Oh, and while I am grumbling, I don’t like the mini joystick, either. Generally I prefer flat pads for navigation and in this case the mini joystick seemed a little slow to react at times.
OK, on to the innards of this handset and what it offers by way of features. It is an S40 mobile, so you won’t get the full smartphone experience that an S60 Nokia mobile offers. You can synch with a desktop PC but Nokia doesn’t provide cables or the PC Sync software in the box. If you are looking for synching, S60 is a much better bet. (For extra info on Nokia’s operating platforms take a look here).
The phone is tri-band and only has 30MB of built-in memory. You can up this using microSD cards, and our review phone came with a 512MB card. Nokia has shot itself in the foot a little by doing what it does in some handsets and putting the card slot under the battery cover. It’s just too pesky to swap cards this way, and without PC sync cables and software provided, most users will need to swap memory cards to feed the phone’s music player.
The supplied, fairly mundane Nokia headset has a 2.5mm connector to the mobile, and this is another annoyance. Not so much in itself, as it provides for adequate music listening, but because it has to be used if you listen to the phone’s FM radio as it contains the antenna. Really, a two-piece headset with 3.5mm connector past the handsfree mic would have been a much better bundled item.
Looking for a couple of plus points in music playback, I found one aesthetic one and one practical one. You can skin the player which adds a little aesthetic pleasure to proceedings, and the battery life is pretty good. Nokia suggests you should get up to nine hours of music playback. I didn’t quite achieve that, getting precisely eight hours of continuous music playback from the phone. In the scheme of things this is pretty respectable battery life.