The appearance of the phone is highly unusual. While most manufacturers opt for candybar-styled handsets, the Twist is a rounded square. Admittedly, it has become harder to innovate in this area, therefore Nokia’s 7705 Twist is refreshingly different, at least to look at.
The handset is designed to swivel open and close, with a fully QWERTY keyboard under the screen. This action can be accomplished with ease using just one hand, which is a useful feature. The hinge snaps into place with an audible click, although the connection is rather more tenuous that one would hope.
The front of the phone is simple, with the 2.4 inch screen sporting a resolution of 320 by 240 pixels. There is the omnipresent directional pad, flanked on either side by contextual touch-sensitive buttons. There is an unusual ring located on the hinge, with a view clear through the other side. This is called the contact light ring, and it flashes different colours depending on the identity of incoming callers. It is an interesting feature, although not strictly necessary.
The keyboard is spread across five rows, much like a computer keyboard. The buttons are flattish with a slight bump, which responds well, although it is prone to mistakes. The right edge has the microSD expansion slot and the 2.5 mm headphone jack. The left edge has the volume rocker switch and the USB port. The top edge has the external speaker, while the back panel has the camera lens. When the phone is open, the back panel of the screen is a mirror, which is a useful feature for self-portraits.
The overall design of the handset is nicely finished, with glossy black and silver highlights. The casing does not seem strong enough to withstand moderately rough usage, and the glossy coating may wear off sooner rather than later.