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The good: The Nokia 1680 is an easy-to-use cell phone with basic features and functional call quality.
The bad: The Nokia 1680 has a plastic skin with keypad buttons that are stiff and cramped. The camera and speakerphone quality are disappointing.
The bottom line: The Nokia 1680 is adequate for anyone with minimal cell phone needs, but even moderate users will find it disappointing.
In an age of thin phones and slider handsets, T-Mobile's Nokia 1680 takes you back a few years in cell phone design. But we don't mean that as a bad thing. In fact, it's rather nice to see a simple candy bar handset with tried-and-true design aesthetics. The feature set is equally low-key with just messaging, organizer features, and a VGA camera, and the phone succeeds reasonably well at its primary goal of making calls. On the downside, the keypad is rather stiff and the plastic skin feels a bit cheap, but the 1680 is a decent handset for casual users.
The Nokia 1680 has a standard candy bar design in basic black. It may not be much in the looks department, but it's an easy-to-use and accessible design. It's also compact (4.26 inches by 1.81 inches by 0.59 inch) and lightweight (2.6 ounces). We couldn't help notice, however, that the plastic skin feels rather cheap; this is a not a phone for the accident-prone.
The display measures 1.75 inches and supports 64,000 colors (160x120 pixels). That's a rather low resolution when compared with most other cell phones, but it's perfectly serviceable for a handset of this caliber. The icon-based menus are simple and easy to figure out; they should present no problems for the cell phone novice. You can change the font size and color, but no other display options are customizable. We'd prefer a brightness control, as the screen is rather washed out.
The 1680 has a spacious and tactile navigation toggle and central OK button. It is a tad slippery, but it served us will most of the time. The square toggle doubles as a shortcut to four user-defined functions. Surrounding the toggle are two soft keys and the Talk and End/power buttons. They're covered in a comfortable rubbery material, but we'd prefer to have a dedicated clear/back button and a camera shortcut.
The keypad buttons are a mixed bag. Though they have a tactile feel, they're also a bit cramped and feel rather stiff. Dialing phone numbers wasn't an issue, but texting felt a bit cumbersome. If you're a messaging addict, we recommend giving the phone a test run before buying. On the upside, the backlighting is bright.
Unfortunately, the 1680 doesn't have a dedicated volume rocker, which means you must use the toggle to change the volume level during a call. That's rather inconvenient. On the right spine you'll find the charger port and a 2.5mm headset jack. The camera lens and mirror rest on the phone's back side above the single speaker.
The 1680 has a large, 1,000-contact phone book with room in each entry for five phone numbers, an e-mail address, a URL, a company name and job title, a formal name and nickname, a street address, a birthday, and notes. You can pair contacts with a photo and save them to caller groups, but only groups can be assigned one of the eight polyphonic ringtones.
Other essentials include a vibrate mode, text and multimedia messaging, a speakerphone, an alarm clock, a calendar, a to-do list, a notepad, a cal
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I like the narrow compact size compared to my old phone. It has a good size of display. I also like the rubberised keypad which is handy for me since i work out doors.
Battery life is very good as well, out lasting most of my mates phones.
I have the phone setup for atuomatic keypad lock which again is handy at work.
The only thing i have a gripe with is the screen backlight goes out after a couple of seconds which can be a bit annoying? I may not have found out how to change that yet though?
If you want a no fuss phone you wont go far wrong with this one!
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Review - Nokia 1680 Classic Cell Phone.
I bought the phone because it has an email client and internet browser, however these do not function very well and when you try to reply to an email, the letters don't appear as you are typing. The internet browser is slow and most websites are too much for the phone to handle. The camera takes grainy pictures.
I feel I paid too much for the phone however, it is probably a good choice for an older person who would want a basic phone. I have listed it for resale and intend to buy a new phone that can handle modern life.