And from the annoyed I go to the bemused. There is an odd side-key on the upper left edge. Well, actually, it isn’t the side-key that is odd but what is next to it. The side-key is programmable but runs Nokia Maps by default when pressed, and the pretty blue star shaped light next to it tells you that A-GPS is up and running. OK, but are you really going to glance at the edge of your device to check on this?
Never mind the four-pointed light, the real star of this show is the camera. Sitting on the back of the casing is a 5-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, all protected by a mechanical cover that you slide back with a large, easy to use switch. Operate the slide and the camera software jumps into action. Oh, and there’s a Xenon flash too, plus the optional ability to geo-tag each photo you take. Bodes well.
You can’t fiddle with things like ISO settings as you would with a modern N Series camera, but this isn’t a problem. On test, with the camera on full auto, things went well enough for a mobile phone-based shooter.
The coloured dish photo is sharp, though perhaps not as bright as I might have liked. The chair’s detailing is good and its white colour is uniform throughout. The flowers were photographed from about 18 inches away and their colour and definition are both pretty sharp.
Build quality is not that solid and I can’t help but think that a phone with as many features as this should really deserve Wi-Fi. The counterbalance is the very good camera, the bonus of TV-out and the plentiful built in apps.
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