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Nokia 7380

Nokia 7380

25 October 2005
Written by Mike Meers

And now for the last handset to be released in the L’Amour collection – the Nokia 7380. This is by far the most ‘arty’ of all handsets, with a completely different design to everything else on the market. The 7380 resembles the 7280 in design, hence the 7380 model number. The 7380 has put all aspects of ‘normal’ mobile phones aside and pushed the boundaries even further than the 7280 did. Even though the handset has an absolutely tiny design, there has been a lot crammed into it: 2mpx camera with flash, 65k colour display, media player (MP3 support), and MMS. There’s still no keypad…

“How do you use it?” is the first obvious question upon viewing the handset. The 7380 has what Nokia call the Navi™ Spinner, which has four keys around one navigational stick. The handset is landscape based and the display is uniquely mirrored to give off the illusion that there is actually no display at all. When activated the display measures 104 x 208 pixels and is 16-bit (65,536 colours). It is landscape orientated and located to the left of the Navi™ spinner and uses the Nokia Series 40 interface.

The 2mpx digital camera has its own automatic flash. When viewed from the back it looks like a brand new classy digital camera, with the back covered in leather. A dedicated camera key is placed at the top of the handset and the camera is capable of video recording as well as image capture. When displayed on such a small display they’re not going to look too fantastic. 52MB of internal memory is included which is a much needed improvement from the 4MB and 10MB from the 7360 and 7370 respectively.

An FM stereo radio & media player application can be used for the latest and greatest tunes. The media player supports MP3/AAC/M4A file formats. Ring tones can be either MP3, AAC, or polyphonic-64 MIDI files. SMS/EMS, MMS, and Nokia Audio messaging are all supported. Typing messages, since there is no keypad, is a long and tedious task with the Navi™ spinner. GPRS Class 10 will ensure speedy sending and receiving of MMS messages. HSCSD dial up data can be used with a laptop/PC to access the internet.

Because of the tiny design, there was no chance of incorporating the common Nokia Pop-Port™, but Nokia have managed to include Bluetooth Wireless Technology.

Now for a little commentary. I mentioned in the 7370 article that it was the most ‘advanced’ of all three. From looking through the features of the 7380 you may think that I’ve lost my mind – but look at the design of the 7380. Sure, it’s very appealing and I must say I’m quite fond of it, but it’s not very practical. The main use I can see for the 7380 is a going-out phone for when you’ve got limited space in your pocket/bag but need to carry a mobile phone. Don’t let the design fool you – unless you’ve got a lot of patience the 7380 is not your ideal day-to-day mobile phone.

FYI .:. Nokia 7380
(ETA  1st quarter 2006 for Australia)

Basic specifications
Network system GSM 900/1800/1900MHz (tri-band)
Form factor Standard
Size 114 x 30 x 20 mm
Weight 92 grams
Display 65,526 colour LCD @ 104 x 208 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery 700mAh
Talk/usage time* Up to 180 minutes
Standby time* Up to 240 hours
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth
Camera support 2mpx with automatic flash
Data support GPRS, HSCSD
Exchangeable covers Not supported
Internet applications WAP 2.0
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 52MB
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS and Nokia audio messaging
Ringing tones Polyphonic (24-tone) and MP3, AAC support
Synchronisation with PC Yes, and SyncML
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Nokia Series 40
Extras supported
(not listed above)
FM Stereo radio
Voice features (dialling, recording, commands)
Enhanced voice commands for messaging

* As per manufacturer’s specifications (with supplied battery)
^ Final specifications to be confirmed

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