This was probably the best mobile I ever had. I only sold it because i found myself with three phones and two of them had to go.
That this phone is Unique with a capital U there is no doubt. The usual models that came out were either in pink or brown shades and had some circle designs over them. That made them look retro-ish but a lot of people found them "overloaded" with shapes.
This version of it however is classy like you havent seen. There are no weird circle designs anywhere on the phone, its all a lustre black, simple and beautiful. The back of the phone, the battery cover, has a leather like pattern, its not leather but feels and looks like it. That too is black.
The 3 Megapixel camera at the back looks very descreet. I have to say, i have a newer phone now with a higher spec camera and even that doesnt take better pictures than this phone does. The photos are clear. They dont blur when you press the button. Usually Nokia phones show you a crystal clear picture while you are preparing to take the picture, but the picture itself comes out blurry when it "settles". Well, not with this phone. What you saw was what you captured, and it worked really good at night as well.
The swivel action will turn some heads. The front of the phone is not lifted, but rather swivels to the left or the right and "locks" after it has turned 180 degrees, revealing a very ergonomic keyboard, with large enough buttons. Think of it this way, when the top is swivelled, the bottom half of the phone that is revealed, is all dedicated to the keyboard. There is a joystick button in the top centre, two buttons for quick access to menus and then the rest of the buttons are large enough for any hand.
The screen is a good size, you can choose from the retro brown theme for your menus or a more subtle blue shade. Of course you can download loads more themes onto the phone.
It has bluetooth, I connected it to my laptop with a bluetooth stick and used the Nokia software provided to load videos, music and ringtones. You can also connect to the internet with it with no problem. It also takes microSD memory cards, mine came with a 128MB one which was plenty for all the pictures I took.
To go back to the design, when the screen is up, at the back of it there is a chrome plate that looks very reflective and can be used as a mirror. The chrome is also repeated at the frames of the side buttons (volume, on/off, camera).
The battery lasts 3-4 days depending on how you use it.
I kept this phone in the pouch that it came with and never saw a single scratch on it. When the time came to sell it, it still looked like the first day I bought it.
They were very expensive when they first came out, and still are for new ones, but if you can get hold of a well maintained second hand one for £60-£90 then grab it, you will not be disappointed.
This is a stylish phone with a lot of character due to its swivel action and rarity.