As an EV-DO phone, the Intrigue supports the full range of Verizon's 3G services, including V Cast streaming video content, and the V Cast Music with Rhapsody. Both the V Cast menu and music store interface are pretty much unchanged from other Verizon phones. Player options include the usual limited shuffle and repeat modes, but V Cast Music also will recommend other songs based on your playlist. Music player features are limited to an airplane mode, shuffle and repeat modes, and playlists.
The 7205 Intrigue's 2-megapixel camera takes pictures in five resolutions, from 1,600x1,200 down to 160x120. The shooter also offers a flash, a self-timer, a 4x digital zoom, brightness and white balance controls, three color effects, and four shutter sounds (there's no silent option). The camcorder shoots clips in one resolution (176x144). Its editing options are limited to a light (aka the flash), the digital zoom, and the brightness and white balance controls. Clip length is limited to 40 seconds.
Photo quality is quite decent. Despite a bit of image noise, the colors looked natural and the flash wasn't too bright. Videos, on the other hand, were just average. The 7205 offers 150MB of internal storage, and the microSD slot will accommodate cards up to 8GB. It's relatively easy to get photos off of the phone with a multimedia message or Bluetooth. You also can upload them directly to a blog or an online Verizon album.
You can personalize the 7205 with a variety of wallpaper, display themes, banners, and alert tones. You can get more options and additional ringtones with the WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser. The Intrigue doesn't come with any games, but you can download BREW-enabled titles from Verizon.
We tested the dual-band (CDMA 850/1900) Nokia 7205 Intrigue in San Francisco using Verizon Wireless service. Call quality was just average, unfortunately, and not up to what we'd expect from a Verizon handset. Though the volume level was loud, the signal had a hint of static and voices sounded rather harsh. And at other times, our friends' voices had a metallic effect. We were able to understand people in most situations, but it wasn't an enjoyable experience. Also, the phone picked up some background noise.
On their end, callers weren't impressed, either. All could tell that we were using a cell phone and they reported the same hint of static. They didn't mention distorted audio, but they had trouble hearing us when were speaking in a noisy place. Speakerphone calls were below par, as well. The volume was fine, but the metallic effect was magnified.
V Cast video wasn't much better. Though the brilliant display made us hopeful, the video were pixelated and blotchy. Also, when watching movie clips in a letterbox format, the clips barely took up a third of the display's full size. Yet, it wasn't all bad. The audio was loud and in sync with the video and our clips downloaded quickly and without interruption.
The connection to the V Cast Music store was also zippy, thanks to the 7250's EV-DO Rev. A connection. The only caveat is that EV-DO coverage can be variable inside buildings. We downloaded a 1.58MB song in about a minute. Music quality through the external speaker was tinny and lacking in warmth, so we suggest using headphones for the best experience.
The 7205 has a rated battery life of 4.5 hours talk time and 11 days standby time. The tested talk time is a tad longer at 5 hours and 33 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the 7205 Intrigue has a digital SAR of 1.08 watts per kilogram.