Nokia 6210 Navigator phone
Modest GPS-enabled mobile from Nokia
Review The upgraded successor to last year’s 6110 Navigator, the 6210 is a tidy slider-design handset, bearing more than a passing resemblance in looks and specs to the recently-launched 6220 Classic.
It’s another of Nokia’s S60 3.2 smartphones, packing in much of the functionality and applications found on Nokia’s higher-end N series. While high-speed HSDPA 3G mobile data connectivity is in, though, Wi-Fi is out on this model.
Nokia 6210 Navigator: equipped with HSDPA 3G, but no Wi-Fi
The main camera is a 3.2-megapixel affair with autofocus, a step-up from the original 6110 Navigator’s rather ordinary two-megapixel snapper, though a notch below the 6220 classic’s snazzy five-megapixel Carl Zeiss-branded shooter.
Satellite navigation is the zoom-in feature though. Following its recently completed multi-billion dollar purchase of Navteq, there’s no mistaking that Nokia is getting seriously serious about location-finding phones.
The Assisted GPS (A-GPS) set-up on the 6210 Navigator works with pre-loaded Nokia Maps software, and Nokia supplies a 1GB Micro SD card in the box containing maps of the UK and Ireland. In addition, Nokia includes a six-month licence for its Drive and Walk step-by-step navigation package, providing voice guidance to go with standard on-screen route planning and mapping.
A solid rather than ultra-slim slider design, at 117g the 6210 Navigator feels comfortably weighty in the hand without being too bulky – it measures a reasonable 103 x 49 x 14.9mm. Its slider mechanism is smoothly weighted too, and its glossy plastic numberpad and control panel feel responsive to finger dabbing.
I have a 6110 Navigator, which includes (the use of, not updates) maps and full navigation for life. Why on earth would I want to 'upgrade' to the 6210 when the nav functions only last for 6 months?
I bought the phone specifically for the satnav, as I dont use it anywhere near enough (probably 10 times in the last year) to justify purchasing/carrying a dedicated satnav device. Nokia's offerings become a whole lot less attractive if the nav expires after a period; and anyway, with this government's attitude to roads its hardly as though map updates are essential to keep the nav up to date with the thousands of miles of new motorways opened every year, is it? ;-)
"Nokia includes a six-month licence for its Drive and Walk step-by-step navigation package"
What happens after six months? Does it just stop updating the maps or does it stop working at all and requires to pay to extend the subscription? The sad thing is that it's very likely that such bait&switch phones will eventually push the cheap dedicated satnav devices out of the market. Same thing that happened with PDAs - why would you need one if your phone does everything? Except that you have to pay subscription fees for the privilege to squint at the small screen.
Re-using model numbers?
Have Nokia made more than 10000 numeric phone models now and having to start again? There is already a 6210 - it was a fine phone, no-nonsense business phone.
When are they going to remake the 2110?
I had a 6210 for years, and never worked out how to enable the colour screen, GPS, 3G, camera etc. I might have kept it if I knew it could do all that!