Nokia 6790 Surge

Nokia 6790 Surge For a long time Nokia has been making phones that do not really score as the best phones in the market. The Nokia 6790 Surge aims to be a device that aims to focus on the messaging and other features of a smartphone. This QWERTY sporting smartphone is ideal for those who are not in a position to pay the hefty bills Apple or HTC phones demand. Equipped with great features the surge is surely a good option that one can check out.

Design, Dimensions

The Nokia Surge is quite a small phone. Its dimensions are 97.5 x 57.9 x 15.5 mm. The phone is compact in size and weighs about 4.3 ounces. The phone has a glossy appearance and a plasticky kind of feel that attracts finger prints leaving one feeling that the material is of an inferior quality. The phone is wider than most sliding phones in the market. It comes with a 2.4 inches QVGA display screen -clear and bright.


The Surge has a 2MP camera that produces good detailing. It has 4x digital zoom and there is no muddy experience when it is zoomed. However the color quality is not as good. Photos can be captured in either 640 x 480 or 1600 x 1200 resolution. Options like white balance are also available. The picture quality is decent. Nokia 6790 Surge Top Side

Basic Features

The Nokia Surge comes with a 2.4 inches QVGA display screen , a slide out QWERTY keypad with an embedded numeric keypad, a 2MP camera, music player, stereo Bluetooth and 3G connectivity.

Interface: The Surge is powered by Nokia’s S60 3rd Edition which comes with attractive menu transitions and a handful of updates. The S60 Feature Pack 2 users have the option of using any one out of the three standby screen layouts. The surge can be customised in several ways. Icons and background can abe played with by changing themes. Also the main menu can be displayed in a horseshoe or V-shaped carousel mode or a list of icons.

Phone Book: The phone book can store up to 1000 contacts. Any number of information can be stored for a given contact which includes birthdays, physical mailing address, email, jod profile and many more things.

Nokia 6790 Surge Screen

The 2.4 inches display screen dominates the front part of the Surge. The QVGA display supports 16million colors and has a pixel resolution of 240x320 pixels. However, it does not look as sharp as expected. Moreover if the brightness is increased it makes viewing the screen in sunlight difficult.

Keypad and Controls

On sliding the QWERTY keyboad the display screen automatically rotates to the landscape mode. There are 4 rows of buttons on the keypad. The shape of each button is a slightly elongated rectangle with tapered edges. The buttons have a tactile click and this is one of the best keypads ever used. As there are no directional buttons on the keypad which means one must reach up to use the d-pad. A standard numeric keypad is also embedded in the centre of the QWERTY keyboard.


The MP3 music player in the Surge offers options like equalizer settings and visualizations. It displays the artist, album, track name and the time left. The sound quality from the speaker phone is dismal and when it was placed in the loudest volume crackling noises are heard. Even after altering the equalizer settings to ‘bass booster’ the performance does not improve.

Nokia 6790 Surge Full


The Nokia 6790 offers support for both SMS and MMS. However it does not display messages in threaded format which makes it difficult to track conversations. Instant messaging application is also included in the phone which enables users to log into their Yahoo Messenger account, AIM, Windows Live Messenger easy.


The music player in the Nokia Surge allows users to browse their library by artist, album, genre. It even allows creation and management of playlists on the device directly. One can also choose to shuffle or repeat the music and also adjust the audio with a graphic equalizer.

The reverse, pause/play and forward icons correspond to the navigational pad. Video playback powered by ReadPlayer produces some great results with the videos viewed. Videos can be played either in MPEG4 orientation or H.264 320x136 and it takes two seconds to switch views. The Surge performs decently in this field.

Nokia 6790 Surge Back It also includes demo versions of popular games like Guitar Hero, Asphalt 4 and Monopoly Here and Now.


The Surge offers a fairly decent web browsing experience. It is somewhat sluggish and complex pages take a little bit of time to load. Users are advised to allow a site to download completely before venturing off else that may lead to further slowdown of the device. A page view option displays the entire site and allows quick scroll down. Though Flash is supported it is not properly implemented and when viewing YouTube videos a considerable slowdown occurs.


The internal memory of the phone is 128 MB but it can be expanded to 8GB via the microSD card slot.

Connectivity and Data

The Nokia Surge is a quad-band GSM phone that supports GSM 850/900/1800/1900. It also features Bluetooth, A2DP support and a microUSB connectivity. It is fully compatible with GPRS and EDGE technologies.

Usability & Performance

The call quality of the Nokia Surge was average. The voice of callers sometimes sounded muffled and at times dead silence was experienced during converstions. The speaker also makes a crackling noise. Something that is really annoying is having to open up the QWERTY keypad while dialing numbers.

The battery is rated for 5 hours of talktime and 400 standby hours.

Nokia 6790 Surge Phone Specifications

  • Weight: 123.9 g
  • Width: 97.5 mm
  • Height: 57.9 mm
  • Thickness: 15.5 mm
  • Display size: 2.4"
  • Announced: 2009, July
  • Colors: Black
  • Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - HSDPA 850 / 1900 UMTS for 3G
  • Screen Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels 16.777.216 colors, TFT Display
  • Data: GPRS Class 10, EDGE Class 10, Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP, USB v2.0 microUSB, HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps
  • Memory: microSD, up to 8GB and internal 128 MB storage
  • Connectivity: USB v2.0 microUSB, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Web Browser: S60 OSS Browser, HTML, XHTML, WAP 2.0, CSS, JavaScript
  • Media and Music: MP4/3GP player - MP3/WAV/AAC player Supported (MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WAV - MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, RealVideo 10)
  • Camera: 2 megapixels Resolution , 1600x1200 pixels
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, IM - IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
  • Expansion Slot: microSD
  • Tones: Vibration, Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 ringtones
  • Software Features: Symbian OS, S60 rel. 3.2 - Java, MIDP 2.1
  • Other Features: Voice memo, Games, Alarm, Calendar, To-Do / Tasks, Calculator, World Clock, Converter, T9, Handsfree, Stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS
  • US Sar Values: Head: ---, Body: ---
  • Battery: Li-Ion 1500 mAh (BP-4L)
  • Talk Time: up to 290 mins
  • Standby: up to 400 hours

Related Phones: Samsung Intrepid SPH-i350 - BlackBerry Bold 9650

Pros & Cons


  • The phone is feature rich
  • It provides easy access to social networking sites


  • The phone has some quirks in its design
  • It is difficult to dial numbers without opening the keypad


Although the Nokia Surge is equipped with one of the best keypads its confused design and lackluster interface leave a sour taste in the mouth. However this phone is ideal for social networking freaks. Although the build material feels a little flimsy the handset is actually well built with a slide mechanism. The phone is also equipped with plenty of onboard memory and internal storage facility. Overall, the Nokia Surge is a great phone.


  1. Vicky, 16. November 2010, 16:58

    I’ve had the Nokia Surge for 4 months, and the screws are now popping out of the back of the phone, making the phone literally break into two pieces, this phone really isn’t built for all of the messaging and sturdieness it claims to have. I am a avid texter and it just doesn’t to be able to keep it together, literally.

  2. Harry, 28. March 2011, 17:49

    How to view dialed or received calls? Thanks

  3. Harry, 28. March 2011, 17:56

    Sorry, I forgot to mention my phone make and model. NOKIA 6790, I am not sure how to view previous dialed and received # Thanks in advance for any help.

  4. Ed, 16. June 2011, 13:00

    Screws falling out and when I returned to where i bought the phone, they simply said: sorry we dont do that here. I have been looking since for replacement screws. Not a great way to build customer loyalty.

  5. pauline, 18. June 2011, 21:45

    I have nokia 6790 How the hack do u get the camera off standby?


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