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Nokia 6220 Classic candybar phone

This mild-mannered mobile is secretly...Super Phone

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In addition to regular calendar, convertor, calculator, notes, tasks and clock, there’s a dictionary application, plus Nokia’s text-to-voice message reader and a voice recorder option. The usual S60 PC syncing options are available too for calendar, contacts and notes, using the PC Suite software supplied.

For the basics of making and taking calls, we got a top class performance from the 6220 classic. Audio was clear and consistent, and we maintained reliable signal levels throughout calls in a variety of locations. As for battery life, Nokia’s figures claim maximum talktime of up to 2.5 hours on WCDMA 900/2100 3G networks or 5 hours with standard GSM coverage; standby time is quoted at up to 280 hours on 3G or 300 hours on GSM networks.

Nokia 6220 Classic

The outer casing is a disappointment considering the other qualities

In reality, though, with so much functionality taking turns at battery power, how the 6220 classic fares will depend on your particular type of use. Nokia reckons 4 hours of GPS or 13 hours of music playback will drain the juice, so regular charging will be necessary if you keep such functions active. In our tests, we managed around 2 days between charges with average use of the main functions, and just over a day with regular sat nav activity.

Verdict

There’s plenty to draw mobile buyers to the 6220 classic. It’s a mid-tier handset packed with high-end features, particularly that fine 5-megapixel camera, and A-GPS satellite navigation functionality. But you also get the full S60 smartphone package including HSDPA 3G connectivity and a decent set multimedia features.

Under the bonnet, though, the headline features of the 6220 classic put in high quality performances – the camera produces top class results, and the A-GPS system does its job efficiently and effectively – while there’s plenty of additional applications to add to its low-key appeal.

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Nokia 6220 Classic candybar phone

Top quality camera and satellite navigation in a mid-tier smartphone that’s full to creaking with N-series style features
Price: Contract: from free - £100 handset only: £279 RRP

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