Unboxing the Nokia 6790 (Surge)

Well look what FedEx dragged in – it’s the Nokia 6790 (Surge), a Symbian smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard running S60v3 Feature Pack 2 that’s exclusive to the US market (AT&T) – at least for now :)

Think of the 6790 as a reduced cost/feature version of the 5730 (itself similar to the E75), just like the E63 is scaled down from the E71/E72.

So what’s been axed from the usual pile of Symbian goodness? WiFi is missing, the camera is only 2 megapixels (without auto-focus or flash, but with QVGA video recording), the audio connector is of the 2.5 mm variety, and the 3G is US-only (instead of tri-band)…

Everything else is there, the 2.4″ QVGA display, the GPS, the accelerometer, the awesome BP4-L 1500 mAh battery (2 weeks standby), the quirky Nokia industrial design, and tons of available apps, both built-in (like the POP3/IMAP email client) and third party (like Qik).

Interestingly, the European version features a better camera (3.2 megapixels). Is the US market getting the shaft again? Stay tuned as I put the 6790 through its paces.

In the meantime, enjoy my unboxing pictures and video!


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  1. I’ve had mine for about three weeks now. Amost every Nokia that runs on Symbian has apps foe litterally everything. The options for this phone are basically non-existent. WordPress.com has an app for literally every Nokia phone except this one. So far, the only app I could find for it that wasn’t a stupid game demo or theme was Yahoo! Messenger. The text correction is horribly retarded too, I clearly have an incomplete sentence to which go though all the trouble of hitting an extra button to add a comma and as soon as I hit space, it changes it to a period, even on low correction/predicton, which I have turned off anyway because I guess Nokia thinks everyone in America uses that bastardized English instead of The Queen’s English, but they have tonsof other dictionaries for even languages that not even .01% of people in America speak.

    Seriously, I had to et the Opera Turbo Browser just to go online (about 25% of all websites (including mobile versions) crash the browser, which also does not have copy/paste functionality, which i the one ace you need it most). This phone is like the Autistic kid of “smart phones.”

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