Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
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Another winner for Nokia
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Advantages: Easy to use, good navigation, good build quality.
Disadvantages: Directional key issues, slightly less than expected battery life
The Nokia 6220 was one of the versions behind the massively successful 6230 - here, we take a look back at the phone several years on. With phones depreciating almost to a zero value, this phone can be had seriously cheaply now. So, should you get it?
Incidentally Nokia are now recycling some model numbers (such as the old 6210) and this phone should not be confused with the up-coming 6220 Classic model.
At 92g this phone is still pretty tidy and small by today's standards. Debuting shortly after the 7210/7250 models, it offers very similar features to these phones, albeit with a more traditional keypad layout.
The phone offers a camera similar to the one seen in the 7250 model - the quality is not quite up there with other models of the same era such as the Nokia 6600, Nokia 7650 or Nokia 3650, but still acceptable for this age of handset.
One of the major strengths lies in the navigation system - the extremely easy to use and intuitive menu layout means that accessing all the phone's major functions is straightforward. The keypad is responsive and tactile and with bigger keys than 7210/7250 models, makes texting a lot easier - perfect if your fingers are bigger than average. The addition of an FM radio into the phone models is welcome here too, and reception using the handsfree is quite nice. The phone can be customised with different covers which also are available quite cheaply. Hence, longevity is increased - scratches or dents in the cover do not matter as it's easily replaceable. The general quality is good.
A few downsides to this handset. The 4-way directional key is not going to be to everyone's taste and can result in incorrect entry on the diagonal-down positions, which isn't really too much of a downer considering most of the movements are up-down. Battery life is slightly shorter than 7250 I feel even though it uses the same BLD-3 battery.
But these are minor niggles - this is still a very fine handset which works well and offers no problems. Arguably most of the issues are sorted out in the later version, the better looking Nokia 6230.
Value wise - this phone is only available on the second hand market - as it's discontinued now owing to it's age. A working version should be around the £10-20 mark which is great value for a phone that will last quite a while.
Summary: A slimmed down version of the Nokia 6230.
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