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Nokia 6220 Classic Reviewed

written by: S. R. Obbayi•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 7/11/2011

The Nokia 6220 Classic banks on its camera strength and GPS presence to compete in the league of other high-end smartphones. What else has Nokia packed in to ensure this phone remains relevant? Find out here.

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    nokia 6220 classic Announced in February 2008 and released later that year in July, the Nokia 6220 Classic was defined as a phone geared towards those with the need to share their video and photos on online services provided by the likes of Flickr and Ovi, as well as on secondary devices such as desktop computers and TV sets.

    This Nokia phone most notably boasts its strengths in the high-end built in camera with Geo-tagging capabilities. The phone is easy to handle with its shape and size designed for comfort and style. There is plenty going for this classic Nokia phone, so let us dissect it further and see what it has to offer.

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    Rating Average

    Looking at the Nokia 6220 Classic from the front view. You will find a secondary video call camera on the top left, right next to the ear phone slot. Below this there is the 2.2 inch TFT portrait oriented display followed by the soft-key panel which holds the left and the right softkeys on the top left and top right corners respectively.

    Centered in the soft-key panel is the five way scroll key or Navi pad with the Nokia Menu key placed on its right and the cancel button on the left. At the bottom right corner of this panel is the green call start button and the red call cancel button.

    Finally on the front face of this phone is the alphanumeric key pad.

    On the left side of the Nokia 6220 Classic you will find the slot for the microSD card and the slot for the microUSB connector. The right side of the phone is fitted with the volume key and the dedicated camera button.

    The top of the Nokia 6220 is left for the power button, while the bottom has got the charger connector slot and the 2.5 millimeter audio jack.

    The back side of the Nokia 6220 is fitted with the primary camera with the built-in flash beside it on the right and a camera lens cover latch on the left side of it. Below these is the battery compartment.

    This phone measures 108 x 47 x 15 millimeters, weighs 90 grams and is available in either black and cyan or purple right out of the box.

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    User Interface

    Rating Average

    The user interface is based on the Symbian S60 third edition with feature pack two. This influences the three soft-key functions accessible from the bottom of the display on the home screen and during application operations. The functionality varies depending on the applications being run.

    There are two home screens which can be customized to your needs on this Nokia phone. General user interface navigation is done using the surrounding keys on the Navi pad with selections being made using the center key.

    The Nokia menu can be accessed using the dedicated key on the right of the Navi pad. This gives you access to all application icons which can be navigated as mentioned above.

    Themes on the Nokia 6220 Classic are customizable through the settings menu and you can select from preinstalled or downloaded themes.

    Calls can be made and canceled using the dedicated call buttons on the soft-key panel and by either choosing contacts from the address book or keying in the number in the alphanumeric keypad.

    Camera operations can be accessed through the dedicated hardware camera key.

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    Rating Average

    nokia 6220 classic The Nokia 6220 classic comes with a full color 240 x 320 pixels TFT display. Under the hood is 120 MB storage with options for an addition 8 GB using microSD for external memory.

    There is a video player that supports WMV, RV, MP4, 3GP formats and an audio player that supports MP3, WMA, WAV, RA, AAC, M4A audio formats.

    In addition to these there is a built-in FM radio with support for listening via headphones over a 2.5 millimeter audio cable.

    There are two cameras on the Nokia 6220 Classic. The primary camera comes in 2592 х 1944 pixels resolution and is capable of 5 megapixels image processing. There is a TV connector on this Nokia phone for viewing your images on your TV.

    As for connectivity GPRS, EDGE, 3G at 3.6 Mbps, Bluetooth and microUSB are supported. Nokia Maps services are available through the built-in A-GPS receiver as well.

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    Rating Average

    The Nokia 6220 Classic offers a maximum of three and a half hours of talk time depending on how many other applications have been run between battery charges. Music playback on this Nokia phone will see you through a maximum of 13 hours while standby time is 250 hours. These are not very impressive figures and this phone could surely improve on that.

    On the positive, application usage is quite fast on this device with an ARM 11 369 MHz processor. The camera picture quality is quite decent but could do with some improvements. With lack of Wi-Fi your Internet speeds are quite limited.

    GPS connectivity is quite reliable only when you are within range of the cell network, without which this Nokia 6220 classic takes a while to get a fix on the GPS satellites.

    Sound and call quality in general is quite good and with custom headsets you can get better quality music and radio out of your Nokia 6220 Classic smartphone.

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    Rating Average

    This phone looks quite lacking at first glance and it may not have the built-in hardware to compare with other high end phones. This phone's saving grace is a 5 megapixel camera and decent 3G speeds -- that makes this phone great for sharing photos on social networks and blogging.

    With support for Geo-tagging and direct connectivity to TV's I would say this phone is a great tool for amateur and fun photography. As for music, a 3.5 millimeter audio would have been a better choice for more listening options since this phone does not have an external speaker.

    All-in-all, I would say the Nokia 6220 Classic is definitely a phone worth having if you only have basic needs and it can be snapped up at a budget price.

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