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It seems lately Nokia’s taken to rehashing its existing phone database, by simply stripping down the design and updating the software. At its price point the 3600 brings nothing new to the table, except perhaps Nokia Maps and a rather mediocre 3.2 MP camera.
The 3600 is a slider with dimensions of 97.8 x 47.2 x 14.5 mm, and weighs some 97g. I felt it was quite light, although it isn’t the slimmest phone available. As is the case with most Nokia phones, it looks good enough for the current generation. The slide action is smooth, although the spring could have been improved a bit.
The 2-inch TFT screen can display 16M colors, and is really nothing to boast about. It’s a fingerprint magnet, and not scratch-resistant in the least, so it has every chance of losing its sparkle after a while.
The keys are a wonder to use, including the 5-way nav-pad on the face of the phone as well as the keypad. The back is made of plastic, with a steel plate for the camera and the home logo.
Not having a rubberized back means it’s more susceptible to accidental falls, and the steel plate only makes matters worse. In fact, accidental drops can create dents on the plate, making it look really ugly.
The 3600 runs on Series 40, which really complements the phone’s processing power. It doesn’t lag at all, and this is obvious even while messaging or opening any applications. It comes with 64MB of built-in memory, of which only 30MB is available for data and content.
The phone’s not 3G-capable, but comes with EDGE and GPRS. The home browser isn’t that great, but Opera Mini 4 is bundled with the phone. Applying WAP/GPRS settings manually is still a b*tch. You will need to keep adding your username and password at a number of places, and the phone just keeps re-verifying all the information.
Nokia search comes in handy, and as you must have read in the promo material, the 3600 is clearly banking heavily on Nokia Maps as the deal-clincher. A GPS unit to supplement Nokia Maps would have been an even better brainwave, I think. Another good thing is that there are instructions on how to use a particular tool.
The music player is decent. It helps that the phone comes with a 2.5mm jack, although if you need to connect a regular pair of stereo headsets a 3.5mm converter will be a good idea. It supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, and WMA audio formats.
Owing to the small screen size, watching videos isn’t a good option. Only 3GP and MP4 formats are supported. You can route videos to your TV through the TV-out option (up to 15fps in VGA), but for that you will have to purchase the cables separately.
The camera is a 3.2 megapixel job, but it simply doesn’t perform up to the mark. To begin with, 3.2MP makes no difference if the built-in sensor can’t keep the most basic colors intact. I felt the general hue of the pictures on auto mode were a little too 'warm'. At actual size, pictures look splashed with a water color effect. Not good at all.
The Nokia 3600 comes bundled with the regular set of organizer apps, such as notes, alarm, voice recorder, calendar etc. Apart from this the phone is pretty basic. It’s meant for regular usage and since it costs only Rs 9500, one wouldn’t expect the moon anyway. The battery life is pretty good, especially if you don't do any web surfing or listen to music. Additional usage does bring down the battery life, but it's still not bad. You will simply still have to charge it every night.
I feel the inclusion of a GPS unit wouldn’t really have increased the price much, and would in fact have been a good idea. After all, there are plenty of options like the W580i or the Nokia 5610 that perform better than the 3600. The decision to shift to this phone from another sub-10K handset would likely be to get the ease of use that Nokia phones provide. So, if you aren’t really looking for an upgrade, this handset may be worth considering.
|GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|97.8 x 47.2 x 14.5 mm, 97g|
| 2-inch TFT, 240x320 with 16M colors |
|64MB, microSD (TransFlash)|
USB, Bluetooth, GPRS, EDGE
Up to 280 hrs standby, 5 hrs 30 mins talktime (according to product manual)
Approx. Rs 9500