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This is such a sturdy phone. It is the first ever cameraphone i purchased. bought it off ebay for £80, just under 2 yrs ago, to go with my o2 PayG sim.
I have dropped it in excess of 100 times, never for it to have a funny turn!
I receive so many comments on it, all in line with, "blimey, is that a phone?"
It has loads of features but if you want to store a lot of music video's etc then its not the phone for you as it has no expandable memory.
Also i never managed to work out how to use a bluetooth headset with it, don't know if it's actually compatible.
Two days ago it had vodka spilt on it and i thought that was the end for my little phoney friend, but a few hours after i initiated a new contract with o2 today, for a pay monthly ericsson k800i, its back to life again. THIS PHONE JUST WONT BREAK!
I have decided to keep my 7600 as my backup phone now as i have realised that i do use my phone for predominantly for pictures as well as calling and texts, so a 3.2 megapixel camera will come in handy!
But i am so glad not to loose it to the drink, as it really is a good phone which does everything and i would not have considered changing it, knowing that it still worked!
It's a strange shape, but once you get used to it, you'll love the Nokia 7600.
The first thing you notice about it is that the number keys are up the vertical sides. Seriously. 1-5 are up the left, while 6-0 are down the right. Hoever, after half an hour of playing, you'll find that you've got the hang of it, and you can reel off text messages with no loss of speed at all.
The software's a bit odd, and has crashed on me a few times, but I'm more than willing to forgive that given all the features...
It's 3G, (no videocalling though) - it's got a camera, WAP, 32MB memory, an MP3 player, bluetooth support, Java program compatibility, and a lot more.
All in all, a superb little phone.
I have used this phone for almost 7 months, and i can tell you now this phone is one of the most exciting experiences with 3g network.
It has got the different shape than all Nokia phones before and it has been giving the best quality pictures with continuous video, (not clips of 10 seconds).
It has got mp3 ring tones, music player, quite organized gallery, and especially if you are a game fan then this is for you, its one of the perfect phones for gaming due to its bigger screen and buttons structure.
It has Bluetooth technology so that you can receive and send pictures, ring tones, videos for free to another Bluetooth phone.
On the other hand, if you are looking to use 3gs video calling function, than this is not the one, it doesnt have video calling though it supports a lot of GPRS functions for online mobile experience.
And finally, the shape of the phone does matter, but for me it took only couple of days to adjust with it, although it could turn out to be one of the odd shape and a little bit heavier than other Nokia phones.
I t comes in 2 to 3 colours as well, so you can have your choice.
I would personally suggest you to get this if you are decided to take 3g line rental rather than those big Motorola phones.
There are currently an estimated fifty million mobile phones in use in the UK (source infoworld.com), and with the recent sales of new handsets levelling out the phone manufacturers are looking at multi function mobiles designed to tempt us to trade in our older models and thus give them more money. While ten years ago a mobile phone made phone calls and little else these days the handset has to be all singing, all dancing with hot and cold running gizmos to make us realise that our lives will not be complete until we have one. Unfortunately I am a marketing mans dream when it comes to gadgets and mobile phones, if they tell me I need a certain new function on my phone I make pretty sure I have it quick! I also have a low boredom threshold with mobile phones with the result that the average life span of a mobile phone in my hands is around six months.
So it was that I found myself on ebay a few weekends ago looking for a state of the art mobile phone at a price not likely to panic the bank manager, I had done a little research on the internet and narrowed down my choice to two models the Samsung D500 and the Nokia 7600. I had a checklist of the features I required; Bluetooth, camera, real ringtones and a good sized crisp display essential in making my mobile experience the best possible, so after a lot of comparison work the unique and novel teardrop shape of the Nokia 7600 won out. An unlocked model was essential so that I could insert my 0² Sim card and not have to change numbers and I found and successfully won a nearly new unlocked model for £56.
Whats in the box?
Well of course there is the phone itself, and the battery needed to power it. There is also a network specific Sim card and an adapter to keep the battery charged. There is a headset for hands free phone use and MP3 playback and a USB cable to link the phone with a computer. A CD contains the Nokia SmartSuite software required for the computer and phone to interact successfully and a smattering of manuals (Instructions, Quick start, Club Nokia and Accessories available) are joined by a warranty card explaining the twelve months of cover. Everything you need to get the Nokia 7600 up and running in no time although of course the battery needs to be charged first, thankfully this only takes ninety to one hundred and twenty minutes.
Digital Camera and Video Recorder: - The built in camera can be used to take photos to be sent via text (MMS) message or for use as wallpaper on the phone. Up to one minute of video with sound can be taken and again either sent to other people with a compatible phone, viewed on the phone itself or downloaded and saved on a computer for safe keeping.
Music Player: - The ability to be able to play music files in either MP3 or AAC is a real boon, files can be downloaded using WAP or Bluetooth or if you prefer via the USB cable from a computer. With 29MB of storage available it is fair to say that you are only going to be able to fit eight to ten music files on the phone but the ability to play them out loud or through the headset means you can always have those few favourite tunes to hand.
Polyphonic and Real Ringtones: - A selection of preinstalled polyphonic ringtones can be added too by downloading new tunes from one of the many ringtone websites available. MP3 and AAC music files can also be set as ringtones so that you can have your favourite band or song pipe up every time somebody rings you. Specific tones or music files can also be assigned to certain contacts so you know who is calling by the tune played before you even take the phone out of your pocket.
Clear display:- With 65, 356 colours displayed on a 128 x 160 pixel TFT display the screen is sharp and colourful. This comes into its own when taking and viewing pictures or playing games.
Voice activated features: - No need to use your fingers to dial a number, with voice tags set up simply speaking a contacts name will dial their number automatically. Voice recording is activated by pushing one button on the side of the phone and is handy for storing snippets of information until you have a pen to jot them down.
Text and Multimedia messaging service: - With the boon in text messages MMS is a vital tool on all mobile phones. With the Nokia 7600 video and pictures can be sent to compatible handsets and text can be entered either predicatively or letter by letter. Templates are provided for the most commonly known phrases with each text message up to 160 characters in length.
Bluetooth Connectivity: - Very much the thing of the moment Bluetooth allows the phone to wirelessly connect with other Bluetooth compatible devices within ten meters. This means that once configured the phone can be used to activate a printer or computer and even remove the need for wires for a headphone.
Email: - Emails can be sent and received (providing there are no attachments). An Email account is needed and configuration is required but once set up writing and sending an Email is nearly the same as sending and receiving text messages.
WAP access:- Although not web browsing in the traditional way you can still visit WAP websites thanks to the WAP 2.0 and GPRS connectivity, favourite WAP sites can be saved in a bookmarks folder.
Dual Band:- Utilising a roaming function the Nokia 7600 can change Network bands automatically from the GSM900 and GSM1800 frequency, this means that the phone can be used in over 130 countries worldwide.
Games: - Of course no mobile phone would be complete with out a game or two to play, and things have moved on a pace since the times of snake. Two full Java games are preinstalled the intriguingly titled Triple Pop and Bounce are sure to provide minutes of enjoyment. Other Java games can also be downloaded if required.
Portrait Image Caller Identification :- Using the Nokia PC Suite software a picture of anyone in your contacts can be uploaded so that when they ring you the picture pops up for viewing.
Storage: - With the ability to store 500 contact numbers in the phone book and 150 received text messages the Nokia 7600 is a big hitter in the storage stakes. 250 calendar notes and 30 entries in the to do list mean the phone is a one stop shop for all of your important information.
Nokia PC Suite: - This is the program that enables the Nokia 7600 and the PC to interact. Once connected with the USB cable or the Bluetooth wizard important data like phone numbers, text messages and to do notes can be backed up on the computer for added safety. Sounds and pictures can be up/downloaded and edited in a basic way and text messages can be composed before being uploaded and then sent by the phone.
The best of the rest:- And there are umpteen more features on the phone; an alarm clock can wake you up to your favourite MP3 song, a calculator and currency converter are joined by stopwatch while the preinstalled screensaver is a digital clock. One touch answering makes accepting a call easier while speed dialling and automatic redialling take the effort out of making a call. Call waiting, call hold, call divert and call timer make the management of the calls easy as well.
Well, with all of the things the Nokia 7600 can do (pretty much everything) and the few things it cannot (make the tea and use the vacuum cleaner) it is sometimes easy to forget that it is actually a phone! The ringtone is clear but could probably do with being a little louder and the line is clear and static free during a call with no interference of note. Despite its contemporary shape it fits nicely to the cheek during a call with the earpiece and mouthpiece well capable of purveying sound well. Battery life is average with my medium use needing a recharge every two days. Composing and sending a text is easy with predictive text taking the hassle out of needing to spell complicated words. One downside is that the keys are a little on the small size, in particular the 6 and * keys are very hard to hit with my man sized fingers. Music files are good quality and the headphones cope admirably with the sound. The voice and video recorder are a good idea, and although they only save up to a minute worth of date it is handy to have should you need to capture something in an emergency. The 21 preinstalled polyphonic ringtones are a little on the boring side but more can be downloaded or added using the PC Suite software. Talking of the bundled software I found it a little buggy and had to visit the Nokia website to download the drivers necessary to make the cable function correctly, once that was sorted out thought I found the software east to use with wizards for those who feel out of their depth.
Another small problem is the fact that when a text message is received the text tone only sounds once, on previous phones I have used the tone would repeat every two to three minutes so that you knew you had a new message with the Nokia 7600 you have to check it if you leave it somewhere just to make sure you have not received a text in your absence. The express on covers are ok although it is only the outer cuffs that are changeable. The screen also has the tendency to appear a little dark with the illumination of the screen and buttons only lasting 10 seconds. The preinstalled wallpapers are a little boring as is the digital screensaver clock, but I guess if they made them too good they couldnt try and sell you further items via the club Nokia website. The quick start and Instruction manuals are easy to follow and cover all aspects of the phones functions and the 12 month warranty ensures you are safe in the knowledge that the phone is safe for worry free use for at least a year.
So a great, function rich mobile phone let down by two of the keys being too small and buggy software that needed updating on the Nokia website. I still love the look and feel of the Nokia 7600 though and give it four stars out of five.
To be honest, the only reason I got this phone is because of the contract deal it is on. I get 500 anytime any network minutes for £25 a month and a free Nokia 3G camera, video phone. Other phones available on the same deal at the time were either twice the size or made by LG who previously had very few phones on the UK market and as I had to have the phone for 12 months I decided on the Nokia as it is a name i know and put a certain amount of trust into.
This doesn't mean I've been disappointed by the handset, though, if anything I've been surprisingly impressed. Apart from the obvious problems I was going to have with the phone such as writing a text and taking peoples numbers with any speed and efficiency due to the utterly daft keypad layout (why oh why did they bother?), this phone does everything I want it to and a tiny bit more.
The camera and video capture can't really be faulted, the photos, when downloaded onto a PC are of good quality and a decent size and although quite basic, there is the ability to edit the photos on the phone although effects such as sepia and black & white cant be applied when taking pictures. The length of the video clips can be set to a maximum of 2 and a half minutes but can be paused whilst filming, which is not only quite fun but avoids those long bits of video where nothing is actually happening. The 30MB memory provides ample space for pictures and videos, after many a drunken Saturday night Ive woken the next morning where the only clues to what happened after about 9pm are stored safely on my phone to help me try and work out where I went, who I was with and what exactly I did and these clues are still on my phone now, although some cases remain unsolved :(
The problem is, once you've had the phone for a few months, you find your phone getting gradually more and more full of pictures and videos and as I said 30MB is plenty for videos and pictures but what about if you want to make use of the MP3 player? Remembering that as a rough guide MP3s are around 1MB per minute of a song, I wouldn't avoid buying that i-pod you were after because you've spotted this phone has an MP3 player. If you do decide to use the phone to store and listen to MP3s, you should be pleasantly surprised at the ease of putting music on there and the built in loudspeaker is one of the loudest and best quality I have heard built into a mobile.
Other cool things about this phone include the ability to view your pictures one after the other without having to move to the next one every time using the 'view in sequence' function and the ease of sending files via bluetooth/infrared. Organizing files into folders is also pretty easy, although sometimes when browsing pictures, if you try to move between them too quickly the phone will freeze temporarily (although this may only be when the memory is nearly full). The voice command function is also very good, it has worked every time for me, although I don't use it a great deal.
Data transfer is also quite easy, the Nokia data suite is fairly simple and does work most of the time, although when it records CDs for use on the MP3 player, it makes .aac files, not MP3s which can be quite irritating when trying to send music to non nokia phones.
Apart from the awkward keypad, the lack of an FM radio and the absence of removable memory cards (surely a must on any phone where they seriously expect you to use the MP3 player) this phone really is quite good, well I like it anyway. The other final good thing about this phone is that in the UK it is widely available on pay as you talk on one UK network for a ridiculously cheap price, which is not only good in itself but it makes the phone less of an attraction for thieving scallywags.
Battery life (approx):
Standby: 213 hrs
Talk time: 157 mins
Size 40mm x 33mm
Resolution 128x160 pixels
Memory: 29MB internal memory
Camera: VGA camera
I really believe that Nokia wre having a laugh with this phone, the way I look at it there are three main problems with this phone: 1/ The fact that you can either speak or listen (very hard to do both due to the shape!) 2/ I've had 3 of these phones and they've all switched themselves off occasionally - very annoying when waiting for a call 3/ When they do switch themselves off they are very hard to switch back on AND dont seem to like switching on in cold weather!!!! Dont get me wrong the phone does have some amazing features, in my opinion the video recorder on this phone is better that any that i've seen (it records for a constant 50 minutes) and the MP3 player isn't half bad either. But at the end of the day whats the point of features if the thing wont switch on!!!! PLUS its very very hard to text on after years of texting on phones where the keys are in a 'normal' position! BUY AT YOUR PERIL!
Added on 29/11/04 - OH MY GOD - today the phone decided to wipe eveyone after the letter E from my phonebook, Im taking it back to the shop AGAIN tomorrow!
the nokia 7600 is very easy to use. It has everything needed in a colour mobile phone. I have many mobile phones but, i have to say this is one of my favourites. I found it very easy to get around the menu and the screen is the perfect size. Picture quality is very good, and the camera function allows you to change between 10 seconds to 60 minutes, which is a great feature. I have always found Nokia phones to be very reliable and easy to use. The only problem with this phone is that it takes you a while to get used to the way the keypad is set out, after using mobiles that had the keypad at the bottom it was very different to use a keypad that had peripheral keys. However i still recommend this phone to anyone. It is a great buy.
After having two of this type of mobile phone on contract i would like to state that i firmly believe there is a problem with the phone manufacture.
As far as features go, i believe it to be one of the most universal phones there is, what with its camera, video camera, mp3 player, games, utilities and ability to completely change every part of the setting to suit yourself, it is the phone that i would love. However, on closer inspection of this rather large and awkward shaped phone you will find that it has many flaws.
The camera itself takes very fuzzy and poor quality photos that some times appear "blocky", also the video camera is "jumpy" and filming can be difficult because of where the viewfinder is situated. This feature on the phone i found to be mediocre after comparing with other phones with far better quality and placement.
The mp3 player requires you to download the music from your pc to your phone. Clever i thought, what a good idea. No, how wrong was i, the only pc i found that was compatible was an old small computer at our local library, newer computers will not support the phone. After finally downloading some songs onto the phone (2 songs) i found that if i listened to them they sounded as though they were in a fishbowl, and didn't have the quality i had come to expect from a new phone. Add to that the fact that these two song cannot be added to because of insufficient memory, you have yet another feature of the phone gone wrong. I had plenty of memory on my phone and still it told me INSUFFICIENT MEMORY.
Games, lets not talk about games... no better still lets talk about games, or lack of. The phone comes with 2 games, Backgammon and some warped version of the great old-time classic tetris. Both are complete crap and you'd get bored with them in seconds, not like the total addiction setting game "snake" we saw on our old nokia's, not clever and in colour no but boy didn't we get addicted. Furthermore to this, when you try to download games (as they told me in the shop i could) you cannot retrieve them because the phone dosnt support any other web other that three and although three has planty of sites where you can download wallpaper and ringtones, there are no games. Ahh and on to.........
Ringtones. You spend what...... £2 on a ringtone off three's interenet service (if that is what you can call it) and it sounds nothing like the song it is supposed to be. Waste of time and money. However the phone itself has the capability of turning your midi files (on your old computer not a new one) into plolyphonic ringtone for your phone. Great i thought... never seen that before and again i was wrong. After trying it with a few songs i found that once they had been transferred to your phone they lost all melody and was only the baseline. The actual tune you can hear on your midi file is lost. Pretty much sucked into the bermuda triangle never to be seen again.
Now i have had a rant about the feature on this phone lets discuss the bug that i have found. Both my partner and i had one of these phones each. Mine lasted 6 months in total. At about two months it had to be returned to the shop because the screen had died for no apparent reason. This was repaired then the other phone that i had kept turning itself onto head set so when calling out you could hear anything. The actual headset setup wasnt on the phone so i couldn't turn it off, this one was returned to be fixed at 3 months, then at six months the first one to break had to go back because it had died altogether and refused to charge. After the carephone warehouse had it for 2 months (that i still had to pay for) they wrote to me and told me the phone was beyond repair because of water damage. When questioned about this (since i knew my phone had been no where near water) they told me that moisture in the air could have caused it (cop out). After speaking with a friend who works in carphone warehouse i was told that a large mount of these phones had come back in because of the same problem. And then, as if to add insult to injury the other phone died and i was expected to pay contracts on both phones even though carphone warehouse would not replace mine. So to all people out there, whether you are planning to have one on contract or pay-as-you-go i will say this...NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Turn around, walk away and get a different phone. Save yourself time and money and stick with a bog standard mobile phone and then go out and buy your self a digital camerea a video camera an mp3 player and a gameboy. At least then if one breaks you wont be without the rest.
Review of the Nokia 7600
No doubt, the fact youre even reading this review means youve seen the Nokia 7600. Designed by Nokia as a fashion concept, it soon became reality before its critically acclaimed launch in 2004.
Sure, it looks like an ashtray but at the end of the day, when Apple computer launched the iMac in 1998 nobody imagined that in 2004 our computers would be fashion statements, not to mention fluorescent pink toasters and translucent televisions. We now even have cars with stick on colourful panels. Image is everything, and to quote Nokia, 7600 the Imaging phone, they seem to have come up with a near perfect solution for this rather new, but incredibly expanding niche market.
So, youve noticed the design, that hideous keypad with the ergonomics of a 1960s Korean bicycle and the textured shells that clad the bulk of the phone. Nokia do seem to be spending a lot more time on the touchy-feely aspect of their products, gone are the days phones were made from the same material your grandmothers NHS issued walking stick, bring on the leather effect shells of the 7600. Nice try Nokia, good concept but youre fooling nobody, it looks like plastic, and it feels like plastic, it is plastic. However, the phone does feel very solid, considering it takes just three snaps (and various references to the instruction manual) to take completely apart. I could quite safely say this phone could be thrown around a room without it suffering too badly.
That would be true, of course, if it wasnt for the camera lens protruding 5mm from the rear of the phone. When its sat on a desk minding its own business, the lens is propping up the top half of the phone, so if its moved the lens is very prone to scratching. The same can also be said for the five way blob of a button that adorns the front of the phone. Which brings me back to the keypad, surely didnt Nokia learn its lesson with the 3650? For over a century we have grown accustomed to our telephones having a mesh of twelve keys, four rows of three. So, in true Nokia style, theyve tried to reinvent the wheel and ended up with a paddle. Dont get me wrong the keypad works when youre used to it. And, aesthetically it works, even in reality, it works but its not a real keypad. And as consumers, well moan about anything thats different, and this phone is very different. Something that isnt different from other Nokia offerings is camera and screen quality, excellent, if not the best. Sony Ericsson seem to offer far better screens for less money, and seem to be on par with the camera quality.
I would comment on the software on the phone, but if youve ever used a Nokia before it will all be familiar. One key difference is the fact the directional key can also be used as a select key by pressing it in. This pretty much renders the OK key that weve grown used to useless. Sure, it has functions, but they seem like an afterthought. Its almost as though some dipstick in Nokia design said to a fellow colleague, We dont actually need that button, do we?, and no sooner had his p45 been issued, the button had a function. Yes, you can press it during standby mode to access the Gallery. Something that can also be done by pressing the blob, sorry, five way directional key a few times. The same can also be said for various other keys on the phone, in total there are 21 plus the five way directional key. 25 buttons in total Im sure there are more, the more I use the phone the more I seem to find. Remembering their function isnt difficult of course, as theyre all clearly marked, but it does seems as though Nokia are intent on confusing mobile virgins. Something that would never happened years ago, with the easy to use 3110.
The phone functions well, Ive yet to experience a crash. The ring tones, are however a little quiet but this is common with Nokia mobiles. They seem to be intent on making us miss our calls, thus having to call back people (Maybe a back hander from the operators to increase our bills?) Sherlock aside, it does prove a little annoying after a while. Oh, and the claimed 30MB memory of the phone is in fact 29MB, well, about 26MB with contacts, text messages, ring tones and god knows what else hides in the depths of this phone. It has mp3 functionality which is welcomed, but at the most you can get 8 low quality mp3 tracks on it. Just add a memory card, I hear you cry. I would, if I could, as Nokia dont seem to think an imaging and mp3 capable top of the range phone would need any more than a rather pathetic 30MB. Nor do they think a built in radio is necessary. Im beginning to sound a little bitter a twisted here, so Ill come to a conclusion of sorts.
Quality Excellently built, will withstand most phone murderers.
Design Difficult to come to terms with at first, but it grows on you.
Camera Not much to say to this, offers high quality an exceptional night mode, and video recording.
Great features Bluetooth, 3G, XHTML, Camera, MP3, Java, you name it
Price Free on pay monthly :o)
Confusing Layout of the keys is somewhat bewildering
No Radio Although this can be added as an accessory
No memory card Just plain stupid. MP3 phone with no memory card slot?
Screen Its great for a Nokia, but nothing to write home about compared to other manufacturers
Buy this phone if you want to look ϋber-cool, want to play a few mp3s, or have a competent all in one with pretty much every feature (Bar a radio or memory card slot) available today.
Dont buy this phone if you want to play more than an hours worth of mp3s, or if you are an avid texter. Nor should you buy it if youre new to mobile phones, the vast array of keys will confuse most.
The Nokia 7600 has something to offer everyone, its has its good points and its bad just like every other phone on the market but what makes it so unique? I decided to buy my Nokia 7600 in April this year, about a week after it had been released. It looks unlike any other phone, so if you want to have something that little bit different than everyone else then this could be it. I think the phone is shaped similar to a leaf, which can work quite well because it just sits in the palm of your hand. The buttons on the phone are at either side of the screen, writing text messages isn’t as fast and it is a bit tricky to use at first, but like anything you just get used to the feel of it. This funky phone has loads of quirky extras, so many infact that when I first bought it I nicknamed it the ‘multi-tool’ because it does so much. The phonebook for a start is not just your ordinary phonebook… you can assign a different picture and ringtone to everyone on your list, not to mention give each person an address, email, webpage and voice tag. The camera is very high quality, I was amazed when my pictures looked better than the ones taken on my digital camera (which is a 3 mega pixel resolution), you can take pictures in night mode, take portrait pictures, videos and alter the resolution at which they are taken. Not to mention the voice recorder which makes it possible to record conversations whilst you’re on the phone. Other ‘little extras’ are:- media player, organiser, alarm, to do list, it stores mp3s, 250kb memory, bluetooth, infared and stopwatch. I haven’t had much trouble with this phone, a couple of little hiccups every now and then for instance when I connected it up to a computer it refused to let me transfer images over but I’ve had no problems since. I’m normally on the phone for at least an hour a day and the battery life when fully charged is normally 3-5 days I
would definitely recommend this phone to the type of person that is after aesthetics more than performance.