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Review of the Nokia 7705 Twist cell phone for Verizon

Review by Ricky Cadden on Tuesday October 20, 2009.

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When Verizon and Nokia unveiled the 7705 Twist feature phone, with its funky swivel design, we weren't quite sure what to think. Now that we've had a chance to spend some time with this QWERTY-equipped phone, though, we're quite impressed. Find out why in this review of the Nokia 7705 Twist for Verizon.

Physical Aspects

The Nokia 7705 Twist from Verizon is an oddball of a phone, featuring a nicely sized 2.4-inch display and a swivel-out QWERTY keyboard that's loaded with shortcuts. The phone itself is housed in a formal combination of piano black plastic and chrome plating, and folds nicely into a small package to easily fit into your pocket or purse.

While closed, the Nokia 7705 Twist from Verizon measures only 68.6mm x 68.6mm x 15mm (2.7in x 2.7in x .59in) and weighs 96.4g (3.4oz), which is quite nice. When unfolded, the phone's length extends out to 114.3mm (4.5in), which is definitely completely bearable. The plastic build materials are of high quality and the phone feels solid in the hand, with a phenomenally smooth swivel motion.

The front of the 7705 Twist is where you'll find the modest 2.4-inch QVGA (320x240 pixel) resolution display. This screen is incredibly bright and beautiful, almost leading you to believe it is OLED, when in fact it is only a normal LCD. Below the display is a pair of touch-sensitive softkeys, just above a standard 5-way d-pad with a raised outer ring and massive center button. The 'CLR'/back button is off to the far left of the d-pad, and is also touch sensitive. In the bottom right corner of the front of the Twist is a large, hollow, chrome ring which serves as the hinge for this swiveling phone. Inside this ring is a multicolored LED light that can be used for a number of notifications, which we'll cover later.

A small upwards push on the bottom left corner of the front of the phone starts the spring-assisted swivel, which reveals the full QWERTY keyboard. Along the top of the keyboard is a row of shortcuts, bordered on either side by the dedicated end/send keys. These shortcuts include quick access to messaging, music, internet, voice control, speakerphone, and the camera, and prove to be extremely convenient.

The QWERTY keyboard is a uniform grid of tall rectangles, each with a letter and symbol printed in white font against the matte black background, for high visibility. While the keyboard is somewhat cramped, the buttons are easy to press, well spaced, and offer great tactile feedback. The 7705 Twist is definitely one of my favorite QWERTY keyboards ever.

With the phone open, you'll find the microSD card slot on the right side, covered by an attached door to keep debris out. Just below this is the 2.5mm audio port (most normal headphones use a 3.5mm audio port), which is a shame to find on an otherwise nicely equipped phone. The microphone pinhole is the only thing on the bottom edge of the phone, and the volume rocker and microUSB charging/data port are both located along the left edge.

The 3 megapixel camera on the 7705 Twist is located on the rear of the lower half of the phone, in the top right corner as viewed from behind. The entire back cover snaps off to reveal the small 860mAh battery.

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Stephen M @ 9:55:51PM EST on Wednesday November 4, 2009

Theres just one question that I have about the Nokia Twist 7705 and that is what is the call quality like? Nokia is usually pretty good but another website is saying otherwise. I'd believe you guys before I would anyone else but you failed to mention it in both the article and the 2 part videos.

yo @ 9:03:59PM EST on Tuesday January 19, 2010

Decent call quality.

Daius @ 11:58:07PM EDT on Tuesday March 23, 2010

This is possibly the WORST phone I ever wasted money on. Sure its nice looking but it's garbage. Mine broke within 3 months of use, just by opening it it split in half. I got a new one, and within just one month the screen scrambled up.

kayla marie <3 @ 12:59:53AM EDT on Monday June 14, 2010

ok then maby you should take care of your phones better
iv had mine for over 6 months now..and it the only phone iv ever loved...everything on it is just perfect and so far i havent had any problems but finding a cover for it...so this phone is legit

kotyulo @ 4:48:00AM EDT on Friday June 25, 2010

daius is 100% right this phone sucks even though it wasnt my upgrade since i had to return 3 times one time becuz of a software recall i got the palm pixi plus it is the best phone ive ever had in my life aand ive had a lot

Mae @ 3:02:13AM EDT on Thursday August 26, 2010

This phone is good if you aren't going to abuse it and have stupid user error problems. Basically, take care of it and it'll be a wonderful phone =D

hughes1220 @ 2:52:32PM EDT on Tuesday September 28, 2010

BREAKS EASILY! At least mine did! I was VERY careful with this phone and in no way abused or misused it. I had it less than two weeks and the two parts came separated or broken at the hinge with normal to light use. I paid for an early upgrade to get this phone and refuse to pay more to fix or replace it due to a manufacturers defect!

Dyl @ 10:15:08PM EST on Thursday November 11, 2010

I don't think it is user use that is causing all of these issues because I have had to replace my phone several times for things beyond my control...couldn't read memory cards, camera and video would not capture, screen locked...the phone itself it poorly designed and could be made much sturdier...think twice before making the purchase based on a neat design idea!

D Pickens @ 9:12:21PM EST on Monday December 27, 2010

If you live in a fluffy world and carry a fluffy purse and never ever have dropped a phone in your life and if you have the fashion sensibilities of a 14 year old girl, this phone might be a good fit for you. If you're a 43 year old dude who often drinks to the point of blackout, not so much...

kayla @ 8:13:42PM EST on Sunday January 23, 2011

do you have to get the internet

Virg @ 9:28:56AM EDT on Thursday March 31, 2011

I came across this site was looking around online to see if I could find a fix for my "Twist". I got my 1st Twist about a year & a half ago & within the first 3 months I had to return it to Verizon 5 TIMES for the same reason (the phone would not charge or turn on). Verizon would not replace the Twist with a different phone so everytime it decided it didn't want to work I had to get the same phone back :'( When Verizon sent me the 6th replacement phone (as you could imagine) I was not a happy camper. Like alot of people, my phone holds my life & now after so many replacements, I could not trust the Twist with my world. I ended up haing to purchase a preowned refurbished phone (Droid) and I absolutely LOVE it. I had the LG Dare for 2.5 years before the Twist & still have that as a back-up phone today, it still looks new & had to replace the screen once because of so much use. I do take care of my electronics and don't beleive the Twist issues were user error. The last replacement Twist I got I only used for 1 week while I waited for the Droid to come in the mail. I took the Twist out of the box the other day to test it out so I could sell it, but guess what, IT WON'T TURN ON!!!...lol...You gotta love it!

VictoriaAnn @ 6:18:47PM EDT on Wednesday June 29, 2011

I love the way this phone looks, but I don't recommend this phone to anyone! While everything about this phone is nice, the battery life is short! I charge my phone all night & after 5 texts 1 call within 6 hours the phone is dead! I had the battery replaced and still the same thing! I've had this phone for a year now and it only gets worse! Thankfully I can finally upgrade my phone cause now my phone won't even stay alive without being on the charger constantly! A friend of mine got this phone too and had the same troubles! DON'T GET THIS PHONE!

Emily @ 3:38:43AM EDT on Friday July 8, 2011

I would have to disagree with you on the battery life. Mine usually can last all day if I charge it all night. This is coming from a 16 year old texter. I"ve only had two twists within two years. I take care of phone as well, but unfortunately its not that great at staying "alive" for over 3-8 months. My first twist was great until the ring caused the phone to split in half. My parents and I concluded that it was my fault, but I got a replacement and its been fine for about 5-6 months, but just tonight its deciding that it doesnt want to charge! What do I do? And I'm not allowed to get an upgrade until next year >.

G-Kat @ 11:09:16AM EDT on Sunday August 14, 2011

I have had this phone for almost 2 years, and I have only replaced it twice, both of which were my fault. (Stolen at school, yes it is my fault. I didn't have it in my locker. The second, I dropped it in water and the calling was messed up after. Other than that, this phone is AWESOME. I text all the time, and this phone is perfect for that. Everything from the design to features are great. Battery life is completely fine, as long as I charge it all night. I do want something different though, since I've had the Twist for so long. Get this phone, take care of it, and it will be great.

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Ricky Cadden
Former news editor Ricky Cadden runs Symbian-Guru.com. Ricky is based in Texas.

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