Cell phone bills can definitely add up, which is why a prepaid plan option can be an attractive alternative, especially if you don't make calls or need the mobile Web very often. For AT&T Wireless customers, the carrier offers its GoPhone plan with a handful of handsets, including the Nokia 2680 that's largely similar to the Nokia 2600 except it offers a slider design. The feature set is basic, though it does throw in Bluetooth, and sound quality on regular voice calls was acceptable. Unfortunately, similar to the 2600, the Nokia 2680 suffers from a sluggish menu interface and has a sub-par speakerphone. That said, as a prepaid phone for occasional use, the handset can get the main job of making calls done. The Nokia 2680 costs $79.99 and offers several prepaid plan rate options.
The Nokia 2680 is a compact slider phone that measures just 3.89 inches tall by 1.89 inches wide by 0.61 inch deep and weighs 3.3 ounces. Though nothing fancy, the handset is quite attractive with a nice metallic, charcoal gray finish and rounded edges. It also has a fairly solid construction and its sliding mechanism was smooth.
On its front, you get a 1-inch TFT display with a 128x160-pixel resolution. The low resolution is poor for looking at graphics and images, but we realize the Nokia 2680 is a basic phone, so it's not as if we're surprised by the fact. That said, we wish the screen were a tad bigger to make it easier to read and compose text messages. The phone's main menu system is easy to understand, but when digging into the submenus, the interface can be just a bit confusing and clunky. You can customize the home screen with different themes and wallpaper and adjust the font size and color.
Below the display, there's a spacious navigation array of two soft keys, Talk and End buttons, and a four-way navigation toggle with a center select key. While roomy, we found them a bit stiff and there's a bit of a delay from the time we pressed a button to the time the phone registered the command. We also missed having a dedicated clear button for backing out of menus (the right soft key takes the place of it).
To access the alphanumeric keypad, simply push the screen upward. As we mentioned earlier, the sliding mechanism is smooth and the screen securely locks into the place. The dialpad buttons are wide but slightly narrow in height, but we didn't have too many mispresses when dialing numbers.