Each entry in the 6215i's address book can hold up to five numbers, be assigned to a group, a photo caller ID, or one of 25 polyphonic ring tones. Features include a vibrate mode, text and multimedia messaging, a speakerphone, a calculator, a calendar, an alarm clock, a world clock, a notepad, a stop watch, voice dialing, and a wireless Web browser. You can turn on the speakerphone prior to dialing.
The 6215i comes with a VGA camera with flash. Of course, it isn't as good as a megapixel camera, but we were pleased with the options this basic camera provides. Camera settings include three different resolutions (640-by-480, 320-by-240, and 160-by-120 pixel), a self-timer, a brightness setting, a white balance setting, three shutter sounds plus a silent option, color effects, and a capture mode of either portrait or display. As with most VGA cameras, the resulting images were disappointingly blurry and grainy. It seems worse than other VGA camera images we've seen.
You can personalize the 6215i with a variety of wallpapers, colors, themes, and message alert tones. Downloading more options is easy with Verizon's Get It Now service, which is easily accessible from the phone's menu system. Though you can play Brew games on the phone, you'll have to buy and download them yourself as the phone doesn't come with any games included.
We tested the dual-band (CDMA 850/1900) 6215i handset in San Francisco using Verizon's service. Call quality was stellar, with little to no difference when compared to a regular landline phone. Callers reported the same results on their end. The speakerphone didn't fare as well, and we found ourselves having to speak up to be heard.
The Nokia 6215i has a rated talk time of 3.92 hours and a rated standby time of 10 days. Our tests showed a talk time of 4 hours. According to FCC radiation tests, the 6215i has a digital SAR rating of 0.83 watt per kilogram.