Nokia has always had a talent for putting together functional, easy-to-use and straightforward handsets for those people who don’t want every feature under the sun but just a capable cellphone: the Nokia 6220 classic looks to be the next such device. Priority seems to have been given to functionality people actually use, such as a 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and xenon flash and HSDPA for high-speed browsing whether on the device itself or when tethered to a laptop, together with the best of the new breed of cellphone apps such as Assisted-GPS (A-GPS) to geotag photos and the new Nokia Maps 2.0 software pre-loaded.
Quadband GSM/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900MHz) with dualband WCDMA/HSDPA (900/2100MHz), the 6220 classic runs the S60 3rd edition and has a 2.2-inch QVGA 16m-colour display. Internal memory runs to 120MB, and the handset will support up to 8GB of microSD storage. All the usual S60 apps are there, including the lauded browser, email and IM messaging client, as well as a music player supporting MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ and WMA files, plus an FM radio with RDS.
Aside from still images, the camera can capture MPEG-4 VGA video at up to 30fps; it also has a digital zoom (20x for stills, 10x for videos), and supports direct upload services such as Nokia’s own Ovi or Flickr to push media direct from the 6220 to an online album, complete with tags. WidSets is also preinstalled, offering users widget support for new games and news.
The 6220 classic weighs 90g and measures 108 x 24 x 15mm. As well as a micro-USB port it has a 2.5mm A/V connector with TV-out support (for both PAL and NTSC sets) and Bluetooth 2.0 EDR including the A2DP stereo audio profile. Nokia are claiming up to 250hrs standby or 3.5/2.5hrs talktime in GSM/3G modes from the 900mAh battery; alternatively, up to 5hrs video playback, 11hrs audio playback, 4hrs GPS mapping or up to 1.8hrs of video calling, from a single charge. The Finns are particularly proud of their Adaptive Multi Rate Wideband speed coding tech, which promises more natural sound in voice calls and a reduction in background noise.
Available in Q3 2008, the Nokia 6220 classic has an estimated retail price of €325 ($470) before taxes and subsidies.