Nokia’s Xpress-On phone covers have taken a bit of a back seat recently while the company has concentrated on pushing other things. But the concept is by no means dead. Gordon reported on the launch of the Supernova range back in June, and now I have my hands on the first of the quartet to appear, the 7310 Supernova, which supports Xpress-On.
The announced range included a slider, flip and two candybars, and it is the lesser of the candybars that I have. The press release announcing the new range says that the Supernovas are appropriate for ‘style conscious men and women who want to stay connected’. Well, OK, but this target market shouldn’t want top-notch features, at least if they go for the 7310 Supernova.
Straight out of the box the 7310 Supernova does look a little distinctive. Its screen is mirrored and the silver plastic number keys also have a mirrored effect so that stylish types can check their coiffure at regular intervals. The out of the box fascia of my review sample was deep blue. A ‘candy pink’ Xpress-On cover was provided. Don’t go there. Choose the ‘wasabi green’ bundle instead.
In the hand, this is a very nice phone. It is thin and light weighing just 83g and measuring 106.5mm tall, 45.5mm wide and 11.95mm thick. Yes, Nokia really does think we need to know the width measurement to the hundredth of a millimetre.
The screen’s mirrored front disappears when you switch the phone on and you are left with two diagonal inches of display offering 320 x 240 pixels at 16 million colours. The default theme is horrible. A mix of pastel blue, yellow, lavandar and white, is just not right. Desperate to change it I found four others, which preview nicely as you run through them. None float my boat, but as usual you can download more.
The number pad looks rather tacky to me despite its shiny silver reflectiveness and it feels a bit plasticky under the fingers, but the action is solid and the keys themselves are large. Tapping out numbers and SMS messages was easy.
The D-pad comprises a thin silver frame that surrounds a large select button. Again, use was unproblematic. To its left and right are softmenu keys and Call and End keys, the latter doubling as the power on/off button. There are no other keys on the front of this handset, and the only side mounted ones are a pair of volume rockers on the right side. Minimalist, then.