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…