Nokia 7610

The Nokia 7610 currently sets the pace for high-end handsets. .

The Nokia 7610 is part of the first wave of one-megapixel cameraphones to hit U.S. shores.

The camera is a great leap forward for phones, but the 7610 still doesnt measure up to a dedicated digital camera.

The 7610 comes with two neat, unique applications: a mobile version of the Muvee automatic movie-editing software, which can piece together short video clips into music video-style movies; and Lifeblog, an application that lets you look at all your e-mail, text messages, and videos in chronological order on your phone or PC screen.

Since the 7610 is a Symbian Series 60 phone, you can buy various third-party applications, including high-quality e-mail, Web browsing and Microsoft Office document-reading programs. (Youll want to replace Nokias built-in e-mail application, which is weak.) You can sync contacts, calendar data and e-mail over a USB or Bluetooth connection (as long as you have the right Bluetooth stack). To store all your data, the phone accepts RS-MMC (reduced size MultiMedia Card) flash memory. RS-MMC cards will be available direct from Nokia, as well as from Hitachi, Samsung and Toshiba; the phone also comes with a 64MB card.

The 7610s speakerphone is extremely loud and clear, though when you hold the phone up to your head, the built-in speaker can sound soft in noisy areas. Although the phone has Bluetooth, it refused to pair with our Logitech Bluetooth headset (Nokia says it supports most, but apparently not all Bluetooth headsets). It did hook up as a modem to our Bluetooth-equipped PC.


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