Nokia 7205 Intrigue Review

Introduction and Design
This review has been updated on 6 April, 2009

Until recently, most stylish phones for Verizon were limited to LG, Motorola, and Samsung.  Now, Nokia has entered into this range with the introduction of the Intrigue 7205.  It is a step up from the 6205 and is comparable in features to the Rapture and Gleam, with a QVGA display, 2MP camera, and microSDHC memory card slot, but between these three, we believe the Intrigue to be the best looking.

The retail box contains the message “This small eco-friendly packaging has saved 99,000 tons of paper and materials, and use 50% less trucks and planes for transportation.”  This is apparent in the small size of the package, which includes the phone, wall charger, 860mAh battery, and user manual.


The Intrigue is a compact flip-phone with shiny black plastic used throughout, but it does offer two keypad color variations:black faded to silver with a plus-shaped d-pad, and black faded to pinkwith a flower-shaped d-pad.  Obviously, this is done to appeal to bothmales and females, but the pink fading does stand out more than thesilver.  Overall, the Intrigue feels more durable than the 6205 and Gleam, but still not as good as the metal construction of the V9m.  It open and closes smoothly without any noise and can fit comfortably in your hand or pant’s pocket.

You can compare the Nokia Intrigue 7205 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Located on the front is a 1.9” diagonal 176 x 32 pixel PMOLED white display, which normally appears hidden in the surrounding black plastic.  Once it’s activated, you have to turn the phone horizontally to read it (similar to the VX8700), with it showing the time, battery level, signal strength, song being played, and any new text messages.  We’re not fond of this format and would prefer a large color TFT external display, such as the one used on the Chocolate 3 or V9m.  We were able to view the one on the Intrigue in most lighting conditions, but it does appear dim while in sunlight.  Directly above it is the speaker, with the 2.5mm headset jack, volume rocker, and microUSB port on the left side, 8GB microSDHC card slot on the right, and 2MP camera and flash on the back.

The internal 240x320 pixel QVGA display is 2.2” diagonal and can produce up to 262K colors.  It is equivalent to most other phones in its class, with text and images looking good, but it does get harder view while in sunlight.  The design of the d-pad depends on which color keypad you get, but between the two variations, we found that the flower shaped one was easier to use since the buttons are rounder and not as narrow, but both were still larger than the average size d-pad found on the 6205 and Chocolate 3.  The keypad itself has a bright white backlight, which makes it easy to see in low-light conditions.  The buttons are flat and somewhat narrow for people with large hands, but there is a small silver ridge between the rows, which does help to separate them.  We didn’t have any issues using the Intrigue for dialing numbers and text messaging.

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