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Nokia 8290 Review

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• Auto redial - redials the last dialed number. Press talk button then scroll and redial a number (up to 10 last dialed numbers)
• Business Card - send receive business cards (if the wireless provider supports it)
• Calculator
• Calendar/event reminder
• Call alert
• Caller ID _ displays who is calling you.
• Clock with alarm
• Currency Converter
• Dialed, received, missed calls
• Digital Data
• E-Mail - You can receive emails directly to your phone. How I used it - I forwarded my regular email (Operamail for example) to my cellular. It is a very useful especially if you are expecting important emails and you are away from your computer.
• Keypad lock - Press and hold the red (End) button for couple seconds.
• Multi-party calling - very cool feature. You can connect up to 3 people and talk at the same time.
• Numeric paging capability
• On-screen battery indicator
• Phone Book/Contacts/Appointments - The 8290 has 250 memory locations in the phone book that can store a name of 20 characters and phone numbers of 30 digits
• Picture Messaging - The phone also supports the ability to send and receive small pictures with your short messages. The 8290 comes with 10 preloaded images, including a picture of someone watching a movie, a birthday cake, a champagne bottle, a heart, and more. Altogether you can store 11 pictures. Unfortunately, the messaging feature depends on the carrier and in my case I was unable to send or receive pictures (Voicestream)
• Profile settings
• Real Time Network Updating Clock
• Ring tones
• SIM• Voice dialing - The 8290 supports up to 8 voice tags for names in the phone book. Basically, you take a name and number that you've stored in the phone book, highlight it, click details then options and then Add voice tag. For my test I picked my house phone number, said "home" and then waited. It didn't work the first time. I was lucky with my second try. You have to speak loud and use longer names ( that feature worked much better With Nokia phone then the one I have now Motorola P280 (timeport)). In order to dial one of the 8 tags that you can set, you hold down the upper right button on the phone and then a tone sounds and a picture of a guy talking appears. At that point you say the name that you recorded.
• Voicemail capability
• Wireless connectivity through Infrared -The phone supports data transmission rates up to 14.4K I used this feature, connecting to my notebook computer. The phone has to be very close the laptop infrared eye, otherwise it won't work.
• print via IR
• Games - Memory, Snake, Logic, and Rotation
• Call Forwarding - Very useful feature. Especially if you have limited minutes and have to be at work all day. Simply use this feature to forward calls to your work phone. (it doesn't work if you have an extension)
• SMS (short messaging service) You can use the service provider's web site to send text messages to the phone. You can also send and receive text messages, the same way as a two-way pager
• Predictive Text Input - The way it works is it scans the embedded dictionary for matching words as you type letters so that you can only type one letter in most cases, instead of pressing each key more than once to spell out a word
• Profile settings
The phone also supports the ability to customize profile settings. Basically, if you want to set up the phone to behave a certain way when you're in a meeting, you can set it to vibrate under the profile called Meeting. Then, when you are about to go into your meeting, you can press the top button on the phone which allows you to quickly choose the profile of your choice. I am so disappointed that my new phone (Motorola p280) doesn't have that feature. I have to go through many manus to find that options.
• Battery - The phone uses standard Li-Ion 650 mAh BLB-2 battery. The desktop charger is compact and stylish, it connects to the electric outlet by the travel charger (standard type or rapid charger), they charge the BLB-3 battery in 2 hrs 25 min and 1 hr 40 min respectively.

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posted on 28 Jul 2013, 03:26

1. Johnnokia (Posts: 510; Member since: 27 May 2012)


The first news thread was about Nokia.

How great is Nokia !!

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 05:50

2. mercorp (Posts: 968; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Why am I in a time warp!

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Size4.00 x 1.75 x 0.68 inches
(102 x 44 x 17 mm)
2.80 oz  (79 g)
Battery750 mAh, 2.5 hours talk time

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