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Nokia Surge

AT&T offering

Surge's display

Pocket friendly

Navigation controls

QWERTY keyboard

Happy thumbs

Expandable memory

Say cheese

Fuzzy quality

Specifically made for the North American market, the Nokia Surge 6790 is geared to a younger audience and offers easy access to social-networking sites and a full QWERTY keyboard for messaging.
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The Surge is available from AT&T for $79.99 with a two-year contract, but you will also need to sign up for a qualifying data plan.
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On front and slightly off center is Surge's 2.4-inch QVGA display. It shows 16 million colors at a 320x240-pixel resolution, and while it's clear and bright enough, it's definitely not as sharp or vibrant as some of the recent smartphones we've seen. The built-in accelerometer, however, is quite responsive.
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The Surge measures 3.8 inches tall by 2.2 inches wide by 0.6 inch thick and 4.3 ounces, so it's pretty easy to slip into a pants pocket. However, we weren't so fond of the plasticky and slick feel of the phone.
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Surrounding the display are a handful of navigation controls and shortcuts. To the right (when the phone is held horizontally), you have the standard soft keys, Talk and End buttons, and a four-way directional keypad with a center select button, and below, there are shortcut buttons to the browser, main menu page, and messages.
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To expose the full QWERTY keyboard, just push the screen to the right. The sliding mechanism is smooth and securely locks into place.
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The Surge's keyboard buttons are nice and large and don't feel too squishy or flat, so the typing experience is great.
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The Nokia Surge only has about 120MB of internal memory, but there's a microSD expansion slot located behind the battery cover that accepts up to 8GB cards.
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On back, you'll find the Surge's 2-megapixel camera. There's no flash, but you get standard options, such as white balance settings, video recording, and a self-timer function.
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Picture quality wasn't particularly great, as images looked fuzzy and gray.
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