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Nokia 7270 GSM Phone Review


Menu and Functions

As we have already mentioned, Nokia 7270 is based on the latest revision of the Nokia Series 40 platform. It means that besides the standard functions, it supports PTT, Presence-services, and it has a built-in IM-client.

The menu is traditional for Series 40, but preset themes were designed specially for this model. Users can select one of several available themes, which are all styled in accord with the look of the entire handset.


The handset is equipped with an advanced addressbook, which can store up to 5 phone numbers (general, home, work, mobile, and fax) and 4 text fields (e-mail, URL, e-mail address, and notes) for every contact. You can additionally specify PTT and instant messaging IDs for every contact as well. Records from the built-in addressbook and SIM-card memory are displayed in the same list, though if you wish you may list records only from one source. Contacts also can be divided into five preset groups. The phone supports the voice dial function, including phone numbers stored in SIM-card memory (which is quite a rare thing), you can also assign a photo or an image to any contact, which will pop up at an incoming call. Besides, you can request the Presence-status of the contact from the addressbook.

The Messages menu comprises options concerning managing SMS, MMS and e-mail. The handset also has a preinstalled instant messaging program. In all the rest its message functions are typical of handset models based on Series 40.

The Call register menu lists dialled, received, and missed calls, as well as call durations and costs, traffic volume and GPRS connection times.

The Settings menu contains settings for multiple handset parameters. Here you can select profiles, ringtones, menu themes, both display parameters, date and time, configure "hot" keys, enable IrDA and GPRS (the latter is not quite right actually, because when settings for one function are scattered in different places, it usually results in problems). The same menu is responsible for network functions control. Redirection of calls is placed together with call options and automatic volume control (nontrivial function, by the way), which may confuse any user. The menu also contains phone setup (auto key lock, unlock password, menu language, help windows, etc), security options and accessory settings (including some charge options, lacking in other phones).


Gallery – media browser traditional for Series 40 and implemented as a file manager, which allows to browse images, photo, video, ringtones, digital music, and voice memos stored in phone memory.


The next option in the main menu is Media – here you can control the camera, media player, dictating mac, and radio set. The maximum resolution of the built-in camera is 640x480 pixels, it supports recording video with sound. The quality in both cases is typical of Nokia products. The phone has enhanced shooting settings and options, now it reaches the best camera phones in camera control flexibility – Samsung models in particular. Media player allows to play back music stored in phone memory as well as to listen to streaming audio, which support has been added to Nokia 7270. The dictating mac allows to record voice memos of 3 min each, including phone calls where it records voices of both speakers.

A separate menu is devoted to Push-to-Talk – here you can configure parameters of the service itself, its contact list, browse the callback list, and configure other options.


Organizer contains a standard set of applets, but some of them have been enhanced. The alarm clock can be programmed for one signal: one-off type or repetitive basis. In the latter case you can select which week days it will work (as in Siemens phones). Calendar-organiser offers monthly and weekly views and allows to program reminders of several types. Besides, the phone has a to-do list, calculator, countdown, stopwatch, notes, electronic Wallet, and SyncML control.

The Applications menu provides access to Java-midlets. They are divided into folders in Nokia 7270: one folder contains games, the other – utilities. We cannot say that the set of applications is final, because we had a test sample, and the list of preinstalled Java-programs always varies depending on firmware versions and localization. In our sample we had a dancing arcade (Disco) and a flipper simulator (Chic Pinball). What concerns business applications, we had a converter of sizes for clothes and shoes (it's an important application for fashion mongers) as well as a simple 5-language dictionary of English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian.

And at last, a WAP browser is traditionally located in the Web menu.

Nokia 7270 has a little over 2.2 MB of memory. For these days it's not much, but if you take into account that the target audience of this handset does not actively use "heavy" functions, RAM capacity can be actually considered satisfactory.


Ivan Melnichuk (ivan_melnichuk@ixbt.com)
November 10, 2004
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