Lets get this out of the way first. The new Nokia N70 phone is no iPod.
By that I mean that the N70 is not as polished (literally or figuratively), easy to use, or just as beautiful as the Apple product. Which is not to say that it's ugly or anything, just that the bar is set pretty high for the toys-that-fit-into-my-pocket category. I think also Nokia would like to see themselves in the same category as Apple, and to be honest they're not there yet.
Is it a fair comparison? Well obviously if you need a phone the iPod isn't going to cut it. And (as we shall see) the N70 is far from an ideal music player. However I'm viewing the iPod as the current champion of industrial design, and Nokia's creation as the challenger.
I bought this phone on the Three network, and I'll defer commentary about the service to another post. For now, let's just concentrate on the phone itself.
Bear in mind that I am not a mobile phone geek. My last phone was a Sony Ericsson T68i, purchased over 4 years ago (obviously I didn't abuse it enough). 4 years is an eternity in mobile phone land, and much has changed in the meantime. Back then it was: "why would I want a camera in my phone?". Now I'm all: "I need 2 megapixels, minimum".
So if you want a thorough review of the N70 written by someone who is up-to-date on latest mobile phone technology, try my friends at gsmarena. For a non-phone-geek take, read on.
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