Entry level prepaid Nokia with Bluetooth.
- Bluetooth, FM radio, VGA camera, ease of use
- Voice quality could be improved
For $79, there really isn’t much to complain about. It's a cheap-as-chips handset that will do a basic job for talk and text, and Nokia has thrown in a couple of extra features to boot.
Price$ 79.00 (AUD)
At just $79 through Optus prepaid, Nokia’s 2630 is a cheap-as-chips phone that does the job if you’re after a bargain-basement handset. Throwing in Bluetooth, an FM radio and VGA camera as extras, the 2630 is an ideal mobile for first-time users.
Perhaps the biggest appeal of the 2630 is its design. This is one of the thinnest handsets we’ve reviewed, at just 9.9mm, and its miniscule size means it will slide easily into a pocket or handbag for ultimate convenience. Considering the target market of first-time users or those looking for a second phone, size and weight are important factors, and the 2630 delivers.
The handset has well-designed controls that are easy to use. A five-way navigational pad does the bulk of the work. Although it feels a little small, it shouldn’t pose many problems during use, even for those with large fingers. Two selection buttons and answer/end call keys are supported by a glossy, flat keypad. The keypad is well spaced and the keys provide reasonable tactility, so we had no issues during text messaging.
The familiar Nokia Series 40 interface remains. A simple 3x3 grid menu with clearly labelled icons makes this handset easy to navigate. We weren’t as impressed with call quality, though. It could have been improved in both clarity and volume. This is especially evident when calling in noisy environments.
Features are sparse, but Nokia has still managed to throw in a VGA camera and an FM radio: commendable offerings considering the price point. Conveniently, holding down the asterisk key for two seconds launches the radio application, though you’ll need to use the included headset as it acts as an FM antenna. The 2.5mm HS-105 headset also doubles as a hands-free device and features a call-handling button and shirt clip built into the cord. The radio offers reasonable but not outstanding quality. Up to 20 presets can be saved and then accessed by using the up and down directional buttons or pressing a corresponding number on the keypad.
Other features include a range of PIM (Personal Information Management) functions such as a converter, expense calculator, regular calculator, countdown timer, calendar, stopwatch, to-do list and notes. Bluetooth allows you to transfer files and use accessories such as headsets, but the lack of A2DP means you can’t stream music or radio to a wireless headset.
Optus has the 2630 available for $79 outright on a range of prepaid offers.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Nokia Lumia 830 review: Punching above its weight
- 2 BlackBerry Passport review: A smartphone going nowhere
- 3 Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review: A flagship at 4.6-inches
- 4 Bose QuietComfort 25 review: A traveller's companion
- 5 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Windows 8.1 tablet
Best Deals on GoodGearGuide
Latest News Articles
- Drupal: If you weren't quick to patch, assume your site was hacked
- Smartphone share of overall mobile phone sales stalling at 70 percent
- Pirate Bay co-founder found guilty of hacking in Denmark
- Germany backs plan to retain personal flight data across EU
- China: Facebook not banned, but must follow the rules
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTAccount ExecutiveNSW
- FTPartner Marketing Communications Manager - Leading Global Tech BrandNSW
- FTDigital Account ExecutiveNSW
- FTBusiness development manager - retargettingNSW
- FTBusiness ManagerNSW
- FTStudio Design ManagerVIC
- CCWeb / Mobile Developer - Magento - HTML5, CSS - Excellent CMS SkillsNSW
- FTTechnical Marketing ManagerNSW
- FTDigital PR SpecialistNSW
- FTChief Information Officer - CSIROACT
- FTMarketing Communications Operations Manager - Global Tech Market leaderNSW