Arguably Nokia’s most popular mobile phones, the Nokia 8210 and 8250 have recently been lagging behind the competition in features and functionality. To solve this problem Nokia have gone and released mainstream colour versions of their popular 7650 full colour business phone. Available in two distinct flavours, the 6610, and the 7210, these new models certainly look very sexy.
Now, let me get this clear right from the start, these phones are identical, right down to the last gloriously colour filled pixel. The only difference is cosmetic. While the 6610 is simple and sexy, the 7210 is colourful and individual (and has really weird buttons). The primary reason for my choice of the 6610 over the 7210 is that I felt the 6610 is a better looking phone, and I am also not individual (brave) enough to go for the 7210. Also, the individuality of the 7210 will cost you $80-$100 more. RRP for the 6610 is AUD $699.
Nokia have also released the 6100, a more expensive phone capable of taking pictures with an add-on colour camera, but as this exact same camera is now available for both the 6610 and the 7210, this advantage is lost. Also, a budget version - the 3530 - is around, but with an awkwardly smaller screen and cut-down features, this phone isn’t really worth saving a few dollars on in my opinion.
What you get:
In the box it’s pretty standard:
- 6610 Phone
- Battery (tiny)
- Xpress-on Cover
- Radio/Hands-free Headset
The 6610 is available in a range of colours, all very attractive, mine is “Piano White”. Here are three examples.
If you want to see the phone from all angles, you can go to this page and use the 3d Java program that shows you the entire phone from any angle, in any colour.
The phone comes with enough features to fill a Christmas stocking:
- Tri-band world phone - works in three networks on five continents
- Downloadable personal applications via Java™ technology
- MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service)
- GPRS (General Packet Radio Service)
- HSCSD (High-Speed Circuit-Switched Data)
- WAP 1.2.1 Browser (via GRPS or CSD)
- Integrated FM radio
- Hands free speaker
- Customisable and timed profiles
- Polyphonic ringing tones
- Wallpaper: Full-screen colour image
- Screen saver: Digital clock
- Clock, alarm clock
- Calculator, currency converter
- Stopwatch, countdown timer
- Connectivity options: IR and cable
- Weight: 84 g
- Dimensions: 106 x 45 x 17.5 mm, 71 cc
The features I will concentrate on are:
- High-resolution, passive matrix colour display
- Supports 4096 colours within 128 x 128 pixels
- Up to 8 lines (Latin) / 6 lines (Chinese) in message viewing
- Adjustable display brightness control
- Colour Screen
- Buttons/Menus/Ease of use
- Loudspeaker/Hands-free function/Radio
- Java Applications – Including games
- Web/Email Access via GPRS
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