Nokia 2690 Review

Welcome to the Nokia 2690 review. Released in mid-2010 the 2690 is another one of Nokia’s cheap mobile phones.  Priced around the $100 AUD outright it is a bit high considering you can get other better phones as pre-paid but network locked package with a even better phone for the same price.  However it does have a quad-band receiver so it will work on all GSM networks like Vodaphone Virgin, Optus and Telstra.

Examples of other pre-paid packaged phone for about the same price include, Samsung S6700 and Nokia 5130 or even the Sony Ericsson Naite.

The 2690 is a quad-band GSM only phone and as a result will work on almost any country you go to.  So if you want to stay in touch and don’t want to bring your expensive smart phone in public then this is yet another good phone to buy.  It has certain features of more expensive models like micro SD-card expansion up to 32G and bluetooth.  It will do basic internet based communication like email but that’s it.  Otherwise a well rounded talk and text focused phone.  If you are planning to get emails you probably need a data pack with your plan so why not get a more functional phone?

The design has clues of other popular Nokia phones like the 6300 and 6700 and even the latest C5.  Overall looks OK  but not a classic like the original 3120!

The 2690’s construction quality is again good for a basic phone. Likewise the screen quality good for the price but it is relatively small and low resolution. Since we often judged the desirability of a phone this doesn’t rank highly due to essentially older but better specified Nokia models.  The keys inexpensive feel but have a nice click to them.

The user interface is standard S40 Nokia so easy enough to use.  Surprisingly it has Flashlite 3.0 so can run our free software and animated wallpaper thus we can recommend 2690.  Apart from that we really can’t say much more!

To conclude we think that the 2690 is yet another decent basic phone but with the features you could actually use but when deciding to purchase consider new but older models that have been around for at least 12 months.  Mobile phone manufacturers seem to bring out similar looking new models that have so many missing or included functionality that people do not know which one to choose. Nokia needs to reduce their variants or bring back changeable covers or something like that.  We grow tired to trying a new phone only to realize that they are just like any other Nokia but with a different case.  Nonetheless the 2690 is a decent phone for those who mainly use it for talk and text and a little email.


  • Nokia 2690
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Based on country)
  • Design
    Candy bar
  • L107.5 x W45.5 x D13.8 mm
    Weight 81 grams
  • Display/s
    TFT 128 x 160
  • Camera
    480 x 640 pixels
  • Video Camera
    128 x 96 pixels @ 15FPS
  • Connectivity
    Not included
  • CPU
  • Memory
  • Up to 15Mb available to user
    Micro-SD expansion up to 32G
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, vibration and others
  • Features
    Music and Media player
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    FM radio
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    BL-4C 3.7V 860mAh
    Up to 13 days Standby
    Up to 4.5 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $100 AUD Mid-2010 (Outright)