I've owned Sony Ericssons which crashed, Siemens which froze, Samsungs which deleted contacts but this is without doubt the worst mobile phone I have ever purchased (not from this seller, or sim free). Loving feature phones, not being a huge fan of touch-screen, this was supposed to be an upgrade from my Nokia C3-00. I only required a better quality camera with flash, more storage space for MP3's. That was all, this seemed to be ideal with all the usual Nokia familiarities. After buying a host of accessories from screen protectors to leather cases, I found what I had purchased had an O/S slower than a garden slug. Also defective software, more glitchy than an early palm pilot.
● I Kept receiving 'operational failure' errors when trying to use the panoramic camera feature. After some research online, basically an indication the phone was knackered, needed to be returned. I had 2 weeks normal use, until this error started appearing.
● Photo Image quality looked pixelated, opened under photo suites at highest settings. Bleeding colours, false colours and panoramic images were far too small (when the feature initially worked).
● MP3's through the media player glitched, despite running perfectly on other devices. They sounded awful through high end earbuds, hissing, crunchy crackling distortion. Volume levels consisted of only two choices on the bar dial at mid range, whisper quiet or ear drum bashing carnage. There was no variation in-between. No audiophile here, usually content with lossy MP3 quality but I know when something doesn't sound right.
● Album art, specifically allocated to tracks through various media programs, would not display. Media lists on a half full SD card took about 45 seconds to display tracks, frustratingly slow to navigate. Nokia obviously integrated a bunch of features the processor couldn't cope with.
Previously mentioned are criticisms relating to limiting 'extra' features.. (Nokias defective tacked on afterthoughts). However, I have other criticisms too:
● USB connection was very temperamental, possibly responsible for file corruption on an official brand SD. Consider this 32GB card cost me £20 at the time and was rendered useless by the phone.
● Awful 'wobbly' feeling keys, too tightly aligned for even small children's fingers to navigate. A tiny lcd display, totally inadequate for any phone fitted with cam or media playing potential.
● A crude attempt at impersonating apple with an alloy shell. This didn't align properly when snapped shut, there was a millimetre gap. Additionally a stupid key (or paperclip) to open the thing, how convoluted do Nokia need to make opening a phone now? I couldn't even understand the point of this, beyond protecting an SD card & sim with sensitive data or something(?) Pretentious for such a low quality phone.
In comparison with apple products, it's a cheap looking imitation anyway. Whacking a bit of brushed alloy on a device and bumping up the price does not make it luxurious. As finicky as it sounds, I also found the phone too angular and thin width-wise to hold comfortably. Almost everything about it is wrong. Consumers should consider the O/S has been in use since 1999. I don't have an issue with that, it's the fact Nokia didn't bother to speed things up with a more powerful processor. Personally I expect a current device to perform as well, if not better, than previous models. The price is also ridiculous, considering competition. If you really want retro, you are better off buying a second-hand older gen model. The quality of the fascia and screen, the battery life were the only good attributes it had going for it.
If it were Nokias original intention to create 'a basic phone', they should have left out media features altogether, perhaps slashed the price. Some of the apologetics I have read for this product beg belief. I can only assume positive reviews are either shill accounts, or people trying to convince themselves they bought a decent product. However there are so many issues with this phone other than my own experiences, don't just take my word - research the product outside amazon.
In a marketplace where a perfectly adequate equivalent of this kiddies phone can be picked up for £9.99 at argos, it had me scratching my head. The smart phone I exchanged for this defective Nokia cost exactly the same (locked to network), unlike this it actually does what it's advertised to do. I recommend consumers avoid and look at other models. Don't waste your time or money.Read more ›
The phone performs adequately but I do have a number of complaints/niggles: 1) It is not always easy to see the numbers/letters in bright conditions when they "light up" 2) Not as easy to hold as some of the earlier, rounder models