Nokia Creates a Social Surge With New Handset



AT&T (s T) landed another Nokia (s nok) S60 device today, and some of its hardware reminds me of the old Nokia N800 Internet Tablet. The Nokia Surge is being touted as a “socially supercharged smartphone” probably due to the full, slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard and the squarish directional pad seem borrowed and matured from the N800 line to me. But don’t mistake this for an Internet tablet alone. It’s a full smartphone that’s 3G-capable as well. At only $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, it’s not going to compete with Nokia’s E71x or other high-end smartphones, but it looks capable enough for someone stepping up from a feature-phone:

  • Quad band GSM, dual-band WCMDA/HSDPA
  • Symbian S60 platform, v3.2
  • 128MB internal memory, 8GB expansion via microSD slot
  • 2.4″ QVGA display with auto screen rotation
  • Integrated GPS, Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR, with AD2P support
  • 2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom
  • Full HTML browser with Flash support
  • Email support with Mail for Exchange 2.9
  • Support for AT&T services: Navigator, Mobile Music, VideoShare
  • JuiceCaster is pre-loaded to share vids and pics from the phone to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr

For folks finding their feature phone not quite up to snuff for social networking, mail and browsing, the Surge looks like a nice entry point into the smartphone market for under $100. I don’t like the 2.5mm headphone jack, but I do appreciate the dedicated buttons on the front of the unit.

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