So far, it all sounds pretty good. But there have been compromises made to get the Cookie to its pricepoint, and one of the first you’ll notice is its build quality. This isn’t up to the Renoir’s high standard, though I do like the rubbery feel to the outer casing, which helps with gripping the phone.
The touchscreen also leaves a bit to be desired. Tapping away to launch applications is no bother as the icons are large and responsive, and the very slight haptic vibration confirms key presses well. The problem comes when you want to enter text, for example when typing SMS or email messages.
Hold the phone in portrait format and a standard mobile phone type touchpad is on offer. Swivel it to landscape format and QWERTY keys pop up. Both use rather small keys and those with stubby fingers may find accuracy a problem.
That said, you could use the stylus, but really, what touchphone user wants to do that these days? And even if you do, the stylus is a disappointment. It is an expanding type but only grows to about 75mm and it’s far too light for its own good.
There’s handwriting recognition and thankfully this is quite good if you are prepared to write slowly and clearly, though it’s no substitute for large, usable QWERTY keys.
Furthermore, the Cookie is quad-band GSM handset with GPRS and EDGE only, so if you’re after a 3G handset then look elsewhere.
You are also on a loser here if you want lots of built-in memory. There is 48MB to play with. True, a microSD card slot on the right edge lets you add more, and with the price of memory so low these days this factor is hardly a make or break one.
A bigger disappointment will slap music fans in the face like a wet kipper. Yes, it is the old proprietary headset connector problem. The in-ear buds didn’t like my ears and kept falling out. This is a perennial problem for me and if you are the same then the absence of a 3.5mm connector either on the handset or past the hands-free mic could well put you off this phone. An FM radio augments the music playback capability.
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