The rest of the phone’s hardware features generally exceed our expectations as well, though there are a few slip-ups. A microSD slot for adding up to 8GB of extra storage means you can pack your phone with plenty of tunes to listen to and photos to show your friends. The headphone jack also means you’re free to use your own choice of headphones – a stereo headset with an inline control for answering calls is provided in the box. It’s okay for taking calls but certainly isn’t the best when it comes to music listening.
More pressing a concern than an iffy headset is the microUSB socket, specifically the fact that the microUSB socket doesn’t also charge the phone. Instead Nokia has employed its proprietary cylindrical charging socket that is located on the top edge. MicroUSB is supposed to be the standard socket for charging and data transfer nowadays, so to see Nokia still veering off course is just plain irritating. What’s more, you don’t even get Nokia’s new compact charger as found on the Nokia C6, so travelling with your phone is even more inconvenient.
The keyboard and navigation buttons don’t throw up any such concerns. Their action is pronounced with a noticeable break that lets you know the key has been pressed. The keyboard keys are a tad stiff but not to the extent that they significantly hamper typing. The layout is also easy to get to grips with, allowing for pretty speedy typing. As ever, we find we can type faster on onscreen keyboards but for a physical keyboard, this example is more than acceptable.
One slight downside is that the otherwise very welcome backlighting combined with the reflective silver finish on the number keys can make them difficult to read in an environment with typical office lighting.
One final negative note about this phone is its camera. Gone are the days when merely having a camera was a bonus, and the 2.0 megapixel affair on this phone doesn’t really hold up to much scrutiny. It lacks autofocus or a flash and doesn’t really make up for these deficiencies in any other department. Given this phone’s price, we certainly wouldn’t expect anything more but neither is this an area where Nokia has excelled itself.