Enterprise Mobility: Nokia Astound's Hardware Weighted Down by Symbian 3
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.
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.
Nokia's Ovi Maps offers a smooth interface, some impressive detailing work and navigation tools.
Symbian 3 boasts easy setup with email (the smartphone supports Exchange, AOL, Gmail, Yahoo, and a variety of POP and IMAP services).
The Astound's YouTube interface (accessible via built-in widget) is streamlined and clean, even if the videos themselves are sometimes grainy.
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.
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.
The 680MHz processor with "a 3D graphics accelerator" is adequate for most users' needs.
Here is a look at the rear camera in action.
Symbian's virtual QWERTY keyboard features excessively tiny keys (even in landscape mode, but especially in portrait), but also supports Swype.
Symbian overstuffed its menus, which come with a bewildering array of options and often bury useful functionality a handful of screens in.
The Astound does make crystal-clear calls, however.