Review Of Nokia 7610 Supernova Cell PhoneCell Phones — on November 25, 2009 at 2:00 am | 1 Comment
A very attractive looking cell phone which as excellent audio quality and a good camera.
Sum and Substance:
Good camera quality, good sound quality, attractive design, inexpensive.
Bad keyboard, no 3.5 mm head phone jack, no hot swappable memory.
Inside the Trunk:
Technology: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband)
Phone Design: Slider
Caller ID: Yes
Other Features: Bluetooth, FM, GPRS, etc.
The Whiz Kid Speaks:
2 inch TFT LCD display, 240X320 resolution, 16.7 million colors. Supported audio formats MP3, MP4, AAC, AAC+, and WMA, 2.5 mm headphone jack, 64 MB internal memory, expandable phone memory 2 GB, 512 MB card bundled, 3.2 mega pixel camera, resolution 2048 x 1536, format JPEG, video resolution 640 x 480 (VGA)
Nokia is back with a new dashing name for its mobile phones and the name lives up to the look of the phone. The slider design of the phone is attractive, the face of the phone is all black and the keyboard which is beneath the phone is silver in color. For the back design Nokia gives you two interchangeable covers – red and black. The phone is 3.86 inch long, 1.89 inch broad and 0.59 inch thick. It weighs 3.48 ounces which is not too much and you will be able to carry this phone comfortably in your pocket. The phone is thin even with the slider keyboard incorporated.
The slider mechanism of the phone is good and it is not too hard to move the two pieces of phone up and down. You can slide with one hand and it clicks when it reaches on the end.
On the side of the phone, there is volume rocker and a micro-USB port, a music player short cut. On the top of the phone there is charger jack and power button. We were disappointed with the 2.5 mm head phones jack. We wanted a 3.5 mm jack where in we can plug our favorite headphones.
The look of the camera will give you a feel that it is touch screen, but it is not. Nokia was always touch screen shy before they launched the xpress music devices. The two inch screen gives you a resolution of 320X240 pixels and supports 16.7 million colors. The graphics look good and the display is quite clear. You can change the font size and color.
Below the screen there are just four buttons and the four way navigational button in the middle. The two buttons are the standard ones which go according to what is displayed on the screen, and there are call and call end buttons below them. These four buttons are quite comfortable to use.
We have never been fans of a slider phone’s keyboard and this one too is no exception. The keys are shiny and slippery. They are not elevated adequately, back lighting is bright but the number and the alphabets on the buttons are small.
On the back of the phone there is a 3.2 mega pixel which takes resolutions of 2,048X1,536 pixels, which is quite good. The photo quality was like N73 which features the same camera. There are three quality settings and the editing options has three color effects, a self – timer, a digital zoom and brightness and white balance controls. There is flash in the camera for clearer photos.
We also tested the camera for video. The video can take up to 15 frames per second. You can mute the sound and select a similar set of editing options. You can record in default mode for 14 seconds but the standard mode supports longer shooting times. There is a TV out option too. But the video quality is bad and you wouldn’t want to watch this on TV.
Nokia has been well known for its music player and this one too won’t disappoint you. There is no 3.5 mm phone jack for you to put in your choice of head phones and you will have to use the bundled head phones, but with this good sound quality you won’t wish for a better quality head phones. MP3 player can play files of MP3, MP4, AAC, AAC+, and WMA files. You can use the tracks that you store on the phone as headphones. You can transfer music on to your phone through Bluetooth, USB transfer or memory card. The phone has FM radio. The internal memory is 64 MB. Nokia gives you a 512 MB bundled card with the phone and the 2GB is the maximum size that this phone can take. Card is not hot swappable which means you have to dig out the battery to change the card.
We tested the phone for voice quality by calling people using the device. Nokia has been good in voice quality; we have known this since we have used quite a lot of Nokia phones. The voice was good and both sides could hear the voice well. We tested the speakerphone and the call quality dropped since the speaker phone attracts a lot of voice from the background. But overall quality was good.
The phone book of the Nokia 7610 Supernova allows you to put 1000 entries. A single entry can take multiple numbers, an email address, a URL, street address, job title, nickname, company name, birthday and notes. The SIM card can hold an additional 250 contacts.
You get a few built in games in the Nokia 7610 Supernova like Golf Tour, Sudoku., Seaweeper and Snake II. The phone has rated talk time for 5.4 hours and 12.5 days of stand by time. We tested the phone and found the talk time to be correct in our tests.
Nokia 7610 Supernova has an excellent audio quality and the photo quality is also good. But the downside is the absence of 3.5 mm phone jack and the poor keyboard. Still this phone would be a good purchase. If you are thinking of buying a multi media mid-range phone, go for this one.