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NEC 411i review

 Review: June 2006  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: 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.



 

Review

This is a good phone for the money. 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 design.

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.


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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
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Reviewed by vivian j from wales uk on 24th Jan 2010
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
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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.
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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??
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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 mobileweb@eu.nec.com 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
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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!
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Reviewed by vivian jones from wales uk on 24th Mar 2008
exasperating try to contact NEC to solve a problem NO CHANCE
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Reviewed by alice from israel on 28th Dec 2007
nice phone 4 the money u pay. where can i get the software.
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Reviewed by emma from nigeria on 1st Dec 2007
this phone is good,but is too complex.how can i download without a software ?
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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
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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
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Reviewed by isaac from Israel, Tel Aviv on 12th Jul 2007
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.
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Reviewed by Foo Wan Xuan from Singapore on 28th Jun 2007
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.
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Reviewed by martin from england on 14th Apr 2007
mp3 doesnt work and bluetooth dusnt
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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!!
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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.........
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Reviewed by Naza from Malaysia on 28th Feb 2007
i love it..
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Reviewed by jake from england on 8th Nov 2006
rubbish - d900 much better do not buy this phone!!!!!
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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.
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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!!!
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Reviewed by Richard from England on 28th Oct 2006
RUBBISH
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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
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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.
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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
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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 2006
A very good phone 4 the money! shame that u can not use the bluetooth for sending files!
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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.
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Reviewed by g from czech republic on 16th Aug 2006
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 layed there.
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Reviewed by bobby John from England on 6th Aug 2006
it is rubbish might aswell buy a brick...its as usefull as a cholate fireguard...
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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 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!
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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....
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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! Outrageous!)
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Reviewed by g-man from u to the k on 29th Jun 2006
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.
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Reviewed by Lauren from Great Britain on 22nd Jun 2006
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
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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.
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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.
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Reviewed by shauna from ireland on 15th Jun 2006
its amazing!
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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 sony erricson!
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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
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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!
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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!!!!!!
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Reviewed by tom from u.k on 1st Jun 2006
light is wicked cant find the bluetooth to link it up to ma headset
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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?
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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!!!!
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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 ...
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Reviewed by James Booth from England on 10th May 2006
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 phone.
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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!!!
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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!
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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) :)
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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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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!
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Reviewed by Daniel from uk on 28th Apr 2006
this phone is good but da downfall of it is dat the bluetooth dosent work properly
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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
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Reviewed by rashid from UK, Birmingham on 27th Apr 2006
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 60 quid.
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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
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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!
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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.
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Reviewed by Nora from UK on 20th Apr 2006
What!!! A phone with bluetooth that does not work with other phones! This is rubbish!
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Reviewed by lewis williams from uk on 11th Apr 2006
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
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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 !!!!!!
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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
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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 k700i..its rocks!
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Reviewed by John from UK on 30th Mar 2006
WEAK!
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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.
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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 work.
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Reviewed by chrystal from bangladesh on 28th Mar 2006
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!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by daniel Storey from England on 21st Mar 2006
this phine is rubbish the bluetooth doesn't even work on it
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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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