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This phone is a very compact version of the original Nokia N-Gage. It was brought out as an alternative to the original and the N-Gage games work on both this phone and the original. It worked well and the screen size was not seriously affected by the downsize. The phone can sometimes be slow when loading up the games however the majority of the times, the game quickly loaded up and the user could easily play on the game with no hassle. It also worked well as a phone and the keypad was easy to use and understand and quickly become comfortable with. The graphics on the games are okay however do not expect anything too spectacular. The games can be found on certain websites however no new games are been produced and distributed to the public. Unfortunately the N-Gage games are no longer produced therefore the phone has quickly become unused.
This phone was the much awaited, rather improved revision to the original N-Gage. The changes from the original N-Gage are rather simple. (If you aren't aware of the previous N-Gage, please read my review of it.)
Nokia moved the speaker and mic from the side of the phone onto the face of the phone, so now it wasn't so obvious you were using an N-Gage. They also, once again, neglected to build in a camera. Not really a big deal as it is a gaming phone after all, not a camera phone, but the lack of phone made you miss taking them random photos you take on a camera phone. Nokia also got rid of the quick access buttons from under the D-pad, replaced the MMC card slot from under the battery to a small flap on the edge of the phone (also mean't you no longer had to take the battery out to change cards and thus never have to turn the phone off), changed the user interface style a bit and included N-Gage Arena by default.
N-Gage Arena is a bit like Xbox Live or the PlaystatonNetwork. It was used so you can play other N-Gage gamers over your data connection or bluetooth in 2, 3 or 4 player games! This was great, but a bit slow over the slow wap connection. Over Bluetooth though gaming was instant and instantly more engaging that playing through the single player campagnes multiple times. The Arena was available to install on the original N-Gage but if you didn't happen to subscribe to a Nokia email newsletter or keep up to date with tech news, you wouldn't of known until the QD came out.
In a way, this phone wrote a few wrongs the original phone had and at the same time made it physically smaller and... normal looking in a way. The big quirk of the N-Gage was the side-facing speaking, by removing that it shuffled the phones presence around a bit which is a bit like taking away the London Eye from London or the Eifel Tower from France. It was (in it's own small world..) iconic and taking it way moved it into the pile with normal phones, rather than the concept-y dare devil the N-gage was.
Overall, much like it's older brother, the N-Gage QD too is now more of a collectors thing than a day-to-day phone. I have personally used both as my main phone in recent years, but after a couple of weeks you kind of miss having a camera (of whatever quality) to take spontaneous pictures or use the slow data connection to browse the basic web browser. One to be kept on show in a glass case, revolving with spot lights on it. And free of dust. :)
The Nokia NGage QD is not only a phone, but also a games station. NGage games are the most advanced and graphically superior games around for mobile phones. Some of these games can even be played multiplayer over vast distances, using the "NGage Arena". NGage Arena is a piece of software that links the phones together via GPRS.
The NGage QD's GPRS access is useful, as it allows you to view web pages, and even use some browser based instant messengers such as MSN. Personally, i even managed to post a few messeges on some forums using my NGage QD. The one downside to the GPRS however, is that it's painfully slow... But what else can you expect from GPRS? Its like dial-up with two broken legs.
Besides from being a phone, an internet access tool, and a games station, the NGage QD can meet many other needs. Programs can be downloaded to the NGage QD using GPRS or bluetooth, which perform a variety of tasks. Some of these programs can perform the folllowing tasks...
MP3 Playback: There a few different programs that can be downloaded, and used in conjunction with an SD memory card (Which the NGage QD can be fitted with to store files) to play back music via headphones, or the built in loudspeaker.
Bluetooth messenging: Some programs can be downloaded which allow you to send messages to near by bluetooth enabled devices.
New programs are appreaing all the time, and for me to try and name them all would be futile. The point is, the NGage along with software can perform many tasks.
The colour screen on the NGage QD is pretty high quality, and fairly sturdy. I drop my phone all the time, and it has not cracked... Yet.
The NGage QD can play polyphonic ringtones, and even real sound ringtones.
One of the bad points about this phone, is the fact that it does not really look like a phone. It looks more like a gameboy. Its also a little bulky compared to most phones on the market these days.
Another bad thing i have noticed about the NGage QD... Is the fact that it seems to be quite prone to wear in one area. That area being the rubber part that runs around the edges of the phone. Through general wear and tear, it seems this rubber part is starting to come away in places.
Overall, i feel the NGAge QD is a good phone for anyone who likes to play games on the move, or use MSN and the internet while out and about... But if you are just looking for a phone to use for texting, talking, and things like that... I wouldn't reccomend it.