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Nokia 6210 Navigator Review

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Messaging

Message reader

Messaging:

From here, you can send an SMS, MMS or e-mails. Unfortunately, for the last ones you can only configure one mailbox. At least the settings for the more popular web mail servers (Google, Yahoo) are automatically filled in.

You have a Message reader at your disposal, which is usually seen in the business class of the manufacturer. In case you don’t feel like reading or have troubles with your eyes, this application can be very handy. When activated, a mechanical female voice starts to read the entire contents of the specific message, including the name/number of the sender and the title.


Connectivity:

Nokia 6210 Navigator is a quad-band GSM with dual-band high-speed (UMTS/HSDPA 900/2100 MHz) 3G support, but 850/1900 MHz and 850/2100 MHz versions will be offered as well. Unfortunately, there is no built-in Wi-Fi.

The Internet browser is the standard one for this OS and is excellent. Pages load fast and navigating through them is fast and easy. You have the convenient Page overview (Pan View), minimap, which appears after continuous scrolling, text shrink and zoom in/out. In addition, thanks to the accelerometer, the screen rotates by itself when you turn the phone vertically.

Internet browser - Nokia 6210 Navigator Review
Internet browser - Nokia 6210 Navigator Review
Internet browser - Nokia 6210 Navigator Review
Internet browser - Nokia 6210 Navigator Review

Internet browser


For local connectivity can be used the built-in Bluetooth 2.0 or an USB cable. The phone also supports A2DP profile, which allows it to transfer stereo music wirelessly.


GPS:

Nokia 6210 Navigator Review
In contrast to 6110 Navigator, the new entry is not equipped with a special (paid) navigation software, and only has the free Nokia Maps 2.0. Every 6210 Navigator comes preloaded with such software, the maps for the given region and a free six-month voice navigation license for the same area. This saves you about $110, but since the phone we are talking about is Navigator, we think that the period should have been at least twice as long.

The manufacturer uses two companies for the creation of the maps: NAVTEQ and Tele Atlas. To get additional maps, you’ll have to either download them via the Internet or by using the Nokia Map Loader on the computer. The maps supported by this model are a product of NAVTEQ, and there’s no other option to choose additional ones via the installation software. This could be a huge drawback, because for some regions (Southeastern Europe for example) Tele Atlas offers more detailed and complete maps.

When starting the interface, a window appears, asking you if you want to use an Internet connection for faster positioning (A-GPS) and downloads of missing maps. At the primary start (cold), you’ll have to wait for about 3-4 minutes until the GPS determines your position, and the next time this will happen almost instantaneously (5 seconds at the most).

You will see your position on the homescreen (red dot), the zoom in/out indicators, the compass and a bar, housing the search field and the Internet traffic used. If you choose the option My Position, the red dot will be always in the middle of the screen, but you can scroll freely around the map.

This is the first Nokia with a built-in compass. It will come in handy only in case you have selected the Walk mode option. If it is surrounded by a red circle, you will have to calibrate it, by turning the phone at 360 degrees until the red turns green. This will make the map position according to the direction you are facing, which is very convenient, because you’ll know where is left or right, for example.

Nokia 6210 Navigator Review
Nokia 6210 Navigator Review
Nokia 6210 Navigator Review
Nokia 6210 Navigator Review

The navigation options standard for most programs are available here as well: search by address; Points of Interest, including restaurants, airports, stores, gas stations, parking lots and many more (if this option is supported for your region); saving a screenshot and purchasing various navigation licenses.

The GPS reception is good and rarely falls below the middle even when walking around in an area with high-rise buildings. In a non-residential area, the situation is even better. Overall, we are happy with the navigation offered by 6210 but we have some serious remarks regarding the map coverage although we were in a region for which we received a paid license.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. gogliogi (unregistered)


I bought 6210 Navigator one month ago and I have already found some important defects, mainly on software: 1) Phone software sometimes freezes(needs to take away battery to restart). 2) Camera very often can't save photos and gives "System error". 3) Alarm has very annoying issues: if you set alarm for working days, it blocks the phone calendar starting from saturday. If you restart it , following saturday it will be blocked again, so on… You also cannot set a repeated alarm for a day of week. It only works for the current day. 4) Rear cover is very fragile and difficult to open. I am always worried to break it, when I need to open. My greater concern is about Nokia support to 6210. They don’t seem in a hurry to fix bugs neither respond to support request mails.

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Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 369 MHz, ARM11 processor
64 MB RAM
Size4.05 x 1.92 x 0.58 inches
(103 x 49 x 14.9 mm)
4.12 oz  (117 g)
Battery950 mAh, 3.7 hours talk time

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