Nokia 3595 (AT&T) review: Nokia 3595 (AT&T)

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The Good Solid call quality; vibrant color display; strong battery life; useful address-book functions.

The Bad Unconventional keypad layout.

The Bottom Line Nokia's latest workhorse phone is an impressive performer, but its husky design and oddly styled keypad may not be for everyone.

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7.3 Overall
  • Design 6
  • Features 7
  • Performance 9

Nokia's latest color-screen phone has a mix of features, performance, and personalization that appeals to a broad range of customers. Although the funky keypad layout may not be appreciated by some, the 3595 has what it takes to become one of the company's more popular mobiles to date.

Measuring 4.64 by 1.95 by 0.87 inches and weighing 3.76 ounces, the candy bar-style 3595 isn't the slimmest phone on the market, but the bright 4,096-color display (which is on a par with that of the company's 7210 model) works in its favor.

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Husky design: This 3595 is bigger than many candy bar-style phones currently available.
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A new twist: Nokia mixes up the keypad with a new design.

We like the little rubber pad on the back of the phone that provides a better grip for your index finger as you hold the handset. It also prevents the unit from sliding when lying on a desk. But we didn't think as highly of the funky keypad layout, which pairs the 2 and 5 as well as the 8 and 0 keys on the same buttons. It takes a while to get used to dialing without looking at the backlit keys. Also, those protruding, oval buttons often get in the way of the surrounding keys. Nokia likes to alter the basic keypad for phones (see the rotary-style arrangement on the 3650), but this design is definitely an acquired taste.

Although we liked the placement of a separate power button at the top of the handset, you have to press it fairly hard to get it to work. On the plus side, you can choose from several Xpress-on color covers ($19.95 each). You can also customize the display with eight color schemes and a selection of wallpaper templates.

Personalization options aside, the 3595 offers plenty of features for heavy phone users, including room for 500 entries in the contacts list; furthermore, each item can hold up to five phone numbers and three text notes. The phone also includes polyphonic ring tones, a vibrate mode, a 500-date calendar, and a to-do list that can manage up to 30 items. Because you can include street addresses with your contacts, as well as notes, e-mail, and Web addresses, the phone can easily serve double duty as your personal organizer. It's also MMS ready, which means it can receive pictures from other MMS-equipped phones from the same carrier.

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