Music playback is obviously a key feature of this handset, and there are some good and less good points to consider here. The presence of a 3.5mm headset jack on the top edge of the handset is among the goodies with its location being the least troubling for the pocket. Still, the one-piece headset is a bit disappointing as it lacks music controls and can’t accommodate your own favourite headset beyond the microphone. That last point is a real shame. The provided headset is fairly good, but when you do plug in a better set the high music quality on offer is immediately noticeable.
Music file support covers MP3, M4A, eAAC+, AAC and WMA formats and if you fancy tweaking the output, an equaliser and stereo widening options help things along nicely. An FM radio is also included to boost the musical ability of this phone, but its mere four presets simply aren’t enough.
There is just 30MB of internal memory, which is paltry for a music-focussed handset, but at least there’s an easily accessible microSD card slot on the right edge of the phone. Nokia provides a 512MB card – again paltry in this day and age and you are likely to want a larger capacity card pretty quickly.
Incidentally – Nokia says that the handset supports microSD cards up to 2GB in size, suggesting that it does not support SDHC. But it coped with a 16GB card of mine without a hitch, albeit slowly when accessing the folder/file listing in the file manager.
A quick word on battery life. A music-oriented phone needs to offer plenty of it. From a full charge, I got eight and a half hours of music playback, which is far from exceptional for a Nokia handset, but it is respectable enough for a low-cost phone like this one.
No matter what its price, good ergonomics are essential to any mobile phone. Here, screen and keyboard are both a little disappointing. The screen measures just 2in diagonally and although its 320 x 240 pixels are clear and sharp enough, it’s just a bit on the small side.
Nokia has missed an easy trick with the keyboard design. The lozenge shaped number keys are large enough, but the are barely raised from their surroundings. Just a little more elevation would have made texting at speed a great deal easier.