New Phone: Nokia 6680

I just went out and bought my shiny new Nokia 6680 phone on my lunch break ("break" in the sense of a break from last minute feature and price comparisons). In the end I decided to use a local retailer as the price advantage of ordering from Germany or even Helsinki disappeared once shipping and bank transfer costs were taken into account. I bought a 1GB memory card at the same time, and they guy in the local Elisa shop gave me a pretty good deal on the combo. Of course the other reason was that I just couldn't wait any longer to have my new toy phone. The phone runs Symbian Series 60 OS, and can run a whole bunch of games and apps. The guy in the store mentioned that it is probably more powerful than computers from a few years ago. I started to consider which of my previous computers it would approximate in performance. Ten years ago I was saving up to buy a my first laptop before going off to graduate school. I think I paid about $4000(!)cdn for a Fujitsu Monte Carlo, with a 133 MHz Pentium processor and an 800 MB hard drive. I'm not sure how the 220MHz ARM processor in the 6680 compares to a Pentium chip, but I'd bet they're in the same ballpark anyway (exept with respect to power consumption, obviously). It seems there is a benchmark utility for smartphones, but no idea how to compare these to PC benchmarks.

I've also decided to change my mobile operator to Saunalahti, to take advantage of their DataEtu offer: unlimited data for €10 per month, with a one year agreement. Mobile internet is really here, but alas Elisa (the network Saunalahti uses) doesn't have 3G coverage in Rovaniemi yet (although they do in Levi). But 3G isn't so much faster than EDGE, so I guess I'll survive.

Update: Elisa factory-installs a silly little branded app, Elisa Mobi, on the Symbian phones they sell. No biggie, except that it takes control of one of the soft buttons and I can't find any way to delete it! Help. If anyone has ideas short of flashing the phone memory, I'd be grateful.

Posted on February 27, 2006 and filed under Geek Gear, Mobile.