Nokia 6205 Review


The User Interface is another area where the 6205 is lacking.  The main menu is laid out in the same Verizon antiquated fashion, categorized by Get it Now, Messaging, Contacts, Recent Calls, and Settings & Tools.  The six included themes are a joke, as they do nothing but change the background color of the main menu (classic, architecture, golf, jazz, metal, surfing), as well as being able to shown in either Tab or List view.  Once again, the Gleam’s FlashUI themes run circles around the 6205.

The Phonebook is also standard Verizon fair, allowing up to 500 entries to be stored, each with their name, mobile 1, work, email 1, group, picture, ringtone, mobile 2, fax, and email 2.  It would make more sense to us if “mobile 1 and 2” and “email 1 and 2” were grouped together, instead of being spread apart.  After a contact is saved, you can assign them to one of 999 speed-dial locations.

Yet again, the integrated 1.3MP camera and flash found on the 6205 were a disappointment.  Outside images taking during the day looked lifeless, with poor detail, color representation and saturation.  Unfortunately, this is common among most 1.3MP camera phones.  Images taken inside looked even worse, having less detail and being slightly blurry do to low light levels since the flash only has a range of 3 feet.  Because of the overall poor quality of the camera, don’t expect to use it for vacation or wedding pictures.  Videos can also be recorded, but are limited to 176x144 resolution, which is only good enough for viewing on a phone.

The music player is the same one found on most other Verizon devices, with it categorizing songs by genre, artist, and album.  The speaker is located on the front flip, so it isn’t muffled as much as one’s located on the back of phones (such are that LG Dare).  Because of this, it is remarkably loud, but some music can cause distortion to be heard, resulting in us turning the volume down.  When the flip is closed, you have to first press the volume button to activate the white backlit touch sensitive buttons on the front.  Once they are illuminated, you can use them to rewind, play/pause, fast-forward, and skip tracks.  However, after 7 seconds they turn off, and you must press the volume button again to activate them.  It would be easier if they were illuminated longer, and could be activated by touching them directly.  Unfortunately, the 6205 does not support Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP/AVRC), which is unthinkable in today’s age, so you are forced to use the built in speaker or stereo earbuds via the 2.5mm headset jack.

Other software features include Mobile Web 2.0, VCast Music and Video, and VZ Navigator for GPS guided directions.  You can also download a wide variety of games and other programs through Get it Now.  The only problem that we encountered (just like with the Gleam and U550) was when using the Mobile Web program and going to large HTML sites, such as, the page would partly load, but would only display text and not graphics.  When going to smaller sites (Google) or WAP pages, the browser was able to work without problem.

Additional tools include voice commands, calculator, calendar, 3 alarm clocks, stopwatch, and notepad.  We were able to use the speaker-independent voice commands without issue, and could easily dial-by-digit or by saying the name of a stored contact.  The calendar is similar to other Verizon phones, and will allow you to type in events that you wish to be notified of.

A total of 72MB of internal memory is included with 17MB use out of the box, leaving only 55MB of free space available for storing wallpapers, ringtones, and programs.  Thankfully, you can install a microSD memory card up to 4GB in size, which provides added space for MP3 files and pictures.



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Nokia sucks. I don't know why people love them so much. They are ugly and none of them work very well. The only ones that did were the old candybar phones. They had good reception and that was it. Everything else about Nokia is horrible. You couldn't pay me to use one of these phones.

2. unregistered

Have you never seen or heard of N or E series?

3. unregistered

Perhaps Nokia sucks for CDMA phones, like for Verizon Wireless. But for GSM phones, they rock!
  • Display 2.0" 176 x 220 pixels
  • Camera 1.3 MP
  • Storage 0.058 GB
  • Battery 1050 mAh(4.50h talk time)

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