Pros Good features list, nice specs, attractive, good size
Cons - Bad bad, poorly thought out user interface makes normal tasks highly annoying, true both for software and hardware
- Then mine died after barely 3 months (stopped responding to all button presses except power on & off), requiring a replacement
Summary I hadn't had a Nokia in years, but I remembered being very happy with my old Nokias so I was thrilled when I saw a Nokia available that met the specs I wanted.
My first look at the Nokia 6750 Mural was positive. All the specs matched what I was looking for (3G, nice camera, good sized screen, flip phone, memory slot). When I tried it in the store I was still impressed. The browser was good, decently rendered even full HTML pages, a nice media player, standard menu set, cellular video feature, etc.
Unfortunately with this phone, the more I use it, the more disappointed I've become. The top level features are good, but the lack of attention to user interface details is frustrating and unforgivable. It started with realizing that I couldn't rearrange my own bookmarks for the browser. There is simply no "organize" command like there are for other things. You can (usually) "move" bookmarks to different folders, but not reorganize within a folder. Why not? Why can't I put my most recently used bookmarks up top?
Second, I'm not sure what the media player uses to organize songs, but its not alphabetical order nor anything normal. For instance, I have 10 podcasts by the same 'artist' labeled 01 to 10. What order does the phone put them in? 06 to 10 and then 01 to 05. Why? Who knows. And again, I can't rearrange them.
The silly UI oversights don't end there. Another annoyance is the fact that I can't go to speakerphone while the phone is ringing after making a call. I have to wait for an answer on the other end and then hit 'speakerphone'. What if I want to use speakerphone while I'm driving for hands-free use, I can't actually switch to it until after the person answers. Not only very inconvenient, but actually illegal in a number of states.
I can go on... when you're in the browser, you write a text message without quitting the browser and losing your place, the short cuts you can put on the home menu are highly constrained and don't include useful options, etc, etc.
Physically, the design is not much better. The battery door is held in by a sliding clip on the back. But after a handful of uses, it gets loose, has a tendency to slide, and then the battery door falls off. It also often slides open by putting it in or taking it out of your pocket. Drop the phone and its almost certain the batter will end up several feet away.
The buttons on the outside are too easily pressed. Several times I've had the MP3 player being playing when taking it in and out of my pocket. The solution is to lock it, but, I just don't always remember to do so.
Speaking of the outside buttons, the volume up/down button has no spacing between that and the 'push to talk' button. Its physically connected. So trying to press volume up very often ends up with a push-to-talk dialog coming up. Frustrating and yet another example of a not thinking through the design.
Just when I was resigned to putting up with all the shortcomings, the phone stops responding to all button presses. I've only had it a few months. Great job Nokia. I used to think of you as a designer of solid, quality phones, but now I can see why you've fallen as far as you have. Their lack of attention to detail is extremely frustrating and not a company that values their customers. My experiences with their customer support regarding accessories has also been pitiful. It takes 3 calls to figure out which headset works with my phone. I'll get my phone replaced, put up with it until my next upgrade, and then be done with Nokia permanently.
Pros Cool light-up colors when messages received, easy-to-use features and interface, amazing battery life
Cons Front display too dim, battery cover can open easily, tricky to open with one hand (no 'pop open' button as on previous Nokia flip models)
Summary Nokia has updated their flip phone, with some really nice touches. One of the most interesting features is the different colored light display, which makes the phone glow the color of your choice when you receive some kind of message. It's a great phone with a good feel in the hand, nice big keyboard for texting (I like the old fashioned phone keypad, not a QWERTY one) and the battery-life is amazing. There are a couple of things I would have done differently, and that is I miss having a constant text-message reminder on the front screen. If you take the phone out of your pocket, nothing is displayed, until you press one of the buttons on the front for it to show the light-display briefly and a text message icon - all shown too briefly, and not very brightly, so in good light it's hard to see. Also the ringing isn't as loud as on previous Nokia flip models, even on maximum volume, it's not very loud, and I've missed a few calls on the street. I also miss not having a button to 'pop' open the flip. The phone is nicely housed in steel, but this is a bit slippery, and there isn't really a safe way to open it with one hand - I risk dropping it each time I try, and this isn't a phone I want to drop! Nokia has kept their easy-to-use software, and the navigation is very nice and easy. The display isn't very big, but the color quality and detail are excellent - my pics look very nice. I'm also not entirely happy with the power socket and headphone socket covers - they pop out too easily, and the back panel is too easily opened by accident if you move the switch on the back. But these are all minor complaints for a phone that is very nice to use and looks superb, very modern and sleek. A great design, and my call quality is very good too. All in all, Nokia has done a great job, and if you're looking for a decent non-smartphone, this comes highly recommended.
Pros slim, applications are good and easy to follow; charges quickly
Cons external navigation buttons easily activated; battery life is low, cover on back of phone comes off easily
Summary I bought this phone as an upgrade and it has been more trouble than the value of saving a few dollars by going with another item. Typically, I have had very good experiences with Nokia products until now. Although it charges quickly, battery life at best lasts from two to three days with very few conversations. If you talk two or more hours a day on the phone, expect that the Mural will not last more than two days before needing to recharge.
There is a base at the bottom of the phone that has a magnet. I am not comfortable with placing a magnet of any kind near my body, and although I would suggest anyone with pacemakers to check with a physician first.
The back plate cover to the batter easily comes off (it has two clips for hinges at the top and a slide button to try and hold it in place at the bottom). Just leaving it in my pocket and walking around is enough to undo the slide button at the bottom and makes it a pain to go back and put it together each time I go to answer the phone.
Pros pros are: phone has features that are important to me like one-hand texting (my thumb can reach every button on the keypad), and it has camera, internet. can set short cut keys to your preferences.
Cons SEE NEXT SECTION FOR ALL...1st when you start a new text message, the place where you put the phone number always starts with ABC, you have to press the # key 3 times to get it to allow numbers here. 2nd it takes 18-30 seconds to open a
Summary 1st when you start a new text message, the place where you put the phone number always starts with ABC, you have to press the # key 3 times to get it to allow numbers here. 2nd it takes 18-30 seconds to open a simple text message, also it takes forever to send messages. 3rd the text messaging dictionary doesn't save words that you spell out yourself using T9, so, i'm repeatedly re-spelling things like decatur. 4th the camera won't work most of the time, it says Not Allowed, so i have to turn off the phone and back on and try again. by then, the thing i wanted to get a pic of is gone, or ended. 5th the battery life is pitiful. 6th the signal strength is pitifully poor. when i first got this phone, i returned it within 30 days because of the things listed above. i thought it was a lemon and an exact replacement would perform better. i was so shocked to learn that this is the way the phone is made to perform. JUNK!! i had a nokia 6555 before this mural and it was worn out, but i prefer to use the worn out old phone over using this brand new nokia mural.
Pros small, easy to slip in a pocket or purse. No need for keyguard since it's a flip phone. Just open it to answer a call or program it for any key answer. The polished steel is nice looking. Does fingerprint easily. Phone is great to talk/hear on.
Cons Phone is requiring charging every third day. Even with lights and 3G off. My two year old phone's charge lasted longer than that of this phone. Menu options could be a bit more intuitive.
Summary The phone seemed like a good "basic" option. It still has much more on it than I need. I'd love to remove data and music features. My biggest complaint is battery life. I'm still considering trying another phone. I'm not getting anywhere near the 14 day standby time and really don't use the phone for many or long calls very often. I'm turning off the cool colored lights and the 3G features (3G keeps coming back every time I turn the phone off, though) I would also like an option between "silent" and "ring". My old phone had an alert "beep" occasionally if I had a call. I can't program this phone to do that. I suspect that I'm going to "miss" calls I wish I'd gotten earlier. For calls I love the phone. I love that I can open it and answer. Calls are clear on both ends. I'm less thrilled with battery life and features.