The Nokia 7610 is a stylish phone with an unusual keypad design. It looks sturdy, has a beautiful mirrored face and features quite a number of useful applications. The phone runs on the Symbian 7 operating system, which is better than earlier Symbian OS versions as it is more reliable and also supports Java. The overall performance of the phone is very good, the battery life is not that great, but it charges very quickly. It is comfortable to hold and is an easy to use phone. It is also available cheaply.
Design (4 out of 5)
The Nokia 7610 is a solid-looking phone. It has silver bezel around the screen which looks beautiful. The multi-colored casing and the unusual keypad design look really nice. The phone comes in two different casing colors: black and red, or silver and brown. The phone measures 108.6 mm x 53 mm x 18.7 mm, and weighs 118 grams. The stylish curved keypad and the nicely designed body shape perfectly match the functionality of the phone.
The keys are laid out in an arcing, curved design, meaning that the row for 1, 2 and 3 keys is smaller than the row for 7, 8 and 9 keys. There is a round-shaped five-way navigational keypad and a dedicated edit key below the screen, which also provides one-touch access to the menu. The power button is located at the top of the phone, and there are no buttons on the sides. A volume rocker and a shortcut button for the camera are not provided. At the bottom of the phone there is a Pop-Port connection and a socket for a charger. The speaker is located at the left side of the phone and a hole for the hanger (comes in the package) is at the corner.
User Interface (4 out of 5)
The Nokia 7610 has a TFT screen that measures 35mm × 41mm. It is quite large, and so reading messages and using the phone’s applications is very easy. The display supports 65k colors and a 176 x 208 pixel resolution, not perfect for viewing videos but sufficient for watching small video clips, messaging, and usual phone use.
The background image, and most of the user interface are customizable and users can change the environmental looks to different graphical motifs. The main menu in the phone is basic but user friendly. Nine menu items are displayed on one page and to go to the next page, the up or down key needs to be pressed. Typing on the Nokia 7610’s keypad is easy and enjoyable and the keypad does not rattle, as some other phone’s keypads do.
Features (4 out of 5)
The Nokia 7610 is a triple band cell phone (900/1800/1900MHz). It has a 1 megapixel camera, which is a little better than the old VGA resolution cameras. It is a basic camera with basic features but it works well. There is an internal memory of 8 MB which won’t be enough for most users, but they can expand it with an MMC card. The phonebook has 500 contacts capacity and no games come preinstalled on the phone.
There are a number of useful applications loaded on the phone. For example the Kodak Mobile application lets you share and save pictures on www.kmobile.com. The Print program lets you print messages, photos and phonebook contacts. It is possible to print
directly to a printer via Bluetooth or you can save the content as a print file in memory and print at a later time.
The phone supports e-mail accounts and protocols for SMTP, POP3 and IMAP4. The video player is also present with basic features. Videos are saved in 3GP format and you can edit them with the provided video-editing program. The file formats the phone supports are MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, 3GP and Real Player formats. Connectivity options on the Nokia 7610 only include Bluetooth. The phone doesn’t support Wi-Fi but with GPRS you get reasonable Internet speed. Other features of the Nokia 7610 include SMS, MMS, IM, T9, voice command, calendar, calculator, alarm and built-in handsfree.
Performance (3 out of 5)
Pictures look good on the display but you can’t enlarge them to see the detail. The video playback is fast and smooth but there’s nothing impressive in it. Unfortunately the audio quality isn’t very good on the handset but for basic users this should be enough. GPRS provides good Internet connectivity and pages open with a satisfactory speed. The battery life is short compared to other Nokia phones. It offers up to 3 hours of talk time and up to 250 hours of standby time.
Verdict (4 out of 5)
The Nokia 7610 is a stylish phone and has a different look from ordinary phones. It has a basic set of features but the loaded applications are useful and beneficial for all users. The phone’s performance is average in terms of audio quality, and battery life but overall it is a very nice phone with an affordable price tag. Also, it is suitable for a variety of users seeking a basic phone.