With the EDGE-enabled Nokia 6682, the folks in Finland have unleashed one of their most stylish and powerful smart phones to date. Armed with a 1.3-megapixel camera, full Bluetooth capabilities, and a sweet music player, the Nokia 6682 will have phone fanatics and on-the-go shutterbugs green-eyed with envy. That said, this tempting handset suffers from Nokia's characteristically bulky design, a tough-on-the-fingers keypad, and a camera that's a tad shy of state of the art. This Cingular phone comes with a steep $550 price tag, but it should be cheaper with service. The Nokia 6682 is typically big and bulky for a Nokia candy-bar-style phone. Measuring 4.2 by 2.2 by 0.9 inches and weighing 4.6 ounces, the hefty handset is slightly smaller than its jumbo-size predecessor, the , although it still makes for a tight fit in a jeans pocket. That said, the silver and ice-white design is sleek; if there were an Apple iTunes phone in our future, it should look something like this.
The Nokia 6682's 2-inch, 176x208-pixel display looks great. Images and snapshots boast rich color and plenty of detail on the phone's 262,000-color LCD, compared with those on the 6600's meager 65,000-color screen, although we had a hard time reading the display in direct sunlight. The 6682's colorful menus are easy to navigate. That said, the phone sports Symbian Series 60 OS, and it's beginning to show its age.
The phone's backlit, silver and gray keypad looks great, and we especially like the easy-to-use five-way mouse, the jumbo-size soft keys, and the dedicated text-entry key that lets you toggle between predictive text, symbol, and alpha modes. Still, we have a bone to pick with the numeric keys, which are way too small for our fingers and have a shimlike design that makes for tough tapping. It's too bad Nokia didn't shrink the large soft keys to make more room for the digits.
The Nokia 6682 also suffers from a dearth of dedicated controls: There's no volume rocker on the edge of the phone, which is a major inconvenience if you need to tweak the volume during a call. Plus, there's no speakerphone button and not even a dedicated shutter release for the camera, which is a standard feature for camera phones. All you get is a voice-command button on the left edge of the phone, as well as a power control on the right. On a positive note, Nokia has added an easy-access slot for the 6682's Reduced Size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC)--far better than its earlier practice of hiding the card behind the phone's battery.
The back of the phone is practically featureless, save for a small Nokia logo and a discrete sliding cover. Open the cover, and you'll find the 4.5mm camera lens and an LED flash; the phone automatically switches to camera mode when you open the lens cover. It's a sleek setup, but there's no mirror for self-portraits, and those who like camera phones that actually look like a camera from behind will be disappointed.
Also in the box, you'll find a nicely designed, earbud-style headset that hangs from your neck like a lanyard; we especially like the thick, tangle-resistant cord, although the headset uses a proprietary connector rather than a standard 2.5mm headset plug. You also get a data cable and syncing software for your PC.The Nokia 6682 packs in an impressive set of features, starting with such basics as a calendar and an address book, which share 10MB of RAM; a speakerphone, which you can activate only once you've placed a call; voice dialing and memos; photo caller ID; a vibrate mode; wireless Web (WAP 2.0) and e-mail (POP and IMAP access); text and multimedia messaging; an alarm clock; a to-do list; a calculator; and instant messaging. You also get a side-loading 64MB RS-MMC card, and the phone supports 2.5G-speed EDGE networks. We were unable to test the 6682's EDGE support at the time of this writing.
The handset's Bluetooth capabilities were fully (and refreshingly) enabled, which meant we could transmit images and files to and from the device, sync contacts and events, and connect wireless Bluetooth headsets easily. The phone even allows you to connect to a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard, perfect for typing long messages without making your fingertips bleed. We like the business-minded extras, including Info Print, which prints your messages, contacts, events, and notes; a PDF reader; and Quickoffice, which opens and edits Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. Another great addition is the offline mode, which allows you to use the nonphone functions without a SIM card.