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Nokia 6288 review: Nokia 6288

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The Good Packaged with 512MB miniSD card. Firmware upgraded since the 6280. Support for A2DP Bluetooth profile.

The Bad Slider mechanism a little loose. Design is slick but lacks the funk factor.

The Bottom Line The 6288 improves on the 6280, but while it performs well, it lacks a standout feature to pull in the punters.

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7.3 Overall

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Run your eyes down the specs lists for the 6280 and the 6288, and you'd be forgiven for thinking they're the same phone. The two 3G Nokia sliders do have a whole lot in common -- the dimensions, weight and display size are identical, as are the camera specs, amount of internal memory and applications. So what's the difference between the models? Basically, a firmware upgrade; a few minor design differences (such as altered keypad spacing and a glossy finish); and a larger miniSD card bundled into the pack.

Design
Like the 6280 (and this will become a familiar refrain), the 6288 is a squarish slider, measuring 100mm by 46mm by 21mm and adding 115 grams to the weight of your pants pocket. The top part of the slider is dominated by a 320 x 240 pixel screen, with the large navigation keys nestled snugly beneath. Pushing the slider up reveals a businesslike grid-style keypad, its rectangular buttons surrounded by a thin silver line. A tiny front-mounted VGA camera is almost invisible, hiding in the top left-hand corner. It's all very sedate and refined, but also a little boring.

The reverse side of the 6288 has a glossy black finish, and features a 2-megapixel camera, complete with flash and teeny fisheye mirror for those times when you just have to take a photo or two of your own face. The placement of the lens and a camera shortcut key on the side of the phone allows you to hold the device horizontally for taking photos, as if it were a bona fide digicam. A silver NOKIA stamp lets photo subjects know the brand of the cameraphone they're posing for.

Features
The no-nonsense look suggest a phone built for business, and the 6288's feature-set certainly lends itself to the corporate life. 3G data transfer speeds, Triband compatibility, and support for IMAP, POP3 and SMTP e-mail allow you to take the office on the road.

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