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Nokia 3200 review

Nokia 3200

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Nokia 3200 review

Being mid-range phone, the display is the usual for Series 40 device – 128 x 128 pixels with 4096 colors. For comparison, most Samsung phones are with 65,000 colors and some are boosting 262,000. Also the display works using STN, which is a LCD technology which is considered inferior to the TFT used in most high end phones. STN (Super Twisted Nematic) displays are cheaper to produce compared to TFT but are passive-matrix – meaning every pixel has to be refreshed many times per second, thus reducing response times, brightness and contrast. Slow response times and lag in the display refresh are known as “ghosting” – unpleasant thing if you are playing fast paced games. Having said that I have always being pleased with the quality provided by Nokia STN displays. They are bright, well visible inside and outside, with good contrast. Nokia 3200 is not an exemption from this.

GUI – the graphic interface – same old same old. I have no idea how Nokia expects to market a phone to the youth and use the same interface as phone designed for business professionals. Overall, all Nokia interfaces are very conservatively looking, starting with Series 40, going through Series 60 (smartphones) and ending up with Series 80 and 90 (Nokia 7700 is the only device running it). In order to capture and capitalize of the youth market segment, I think Nokia has to come up with more interactive solution, something that features more animations, more sounds, more action.
If the conservativeness of Series 40 does not bother you, it is very well organized and very easy to use. The phone very fast and no matter what I did, no lag was noticed.

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PhoneArena rating:
Display128 x 128 pixels STN
Camera0.1 megapixels CIF (288x352)
Size4.21 x 1.77 x 0.83 inches
(107 x 45 x 21 mm)
3.17 oz  (90 g)
Battery780 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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