In English! Remember this post from Christmas day?
Well here we are back in action except this time in a language most of us can understand!
But after all Nokia 6290 is worth all the hype and waiting-for, as it will be the marketâ€™s fist device running off S60 3rd edition platform updated to Feature Pack 1 (FP1)
The phone excelled in having much faster interface and being one of the most fetching devices of its time â€“ all this has given it the title of one of the most popular smartphones in the end of its lifecycle
Itâ€™s interesting to know that Nokia Mobile Phones division industriously avoids calling this very handset a â€œsmartphoneâ€ and in all documents for public use, on the companyâ€™s page, Nokia 6290 is presented as a phone. Actually, the same holds true for Nokia 5500, which proves it just one more time – Nokia Multimedia and Nokia Mobile Phones are competing each other by separating generally similar products as much as possible, however this doesnâ€™t bring any considerable benefits
But at the end of the day, people who go for Nokia 6290 after using any other S60-powered smartphone will have to revise their experiences, in light of the fact all menus, folders and the very layout being not only illogical (as it is a default issue of all Nokiaâ€™s phones), but totally different from that embedded in the previous handsets
I could keep going on and on with the list of differences and ridiculous location of some menu items, but the fact is: taking uncoordinated steps the company comes up not with high-quality, but with artificial solutions. This results in confusion reigning among unsophisticated users, as they donâ€™t see the way to make browsing and playing around with their S60-based devices a breeze, and prefer calling their menu layouts illogical.
Undoubtedly, the user can attune the menu and thus the handset gets much easier to use, but this will obviously take a whole lot of time â€“ having a well-categorized menu by default is much more welcome. This is why we are offering you to lend Nokia a hand in creating a really good menu layout and participate in our User-Vendor project
The top end houses sockets for plugging in a headset (2.5 mm) and slim charger, both are covered by plastic drop-out flaps â€“ we have never seen something like that, but it is truly handy and seemingly long-lasting â€“ make no mistake about that.
Flipping the 6290 open single-handedly is possible, but you will have a hard time doing so for the handset is quite bulky and hefty at the same time. This was especially stressed by women.
Nokia 6290 carries a new battery type onboard â€“ 950 mAh Li-Pol (BL-5F). As the manufacturer claims, it can keep the handset up and running for 3 hours in talk mode and up to 240 hours in standby. In conditions of Moscow networks the device lasted about 2 days on medium load (45 minutes of calls, up to 2 hours of music playback, up to 20 minutes of games and extra 20 minutes of Net surfing). Should you be heavy on what the 6290 bring to the table, its lifetime will drop down to one day or even less than that.
I will take liberties and draw a parallel between handsets and modern desktops â€“ video cards, CPUs, mother boards makers release upgrades to their current models, bringing more power, more features, so rapidly, that applications that can actually make use of all this superiority become available in six monthsâ€™ or even a yearâ€™s time, it might happen that two years shall pass before users can use their hardware to its fullest. The same holds true here. S60 3rd edition was not optimized for the hardware solutions used in the N93 in this handsetâ€™s launch. As a matter of they have attuned the platform only in the end of 2006 and exclusively for the new models (both for the OMAP 2420- and Freescale-based solutions) To provide you with subjective proof that software was actually tweaked, we could look-and-feel of the menu â€“ navigating it has become so much speedier, most items can be now called much faster. Literally, the 6290 passed our interface speed test with flying colors â€“ while in Nokia N80 you were to wait a second or so before getting a new item/submenu displayed on the screen, Nokia 6290 delivers new items almost instantly. Overall, the user interface proves to be extremely fast, scoring many extra points for the handset.
A dedicated pencil-key on the phones, vut to me it is a waste of space, as this function could be easily taken by default keys, such as â€œ*â€ or â€œ#â€
The presence/absence of the power button brings to the surface different approaches suggested by the companyâ€™s divisions. In Nseries this key will remain untouched, for the designers see it as a vital for premium handsets. At the same time Nokia Mobile Phones makes a push to get its solutions look very similar to offerings by other manufacturers; this statement, however, is rather controversial, since the models coming from top and middle ranges have acquired own power buttons, replicating Nokiaâ€™s know-how. Thus we have nothing left to do but say that everything has mixed up in Nokiaâ€™s house, as one writer noted.
Due to the casing being quite bulky, they have augmented with some great feats, like large and soft buttons, which make the keypad really comfortable to use. Keys are easy to text with, and their white backlighting is seen quite well in various conditions.
[… ok this is getting crazy, there is too much good stuff in this review, just read the whole thing. trust me! it’s an eye opener to S60v3FP1 as well as the external screen]
Source: Mobile Review