Nokia Astound

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Nokia Astound

The Nokia Astound weighs 4.4 ounces and sits well in the hand, feeling lightweight but not cheap. It features a 3.5-inch AMOLED high-definition touch screen.

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Hardware

The 8-megapixel rear camera zooms smoothly and takes serviceable images and video. The battery is good for roughly a day of moderate Web cruising, email answering, map zooming and game playing.

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Ovi Maps

Nokia's Ovi Maps offers a smooth interface, some impressive detailing work and navigation tools.

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Services

Symbian 3 boasts easy setup with email (the smartphone supports Exchange, AOL, Gmail, Yahoo, and a variety of POP and IMAP services).

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YouTube

The Astound's YouTube interface (accessible via built-in widget) is streamlined and clean, even if the videos themselves are sometimes grainy.

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Apps

The Ovi Store offers a healthy collection of both name-brand and little-known apps (yes, Angry Birds is here). The storefront is relatively easy to navigate, and the apps themselves are hassle-free to download.

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Games

The Astound comes preloaded with the T-Mobile Store, 3D Wooden Labyrinth, Slacker streaming radio, YouTube, the Ovi Store and the game Fruit Ninja Lite.

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Specs

The 680MHz processor with "a 3D graphics accelerator" is adequate for most users' needs.

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Camera

Here is a look at the rear camera in action.

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Keyboard

Symbian's virtual QWERTY keyboard features excessively tiny keys (even in landscape mode, but especially in portrait), but also supports Swype.

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Excessive Menus

Symbian overstuffed its menus, which come with a bewildering array of options and often bury useful functionality a handful of screens in.

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Calling

The Astound does make crystal-clear calls, however.

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