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Old 17th June 2006, 01:05   #1
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Default Nokia 6708! Smartphone+PDA! YAY!!!

Finally after a year's experience with the bad nokia 3230, Just while i was contemplating an O2 purchase, I read the review of the upcoming nokia 6708 in the may-june issue of Mymobile and loved it.I was waiting for it to be launched officially and finally bought it yesterday.

A touchscreen phone with the practicality of a numeric keypad( NOT alpha-numeric :( ) and its a NOKIA!

Review, Coming Sooon!

http://www.tecnogadgets.com/fotografias/nokia6708.jpg

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Isn't this phone phone essentially a rebranded version of a BenQ P50??

Stil looking forward to a long review ;-)
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Isn't this phone phone essentially a rebranded version of a BenQ P50??
Correct. I just don't understand how a Benq can be rebranded to a Nokia.
Not that its a bad thing,though.

As soon as i saw the charger tip,it reminded me of a phone that i used. After a few minutes, my Benq S660 had the same charger and the phone's interface,graphics very much reminded me of the Benq.
I even doubt if its a symbian phone.Can anyone confirm???

PS: Can anyone get details about the Nokia-Benq collaboration??
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Isn't this phone phone essentially a rebranded version of a BenQ P50??
I dont think so. The Benq runs WIndows Mobile 2003SE and I dont think Nokia does Windows Phones.

That said, I'd wait to see how this new unit is. Nokia doesnt have a history of touchscreen PDAs and their Keyboard PDAs such as the 9500 and 9300 have left a lot to be desired in terms of PDA functionality.

They make good phones - Sony Ericsson, HTC and now Eten make good PDA Phones. I'll reserve my judgement till I get my hands on one because we've just seen the Nokia E61 (Blackberry replacement) beaten hollow by the Sony Ericsson M600i (except for the #*%$#@ MEMORY STICK)

EDIT: Just checked some reviews and its Symbian based and so cant be the P50, though I belive there is a resemblence to the Benq P31 (never heard of that one). With 18 mb memory, its not even a P800 competitor.... no wonder its not available in the markets here. I think its Nokia's version of a PDA Phone of the 3rd world, which is really sad.

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I think its Nokia's version of a PDA Phone of the 3rd world, which is really sad.
U break my heart. :( But, i think i'll have to agree.
Its nowhere near ur Eten.But, isn't much different from the discontinued O2 mini.
I need to use it for atleast a week to know if what u're telling is true.

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Isn't this phone phone essentially a rebranded version of a BenQ P50??
You are partially correct. Nokia 6708 is a rebranded Benq but its not the benq
p50 you are looking at but the benq p30. while p50 is windows 2003 based( p51 is 05 based) benq p31 is symbian based (p30 is the original predecessor)

check it out here.

http://www.infosyncworld.com/news/n/5911.html

http://www.gsmarena.com/benq_p31-758.php

Benq is a spin-off from acer and has been quiet successful lately taking on its own parent. Benq used to be the OEM for Nokia for a long time. But this announcement has a different story to it (not yet verified).

after the takeover on siemens mobile, benq-siemens have decided to ditch symbian in favour of Windows (hence P51 came into existence). Nokia was looking for an exact p31 device and the deal struck.

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Correct. I just don't understand how a Benq can be rebranded to a Nokia.
Not that its a bad thing,though.
Benq has been the OEM for Nokia phones for a long time. remember the 6260?

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The Benq runs WIndows Mobile 2003SE and I dont think Nokia does Windows Phones.
Symbian is basically Nokia's baby. there is no way NOkia will go windows until there some really delicious development behind this one.

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used it for a day before returning it back,nitrous,the thing doesnt even have t9!!

the keypad is just numeric, u cant use it to type any alphabets.. picked it up with high hopes and was dissapointed.. traded it in for an n70.

picked it up for 19,200 rs.


so unless u can tap up all ur messages coz i didnt find that handwriting software recog too great,pick up something else..


edit:didnt read quite properly,now that u have picked it up, how u finding the phone?

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, benq-siemens have decided to ditch symbian in favour of Windows (hence P51 came into existence). Nokia was looking for an exact p31 device and the deal struck.
An Os that was ditched by Benq-siemens was picked up by Nokia??
D@mn Nokia!!
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Benq has been the OEM for Nokia phones for a long time. remember the 6260?
Now I know why the 6260 was utter crap!
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An Os that was ditched by Benq-siemens was picked up by Nokia??
D@mn Nokia!!

hey hey, wait.

Symbian has been majorly developed by Nokia only. Both Siemens and benq were stakeholders with their sx1 and p30/31 handsets.

After the collabration benq-siemens found out that its not worth fighting Nokia in its own game. Nokia commanded high royalty and the competitive handsets were always low on features. Hence they sold their stake in symbian and went completely windows.

Siemens and benq both have previously had windows phones in the form of siemens sx66 and benq p50.
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