Available from AT&T Wireless, Cingular and
T-Mobile, the Nokia 3650 makes its debut in the US with loads of
built-in features that make this unit much more than just a cell
phone. The 3650 is that latest “Series 60” smartphone
from Nokia and offers PDA-like features in a phone-centric design.
It’s a tri-mode GSM world phone that also does GPRS for fast
data transfers (~50 to 60k/s).
The 3650 has built-in Bluetooth and IR for wireless
communications, a WAP 2.0/XHTML browser for accessing the Internet,
PIM applications such as Contacts, Calendar, To-Do list, as well
as multimedia applications such as RealOne player and more. The
built-in digital VGA camera can take still images at 640x480 resolution,
and capture video clips in .3GP file format with sound support.
The voice features include voice dialing, speakerphone,
conference calling, voicemail, text messaging and alarm. The 3650
comes with 30 polyphonic ring tones and there are more available
for download. Running on Symbian OS 6.1 and powered by an ARM processor,
the 3650 will support Symbian OS applications and Java applications.
Each carrier provides its own set of applications and games for
The 3650 comes with Nokia PC Suite software synchronization
software with support for IR and Bluetooth (no cable syncing),
a modem driver for notebooks, and the Nokia Multimedia Player.
What does it look like?
It looks like a TV remote control with a large
display screen. I really like the design of this phone because
I lose smaller phones like those tiny clamshell units. The Nokia
3650 is a candy bar style phone with a large 176 x 208 pixel color
display capable of displaying 4,096 colors. The 3650 measures 5.1” x
2.24” x 1” and weighs 4.59 ounces. The circular number
pad will either attract or turn off users who may be fond of the
retro rotary phones or too accustomed to standard number pads.
There is a directional pad/action button inside the number pad
area for navigation. The camera lens is on the backside of the
phone, on the opposite side of the display. The antenna is internal
and is housed in the top of the phone. The power, cable and headset
connectors are located in the bottom of the phone.
What comes in the box?
It comes with the 3650 handset, a 850 mAh Li-Ion
battery, a 16MB MMC card, a charger, an ear-bud headset, a SIM card,
synchronization CD and a User Guide along with several quick start
What applications does it come with?
The 3650 comes with a suite of PIM applications including
contacts, calendar, to-do list and more. You will also find applications
that will work with your camera, images, videos and other multimedia
functions. The connectivity tools include built-in Bluetooth, IR and
wireless modem. There are also a quite few trial software packages on
the storage card including Photobase, Goldminer, LogJam and more. Here
is a close look at some of the built-in apps.
are two views in your contact list, one is the entire contact list,
the other is groups. The info you are allowed to enter for a contact
includes contact Name, Company, Telephone, Mobile, Fax and E-mail.
You can also add a thumbnail-sized image as a photo ID attached to
a contact. When you dial that contact’s number or that contact
calls you, the contact name, phone number as well as the photo ID will
show up on your screen. In addition, you can attach a full size image
to this contact on the next page, which you can navigate via the D-pad.
There is also a Search function, where you can search by name. Once
you’ve selected a contact, you will have options to dial the
number, send a text message (SMS), send a multimedia message (MMS),
send email, duplicate, mark/unmark or send this contact via IR or Bluetooth.
You can also assign a specific ring tone to an individual contact.
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are three calendar views: daily, weekly and monthly view. You can set
the default calendar view to any of these three views when you launch
the application. When you enter a new event, the default selections
are Meeting, Memo and Anniversary. You can set up an alarm for your
event, which includes alarm date, time and repeat on/off. You can sync
this event via text message, email, Bluetooth and IR.
are three modes you can use the camera in: Standard, Portrait
and Night. You can select the image quality as High, Normal or
Basic, and set the default image name and where the JPEG images
are stored (internally or on the MMC card). To take a picture,
you can press the camera menu button and then press the action
button (press down on the d-pad) to snap the shot. After capturing,
the image will display on the screen. You can go to an image
file anytime by accessing the Options-Go to Images. How is the
image quality? BLUE! The camera deals with indoor lighting much
better than daylight. Anything you shoot outdoors in bright daylight
will have a blue tint, especially backgrounds. The night photos
however have more accurate background colors and display on your
phone without the blue tint.
are two views in Images, one shows the content in the phone
memory, one shows the card. Once you select an image, you can
send it via email, MMS, BT or IR. You can also set up an online
photo album and send your images directly to the image server
(an Ofoto service accessed via Nokia’s web site which
you’ll have to pay for after the intro period). Nokia
site offers step-by-step instructions on how to set up a Multimedia
server for your phone. You can find that page here,
which also offers instructions on setting up email and WAP
Video rec- This
is simpler than the camera. You can tell the phone where to
store the video clips and give it a default name. The video
recorder handles the frame rate pretty well (15 fps) and there
are no blurs or trails when you move the camera at a reasonable
speed. The video clips can be played back in either the video
rec app or by using the RealOne Player which of course can
also play streaming content. The 3650 unit I bought doesn’t
support sound in video recording. I had to go to Nokia’s
web site to download the Video Recorder Update software. This
will enable the recorder to record video with sound.
To-Do list- This
is a very simple to-do list where you can add new to-do notes,
view the current to-do items or mark to-do items as done. When
you add a new to-do note, you can specify the Due date and
Priority. You can change the Priority by using the D-pad, and
you will see an exclamation mark (!) next to the notes with
Sample Photos. Top: outdoors in daylight
(no, the ground isn't really blue!) and bottom: indoors.
includes Bluetooth, IR and Modem options. If you turn Bluetooth
on, your phone will search for all Bluetooth devices. Select
the device you wish to pair with and the phone will initiate
the pairing. Everything is easy and painless. I tested the Bluetooth
functions with a Palm Tungsten T, HP iPAQ 3970 and Compaq Presario
laptop running Windows XP with a Belkin Bluetooth USB adapter.
The IR function works very similar to the BT functions except
it works with IR enable devices. You can set to use the modem
either via the Bluetooth or IR.
includes Settings for your Phone, Call, Connection, Data and
time, Security, System and Accessory options. You can go through
each of the settings to customize your phone. There is also an
App Manager in the Tools folder for you to manage any installed
applications on the phone. In addition, Tools also includes Message
where you can access your message box and 1-touch dialing set
up. You can assign up to 9 1-touch dialing numbers (1 is assigned
lets you set 5 profiles on the 3650 including Normal, Silent,
Meeting, Outdoor and Pager. You can customize each profile with
your choice of Ringing tone, Ringing options and Volume, Message
alert tone, Vibrating alert, Keypad tones and Warning tones.
Synchronization software- On
installation CD, you will find software for setting up the modem,
installing PC Suite software and Nokia Multimedia Player. You
can install either IR or Bluetooth modem connection on your PC
by following the installation walkthrough. You don’t need
to install the sync software if you only need to transfer image
files or application files since you can either beam them with
IR or send via Bluetooth. But if you wish to sync your calendar
and contacts, it might be a good idea to install the Nokia PC
Suite software. The Belkin Bluetooth
USB adapter is compatible with PC Suite (hint: when getting
started, select all Bluetooth serial port checkboxes). File transfer
and installation also work great using Bluetooth software on
the PC rather than PC Suite.
Other applications- There
are other applications such as RealOne, Services for mMode (on
AT&T network), games and more. RealOne player is a good solution
for playing back the video clips you recorded or downloaded.
But I don’t know how much people will use it for streaming
content because of speed and cost issues. If you’re an
AT&T Wireless customer, in the Service folder, you will find
mMode apps that you can use to go online and browse the web or
download apps. In the mMode, you can add bookmarks and find all
your download files.
AT&T Coverage and Service Packages
It is amazing how fast AT&T has put up so
many towers in a short time period. The GSM service on the phone
so far has been excellent. Because the Nokia 3650 is a new phone,
AT&T is doing a promotion to lower the price on the device.
If you can find online or local store that offers additional rebates,
you may get this new and exciting product for very little money.
The AT&T voice plans offer standard packages at various levels,
similar to other major cell phone carriers. The mMode GPRS data
service offers 4 levels of packages. At the Mini level, you pay
$2.99/month plus 2 cents per KB. At the Mega level, you pay $7.99/month
which comes with 1MB of free download plus 1 cent per KB for additional
data. The top two tiers cost $12.99 and $19.99 per month which
comes with 4MB and 8MB free download respectively, and between
.08 and .06 cents per KB for overage.
What I like about it
I like the form factor. It’s big enough
so that I don’t misplace it or can’t fish it out when
I put it in my bag. The plastic frame helps to absorb small impacts
in your pocket or bag, and makes the unit not feel too cold compared
to metal body phones. The camera takes decent quality pictures
at high resolution. It deals with nighttime lighting better than
I expected. Videos at 15 fps look quite smooth. The built-in Bluetooth
works very well with PDAs, laptops, BT Access Points and accessories.
It has good amount of storage space including 3.4 MB of available
internal memory and an MMC expansion slot. With rebates, you can
get this new phone for a very low price right now.
What I don’t like about it
Daytime photos have a blue tint. The round number
pad doesn’t bother me at all except that there will be applications
developed for square number pad. For example, if a game that uses
certain number buttons as directional buttons, it won’t make
sense on a circular number pad. If you have several storage cards
and exchange them on your phone often, you will find it annoying
when you have to take out your battery to access your storage card.
It supports the hands-free profile rather than the much more common
headset profile for Bluetooth.