Nokia 7705 Twist Review

Nokia 7705 Twist Review

These days messaging phones with QWERTY keyboards are quite popular: from the Samsung Alias 2 and Rogue, to the LG enV3 and enV Touch. Now another one enters the mix, the Nokia 7705 Twist for Verizon. As the name implies, the phone twists open to reveal the hidden keyboard and there is a “contact light ring” that will illuminate different colors depending on who is calling or sending a message.  The Twist is geared to the under-20 crowd that is looking for a unique messaging device while maintaining a sense of style and individuality, thanks to the two Xpress-On battery covers, built-in mirror, and habitat mode home screen.

Included in the retail package are the Nokia 7705 Twist phone, black and purple Xpress-On covers, 860 mAh battery, wall charger, and user manual.


While closed, the Nokia 7705 Twist is overall one of the smallest phones currently available through Verizon, but when opened it’s taller than even the Samsung Rogue. Rotating (or twisting) the phone open 90 degreescan be accomplished by one hand and you can hear it snap into place,though the hinge doesn’t feel too strong and you can easily flex thetwo sections apart. The two included Xpress-On battery covers are alsoa bit flimsy, as they just snap on and off, but we wish more colorswere available.

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The front is taken up by the 2.4-inch QVGA (320x240 pixel) resolution display, which is capable of 262K colors. We like its overall larger size and higher resolution than the one found on the Samsung Intensity, as images and text aren’t pixelated. Below the display is the standard square d-pad and surrounding it are the clear key and left & right soft keys, which are touch-sensitive. We didn’t care for this design , as often times when using the mechanical d-pad, our thumb would accidentally press the touch-sensitive keys surrounding it. The contact light ring is one of the coolest features of the phone, as it can show up to 6 different colors when someone calls or sends a message. Located on the sides are the volume rocker, microUSB port, 2.5mm headset jack, microSDHC memory card slot (16GB support), and external speaker. The 3MP camera and flash are on the back, and when the phone is opened the rear also sports a large mirror.

The QWERTY keyboard has a nice design and looks like it belongs on a BlackBerry. There are 5 rows with dedicated buttons for messaging, web browser, voice command, speakerphone, and camera. Even though the keyboard buttons are small, they are raised from the surrounding plastic, which makes them easier to use than the flat keys on the Samsung Intensity and Alias 2. We had no problem using the Nokia Twist’s keyboard for typing messages, but still prefer the larger keyboards on the Samsung Rogue, LG enV3 and enV Touch.

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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.

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!!

6. Jessicaleebug

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 11, 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.

5. mbaeske

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

My hinge broke in 3 weeks, and Verizon won't replace it - calls it "damage," not defective design. Stinks.

3. moss500a unregistered

a good way to throw your money away................................buying this phone.

4. vmatikov

Posts: 55; Member since: Jan 28, 2009


1. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 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: Dec 11, 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.
7705 Twist
  • Display 2.4 inches
    240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP (Single camera)
  • Storage 0.256GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 860 mAh

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