Nokia 7280 ReviewBy cheatmaster 03:39 Sat, 07 Aug 2021 Comments
Nokia 7280 is the king among all stylish phones. The small oblong black brick provokes a mixture between astonishment and curiosity never mind the fact that handling its functions is confusing. Its equipment does not descend behind though either: feel free to like a huge address book, 50Mega Bytes (MB) of memory, MP3 ringtones, a camera, a radio, Bluetooth…
When Nokia 7280 appeared on the first published pictures, we could not believe our eyes. Is that meant to be a mobile phone? After having experienced stylish creatures as Xelibri we eventually believed. Nevertheless the rich equipment announced earlier turned out to be quite surprising for design freak phones of the type have not proved to be rich in functions.
Nokia apparently decided, however, to offer its customers originality and elegance combined with maximum functionality. That is how three exceptional models: 7260, 7270 and 7280 were brought to life. The first one is a mobile phone constructed in a classic way, but dressed in an extravagant coat with underlined marginal. It is the cheapest of the group but nevertheless disposing of very sophisticated equipment. Speaking of qualities, the clamshell 7270 has even more to show off. With it the manufacturers have dared experiment more. The outer covers are made of metal additionally protected by leather covering. The inner part of the phone has also been planned untraditionally - it is black with colorful lines. The 7280 model is the top of the ice-cream within the mentioned class of phones in the sense of both functions and design.
- High quality active display
- More than 50 Mega Bytes (MB) of memory, 1000 entries in the address book
- 40-voice and MP3/AAC sound of ringing
- Embedded Video Graphics Array (VGA) camera
- Embedded radio
- General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) class 10 and EDGE
- Lengthy method of character input
- Squeaky construction
- Small display hardly visible in direct sunlight
What is this box?
In terms of design Nokia 7280 is an exceptional phone; you would not find another one of the kind on the market. No matter where you go, picking it out will inevitably attract others' attention. Not only is its outsee unusual, but also the overall construction concept and the operating system attached to it.
While I was testing the phone I showed it to some friends. Each of them would start looking at it with interest trying to guess its functions. Most of them agreed on the device to be a MP3 player. After having put the phone into their hands they would haged on being overwhelmed with confusion trying to find a visible keypad. When failing to find one they would slowly start moving the scroll button sideways and the phone would gradually acquire under their skin. Regarding different thoughts about the recent Nokia 7280 people generally descend into 3 main categories. Some of them curse it, the majority like it, but only few of them would feel comfortable using it in every-day life.
The form of the phone sticks to the square. It is only the size that differs from what we are used to. It is 115 mm long, 32mm wide and 19 mm high. We have also found out that the square is slightly sloped. Nokia's designers have chosen black as a main color. No alternative colors are going to be offered on the market. The phone's surface is glossy and that is why unpleasant smudges and prints remain evident on it. The phone weighs some comfortable 84 grams.
The outsee is brightened by white lines, which zigzag all over the surface and - to say the truth - they suit it very well. Black and white colors in the design are supported by glossy accessories and a mirror of a similar impression that covers the display. Nokia is known for not being afraid of using untraditional materials in its stylish phones and the 7280 model is not an exception. On its surface you will find plastic parts, leather pieces or more precisely fur - as well as a tiny piece of fabric. The latter protrudes out of the very discontinue of one of the phone's edges and reminds of a printed patch on a T-shirt. The manufacturer's logo - Nokia is placed on this piece of fabric - just like it works with T-shirts.
The gigantic black button is crying for a constructional change. I have probably never seen a squeakier mobile phone, which puts a gigantic shame on Nokia. It squeaks whenever touched or moved and while I was "cruelly examining" it, I had the feeling I was putting together the Rubik's cube. Speaking about a telephone which costs more than 600 Euro it is a real shame.
For right-handed only
Looking at phone's front cover your attention would inevitably focus on the gigantic mirror placed on it. This is nothing else but the display being effectively hidden. Here you will also find a scroll operating button surrounded by two pairs of functional buttons. The latter consist of thin white doubled keys, which are part of the decorative lines. Above the display you will also find the ear-phone covered by a penetrated piece of leather.
It is hard to say which edge of the phone we should name as a bottom one. The phone is put to the ear in a typical manner - in a vertical position with the display in the upper part. The displayed picture is however horizontal in order that its full width can be used and therefore when operating it is necessary to hrecent the phone in a horizontal position as well. Unfortunately there is no way of moving the pictures upside down, so left-handed are in a remarkable disadvantage. The operating buttons are placed correct from the display, so holding the phone in your left hand makes no sense.
Let's hrecent the phone in a vertical position as if we want to create a phone call. On its left upper side you will find a narrow slot where a loud speaker is placed. Under the slot is the gigantic infrared port window and at the bottom there is a silver cover of the SIM card drawer. The latter has a small crevice in one of its corners, in which one has to stick a sharp object in order to open the drawer. For this purpose a small metal roller comes enclosed in the original packing. There you will also find a spare drawer for the original one is fully extractable and may acquire easily lost. On phone's correct side is the already mentioned label with the manufacturer's logo and above it the small leather-covered area is placed.
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