Reviewed by Jrexxx (Previously owned)
I've been using this phone for almost a year now, and I must say that I'm loving it!
Hardware wise, you get what you would expect from a Nokia phone: it feels good in the hand, it's made out of plastic but doesn't feel cheap, and the replaceable covers are kind of cool. The screen very bright, even in direct sunlight, and colors look good but not great.
Some people might not like the physical buttons on the bottom.
The camera is what you would expect from a phone in this category: it takes good pictures for posting online but it would never replace a point and shoot (where as an iPhone 4-4S can replace a point and shoot in my opinion for example).
The battery could be better. The first day of usage I had to charge it twice since I was extensively using the phone and trying it the hole day, but after an normal day of use i would get close to 30% before going to bed.
I had read some reviews about windows phone 7.5 being awesome, but using it blew my mind away. The level of integration is amazing! A good example would be the people hub where one can check facebook and all other social stuff. It's so good in fact that I noticed taht I was using it instead of the facebook app that I later uninstalled.
The experience is super fluid, and apps launch really fast.
The live tiles are nice, but i don't find them a necessity at all.
WP 7.5 still has however a long way to go since it has a lot of annoyances:
Internet explorer 9 is not the best mobile browser out there. Many sites didn't load well or not at all, for example livescore.com or remote.utorrent.com;
The app selection is very bleak, especially on the game front. I was able to find one app for everything (after some serious searching) but the number of interesting free games is very, VERY low.
Other annoyances are more minor like for example controlling the brightness: there's an automatic option, or a selection between low, medium & high. I would have preferred a slider like in iOS for when the battery is really low.
I believe that the WP 7 experience will only get better with time, and I really recommend this phone to anyone in the market for a middle range smartphone.
- Design 6
- Display 6
- Camera(s) 6
- Reception / call quality 9
- Performance 8
- Software 8
- Battery life 8
- Ecosystem 6