Nokia could never be accused of producing boring handsets. OK, the company does actually make standard candybar mobiles, but it also pushes the envelope of what we expect handsets to look like and how we expect them to behave. If you doubt this think about the N90, N91 and 7380.
Usually the design innovations work, but with the tri-band 3250 I’m not so sure.
There’s nothing actually wrong with the general idea, which is of a candybar handset with a swivel hinge atop the number pad that lets you rotate that particular section through a total of 270 degrees. I’ll come to this element of the handset later, but first let’s look at what else is going on.
The 3250 weighs an acceptable 115g, and while it is a bit on the stubby side, its 104 x 50 x 20mm shouldn’t put too much of a strain on the pocket. It’s not the neatest, tidiest looker, but it’s not bug ugly either, and if you buy direct from the Nokia online store you can chose between four different colour combinations.
The screen is large, bright and clear, and its 176 x 208 pixels don’t break any new ground, but then again they don’t perform badly either.
The Nokia 3250 runs the third edition of Symbian’s Series 60 operating system. I’ve seen several handsets running this now, including Nokia’s 4GB music machine the N91. The core software includes what you’d expect from a sophisticated smartphone, namely competent calendar and contact management, FM radio, music player, support for Visual Radio, voice recorder, image viewer and Web browser.
The Web browser suffers from all the same problems I mentioned in my review of Nokia’s N91 so I won’t go through them again here. Suffice it to say that regular users of the Web will probably want to find a replacement for it pronto.
The complete software list is too long to list in full, but notables include Nokia’s LifeBlog software, unit conversion, and something I really can’t see the point of, called Sound Meter. This tells you the decibel level of the current environment. If you have hay fever like me then measuring the loudness of your sneezes could be fun – for about five minutes.