Oh well! It looks like T3 is the first one to post a brief review of the Nokia Tube. That’s Nokia’s touch screen S60 handset which they are announcing practically now. You know, the one we’ve all known everything there is to know about for something like least a year now? If you absolutely don’t want to check out the press event, you can head on over to T3rizzle to check out their impressions. Nokia apparently wouldn’t let them post any live shots up so they drew a little doodle instead – too funny. Rumor has it there will indeed be a version with US 3G (AT&T) and the unlocked price will be a very affordable $349. Of course this is not a flagship handset by any stretch of the imagination so $350 sounds about right. Maybe Nokia will decide to take the launch site live sometime soon and we can get this over with already.
Those who have been wondering exactly what the new S60 Touch UI will look like are in for a treat this morning. The first round of screenshots are making their way around the internet and they depict a few different areas of the UI. “Screenshots” is a term we use loosely however. Not to be a buzzkill, but these images weren’t actually captured on a device running the upcoming S60 9.5 OS. Instead, they’re from a beta of an upcoming version of Nokia’s S60 theme-building software Carbide.ui. Either way, they give us a nice taste of things to come. It looks like, well, S60. The addition of some larger touch-friendly menu buttons seems to be common to each screen. Don’t worry about losing valuable real estate though; the 480 x 640 VGA resolution should accommodate the new buttons nicely assuming we see some decent screen sizes from Nokia’s touch devices. The one button that troubles us can be seen in the images after the jump – a screen rotation button. Does this mean that we shouldn’t expect automatic screen rotation on the Tube? Lame. The upcoming 5800 XpressMusic will surely have an accelerometer, why not use it for more than just camera orientation? Hit the jump for two more images.