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Nokia 3250 Review

 
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to the manual, a single charge of the battery should providethe phone with enough energy for 10 hour of music. In the upper rightcorner of the phone, right above the battery you will see an eyelet fora neck stripe.

Careful with your ears:

Do you remember the capsule plastic area I mentioned above? Rightthere, on the top of the phone is mounted the main switch-off button.It is perfectly positioned as it does not get pressed incidentally, nordoes it require too much effort to get working. On the bottom side ofthe device you will find the grid of the loud speaker, which I am goingto pay a closer attention to...

It is really loud. I cannot even believe that such a tiny bar can bawlso much. I was especially impressed by the fact that I could use it asa common music player at a friend's party. The sound is pretty good,even if bass elements are somewhat rejected; instruments do not blend,performance is clear. The same positive evaluation holds true forringtones, while all standard Nokia sounds we have known for years,seem to have reborn.

You should be particularly careful with your ears when you use theearphone located above the display. It is quite powerful. I have nospecial remarks to make here.You should think twice before you applythe handset to your ear also because the plastic cover on the top ofthe phone does not verge smoothly into the pink rim of the display.After a 20-minute call one's ear feels insensitive and even hearts.

Nothing new in the active sector:

What a pity that Nokia has not used a QVGA display. Nothing has changedin comparison with Nokia 3230, except for the fact that the display ofthe new model features 262K colors. All the rest is the same -resolution of 176 x 208 pixels, a surface of 35 x 41 mm, etc.

In comparison to other Nokia models with Symbian OS, the 9.1 versionbrings along a few innovations, for example a higher amount of iconsand far smaller font, which seem to require a higher resolution thanthe one the phone is equipped with.

As I have Nokia 6681 right next to me, let me offer you some morecomparison. Apart from the above mentioned roughness, the display ofNokia 3250 is notably brighter and features a significantly bettercontrast than the one of Nokia 6681. I like the fact that themanufacturer has once again appealed to the well-proven solution of thecover glass lapping over the surface of the display, as it makes thedisplay look bigger. Image is fine and even. There are no gaps wheredirt may enter.

Before I approach to the rotary joint, let me test the keys locatedright below the display. Designers have used the same distributionmethod as in Nokia 3230. Apart from the two context keys and the pairof red and green buttons, through which call are controlled, there areseveral other keys we all know from previous smartphones with SymbianOS:

  • Key for access to main menu and activation of the manager for currently running programs
  • Pencil for work with clipboard
  • Correction C button
A silver joystick is the main control element of the device. Press itto confirm your selection; each of its four ways can be set up to starta particular function, but when you use them, be sure the activestand-by mode is off. More information on this topic is to be found inthe next chapter. I find the joystick extremely hard to move. Gettingused to work with it is not impossible, but it definitely requires abit of an effort. The correction key and the tiny pencil are much toosmall, so several times I happened to get it wrong and press somethingelse unintentionally.

The alpha-numeric keypad of Nokia 3250 is definitely phone's mostattractive element. If I am not wrong, Nokia N90 is the only Nokiamodel, whose parameters include an item "body with a rotary segment",so far (one of our readers made a remark that actually it was Nokia6260 to first feature this specifications). The same holds true for thenew Nokia 3250. Besides a standard keypad its rotary segment alsofeatures a 2 megapixel camera and four control keys for the phone'sbuilt-in music player.

The bottom part of the device turns one way to an angle of 90° and theother way up to 180°.

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