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11 December 2005


Lee Bryant

Hi Neville,

I have read your blog for a while, but sadly my first comment will be a trvial one:

The N70 is dog-ugly!

For me, the 12" Powerbook has enough portability and function to do what I need, which means I can choose a phone that is just a phone (well, maybe a camera too...) such as my current Motorola PEBL.

As snoopy once said: some of us have to sacrifice comfort [or functionality] for style ;-)

Phone choice makes me grateful I am not a geek!

(like your blog BTW)


Luckily, Lee, beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

I think the N70 looks gorgeous. In comparison, almost every Motorola phone I've seen really is dog ugly. I might except from this view the latest razor-thin models, but they just don't appeal to me no matter how they look.

And as for the N70, I do think it's an excellent combination of form and function. A bit like the Saab 900 series in the early 90s. I had one of those - a 900 T Aero - at that time, which you either loved the look of or really hated. Me, I loved it. And it was a perfect marriage of form and function.

Just like the N70 :)

I read Headshift, BTW. Rather, subscribe to the RSS feed. Same thing really.

Adrian Melrose


I am surprised that you don't talk about the battery life of the phone as being important. I have recently purchased the Orange SPV M5000 which is larger than the N70 but does everything you would want and more, unfotunately its battery doesnt last a day with reasonable use.... which means I am OUT of communication by 5pm and unpopular & frustrated - I am afrad I am going back to my Nokia 6310 - What's your experience with the Battery life on the N70?


Cool phone Neville. I'm inclined to agree with you on all three counts: I like the look of the N70; the Razor doesn't appeal to me also and I've always liked Saabs!

I'm quite jealous of the bloggers who recently received a free Nokia N90 in the post! That does look like a great piece of kit! Loic Le Meur is using one at the minute for video blogging.

Take a look at this video blog with a N70:


Not the most interesting piece of visual I've witnessed, but the sound and picture look great!

I think there is a lot of potential in the use of mobile phones in communication and citizen journalism. And I think the growth rate of them will be phenomenal.


Yes, Stephen, I do like the look of the N70. In spite of what Lee says ;)

Nokia has a blogger relations campaign going for the N90. Interesting concept, one I'd expect to see more of. Jeremy Pepper has the details:


Re battery life, Adrian, I didn't think it was worth mentioning, ie, it's what I'd expect from any mobile phone: pretty good.

Nokia say the expected average life is up to 11 days in standby mode. That's not real world, I don't think; depending on actual usage, I'd expect to get at least 2 or 3 days between charges. That's about my experience so far.

I charged the phone when I got it a week ago. Not too much use, some phone calls, some photos, that's about all. Recharged it on Thursday and it's still going strong on that charge even with pretty heavy use this weekend on the camera and on connectivity (Lifeblg posting, lots of text messaging and email). But I'll plug in in tonight.

So it's impressive in my experience so far, certainly better-sounding than your experience with the Orange phone.

Lee Bryant

BTW - I am using this comment thread as proof that I am not a geek - maybe a fashion victim, but not a geek!

And ... ahem .... "the latest razor-thin models" are sooo last year. I had one for a year until I lost it in New York last week. I'm a PEBL user now!

Can't I tempt any of you boring techies with this little baby? http://www.motorola.com/mot/image/11/11200_MotImage.jpg



Lee, it just confirms to me - beauty is very much in the eye of the beholder!

So my temptation is resisted ;)

How does this Moto stack up in the 13-point wishlist? Or 14-point to include moblogging?


The phone is great! I have had a 6630 for a year a just got my N70.

Ambrish Soni

First comes stability.
Which handset in this range is this much stable with all these features.

Full score for Nokia N70.

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