- Bonnie Cha , CNET
The Nokia Surge definitely fills a gap in AT&T's lineup for its younger customers who are looking for something a little more full-featured than a basic messaging cell phone for a more affordable price.
The prolific cell phone manufacturer Nokia produces such a high volume of models that surely one will fit your needs. The Nokia 6790 Surge, however, while a competent phone, may not be the best choice.
The reason I say it may not be your best choice is because nothing about this model jumps out as being unique, or uniquely useful. On the other hand, it does fall squarely into a cluttered tier of phones that get the job done, but doesn’t move the ball up the field where it concerns breakthrough technology, simplicity of use or some other attribute that sets it clearly apart from the myriad of devices now available. That doesn’t make it a bad phone; it makes it a forgettable phone.
Let’s take a closer look:
The Nokia 6790 Surge is a side-sliding GSM phone capable of global roaming. It runs on a S60 Symbian OS, with 128 MB of onboard RAM, has a 2.4” 240 x 320 pixel resolution display, QWERTY keypad, and a full complement of mid-tier features including a 2 megapixel camera, 2.0 Stereo Bluetooth, microSD/microSDHC expandable memory, 2.5mm jack, speakerphone, voice commands and a solid phonebook with plenty of capacity.
If you are in the market for a new phone, in this price point, you can, frankly, find a strong OS, a better screen and more current features. When studying this phone I get the sense that leftovers where smashed together to produce a phone we’ve already seen.
Competent and capable, sure. But that is the barest of baselines nowadays. If you are looking for a phone that is fun and functional, new and clever, minimizes keystrokes, etc., you may want to look at other Nokia’s or the field in general.
It’s a definite 7 on a scale of 1-10. You won’t get ripped off, but you won’t be overwhelmed either.
Reviews (4.9/10 Avg. rating)
Feels good in the hand and will not be bulky in your pocket
Rogers recently launched the Nokia Surge 6790 last week, a unique messaging device that’s part of their Smartphone lineup.
We know that Nokia takes great pride in creating and testing their products. The Nokia Surge 6790 is so far stretched from all the other Nokia devices we’ve seen, it seems their engineers just threw everything together and just placed keys were they needed to, rather than caring about the design. It’s a bit confusing with the call/send keys, directional pad and shortcut keys to the web browser, S60 menu and messaging keys all clumped togethe... Full review
Small smartphone that sports a slide-out QWERTY keyboard
The Nokia 6790 Surge from AT&T is a small smartphone that sports a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and is advertised as the phone for social networking fanatics. While the build materials feel slightly flimsy, the overall device is actually built well, with an awesome slide mechanism that definitely feels as though it could handle some abuse. The full QWERTY keyboard is large and comfortable, with plenty of tactile feedback from each button. Nokia was smart enough to bless the 6790 Surge with plenty of onboard RAM and internal storage, which helps it be incredibly snappy when moving through t... Full review
Low cost messaging phone
Unorthodox in design, though the actual specs list is fairly familiar
Some might say that the phone you're peering at above is the most un-Nokia-like Nokia device produced in quite some time (if not ever), but remember, this one was custom made for US consumers and AT&T's audience -- something that's not true for too many Espoo-sourced handsets. Once known as the Mako, Nokia's Surge (or 6790 in international speak) is certainly unorthodox in design, though the actual specs list is fairly familiar. We get the feeling that Nokia was aiming to hit a very specific niche with this device, somewhere in-between the text-happy handsets adored by tweens and the sm... Full review
An affordable, feature-rich smartphone
Smartphone which offers impressive call quality
At first glance with it’s slide-out keyboard and black plastic casing, you might think the Nokia Surge is intended to be a high-end messaging phone and perhaps that was the case. However, this Nokia is a smartphone and includes all the features expected to be found on one: office apps, the ability to send/receive corporate e-mail, Bluetooth, and even flash support. It also offers impressive call quality, we just wish the Surge was a bit more phone friendly. That said, if you want a messaging centric phone with all the functionality of a smartphone, but not the form factor, check out t... Full review
Didnt even last a year
I suppose it's alright...
this phone sucks
i loovveeee this phone !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love my phone with one exception
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- Nokia 6790 Surge Manual (PDF)
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