there was one trend we saw at this year's CTIA show, it was the
advent of fashion-friendly mobiles. And while the Motorola Razr
V3 may have taken center stage up until now, Nokia is not about
to be left out. At the same time it presented a looker of its
own, the 7280, the folks from Finland also rolled out the 7270.
For the image conscious, you can dress up this flip phone--yes,
a Nokia flip phone--with changeable textile wraps, and it
certainly has a playful side with an integrated VGA camera with
video recording and streaming media. Unfortunately, some of that
fun is cut short by the mediocre call quality and the high
price--in the neighborhood of $500 to $600--but that should drop
if a carrier picks it up.
VGA camera with video recorder; FM tuner;
streaming video; speakerphone; infrared port; world
Bulky and hefty; washed-out display; no
Bluetooth; so-so audio quality.
What's it for:
Making calls; messaging; taking photos
and short video clips; video streaming.
Who's it for:
Fashion-forward chatterers and those who
want a multimedia-friendly mobile.
Mobile professionals can keep in sync
with the 7270 and Nokia's connector cable and PC Suite.
Car charger; travel charger; wired
headset; Nokia connectivity cable; Nokia PC Suite; music
stand; image-viewer carrying case.
The bottom line:
The latest in Nokia's fashion phone line,
the 7270 serves up a steely look and mediocre audio
quality that leaves much to be desired.