Nokia’s booth at CTIA Las Vegas 2008 was impressive. Alongside giants like LG, Samsung, and Motorola (even though they didn’t really display anything), Nokia stood proudly with its multi-colored, techno-music-playing, high-end handset displays.
The Nokia N810 WiMAX-enabled tablet was on hand to show off just what WiMAX could do for the Internet Tablet from Espoo. It’s almost impossible (well, it is impossible) to get a feel for the WiMAX-toting Nokia N810, but rest assured, it’s plenty fast.
Also on display were the Nokia N81 and N78 in all their sleek, glossy-black glory. Nokia didn’t have the Nokia N96 on hand at CTIA, this is the US market after all. We’ve all seen the N81 and N78 enough to know that what they’re all about, but there’s something about that glossy-black finish and the hidden keys that light-up from underneath the keypad that makes us want to take picture after picture of the beautiful devices.
Nokia did announce the Nokia 1606 and 3606 entry-level (read: low-end) clamshell handsets. The lower-end of the two, the Nokia 1606, is a slim flip-phone with a bare feature set. There’s no camera, the external display is small, but at least the 1606 is sleek and looks like it’ll fit inconspicuously into even the tightest, emo-loving jeans. Oh, and to kick up the gimmic-meter a notch, Nokia put an LED flashlight into the 1606’s hinge. Just Close the handset, depress the “Nokia” button, and you’re on your LED illuminated way.
The Nokia 3606 is the decidedly more upper-level of the two devices. Like its cheaper sibling, the Nokia 1606, the Nokia 3606 is sleek and slim. It sports a similar glossy black keypad and clean lines, but turns up the dial on features with a 1.3 megapixel camera. The external display on the Nokia 3606 is larger than the one on the Nokia 1606, and the clamshell is a bit thicker – most likely due to the extra guts contained within. Overall, the Nokia 3606 is the more feature-packed of the lower-end Nokia phones and should fit nicely into said emo-pants.