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Nokia 7705 TwistThis definitely wins the prize for the strangest mobile phone I’ve seen in a while. The Nokia 7705 Twist is a square phone which twists open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard underneath the 2.4 inch QVGA screen. It is being billed as a messaging mobile and has support for threaded messages and covers IM, MMS, SMS. It also has an easy blog feature.

The square design allows you to stand it on end which is ideal for using the 3 megapixel camera with flash, auto-focus and of course timer. The device even supports VCAST video streaming and video on demand.

It comes in black with Xpress-on covers provided in purple and black and it looks super cute but how would it actually be to use? Well it measures 2.71 x 2.71 x 0.59 inches and it weighs 3.44 ounces. Seems like a decent device for messaging but for actually talking on the phone I’m not convinced.

Another cool feature with the Nokia 7705 Twist is the fully customizable Contact Light Ring. It is a light at the bottom right that flashes to alert you of incoming messages and phone calls and you can assign different colours to different people. I’m not sure how practical this device really is but it seems destined to end up in quite a few handbags because it is compact, cute and a little bit different.

It goes on sale in Verizon stores within the next few days and it will cost $99.99 after a $50 mail in rebate and sign up for a 2 year contract.

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