So, I have a Nokia 6680. What do I think of it?
First off, iSync is lovely and wonderful and just plain wins. With almost no effort whatsoever (beyond pairing my iMac with the phone, of course) my calendar and contact list were synchronised within two minutes, contact photos and addresses and all. Very swish.
The main camera (yes, the phone has two of them) is also very impressive, as you can see in this photo: of course it doesn’t compare to the quality you’d get even with a fairly cheap digital camera, but it’s more than good enough for quick snaps, especially for someone who has a habit of taking pictures of inappropriate uses of everyone’s favourite font.
As regards the 3G features of the phone, I haven’t yet had much opportunity to try them out. In theory I get 300 free off-peak minutes I can use for either voice or video calling, other than the two minor problems that I don’t know anyone else with a 3G phone and O2 haven’t yet set up 3G coverage in my area yet (although they apparently have it planned for some time in the next three months). For the purposes of data I haven’t really dared to play around with it much, not when it costs a whopping £2.35 per megabyte. Cool as it was to take a look at my blog on my phone, I’m not sure that any site is worth paying about 10 pence per page to view. Without images. On a small screen. Ain’t gonna happen.
I’ve also had a problem this morning with the phone failing to start. It went something like this:
- Phone turns on.
- Phone displays Nokia logo.
- Phone fades to white.
By a process of trial and error, I found out that this was due to some kind of problem with the memory card: while the phone would happily read the card once it had started up, starting with the card in the phone was a no-go. I reformatted the card (losing the bundled games, the QuickOffice suite and Opera, among others) and it now works fine. A somewhat inauspicious start though, considering I’ve only had the phone for four days.
In summary: many of the phone’s features are wonderful and lovely, the data rates are obscenely overpriced and I’ll hopefully tell you in a few months whether the video calling is up to scratch.