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Nokia 7380: A reflection of discerning taste. A leather cover and a mirrored display subtly mask the sophisticated technology, which includes a 2-megapixel camera and intuitive voice dialing
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Review On : Nokia 7380
By Marc Rutten
Translated by: Jonathan Cheah
Original review at
Local Distributor: Nokia Malaysia (M) Sdn Bhd.
Contact: 1-300-88-1600
At a Glance : Build quality: 8/10
Applications: 8/10
Interface: 7/10
Value-for-money: 6/10
Overall rating: 7.5/10
Pros : Radio and MP3 support
Mirror screen
2MP Camera
Cons: Not very intuitive
No PC Suite CD
No Flash for Video


The Nokia 7380 is a part of the new LíAmour series. The 7360 is a candybar model and the 7370 is Nokiaís first swivel Design for a phone. The other two phones come in a choice of two colours, whereas the 7380 comes in only one colour. The 7380 is a series 40 phone designed to appeal to female buyers.


In the box
  • Handset Transceiver
  • Battery (standard battery)
  • Charger
  • Headset
  • USB Data cable
  • User manual

    The CD-Rom for the PC Suite application is missing. Of course, not every user of this handset needs to synchronise with a PC, but it would have been better to have a data cable in the box just as is common to most other Nokia handsets.
    Exterior
    This handset is unique to the eye. The shape is in itself unique, as are the various patterns that cover the entire surface of the device.

    At a weight of 80 grams the handset is very light. A fair comparison can be made with the older 7280. The 7380 is 4 grams lighter and slightly sleeker than its predecessor.
    On the sides are all kinds of ports and interfaces. On the left of the screen, which is itself also an ornamental mirror when unlit, is the ear speaker. At the right-hand side of the screen is a navigation dial, which one can serve in three directions turn around in two directions and press.

    On the lower part find one the port for the charger and headset. On the back of the handset is the new 2.0 megapixel camera together with its flash. This model is fast becoming a hit with the woman on the street. However, it appears to favour the right-handed person instead of the left-handed one.

    The battery cannot be removed from the handset and that can be a problem in the future.

    Buttons/Screen
    The screen of the Nokia 7380 serves as a mirror, which can be used in place of the compact mirror usually carried by women. However, you will need to turn off the electronics to get the mirror effect. It sounds and looks like the Samsung devices from a few years ago which sported the same kind of mirror device when the screen was turned off.


    The screen has a resolution of 104 x 208 pixels with four text lines and is a 65,536 TFT screen that displays rather high resolution considering the small dimensions of both the screen and the device.
    Software/Messaging
    The Series-40 menu remains the same from its predecessor. However, there are many cosmetic changes, amongst which is the introduction of active icons into the menu. It is also now possible to select the colour of the text on the beginning screen.

    On the main screen are found three submenus, namely favourites, menu and contacts. Each of these submenus corresponds to the two softkeys and the central rotating dial of the handset. Twisting the dial causes the rest of the menu options to show up on the screen.
    selecting and scrolling through the menu functions are regulated by the central dial. Because here is neither a keyboard or a numberpad, this central dial is also used to scroll through the various characters that are used for SMS messaging.
    It is here that the genius of the T9 system becomes apparent, as without it sending a simple text message would be really frustrating. The user pays for the sleekness of the device with a difficult SMS input method.


    Messaging is usually what people will comment when they come into contact for the first time with the handset. SMS, MMS and video MMS are present in the handset. This model appears to be intended for receiving reports and not sending them.
    There is a music player, media player and web browser in the handset. The media player is intended for MP3 ring tones and videos. The web browser appears to have been added as an afterthought. What can one possibly see on such a small screen? Nevertheless, having the browser in place is still better than not having it there. The Nokia 7380 supports EDGE and GPRS.

    This handset has a dynamic memory of 52 MB and it is difficult to gauge whether this is enough for this phone. I suppose that it is enough for most purposes, but you cannot store large amounts of music on the device and you will need to clear your photos to your PC frequently.
    PIM
    The telephone book has many functions and can be reached by selecting the Contacts menu or by pressing on the central test and then selecting the second menu item.

    When adding a contact, one can also choose what extra information to add to that contact. Among the choices are name, surname, phone number, e-mail address, address data and notes. The contacts can also be classified by group and it is possible to assign a photograph or ring tone to a certain group or person. These group images are possible now also images have been made with the camera of the handset.

    You canít do much with the small screen on this device. You will simply have to be content with the Nokia PIM inside the device. You can keep records of anniversaries, note and appointments, and you can add the alarm clock, task list, speech recorder and voice note functions to this.
    Camera/Video
    The camera in the Nokia 7380 has been upgraded to a 2.0 megapixel one. The 7280 sported a VGA camera when it was introduced. As it happens, the 2.0 megapixel camera is also the best one in the LíAmour range

    In this handset, you can zoom the cameraís viewfinder by turning the circular dial. However, you canít do that for the video camera. The sound can be turned off while recording video or still pictures.
    The other options are several resolutions to choose from (1600 x 1200.,1152 x 864.,800 x 600.,320 x 240 pixels), the quality of the image (high, normal, small), the length of the video clip (standard and maximum) and the quality of the video (high and normal).


    The camera makes photographs that are rather good in quality. The controls of the camera are pretty simple. The resulting photographs and videos are stored in the gallery and can be retrieved from there.
    Multimedia/Voice
    One initiates conversation by using either the voice dialling function of the handset, the menu with contacts or the number function. Holding such a thin mobile against the head takes some getting used to.

    A great inclusion is the FM stereo radio, and the user can program 20 different radio stations into the handset just as in the good old Series-40 types. In the radio is an alarm radio function which it makes possible to be awoken with the radio. This is to say that the radio also works as an alarm clock radio. Whatever the reason, you must connect the headset to the device to allow the radio to function.
    Connectivity
    With regard to the connectivity of the 7380, one has very little to complain about. The handset supports Bluetooth, EDGE, GPRS, HSCSD, WAP 2.0 and has a WAP/Internet browser which supports XHTML. The curious thing is how one could possibly view a webpage with such a small screen.
    The infrared port of the 7280 has been removed in the 7380 device. Nokia PC suite software is another option to synchronise the device with a computer, but there is no way to attach a cable to the device so we are of the opinion that it is best to do so with a Bluetooth connection.


    Games
    There is no possibility for installing programs. This results in no games in the handset. The games are not preinstalled in this device either. However, it is also logical that with such a screen, one can ill afford to enjoy much gaming on this device.
    Editor's Opinion

    The Nokia 7380 is a unique handset. The model stamps its mark on the consumer as a trendy device that demands to be shown off.
    However, the learning curve is quite steep and one hears many remarks made by the general user about how difficult it is to adapt to using this phone. This handset does not have a flash ability when taking videos. This is considering that the targeted user is one who may frequent entertainment locations during the night. The PC suite software is left out of the box and the user will have to spend time looking for a copy on the web.
    On a positive note, the mirror that lurks beneath the screen is an absolute hit with those of the female persuasion. The inclusion of Bluetooth, EDGE, MP3 player and an FM radio must also be mentioned.


    The camera is of a good quality is and it is again the handsfree function and speaker that scores. On the overall, the 7380 is an enormous improvement over the 7280. Whatever was found lacking in the 7280 is remedied in the 7380.
    This is a great phone. Rather unconventional, if I may say so, but I would also venture that one never really knows until one tries a new form factor after years of candybars and clamshells.


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