Nokia 2690 Mobile Phone Review

The Nokia 2690 is among the simplest of mobile phones on the market
today. Nokia bets wide models in all price ranges. Price-wise Nokia 2690
belong to bottom layer, but the mobile phone is something special as a
result.

The design is of the classic tablet type and material choice fell on the
creaking plastic. Some more exclusive you can not expect for around Rs.
2,850. However, the phone is good in the hand and is easy to use.


Screen

The first thing we notice when we turn on the mobile phone is rough
pixels image. Fonts and icons brings thoughts back to the Commodore 64.
Once one is in retro mode the included games works as a pastime while
waiting for delayed NSB trains.

The keys are hard, something that could force you to catch everything
when writing messages. In addition, the silver navigation key is high.
If you have large fingers, you will find it difficult to press "ok"
without simultaneously pressing down an arrow key. Fortunately, the
number keys are large enough to be easy once you have learned to press
hard.

The screen is not only small but modest, 128 x 160 pixels, that hardly
gives you any satisfactory experience of web surfing. The included Opera
browser works fine. However, making the narrow screen that you never
get to experience the full range of web pages. It quickly becomes tiring
to read text.

The sound of incoming calls is very clear. Unfortunately, the microphone
picks up a lot of ambient noise, so your voice is not so clear to the
other end.

Talk time is not impressive. It is about half of what we find it in even
cheaper model, Samsung E1120.

Camera

The camera of the Nokia 2690 is 0.3 megapixels. The resolution is 640 x
480 pixels, and thus it is not suitable for images other than e-mail and
MMS.


In addition, since the resolution of the camera is very low, the images
are very bad. It may seem as if the lens does something funny in
pictures, and you get something resembling a bit of a keyhole effect.

In the static tests, our camera is not good enough that we can recognize
some detail in lines per picture height.

Sound

Surprisingly, Nokia has included a 3.5mm headphone jack. Along with a
micro SD card up to 8 GB, this can be an inexpensive music player for
MP3 and AAC files. The job makes the Nokia 2690 actually surprisingly
good. We just have to connect their own headphones instead of the
supplied plugs.


SD cards can be purchased for a reasonable price. It does not follow
with any USB to mini USB cable, even though this is required to transfer
music files. However, it is something that many have left after
previous upgrades by phone.

The sound is clearly recognized for your music when on the move, though
naturally not on a par with, for example, Nokia X6. In addition, it
captures the radio quickly what is available from stations in the area.

Nokia 2690 Features

Performance

  • Use the MMC expansion slot to add memory to your
    phone so you can take your favourite music and photos with you when
    you’re on the move.

Music

  • Play your own music on the
    music player.
  • Keep yourself informed and entertained with
    the built-in FM radio.
  • Plug your favourite headphones in to
    the standard 3.5 mm audio connector.

Photos and video

  • Use the built-in VGA camera to take photos and then share them with
    friends using Bluetooth and MMS.
  • Record videos of special
    moments that you’d like to share and enjoy later.

Internet

  • Stay in touch with friends and family through social networking and
    email.
  • GPRS internet access connects you to a world of
    knowledge so you can follow the news and search for useful information.

Messaging

  • Create a new account or access your existing email. Popular email
    services can be set up in a few easy steps.
  • Share photos
    spontaneously with friends and family through MMS messaging.

Nokia
Life Tools

  • Keep up with the latest agricultural news –
    including weather reports for the day ahead – with Nokia Life Tools
    Agriculture services.
  • Get important career information and
    increase your general knowledge with Nokia Life Tools Education
    services.
  • Receive entertainment news and daily horoscopes
    directly on your phone with Nokia Life Tools Entertainment services.

Nokia 2690 Specifications

Dimensions

  • Monoblock
  • Dimensions: 107.5 x 45.5 x
    13.8 mm
  • Weight: 80.7 g
  • Volume: 58.8
    cc

Display and User Interface

  • Size: 1.8"
  • Resolution: 128 x 160 pixels

Colours

  • Graphite
  • White silver
  • Hot pink
  • Blue

Personalization

  • Ring tones: mp3, AAC
  • Wallpapers
  • Themes

Keys and Input
Methods

  • Numeric Keypad
  • Navi Key

Power
Management

  • BL-4C 860 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Talk-time (maximum): GSM 270 mins
  • Standby time
    (maximum): GSM 335 h

Memory

  • MicroSD memory slot, up to 8
    GB (memory card available separately)

Data Network

  • GPRS
  • EDGE

Operating Frequency

  • Quad
    band EGSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Automatic switching between
    GSM bands
  • Flight mode

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth version 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate
  • 3.5 mm
    AV connector
  • Micro-USB connector

Software
platform & user interface

  • S40

Personal Information
Management (PIM)

  • Calendar
  • Notes
  • Recorder
  • Calculator
  • Clock
  • Converter

Applications

  • Email
  • Data: Calendar, Contacts, To-do, Notes, E-mail

Email and
messaging

  • Easy-to-use email client
  • Support for
    SMS and MMS

Call management

  • Contacts: up to 2000 phone
    book entries

Browsing and internet

  • Web browser
  • Supported markup languages: HTML, XHTML
  • Supported protocols: WAP 2.0
  • TCP/IP support

Camera

  • VGA camera (640 x 480 pixels)

Video cameras

  • Video
    recording at 176×144 pixels, 15 fps

Music features

  • Nokia Music Player

Radio

  • Stereo FM radio (87.5-108 MHz), RDS

Standard Sales Package

  • Nokia 2690
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102
  • Nokia Compact Charger AC-3
  • Nokia Battery BL-4C
  • User guide

Conclusion

For around Rs. 2,850 you get a nice phone with lots of functionality
that an ipod will have with its first mobile, or as an opportunity for
those looking for a budget option. A couple of notes to provide a
capable music mobile. Nokia 2690 has a bad camera, but it is cheap and
boasts very good sound quality.

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