The 6220 is not a brand new handset in case you're wondering. It has been around for a little while now. With all the new handsets tumbling off the assembly line, I'm sure it's a bit difficult to keep track of what’s new and what’s not. I am speaking, of course, to the average mobile consumer and not the hardcore mobile maniac who keeps track of such things. So if you happen to be in the market for a new handset, this is a great place to get your answer. If you’ve seen the 6220 Classic on a shelf and are considering a purchase, perhaps this review will tell you if it’s worth your pretty penny.
The 6220 is a very average looking handset in a candy bar form factor. To be brutally honest, it lacks imagination and finesse. I was a little unhappy with the overall build quality of the phone - from plastic like finish to the camera lens cover slider - that didn’t function too well. Its rating in this review really takes a punch in this case. It comes with a 2.2-inch TFT LCD sporting a 240 x 320 pixel resolution, a secondary camera and a light sensor located above that. The keys are large enough but the Cancel (‘C’) key is a little too small and tends to be a bit of a problem when reaching for the key above. The five way nav-pad works just fine.
The volume/zoom keys are located on the same side as the camera’s shutter release key. On the other side is where you’ll find the microSD hot swap slot and a shortcut key that can be assigned to any function. It’s right below what I like to call Nokia’s Blue Star light that signifies GPS activity. The 5MP AF camera with its Carl Zeiss optics and xenon flash are located at the rear as I mentioned. A micro USB port with a 2.5mm handsfree socket and charging port are located at the bottom while the power key is located on the top.
Features and Performance
This handset operates on Symbian OS 9.3, with a S60 UI (rel. 3.2). With 128 MB SDRAM and an ARM 11 369 MHz processor it’s not a slow handset in any way. Internal memory is about 120MB with an option for expanding via microSD. The interface and it's navigation remains coherent with all other Nokia S60 systems. Unlike some of the newer models though, the 6220 Classic has no accelerometer for screen rotation. Nokia’s Text to speech apps like Message reader and Voice Command features are also present.
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