Specs summary

Screen
2.4"

The Nokia 6790 Surge's screen is 2.4 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Symbian v9.3 (S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2) operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
120 MB

Internal memory is 120 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 16.5 days standby time, 290 minutes (2G).



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.

- Bonnie Cha , CNET 

Reviews summary

4.9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 16 reviews

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.

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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)


Mobile Syrup

Feels good in the hand and will not be bulky in your pocket

from Mobile Syrup

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

MobileBurn

Small smartphone that sports a slide-out QWERTY keyboard

from MobileBurn

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

Phone Scoop

Low cost messaging phone

from Phone Scoop
The Nokia Surge is a messaging phone. The full QWERTY keyboard gives it away as such. As with many lower-cost messaging phones, the Surge makes a few concessions in order to remain affordable. Some of them may be enough to give potential buyers cause. Still, there are plenty of positives to consider... Full review
Engadget

Unorthodox in design, though the actual specs list is fairly familiar

from Engadget

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

CNET

An affordable, feature-rich smartphone

from CNET
The Nokia Surge packs in a lot of features--a full HTML browser with Flash Lite support, 3G support, GPS--for an affordable price. The smartphone also provides access to social networking sites. The Nokia Surge offers AT&T's younger customers an affordable, feature-rich smartphone, but it has a number of design and interface issues... Full review
PhoneDog

Smartphone which offers impressive call quality

from PhoneDog

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 bought this phone because i thought it was a touch phone. I paid $200 for it when I bought it and today its only $99. It starting coming apart a few months ago. When I slide it up, the top nearly comes off. I am not one who's hard on phones, durability just isn't there when it comes to this phone.
I bought this phone because i thought it was a touch phone. I paid $200 for it when I bought it and today its only $99. It starting coming apart a few months ago. When I slide it up, the top nearly comes off. I am not one who's hard on phones, durability just isn't there when it comes to this phone. Less

I suppose it's alright...

This is my first phone, so I don't know any different and I have a 3 year contract so I'm stuck with it... I'm not too sure if I bought a lemon, but my phone screws up almost every day. I've done multiple major resets, and nothing seems to get better. I think that there aren't a lot of personaliza... More
This is my first phone, so I don't know any different and I have a 3 year contract so I'm stuck with it... I'm not too sure if I bought a lemon, but my phone screws up almost every day. I've done multiple major resets, and nothing seems to get better. I think that there aren't a lot of personalization that one can chose from. It is quite basic. I have to say, there are some nice aspects about this phone, but the cons weigh out the pros. Pros: I like the spacious and smooth keys on the keyboard. The sound quality isn't half bad, and the gentle glide when sliding the keyboard out. Also, it's sleek feel in my pocket, not too bulky. Cons: (Please take into consideration that my phone may be a flop). When taking pictures the camera shuts on it's own even when I hold it perfectly still. Some keys delay and I have to press them over 3 times. I can't save messages unless all of m,y applications are closed (when they are closed, excluding the ones that have to be open). I have to slide the keyboard out to phone someone. My phone randomly turns off. Stalls to send and receive messages. Sometimes I won't have any messages one day and then up to 20 messages another day from the previous day. Messages will bulk up. Also, it won't show the times that I get messages once I turn off my phone. I think it's an annoying phone bu, what can you do? I hope that I've helped someone out, if it is the phone and not the fact that mine is a lemon then... I hope that I've helped. Although, if it does happen to not be the phone itself, and solely mine then if someone could reply to me, it would be greatly appreciated. Less

decent phone

I had this phone for about, 6 months. I liked it, but there were also some things i didnt like. Here is my personal thoughts: Pros: -sleek feel, -cool built in ringers -built in photo editing capabilities -the talk and end button backlight flash for 30 mins when you have a new notification -ke... More
I had this phone for about, 6 months. I liked it, but there were also some things i didnt like. Here is my personal thoughts: Pros: -sleek feel, -cool built in ringers -built in photo editing capabilities -the talk and end button backlight flash for 30 mins when you have a new notification -keypad is soft and easy to get into a groove while texting -doesnt really lag, doesnt freeze, very large sms message storage (in other phones the inbox can become full, this inbox must be able to hold over a thousand texts because in the time i had it it never notified me that it was going to be fulll, i just intermittantly emptied it) Cons: -there is no threaded sms on this phone (where you can view your whole conversation with a person in the same window) -the default themes are kind of ugly in my opinion -it has very limited personalization features (ex: cannot change the font, which is kind of 1980's 'first computer' looking anyways) -the metal coating thats supposed to look like silver trim around the track button chipped and peeled within the first month or so. -to dial a phone number, you have to pull the keyboark out sideways and keep it that way while you talk because the default settings hang up the call when you close the keyboad. this can be changed, but you have to find ot the hard way a few times. I got rid of it because i got a blackberry, but would have had no problems using the surge for longer. Its a good phone, doesnt spaz out or shut off or lag. I'd give it a 7.5 out of 10. Less

this phone sucks

this phone is no good at all olny had it for 4 months and notheing but problems with messeging and calling. i wouldint recomend this phone to any one oh and i have read the manual many time's and it still doseint work
this phone is no good at all olny had it for 4 months and notheing but problems with messeging and calling. i wouldint recomend this phone to any one oh and i have read the manual many time's and it still doseint work Less

i loovveeee this phone !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

this is the best phone ive ever ...... ive had it for 3-4 months and i still love it.... this phone is good for basic messaging and the call quality is pretty good =)
this is the best phone ive ever ...... ive had it for 3-4 months and i still love it.... this phone is good for basic messaging and the call quality is pretty good =) Less

I love my phone with one exception

I love my phone and missed it when I lent it to my daughter to test drive. It is one draw back to this phone and maybe it only happens to mine and that it when opening up a text it is very slow really slow, other than that I have no complaints. Oh yea I wish I could write texts and look at the respo... More
I love my phone and missed it when I lent it to my daughter to test drive. It is one draw back to this phone and maybe it only happens to mine and that it when opening up a text it is very slow really slow, other than that I have no complaints. Oh yea I wish I could write texts and look at the response on one screen at the same time. My niece phone does that so I may be switching to another phone for those two reasons. Less

What are you talking about?

I have had this phone since December and i haven't had any trouble at all. If u dont text alot or you dont like to read something called the a manual...then this is not the phone for you. I have dropped it twice; 1time outside coming out my car and the other time getting up from my bed. I must say o... More
I have had this phone since December and i haven't had any trouble at all. If u dont text alot or you dont like to read something called the a manual...then this is not the phone for you. I have dropped it twice; 1time outside coming out my car and the other time getting up from my bed. I must say out of the 13 phones i have used in my life that my top 3 are 1-nokia 6820 2-motorola q and this phone... Less

Nokia 6790 Surge review

Keep in mind, I have had this phone for only about a month, so this is only going to be a first impressions kind of review, and take it with a grain of salt... or the whole shaker. So I got this phone with Rogers for around $50, and so far I think this phone is pretty good and that I've gotten my m... More
Keep in mind, I have had this phone for only about a month, so this is only going to be a first impressions kind of review, and take it with a grain of salt... or the whole shaker. So I got this phone with Rogers for around $50, and so far I think this phone is pretty good and that I've gotten my money's worth of it. PROS: - The keyboard is nice and spacious, and it's comfortable to type on as well. They have a sort of matte finish so your fingers don't slip. In fact, that's why I got this phone over the LG Xenon - on the latter, the keys are so small I sometimes press 3 at once - and having big fingers doesn't help matters. I quickly learned where all the symbol keys were, and while some might think that this is a minus that there aren't any shortcut keys, frankly aren't necessary in my opinion and take up too much space. I got this phone because I wanted to text more (which wasn't possible with the shine because it sucked at texting) The keys are very slightly mushy, but not as bad as some, and don't register all my letters, but that's because I'm a fast typer. When I slow down a little bit I type perfefctly. - YOU CAN SET YOUR OWN RINGTONES FROM THE MICROSD CARD! When I found out that you could I literally squealed like a little girl. While it's most likely a Rogers oversight, I love having my ringtones without having to pay 5 bucks for them. Only time will tell if this gets removed, but for now it's one of those little things that make me smile. - Call quality is nice and clear. So far, I haven't had a problem with hearing people, and I sound loud and clear, apparently. The speaker is good, if slightly oddly placed, and crackles very slightly at the highest volume when playing, but not so much it makes your ears bleed. - Reception is awesome. I can get 3G reception in the dead of Caledon when on my old Shine, again, only got minimal normal reception. In some veeeeeery select spots I can get 3.5G, but I;ve only gotten it about 5 or 6 times. I haven't gotten any dropped calls or cutoffs as of yet. - The design I think is pretty cool. The Surge looked ugly in pictures, but when I got it, I don't know, the pictures didn't do it justice. It's unique, and while people would think it's uncomfortable to hold (it's almost square and some of the buttons are sideways) It's actually quite comfortable. The phone also has a bit of heft to it - enough for it to feel sturdy, but I don't think it has the upper hand on my old Shine in durability. That thing was unbreakable. - Battery life is excellent. I use my phone for many things - regularly taking photos and videos, texting, etc, AND I leave my phone on overnight, and I regularly get about 4 days worth of use out of it. - The camera is alright (it's okay for what it's for, but it's very barebones - point and shoot, no portrait mirror, no flash), but I find it's video recording where the Surge shines. I can hear things clearly - I even use it to record drum covers of songs - and the sound and video quality is good. Translated to MPEG (the default output is MP4), the quality is excellent. CONS: - For all this phone has, it's missing a few basic features that every other phone comes standard with; for example, a stopwatch. I found this shocking that this phone can sync multiple email addresses, but it can't keep to-the-second time. - While texting is wonderfully comfortable, navigating isn't nearly as comfortable. It's a square with a metal trim around it that serves as the D-keys and the ok button. It can be uncomfortable and certainly isn't fast. - Some setting are in unusual places. For example, ringtones are under Tools- Phone setting. Nothing unusual about that, right? But to make said ringtones 3D Is under Music - 3D tones. Odd. - Taking out the SD card is difficult, to say the least. Opening the back and finding the dinky little slot is much harder than just opening a flap and taking the SD card out from there. OVERALL: I'd give this phone around an 8. Pretty good but it has some quirks. Less

I hate this phone

After all the razzle and dazzle, it cannot perform basic functions. Such as, How long were the previous 5 conversations? How can I dial the person who just text me? How can I view the phone numbers on the caller's list unless I go back into the address book? How do I find out the time that the text... More
After all the razzle and dazzle, it cannot perform basic functions. Such as, How long were the previous 5 conversations? How can I dial the person who just text me? How can I view the phone numbers on the caller's list unless I go back into the address book? How do I find out the time that the text message was sent without going into two more windows? I have never been so disappointed in a phone. Less

I don't have these problems, did u read the manual maybe u should.


I had this phone for about, 6 months. I liked it, but there were also some things i didnt like. Here is my personal thoughts: Pros: -sleek feel, -cool built in ringers -built in photo editing capabilities -the talk and end button backlight flash for 30 mins when you have a new notification -keypad is soft and easy to get into a groove while texting -doesnt really lag, doesnt freeze, very large sms message storage (in other phones the inbox can become full, this inbox must be able to hold over a thousand texts because in the time i had it it never notified me that it was going to be fulll, i just intermittantly emptied it) Cons: -there is no threaded sms on this phone (where you can view your whole conversation with a person in the same window) -the default themes are kind of ugly in my opinion -it has very limited personalization features (ex: cannot change the font, which is kind of 1980's 'first computer' looking anyways) -the metal coating thats supposed to look like silver trim around the track button chipped and peeled within the first month or so. -to dial a phone number, you have to pull the keyboark out sideways and keep it that way while you talk because the default settings hang up the call when you close the keyboad. this can be changed, but you have to find ot the hard way a few times. I got rid of it because i got a blackberry, but would have had no problems using the surge for longer. Its a good phone, doesnt spaz out or shut off or lag. I'd give it a 7.5 out of 10.

I'm not impressed

I bought this phone, and loved it for about a week. Then, it feel off my couch, a whole foot and a half, onto a carpeted floor. Now I have no screen. I can recieve calls, but I cannot read messages, which lead me to miss a friend who was in town for a brief period, that I hadn't seen in years. Th... More
I bought this phone, and loved it for about a week. Then, it feel off my couch, a whole foot and a half, onto a carpeted floor. Now I have no screen. I can recieve calls, but I cannot read messages, which lead me to miss a friend who was in town for a brief period, that I hadn't seen in years. Thanks Nokia. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date July 13, 2009
Regions available USA, Canada, Europe
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Symbian v9.3 (S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2)

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Processor No
Internal Flash Memory
120 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Unknown
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Unknown
SAR Head: 1.31 W/kg
Body: 0.57 W/kg
Languages English, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
290 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 16.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA No
Material Unknown
Colors Black, Gray, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.8 x 5.8 x 1.5 cm
(3.9 x 2.3 x 0.6 in)
Weight 124 grams
(4.4 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 2.4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Unknown
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Unknown
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Unknown
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type WAP 2.0, HTML
Browser S60 Web Browser
Javascript No
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Unknown
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge Yes
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Effects, Multi-shot, White balance
Video Recording Formats Unknown
Video Recording Parameters QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), 15 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, Real Audio, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Unknown
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer Unknown
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Nokia Mako

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