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February 10, 2010

Nokia 2720 Fold Review

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by Franz Bicar

$20 for a camera phone? That’s unbelievable. You might think that you’d get a cheap-looking shooter, yet, the Nokia 2720 Fold isn’t half bad. This glossy, flip handset gives you more than advertised. It can act as a music player, video recorder, and has Bluetooth that takes you beyond the basics.

As mentioned, the phone is glossy and has a mirror-like finish. Definitely a sexy device coming out of the box. Of course one would expect that given its glossy exterior, the phone attracts fingerprint smudges - which is true. At 3.66 inches tall, 1.81 inches wide, and 0.78 inch deep and 3.18 ounces, the Fold is light yet sturdy. The phone flips easily enough and those with larger thumbs shouldn’t have complaints.

The phone’s 1.36-inch black-and-white external display won’t give you much. It only shows time and caller ID and a symbol whenever the keypad is locked. On the Fold’s right spine are the volume rocker and a proprietary Nokia charger port. Since the Fold has a music player, you’ll find a 2.5mm headphone jack on the left spine of the phone.

We’ve said that the Fold is a camera phone. It has a 1.3-megapixel camera at the back. The phone lacks a camera flash and a mirror for self portraits, but its shiny surface is enough for vanity shots.

The Fold opens to a 1.8-inch screen with 128×160-pixel resolution and 65,000 colors. You can adjust font size, but not the brightness or backlighting time. Below is a four-way navigation toggle and central OK button. Nokia uses a similar toggle square on other phones, including the Nokia 2320 GoPhone.

Although the screen’s interface is passable, its laggy response is a detrimental factor for consumers looking to purchase this phone. The backlit keys on the dial pad are large and flush, but texting and dialing worked fine. The Fold’s two keypad shortcuts trigger the music player and the phone’s silent mode, and you can map more keys to more shortcuts in the Settings menu.

As for its features, the phone can accommodate 500 contacts into the address book, with room in each entry for five phone numbers and an e-mail address. Groups are supported, and you can pair a contact with a photo. Just keep in mind that photo ID won’t appear on the external display.

Messaging features include text and multimedia messaging, instant messaging, and WAP browsing, with Opera Mini available for some regions. The organizer contains the usual alarm clock, calendar, to-do list, and a memo pad, and throws in a stopwatch and timer. Six Java games, including Tetris, Pacman, and The Oregon Trail, await you in the Games folder.

For sure, the Nokia 2720 Fold is great as an entry-level phone. For the price of $20, this phone gives you everything you’ll need. Of course its not as powerful as a smartphone, but I bet there are some consumers who would love to get back to the basics.

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