From the “One of the Coolest Phones We’ve Received around Here in a Dogs Year” Department, the Nokia 7705 twist is a 2.75 square –yep square – that weighs in at 3.44 ounces. If “Size Matters” (and my girlfriend assures me it doesn’t) this is a great choice of handset. Option 2 is you could make your own version of the Nokia Twist by snapping your iphone over your knee into 2 (semi) equal parts and hope for the best. The best place to get it is Verizon Wireless, where it’ll run you $99.99 with a $50 rebate, or for a new two year activation $49! Either way a bargain because the phone sells on the net for upwards of $225 without a contract, and was sold out in at least two of the outlets we tried.
This phone is hot. It’s rare that you take out a cell phone these days and friends ask to see and touch it (You see with your eyes, not what your hands . . .oh –er . . .You’re blind? Sorry. Here you go. My bad.) People were fascinated with the early razors, grabbing them and holding them eye level examining the thin profile. Obviously the iphone still attracts gawkers that insist on running their fingers across the touch screen. The Twist causes the same reaction – people love to touch the damn thing.
So besides attention, (which is enough for me to carry an anvil around, let alone this tiny bugger), you get a full color display and a keyboard that you can actually work with two hands, despite the fact that the letters share real estate with the number keys. In another cool twist there’s a hole in the corner of the phone as a pivot point – almost making the phone look like a keychain. However, the “contact ring” as they call it lights up various colors when a person in your 1,000 contact phone book calls.
The big surprise for me was that the Twist’s camera has a flash. Everybody takes video these days, MP3 Player – relatively standard, blue tooth – old hat, but to find a phone this tiny and stylish that can actually take a decent photo indoors was a very pleasant surprise. That at least one more thing that the twist can do that an iphone can’t!
The best place to get it is Verizon Wireless, where it’ll run you $99.99 with a $50 rebate, or for a new two year activation $49! Either way a bargain because the phone sells on the net for upwards of $225 without a contract, and was sold out in both of the online outlets we tried.