Nokia 3720 Classic in-depth review -

Look and feel

A candybar design with curved edges, the Nokia 3720 Classic has a minimalist feel that adds to its charm, and though robust it is surprisingly light.

Ease of use

Nokia's familiar S40 user interface is easy to get to grips with, though it was surprising and somewhat frustrating not to find a dedicated camera button.

Features

Though shock, dust and water resistant the Nokia 3720 Classic's feature set is scarce, with EDGE data speeds, a flashlight and a two-megapixel camera the highlights.

Performance

The handset can certainly survive more than the odd bang. However, the camera is nothing more than average and the internet experience was very stop start.

Battery life

For a phone built for the outdoors it's great to find the Nokia 3720 Classic boasts an impressive battery life.

 Nokia 3720 Classic Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:58:03 PM

4

out of 10

Performance

6

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

4

out of 5

Features

8

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

A rugged phone that can withstand more than the accidental bump and knock.

Cons:

The feature set can be described as best as being average.

Nokia has a reputation for manufacturing easy to use reliable handsets. Of course they don’t shy away from fitting their higher end phones with the latest gizmos, but it’s an opinion that remains true to this day. The Nokia 3720 Classic while lacking the features found in the Nokia N97 or N900, is a great example of this, what’s more it’s also built to withstand more than the odd knock or bump.

Look and feel

The Nokia 3720 is certainly a classic in that it resembles the candybar design that the Finnish manufacturer practically made their own circa 2008. It has a minimalist feel but that is part of its charm. The corners are slightly curved and the front space is divided equally between the keypad and the 2.2-inch screen.

Robustness

Though Nokia markets the 3720 as a robust handset, it’s not in the same league as the toughphones Sonim offers, nor does it pretend to be. However, such is the build of the phone that it is both dust and water resistant, while being able to endure more than the odd knock, despite weighing a feather-light 94 grams. Take the back battery cover for example. Fastened by a single screw, it’s expertly sealed so as to protect itself from any water interference. The same can be said of the bottom of the device with a rubber seal needing to be removed to access the microUSB port along with the 2.5mm headset port (we had a little grumble that it’s not 3.5mm). Yet what is baffling is that the charging port, also found at the bottom of the phone is left exposed. Ok so the phone isn’t designed to survive a full water submersion, but to protect some ports and not others is strange. The metallic trim that encircles the handset is slightly raised so as to protect the phone’s display. For example, turn the phone upside down and the handset will rest a few millimetres above the surface helping protect it from any scuffs and scratches. For a phone that is built for the outdoors, it’s a nice touch, though we would have also liked the camera lens to have some sort of protection. The numeric keys are big enough to ensure accuracy, but, and perhaps we’re being a bit pedantic here, a labourer who is wearing workman gloves may need to remove them.

Shortcuts

There’re a couple of nifty shortcuts on the Nokia 3720. Hold down ‘0’ for example and you’ll log on to the internet. There’s no 3G but that’s not what made the experience feel a little lethargic. Scrolling using the mouse cursor was very stop start and images displayed were pixellated. Of course with the screen being on the small side a fair amount of scrolling is sadly needed. Though there’s no shortcut key for the two-megapixel camera, instead requiring you to go through the main menu, hold down the ‘*’ key and you’ll switch on a rather bright flashlight that actually doubles up as the camera’s LED flash. It’s another welcome addition for a phone for the outdoors. The camera itself is average, with snaps looking drained of colour and somewhat fragmented. That said there are a number of settings that can be adjusted to help improve your pics before sharing them on Nokia’s Ovi service.

Conclusion

To call the Nokia 3720 a classic would be a stretch by anyone’s imagination. However, though its feature set is mediocre, it sports a solid build, holding its own in the face of water, dust and concrete floors and will appeal to labourers, outdoor enthusiasts or just the very clumsy.

Danny Brogan