NEC 411i Review
Review: June 2006.
This is a good phone for the money. It's one of the first phones that
features i-mode - a new standard that makes it easy to access the web
and use e-mail from a mobile phone. In addition to the i-mode capability,
you get a lot of features for your money: a high quality internal display
(although the outer display isn't the best and is hard to read in bright
light), an excellent 1.3 megapixel camera plus a video camera, an MP3
player (not the best but good for the money) and a good-looking compact
The MP3 player is a welcome bonus, but don't expect it to replace your
iPod. With only 25 Mbytes of user memory, you can't store many music
tracks. It's a shame too that you can't use MP3 tracks as ringtones
- an obvious design error by NEC - but you can use video ringtones instead
(take a video of your friend and use that as the ringtone when they
call you). The phone also features 12-colour LED lights that flash when
you have an incoming call.
The phone comes with Bluetooth, however this is restricted to use with
Bluetooth headsets only. It cannot be used to transfer files. Instead
there is a USB and infrared port that can be used to transfer data between
phones or from phone to PC.
In summary, this is a good phone that represents excellent value for
money. It offers plenty of features, although there are limits to what
it can do. If you don't require Bluetooth for file transfer, if you
don't want MP3 ringtones, and if you're willing to work with a slightly
tricky menu, then the NEC 411i is a nice looking compact phone with
plenty of gadgets and the added benefit of i-mode.
Features of the NEC 411i include:
- 1.3 megapixel camera with flash and 5x digital zoom
- Video camera with nightlight
- Display: TFT, 65,536 colours, 176 x 220 pixels
- External display: STN, 4096 colours, 128 x 128 pixels
- MP3 player
- 64-voice polyphonic ringtones with 12-colour LED lights
- Voice recorder (60 seconds)
- Voice dialling
- Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, Email
- T9 predictive text
- Java games
- Video phonebook - see a video of your friend when they are calling
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, IrDa, USB
- Memory: 25 Mbytes
- i-mode, GPRS Class 10
- Size: 93 x 46 x 24 mm
- Weight: 95g
- Talktime: 200 minutes
- Battery standby: 200 hours
NEC 411i User Reviews
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Average rating from 67 reviews:
Reviewed by ron from england on 28th Feb 2010
no bluetooth, no data cable so not able to download important pictures/videos
any ideas, have got sony erikson since and much better phone
Reviewed by vivian j from wales uk on 24th Jan
Good phone 411i ???? OK for phone calls and taking pictures but very
little else Try to download data from phone to PC I can't, pic bridge
works 1 frame at a time, with no storage facility vkj321
Reviewed by Puff from UK on 31st Dec 2009
Have had my 411i since Dec 2005 and reluctantly only now giving it up
as no more EMs as of earlier this year - it's travelled the world with
me and never any probs.
Reviewed by Jayde from UK on 23rd Aug 2009
hey, love the phone but it wont turn on anymore :o? anyone know how
to fix this??
Reviewed by ANGEL from UK on 2nd Sep 2008
HAD A FEW PROBLEMS WITH THE i MODE SIDE OF PHONE HAD NO PROBLEM AT ALL
CONTACTING NEC THROUGH E MAIL AT firstname.lastname@example.org AND FOUND RASHID
TO BE VERY HELPFUL AND RESOLVED THE PROBLEM. HAD PHONE ALMOST 2 YEARS
STILL WORKING AND IN VERY GOOD ORDER. AGREE MY BLUETOOTH AND MP3 DOES
NOT WORK EITHER BUT O2 SURE MAKES UP FOR IT WITH FREE PICTURE MESSAGING
AND E MAILS. WELL WORTH THE MONEY I PAID. THANKS NEC
Reviewed by vivek from india on 4th Jun 2008
Hey nice phone resolution is superb , the one which i got as a gift
from my friend but it does not support local gprs service :-( .Is there
anybody to help even service providers does n't have the configuration
of imode server . Please help!
Reviewed by vivian jones from wales uk on 24th
exasperating try to contact NEC to solve a problem NO CHANCE
Reviewed by alice from israel on 28th Dec 2007
nice phone 4 the money u pay. where can i get the software.
Reviewed by emma from nigeria on 1st Dec 2007
this phone is good,but is too complex.how can i download without a software
Reviewed by PHYLLIS from UK on 24th Oct 2007
AGREE WITH EVERYTHIG THAT IS SAID IN THE REVIEW ABOVE HOWEVER, THIS
PHONE IS VERY VERY QUIET WHEN RINGING AND I HAVE FREQUENTLY MISSED IMPORTANT
CALLS DUE TO THIS, WOULD NOT RECOMMEND
Reviewed by will from uk on 7th Aug 2007
right good except for lack of memory certainly worth 45 quid about a
year and a half ago especially seeing as o2 have kept giving me free
media messages jus use them as texts good camera too and you need use
the software and driver cd to connect it to pc dimwits
Reviewed by isaac from Israel, Tel Aviv on 12th
its a good phone however, it has 2 major problems 1 - it does'nt have
internal speaker so there is no way to use the phone far from you exept
when you use a head set 2 - the key pad is very hard to use and after
a very short time it is become useless. if you can change the key pad
to a better one, do that.
Reviewed by Foo Wan Xuan from Singapore on 28th
I admit that it's certainly a nice phone to use, with quite good megapixels.
The reason why it can contain so many photos is partly because the photo
size taken by this phone is only a few KBs, as in seriously, you can
count with your fingers. However, when you want to transfer in recordings/songs
with a large file, you may face some problem as it doesn't allow. Well,
this phone is not very lasting either. I only used it for less than
1 year, and the keypad is spoilt. Transferring of files to PC is still
quite MAJOR problem to a lot of my friends, including myself, who use
NEC 411i. These are only the few problems that I face. I would really
discourage any consumers from getting this phone, and I personally will
encourage NEC to fix these problems, and come up with better phones.
Reviewed by martin from england on 14th Apr 2007
mp3 doesnt work and bluetooth dusnt
Reviewed by meg from england on 22nd Mar 2007
this fones rubbish the 02 shop i brought it from didnt tell me that
the bluetooth didnt work!?!whats interesting is that no one has commented
on the battery life mine runs out after about a day and ive had it fixed
3 times since i got it on 31.12.2005 please dont buy it its not worth
it big mistake and my fone doesnt even recognise when its plugged in
to the computer and i've tried in on 3 different computers! the cameras
rubbish the vidoes dosent last more that 32 seconds but the only good
thing about it is that with i mode you can send free texts. confusing
to get on the menu at first. i was going to buy this phone from 02 for
£80 but then it went down to £50 but it dont change its quality PLEASE
DONT BUY IT!!
Reviewed by lilanaa from England on 9th Mar 2007
i think this phone is veryyy good because it is veey easy to stext as
it is a bit complicated but i would never say is rubbish becaus it is
a uch a good fone as it got i mode whic is enjoyble to see the hollywoods
and the bollywoods it is a very such a good fone, the only thing is
the memery n the camra , thgey can do tht better ohhh the blooth doesnt
work on minee but i still love very much this fonee.........
Reviewed by Naza from Malaysia on 28th Feb 2007
i love it..
Reviewed by jake from england on 8th Nov 2006
rubbish - d900 much better do not buy this phone!!!!!
Reviewed by Sam from UK on 1st Nov 2006
Jamey, Don't blame the girl at Argos! If you wanted advice on a phone
you should have gone to a phone shop, not a catalogue store. My advice
to everyone who complains about a lack of memory on a phone - read about
it first (either online or in the store) before you buy. Then you'll
know if it has the memory you need. Admittedly, quality of pictures
etc aren't possible to judge this way, but a little bit of research
goes a long way! In this day and age, no-one should ever complain a
phone doesn't have the features they need/want. All the info is available.
Reviewed by Willy from England on 29th Oct 2006
first got this fone cos it looked god but after about 2 weeks i new
i had made a wrong choice. Cameras rubbish, it has a pathetic memory
and mine snapped after i fell on top of it. DO NOT GET THIS FONE!!!
Reviewed by Richard from England on 28th Oct 2006
Reviewed by David from England on 23rd Oct 2006
This is a good phone for the amount of money it cost, with a good camera
and video it is fairly good, but the lack of memorysitting at 25 MBytes
it only allows a maximum of 5 or 6 tracks on the mp3 player which is
not very good, and they anot be used as ringtones, the internet capabilities
are excellent and i find them very useful for when i am on a trip and
need to check my mail, the bluetooth is completely rubbish as i could
really do with it being able to transfer phone to phone so i can recieve
important shared documents, overall this is a good phone but i think
the designers could have done a little better with the features and
memory sizes, maybe if it had the capability to hold a memory card it
would be better
Reviewed by Jamey from UK on 22nd Oct 2006
Utter rubbish. I'd rather use a pair of baked bean tins and a piece
of string. Would probably have more features. I feel like going back
to argos and slapping the silly little girl who sold it me .. BE WARNED
this fone is about as much use as your gran on valentines night. Shocking.
NEC - sort ya silly little phones out.
Reviewed by Nora from UK on 16th Oct 2006
How come this mobile gets 4 stars when the N70 and other much much better
phones get 3??? Who updates these reviews anyways??? My flat mate has
this Nec and its just so limiting ... deserves not more than one star
in my opinion
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
16th Oct 2006
The Nokia N70 is an expensive 3G smartphone and rates 3 stars in its
class. The N411i is a mid-range camera phone and is rated 4 stars when
compared with similar phones. Hope that answers your question!
Reviewed by chris from isle of wight on 3rd Oct
A very good phone 4 the money! shame that u can not use the bluetooth
for sending files!
Reviewed by Alex from England on 8th Sep 2006
The worst phone I have ever had. Beyond the poor menu layout the keys
are poor making texting a nightmare. The bluetooth is useless. I-Mode
isn't all its cracked up to be. Avoid.
Reviewed by g from czech republic on 16th Aug
i hate to spoil the party but as with most things if it looks too good
to be true it probably is. it may well have a megapixel camera an stuff
like that but at £30 you are gonna have to make some sacrifices. the
first sacrifice is that the bluetooth can't do phone to phone, so that
feature is less useful. secondly you are gonna sacrifice build quality.
i mean NEC arn't renound for making good phones. the keys are tacky
and the i-mode is a subscription based program so extra money is out
Reviewed by bobby John from England on 6th Aug
it is rubbish might aswell buy a brick...its as usefull as a cholate
Reviewed by meeeee from England on 1st Aug 2006
I think this fone is gd cz da imode is cool and i find it easy to text!
and i can transfer files really quickly thru infra-red but i was disappointed
wen i foud tht da bluetooth didnt transfer files! the camera is wikid
but the mp3 player is crap i dunt use, it i had bout 3 songs on dere
then da memory was nearly full so i deleted em all, but it was ok cz
i gt a free ipod shuffle wiv da fone neway!!!!!!!!!!!!!! overalll gd
to communicate, ok to send stuff (pictures and tht), wikid camera, but
rubbish mp3 player!
Reviewed by Steve from uk on 18th Jul 2006
Very disappointing! Many features at a reasonable price maybe, but.....
The sound quality is poor-during a conversation, the voice is often
tinny and breaks up, rather like a poor radio reception (even in areas
of strong signal). The display is terrible, virtually invisible even
in normal daylight- the camera is therefore virtually impossible to
use in anything but near darkness. The menu's can be cumbersome, and
the instruction manual can be at best,vague, at worst, useless. The
i-mode appears good, but all you do is end up in dead-ends unless you
enroll with subscriptions.(Thanks, o2) NEC I think make computers- maybe
they should stick to this and leave mobiles to Nokia etc. They don't
even do any accessories such as a case to carry or protect it. Pay a
bit more and go for Nokia....Motorola....Samsung....
Reviewed by Jimmy from England on 5th Jul 2006
I have had this phone since late December. I can safely say that it
is a reliable phone and has done the trick. Though one cannot use the
MP3 tracks for ring tones, I found this most frustrating. The actual
design of the phone is actually rather naff, it failed to impress me.
The keys have a tendency of refusing to work, sometimes one must press
the keys multiple times to get a response. Generally it is quite a boring
phone, and the i-mode is a little over-rated, (though you can download
a few decent pics... at a pretty harsh cost though, £3.00 for 3 pics!
Reviewed by g-man from u to the k on 29th Jun
too good to be true? megapixel camera, i-mode, bluetooth, decent memory?
the bluetooth is only for phone to device communication. it can't communicate
with computers or other phones. for £40 its not surprising that it ain't
good build quailty and that some of the key features are duds.
Reviewed by Lauren from Great Britain on 22nd
personally i think this phone is a bit of a let down mainly because
you cant transfer files from the phone to other phones and another reason
because of the lack of memory.I wouldn't recommend buying this phone
unless you dont really want to use it as an mp3 playe coz of the lack
of memory and it's more of a let down because you cant use mp3 files
as your ringtones a bad choice don't buy
Reviewed by Shaun from England on 16th Jun 2006
For the money this phone costs, I think this phone is great value for
money. You will be pressed to find a phone around this value that offers
the same features. If you want a phone that does everything, then this
isn't the phone for you and you should look at spending more money.
Otherwise, this does a great job. It is an alright looking phone which
is not overly bulky. Colour sceen on the inside is very good. Alot of
people have complained about the bluetooth, and it is a bit misleading,
but its great with a headset and provides infa-red for file transfer
if you want to. A cable to link to the computer is provided so you can
upload your mp3's. The sound quality is not the best but its not terrible
either. Unfortunately the mp3's can't be used as ringtones which is
a bit of a shame. The menus look a bit cheap and basic but they are
easy to navigate. The build quality of the phone is good aswell and
has never played up for me. Overall, a phone which is value for money
and that does its job to a good standard.
Reviewed by Jimbob from England on 16th Jun 2006
I love my fone it's gr8. I-mode is fantastic, camera/video's fantastic-nothing
is wrong with this fone!!! GREAT 4 THE MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Only problem
is that the bluetooth doesn't transfer files.
Reviewed by shauna from ireland on 15th Jun 2006
Reviewed by sam from uk on 12th Jun 2006
At a first glance at the spec... it looks like value 4 money but lots
of things are awkward and stupid.bluetooth doesnt work.....not very
good zoom....i bourght it and now i kno its a mistake so if u ask me
if ur gona buy a phone buy a good make like nokia,samsung,motorola or
Reviewed by jackie from england on 9th Jun 2006
i like this phone and the design,like others said bout bluetooth i find
same problem, but over all well woth the money, camera good
Reviewed by Craig from Scotland on 5th Jun 2006
Although some people have slated this phone, i do not agree. This phone
is very good, with reasonable functions and memory for the money and
with the ability to send imode email as sms text messages for free,
i think is good. Though the battery life could be better, only around
5 days, but all phones with colour displays under £100 are the same!
Reviewed by pd off!!! from uk on 3rd Jun 2006
Id rate -20 if i could utter rubbish!!!! a con!! only had this phone
2 days on its way bck to o2!!! DONT BUY!!!!!!
Reviewed by tom from u.k on 1st Jun 2006
light is wicked cant find the bluetooth to link it up to ma headset
Reviewed by Dan Mc from U.K on 28th May 2006
This is a good cheap phone with everything you could possibly need,
eventhough the bluetooth does not send files thats what the infa-red
is for, the two screens are fab and with 26mb of memory well what more
can i say?
Reviewed by lee from uk on 24th May 2006
this phone is rubbish the only good thing is the camera (camera is brilliant)
everything else is stupid the i-mode is stupid it doesn't have a proper
settings menu DON'T BUY THIS PHONE IT IS A WASTE OF MONEY!!!!
Reviewed by Clara from England on 10th May 2006
Not a choice for any one to make, even for 50 quid, there's better phones
out there. Memory poor (let's not even go into the bluetooth issues
- in this day and age!!!). If all you want is a phone to make and receive
calls, then fine, but don't presume you can send sms as the memory is
too quickly filled up. And dont let me go into the menus ...
Reviewed by James Booth from England on 10th May
This phone is my first phone and I think it's fabulous-I was slightly
disappointed when I discovered the bluetooth was only designed for linking
to headsets but still. I would have no objection to recommending this
phone to a friend-the on screen menus are really easy to use, it has
2 colour displays-there's not much it can't do. I don't think anyone
can find a better phone for the same price. I highly recommend this
Reviewed by James Barker from UK on 6th May 2006
This phone is very good and i have found no problem what so ever! Yes
the blue tooth is for head set only but i had the smarts to check up
on the phone before and knew about the blue tooth when buying! It came
with pc link cable and headset which i found very good and it is light
and once you flick through the manual the menu is easy! I challenge
any one to find a better phone for the same price as this one!!!
Reviewed by Fernando from England on 2nd May 2006
This phone has got it's good points and it's bad points: GOOD :- Great
1.3 Mega-pixel camera easy to use i-mode infra-red 2 colour screens
CHEAP!!! I bought it from o2 for £59.99 20 MB memory BAD :- Bluetooth
only works with headsets and not with other phones (rubbish for any
file transfers) :( There is an MP3 player - good but only holds 4 tracks??!!!
misleads you when it says it has bluetooth. It looks nice from the front
but the menus and inside is very poor quality. I would recommend the
Samsung D600 or Sony Ericsson W550i with tons more memory!
Reviewed by danny boy from uk on 1st May 2006
this fone is excellent, but ther is 1 problem. the bluetooth isnt actually
meant for sending files. i thought it was and i rang NEC when it wasnt
working and they told me it was only meant for headsets anvat. so i
took it back and got a samsung e720 instead (and i think the 1 star
review is total rubbish the voice quality is ok and even if it isnt
the best that doesnt mean it should go from "excellent phone" to 1 star)
Reviewed by anonymous from uk on 30th Apr 2006
this fone is no use i changed it in less than 24 hrs do not buy this
fonenothin works + its not even faulty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by zak from s'pore on 29th Apr 2006
i was misled into thinking this phone was a great deal!! the only good
thing abt this phone is the camera. seriously. mp3 player can only store
abt 4 songs! wth? and it sometimes goes blank and says "can't read sim"
! also, it sometimes needs more than one time to send a msg successfully.
sigh. a huge disappointment. DON'T BUY IT!
Reviewed by Daniel from uk on 28th Apr 2006
this phone is good but da downfall of it is dat the bluetooth dosent
Reviewed by kurt from britain on 27th Apr 2006
i got this fone a cuple of mnths a gu n it is rubbish m8 the sound quality
is rubbish and the memory is even worse for a fone that says it has
a big memory. bit of advice SAVE UR 50 QUID INNIT RESPECT
Reviewed by rashid from UK, Birmingham on 27th
i bought this phone last week and i think this is a OK phone.i would
have gave it 5 stars but the fact the the bluetooth doesnt work (its
got INFRARED thou which is good)the camera is EXCILLENT.it worth of
Reviewed by pmc blud from london on 26th Apr 2006
this fone is junk, doesnt even deserve 1 star man dis is rubbish, i
suggest any1 who finks dis is gd thn u need ur head checkd! safe safe
Reviewed by graeme from scotland on 25th Apr 2006
its good for the money u pay ! i paid 50 quid! the blutooth only works
for headseta but the camers is class and the mp3 player and the fact
you can link up with your computer is well worth 50 notes! menu sistem
is a load o junk tho!
Reviewed by Sophie Jones from UK on 24th Apr 2006
This phone is rubbish!! the bluetooth doesn't work, mp3 dnt work!! and
they r the things i wanted to work the most!!i really do not recomened
this phone at all.
Reviewed by Nora from UK on 20th Apr 2006
What!!! A phone with bluetooth that does not work with other phones!
This is rubbish!
Reviewed by lewis williams from uk on 11th Apr
it is out standing the bluetooth is great with my sharp gx15 my frend
ha s a motorola e550 and when he put the 41gb cheat in da bluetooth
stoped working so i would say this phone is qwality it has never crashed
since i had it
Reviewed by - from - on 5th Apr 2006
THIS PHONE IS BRILLIANT!!!!!! IT HAS EVERYTHING U NEED ON IT AND MORE!!!
I RECOMEND THIS PHONE 2 EVRY1 !!!!!!
Reviewed by David from UK on 2nd Apr 2006
Wonderful looking phone with three MAJOR drawbacks 1) Bluetooth won't
work with any phone at all ever 2) download cable is not supplied with
all drivers 3) complicated menu navigation system, avoid this one like
it was a dead skunk
Reviewed by fiona from wales on 2nd Apr 2006
BLUETOOTH DOES NOT WORK!!! which is naughty considering it is sold with
this as a feature! I also wasnt able to download the cd to my pc as
windows didnt trust it atal! I bought it for 59 quid, so im just gonna
use it for a back-up phone......spend a bit more and buy the sony ericsson
Reviewed by John from UK on 30th Mar 2006
Reviewed by Weasy from Scotland on 28th Mar 2006
This is a really good phone for the money you pay. The bluetooth does
work, but it doesnt work with other phones, it only works with headsets.
The megapixel camera is amazing and the mp3 player is pretty good too.
The phone is stunning and works ok, although i have experienced it sticking
sometimes. Quality phone for small change.
Reviewed by abby from UK on 28th Mar 2006
this fone is good it has i mode which is good but the blue tooth doesnt
Reviewed by chrystal from bangladesh on 28th Mar
This is one of the most poorist phones i have ever had !!!!! despite
the rubbish credit rateing!!this phone should not be allowed to sell
!! dis is my resons... 1)it blacked out on me 4 times and of the poor
standards of the phone facillites. please never get dis phone as it
is not at a very high standerd!!!!!!!
Reviewed by daniel Storey from England on 21st
this phine is rubbish the bluetooth doesn't even work on it
Reviewed by Tomi from UK on 13th Mar 2006
This phone is the worldz must have 4 n e fine sexual kitten!!!! nice,
slik n good 4 posing nec411i is the way 4ward .. u heardddddd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!