Nokia 7250i Review – Improved Flagship With Integrated Camera

Nokia 7250i Review: Released in the middle of 2003, the Nokia 7250i was an upgrade to an upgrade: it succeeded the Nokia 7250 which came out only a few months earlier. Imaging was becoming more and more popular at this time. Whilst not the first Nokia handsets to feature a camera on-board (both the Nokia 3650 and Nokia 7650 had it), it was perhaps the first normal-sized phone and mass-market one to have it.

The linage here was very simple. The phone was a straight upgrade of the Nokia 7210. This was a higher-end model and featured a much smaller size (and higher price) of the base model at the time (possibly the Nokia 3510i). The main change was obvious: the keypad was changed for something a little more mainstream and the camera was now integrated.

Like many Nokia models at the time, there was also an ‘i’ variant. The differences between the Nokia 7250 and the Nokia 7250i are not apparent on first glance. The phones are the same size and are compatible with each other’s accessories. All the differences are on board: the 7250i comes with an increased 4MB memory allowing greater storage of media. Additionally the image software came with some minor improvements such as zoom.

Full specifications here.

Phone imaging was here to stay and the camera would become forever associated with the phone. The design of the phone did not last, although the 7-series was to become a dumping ground for the more eccentric design of phones. The Nokia 7260, Nokia 7700, Nokia 7200, Nokia 7610 and Nokia 7600 all followed on relatively quickly and were all unique in their own way.

Nokia 7250i Review Pros:

The phone design was more functional while still being unique. The keypad was more refined, featuring keys that were easier to press. Size-wise, the phone was almost the same in size as the earlier Nokia 7210.

The introduction of the camera was a plus point. Although only taking photos in a minute resolution relative to standalone digital cameras, it was only previously possible via a POP-port camera.

The ‘i’ variant was much more adept to imaging. The storage of 4MB allowed a greater amount of images to be stored.

The software was kept constant: the phone was familiar to existing Nokia users and also supported Java apps for some simple downloads of games.

Nokia 7250i Review Cons:

The phone was expensive on release, and spec-wise was not to far in front of the Nokia 7210. The screen kept the same resolution and size.

The camera provided only a small CIF resolution whose images were not much use outside of the phone. This was worse than the older Nokia 3650 which had VGA resolution and video recording.

Snake was conspicuous by its absence on the phone, although a multitude of downloadable games would be available.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects:

These phones are memorable, and also very common due to the extremely high level of sales. The 7-series phones are all quite highly sought-after and the 7250/7250i are among the cheapest.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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