"Almost Perfect...but not quite."4.5 starson by jetblueguy
Pros: Very slim. All metal design-gives it a very classy look. Solid, expensive feel. Email works great with Exchange and Gmail. Symbian OS. Expandable memory. A-GPS. 1500mAh battery. Full keyboard. Functional browser with Flash. Wi-FI.
Cons: If you have oily fingers, get ready to clean the smudges all the time. 2.5mm jack. Camera only works well if you adjust settings all the time.
Summary: When the new iPhone 3G came out I wanted it. But then AT&T said I can only have it for $399. Well that pissed me off so I researched other phones for around that price and found this gem. In many ways this phone is better than the iPhone. With a full keyboard, a great battery and excellent email support all that was missing was a touch interface. But do you really need a touch interface? No.
I was blown away by the size of this phone. It is slimmer than most phones, including the iPhone. It has a very classy, expensive feel to it. The only downside to the all metal design is the finger smudges. A relatively small price to pay for such a great phone.
I mainly use this phone for email, text messaging and updating my social networking sites. It works great for all. The keyboard, although small, actually works quite well. Even if you mess up the OS predicts what you are spelling most of the time and can adapt to what you write as well. You do not have the abundance of Apps as you would have on the iPhone available for this phone, but there are still some very cool Apps for this phone you can find online from various sites.
Battery life is quite impressive depending on your use. A day of just emailing and texting with some phone calls rolled in with 3G on, will give you a battary life of about a day and a half to two days if you are lucky. I suggest turning 3G off unless you truly need it. This will greatly increase battery life and you do not feel so worried about your phone dying. 3G is not necessary for emailing and text messaging and call quality on the EDGE network is fine.
With so many WIFI hotspots I do not use 3G as much as I would have thought. Seems like there is always WIFI somewhere and when turned on using the built in browser is great. The browser is fast and supports most flash. I also recommend the Skyfire browser for the phone if you are willing to be a Beta tester. It has a lot of promise.
Using the A-GPS, I bought the Garmin Mobile XT SD card for this phone. If you are always on the go, this is a great solution to help you find your way. At around $80 bucks, it pays for itself immediately.
I was disappointed with the camera. If you want decent quality pics, you need to adjust the settings each time which is time consuming. Plus, no auto-focus. Maybe NOKIA will update the camera software in a firmware update. I hope so! Video on the phone works pretty good though. This phone could have been a great all-in-one device if it was not for the camera being so bad. But, that is not why you should be using this phone in the first place if you are worried about taking pictures.
Additionally, I question NOKIA using a 2.5mm jack. Maybe it's a European thing? But if I want to listen to music, I use my iPod Touch. Again, this could have been a perfect all-in-one device.
The Symbian OS is pretty quick on this phone. It can multi-task and leave applications running in the background, which does not drain battery life as much I would have thought. It is very acceptable.
Overall this phone performs very well. Although not perfect, hardly any phone is. I think this is as close to perfect as you can come. If Apple can come up with a phone that looks like the iPod Touch 2G with the battery life of the Nokia E71 and some more of it's functionality, then I may have to jump ship. But until that happens, I recommend this phone.
P.S. You do not look like EVERY single person out there with an iPhone. People actually ask me all the time about this phone. And you can safely say that no other carrier sells this phone in the U.S. and they think you are really cool! Ha!