Nokia Surge For AT&T
This phone has most smartphone capabilities and does a good job as a messaging phone. As with many products that try to do it all some things do not measure up. If you are a total messaging addict then you might need to look for something else. If you want both in a small package, the Nokia Surge may be your answer. I liked the small footprint but had some minor issues with the tiny keys and the screen. The screen view changes from Landscape or Portrait when the phone is rotated. I experienced a few unplanned lockups and changes in orientation when doing these tests.
In the box
Nokia Surge for AT&T
User Guide CD
Getting Started Guide
Note: if you need a USB cable or earbuds for the Surge you will need to buy them as add-ons from AT&T or elsewhere.
There is much on the positive side to be said for the Surge. First is the pricing. No commitment pricing starts at $279.00. Take a two year contract and you are down to $129.00. Factor in the mail in rebate and you are down to $79.99. That is very reasonable for this much capability. Did I mention is also a World Phone? The 2 mp Camera produces respectable photos. I tested the GPS here in Key West as well as on a trip to the Miami Metro Zoo. It worked quite well both times. I had great fun going off track so the robotic voice has to redirect me back to the route. Setting up the messaging module was easy. I just followed the steps and filled in the blanks. Windows Live Messenger as well as Yahoo Messenger set ups were duck soup. I am sure AOL would be easy as well.
Texting with the Surge QWERTY keyboard required me to hold the phone in one hand and enter text with one finger. This is my ongoing issue with big fingers and small keys. That worked well until I had to press and hold the Function key to press multiple numerals or shifted symbols like *#. Once I found the solution in the quick start manual to press the function key twice quickly to lock in the shift function I was fine. When done pressing it once releases you back to the non-shifted mode. This was also true when sending emails. Sending mobile to mobile messages using the phone number as an address was a snap. I sent videos, photos and plain text to a number of friends without a hitch.
The volume on the Nokia Surge for AT&T was louder than any phone I have owned or tested in the last 4 years. It is the first phone that I had to lower the volume so I was comfortable when listening with or without a head set. Music played without using earbuds filled the room. Even ringing was very loud at the maximum. I consider this a good feature as too often I have wished for louder sound in other phones.
On the other side I had to remove the back of the Surge to install the memory card. Not difficult but an added step. External access covers are somewhat difficult to open with short nails. My finger showed in some photos as it was over the lens at times. I had to pay attention.
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The Surge performed well as a messaging phone with Smartphone capability. The few issues I ran into were minor compared to its overall usability. It is compact and would fit into a small purse as well as it did in my pants pocket. The fact that it is a slider gives it protection that many smartphones do not have. Its small form factor holds a wide range of services that will work well for you in most messaging or business situations.
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