The Nokia N70 Music Edition is just a slightly modified N70. All black housing, bundled 1 GB RS MMC card, a “music” key instead of the “multimedia key,” and extra themes loaded in the card. My guess is that: the N70 and Series 60 2nd Edition are still a viable platform, so Nokia can churn out more units. Or maybe the N91 is a dud so they need to make up.
I bought a new unit yesterday at Memo Express, Mall of Asia at the Equitable/Banco de Oro Card “Grand Gadgets Blowout” installment event. I swapped it for an N70 original edition and took the memory card. This N70 was acquired through Smart and is locked, and the user needed a Globe or open line one.
So, I’m down to a N70 from my previous N80 which was lost last month. In the month without the N80, I went back to my older Sony Ericsson K700i. The only feature I missed was 3G and WiFi, the S60 browser for desktop websites, and the camera. With the N70, I get 3G, but no browser so Opera will have to do. Even if the N70 is 2MP compared to the N80’s 3MP, it’s no big deal because the N80’s cam is noisy at 3MP and I lower it to 1MP anyway. 2MP should be good enough for candid cam photography, better than the K700i’s VGA.
I was thinking about an N73 for the autofocus camera, for But, the price is still too high especially for a unit without WiFi, and I read mixed reviews. I also had a chance to try Abe’s 6233 but it only has the stock Nokia browser for mobile websites. Of course you could use a server-side proxy, like what some operators provide. (Smart has one in their mobile homepage). Another interesting unreleased phone is the E61i, the keyboard/push email machine that some of my colleagues use, this time with a camera.
The last benefit of using an N70 instead of a flashier phone: less chance of being stolen, and less hassle if lost. I hope!