TOY BOX: Nokia's 3650 brings the fun into focus

In this column's limited space, it's impossible to fully describe Nokia's 3650 camera phone. Forget about having space to actually offer an opinion. What follows strictly covers the basics.

In this column's limited space, it's impossible to fully describe Nokia's 3650 camera phone. Forget about having space to actually offer an opinion. What follows strictly covers the basics.

Once you get used to the circular keypad, the 3650's phone, text messaging, contacts, calendar, and game functions are straightforward and easy to use. The camera and video recorder - for the purpose of taking average-quality photos and keeping them on the phone, or sending them to other 3650 users - is also very user-friendly. Using internet and e-mail is more complicated. When I tried to e-mail images from the phone to a PC, the results were unreliable. I sent a picture to my Hotmail, and copied a friend's Earthlink account, where it appeared as an embedded image just minutes after it left the 3650's outbox. When I e-mailed the same image to my work account, however, it didn't arrive, even though the phone said it was sent. The verdict: Not quite as seamless as the ads claim, but fun if your friends have one too. Any questions? Write us at toybox@prweek.com
  • Sara Calabro writes Toy Box. She is a New York-based staff reporter for PRWeek. ----- Price $299.99 Available at AT&T and T-Mobile outlets, and nokia.com Specs The 5.10" x 2.4" x 1" phone weighs 4.59 oz. It has 3.4 MB of built-in flash memory, and comes in blue, grey, yellow, and fuchsia. Battery life is 200 hours of standby and four hours of talk time.

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