"Nice for those who likes to send SMS all the time"2.5 starson by rasjr
Pros: Nice Keyboard, big display, good camera, high SD card capacity.
Cons: ANNOYINGLY ABSURDLY Slow, Web Access Unstable and Unreliable, Skype integration difficult to achieve (unless with 3rd Party software), Battery Life a Joke.
Summary: As jack the ripper once said, let's try it by parts.
1) Battery Life: Battery would have a great endurance if i could manage to disable the wireless access/search so as to save battery life. I tried the manual and the nokia page and i couldn't find a solution.
2) Smart Phone Capabilities: Web access is slow, flash integration is nil and if you try to access a more sophisticated webpage, the browser crashes without warning. Although when traveling, the Worldmate is a great companion and the phone comes with a 3 year subscription of the software.
3) Text Messaging is nice with the keyboard (But it's still slow to reach it), witch is US-International configured by default. Other languages exists, but i don't know if they would be compatible with each language selected.
4) Processor speed: It is VERY ABSURDLY ANNOYING. Trust me. A PC XT with 4 Megs of RAM is faster than this phone using Windows 3.11. Sometimes you can't even reach the redial or the contacts because the phone is still trying to end the call attempt that you have just aborted. And the count goes like 6 to 7 seconds of delay/lag.
5) Nokia PC Suite Integration: It's poor and frustrating. I have tried with 2 different bluetooth dongles the integration but still Nokia PC Suite insists that it doesn't find a Bluetooth device on my PC. My palm works fine and my other bluetooth devices as well. I have tried to contact nokia and send surveys in it's webpage but seems to me that nokia is not that much interested in rethink it's phone software so that the phone companies can sell ringtones and wallpapers.
6) Customization: Background settings are too limited. Or better, does not exist at all. If you try to put a wallpaper stretched to the display as i tried (i created an image in adobe photoshop with the exact size of the display) you will find out that the phone doesn't let you stretch to the whole of it. It's annoying because you cannot customize the display the way you want it.
7) Audio considerations: Ringtones can be used in MID or MP3, but the phone speaker is too low for mid frequencies and high for high frequencies. Speakerphone is too low when you're in a car with a normal noise and you gotta reach it close to your ear like a nextel (not that i'm deaf, but it's nice to put the phone in your lap while driving).
8) USB Connections: While the new editions of Nokia uses miniUSB connections, this one still uses the old and tricky nokia connection. If you live near the beach or somewhere hot and humid (as i live in Rio) expect to have it rusty in 6 months, and then you'll be a hostage of the USB connection.
9) Size and Handling: Not too big, not too small. The size, in this case, doesn't matter too much.
Bottom Of Line:
Stubborny Slow, Battery dies within 2 days of standby thanks to the inability to turn of the WiFi802.11g (not in the manual how to switch it off!), Smartphone software crashes and Web access is too crappy, Nokia PC Suite is still a joke and messes up with your Windows startup, USB connection is an alternative but the Nokia CA-53 connection keeps you busy while sincronizing with PC suite (keeping the phone connection very attached to the phone so it does not skip it).
I bought it, i'm still paying for it, and i'm looking for another nokia.