If your looking to "step-it-up", for and extra $50, in my opinion, the Nokia 2760 is a worthwhile upgrade.
Specs are here..
Camera (640x480 = 0.3 MP)
10 MB memory (built-in)
No memory card
Voice recorder limited to 1 minute
No voice recognition dialing
This is a great entry level flip phone and I'm sure that most users could recover their $50 just reselling the phone if they were not happy with it. However, I must say that the first phone I purchased had a defective keypad. The keys on the left side - the 1,4,7 and * (star) were virtually unusable and had to be pressed hard to activate*. 7-Eleven was great though and I simply produced my receipt and received a new phone, swapping my SIM card on the spot and confirming it still functioned correctly. Unfortunately, I lost my address book due to the non-removable memory. This is where the Bluetooth comes in handy though.
*Note: After receiving my replacement phone I noticed there were several additional ringtones, wallpapers and themes. I now think that the phone I first received may have been previously used, damaged, and returned. Why it was being resold I don't know. Either way it's worth a couple of seconds in the store to check out your phone before you walk out.
This phone is small and light, weighing nearly 30% less than my 2 year old Bell Audiovox 8610 flip phone. The Nokia fits nicely in my hand but requires two hands to open it (maybe I need more practice). The external monochrome screen can be difficult to read and is nearly impossible to read when the phone is sleeping making it nearly useless. The internal screen is bright and crisp. Reception has been good throughout the Victoria area with no dropped calls. The ringtone is loud and you can select from the provided tones or whatever sound file you choose (see tip below). The phone can be set to answer on opening or, if you prefer, you can press a button to answer. Volume is sufficiently loud and the speaker acceptable.
The address book is standard Nokia. Where it really shines though is with Bluetooth use. I did need to make a slight adjustment to my Apple laptop so that it would identify the phone (see http://www.james-lloyd.com) but once it was paired it was a simple process to synchronize my contacts and calender - and fast! Anyone who has ever manually keyed in all their contacts information will appreciate the Bluetooth. I feel that this feature along with the FM radio are easily worth the $50 premium! The contacts can also be assigned individual ringtones - a nice way to ID the caller.
The FM radio is well executed. You will need to plug in the supplied headphones since they act as the antenna. The phone will seek out and auto-tune stations. Once saved you can then custom name the stations if you wish.
MP3 playback is fine but with the 10 MB limit you'll have trouble keeping more than a song or two on the phone. It's not going to be much of a music player.
The audio recording is nice but unfortunately lit's limited to 1 minute.
The camera is pretty lame. Really though, what do you expect? It's a cell phone not a camera. It will do in a pinch but that's about it. You can apply the photo's to your contacts if you wish.
The calendar is useful, however, I don't use the phone to enter information, preferring to use my Mac to keep the calendar up-to-date then syncing it with the phone using Bluetooth.
There are some supplied games but I haven't tried they out.
I do miss the voice recognition dialing from my older Audiovox -I found this feature handy for making or answering calls while driving. I know I "should" pull over but sometimes it just isn't possible and the, hands free, voice recognition kept dialing distractions to a minimum.
Tips and Tricks:
The phone supports MP3 ringtones, yet every time I put an MP3 file in the phone would not use it and the phone gave me an error message. Now, I hate paying for something I already own especially with Gigabytes of music on hand. There had to be a workaround. I figured it out when I notice that I could use the voice recording I made as a ringtone. Digging into the folders (using Bluetooth to access them of course), I noticed the format the voice recordings was ".AMR". With a little Google research I found a freeware program that would convert MP3 files to AMR files. Once I placed the converted files in the voice recording folder they worked perfectly as ringtones.
As an aside, the Speakout voicemail kicks in after about 20 seconds - so there is no need to make your ringtone any longer than that.
For a very complete review with screenshots check here...
Here's another review of the 2760 (via HoFo).
Except for the RF sensitivity and excellent keypad, this phone really doesn't have a lot going for it. However, it performs adequately in most regards and it isn't that expensive. Considering the other options available through 7-11 however, the 2760 isn't too bad. It just pails in comparison to the rest of the cell phone world (including other Nokia models).
The same reviewer on the Nokia 1600
While this is hardly one of the best Nokias I've ever tested, it has very little wrong with it and as a low-end starter phone its tough to beat. It has excellent RF characteristics, reasonable audio quality, a great speakerphone, and reasonably loud ringtones. It's certainly one of the best phones presently sold by 7-11, and given its mission in life you would be hard pressed to find a better phone for the same money.
Forgive me - this may be a dumb question. Can you use any set of headphones for the radio part of the phone? I get the impression that since the provided headphones act as an antenna, they are some sort of custom, special order, propietary, whatever Nokia product.
I was thinking it would be nice if you could use Bluetooth headphones/mic with the phone....realizing of course that by purchasing anything BT, that would double the value of the phone. :)
Has anyone tested to see how much radio use you get out of a fully charged battery?
It's too bad about the lack of voice dialing too; that would go nicely with the BT headset as well.
Can you use any set of headphones for the radio part of the phone?
You can use any type of headphone but it must fit in the connecter.
I've tried this on mine, but the connector is too small for 'normal' headphones. Also, it looks to me like the male end of the headphone has extra contacts (for antenna???) that other head sets may not have.
Also, the headphone jack HAS to be connected in the phone for the radio to work. This is a little disapointing cause you have to haul them with with 'in case' you want to use the radio
The first 2760 I bought tonight gave me a "SIM card rejected" message and it turned out it was a used phone. Now I've replaced it, and I have a few questions. To start, can anyone tell me what the little adapter cord is for? I don't see a reference to it in my quick scan of the 3 guide booklets.
... Never mind... I googled before posting, and now I know. But if anyone else was wondering, it's a charger adapter: "The CA-44 charger adaptor enables you to use your existing Nokia chargers with the new Nokia phones with smaller charger interface. "
I think that I found the answer. A USB to Bluetooth dongle. I will look for one to pick up. Found info here: