The original N-Gage turned out to be a huge dud all over the world. Nokia tried to outdo the Gameboy Advance with a handheld console that was also a phone. Technically speaking the N-Gage is more powerful than the Gameboy Advance, but there were a lot of factors that messed up the phone's acceptability.
Some of them were:
- You had to switch off the unit and remove the battery to replace the game cartridge (MMC).
- The buttons were terribly uncomfortable to use, causing your hands to hurt after a while of gaming.
- Bulky and uncomfortable to carry around.
- Sidetalkin' - The phone requires you to hold it sideways due to the badly placed speaker and mic. It made the user look ridiculous, like he's talking into an odd-shaped cyber-banana.
- Lack of developer support.
It seems that Nokia was paying attention to all the user complaints, which is quite evident with their release of the N-Gage QD.
What is the N-Gage QD?
Calling the QD an N-Gage 2 would be a mistake since there isn't any internal upgrade in the hardware here. The only difference that has taken place is a whole new body and improved external features.
Remember - Calling the N-Gage QD a phone is like saying that Superman is just 'a strong guy'. Sure it does function as a phone, but that's definitely not the highlight of it. The N-Gage QD is a gamedeck with GSM telephony capabilities. That means that gaming is its primary function and it was designed and built with gaming in mind. If you're interested in buying a new phone and have no interest in playing games on it, then this is not the phone for you.
With that out of the way, let's see what's so new and improved here.
The N-Gage QD is surprisingly smaller than it looks in pictures. It's sized at 118 x 68 x 22 mm and weighs about 143 g, which is pretty decent for a gamedeck. Being smaller than the older N-Gage, some adults with big hands may face some slight ergonomic issues with the design. Still, with smartly placed controls, the design is quite comfortable in most hands.