Nokia Astound Launches Today, $79.99 On Contract

Right on schedule T-Mobile has launched the Nokia Astound for $79.99 for a 2 year contract. With a 3.5″ screen, 8 megapixel camera and on board Symbian OS the Astound is a definite change of pace from the recent onslaught of Android devices we’ve been seeing.

We’ll have a full review up on the Astound soon but first impressions were favorable if unimpressive. Symbian is at the point where what it does, it does very well but it’s outdated, unattractive and its an uphill battle against the likes of iOS and Android.

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  • http://www.abstractwankery.com oZ

    Ah, more Symbian trollin’ on tmonews. It’s like the first cup of coffee in the morning.

  • http://twitter.com/jrfischbach jrfischbach

    I could be wrong, but it looks as if it has the AT&T bands also like the new LG G2X. Acquisition Proof?

    • http://www.google.com/profiles/106604499311233966897 bluechris

      Reading on the T-Mobile forums that for the Astound (unlike the regular C7) it’s Quadband, not pentaband, but does include AT&T’s 850mhz 3g radio, but not the 1900 one. Which would mean it will work, but probably have patchy 3G coverage on AT&T.

      • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

        The Nokia Astound has a pentaband radio, according to Nokia USA. It does support UMTS 850/1900, along with UMTS 900/1700/2100. The UMTS 1900 band may be disabled until the device is SIM-unlocked.

    • http://www.google.com/profiles/106604499311233966897 bluechris

      Reading on the T-Mobile forums that for the Astound (unlike the regular C7) it’s Quadband, not pentaband, but does include AT&T’s 850mhz 3g radio, but not the 1900 one. Which would mean it will work, but probably have patchy 3G coverage on AT&T.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.mingkee Matt Tsui

    I would pay $50 more to get unlocked one because it has penta-3G.

  • whosaidwhat

    Does this require a data plan?

  • Tortionist

    I’m going to have to play with it and see if it is as responsive as Android and has the total customization that Android has. Customization is the one big thing that IOS lacks for the i-phone.

  • justasking

    Why do they have to specifically remove umts band 2 (1900) from the original C7? Samsung Vibrant and Galaxy S 4G both do have those band.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/106604499311233966897 bluechris

    Given this:
    We’ll have a full review up on the Astound soon but first impressions were favorable if unimpressive. Symbian is at the point where what it does, it does very well but it’s outdated, unattractive and its an uphill battle against the likes of iOS and Android.

    Can buyers assume it will get fast access to any UI updates Nokia may have planned (there have been some images of a new Symbian UI from conference presentations floating around, and believed to be coming to Symbian devices, probably Q3).

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/106604499311233966897 bluechris

    Given this:
    We’ll have a full review up on the Astound soon but first impressions were favorable if unimpressive. Symbian is at the point where what it does, it does very well but it’s outdated, unattractive and its an uphill battle against the likes of iOS and Android.

    Can buyers assume it will get fast access to any UI updates Nokia may have planned (there have been some images of a new Symbian UI from conference presentations floating around, and believed to be coming to Symbian devices, probably Q3).

    • Anonymous

      Unattractive I give you but what do you mean by outdated? Most people when they say Symbian is outdated mean that it is unattractive, but you split them up for some reason.

  • OldPro

    Will this be considered “dumb phone” or “smart phone” for data plans? (Think Samsung Highlight)

  • TmoRep

    Its actually very decent phone for only $80. Respond great, very nice camera, no data plan required, and it even has the NFC chip built into the device. Will I give up android for this? No, but its a very strong phone for its price.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Nice. Great price too. It’s not considered a Smart phone. I look at this as the Nuron’s Successor. Not a Smartphone but has Smartphone features and a great Price.

    April 12th is the Nokia Symbian^3 event and I CAN’T WAIT!!! Hopefully they shock the World and announce the Meego phone at the Symbian Event!!!
    gsmarena.com/nokia_is_holding_a_symbian_event_on_12_april_we_re__exited-news-2486.php

    And also I HOPE THIS IS TRUE:

    The HTC Pyramid (Now called Sensation) will be released NEXT WEEK!!! I’m SOOOO Ready to get off this 5th HD2.
    gsmarena.com/htc_pyramid_to_be_called_sensation_launch_next_week-news-2492.php

    • Wzehnder

      Im a rep…did my research last night and it is data required

      • Wilma Flintstone

        Toot Toot you’re a rep. Ok good for you. Really, nice. We’re all tech heads here though so what does “I’m a Rep” supposed to mean? Just wondering bcuz I see lots of people posting that here in attempt to make themselves seem superior to others, not saying that’s what you’re doing but I’ve seen it done here and many other places.

        Thanks for clearing up the Data Requirement though. I’m going to my Tmo store and demoing this device for myself.

        • Frigadroid

          “I’m a rep” as in a representative or employee like sales rep. I assume that’s what they are claiming not really like their bragging I hope.

    • Anonymous

      Nokia & HTC will be announcing a joint venture to bring Meego to EVO styled phones.

      I read this on April 1st. http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&nord=1&biw=1280&bih=909&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=sike&aq=f&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=

      • Wilma Flintstone

        The April 1st gave this April Fools Joke away. LOL!!!

        • Anonymous

          I was hopin that would go over your head and THEN you would get it!! :-P

    • http://www.google.com/profiles/106604499311233966897 bluechris

      why not a smart phone – what’s it missing?

      • Wilma Flintstone

        I consider it not really a smartphone. It has most all the features of a smartphone but I just see it as similar to a Nuron Successor.

        • Wilma Flintstone

          Just my opinion really. I like the phone though as it looks really nice especially for that price.

      • Anonymous

        The phone aint Man enough for her that’s all.

      • Anonymous

        It is a smartphone and that is a fact. What Wilma said was an opinion. Fact is, the Astound is not a successor to the Nuron, they do not run the same operating system or even the same level hardware. The Nuron didn’t have a GPU, just like all the other Symbian^1 phones like the N97 AND the OS was crippled by Tmobile. The Astound, as with all Symbian^3 smartphones such as the N8 have the same powerful GPU and the UI is GPU accelerated at 60 FPS. Comparitively, the Nuron and the S^1 UI was NOT accelerated and ran at 15FPS.

        It is a shame that David echos the same outdated comments about Symbian supposedly being outdated ect. It is as if people expect Symbian^3 to BE Android. It isn’t, it is a different operating system. I dont ever hear people say iOS is outdated because it doesnt have widgets or behave like Android.

        People act like they forgot that they had to learn how to use Android and iOS. Learn Symbian and judge it based on what it was designed to do. People don’t bash the countless android phones or call them outdated because they use the outdated bluetooth 2.0 and don’t even allow full access, and cannot connect to certain types of wifi, cannot do network video calls from the OS without an app, they dont say it is outdated because it lacks a built in file manager. Yet since Symbian^3 doesnt look like behave like Andoid/iOS, it is outdated and unimpressive? Really?

        People don’t spread misinformation about other OSes, saying they are not smartphones yet it is ok to say that about Symbian^3? If I made those false claims about Android or any other OS that you all are familiar with, you all would be ready to stone me and call me a troll and stupid names. Yet people continue in ignorance, would rather not learn Symbian^3 and just put it down and say ridiculous things because THEY have no real experience with it and are too narrowminded and closeminded to accept that not all smartphone OSes come from this side of the world and that just because it is new or different, that it doesnt.

        Apply the closeminded reviews to everyday life and it becomes apparent how ignorant some people are. For example, my 2007 Sentra doors dont like exactly like my 2000 Audi A6 4.0 so it MUST be outdated and since my wipers dont go as fast with the same number of clicks, it is outdated. No! they are different by design and not one automatically sucks because just becauseI am familiar with my Audi.

        Even LG fridge filters water differently than a whirlpool but the wirlpool isnt outdated because to change the filter takes different steps. NO! It is just different. As long as it works as designed.

        People need to stop reviewing stuff as if it is something else! Please review the item and not pass on a comparison as a review r with preconceived notions. If you are not familiar with the OS, then learn, just like you did with all other OSes but by gosh, enough with the shortsighted negativites that people get away with JUST because there arent enough american users to stand up and call fould play based on their own experiences enough to know the truth.

        If you didn’t know Android for yourself and the media kept slandering it and calling it not a smartphone and outdated, you would believe it too and start to spread the same misinformation just as people do about Symbian and Nokia as a whole.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          I say its outdated based on nothing more than my own personal use of it over the past two weeks. It’s sluggish and slow and it feels like I’m being hindered by outdated software. This isn’t a comparison between competing OS’s. Anyone who reads this site on any kind of a frequent basis knows I don’t care for Android for my own personal use. This has nothing to do with what people are telling me but rather what I am experiencing. Symbian needs a drastic overhaul.

        • Anonymous

          If you don’t fit the description of the type of people described above then my comment is not for you. I mentioned Android and iOS because you mentioned them. Also, what is this uphill battle? Dont people just learn the facts about OSes, try them for themselves and make a purchase? There was no battle for me when I purchased a HD2, N900, G2 and N8. I educated myself on the capabilities of the OSes and then found out if they performed those capabilities as promised and then made the transaction.

          Either way, I look forward to your review. It appears you have put some quality time in with the Astound. That is much more than I can say for a lot of people/sites.

          I can’t help but ask, if it isnt comparing it to other OSes, the it is slow compared to what? That is an honest question.

          Speaking of phones, the N900, N8 and G2 all have multiple homescreens with widgets. It is far easier to customize the homesreens and move the widgets on Maemo than the other 2 OSes. It is even quicker on Maemo. Maybe it is just me but I wouldnt say Android or Symbian^3 are outdated or sluggish but I would explain that they all handle it differently. Both Mameo and S3 have unlimited homescreen swiping in both directions, android is different. All three hsve drop down status menus with info. Mameo has more info and is customizable, andoids is more relative to what is currently going on with the OS and S3s have the quickest shortcuts to core functionality. All designed diifferently.

          Now, I could mention WP7, it is missing a LOT of standard smartphone features yet I dont recall users and reviewers calling it outdated and the ui is very restricted. But hey, that is how it is designed so I am NOT going to paint a negative picture. I would rather become experienced with it with an open mind and understand how it works within its design limitations. Now if I base my review of WP7 on my experiences with other OSes, it would be at the bottom of the heap automatically. Then I would be biased and my review would be me pushing my comparitive experiences against WP7 off on other readers as if they
          had the same pre WP7 experiences a I.

          I have a personal biased against apple products because of their advertising but I always unbiasedly recommend them to people if that fits their needs and would never review them in a biased fashion as the review is not for my future purchase but for the assisting of others with their purchase. For example, here is how I would address the flashless issue. I would mention in my review that the iphone doesnt support flash but has excellent html5 support to inform buyers. What I wouldnt do is insert my pro flash bias and make it a negative thing and say how outdated the ipad is without flash and that it is a chore to miss the core of the web and then continue lace the review with more opinione and less info. I would rather the readers use the device a say whether the lack of flash is positive or negative.

          Same with multitasking. I would state the implementaion and how it differs but who am I to say it is outdated. To someone, that may be what they need. My N900 has amazing multitasking but that implementation is not for everyone and I dont speak negative of any othe OS, including symbian because they cant have a live view of a movie playing along with a live game, the web and other apps. The other OSes are not designed to do that so why should I down them. I should stick to reviewing them as designed and let readers decide which works best for them.

          Now David, I am not telling you or anyone else how to run your site as it isnt my site. Most of what I have said doesn’t apply to you or your site as I am generalising. All I am saying is that I have read plenty of garbage on big name sites that seem to not be concerned with the interests of their resders and are more concerned with their own agendas. The sites are for the people, unless they become electronic journals.

          You and your team are fair most of the time compared to other sites and usually report news as news as you get it without making them opinionated pieces. That is why I keep coming back, recommending the site to others and keeping your email at the top of the list for tips.

          Once again, my post is just a long conversation and not a back and forward finger poing nitpicking, choosing sides, change the rules post. I am also not intending to offend anyone or single anyone out. I am just stating what I have seen on the web, and not necessarily on TMonews.

  • Miriamd21

    Does it have a front facing camera? And can u make video calls wit it? Also is it hspa+ or regular 3g phone? Thanks

    • Anonymous

      yes to front facing camera, es video calls, 3G to 10.2 mbps

  • Anonymous

    Just an FYI David, its $49.99 on upgrades

  • http://www.sadude.com SaDudE

    I am not sure I understand why this has smartphone features and not a smartphone. This phone is on par with iOS and Android and can still do whatever those phones can do. The beauty is that you don’t have to pay $30 for data.

  • Justinnn

    Did I not read on engadget awhile ago that Nokia was basically broke, got rid of their entire Symbian team and in order to stay alive agreed to be Microsoft’s personal hardware manufacturer for WP7? So let me clarify, Nokia is still Nokia?

    • j-man

      Yes, they are still Nokia and they will continue to sell Symbian devices. They will sell phones with this OS that are not super-phones, just low to mid range smartphones. that is the reason that this phone is not requiring data, from what I have heard, just like the Nokia Nuron did not require it when it came out a year ago.

      • Frigadroid

        Don’t believe everything you read. Nokia is still nokia and even after loosing much market share they are still the #1 world wide manufacture of cell phones.
        It might be awhile yet before the new nokia windows phones come to market. For the sake of competition and knowing the ability of nokia & microsoft I am looking forward to what they come up with.

  • Petey

    This would be a nice phone for my parents (who’s in their 60′s) FFC is a feature they want, and what nice is that it’s doesnt require a data plan. Wished all smartphone doesn’t require a smartphone data plan (those who need it can sign up for it, and those who don’t need it, doesn’t need to pay the extra services, if they’re using wifi or etc.).

  • http://www.sadude.com SaDudE

    So this phone is only $60 for me because of full upgrade but they are making upgrade to either the $15 or $30 rate plan. No way am I giving up my tzones. This sucks, there must be another way of getting this phone on discount and not changing the rate plans.

  • Moro80

    Played with this in the store yesterday. My wife has a Nuron and has been complaining about the clunkiness and slugishness of the device. I was hoping the Astound would be a nice upgrade for her, especially that I wouldn’t have to sign up for $30 data. I advise any of you that are in my shoes to do the same and try it first. After a few minutes of trying it out I found the following:
    - Rather slow to respond. You click on an app, and you wait…then wait some more…then the app starts.
    - I tried to play some game, the one where you have to maneuver the ball through obstacles. Couldn’t get past the start screen (pressing “play” did nothing.
    - Contact list scrolling was smooth, scrolling from one home panel to another was less smooth, but not bad.
    - Finally, I found that entering text in the browser (i.e. a web address) to be similar to the Nuron, where it completely covers the screen with the text entry field. Would be nice to be able to see the webpage while entering a new URL. The device looks great, but it seems to me that it will be frustrating to use after a while.