The Nokia Astound comes off as both a solid value, and a slightly marred product. It certainly has the features to compete with any smartphone available, and aside from some user interfface quirks and the camera, its probably better than even devices costing a bit more. It is going to suffer from a perception issue — at least initially — but like the Nokia E73 Mode (also offered by T-Mobile) — it will not hurt Nokia’s reputation.
Compared to my time with the Nokia N8, the Astound is much more polished, though not as great in the camera department. If you don’t have need for National Geographic-levels of photos, then this latest model is almost too easy to miss.
I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a nicely-priced smartphone who’s not that into applications, but more interested in communication with others. Nokia has always done the connecting people part well, and that doesn’t drop one bit with the Astound.
- Very good screen
- Quality built-in applications
- Excellent battery life
- Learning curve to some default apps
- Poor camera images
- Small number of apps compared to other mobile platforms