CNET First Look
Nokia 2720 FoldWhile still firmly in the camp of simple cell phones, the affordable Nokia 2720 Fold has some useful extra features.
>> I'm Jessica Dolcourt with CNET.com with the first look at the Nokia 2720 Fold. This is a new phone for TMobile and AT&T. The Fold is a nice shiny flip phone with a black and white external display and a speaker at the top. One downside is that the mirrored surface is a magnet for smudging. The Fold has sharp corners up top, but rounds out at the bottom so you won't jab yourself as you flip it open. On the right spine is your volume rocker and a proprietary port for your Nokia charger. On the left is the flap for the 2.5 millimeter headphone jack. We'd prefer 3.5 millimeters, especially since there is a music player on board. On the back is a basic 1.3 megapixel camera. No flash on this one. The lens angles up slightly and forms a lip where you can rest your finger. What's less useful is the phone's balance. Because when you set it down, it's top heavy, so it tips right over. This is a problem if you're trying to work from it on a tabletop. Inside, there's a color display. It's fairly low resolution, but it's easy to navigate around to get to the camera and the other apps. We're not huge fans of the fourway toggle button, which is thin and only slightly raised from the surface of the phone. It could be too small a target for some of you with thicker fingers. The dial keys are flush with the phone instead of raised, and they blend into the silver face when they're not back lit. On the plus side, the keys are a good size, and we had no problems texting. As we mentioned, there is a camera and a video recorder as well. And that captures clips up to two minutes long. There is a builtin music player, but you're only able to use the FM radio if you've got a compatible wired headset with an antenna built in. Email, IM, voice recording and browsing are other useful tools on this phone. We could read and reply to Gmail messages as well, but the app crashed when we were trying to open attachments. The Fold has also got Bluetooth and the usual suspects of speaker phone, multimedia messaging and so on. The Fold sells for about $20 on TMobile and $10 on AT&T. Although there were some flaws with design and performance, that's a pretty unbeatable price for a cell phone that goes beyond the basics. I'm Jessica Dolcourt. You've been looking at the Nokia 2720 Fold.