Review Posted August 22, 2005 by Tong Zhang,
Delightfully impulsive is how Nokia describes
the 7270 tri-band GSM mobile phone. Teaming up with the Nokia
7280 and the Nokia 7610 as members of the "Nokia Fashion Collection" of
art deco influenced phones, the Nokia 7270 is the only clamshell
phone among the three and is the only one comes with textile covers
that make the phone truly a fashion accessory.
The Nokia 7270 is a GSM phone operating on 900/1800/1900
MHz bands. It has a Class 10 GPRS radio for data and EDGE support.
The Nokia runs on the Series 40 platform and offers a nice set
of phone features along with a VGA camera, push to talk, an integrated
FM radio, some basic PIM (Personal Information Management) applications
and a bundle of deco and modern style themes and ringtones that
fit the image of the phone.
Design and Ergonomics
Though decorated with modern shapes and lines,
the Nokia 7270 has a retro style that would make it seem perfectly
at home in Cary Grant and Greta Garbo's hands. The phone has a
black plastic housing and when the clamshell is closed, you will
see silver face plates with art deco patterns covering both top
and the bottom of the phone. At the same time, these dark silver
on light silver lines are reminiscent of a printed circuit board,
giving the phone a thoroughly modern appeal.
The naked 7270
You will find the 96 x 65 pixel 12 bit mini display
screen, speaker grill and camera lens on the top half of the clamshell.
The silver covers make fashion statement as they look striking sitting
on the black phone. Going even further with the fashion theme, Nokia
includes two user-replaceable textile wraps that can be snapped onto
the silver plates. They too have the art deco patterns that match the
silver plates, the phone and the themes that come with the phone.
The red textile cover in place
Flip open the clamshell, you will see the bright
128 x 160 16 bit TFT display along with the speaker on the top shell
and the a large grid number pad and a five way d-pad, two functions
buttons and call send and end buttons on the bottom half. The key pad
and buttons are spacious. The built-in grid will help you touch dial.
On the left side of the phone, you will find volume buttons; and on
the right side from top to bottom: push to talk button, IR port and
power on/off button. You will find the power charging port and the
pop-port headset connector on the bottom edge of the phone. The rechargeable,
user-replaceable battery lives under the back door; and the SIM card
is under the battery. The phone is quite small, and is more petite
than the smallish Audiovox
SMT5600 candybar MS smartphone as well
as competing flip phones.
The Sony Ericsson T610, Nokia 7280, Nokia 720 and Audiovox
SMT5600 (aka Orange C500)
Phone Features and Reception
For a phone that seeks to attract eyes with its
fashionable design, the Nokia 7270 packs plenty of features that
make it quite a capable feature phone. The Nokia operates on GSM
900/1800/1900 MHz bands which means you can use it in Europe, Asia
and in the US on T-Mobile network. Cingular and AT&T Wireless
also use the 1900 MHz band but you will suffer reduced coverage
because they do rely heavily on the 850 MHz band in many areas.
Nokia phones have a reputation for great reception, but the reception
on the 7270 is a little flaky. It generally gets a strong signal
in well covered 1900 MHz areas and decent signal strength in fair
areas. It does however sometimes drop connections to the tower
in fairly well covered areas and doesn't get as strong a signal
as do other recent Nokia mobile phones. Voice quality is good and
volume is loud.
The Nokia 7270 has voice dialing, voice command
and conference calling features. You will need to record the voice
tags in Contacts for voice dialing. The 7270 also supports auto
redial, speed dialing and has a speakerphone that you can turn
on during a call. The phone supports polyphonic ring tones (MIDI,
MP3, and AAC) and comes bundled with a nice set of themes that
include art deco patterns, techno style ringtones and a lot more.
The themes apply to the background, ringtones and mini display
and they are a very handy way to personalize the phone without
additional downloads. You can set 6 profiles on the Nokia 7270.
The Nokia comes with a set of basic PIM applications
and you can access these applications via the phone menu. The Contacts
application can store up to 255 contacts with multiple phone numbers
for each contact. You can search the contacts database and group
your contacts into categories (family, VIP, friends, business,
etc.). The Calendar has both a week view and month view, and you
can set alarms for appointments and make notes. The Nokia does
work with PC Suite for syncing, but the data cable
isn't included, so you must purchase it separately. You can purchase
it separately and download PC Suite from Nokia's web site for free.
Other applications included are Alarm clock, Stopwatch with countdown
timer, Notes, To-do list and Wallet.
Data, Messaging and Web
The Nokia 7270 has a Class 10 GPRS radio with support for EDGE. However,
in the Silicon Valley where T-Mobile has EDGE deployed, we can only get
very slow GPRS data speed (7-10 kbps). We tested the same SIM card on
the Treo 650 and could get over 77-90 kbps. The Nokia comes with a WAP
2.0 browser, and you will not be able to display none-WAP sites via the
built-in browser. The speed for loading WAP sites is reasonable, and
you can expect some basic browser functions such as bookmarks, history
and search. The Nokia supports SMS, MMS, Instant Messaging and email.
Email works with IMAP4, POP3 and SMTP protocols.
The Nokia 7270 has a built-in VGA camera that's
capable of taking photos up to 640 x 480 resolution and videos at SubQCIF
(128 x 96 pixels) resolution. The camera has 4X digital zoom, a self-timer
and offers three picture quality levels. The 7270's VGA camera can't
compete with the excellent 1 megapixel camera found on its big brother,
the Nokia 7610, but it does decent job
by phone digicam standards. The camera deals with relatively low light
areas well and tends to white out in very sunny conditions which are
harsh for most of the digital cameras. The photos have a slight hazy
effect that makes the images look "dreamy". The videos are
Above: Sample photos, unedited. Taken
at maximum resolution. Click on an image to see the full size original.
To accompany the camera, Nokia bundles Media Player.
You can view your photos in the Gallery and play videos you've taken
using the Media Player. The Media Player also supports streaming content.
The video formats supported include 3GPP formats and MPEG-4. You can
send photos and videos via MMS or use the IR port to beam them to other
devices. If you've purchased the optional data cable and installed PC
Suite, you can transfer your photos directly to your PC.
If you like to listen to the radio, the Nokia 7270 will serve you well.
It comes with a built-in FM radio that gets plenty of stations in the
San Francisco Bay Area. To use the radio, you need to plug in the Pop-port
stereo headset included with the phone, and then launch the Radio application
in the Media folder. You can search for stations, save favorites and
even use the external speakers to listen to the radio.
The Nokia has built-in Java technology which means you can play Java
based games and the phone comes with two games: Chic Pinball and Disco
which is a disco club simulation game.
The Nokia comes with a 720 mAh (BL-4C) rechargeable
battery which is user replaceable. The phone's battery life is
decent though not stellar. You will get about one week of standby
and 4 hours of talk time. The battery lives under the back door
and you can open the battery door by pushing down the latch. The
SIM, as per usual for Nokia phones, is located under the battery.
A very fashionable clamshell phone with a good
feature set. Clamshell loving cell phone users who value fashion
and class should not miss this handset.
Pro: The phone generally
gets good reception and has good voice quality and loud volume.
It supports some of the essential phone features such as voice
dialing, redialing, conference calling, speed dialing and more.
The camera takes decent photos and videos. The SMS, MMS and email
work well and the web browser works fine if you only visit WAP
sites. The FM radio and push to talk are added bonus.
Con: GPRS gets very
slow data speed in the Silicon Valley area. Lack of connectivity
options to the PC. No Bluetooth.
Price: Approx. $375 from importers, US price not
main screen: TFT display supports up to 65k colors
with 128 x 160 max resolution. Mini display supports
up to 4,096 colors with 96 x 65 pixels resolution.
720 mAh rechargeable Li-Ion Battery. User replaceable.
Claimed max talk time is up to 4 hours and claimed
max standby time is up to 11 days.
Series 40 OS. 21MB shared memory for storage. Heap
size: 977 KB, max JAR size: 250 KB.
x 1.8 x 0.87 inches. Weighs 4.27 ounces.
Audio:Built in speaker,
mic and Pop-port headphone jack. Speakerphone. Supports
phone, 900/1800/1900MHz. GPRS and EDGE for data. HSCSD
(for connecting to an ISP, not to your mobile provider's
data service). IR.
40 OS. Organizer apps: phone book, calendar, to-do
and notes. WAP/XHTML web browser, Messaging (supports
SMS and MMS), camera,Media Player (image and video
viewer, plays ringtones and voice recordings as well),
voice recorder, alarm clock, Number Entry (for entering
numbers to dial), Radio (listen to FM radio with
a compatible headset).
In the Box:the phone, 2 snap-on textile wraps (black
and red), wrist strap, pop-port stereo headset, fabric
pouch for the phone, AC charger and a printed User