The Mirage has a 500-contact phone book with room in each entry for five phone numbers and two e-mail addresses. You can save callers to groups and pair them with a photos and one of 11 polyphonic ringtones.
Other essentials include a vibrate mode, text and multimedia messaging, a calculator, a calendar, an alarm clock, a stopwatch, a world clock, and a notepad. You'll also find Bluetooth, voice commands and dialing, Web-based e-mail, instant messaging, and support for Verizon's VZ Navigator GPS service.
The VGA camera takes pictures in three resolutions (640x480, 320x240, and 160x120). Other editing options include a self-timer, adjustable white balance and brightness settings, five color effects and three shutter sounds, plus a silent option. There's no flash, which is typical for a VGA camera phone, and you should be able to use the silver snap as a self-portrait mirror. The Mirage doesn't record video, and user-accessible memory is limited to 18MB.
You can personalize the Mirage with a variety of wallpaper, display themes, and banners. You can download more options with the WAP 2.0 Web browser. The Mirage doesn't offer any games but gamers can buy titles from Verizon.
We tested the dual-band (CDMA 800/1900; 1xRTT) Nokia Mirage 2605 in San Francisco using Verizon service. Call quality was just passable. Though the volume was loud and the signal was clear, some of our callers had an echoed effect. It didn't ruin our conversations completely, but it was distracting when it was there.
On their end callers weren't impressed either. They could hear and understand us, but most of our friends said the Mirage picked up a lot of background noise. Indeed, holding a conversation was difficult when we were in noisy situations. The voice dialing performed well and automated calling systems could hear us, but the speakerphone was almost unusable. Not only was the volume rather low, but also the echoed effect was more prominent.
The Mirage has a rated battery life of 3.5 hours talk time and 10 days standby time. Our tests revealed a longer talk time of 5 hours and 4 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the Mirage has a digital