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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Nokia Astound

Symbian 3

Home screens

Landscape mode

Sleek design

Navigation controls

Top view

Camera

Picture sample

Portrait keyboard

Wireless radios

Features

The Nokia Astound is basically a rebranded version of the Nokia C7. It will be available from T-Mobile on April 6 for an affordable $79.99 with a two-year contract. Data plans for the smartphone will start at $10 per month.
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Though Nokia will move to Windows Phone as its main operating system in the near feature, the handset manufacturer is still committed to Symbian. The Astound runs Symbian 3, which includes multiple home screens and a widget manager.
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The Astound offers three customizable home screen. Each one can be personalized with different widgets and shortcuts. This screen features the phone's various multimedia features. It's easy enough to customize and looks nice on the smartphone's 3.5-inch AMOLED touch screen.
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The home screen in landscape view.
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Nokia has always made great hardware, and the Astound is no exception. It's made of high-quality material and is sleek and compact. Shown here is the right spine, which features a volume rocker, a lock switch, and a camera button.
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Below the display, you get talk and end buttons and a menu key.
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A 3.5mm headphone jack, a power button, and a Micro-USB port are located on top of the phone.
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The Nokia Astound is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash. It's also capable of recording 720p HD video.
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This is an example of a photo taken with the Astound's camera. Sample photos looked extremely sharp with vibrant colors.
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Unlike the Nokia N8, the Astound adds a keyboard in portrait mode and it comes with Swype as well.
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In addition to the usual wireless radios, the Nokia Astound also has an NFC chip and supports Wi-Fi calling.
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The Nokia Astound comes preloaded with Nokia Maps and the Ovi App Store with support for carrier billing. In addition, the smartphone comes with several extra apps, including Fruit Ninja and Slacker Radio.

Overall, we found the affordable price tag and attractive design to be compelling, but we have to wonder how many people are willing to buy a phone with a dying OS and in the wake of the AT&T-T-Mobile news.
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