|Good (by nautin, Jul 13th, 2007)
It is good! I like it!
|Dot-Matrix Printer (by billyoung, Jul 10th, 2007)
It's so real.
|printer? (by kitty, Jul 5th, 2007)
music for printer? Cute! How can u imagine a stranger like this?
|Hm (by kitty, Jul 5th, 2007)
Why is it so strange? I've never listened it before
|Real sound, (by forestgum, Jun 22nd, 2007)
Wow, the sound is so real...Download it now!
When a phone is not a phone
By: Bill Ray
Nokia has a lot resting on the
7650. Despite the almost immediate announcement of the 3650, the 7650 is in the
shops now, and represents the first steps away from the core mobile telephone
functionality Nokia has provided in the past. The 7650 is the first device to
use the Series 60 platform, which is owned by Nokia, but available for license,
so it provides an opportunity to see how Nokia views the future.
Based on the EPOC operating system from Symbian, Series 60 specifies a set of
interface elements and basic applications in exactly the same way that Pocket PC
sits on top of WinCE, or Microsoft Office works on top of Windows. As a key
weapon in the forthcoming battle for control of our pocketbooks, the 7650
demonstrates Nokia's experience and understanding of the needs of the mobile
The phone is controlled through three buttons and a nipple on the front, a
button on each side (for power and speakerphone), and a sliding panel that
reveals the numeric pad for dialing. Two of the buttons on the front are soft,
with their functions indicated on-screen, while the third always takes you to
the main menu. The nipple is used for navigation of menus and some applications
(such as the games).
Nokia has a reputation for creating intuitive interfaces, and it's interesting
to see their skills challenged as their devices get more complex. The Series 60
interface feels more like a PDA than a phone, with tabbed panels and pop-up
menus, but remains very intuitive. The screen is bright and clear with a
resolution of 176x208, though not physically very large.
Voice calls are a pretty well-known technology now, and there are no real
surprises. The built-in speakerphone is of a high quality, giving the impression
that the speaker is in an office rather than a swimming pool, as is so often the
case. Pressing the nipple brings up the address book, allowing very swift
dialing of contacts as long as their names start with "A" or "B"; friends with
names later in the alphabet may get less calls, though the keypad can be used to
jump to a letter if it is deployed. My GPRS connection from a Pocket PC worked
without any changes to the setup, and operated as fast as ever (I'm dreading
when someone else starts using GPRS, but for the moment it's great). Setting up
WAP access was just a matter of selecting the model of phone on my network
provider's Web site, and the settings arrive in an SMS message. The WAP browser
seems to work well, though I'm still looking for a WAP site worth visiting.
Of course, no one is going to buy a 7650 just to make phone calls and access the
Internet; it's the additional features that make it interesting. Deciding
whether they're actually useful or just flash gadgets is harder. The camera is
revealed when you slide the keypad down. It takes adequate pictures, and can
even take nighttime snaps when the exposure is increased to allow for low light
levels, though you'll need a much steadier hand than mine to make use of that.
Various resolutions are offered, with the highest quality producing 640x480
images. Once taken, the pictures can be sent over the messaging network if your
network provider supports MMS (Multimedia Messaging Standard) and you have a
friend with another 7650, or transferred by Bluetooth (or IR) to a printer or
PC. I was very pleased to be able to take a snapshot and print it straight to my
Bluetooth-enabled printer without any setup or configuration.
Predictive text, common enough on SMS-sending applications, has been extended to
the other functions of the phone, so entering short sequences of text is
relatively easy as long as the words are in the dictionary. To-Do List,
Contacts, and Calendar will synchronize with popular PIM applications running
under Windows, though the lack of standard Bluetooth API under Windows means
that getting synchronization over Bluetooth will depend on whether your hardware
is supported. I was forced to switch to IR to try out the synchronization, but
it seemed to work well enough, though the contact fields on the phone were not
as comprehensive as those supplied by Outlook.
Adding ringtones and background pictures is easy. I just drag the files into the
Bluetooth device from my PC, and they arrive as messages in the phone inbox.
Being able to use MIDI and WAV files as ringtones has its advantages, and having
Ace of Spades as a ringtone was fun, but nonpiercing tones can lead to missed
calls if you're not careful, and the vibration alert is not the most energetic.
Overall, the 7650 is a demonstration of why phone companies have little to fear
from Pocket PC or even Palm-based devices. Experience and knowledge have
produced a robust and functional device you can be happy to be seen with. With
the recent price cut (down to 300 UKP [$467 U.S.] without connection, and around
100 UKP [$157 U.S.] with a contract), it even offers good value for the money.