Nokia 6750 Mural ReviewNokia Mural 8
As we stated earlier, the Mural has been stripped down out of the S60 3rd edition platform that was found on the Nokia 6650 in favor of a simplified interface. It almost seems like remnants of S60 could be found just by the overall look and feel of it. There won't be too much time being invested in learning how to use the phones thanks partially to the straightforward menus – it runs fast without any lag. There's a good amount of personalization when it comes to modifying the home screen, menu style, and external color lights. From being able to choose various wallpapers to selecting the layout and text font of the home screen, we enjoyed the multitude of options that are offered on the Mural. We'll guarantee that two devices won't look exactly alike when you place them side by side.
Even for a basic flip phone, the Mural can store various pertinent information for each contact in the address book – up to 1,000 can be saved on the phone. Not only are traditional items such as phone numbers and email addresses available, but also more personal ones like birthdays and nicknames can be inputted.
Sending text messages is the same you'll find on other handsets – you can quickly even add media files like sounds, videos, or pictures. Inputting text is done through the keypad – either the traditional way or enabling predictive text for a faster method.
Composing an email is accomplished by using the Mobile Email application that we've been accustomed to seeing on AT&T phones. You can choose from popular clients on the list like Yahoo, Windows Live Mail, or AOL for instant access with your email address and password. Unfortunately, there's no option to manually input settings for ones that are not offered.
Similar to the email application, the Oz Instant Messenger can be used for chatting with friends. The only clients that are available are AIM, Yahoo Messenger, and Windows Live Messenger. If you happen to accidentally press the end key and get back to the home screen, the IM client will continue to run in the background and notify you if a message has been received.
Third party applications on the handset are similar to ones found on other phones in AT&T's lineup. These include Make-UR-Tones, Mobile Banking, MobiTV, MusicID, Music Videos, My-Cast Weather, Where, WikiMobile, XM Radio, and YPmobile to name some. AT&T Navigator is also loaded to provide a sufficient GPS program for turn-by-turn directions and searching for points of interests. Although the screen may make it difficult to view your route, it did a good job of announcing directions with no problems. The usual set of tools can be found as well – alarm clock, calendar, notes, calculator, timer and stopwatch.
Handsets packed with 2-megapixel cameras are no longer considered as average. However, that is just what the Nokia 6750 Mural has to offer. Reason being is that images produced were washed out for the most part and lacked any fine detail. Shots taken Indoors in low light conditions in particular produced muddy looking photos with drab colors. Fortunately, outdoor shots with good lighting came out a bit better. The camera application can be instantly accessed by pressing the dedicated button on the keypad. There's a decent mix of options offered for the photo enthusiasts like white balance, effects, and brightness. All in all, you can obtain decent images with the camera by playing around with the options – otherwise it's best reserved for MMS use.
It's nice to see that the phone is able to shoot videos at a maximum resolution of 640x480. When recording at any of the resolutions offered, videos had a tendency to stutter as you move around the camera quickly. Colors looked washed out as well with audio being recorded perfectly without much distortion. We wouldn't say that the Mural is the best handset to record precious memories, but at least it does a tolerable job at it. In addition, it's also a video share capable phone – unfortunately we were unable to test this feature out.
This fashionable handset does a good job for being a portable music player – thanks mostly to the superb speakerphone. The music player has a nice looking interface which displays the album cover, artist, album name, track name, and elapsed time. The on-screen functions such as pause/play, reverse, and forward correspond to the directional pad. Luckily, exiting the player or closing the handset will allow music to continue playing – you'll have to use the external buttons on the front cover to control it. Audio was brilliantly reproduced with the ability to tune it to a specific genre through the use of the equalizer. Even setting the volume at the highest setting, there was no hint of crackling from the speaker phone.
Surprisingly, video playback performed much better than what we anticipated. We were able to load up two movie trailers, coded in MPEG-4 at 320x240 and H.264 at 320x136. No slowdown or lag whatsoever were witnessed during the entire playback. Sound accompanying the video was right on the mark – voices synced perfectly to the video and they were distinct with good tones. Videos would initially play in portrait mode; making it difficult to view on-screen. You can select the full view option which, of course, requires you to turn your phone sideways – making it somewhat awkward to watch. Just being able to play these videos was good enough in our books – even despite a smaller sized screen.
If you plan on using the Nokia Mural as a media hub, you'll probably want to use a microSD card because it only has 70MB of internal memory – it can accommodate cards of up to 32GB in capacity.
Going on a trip overseas? The Nokia 6750 Mural is a quad-band GSM phone (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) with tri-band UMTS capability (850/1900/2100 MHz).
The Mural is capable of loading complex sites like ours in a timely manner and displaying them almost perfectly. It took about a minute for our site to be entirely loaded on the display – although you'll have to manually select the zoom levels for adequate viewing. There's no option for page overview – so even choosing a 50 percent zoom level results in an awkward layout with text overlapping images. Other than that zoom level, the web browser renders pages nicely. We'd recommend to slowly scroll because attempting to quickly navigate to the bottom of the site will result in some minor lockups with the browser – after some time it catches up and scrolling can be resumed. It's nice to see that pages load up quickly, but the scrolling issues hinders the overall experience. If you're able to look past that problem, you might be able to make use out of the web browser.
1. leuis10 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)
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2. AladdinSane (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Jul 2010)
Unfortunately the Nokia Mural has been discontinued at AT&T... BUMMER, but I speak for myself. AT&T seems to be phasing out their feature laden phones in favor of SMARTPHONES. Wotta ploy!!! Peace