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fair play this a pretty old model but given i have been using this moedl for the past 3 years i felt obliged to comment on how pleased i STILL am with it!!!!!
the sleek and stylish design will be the first thing that catches our eye although maybe i slight criticism is that the form is slightly feminine in appearence although that has never detered me. the phone has a 'solid' and sturdy feel which can be backed up by the level of abuse it has sustained. to date it has survived being dropped down the toilet, tumbled out of my pocket on to hard floors countless times and not to mention once being lost at the NEC arena during a kasabian gig (to which was thankfully returned to lost property!)
with reliability sorted let's talk about the features. the camera is pretty poor (640x480 pixels) quality and there is no blue tooth feature. it also has a radio which is pretty good quality although no real MP3 features despite there being a sound recording device the quality is very poor. the memory isn't great too at 4mb. apart from the basic WAP connection, calculator and the usual standard features you would expect from a model phone, there isn't much else to shout about. style over substance maybe?
this aside if you are looking for something basic that very sturdy and reliable this is a very very good option, just don't expect to be overwhelemed with the features.
This is a great phone! I worked for a Nokia service point in the UK for a number of years, and in all my time there this was one of the few that stood out as being reliable and easy to use without looking dorky. It looks really great. Extremely stylish, cute, small with a well balanced color scheme - so very autumnal. It has a small fabric accent on the side, has a small patch of leather on the back and the trim is a light, brushed gold color. The default wallpapers compliment this with floral, color-matched designs.
Very good. The response time for key presses is lightning fast. Keys click with just the right amount of resistance. The menu system is the standard Nokia interface, so it is also very intuitive. Battery life is good, with 4-5 days between charges for me, and I speak for around 45 minutes per day. Every aspect of using the phone is pleasing, which is what I consider to be very important when selecting a device that is going to be right with you for most of your day.
If you are looking for connectivity (bluetooth/full internet), a good camera or video playback, you won't find it here. The best features of this phone are it's ease of use, talktime and pocket-ability. There is a camera, but it takes poor images. Really poor images! Only useful for snapping a face and slapping it as your background. There is a voice recorder, which some may find useful. The sound quality is excellent.
My 7360 is 4 years old and still going strong. The only thing that has suffered is a drop in signal quality and the occasional cut on calls, but that was due to condensation damaging some of the circuitry. Nothing has gone wrong with the phone that was it's fault due to poor design/engineering.
As the years have gone by, I have become less interested in having the latest technology. I love knowing about the latest, seeing and using it, but I have less of a desire to have it. But with this phone I really feel a kinship with a device. A funny thing to have, yet it is just so personable! And when it eventually dies I'll be on ebay to find another.
I heard about this thing already until my friends told me that the features of this cell phone is great but i had no idea and don't believed of what he's said.
There is one time, when my wife brought this kind of cell phone and she was about to buy this cell phone. I thought to myself that this cell phone is good. When I've tried to see the features it looks good and the music is excellent, I'm correct of what I'm thinking for the first time. Then we have decided to buy this cell phone and use it in our daily routine works. We have lots of exchange messages without hanging when its reading the messages or other features like if you want to take picture, the pixels are good in viewing the colors especially the background is so nice, I love it taking pictures as of now. I've recorded some videos of my kids til now the views are excellent and the sounds are good to hear like everything is going well. I love this kind of cell phone. So very friendly.
I am a total Luddite when it comes to mobile phones, so consequently every one that I have had the misfortune to own, I have held on to until it has literally fallen apart in my hands.
I use my mobile for texting and receiving calls. My 4 year old Nokia 5210 fitted these requirements like a glove - mono display, mono ring tone and monolithic. That was all monomarvellous until it decided to give up the ghost last month.
Every mobile enthusiast loves an upgrade, but I was mortified to discovered my choices were made up of words that stuck in my throat - polyphonic, 16-bit color, tri-band, VGA camera. Ack! I wanted my simple, old phone back.
That all changed though after I saw an advert on television for the new Nokia LAmour collection. Like Andy in Little Britain, I turned and declared to my husband I want that one!.
LOOK and FEEL
Well Im not entirely sure why its called the LAmour collection - possibly because someone at Nokia thought thats what girls would like. Who knows. In any case, there are 2 different version of the Nokia 7360. One which has a gold case and orange trim, and the one I have which is a dark brown with turquoise trim. Its dimensions are 105 x 45 x 18 mm which makes it a teeny ½ cm fatter than the current ladies favourite the Motorola pink Razr. But where the Nokia 7360 loses out in girth, it makes up for in weight coming in whopping 3 grams lighter at 92g.
Having owned a brick for the last 4 years, the Nokia 7360 seems positively flimsy but I think this is something Ill get used to over time. The case is a mixture of brown plastic and shiny silver metal etched trim. It has suffered a series of knocks and bangs this last couple of weeks, none of which Im please to say have damaged the casing or screen at all.
The screen on the front of the phone is a super size 40 x 30mm and can display 65,536 colours (128 x 160 pixel). Im absolutely fascinated by the quality of colour on the display but as I havent had a colour screen before I expect this novelty to wear off in time.
There are only two buttons on the side of the phone. The off button at the top lies flush to the casing and the volume switch at the side is far easier to than my old phone.
The key pad itself is brown and the buttons are made of hard plastic rather than soft rubber like some other Nokias. I find navigating menus and texting using the Nokia 7360 keys incredibly easy and the keys are very responsive to a small amount of pressure.
There are two ways to access the functions within the phone. Firstly, by using the top right key you can access the go to menu which takes you directly to the ten most popular features on the phone, including as text messages, alarm clock and calculator. This is a great feature. I use my phone as an alarm and each night instead of having to select and scroll various menus to get to the alarm and switch it on, the goto menu means I can access and set it quickly.
The other way to access the phones features is through the large turquoise Select button. This calls up the Nokia 7360s ten main feature icons and selecting one of these takes you straight to the options available within it.
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I found that the Nokia 7360 has such a logical menu navigation system that I didnt have to look to the user guide book at all when I was setting up the main features such as the time, date, ringtone and themes.
I had an old-fashioned telephone ring, ring tone on my previous phone and was slightly annoyed at the limited range and quality of the tones available on the Nokia 7360. There was not one simple ring, ring to be found. The most basic was the standard Nokia ring which I probably would have selected but due its unfortunate hijacking by Trigger Happy TV, I cant stand it these day. All the other ring tones (around ten) sounded liked theyd been compiled by a child on a Casio keyboard.
Now this is where reading the user guide comes in handy. Im an impatient madam so while I was banging away on the handset keys whining about all the rubbish ringtones, my husband had been quietly reading the user guide and informed me that one of the nice features of my new phone is that it can handle MP3s. This means I can convert anything in my CD collection into a ringtone (what? Not legal? Pah!) .
There are two ways to transfer an MP3 onto the handset. The first is through using the nifty Infra Red connection (activated from Settings menu) and by holding my phones IR connection towards my husbands (compatible) mobile IR connection he was able to transfer MP3 files to my phone. This can also be done from phone to PC.
The second way is by downloading them directly from the internet. The Nokia 7360 has WAP 2.0 and offers high-speed xHTML mobile browsing. And it is high-speed - quicker than my broadband connection on my PC! Within a matter of seconds I am able to connect to my service providers website and download ring tones, wallpaper and screensavers from there. Ive done this sitting at home and also whilst moving through built up areas on a bus and I havent yet received a failed connection attempt. I find this very impressive.
You can also personalise your phone with a series of themes, screensavers and wallpapers. The Nokia 7360 comes with 4 themes and numerous pretty wallpapers none of them are very manly. This is defiantly a girls phone or for a man in touch with his feminine side!
This is where the phone almost lost me. Im used to having one option for texting - SMS, but with the Nokia 7360 you have 4 ways.
1: Basic SMS text messaging This is my old faithful which has standard functions (inbox, outbox, distribution lists etc).
2: Multimedia messaging With this you can create, receive and send videos and pictures with AMR voice clips attached. I havent really explored this yet.
3: Email This supports SMTP, POP3 and IMAP4 protocols and can even support attachments such as jpegs, word docs and PDFs. I find this all pretty amazing for such a small phone but Im happy at the moment accessing my emails from my PC and my texts from my phone. Im not sure Id ever use this feature unless Im on holiday and cant get near a PC and even then, on holiday I dont particularly want to be near a PC since I work with them everyday.
4: Flash messaging: The fourth and final option is sending and receiving Flash messages. Flash messages are short text messages (up to 70 characters) that are instantly displayed on the receiver's phone. This only works on flash message compatible phones so how I am supposed to know which of my pals has this option without asking them is impossible, but even so, I find it slightly intrusive and cant think why anyone would want to use this function.
There are a few features on the phone that I think are great. There is an option in Contacts called my presence which show others with MP compatible phones your availability, mood, preferred method of communication etc and can be tailored to show different availability to different groups of people. It can also work with your mobile Calendar / TO-Do functions, for example, when a meeting youve entered in your Nokia calendar starts, your phone could automatically switch profile and presence info. I found this function very cool!
The stereo FM radio on the phone is brilliant. You can only connect if you have headphones plugged-in to the phone (the Nokia 7360 comes with a set of combined headphones and hands-free kit) but once connected the sound quality is great. When Ive forgotten my book in the morning, Ive found this a godsend on the daily commute to work.
Other nice features on the phone include the calendar and to-do list functions as well as the calculator, size / currency converter and national lotto number checker (no I havent won, yet!).
The camera on the isnt that impressive - VGA resolution camera (0.3 megapixels) so its no substitute for a proper camera. But that said, its definately good enough to take photos for use on the phone - as wallpaper, or as images against user profiles in your contact directory. You can also switch the camera to video recording mode.
If you already have several MP3s and images loaded on to the phone, the Nokia 7360s small memory (4 Mbytes) means there is only enough space for one or two small video clips. I think the video is more of a gimmick than anything else but its nice to have as the option.
If you like your mobile phone games then youll be disappointed with this. Tetris and Backgammon are the only two available. The Tetris is fairly basic but the Back Gammon I was I was really looking forward to playing until I discovered it was a multi-player version that required you to connect to either another phone or a pc to play against someone. The all sounded a tad too geeky for me so I left it. Doh! Wheres Pacman when you need him.
The Nokia 7360 has the standard Tri-band GSM coverage on up to five continents (GSM 900/1800/1900) which means I can pretty much use it every where in the world other than places like Japan and South Korea.
According to Nokia the battery (BL-LB) will last 18 days on standby. I consider myself a light user (60 texts / 60 mins talk time per month) and find the battery will last me 4-5 days (I never let it run completely flat). The AC charger that comes with the phone is tiny compared to my last one too. Its the size of a standard plug socket (easily transportable in your handbag) and it takes 60 to 80 minutes maximum to fully recharge the battery.
I got this phone as a free upgrade on my Orange contract, but several mobile phone sites on the net offer it sim-free for £175 including VAT. I personally find this price very expensive for what you get so if youre on a contract it is worth finding out what sort of deal your service provider can to offer you.
Sales Package Contents
- Nokia 7360 phone
- Nokia Battery BL-5B, 760 mAh
- Nokia Compact Charger AC-3
- Nokia Fashion Headset HS-31
- User guide
I've given the Nokia 7360 an "3 out of 5" star rating. This phone is great for calls, texting and sending the odd picture but dont rely on it for any heavy duty multimedia stuff. People who like the Nokia 7360, and indeed the rest of the L'Amour Collection, are not motivated by technical specifications. The Nokia 7360 looks good its as simple as that and if looks appeal then you cant go far wrong with this. If the Razr is the Kate Moss of phones, then the Nokia 7360 is the JLo audacious, a whole lot of bling and a sure-fire head-turner.
This phone will do me perfecly for the next 4 years!