Nokia 6220 Classic Review
Nokia’s latest candybar style smartphone, the Nokia 6220 Classic is a 3G HSDPA network capable smartphone that bolsters Nokia’s reputation as producing mobile devices eminently more powerful and functional than they look.
On the looks side, the device looks sleek and utilitarian, with a matte backing and smartly-situated, turquoise blue buttons, and the option of a black or purple casing. Once you take the device out of the box, however, and actually start using it, you’ll likely find two problems right away – the first being that it picks up smudges like nobody’s business, the second being that the keys feel cheap and unresponsive to the touch. Despite that, the device still feels solid and durable in the hand, with a curved shape, and a light enough weight (9 grams to be exact).
The Nokia 6220 Classic has got a 2.2” screen with 16-million QVGA color (320 x 240 pixel resolution). It boasts the Symbian S60 3rd gen OS interface (making it one of the smallest Symbian smartphones currently available) which is both an asset and a liability. The asset is that the Symbian OS is attractive and easy-to-navigate. The liability is that it’s a bit slow to r espond to commands.
The device has an internal memory of only 120 MB but with its MicroSD card slot it can be expanded to up to 8 GB of memory. It’s battery provides up to 2 1/2 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time. The 3G network capability supports fast and efficient multitasking as well as lightning-fast broadband internet speeds. The fully featured web browser supports HTML, XHTM, and TCP/IP connectivity.
On the feature-set plus side, the Nokia 6220 Classic includes an unsurpassed 5 mega-pixel camera, far superior to most of the digital cameras that come built-in on other smartphones. It also boasts Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash, a media gallery, and convenient MMS photo-sharing capabilities. It supports video recording and playback in VGA format. The device also includes a lower-quality, secondary camera for video calling.
The device touts a highly accurate built-in assisted GPS with geotagging capabilities and the versatile Nokia Maps software. It has FM stereo radio with RDS included, which allows users to read information on the songs playing as they’re playing. It also includes a basic digital music player that supports most major digital media formats, and has a built-in voice recorder. As for accessories, it comes out of the box with a hands-free headset, a TV-Out cable, and a USB cord.
On the feature-set downside, however, the Nokia 6220 Classic has no Wi-Fi capability, though it does have Bluetooth.
The best part about the Nokia 6220 Classic seems to be the digital camera. But if that’s all you’re really after, then you might as well buy yourself a nice digital camera and get yourself the Nokia N78 instead.
Marketed directly to corporate customers and the enterprise market is the new Palm Treo, featuring a full QWERTY keypad for making rapid-fire composing and sending of emails and text messages a breeze. A mid-sized smartphone (not too small, not too large), the device is low on frills, focusing instead on serving up those qualities and features that matter most to enterprise customers with gusto.
In a proud and professional looking slate blue plastic casing with a firm grip and a soft touch finish, it’s the first Palm smartphone to feature the latest version of Windows Mobile (that being Windows Mobile 6.1),pretty much agreed-upon all over as a vast improvement over its predecessors. And thanks to the WinMo 6.1 OS, the Palm Treo 800w has excellent multi-tasking capabilities.
The device is 4.41” long x 2.28” wide x .73” thick, and weighs 5 ounces, making it larger than the Palm Centro but smaller than the previous Palm Treo 700w. It’s also 2 ounces lighter than the Treo 700w And despite being encased in all-plastic, the latest Treo nevertheless feels more sturdy and hardy than the Centro.
Other characteristics that make the new Treo 800w far superior to the Treo 750w are Sprint EVDO Rev A support, Wi-Fi (with a dedicated button atop the device for instantly connecting to preconfigured networks), and a built-in GPS (finally!). The Sprint EVDO Rev A network connectivity is super-fast and reliable, and call-quality is consistently clear.
The fast and reliable high-speed connection aside, the Treo 800w does still suffer from Microsoft’s dismal Internet Explorer browser with poor HTML email-viewing abilities.
Another pleasing quality of the latest smartphone entry from PDA progenitors, Palm, is a higher resolution screen (at 320 x 320), a welcome improvement, to say the least. Both graphics and text are sharper and clearer than ever on this newest Palm. The touch screen is a little weak – not Palm’s most developed technology – with better responsiveness from using the included stylus than form finger taps.