At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia introduced the Nokia 6220 classic, a full-featured device that combines a 5 megapixel camera with A-GPS functionality to give new meaning to the phrase "to share". High quality images and videos can be snapped, tagged, edited and shared online, phone-to-phone or even viewed on a television. The Nokia 6220 classic is expected to start shipping in the 3rd quarter of 2008 in selected markets with an estimated retail price of 325 euros, before taxes and subsidies. This is an impressive upgrade to the Nokia 6120 Classic we reviewed last year.
The highlight of the Nokia 6220 classic is its 5 megapixel camera with Xenon flash and Carl Zeiss optics - on par with many single purpose digital cameras on the market today. With its high-speed HSDPA connection updating blogs or uploading photos and videos to favorite sharing sites like Share on Ovi or Flickr can be done right from the Nokia 6220 classic. A-GPS functionality allows photos to be 'geotagged' - making them easier to search and share. Images can also be viewed on a television screen with the integrated TV-out feature, sent from phone to phone via wireless Bluetooth connection, or viewed in full color on the phone's large 2.2 inch display.
"The Nokia 6220 classic will help web 2.0 novices and experienced bloggers snap, save and share pictures and videos easily. Saving, tagging and uploading pictures can now be done on the phone, seconds after the picture has been taken," says John Barry, Director, Connect devices, Nokia. "The Nokia 6220 classic, with its 5 megapixel camera, auto focus and xenon flash is a credible and reasonably priced alternative to single- purpose digital cameras and has the added benefit of A-GPS for location tagging, Nokia Maps and possibility to upgrade to full navigation."
The Nokia 6220 classic comes loaded with the new Nokia Maps 2.0 application which helps consumers find the best routes or explore any city for new restaurants, hotels, tourist attractions and other points of interest. The pre-loaded WidSets service brings web content directly to the device via mini-applications called widgets, providing quick and easy access to news updates, games and web communities. As a full- featured converged device, the Nokia 6220 classic also includes internet browser, email, music player, FM radio with RDS and up to 8 GB of memory.
In addition to its imaging capabilities, the Nokia 6220 classic enables Adaptive Multi Rate - Wideband speech coding technology, giving a more natural sound to human voice in phone calls. It helps when having a conversation in a noisy environment such as in traffic or public place.
Specs: System: WCDMA900/2100 (HSDPA), GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz * User Interface: S60 3rd Edition * Dimensions: 108 x 47 x 15 mm (L x W x T) * Weight: 90 g * Display: 2.2 inch QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) with up to 16 million colors * Battery: Nokia Battery BP-5M, 900 mAh * Memory: Up to 120MB internal memory, support for up to 8MB microSD memory card * Adaptive Multi Rate -Wideband (AMR-WB) speech coding technology Additional Features * 2.2"TFT QVGA color display * Web browser * Instant messaging * Email with attachements * Music player (MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA) and FM stereo radio * Talk time: Up to 2.5 hours (3G), 3.5 hours (GSM)
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview