Nokia 7705 Twist Review
The Nokia 7705 Twist carries over the useful Habitat Mode that we saw on the Intrigue 7205, but comes in two new layouts: Super World and Urban Jungle. When one of those are selected the home screen becomes interactive, with it showing icons of people who you have recently talked to. You then can press the “down” button on the d-pad to select a person’s icon on the Habitat screen and then toggle between the calls and messages from that person. We enjoyed this feature and found its layout easy to use. The Main Menu still has the familiar Verizon categories for media center, messaging, contacts, recent calls, and settings & tools. When the Habitat Mode is turned off, you can then change the color and layout of the menus (6 colors with tab, list, and grid view) and have a personalized wallpaper on the home screen. We are glad to see that Nokia continues to allow different menu customizations on their phones and hope that more manufactures do the same.
The Twist allows up to 1000 contacts to be stored with their name, 5 phone numbers, 2 emails, IM screen name, and physical street address. You can also select a picture, ringtone, and light color to be shown when that person calls. Once a contact is saved, you can assign them to one of 999 speed-dial locations.
Most mid-level phones only come with a 1.3MP or 2MP camera, so we were surprised to see a 3MP one included on the Twist. However, just because it is capable of a higher resolution doesn’t mean that pictures will look better. This is true with the Nokia Twist, as its images don’t look as good as the ones taken by the 3MP camera on the LG enV3. Pictures taken outside during the day have soft edges with poor color accuracy, are over-exposed with detail being lost and have noticeable purple fringing. While inside images show a lot of grain and have a tendency to look blurry. The LED flash is useless, as it makes no difference while in dark environments. It is unfortunate that the Nokia Twist’s 3MP camera is not up to par with the competition.
Darkness with flash on
Indoor photos taken with the Nokia 7705 Twist
We were disappointed to see the same old red-themed music player used by the Nokia Twist, but were delighted that it can be run in the background, so you can listen to music while messaging or browsing the web. Music playback quality through the mono speaker was lacking however, as voices had a tendency to sound distorted, but you can connect wired earbuds or a stereo Bluetooth headset.
The HTML browser is a nice addition, but we didn’t find it very user friendly. This was mainly because of the small screen size and having to use the d-pad to move around the pages. We were also disappointed that embedded YouTube videos could not be played directly in web pages, but we were able to play videos when going to the YouTube site.
Other software features include VZ Navigator for GPS guided directions, VCast Music & Videos, and the ability to download a wide variety of games and programs. There is also a calendar to schedule your appointments, voice commands, 3 alarms, calculator, and a world clock.
1. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
that is a real nice qwerty but i don't like the swivel design but its unique and compact.
2. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I agree, if you are a 99% txter and 1% talker, then this phone would be really cool. Like the Intrigue, it is unique and nothing else is like if so you would stand out.
3. moss500a (unregistered)
a good way to throw your money away................................buying this phone.
5. mbaeske (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)
My hinge broke in 3 weeks, and Verizon won't replace it - calls it "damage," not defective design. Stinks.
6. Jessicaleebug (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Apr 2010)
It was fine the first like 10 times you open it and has fun apps and is cool light and ect everything is fine except the durability of the phone SUCKS SO MUCH!!! It broke... In 2!!! the screen off of the key pad at where it twists. THIS PHONE IS NOT FOR A HEAVY TEXT-ER OR SOMEONE WHO USES THEIR PHONE OFTEN. I would NOT recommend this phone to anyone. BECAUSE IT WILL NOT LAST. you open it a few times it is very weak and does not do good opening and closing a lot.. so basically you cant use your phone. i loved it the first day i had it ... had it for a little while after .. its crap. Don't get it .. i hate flip phones.. but i would have so rather have a flip than this.
7. msb67 (unregistered)
Absolutely do not buy this phone. It breaks every 30 -40 days and neither Nokia nor Verizon will replace with a different model. WE are on the 6th replacement phone in less than a year!! I am fighting with Nokia and Verizon to get a phone that might actually last. Do not buy this phone!!
9. Twist User (unregistered)
I've had this phone for over two years, and though I'm not a heavy texter or caller (I generally talk to a person every other day for twenty minutes or so and occasionally text.) I think it really is great.
When I text, I'm very picky about my spelling and grammar, and the keyboard is very easy to use for my long texts. The contact light ring was my favorite thing about it (imagine-necklace phone!) and it's perfect for my needs.
People say the hings is flimsy, but I haven't had any trouble with it even though I tend to abuse it. I sometimes hold it and flip it open and closed when I'm concentrating on something (maybe the noise is soothing to me or something. No idea). I also flex the two components apart when it's open (I'm simply asking for it to break, aren't I?), and I have had no problem with the hinge.
I have two complaints: one, the touch sensitive left and right keys are a nuisance, as adressed in this articlae, and two, the mirror is in a position to get a lot of smearing. After two years of no care, the mirror is pretty much ruined on my phone. I can barely see anything reflected now. Perhaps other people take better care of their mirrors, though.
I just wanted to say that I love this phone and it has held for the past two years with much wear and tear, working perfectly fine.