Nokia’s new 6210 Navigator might just be the phone for you if you’re yet to invest in a standalone GPS device. While dedicated satnav units usually cater to either the pedestrian or car user, the 6210 has both in-vehicle voice-guidance and an on-foot mode; the latter uses an integrated compass and accelerometer to make sure the on-screen map is the correct orientation no matter which way the phone is held.
Nokia Maps 2.0 is preloaded, with country-specific map data provided on a 1GB microSD card, while multimedia city guides and mapping for further territories are available from the handset itself and from the maps.nokia.com website. Updates for the supplied map data are included in the purchase price.
Assisted-GPS (A-GPS) promises location lock in seconds, and unusually for such a handset you can use the navigation features even without a SIM-card present. However, then you’d miss out on the internet-linked Point-of-Interest lookup, which takes advantage of the S60 browser and the 6210′s 3.6Mbps HSDPA data connection to find phone numbers, websites and more.
Three versions of the 6210 Navigator will be sold, depending on band requirements for each market; all are quadband GSM/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) and have a 2.4-inch QVGA display with light-sensor-controlled backlight. A 3.2-megapixel camera with LED flash can shoot both images and MPEG-4 VGA 15fps video, and there’s Bluetooth 2.0 (with the A2DP/AVRCP profiles) and a micro-USB connector for computer connections.
The S60 suite of messaging, internet and music applications are present, including support for push-email, and the 6210 has 120MB of onboard storage and can take microSD cards up to 8GB in size (some of which will be taken up with map data, of course). Nokia quote up to 3.7/2.8hrs GSM/3G talktime or 244/231hrs GSM/3G standby, as well as up to 5.7hrs video playback, 9.1hrs audio playback, or up to 4.5hrs GPS mapping (6.2hrs if you turn the backlight off). It weighs 117g and measures 103 x 49 x 149mm, and should be available in Q3 2008 for around €300 ($435) before taxes and subsidies.