Input and Output
The large 3.2 inch touchscreen is the only input and its a rather nice and bright unit. We recommend slapping on a screen guard as soon as you take it out of the box. The screen was bright but not as responsive as you’d expect. I must also add that viewing video is as good as it gets.
Coming to the on screen keyboard which is pretty nice, but it falls back thanks to no predictive text input options. I think on screen keyboards should go as far as possible to assist typing because they simply don’t come close to the comfort of hardware keyboards.
Even the speaker sounded pretty good and I’d go as far to say that they outclassed the provided earphones.
The phone is powered by a 369Mhz processor with 128MB or RAM which are decent specs for a phone that largely intends to keep you entertained. I found it to be pretty responsive on the whole. I only wish that the motion sensor could act quicker. It takes a fair amount of time to change its orientation.
Call performance was top notch in all respects, just as you’d come to expect from a Nokia. Even the battery (rated at 1350 mAh) is good enough to plough on for a full day, even under heavy usage. I recommend you turn off the haptic touch vibration, it’ll save you some battery. And moreover it gives you the eerie feeling that there is something loose in the phone rather than providing feedback.
The camera is a 3.2MP Carl Zeiss AF unit with a dual LED flash. It has quite a range of options like ISO, white balance, exposure, contrast and sharpness. You’d expect all this to take good pictures, but it disappoints. I wasn’t impressed with the color reproduction and the images looked washed out. Noise levels are pretty high in low light conditions.
Video quality is better(mpeg-4 recording) off and you can use the flash as the light for the video which is a smart move.
Applications and games
As mentioned before, we are on a a newer version of the Symbian S60, which means developers will take some time to implement touch and motion sensing capabilities. But once that happens, expect it to have an iPhone rivaling repository of applications.
The games are an absolute delight thanks to the motion sensor. It does take some time getting used to, but once that happens, you’ll want to decimate every thing that comes your way.