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Nokia 6210 Navigator phone

Modest GPS-enabled mobile from Nokia

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The high-speed mobile connectivity gives a boost to the 6210’s browser, as well as speeding up online Nokia Maps searches. The full web browser is pretty speedy at pulling up sites, and offers a choice of page rendering, including full page or mobile-optimised views, plus MiniMap page, pan and zoom options, and a toolbar for certain options. It’s a familiar Nokia smartphone experience, in fact.

The phone supports RSS feeds too. In addition, Nokia has included its own WidSets web-based widgets application, and pre-loaded the Yahoo! Go all-under-one-app email, info and web-services application.

Nokia 6210 Navigator

Press the blue star key for satellite navigation

The 6210 Navigator does come with a healthy amount of standard issue gear. The organiser features include calendar, notes, convertor, calculator, clock and alarm functions, plus voice recorder. Document viewers from QuickOffice and Adobe can open files copied over to the phone or received as email attachments, and there’s a neat dictionary that works with the on-board text-to-voice message reading function to pronounce words aloud.

Nokia estimates the battery life on this handset to vary between 3-5 hours of talktime, depending on whether it’s being used on a 3G or GSM network. It reckons on an optimum standby time of 231-244 hours, again depending on network. Limiting our satnav route finding, we managed a couple of days between charges with our typical usage patterns.

But as with any GPS-packing phone, sustained use of the satnav function will reduce battery power considerably quicker than normal phone use, and real-life power performance will depend on how heavily this – and other multimedia functions - are employed. If you’re using it for on the road navigation, we’d suggest getting a car charger.

Verdict

The 6210 Navigator is another attractively equipped GPS-enabled mobile from Nokia. It may lack the Wi-Fi connectivity and camera quality of some high-end Nokias, but it has a very decent mix of S60 smartphone functionality, high-speed HSDPA connectivity and user-friendly satellite navigation capability. It’s a sound, mid-range phone that has plenty of appeal.

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Nokia 6210 Navigator phone

Nokia is heading in the right direction with its upgraded Navigator satnav phone.
Price: Contract: free - £50. Handset only: £250-280 RRP

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