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Nokia 6790 Surge

alaTest has collected and analyzed 93 reviews of Nokia 6790 Surge. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and durability. The size and price also get good reviews. Some have doubts about the connectivity. Opinions are divided on the reception.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Nokia 6790 Surge is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Nokia 6790 Surge from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Reviewers really like the sound. The price is also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some negative reviews about the reliability and size.

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73% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Straight Talk Nokia 6790 Smart Phone GSMNokia MAKO/Surge 6790 Combo Rapid Car Charger + USB Data Charge Sync Cable for Nokia MAKO/Surge 6790

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: Ginny Mies (

Nokia Surge (AT&T)


The Nokia Surge ($80 with a two-year contract; as of 8/10/09) is a great starter smartphone for teenagers or those wary of high-priced handsets. It has a few design quirks, and the construction is a bit flimsy, but you get a solid set of features for...

Very slim and lightweight ; Excellent call quality

No separate numeric keypad ; Poor tactile feedback from shortcut keys

The Nokia Surge is surprisingly feature-packed for its price, but the design has more than a few flaws.

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Stewart Wolpin (

Nokia Surge 6790


At first glance, the Nokia Surge 6790, available from AT&T, vaguely resembles all other touchscreen phones with either slide-out or flip-down QWERTY keyboards. Just one problem, however: The Surge doesn't have a touchscreen. As a result, some cell...

Bright ; crisp 2.4-inch LCD; slideout QWERTY keyboard; excellent music and video players; fast and easy to surf Web browser; accelerometer

No touchscreen; awkward direct dialing; microUSB jack isn't for charging; no 3.5mm jack; no threaded messaging

Sadly, for many, it's ergonomic awkwardness will easily overwhelm the Surge's many other multimedia positives.

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Bonnie Cha (

Nokia Surge 6790 (AT&T)


The Nokia 6790 Surge for AT&T is a bit of a departure for the Finnish handset manufacturer. You wouldn't know it just by looking at it, but the little guy is actually a smartphone like the Nokia N and E series devices. It runs on the Symbian S60...

The Nokia Surge packs in a lot of features--a full HTML browser with Flash Lite support, 3G support, GPS--for an affordable price. The smartphone also provides access to social networking sites

The phone has a number of design quirks and doesn't have the best build quality. You can't dial numbers without opening the keyboard

The Nokia Surge offers AT&T's younger customers an affordable, feature-rich smartphone, but it has a number of design and interface issues.

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: (

Nokia Surge


The Surge makes an excellent mobile office, even if it doesn't look like one. It hooks into Microsoft Exchange accounts for contacts, calendar, and e-mail, as well as Web-based services like Yahoo Mail and Gmail. Quickoffice is also on board for...

Great reception. Good music and video playback. Built-in document editing and Exchange support. Powerful Web browser

Awful camera. Difficult-to-use keyboard. Have to open the handset sideways to dial numbers. Requires expensive smartphone data plan

The Nokia Surge offers a good keyboard and plenty of smartphone power, but it's not as powerful or easy to use as other AT&T smartphones.

Expert review by: PhoneArena Team (

Nokia 6790 Surge Review


Rarely we come across a decent Nokia device sneaking its way onto AT&T's lineup that turns heads. For the longest of times, they've been offering basic flip handsets that really doesn't do justice to the world's number one phone maker. Fortunately...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: Joni Blecher (

Nokia Surge


At first glance with it's slide-out keyboard and black plastic casing, you might think the Nokia Surge is intended to be a high-end messaging phone and perhaps that was the case. However, this Nokia is a smartphone and includes all the features...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: (

Nokia 6790 Surge


The prolific cell phone manufacturer Nokia produces such a high volume of models that surely one will fit your needs. The Nokia 6790 Surge, however, while a competent phone, may not be the best choice. The reason I say it may not be your best choice is...

Jan, 2010

Expert review by: Bright Hub (

Nokia Surge Review


Nokia Surge makes an excellent messaging phone, with an astonishing hardware QWERTY keyboard. This article reviews the phone in detail, examining the design, user interface and all the various features in depth.

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: AWright (

Nokia Surge Review


While Nokia has not had a lot of success with many of its higher-end models in the U.S., the E71x showed that the world's largest mobile device maker can meet this market with a capable handset

Good battery life ; QWERTY keyboard ; Useful and fun bundled applications

Fingerprint magnet ; Antiquated user interface

For Nokia, the Surge might not gain them fame, but it will push them more into North American wallets and hands

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Ricky Cadden (

Review: Review of the Nokia 6790 Surge for AT&T Wireless


The Nokia Surge for AT&T is a QWERTY keyboard enabled S60 device that's a bit different for a Nokia smartphone. Ricky tests it out in this in-depth review, which includes two videos of the phone in action.

can i set ringtones for texts on the nokia 6790?

Sep, 2009

Product Specifications

The Nokia Surge is an ideal device for active consumers who like to stay connected whether using IM, text or email, sending multimedia messages, AT&T video share, or updating and connecting via their favorite social networks. With a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard in a slim, stylish design and Symbian S60 multi-tasking capabilities, Nokia Surge is the ideal smartphone for today's customer who is always in touch with their social circle. In addition to an impressive suite of messaging capabilities, the Nokia Surge offers a powerful browsing experience, including Flash support to view most sites in full HTML or watch YouTube videos. Nokia Surge allows users to post messages, images, videos, and comments to web sites like Facebook on-the-go with the pre-installed JuiceCaster application.


Antenna Type:Internal


Standby Time (PB):400hours
Talk Time (PB):240minutes
Technology:Lithium ion



CE Input Device

Type:QWERTY keyboard


Band:WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Combined with:With digital camera / digital player / FM radio / GPS receiver
Integrated Components:Digital camera / FM radio / Digital player / GPS receiver/Digital camera / Digital player / FM radio / GPS receiver
Phone Form Factor:Slider
Service Provider:AT&T
Technology:WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Voice Recorder: Yes
Wireless Interface:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Communicator Features

Operating System:Symbian OS

Dimensions & Weight



Color Depth:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:2.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.1cm
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Supported Flash Memory Cards:microSD


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nokia

Messaging & Data Services

EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates For Global Evolution): Yes
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access): Yes
Internet Browser: Yes



Optical Sensor

Sensor Resolution:2Megapixel


Alarm Clock: Yes
Calendar: Yes
Reminder: Yes

Telephone Features

Voice Dialing: Yes
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