"Nokia Delivers a Very Decent Low-End Smartphone!"4.0 starson by bgates1983
Pros: -Free GPS
-Fairly decent reception
-Great battery life (once charged properly, etc.)
Cons: -Texting can be a bit awkward, especially for those of us with large digits
-The stylus attaches in a manner that is a bit funky and IMHO is a bit questionable.
Summary: Let me start by saying that this phone had some big shoes to fill. My Nokia 5130 ate itself (read my review of it to learn more) and I was sent a Samsung Smiley. It did not make me smile in the slightest. I complained and to make a long story short, I received a free Nokia a few days later.
Excited at the thrill of using the internet on my phone for the first time ever, I upgraded to the data plan as well.
It is with that in mind that I tell you that this phone blew my expectations out of the water. I was sad to see my beloved 5130 go, but the pain quickly subsided when this came home. For someone like myself who has never seen the use in a phone that can all but shower for you, I have frequented Nokia's low end models for quite some time and been quite satisfied.
Not only can this phone adequately replace the 5130's Radio and Music player functionality, but it's just as customizable, user-friendly (if you're familiar with Nokia products), and so on. Add to that the notion of free GPS without needing a data plan and you've already sparked my interest.
Some of the available apps are a bit juvenile at best, but some are downright handy! As I indicated in my list of cons (and by the lack of the elusive fifth star), there are some drawbacks to an otherwise brilliant phone. The first being that being so used to real buttons under my fingers, touchscreen is a bit of a leap. I've had the phone just over a week, so perhaps I will get around it in time. This is actually a concern I shared with the 5130, but I did in fact get over that very quickly.
The only other downside I have seen to this phone is that the styles attaches by being wrapped around a tiny post that lives underneath the cover of the phone. Attaching this through a case was interesting to say the least and required more dexterity than one might think. It's already come undone once but thankfully, did not result in the phone hitting the floor or anything.
That said, I believe I may have attached it improperly before and it has since saved the phone from 2 falls.
Another downside for those of you gadget geeks out there is that there is no WIFI capabilities but dag nab it, it's a phone! If I wanted a laptop, I'd buy one, but I don't expect to also be able to fit in my pocket and make calls.
Anyway...it's an overall great low-end smartphone that is more than capable of weighing in among its peers. Considering this replaced the phone that it did, it was a stellar upgrade. If I lost my Blackberry or Droid and got this as a replacement, I might not be so thrilled, but as I've pointed out, I am not after anything in that range.
If you're like me and enjoy the higher side of living on the low end of the economical food chain, then endulge in the elegance of the Nuron.