Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
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Solid as a brick - Nokia N70
Member Name: Neo420
Disadvantages: Obsolete, better alternatives, bulky, 2mp camera
* Hardware *
The N70 was the first Smartphone I ever owned. Compared to it's latter N-series siblings, it is bulky and dated in appearance. The outer case of the phone is made of plastic but I dropped it many times without damaging it.
This comes with a USB cable and headphones. However, the newer Nokia phones use a standard USB cable but this has the proprietary Nokia connector at the end of the USB cable. You therefore need to be very careful you don't lose it. It took me a while to figure out how to fit the cable into the phone as it seems like the socket in the phone is too small for it but it does fit. The headphones also have a Nokia connector at the end instead of the standard 3.5mm headphone jack which meant I couldn't use my own headphones with it. I did manage to by an adapter off EBay that would allow me to use normal 3.5 mm headphones but it meant I had to carry around an extra bit of cable with me.
The N70 can pickup FM radio stations when you have the headphones plugged in - it uses the headphones as an arial. The quality isn't great but it is listenable.
The keys are tactile making it easy to text with. The sound quality during calls was excellent and battery life is good also. I used to charge mine up every other day.
The built-in camera located on the back of the phone, is only 2mp which won't give great pictures. It is well protected though under a sliding plastic cover that you push down to reveal.
* Software *
It runs the Simbion operating system, Series 60 V2, so it won't run most of the newer applications that are out there for say the N73, and N97.
It does the basic functions of a Smartphone well though like play music, GPS and a simple camera. It supports the free GPS navigation app, Nokia Maps. It doesn't have its own GPS receiver so you will need to use an external Bluetooth GPS receiver. I sometimes use my current phone to browse the web using my home wireless network. I don't think the N70 supports connecting to Y-Fi from what I can remember.
* Summary *
I would think you could get this second hand for £30 or less by now. I can only recommend this to any technophobes wanting a phone just for texting and basic music / radio and GPS. Otherwise, you can get better phones for a slightly higher price like the N73.
Summary: Can't recommend this for most people. Technology has moved on a great deal since it first came out.
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