Review: Nokia 7705 Twist
The Twist is a mish-mash of good and bad. Though the form factor is a bid odd, it is well put together and offers a fantastic keyboard for typing. Some, however, may be put off by the swivel style hinge and goofy square shape.
I'll give Verizon and Nokia credit for attempting to conjure up a novel user interface for the Twist, but the result is a stultifying experience via Habitat, which is clumsy at best. Thankfully, users can revert to the tried and true (and boring as all heck) standard Verizon user interface.
The Twist handles most messaging features well, and threaded SMS is a major plus. The lack of social networking, however, is a major detraction from the Twist. Why there's no native social apps on board, — or available for download — is beyond me.
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The multimedia features nearly all fall a little flat. The music experience is "meh", the camera performs only so-so, and the video not so much. What's worse, the new browser software is weird and slow.
Despite some of these faults, which many will overlook, the Twist is a different twist on what cell phones are all about. The Twist is most likely to appeal to those who prefer personality to performance.
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