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I felt compelled to write a review on this phone as it is in my view fantastic. There are one or two slight disadvantages but the are far out weighed by the positives. I was lucky enough to come across this mobile phone a few weeks ago at a trade fair. I was immediately drawn to the phone by its shape and uniqueness. It is unlike any phone I have seen before. It is also most like a half moon shape, with a groove at the bottom. It does remind me most of the Nokia N-Gage in its shape and form. It is mainly in black with the Nokia logo just above the screen. The base of the phone is in a yellowy-gold colour which helps to break up the solid black colour of the phone. The phone is a lot smaller than it looks. It fits easily in the palm of a grown mans hand and is easy to hold. As with the Nokia N-gage, it does feel a little strange when making a call. It is easy to hold but you do look like a wally holding it to your ear. I wasn't able to make a real call on it, so I can't comment on the quality. The phones weighs in at 183g. It measures 133.7x79.5mm. It is 21.6mm thick. I believe this phone to be the first by Nokia, to have a touch screen. Like the Sony P800 and P900, it uses a small pen to operate the screen. The pen has its own little storage area with easy access. This means you won't lose it. You can operate the screen with your fingers but you are likely to press too many buttons at once. The screen is a high resolution LCD, which measures 640x320 pixels. For writing text messages there is an on-screen keyboard. The phone also has the ability to recognise hand writing, so you can use the pen to write text messages. The phone then converts the message for you to then send to your chosen recipient. The Nokia 7700 audio and visual features - CAMERA The camera has a 640 x 480 pixel resolution and also a digital zoom which allows you to zoom in twice as much. The qual
ity is slightly poorer when you use the zoom function REALPLAYER: The phone has an in-built RealPlayer which of users the chance to playback and stream RealMedia in the form of video and audio. It can also handle 3GPP content as well as MPEG-4. You may find this Real technology on your computer - now it's on a mobile phone. MUSIC The 7700 is able to support a wide range of music formats. You are unlikely to find such a range on many other mobile phones. The formats include MP3, AAC, RealAudio 7 and 8, WAV, MIDI, and AMR-NB file types. Nokia Audio Manager is also built-in. This facility allows to manage and arrange your ring tones. IMAGES The high quality screen is able to display JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG, and animated GIF images. Again, you are unlikely to find such a diversity on many other mobile packages. You can also draw your own pcitures and edit existing ones on the phone. This is real fun and I really enjoyed playing around with this. It's great because you can just doodle without feeling guilty of wasting paper. You can also send these images to your pals which should prove even more fun. You can send them in the normal three ways - MMS, e-mail or Bluetooth. RADIO As with many of Nokia's mobile phones, there is a built-in Stereo FM radio. This is a standard option so its nothing that exciting. The quality and recpetion is as good as ever. OFFICE APPLICATIONS The phone has three different programs that will be of interest to those who use their phone for business. It has Microsoft Word which can be used for writing letters and reports etc. The is also a Spreadsheet that enables data to be presented in a clear and readable fashion. There is also the facility to preview presentations ready for the day ahead. With the e-mail and obvious call functions, this could soon become the new phone of the business world. It is ideal for those who work in the city. They ca
n communicate and do work on it. RINGTONES This mobile phone allows you to use your own MP3 files as ringtones! This is really amazing and I'd buy the phone for that alone. Apparently you can also use AAC or AMR-NB files whatever that means but it sounds good. RIngtones are of course polyphonic and you have 24 preset tones which you can erase if you don't like them. You can store up to a maximum of 24 polyphonic tones at any one time, so you may need to remove some if you want to add your own. The Nokia 7700 operation features THE BUTTONS As with any mobile phone, you have different keys. Most of the keys are operated with the pen with a simple touch anywhere on the icon. Others are hand operated, notably the on/off or power button. The buttons include - Scroll and select key (up, down, left, right, select) Back/Cancel Home (Apps key) Menu key 2 application-specific keys Send key End/Exit key Voice key Power key BATTERY/POWER The phone runs on a rechargable BP-5L (1300 mAh LiPo) battery. This gives you a total talk-time of between 3 and 4 hours. It also provides an amazing standby time of up to 11 days which is truly amazing. Just as you thought things couldn't get any better, they can. You can fully recharge the phone inside two hours which should mean even if you can only charge it for an hour you'll get plenty of use out of it before it runs out. The phone has many other features that you would expect to find on a phone of this calibre. I will list the key ones below - 1) MMS, SMS and e-mail 2) Java games 3) HTML and XHTML with Opera browser 4) Up to five person conference calling 5) Extensive phone book and call register 6) Tri-band I would certainly reccomend this phone to anyone. You may have to shell out a lot of your hard earned cash to acquire this phone. If you get it on
a contract it should only be around £150-£200, touch wood. This is a fun phone and will keep you enertained. It's a great partner if you're embarking on a long train journey by yourself. Also it is a mobile phone. So it's a great communication tool. I'm also glad to see that Nokia are challenging their rivals and I think they've come up with a serious challenger.