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Nokia 7200

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Nokia 7200
Nokia has long dominated the mobile phone market yet strangely enough the Finnish manufacturer has never dabbled in creating clamshell phones. That is, until the 7200.

Not a phone to slip under the radar, the 7200 is both eye-catching and novel in its design. Its smooth-edged, square-shaped casing reminds us of Sony Ericsson's widely popular T610. While some of the 7200's case is made of plastic, interchangeable textile covers with retro motifs shield most of the handset's back and half of its front.

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Initially, these fabric covers are velvety smooth but within a couple of weeks they end up a bit shabby due to constant friction from your hands. To combat this Nokia provides a tote bag - in matching fabric, of course -- and an accompanying wrist strap. The phrase, beauty in the eye of the beholder rings true with this handset. While some onlookers marvel at the 7200's design, others are repelled by it. Perhaps it is the clash of colours on our test model (brown velvet covers mixed with black and white plastic) that turned people off.

A monochrome external display (96 x 36 pixels) on the front of handset shows the time, caller ID, missed calls and message alerts. Screensavers that animate the different designs of the textile covers can be set to appear when the folder is closed but we find having the time display more practical.

Beneath the external display is a VGA camera, capable of capturing shots up to 640 x 480 pixels in resolution. Photos taken in bright conditions turned out clear, vibrant and better than the average camera phone. Night-shot mode is also available but without a flash this has minimal effect.

The 7200's screen is disappointingly small relative to the size of the phone (128 x 128 pixels). Whereas some clamshell mobile phone screens take up most of the top half (like 3's NEC e616) the display on the 7200 measures about 2.8cm (less than half of the area available). A zoom function is available to more closely inspect the clarity of photos. One saving grace is that the display is a 65, 536 colour TFT and we have no problem reading its text in bright or dark conditions.

Thankfully the compromise of having a screen this small means minimal strain of the 7200's battery life. We averaged four to five days of usage, which is exemplary for phones boasting similar features.

Video captures (with sound) up to 50 seconds in length are easily recorded and saved. Three minute of voice clips can also be recorded and can be perceptibly played back through the 7200's loudspeaker.

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You need to plug in the supplied headset to the port at the base of the handset to listen to FM radio. Stations can then be changed via an inline control. The loudspeaker can also play the radio provided that - strangely - you still have the headset plugged in.

An abundance of polyphonic sounds can be set as ring tones, message alerts and alarms. Alternatively, you can use your own recorded sounds.

Open the 7200's flip and the hinge rests softly at an angle of about 150 degrees. It doesn't click into place like most clamshell handsets and with minimal force opens to 180 degrees. Perhaps Nokia's rationale was to give users some leeway to prevent it from snapping.

Former Nokia users will find a familiar menu structure on the 7200 to that of its predecessors. Similar to the Nokia 6230, the main menu can be set to a 3 x 3 icon-based grid taking advantage of the four-way navigational key, which surrounds the selection key. Additional navigation and shortcuts are through two soft keys in the top corners. Pressing any direction on the navigational key launches a function; up initialises the camera, right shows the calendar, pressing down opens the contact list, and left creates a new text message.

The flat keypad is rather large so it's easy to navigate while entering numbers and typing text. The weight of the 7200 is evenly distributed when open, which makes it comfortable to use one-handed

Messaging comes in a couple of flavours; SMS, MMS and e-mail. Images taken with the camera can be sent using GPRS or beamed over infrared (no Bluetooth). As with most Nokia phones, inputting text is flawless; we had no problem adding words to T9 dictionary or using punctuation marks.

The 7200 measures a moderate-to-bulky size of 86 x 50 x 26mm. At this size and weighing 115 grams, the 7200 shouldn't weigh you down too much but it might create an awkward bulge in close-fitting pants. If you're interested in a miniature phone, you might want to take a look at the elegant little Samsung E700 clamshell or the miniscule Panasonic G50.

Kudos goes to Nokia for finally creating a formidable clamshell mobile phone. Aside from a small screen and the dubious durability of the textile covers, the phone fared very well during our tests. Whether you love or hate the design, it is unique.

Nokia 7200
Company: Nokia
Price: AU$899
Distributor: Selected resellers
Phone: 1300 366 733


Antenna internal
Available Body Colors black, gray blue, brown
Integrated Components FM radio
Phone Features
Ring Tones 31
Polyphonic Ringer Yes
Voice Dialing Yes
Phone Functions Speakerphone, voice control, call timer, conference call, voice dialing, vibrating alert
Additional Features Intelligent typing (T9)
Technology GSM
Software Platforms Supported Java
Application Software Converter II, Translator
Installed Games Backgammon, Bowling, Disco
Installed Game Qty 3
Type cellular phone
Integrated Components FM radio
Band GSM 900/1800 (Dual Band)
Phone Form Factor folder (flip)
Service Provider AT&T
Messaging & Internet
Cellular Messaging Services MMS, Nokia Smart Messaging, SMS
Supported SMS Functions SMS Chat, concatenated SMS
WAP Protocol Supported WAP 2.0
Messaging & Data Features XHTML Browser
Messaging Services MMS, SMS
Display (2nd)
Type LCD display - monochrome
Display Illumination Color white
Display Resolution 96 x 36 pixels
Color Support monochrome
High Speed Circuit Switched Data (HSCSD) Yes
Communication Features Internet browser, mobile Email client
Data Transmission EDGE, GPRS
Wireless Interface Infrared (IrDA)
Line Qty 5
Multi-language Menu Yes
Technology TFT
Display Indicators GPRS indicator, IR port indicator, SMS indicator, alarm clock indicator, battery meter, digital clock, divert indicator, keypad lock, missed calls indicator, ringer alert off, roaming, signal strength, voice message waiting
Display Resolution 128 x 128 pixels
Color Depth 16-bit (65000 colors)
Color Support color
Features screensaver, wallpaper
Personal Information Management alarm clock, calculator, calendar, countdown timer, currency conversion, reminder, stopwatch, synchronization with PC, unit conversion
Alarm Clock Yes
Phone Book Entries Qty 500
Event Qty 250
Run Time Details Talk: up to 300 min
Standby: up to 300 hrs
Security Features
Phone Lock Yes
SIM Card Lock Yes
Digital Camera
Exposure Modes program
Self-Timer Delay 10 sec
Brand Nokia
Product Line Nokia
Model 7200
Packaged Quantity 1
Phone Functions call timer, conference call, speakerphone, vibrating alert, voice control, voice dialing
Additional Features intelligent typing (T9)
Power Adapter
Type power adapter