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!
Did you buy the Nokia 6790 or did the company send it to you?
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.”