Review posted Nov. 18, 2005 by Lisa Gade,
Editor in Chief
The 6682 is Nokia's latest Series 60, now called
simply, S60, Smartphone in the US. It's offered here by
Cingular and carries
on the tradition started by the Nokia
3650, 6620, the N-Gage QD and
most recently the stylish Nokia
The 6682 is a phone first in terms of ergonomics and features,
and second a basic PDA with organizer functions, Outlook
syncing and support for a strong selection of 3rd party software.
The unbranded and unlocked Nokia 6682 which comes in pearl white. The Cingular version is silver.
The Nokia is a triband GSM phone supporting both
US bands (850 and 1900 MHz) as well as the 1800 Mhz band commonly
used in Asia and somewhat in Europe. If you're a world traveler
frequenting Europe, the lack of 900 MHz won't appeal to you, but
for the rest of us, the triband radio will offer optimal coverage.
The unit supports GPRS and the much faster EDGE standard
for data, offers a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth and a dual voltage
RS-MMC slot for memory expansion. Standard high
end stuff. . . throw in a web browser that supports HTML as well
as WAP sites, speakerphone, voice dialing and a set of multimedia
applications that include LifeBlog, Nokia's answer to cell phone
photo and video blogging, and you've got the 6682.
In the Box
In the box you'll find: the phone (10 megs internal
memory + 64 meg dual voltage RS-MMC card), Nokia BL-5C battery,
world charger, stereo headset with mic, manual, USB cable for syncing
and printing to USB printers, software CD with PC Suite for syncing
Design and Ergonomics
Like prior Series 60 Nokia phones, the 6682 is relatively
large by phone standards, though no giant and certainly smaller than
PDA phones and the largish Nokia 3650. We're still not sure why S60 phones
must be so large given the 2.25" display and standard internals,
but that's life with Nokia's high end smartphones. The phone feels good
in hand and stays put despite the showy chrome strips which flank the
sides. Nokia's very attractive pearl finish dominates, complimented by
bright silver trim and the more subdued silver keypad and display surround.
The Cingular version is silver and looks a tad less pretty, but also less feminine. Though not flashy, the phone is good looking and classy. We wish the
shiny silver bits didn't show fingerprints quite so much but these are
easily removed with a wipe across a shirt or towel.
Dual Voltage RS-MMC cards: What
is dual voltage? Many new phones require memory cards that
run on a lower voltage (1.8V) in
order to reduce battery consumption. Because most
standard devices still run a higher voltage (3V), dual voltage
cards accommodate both voltage levels.
The backlit keypad has a gentle upward curve and is
quite standard in layout- nothing fancy or odd like the Nokia 7610. Despite
the phones generous proportions, the keypad keys feel a bit small, likely
due to their curves which makes for a somewhat odd-shaped target. Two
soft keys surround the excellent and roomy directional pad and the standard
S60 keys flank the number keys (call send and end, application home screen
launcher, clear button and the pencil button). The voice command button
is on the upper left side of the phone, and the power button and RS-MMC
slot are on the right. Both unusual and intelligent, the speakerphone
is located up top, (don't mistake it
for the RS-MMC card slot). This makes it easier to hear the speakerphone
whether in hand or on a desk, yet you won't be deafened if you hold
the phone to your head while the speaker is active.
Left side of the Nokia 6682
The sliding back panel on the rear of the phone protects
the camera lens and LED flash. Slide it open to launch the camera application,
thus no need for a dedicated button. Leave it shut when you launch the
camera application and the phone will remind you to open the cover. We
applaud the lens protection: no more lint, grease or worse on that lens.
Reception, Data, Voice and Phone Features
The Nokia 6682 is a GSM phone. It's available unlocked
for use with any GSM carrier and in another version that's locked to
Cingular in the US (only Cingular SIM cards will work on the locked version). As mentioned,
it supports the 850/1800/1900 MHz bands and has both GPRS and EDGE for
data. We love Nokia's GSM phone reception and the 6682 is no exception
with great RF even in weak signal areas. Call clarity and volume, both
incoming and outgoing are very good and the speakerphone is reasonably
good. You can use a wired or Bluetooth wireless headset rather than hold
the handset to your head, of course. The phone has speed dial (numbers
2-9), supports conference calling and comes with a demo version of Voice
Signal's excellent voice command and dialing software.
EDGE is great (3G would be wonderful but we don't have
a wide deployment of 3G on GSM networks yet in the US). Expect speeds
between 60 and 120k, depending on reception and network congestion levels.
That means the included web browser downloads web pages reasonably quickly
by phone standards. Speaking of the web browser, it supports WAP,
HTML and XHTML along with cookies, bookmarks and caching. If you desire
a more full-featured web browser, consider Opera or Netfront.
Sound and Multimedia
A roomy (by cell phone standards) 2.25" display
that shows 262,000 colors bodes well for multimedia work, though resolution
hasn't increased from old series 60 models and is still 176 x 208 pixels.
The 6682's stereo output through the included Pop-Port headset, further
heightens expectations. Indeed, the phone makes for a handy, if low capacity,
MP3 player with RealPlayer included for MP3 and AAC playback (OMA DRM
v1.0 supported). You're limited only by RS-MMC card capacity, and 512
megs is currently the max for dual voltage RS-MMC cards. You can play
back RealPlayer videos, MPEG4 and 3GP using the included player and more
formats using 3rd party video players. Video playback performance is
decent, though not groundbreaking. Keep encoding under 300 kbps for best
The 6682 sports the familiar and reasonably friendly
icon-based Series 60 user interface. To access applications on the phone,
press the app launcher button (lower left shiny button). Move the d-pad
to select the app you wish to use (the icons are labeled so you need
not guess what each means).
Nokia's email client, Messaging, supports IMAP, POP3,
multiple email accounts and scheduled email checks as well as attachments.
How to read these attachments? For MS Office documents, Nokia includes
QuickOffice which can read MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. If
you wish to create and edit Word and Excel (but not PowerPoint) documents,
you'll need to purchase an upgrade to the pre-installed version. Adobe
Acrobat Reader LE 1.10 is included as well, making the 6682 a well-rounded
solution for those who need to read business documents on the go.
Since the Nokia 6682 is a smartphone it offers full
featured PIM applications (contacts, calendar, notes and to-do) which
sync with MS Outlook on the desktop using the included USB cable and
PC Suite syncing software. If you prefer, you can sync over Bluetooth
instead, and Mac users will rely on iSync rather than Nokia software
for syncing. Contacts offers fields for first name, last name, title,
company, addresses (work, home), phone (work, home), mobile number (up
to 3), fax (2 max), email address (up to 3) and thumbnail photo. The
calendar offers day, week and month views as well as reminders and notes.
To capitalize on the very good camera, Nokia includes
several apps such as Kodak Mobile, their own LifeBlog application (create
and maintain your own photo and video blog using your phone and its Internet
connection), even Nokia XPress Print, an application that allows
you to print to USB printers with the included cable.
Nokia makes some of the best phone cameras in the
US. We loved the megapixel camera in the Nokia 7610 and the 6682
ups the ante with a 1.3 megapixel camera that takes even better shots.
The camera can shoot at a maximum resolution of 1280 x 960 pixels,
and they're actually good enough to print in snapshot sizes. Colors
are accurate by camera phone standards, contrast is pleasing and
there's little noise or color fringing. Sunny days don't overwhelm
the camera, though white and near white subjects do blow out, as
you can see in the cat's chest in the sample image below. Dark places
aren't a camera's friend, but the Nokia 6682 manages well, even capturing
the colors of the sunset taken below. If you're one of those folks
who highly values the camera feature, the 6682 should please you.
The camera has an LED flash which you can turn
on, off or set to automatic. Even when the flash is turned off, it
will light just a bit (perhaps to prevent you from taking surreptitious
shots of people). 6x digital zoom helps you get in close; handy given
Nokia phones' rather short 4.5mm focal length. To take a photo, just
slide open the rear lens cover and the phone will launch the camera
Videos aren't quite so impressive: color is good
as is lighting, but videos are very blocky. The camera can shoot
video with audio at a maximum resolution of
174 x 144 pixels. You can play these back on the phone using the included
RealPlayer and on the desktop using Apple's QuickTime.
For staying power, the Nokia 6682 has a 900 mAh battery
BL-5C Lithium Ion battery (same as the Nokia 7610). Nokia claims it's
good for 4 hours of talk time and that seems on target. Flight mode is
handy when you wish to use the phone as a multimedia or PDA while the
phone's radio is turned off (good luck convincing the airline attendant
that your phone really isn't "on" though). Nokia claims 11 days standby
which might be a bit optimistic, but we did manage 8 days.
As you'd expect from a high end Nokia, the 6682 has
Bluetooth 1.2 with support for handsfree car kits, headsets, file transfer,
DUN (dial up networking) and keyboards. The phone worked reliably with
a number of popular headsets including the Motorola
Discovery 640 , the Motorola H700 and the Plantronics
M3500. We got good
range (typically 20 to 35 feet), good voice clarity and volume with out
test headsets. I left Bluetooth on at all times and it didn't have a
major impact on battery life since the device sleeps the Bluetooth radio
unless a connection is active.
The Nokia 6682 marks an evolutionary rather than
revolutionary step in Series 60 phone development. It offers a
large, high color display, stereo out through headphones, Bluetooth
1.2 and an excellent 1.3MP camera. The PIM applications, particularly
contacts, are very good by phone-centric smartphone standards,
and EDGE makes web surfing and photo-blogging much more pleasant
than slow-as-molasses GPRS. The phone is attractive and stylish,
yet conservative in design compared to Nokia's fashion offerings.
Pro: Great looks,
large display and EDGE for data are winners. The camera takes excellent
photos that are good enough to print. Syncing to Outlook over USB
is a no-brainer and the expansion slot means you'll be able to
carry some tunes and videos with you. Good battery life, reliable
Bluetooth. Very good audio quality in call and strong reception.
Con: The phone
is a bit large, though smaller than PDA phones. Video recording
is blocky, in stark contrast to the camera's excellent photo quality.
Why do we need yet another storage card standard? Dual Voltage
RS-MMC cards are still harder to come by and currently aren't available
in as high capacity as RS-MMC cards (yes, we know it uses less
power, but still). Keypad keys feel a tad small.
Price: $499 unlocked, $299 from Cingular with new activation.
bit (262,000) TFT color LCD.
Resolution: 176 x 208.
mAh Nokia BL-5C Lithium
Ion rechargeable battery (user replaceable). Claimed
talk time: 4 hours.
Performance:220 MHz ARM processor. 10
megs internal memory. Dual voltage RS-MMC card for
storage expansion, 64 meg card included.
inches long x 2.19 inches wide x 0.86 inch thick. Weight:
in speaker, mic and 2.5mm stereo headphone
jack (stereo headphones included using Pop-Port connector).
Speakerphone, voice commands and dialing. MP3 and
AAC stereo music player. Downloadable polyphonic
ringtones (MIDI, MP3, and AAC) and create your
own AMR ringtones using the phone's voice recorder.Sound
formats supported: AAC, AMR (NB-AMR), MIDI tones
(poly 64), MP3, RealAudio, True Tones (WB-AMR), WAV.
megapixel camera w/ 6x digital zoom and LED flash,
capable of shooting still photos and video with audio.Max
photo resolution: 1280 x 960 pixels. Max video resolution:
174 x 144 pixels.Photo format is JPEG and
video format is 3GP (playable with the included RealPlayer
on the phone and Quicktime on the desktop).
850/1800/1900 MHz bands. Class 10 GPRS and EDGE for
data. The Cingular version is locked to Cingular
(must use a Cingular SIM in the phone).Phone
features: speakerphone, voice dialing and commands
(VoiceSignal, $15 for full version upgrade, speed
dial, call log).
OS 8.0a, S60 second edition, feature pack 2. Java
support (MIDP 2.0) , QuickOffice for viewing MS Word,
Excel and PowerPoint documents, Adobe PDF reader, e-mail
client (IMAP, POP and attachment support), web browser,
alarm clock, calendar (with notes and reminders), notes,
contacts and to-do list, calculator, converter, gallery
(image viewer), imaging suite which includes a video
editor, RealPlayer, Kodak Mobile, Nokia XPress Print
(print to a USB printer using included cable) and LifeBlog. PC
Suite for Windows to sync PIM information with Outlook
and access videos, photos, sounds and more.
Dual voltage RS-MMC card slot for
storage expansion, 64 meg card included.