The Good The Nokia 7205 Intrigue has an eye-catching design, a brilliant display, and an attractive feature set. Its photo quality is admirable, as well.
The Bad The Nokia 7205 Intrigue's call quality and V Cast video quality are disappointing. Also, its style-centric design entails some compromises.
The Bottom Line The Nokia 7205 Intrigue certainly looks nice, but it's not a practical multimedia phone.
Nokia 7205 Intrigue
While the Nokia 6500 Classic represents everything we've come to expect from a Nokia phone, the Nokia 7205 Intrigue for Verizon Wireless is everything that surprises us. The flip phone's design is so thin and shiny that the uninitiated might confuse it with a Samsung device. It's certainly eye-catching, but the trendy design entails a few usability compromises. Inside the story is more straightforward--you'll find a midrange feature set that includes a 2-megapixel camera, EV-DO support and GPS navigation. Yet, at the end of the day the average audio quality left us less than intrigued. The 7205 is $129 with service.
It's obvious that design was a main focus of the 7205. The glossy black skin catches the light--it's even somewhat reflective--and the compact shape will endear it to slim phone enthusiasts. At 3.56 inches by 1.85 inches by 0.55 inch and 3.19 ounces, the 7205 travels well and it slips easily into a pocket or bag. The 7250's sleek lines also are worth mentioning--when the phone is open it takes the shape of a smooth arc. It doesn't exactly cradle the head, but it's certainly a unique touch, and we like the silver trim.
The 7205's external display is hidden behind the front face, which means it's invisible when the backlighting is off. Fortunately, you can control the backlighting time, but if it goes off, you can reactivate the display by flipping the volume rocker. In another uncommon touch, the display has a vertical orientation. Though that may not sit well with everyone, the arrangement allows the display to take almost full advantage of the 7205's front face. You'll find a clock and meters for the signal strength and battery life. The display also has touch controls for the music player. You can activate them by pressing the volume rocker.