthly or yearly ticket fee to get voice-guided steering as well as premium content, but now it’s all free. In the case of the Nokia 5800 Steering Journal, this isn’t quite as huge of a deal since Nokia by now included a free ticket to the software with the buy of the phone, but it’s still excellent news nonetheless.

5800Ovi Maps provides numerous compensation over its competitors. You can view maps even if you don’t have a data connection. Maps are downloaded to device, so you can take up again to use it even if you’re offline. In addendum, Nokia uses a fusion vectorizing mapping equipment that allows for quicker map redraws and the ability to zoom in/out with very modest delay. Google Maps, on the other hand, requires that a new map be downloaded every time you want to zoom, thus taking up more bandwidth and time. A additional plus: you can use Ovi Maps in 74 different countries and in 46 languages.

5800When you launch Ovi Maps, you’ll find nine options: My Spot, Find Seats, Share Location, Favorites, Drive, Walk, Ride out, Events, and Lonely Planet. All are pretty self-explanatory, and there are a digit of shared facial appearance among the various apps, even if it’s not at once clear. For model, My Spot shows your location on a map, but you can also search for businesses (by name or category) and route to the location from there by tapping at the take up at the top of your cover. You don’t have to exit out of My Spot and launch Find seats or Drive to go the same tasks.

The Nokia 5800 Steering Journal excellent:

The Nokia 5800 Steering Journal offers voice-guided steering with text-to-address functionality, 3D landmarks, and premium content, all for free. Ovi Maps provides right directions and doesn’t require a data connection. The handset also offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, and a 3.2-megapixel camera.

The Nokia 5800 Steering Journal terrible:

Route recalculations are slow and positioning was often off by at least half a block. User interface is a bit hard at first.

The Nokia 5800 Steering Journal underside line:

As one of the more affordably priced handsets from the company, the Nokia 5800 Steering Journal is a excellent value, offering road warriors a midlevel device with decent steering skills and the frankness of an unlocked phone.

The Nokia 5800 Steering Journal Price: $225

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in MOBILE

 

Nokia E72@DASHING THING REVIEW

Nokia E72

The Nokia N series has been a modest bit hit or miss lately, but the company’s E series of affair smartphones has consistently delivered winners, and it looks like Nokia has a additional solid player on its hands. The Nokia E72 is the successor to the Nokia E71/E71x and offers such upgrades as a closer PC, more memory, a better camera, and not to bring up free voice-guided steering thankfulness to the company’s recent Ovi Maps announcement. On top of all that, the E72 continues in the tradition of its predecessor with its sleek point and strong messaging capabilities.

E72Of way, we wanted to see more improvements to the user interface but in all, it gets the job done. Instead, the largest glide over for the E72 will be its price tag. The Nokia E72 is being sold unlocked for $419 (even if you can find it for less online), which may sway customers to go with a additional commanding messaging (and subsidized) device like the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700. That said, for those who can meet the deprivation of it and for the die-hard Nokia fans, the E72 will not disappoint.

Nokia’s latest E series models, counting the E71x and the Nokia E75, are really well built and perfectly designed handsets and the Nokia E72 is no exception. The smartphone measures 4.48 inches tall by 2.34 inches wide by 0.39 inch thick and weighs 4.51 ounces, building it vaguely taller, wider, and heavier than its predecessor. Even if, the extra size isn’t a disadvantage. The E72 still has a very slender frame so it’s comfortable to cradle in one hand while on a phone call and it’s in fact thinner than the E71x, so you can slip this right into a sack or bag with no problem. Also, don’t mix its triviality for weakness. The E72 is a very well-built phone with a nice steel backplate and edges.

E72The E72 facial appearance a 2.36-inch QVGA (320×240 pixels) sight that chains up to 16.7 million sign. It’s clear and sharp enough and facial appearance a light-sensing equipment that adjusts the sight’s brightness based on your surroundings. That said, when compared with some of the competing products with higher-pledge screens, such as the BlackBerry Bold 9700, the E72′s sight falls a bit flat. A additional aspect of the phone that falls a bit small is the user interface.

Like the E75, the E72 runs Symbian OS 9.3 on the S60 3rd Journal platform with Figure Pack 2. Now, this is an upgrade from the E71 so anyone appearance from this device will notice more-modern-looking menus and icons and smoother transitions. The UI is pretty straightforward and gets the job done, but the problem is that there’s been very modest change in the way of enhancing the phone’s functionality. The iPhone OS, Apparatus, and WebOS have all brought about changes to improve the user encounter, whether it be for multitasking, customization, or ease of use. We know that Symbian and Nokia are effective on overhauling the OS; we just hope it doesn’t take too long.

E72Appearance back to the E72, Nokia did make some affront changes to the physical reins, ensuing in simpler one-handed steering. You still get two soft keys, Talk and End buttons, and shortcuts to your Home cover, Calendar, Contacts, and Inbox, but the latter are now raised above the rest of the buttons, so they’re a breeze to press without accidentally arresting an adjacent key. In the focal point of the array is a directional keypad with a focal point select button that also doubles as an optical trackpad (Nokia calls it the Optical Navi key). Akin to the BlackBerry Bold and the Samsung Omnia, this allows you to steer through menus or go a mouse-like pointer on a Web page by swiping your finger on the trackpad. Unfortunately, the outer ring of the D pad really restricts the movement of your thumb, so we didn’t find any fastidious subsidy of using the trackpad. In fact, we twisted the figure off in the Settings menu (where you can also change the Navi key’s sensitivity or turn on vibrating pointer) and just used the habitual D-pad.

The E72′s full QWERTY upright is a delight to use. The buttons aren’t above all wide, but they do have nice domed shape and grant a nice tactile pointer that isn’t too clicky or too soft. The digit keys are located in the focal point of the upright and highlighted by gray shading on top of the black buttons. The E72′s upright also offers more shortcuts for symbols and facial appearance, so you don’t permanently have to dig through menus to access them.

E72Other facial appearance of the Nokia E72′s point contain a Micro-USB port and a microSD additional room slot on the left side, a power button and 3.5mm earphone jack on top of the device, and a number rocker and a voice mandate button on the right. The power connector is located on the underside and on back.

The Nokia E72 comes packaged with a healthful set of accessories, counting an AC adapter, a USB cable, a 4GB microSD card, a wired stereo receiver, a soft cleaning cloth, a transportation case and strap, a software CD, and allusion notes. For more add-ons, please check our cell phone accessories, ringtones, and help page.

The Nokia E72 brings a digit of upgrades over the E71, which we’ll chat about right through this part, but messaging remains the main highlight of the phone. The E72 chains a wide range of e-mail protocols, counting POP3, IMAP4, Microsoft Chat, ActiveSync, Nokia Messaging, Mail for Chat, and IBM Lotus Notes. The Nokia Messaging app, which can handle up to 10 personal accounts, allows for push style of speaking as long as it’s supported by your network. There’s also help for HTML e-mail, attachment viewing, search, and filters.

E72A setup wizard on the phone will help you configure all your accounts to the smartphone. For Web-based accounts, such as Gmail and Windows Like, it’s a austere matter of plugging in your log-in ID and password, and the E72 should be able to retrieve the rest of the settings for you. The full administer of concerning our Gmail account to our assess unit only took a link of minutes, and we expected and sent post with no problem. We also hooked up our Outlook account using Mail for Chat; it requires you to know a bit more in rank, such as your server take up, but in our encounter, the setup was simple and charming and all our in-box folders were transferred to the phone. In addendum to e-mail, you can sync your Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks. Nokia’s mobile VPN client is also included on the phone if you want to tap into your company’s Intranet.

If you’re looking for a modest more personal interaction, the E72 can do that, too, as it’s a very competent phone. It offers quad-band world wandering, a speakerphone, talks mission (up to six participants), speed dial, voice dialing, VoIP calls, and text and CD messaging. The take up book is top bolt from the blue only by the available memory, and the SIM card can hold an bonus 250 contacts. Each entry has room for multiple numbers, an e-mail take up, home and work addresses, a Web URL, and so forth. For caller ID purposes, you can pair a supporter with a photo, group ID, or a custom ringtone. Bluetooth 2.0 is onboard with help for mono and stereo Bluetooth headsets, hands-free kits, dial-up networking, file transfer, differ push, audio video diffident control, basic printing, and more

The Nokia E72 excellent:

The Nokia E72 brings upgrades such as a closer PC, more memory, and a better camera. The phone’s point is both sleek and well-built. It offers exceptional messaging capabilities, 3G help, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

The Nokia E72 terrible:

The optical trackpad doesn’t work very well. Speakerphone number is a bit low. It has a lower-pledge cover compared with some of its competitors. Without carrier backing, the E72 carries an high-priced price tag.

The Nokia E72 underside line:

Even if the price might be off-putting to many, the Nokia E72 is a well-designed and full-featured messaging smartphone for affair users.

The Nokia E72 Price: $282

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in MOBILE

 

Nokia N97 Mini @DASHING THING REVIEW

Nokia N97 Mini

We had high hopes for the Nokia N97 when we checked it out in June 2009. Armed with a touch cover and a long list of facial appearance, it looked like the flagship model of the Nokia N series would be a hit. Unfortunately, it twisted out to be quite the contrary. Plagued with a poor user interface and dreary performance, the N97 was forgettable, primarily as the iPhone, Palm Pre, and Apparatus devices hit the scene. Even if, not one to give up, Nokia came back with the Nokia N97 Mini ($479 unlocked). Generous a more compact and revamped point, the N97 Mini is most beyond doubt an enhancement over its better brother. Performance is better and it’s still very much a figure-packed smartphone. That said, the N97 Mini’s UI is still hard and frustrating to use; given that there a digit of other similarly featured and simpler touch-cover smartphones on the promote today, we can’t see the N97 Mini attracting too many users other than Symbian/Nokia fanboys and fangirls.

N97 MiniThe Nokia N97 Mini is appropriately named since it is in effect a mini translation of the Nokia N97. The smartphone measures 4.45 inches tall by 2.07 inches wide by 0.56 inch deep and weighs 4.87 ounces, while the N97 came in at 4.61 inches tall by 2.18 inches wide by 0.63 inch thick and 5.29 ounces. Just by looking at the numbers, the difference in size doesn’t seem all that fantastic, but in hand, it’s beyond doubt noticeable and valued. The N97 Mini is a much more sack-friendly device, not to bring up a more solid one. Nokia replaced the plastic array cover with a stainless steel one, giving the phone a more significant feel and not one of a plastic toy.

Given the smaller size, it’s no bolt from the blue that the cover size was also scaled back. The N97 Mini has a 3.2-inch QVGA (640×360) resistive touch cover that displays up to 16.7 million sign. The sight is sharp and animated and facial appearance an ambient light sensor to reluctantly change the cover’s brightness. In addendum, it has a proximity sensor and a built-in accelerometer that was quick to change the cover’s orientation from likeness to landscape mode and vice versa. As we confirmed in our N97 assess, we would have preferred a capacitive touch cover over a resistive one, but our issue wasn’t so much with that as it was with the user interface.

N97 MiniThe N97 was plagued with inconsistencies that with a denial affected the user encounter. For model, some menu items vital one tap to open and others vital two. In addendum, sometimes multiple steps were involved just to exact a austere task, and scrolling through lists could be a lengthy and jerky. It was a completely hard and frustrating. A later firmware 2.0 update was released and incorporated into the N97 Mini; that alleviates some but not all of the harms.

Improvements were made to the touch-cover algorithms for better performance, and we did feel like the sight was more open. You also now get kinetic scrolling for pages and menu items, so when you reach the end or top of the list, it snaps back like double-jointed. Unfortunately, what we didn’t get was a more standardized and simpler menu logic that would have made an otherwise excellent smartphone exceptional and would’ve given it a fighting opportunity against the other major touch-cover smartphones on the promote today.

Switching gears to the N97 Mini’s upright, Nokia has indifferent the D-pad that used to reside in the left side, building way for a more spacious and more ergonomic upright. There’s an adequate quantity of spacing between the buttons, so you shouldn’t have too many mispresses. Overall, we found it pretty decent to use. The keys are vaguely stiff to press, which slowed us down a bit, and the space key is still off-focal point. It’s a bit better in that the space bar is longer and went over vaguely, but it’s still a far stretch if you want to hit it with your left thumb.

N97 MiniOn a side note, arrange to use some arm muscles to slide open the phone. The slider is really solid but incredibly stiff, so it requires a strong push to get it open. We had an unsuspecting supporter try it out and the phone finished up flying out of her hands since she was pushing so hard on the underside of the cover. It loosens up a bit after some use, but those early tries might bolt from the blue you.

Rounding out the point are touch-insightful Talk and End keys and a Main Menu button below the sight and a power button and 3.5mm earphone jack on top of the device. On, the left side, there’s a Micro-USB port and a lock thrash; a number rocker and camera button are on the right. The camera will activate as soon as you hit the latter, since there is no longer a defending cover over the camera lens on back.

The Nokia N97 comes packaged with an AC adapter, a USB cable, a wired stereo receiver, a cleaning cloth, a software CD, and allusion notes. For more add-ons, please check our cell phone accessories, ringtones, and help page.

N97 MiniThe Nokia N97 Mini retains a lot of the facial appearance existing by the N97, but there were a link of cuts made to help keep the price and size of the phone down. The largest difference is that you now get 8GB of domestic memory instead of 32GB. Even if, there is a microSD additional room slot behind the array cover than can accommodate up to 16GB cards. A additional minor loss is the FM transmitter.

One figure you do gain is free voice-guided steering. Nokia recently announced that it’s scrapping the monthly and once a year ticket fees for Ovi Maps steering benefit, so not only do you get the maps, but you also get text-to-address spoken directions and premium content, such as Lonely Planet city guides, ride out forecasts, and event in rank. The app is available as a free download for 10 of Nokia’s contemporary handsets and will come preloaded on the company’s possibility GPS-enabled smartphones.

Aside from these changes, the two devices are pretty much the same. We’ll elaborate more on some of the N97 Mini’s functions in the Performance part below, but for a detailed list of the phone’s facial appearance, please read our full assess of the Nokia N97.
N97 MiniWe experienced person the quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) Nokia N97 Mini in New York using AT&T benefit and call feature gets two thumbs up. There was very modest to no background noise to distract us from the chat, and there wasn’t any type of voice distortion of muffling. We also didn’t encounter any dropped calls and had no problem using an airline’s voice automated response logic. On the other side, friends had frequently excellent equipment to say about the audio feature, even if one did say he could hear a bit of an echo at times. As expected, the call feature degraded a bit when we activated the speakerphone. Even if there was plenty of number, even in louder environments, calls sounded a bit hollow.

Then N97 Mini chains AT&T’s 3G bands, which provided excellent speeds and reliable coverage all through our hard cycle. It took 27 seconds for CNET’s full site to load; CNN and ESPN’s mobile sites biased in 8 seconds and 6 seconds, correspondingly. The N97 Mini’s browser did a excellent job of showing pages and it chains multiple windows and Flash Lite. Even if, steering is a bit clunky. For model, you can’t austerely start entering a URL to go to a new site. You have to first press the arrow button on the underside right-hand confront and then press the globe icon and then enter the Web take up. To zoom, you can austerely dual-tap on the cover, which is often de rigueur to click on any links since it’s trying to precisely touch the small text with just your fingertip.

The smartphone’s media player is decent. It chains a digit of music formats, counting MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+, and eAAC+ files, and you can start playlists on the glide and also change sound with the built-in equalizer. We listened to various genres of music and were pleased with the sound feature, but like the speakerphone calls, tracks sounded a bit dug in through the phone’s speakers. The N97 Mini is competent of before a live audience video as well, but unfortunately, it only chains a top bolt from the blue digit of video codecs. We watched numerous MP4 clips and for the most part, playback was charming, but image feature could sometimes get a modest fuzzy.

On the other hand, the smartphone’s 5-megapixel camera certainly delivered on depiction feature. Equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens and a dual-LED flash, auto focus, 14x digital zoom, and various control options, we got fantastic shots indoors and outdoors. Stuff were plainly certain and sign were animated. The camera can also capture VGA video at up to 30 frames per following, and the video feature was quite decent, primarily for a camera phone.

The Nokia N97 Mini excellent:

The Nokia N97 Mini improves on the point of the N97 with a smaller size and a more solid construction. Performance is also better and you now get free voice-guided steering via Ovi Maps. The smartphone continues to offer a full range of wireless options, e-mail capabilities, and a 5-megapixel camera.

The Nokia N97 Mini terrible:

The user interface still has inconsistencies, building the phone frustrating and hard to use. The phone’s Web browser is a bit clunky to steer and there’s top bolt from the blue help for video codecs.

The Nokia N97 Mini underside line:

The Nokia N97 Mini is a more stable and better designed device than the better N97, but its Achilles’ heel remains as the hard user interface keeps it behind today’s chief touch-cover smartphones.

The Nokia N97 Mini Price: $479

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in MOBILE

 

Nokia 5130 XpressMusic @DASHING THING REVIEW

Nokia 5130 XpressMusic Assess

In the world of Nokia Xpress Music phones, we’ve seen a full range of models, from the high-end to the very weird. T-Mobileis the only U.S. carrier to have existing Xpress Music phones. It ongoing in 2006 with the 5300 and followed up two years later with the 5310 and 5610. Now the carrier offers a financial statement alternative, the Nokia5130. Austere in both form and gathering, the 5130 is the lowest-end of all Xpress Music phones we’ve reviewed. The candy bar phone offers the habitual music functions, but it goes simple on other facial appearance. Benefit is respectable, and the price–$29.99 with a discount and a two-year benefit contract–is affordable.

5130The 5130 Xpress Music somewhat resembles the earlier 5310. It also sports a slim candy bar point, even if it’s bit better (4.23 inches by 1.83 inches by 0.58 inch; 3.10 ounces) and it facial appearance a glossier skin with a dotted sample over itslecturer on the rear side. The handset comes in two color schemes–aqua/silver and red/black. We experienced person the ex-, but the facial appearance are the same on both models. The 5130 has a comfortable feeling in the hand, and it travels well.

The 5130′s two-inch sight chains 256,000 sign. The pledge is decent (320×240 pixel), even if some graphics, above all the menu icons, weren’t very sharp. On the upside, the Series 40 menus are intuitive, provided that you turn off the transition equipment. You can change the standby font color and the font size.

The steering array has a spacious, simple-to-use point. The square toggle is raised and shows a different color than the central OK button or the surrounding keys. The soft keys and Talk and End/power reins are flat, but they’re quite large. You can set the toggle as a shortcut to user-certain facial appearance. The backlit keypad buttons are a mixed bag. Even if they’re significant, they have a slippery, plastic feel. Dialing and texting takes some getting used to, and the numbers and calligraphy are very small.

5130On the rear side is the camera lens. The 5130 offers neither a flash nor a self-likeness mirror. On the left spine are the dedicated music reins, which you can use to activate the player and scan through your songs. On the right spine you’ll find the large, accessible number rocker and the microSDcard slot. We were glad see a 3.5 millimeter receiver jack on the top of the 5130. Next to it are the proprietary mount connection and the Micro-USB port.

The 5130′s phone book size is top bolt from the blue by its shared memory (30MB). Each supporter holds six phone digit types, an e-mail take up, a URL, a company name and job title, a proper name and nickname, a birthday, and notes. The SIM card holds an bonus 250 contacts. You can regulate friends into groups and pair them with a video/photo and one of 23 polyphonic ringtones.

Rudiments contain a beat mode, text and CD messaging, an alarm clock, a calendar, a to-do list, a unit and currency converter, a world clock, a pad, a calculator, a countdown timer, and a stopwatch. As for more advanced options, you’ll find stereo Bluetooth, a voice recorder, USB transfer and mass storage, voice orders, PC syncing, following messaging, and Web-based e-mail. The microSD slot can accommodate cards up to 2GB.

The 5130 offers the standard Nokia Xpress Music player. The interface is austere, but the reins are austere and intuitive, and the player chains album art. Facial appearance contain an equalizer, mix up and repeats modes, playlists, stereo widening, and an aircraft mode for listening to tunes while you glide. The player chains a diversity of file types, and you can use tracks as ringtones.

5130You can transfer music onto the phone via a USB cable or amicroSD card. When using the ex- mode, your pad should recognize the phone at once; you then can drag and drop music back and forth. When listening to tracks, you can minimize the player so you can access other functions, and the player reluctantly pauses when you hear a call. If radio is your thing, the 5130 also offers an FM tuner with rank presets.

The 2-megapixel camera takes cinema in six resolutions, from 1,600×1,200 down to 160×120. Other control options are standard. You’ll find three feature settings, three white weigh choices, a self-timer, likeness and landscape modes, five color equipment, four light sensitivity modes, and a 4x zoom. The camcorder shoots clips in two resolutions (176×144 and 128×96) and offers control options akin to the still camera. Clips for CD post are capped at 38 seconds, or you can shoot for longer in standard mode. Photo feature is decent–there was modest image noise, but sign were washed out. Video looks just mean on the sight.

5130You can personalize the 5130 with a diversity of sight themes, screensavers, wallpaper, light equipment, and alert tones. You can download more customization options and bonus ringtones from T-Mobile’s t-zones benefit over the WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser. The handset comes with demo versions of five games: Diner Dash 2, Bejeweled, Midnight Pool 2, Pac-Man/Ms. Pac/Man, and 5th Grader 2009.

We experienced person the quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900; EDGE) Nokia 5130 Xpress Music in San Francisco using T-Mobile benefit. Call feature was quite excellent. The indicate was strong and clear, the audio was free of static and interference, and callers sounded natural. Number gets satisfactorily loud, even if audio is distorted with an echo sound at the peak levels. Opportunely, we didn’t need to turn up the sound very often, but when we did, our call feature was vaguely diminished.

On their end, callers said we sounded fine most of the time. They could know us plainly except when we were mission from a very noisy place. All through those times, we had to speak at full number and repeat ourselves. Speakerphone calls were fine clarity-wise, even if the number was very low. We had to be very close to the phone in order to hear our friends and have them hear us in restore.

5130The 5130′s music feature is decent, even if gone in warmth. More importantly, the sole open-air lecturer doesn’t have the best productivity. Our tunes sounded best at lower number levels, even if we could only just hear them. When we twisted the number up louder, even if, the audio became bass-heavy. Receiver will offer the best encounter.

The 5130 has a rated array life of six hours talk time and 12 days standby time. The promised CD array life varies as follows: 4 hours of video playback time, 1 hour of video tapetime, and 20 hours of music playback time. We expected a talk time of 7 hours and 2 minutes in our tests. The 5130 has a digital SAR of 0.88 watts per kilogram.

The Nokia 5130 Xpress Music excellent:

The Nokia 5130 Xpress Music has a austere point, functional facial appearance, and commonly nourishing audio feature.

The Nokia 5130 Xpress Music terrible:

The Nokia 5130 Xpress Music’s sight isn’t the sharpest, and its keypad buttons have a cheap feel. Audio feature is distorted at the peak levels.

The Nokia 5130 Xpress Music underside line:

Despite some minor complaints, the Nokia 5130 Xpress Music is an ideal scale for a financial statement music phone.

The Nokia 5130 Xpress Music Price: $87

 
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Nokia 7705 Twist@DASHING THING REVIEW

Nokia 7705 Twist

We can securely say that we’ve never seen a phone like the Nokia 7705 Twist. Sure, we’ve reviewed square handsets previous to, and turn round models were in style a few years back; even if, we’ve never had the two point aesthetics combined onto one device. We’re not quite sure if it works–it’s certainly only one of its kind, but it’s trying to plot. The Twist offers a honest digit of facial appearance, decent performance, and a nice upright for messaging and e-mail; even if, it can’t rate up as a CD phone. It’s available from Verizon Wireless for $99.99 with a $50 discount and a benefit contract.

7705As we said, the 7705 Twist offers a singular point for a cell phone. It’s perfectly square (2.71 inches by 2.71 inches by 0.59 inch), but the rounded corners make it look only vaguely less angular. We infer that you’ll any like or despise the overall look. On one hand, it has a clean, minimalist profile and is a bit avant-garde, but some public may find its point to be harsh, weird, and bland. To be sure, it’s fastidious to get looks on the street, even if maybe not for the right reasons. The Twist’s front cover is basic black, but you can use a purple or black array cover (both come in the box). When clogged, the phone slips straightforwardly into a sack, and at 3.44 ounces, it won’t weigh you down. It also fits neatly in your hand.

It’s been quite a while since we’ve reviewed a turn round phone. In our mind, they never really worked–it took a lot of try to open some turn round models–but Nokia is never a company to shy away from controversial designs. But in this case, we give Nokia props for resurrecting a long-dead trend. Not only can you can open and close the 7705 Twist with one hand, but also Nokia improved on the point by tender the pivot point from the focal point to one confront. For now the means feels well-built, even if we’re apprehensive about long-term roughness. After all, the turn round Sony Ericsson W600i was fine for a while, but it flew apart after numerous months of use.

7705Given the phone’s diminutive size, we knew not to guessmuch from the sight. It is too small (2.4 inch) to really help the full XHTML browser, but it offers 262,144 sign and a decent (320×240 pixels) pledge. Its sign and graphics look sharp, and the sight is sharp. It also has a landscape orientation, which is rare further than of the smartphone world. It doesn’t make a huge difference in usability except that it may show fewer lines of text than on akin phones with a vertical sight. The menus are a mixed bag–even if Verizon is (thankfully) tender away from its hard even interface, the 7705 Twist still shows some its hard establishment. For model, the browser is still grouped under the “Media Focal point” submenu. On the upside, the sight offers a digit of customization options. You can change the backlight time, the home cover font color, the menu font size, and the dialing font size.

7705The only physical control on the Twist’s exterior is a square toggle with a central OK button. The toggle is raised and simple to use even if it is a tad slick; it also serves as shortcut to four user-certain functions. The remaining reins–two soft keys and a clear button–are touch-insightful. They have a spacious layout so we didn’t have any issues when scrolling through menus. We like that you can change their sensitivity and the intensity and sample of the trembling feed back. A digit of facial appearance surround the Twist’s shiny silver rim exact its exterior. There are a 2.5-millimeter receiver jack, a Micro-USB/mount port, a number rocker, and the microSD card slot. We’d prefer a 3.5-millimeter jack for the receiver, but we commit Nokia for adopting what is becoming the complete standard for mount connection.

A additional only one of its kind figure is the hole through the confront of the phone. It may be hard at first, but it makes sense when you recognize that it serves as the phone’s pivot point. Called the “supporter ring,” it glows with a gaudy light when you hear a call from a supporter in your phone book. Sure, it’s gimmicky, but it’s the only semistylish touch on the full handset. On the back of the phone are the lens and camera flash. You must open the phone to use the camera, but we like that the back of the turn round face serves as a large self-likeness mirror.

7705When you flip open the Twist you’ll see its full upright. Despite our early disbelief, the upright was roomy and comfortable with tactile keys. After just a link of minutes, we were off and texting long post with few errors. What’s more, the handset is also wide enough to hold in two hands while typing with our thumbs. Calligraphy share space with numbers and symbols, but that’s not unusual. Its large space bar is conveniently located in the focal point of the underside row. Near the space bar are a shift key, a back button, a gathering key for typing numbers in a message, and a restore control.

We above all welcome the honest digit of shortcut keys. Along the top row of the upright you’ll find reins for the messaging app, the music player, the Web browser, the voice dialing app, the speakerphone, and thecamera. The keys are quite spacious and are placed far enough from the underside of the turn round face. We also liked the dedicated “Next” key (for tender through different fields of a text) and the control for symbols. The latter doubles as a shortcut for the beat mode.

7705On the downside, we didn’t like its placement of the shared alphanumeric digit keys. While many phones place them to one side of the upright, the Twist puts them straight in the focal point. It’s not very inconvenient, but it did take some acclimation. What’s more, the pound and star keys are placed to one side ofthe numbers very than below them. We’d also prefer to see the Talk and End/power keys on the phone’s front face very than mixed in with the upright. That means that you must open the phone to place and pledge calls and to turn it on and off.

The 7705 Twist has a 1,000-supporter phone book with room in each entry for five phone numbers, two e-mail addresses, a street take up, and notes. You also can save a dedicated urgent situation digit. For additional personalization, you can save callers to groups and pair them with a photo and one of 15 72-chord polyphonic ringtones. You even can assign friends a color for the supporter ring. A only one of its kind figure of the Twist is its “Surroundings” mode. After alternative one of two sight themes (“urban” or “jungle”), your contacts will be represented by avatars in order of the last person called. Click on each avatar to see a list of post and calls between you and that supporter.

Essential facial appearance contain a calculator, a calendar, an alarm clock, a stopwatch, a world clock, a pad, a tip calculator, a unit and currency converter, and a speakerphone. You’ll also find lecturer-self-determining voice dialing, Bluetooth, PC syncing, USB mass storage, text-to-address, and help for VZ Route-finder.

7705Above and additional than threaded text and CD messaging, there’s following messaging, and e-mail. POP3 e-mail access for accounts such as AOL, Yahoo, and Hotmail is top bolt from the blue to a clunky Web-based interface, but RemoSync benefit offers access to push e-mail from corporate accounts as well as calendar, notes, and contacts syncing. We tried syncing our work e-mail and were frequently pleased with the consequences. The early sync took a few minutes, but after that the administer as pretty charming and you can view some e-mail attachments. The benefit will cost you $9.99 per month. We’d much prefer to have such a cost included in an umbrella monthly data plot. The same goes for Verizon’s Visual Voice mail, which costs $2.99 per month. Add up all those extra costs and you get an high-priced monthly plot. At that rate, it’s better to get a real smartphone with a comprehensive data plot.

The Nokia Twist 7705 excellent:

The Nokia Twist 7705 has a decent range of facial appearance, a comfortable upright, and admirablecall feature.

The Nokia Twist 7705 terrible:

The Nokia Twist 7705 has a polarizing point with a small sight and a 2.5-millimeter receiver jack. Its photo feature is poor, its streaming video frame size is small, and its call number could be louder.

The Nokia Twist 7705 underside line:

The Nokia Twist 7705′s out of the run of the mill point won’t be for everyone, but it pulls through with decent facial appearance and excellent call feature. On the other hand, it’s not a matter-of-fact Internet or CD device.

The Nokia Twist 7705 Price: $99.99

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in MOBILE

 

Panasonic HM-TA1@DASHING THING REVIEW

Panasonic HM-TA1 Assess:

Here’s the thing about bringing a new manufactured goods to a crowded promote: you have to any offer a touch different and/or better or a touch akin to the struggle at a lower price. This is primarily right for sack video cameras, and Panasonic’s HM-TA1 minicamcorder delivers neither. With plenty of models by now available from camera and camcorder manufacturers, as well as struggle from multifunction devices like the iPod Touch and a bevy of smartphones, the TA1 is honestly undesirablein terms of price and facial appearance. Add to that the overall poor point and there’s just not much here to like. It is small and the video feature is very excellent–at least in sharp situation–but the device is otherwise everyday. Unless you can find it for cheap, there’s modest wits to pick the TA1 over minicamcorders from Flip, Kodak, or Sony.

HM-TA1The TA1 is a candy-bar-style minicamcorder that is held vertically. The device is arresting, frivolous, and very compact. Unfortunately, the point goes downhill from there. For starters, the body is made from glossy plastic (available in three color choices) with silver edges that show every fingerprint, and is somewhat slippery to hold. The power button and array/memory card compartment are on the right side and, depending on your hand size, your thumb may any accidentally hit the power or slide the compartment door open if you hold it too securely. The doorfeels cheap and poor, too.

On the left side under a door at the top is the sole AV productivity, which is composite only (a cable is included); there’s no choice for a constituent cable belt and no HDMI productivity. That means there’s no supervise over viewing from the TA1 of content at HD resolutions on an HDTV. On a side note, since Panasonic’s HDTVs have SD card slots, I tried to view the video that way, but no luck: Panasonic’s sets don’t help MPEG-4 playback from cards.

HM-TA1At the underside of the device is a slider for a built-in USB connector that pops out from behind a door on the lower left side. A USB additional room cable is included for getting to those hard-to-reach ports. Even if it is comes off, the array is exciting by USB and takes unequally 4 hours to fully power up. It drains in about 80 minutes of continuous tape, so if you’re going to be out doing a lot of tape you may want an extra array. For most public, even if, that should be plenty of array life.

In an attempt to simplify reins, Panasonic assigned only one gathering to each button. This only really adds two buttons to the digit typically found on minicamcorders, but it makes the control panel a cluttered mess. And since all of the buttons are flush with the body and made of slick plastic, they can be trying to press accurately. At least the confirmation button is front and focal point, so all you need to do is turn the TA1 on and press it to start tape.

HM-TA1Tape resolutions contain VGA, 720p, and 1,080p, all at 30 frames per following. Panasonic also hypes the availability of Apple’s iFrame format, a smaller-than-HD 960×540/30p (24Mbps) size designed to be straightforwardly imported into iMovie (even if you can straightforwardly import standard HD MPEG-4 formats into iMovie).

One of the few extra facial appearance of the TA1 is that it can be used as a Webcam at 640×480, 320×240, and 160×120 resolutions. Panasonic uses Skype help as a promotion point, but the software isn’t embedded on the device; you’ll need to download it unconnectedly from Skype. Also, the device can’t stand on its own, primarily when connected to a pad, so you’ll need a help and a touch to angle it upward if you’re using it on a desk.
HM-TA1

 

A huge part of why sackvideocameras are standard is the embedded control and
sharing software that makes getting clips off the device and onto video-sharing sites simple. Panasonic’s Windows-only software is called HD Novelist PE 1.0 and is basically an off-the-shelf wrap. It does the bare minimum of equipment such as organizing and austere control, and playback and sharing is top bolt from the blue to YouTube or Facebook. (Even if, once a clip is uploaded, you can point out to glue the link to an e-mail.) The interface is dull and uses words like “Carry out” instead of “Start upload.” Overall, it’s just a less-than-thrilling encounter that makes sharing seem more like a chore.

The video feature and overall performance, on the other hand, are very excellent from the TA1. At 1080p and 720p resolutions, the movies are enjoyable to HM-TA1watch and excellent enough to be viewed on a large HDTV. Sign are sharp and vivid and exposure is right. The electronic image stabilization seems to help keep video charming with modest noticeable judder when panning. And subjects grow sharp, but not oversharpened. Low-light video isn’t as excellent, with a lot of noise and golden-haired blotching. (This is akin to the low-light dispensation we’ve seen in Panasonic’s still cameras.) A built-in LED light in front can help elucidate dimly lit scenes, but it’s really only OK for about 2 feet in front of the camera despite being blindingly sharp. There is a 4x digital zoom should you want to use it, but it does degrade video feature. Finally, Panasonic includes the capability to shoot in black and white and sepia, as well as apply skin softening with nice-looking consequences.

If the most vital equipment to you are video feature and a small body, the Panasonic HM-TA1 is a fine scale. Even if, there are models from other manufacturers that offer more facial appearance and akin video feature for the same or less money.

The Panasonic HM-TA1 excellent:

Very excellent video feature for its class; small; can be used as Webcam.

The Panasonic HM-TA1 terrible:

Poor point; no HDMI productivity; no macro focus; no mic, earphone jacks; median-of-the-road sharing software.

The Panasonic HM-TA1 underside line:

The Panasonic HM-TA1 minicamcorder offers above-mean HD video tape in a small wrap, but is otherwise pretty lame.

The Panasonic HM-TA1 Price: $169.99

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in MOBILE