Truth is, most nokia phones look and feel like entry level phones because of their cheap cheap plastic faceplates. For example, the following Nokia phones can easily be put on this list: new 6100, 6200, 7210, 8290, 8390, 3390, 3100, 3200, 6590, 3220, and now the 2600. There a lot more.
Why can't Nokia abandon their "changeable-faceplates designed" phones with well-built phones that do not fall apart. Most of the phones from Samsung, Moto, and LG are very well built. Thank God for these companies. Samsung is my company of choice though.
i will agree that many handsets with changeable faceplates do "feel" cheaper than others. the 8200 GSM units were designed too small and the plastic is so thin that it feels like a toy phone, but the 8265 TDMA units are solid and have a solid heft to them. the 8390 suffers from thin chrome keypads, but the 6590 is another compact, solid piece. it depends on just how small and lightweight NOKIA wanted the device to be. like a Saturn versus a Chevy.
however, changeable faceplates serve many different purposes: if you drop the phone, much of the impact is absorbed. if it becomes severely scuffed, you can buy a new face and the phone is "new" again (how many consumers lose interest in their shiny LG, Samsung, or Sanyo phones after a few ... (continues)