Nokia 6220 Classic review:

Nokia 6220 Classic

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Typical Price: $698.00
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3.5 stars

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4.5 stars 3 user reviews

The Good Excellent 5-megapixel camera. Accurate GPS. Beautiful Symbian interface.

The Bad Clicky plastic keypad. Slightly laggy interface. No Wi-Fi. Cannot iSync with Mac.

The Bottom Line Playing on the brunette-stereotype, the Nokia 6220 Classic is a 3G smartphone that transcends its demure looks with pragmatic appeal, a stand-out 5MP camera and assisted-GPS.

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7.5 Overall

Not to be confused with the Nokia 6220 of days yore, the Nokia 6220 Classic is a 3G smartphone that ticks off the "must-haves" on a feature wish-list — an excellent 5MP (megapixel) camera with Carl Zeiss optics, assisted-GPS, HSDPA, and room for a microSD memory card, all crammed within an ergonomic candybar form. Despite portraying itself as a business-oriented smartphone, this Nokia's greatest strength lies in its camera and integrated photo-sharing and geotagging capabilities, which will appeal to folks searching for a reason to ditch their digital camera. However, those wanting to use it as an in-car GPS may want to hold on a while, unless you're happy to pay a considerable licence fee for road directions.

Despite all these goodies, the Nokia 6220 Classic is remarkably svelte, weighing in at a comfortable 90g and measuring 108x47x15mm. It fits comfortably in one hand, especially with its deliciously tactile matte backing and sensible key placement. The front panels of the phone, however, are an instant smudge-magnet; while looking resplendent in the box, the Nokia 6220 Classic will soon show its true colours after a round of texting during a fast-food meal.

Despite the key placement being very straightforward, don't expect that fast-food texting session to be a piece of cake — the oh-so-shiny keys are a little clicky, plastic-y and aren't terribly responsive. Often, the combination of key presses required to unlock the phone can take a few attempts and texting can feel a little cramped. Thankfully, the rest of the Nokia 6220 Classic's form is quite robust, with the camera-phone shutter release moulded neatly into the side of the phone and the lens is shielded when not in use.

It's the season for Apple-inspired design, and the Nokia 6220 Classic's Symbian OS interface is not immune. Its minimal, uncluttered screen layout and fade transitions from menu-to-application give it quite a luxurious, yet professional veneer. Its emphasis on connectivity ensures that features such as its Web browser, content sharing and Bluetooth are at the fore, while tucking away secondary niceties like its music player and FM radio in the feature menu.

Overall, the Nokia 6220 Classic's design is unobtrusive and doesn't break any rules. Those receptive to Nokia's litany of out-there fashion phones may greet this with a yawn, but remember that this phone isn't so much about flair as functionality.

The Nokia 6220 Classic has a feature list as long as the Silk Route, however its most exemplary asset is its 5-megapixel camera with Carl ZeissT Lens and Xenon Flash, which produces crisp, radiant images with deep blues in sunlight and relatively natural colours in low-light with flash. That said, the automatic flash is not particularly good at measuring light levels, so it is best to manually activate the flash in dim light, or risk ending up with blurry, artefact-riddled photos. Also, its red-eye reduction feature isn't particularly good. A lower-quality CIF camera is also embedded in the front panel for 3G video calling. Other multimedia features include a media gallery, FM stereo radio with RDS, a voice recorder and a basic music player.

Complementing the quality of the photos is the Nokia 6220 Classic's 2.2-inch QVGA 16 million colour screen. From first boot, its crispness, clarity and vibrancy makes for a pocket wonder; its size is more than sufficient for proudly displaying your shots. To save your photos (and multimedia), the Nokia 6220 Classic includes 120MB of internal memory, which can be boosted to up to 8GB using a microSD memory card.

Partnered with photo uploading and geotagging capabilities, the Nokia 6220 Classic is a winner. Using an internet data connection, it's very simple to set up an account and start uploading to Nokia's free-and-unlimited OviT media-sharing website from your handset, which is very handy for sharing happy-snaps and trip details when you're away from your desktop. Thankfully when using OviT, images are automatically compressed prior to upload, thus keeping down your data spend. Note that this is not the case with Flickr; unless you're on a generous data plan, you probably won't want to be uploading oodles of photos at 730KB a pop. Naturally, this can all be possible using the Nokia 6220 Classic's 3G HSDPA connectivity, its in-built Web browser and a healthy data plan. For more pedestrian connectivity needs, the Nokia 6220 Classic can send email with attachments and includes Bluetooth and a USB port, which when combined with bundled Nokia Suite software, makes easy work of syncing your calendar entries and contacts with a PC. Mac users, however, do not have this luxury; at time of writing, we were still unable to sync the handset with iSync (horrors!). On both platforms, we could utilise the Nokia 6220 Classic as a storage device via both Bluetooth and USB interfaces.

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