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Nokia had the right idea with this phone but it just did not go together all that well.
THE GOOD As far as the fold out QWERTY keyboard goes, it works great. I had no trouble typing messages and after some practice I found myself typing text messages so fast my friends couldnt keep up. The screen is pretty good, not much glare when viewing from the side and the brightness is good. Battery time is excellent. I dropped mine many times, even spilled water on the beast and it always worked 100% (I think this is very important because who hasnt dropped there phone at least once?)
THE BAD: This phone is huge, it is big enough to become an annoyance in your front jean pocket and if your a girl who wears even semi tight jeans, forget about it. Because of this I have personally lost my phone. Also the quality of the keyboard is not that great, I had to send 2 phones back within a year for the same problem, keys on the keyboard stopped working. User interface can be confussing, but I personally never liked any Nokia interface (this is just my opinion, if you have had other nokia phones I am sure you will get used to this one very fast). Lack of blue tooth makes brings out the negative aspects of this phone even more. There is an optional camera but for the price, and size you might as well get a real digital camera. I did not like the integrated antenna, I have had three of these,and with EVERY one I get a buzzing sensation whenever I talk on the phone and eventually a headache. Screen will get scrathed very easily and the thought of putting this huge phone in a case......no way. There is much smaller, newer version of this phone w/ a camera, I would HIGHLY recommend that one over this model.
If your really, really strapped for cash and must have a keyboard I would shop around first for other keyboard phones (i'm not sure what the prices are on them). This phone is a huge, well constructed machine with poor ring tones (no mp3), a good screen (as long as you dont scratch it) and pretty much everything else except blue tooth and video/camera. It is a promissing idea but save your £££'s and get the newer one, as phones come and go every month!!!!