The 6255i's VGA camera takes pictures in Standard, Portrait, Night, and Video modes, and you can choose from High, Normal, and Basic quality settings. For better pictures, there is a 4X zoom and a powerful flash that does a good job of lighting dark environments. There is also a self-timer, but customization options are kept to a minimum, with only the ability to turn the shutter sound on or off; you won't find any fun frames or color tones for your amusement. Image quality was decent but not the best we've seen. Once you have your snapshots, you can save them to the phone's 8MB of shared memory or MMC media. You can also save them as wallpaper; send them to family and friends via Bluetooth, a multimedia message, or the infrared port; or upload them to your PC with Nokia's PC Suite software.
In Video mode, the Nokia 6255i lets you take 15-second clips with sound, and there's a countdown timer at the top of the screen for your convenience. You have most of the camera settings available to you in this mode, such as zoom, flash, and quality, and you can mute audio if you're the silent movie type. Unfortunately, you may find the video hard to watch since images can get blurry, and at a brief 15 seconds, they fly by.
One of the main attractions of the 6255i is its media player. Now you can listen to your favorite MP3 and AAC music files on your phone. There's even a media equalizer that lets you choose from settings such as Pop, Rock, Jazz, and Classical. The 6255i also has an FM radio, but you must use the included wired headset to tune into your favorite stations since it acts as an antenna. Sound quality was decent, and you can preset up to 20 stations. The toe-tapping doesn't even stop there; you can also download streaming video and audio. Unfortunately, this feature was not supported by MetroPCS, so we didn't have an opportunity to take it out for a spin.
Customization options on the Nokia 6255i are standard fare. You can choose from a variety of color themes, wallpaper, and sounds, and you can always download more from the Web. The handset also comes with five preloaded games: Chic Pinball, Puzzle, Miki's World, Snowboard 3D, and Beach Race.We tested the triband (CDMA 800/1900; AMPS 800) Nokia 6255i in the San Francisco area using MetroPCS service, and call quality was good; however, we couldn't say the same for the signal strength. On our end, calls sounded loud and clear, and our callers said the same. The sound quality slightly diminished when we used the speakerphone, but volume was still adequate. That said, our conversations were brief, since we experienced a number of dropped calls during our test period. It was frustrating, to say the least.
We came away with 3.75 hours of talk time on a single charge, beating the rated time of 3.25 hours. Standby time was a respectable 9 days, compared with the promised time of 11 days. According to the FCC, the 6255i has a digital SAR rating of 1.27 watts per kilogram and an analog SAR rating of 1.14 watts per kilogram.