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Nokia N70 3G phone

Nokia's best smart phone yet?

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Nokia's headset is bright white - good, perhaps, for iPod wannabes, but not for the N70's own styling. The wires are clad in a woven fabric. Presumably it's meant to look and feel more up-market than plain plastic, but it's too stiff and I didn't like it. Besides, the earpieces are large and clunky. The sound's not bad half bad though, and the Music Player app does everything you'd expect it to - it'll even play in the background while you run other apps. And despite Bluetooth 2.0, there's no A2DP support for wireless stereo.

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The N70 supports music downloads, though you may need to download a third-party app to make it work: T-Mobile's Music Jukebox app, in this case. Alas it isn't as good as Nokia's Music Player - it couldn't see the MP3s I'd copied over to the phone, so I need to run two music apps, depending on what music I want to hear. Oh, and the playback stuttered up every time I selected one of the soft menus.

Even using 3G, downloading was far from broadband speed, as I found using the N70 as a modem. Roll on HSPDA, I say. Speaking of 3G, I wanted to try video calling but, hey, no one I know has a 3G phone. Not enough chums, or folk really don't care about video calling? You decide... Whatever, the front-mounted camera is fit for the purpose and has a 2x zoom setting if you want to show off your pores...

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Verdict

Nokia's N70 isn't half bad. Unlike so many 3G phones - including Nokia's own N80 - it's neither chunky nor inelegant. It's got the slick look of Nokia's business phones coupled with a consumer-friendly feature set. The camera's good, and there's a nice music player for your MP3s - it supports iTunes-friendly the AAC format too, though not songs downloaded from Apple's online music store. Sure, it has its idiosyncracies - size, the lack of flight mode - and the battery's life could be (much) better, but the N70 won me over despite that. A great all-rounder. ®

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Nokia N70 3G phone

A rather nice feature-rich 3G smart phone let down by below-par battery life...
Price: From £0-130, depending on monthly contract. SIM free: £350 RRP

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