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First Look: Nokia 2680 - GoPhone (AT&T)

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First Look: Nokia 2680 - GoPhone (AT&T)

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The Nokia 2680 doesn't offer the best menu interface or speakerphone, but the prepaid phone is a decent basic phone for occasional use.

[ Music ] >> Bonnie Cha: Hi I'm Bonnie Cha Senior Editor at CNET.com and today we're taking a first at the Nokia 2680. This is a pre-paid bill phone offered by AT&T so you don't have to sign up for a contract when you buy this phone. You simply pay a fee on the days that you use it which is great if you really don't talk on the phone that much and just want to have one in case of emergencies. The Nokia 2680 itself is really basic. It's a slider phone and has a nice compact design as well as an attractive charcoal grey finish. I thought it had a pretty solid construction and the sliding mechanism is smooth. When you open the phone you'll find the dial pad which isn't too bad to use. The buttons are kind of short in height but they're wide enough so I think most users will be fine with it. On front here there's a small 1 inch display that's pretty low resolution at 128x160 pixels. I really didn't expect anything more from such a low end phone but I do wish it was slightly bigger, especially since it provides such a small window for composing messages. Below the screen you've got a standard navigation controls. I thought they were a little bit stiff to press but I think the bigger problem is that the phone is a little slow to navigate through menus or registered commands. So when I first selected an item from the menu it didn't do anything so I thought I hadn't pressed the button hard enough but then the more I used the phone the more I realized the phone is just slow which proved to be quite frustrating. The 2680s features are really basic but Nokia does throw in Bluetooth for connecting 2 wireless headsets, hands free kits, file transfer and other things. Nokia and AT&T also advertises the phone's email and AIM capabilities but not really sure how useful that is because of the small display and dial pad but otherwise I think I'd really only use this to compose text messages. There are also a handful of organizational tools such as a calendar, to-do list and an alarm clock as well as a WAP browser. On back you get a VGA camera that can also record video. It doesn't take the best photos or videos. Call quality was ok on my end calls sounded a bit tinny but my friend said sound quality was excellent on their side. Fortunately the speaker phone is pretty bad for both people. I kept hearing a background hiss and my callers said they could hear themselves sometimes and audio sometimes trailed off so while the speaker phone quality and menu system isn't the best I think the Nokia 2680 is fine for occasional use. It gets the main job of making calls done and has a simple, functional design. The Nokia 2680 is available for 79.99 and AT&T offers several pay as you go plans which you can check out on their website. [ Background music ] >> I'm Bonnie Cha and this has been your first look at the Nokia 2680.

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