Yesterday, Nokia announced the Astound smart phone for T-Mobile at CTIA Wireless 2011 in Orlando. The device runs on a newer version of the company’s existing Symbian operating system. Although I was hoping for a Windows Phone 7 device or at least an early preview, it did not happen just yet.
“As millions more consumers make the switch to smartphones, Nokia is proud to offer an alternative that is not only easy and fun to use, but is also very sexy and sleek, unlike anything in its price point,” said Mark Slater, vice president of sales, Nokia. “With a user experience rounded out by Nokia’s Ovi services, including Maps and Store, consumers will be delighted to discover Nokia’s premium design quality with no compromises on services and apps, made affordable with T-Mobile.”
The Nokia Astound offers a 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, 720p video capture, a 3.5 inch capacitive AMOLED display, free turn-by-turn navigation, and access to apps through the Ovi Store. The improved interface has three home screens with access to social networks, email, and the web at a finger tip. Apps such as Fruit Ninja and Slacker Radio come with the smart phone.
The device also sports a strong glass display surrounded by stainless steel. The Ovi Maps now works in offline mode as well. Customers can download and save maps packs over WiFi for future use. This is a major advantage to other services such as Google Navigator which requires an always-on data connection. It is even a plus for those with limited data plans. Another neat feature a Nokia representative showed off was the ability to create your own voice pack within minutes with nothing more than the Astound in your hand. Premium sound packs are available too.
Pricing And Availability
The Nokia Astound will be available from online and in T-Mobile retail stores on April 6th. The device will retail for $79 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and signing a new two-year service agreement. Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Target, and Walmart will also carry the smart phone.
Update: Just added some photos of the device into the article.
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