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Nokia Surge 6790 Review – A quirky Smartphone with good and bad points

The Nokia Surge 6790 is available through AT&T.
The Finnish brand Nokia has always been known for quality, sturdy and all-around user friendly cell phones. Their phones don’t always have the most functionality, however, so consider the Nokia Surge 6790 to be the black sheep of the family.
Like some of the best smartphones available, the Nokia Surge 6790 comes complete with an accelerometer that will allow you to use the phone in both landscape and portrait view. It’ll come down to user preference, but the landscape mode seems to be the best because of the widened screen. Even if you like switching back and forth, you’ll have no issue as the accelerometer picks up quickly on your movements.

The Nokia Surge from AT&T is one of the first smartphones from Nokia available in the US.

The Nokia Surge from AT&T is one of the first smartphones from Nokia available in the US.

Slightly annoying design

The Nokia Surge 6790 doesn’t make it easy for you to dial numbers. You can’t call anyone that’s not in your phone book unless you have the slider open, which, as the title states, is slightly annoying but not a huge loss. Also, the number pad isn’t the standard number pad. The asterisk (*), pound (#), and zero button are lined up next to the three, six and nine button. Big deal? No, but again, slightly annoying.
Juice Caster keeps you connected
Are you a social networking fiend? Then the Nokia Surge 6790 might be perfect for you. An application called Juice Caster allows you to post videos, updates, and pictures to Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Stay in touch on all four social sites with ease and simplicity, all thanks to Juice Caster. You have some space in the internal memory, which is 120 MB, but you’re better off upgrading with a microSD card. The Surge accepts up to 8GB.

Video Calls (with AT&T service)

If your friend or work colleague has another phone that is compatible with AT&T’s Video Share service like the Nokia Surge 6790 is, you can make video calls to one another. The service costs $4.99 monthly, but it’s such a cool and futuristic concept that you almost have to try it, don’t you? It’s basically like Skype on the cell phone, and everyone loves Skype.
Battery Life
The Nokia Surge 6790 gets about four hours of battery life. It definitely ranks in the lower-tier of battery life, but this phone seems worth it. With all that you can do on the Surge it’d be silly just to pass it up because of its battery.
Phone Specs:
Manufacturer: Nokia Corp.
Part Number:3850237
Data services SMS , Instant messages , E-Mail
Cellular enhancement protocol EGPRS , AGPS
Dimensions (W x D x H) 2.3 in x 0.6 in x 3.9 in
Weight 4.4 oz
Built-in devices Camera , Digital player
Color Black
Operating System / Software
OS provided Symbian S60 3.2
Messaging / Data Services
Internet Browser Yes
GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) Yes
JAVA applications Yes
Mobile Email Yes
Messaging / Data Features PDF support
Cellular technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Service Provider AT&T
Band / mode WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Phone style Slider
Vibrating Alert Yes
Call Timer Yes
Antenna Internal
Wireless Interface Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
Conference Call Capability Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Voice Dialing Yes
Voice Recorder Yes
Polyphonic Ringer Yes
Additional Features aGPS , QWERTY keyboard layout
Digital Player / Recorder
Digital player supported digital audio standards AAC , MP3 , WAV
Display type 2.4 in TFT active matrix
Max resolution 320 x 240
Battery installed (max) Lithium ion
Max supported batteries 1
Talk time 240 min
Standby time 400 h
Expansion / Connectivity
Wireless connectivity Bluetooth 2.0
Expansion slot(s) total (free) 1

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