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Nokia 6822

 Nokia 6822 Discontinued
5th January 2005

The Nokia 6822 is an upgrade of the Nokia 6820 with a better screen and some enhancements to the camera and software. The main feature of the 6822 is the fold-out QWERTY keyboard, which is quite usable and a great thing to have if you can't get used to typing out messages on a numeric keypad.

Like the 6820, the Nokia 6822 is aimed at people who want to do a lot of messaging on the move. In addition to the clever keyboard, the 6822 supports standard internet protocols for email (POP3/IMAP4/SMTP) plus compatibility with corporate Blackberry messaging systems. There's also support for the Open Mobile Alliance's IMPS instant messaging service, MMS and SMS. Nokias are normally pretty good with PIM functions, and the 6822 will be no different. Of course, it also supports Java for additional applications and has an XHTML web browser.

Connectivity is good, with Bluetooth, infra-red and cable connections to a PC, plus tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900), GPRS, EDGE and HSCSD which should cover most people's needs. On the back of the Nokia 6822 is a pretty standard VGA resolution digital camera with video recording and night mode capabilities.

 Nokia 6822 It's the screen which is the main improvement. One of the great weaknesses of the 6820 was the 4000 colour screen which was blurry and difficult to work with - a serious drawback with a phone designed for email and messaging. Nokia's 65,000 colour 128x128 pixel displays (as found on the 6822) are usually of a much higher quality.

These are all good things, however the phone is a disappointment. We were hoping that 128x128 pixel screens would be a thing of the past, especially on this type of device. In our view the 6822's display is simply too small for messaging use. Take the rival Siemens SK65, for example - that has a 132x176 display. We think that this phone should be at least 128x160 pixels or larger, but Nokia seem to be stuck in the past here. After all, this is just a warmed over handset from late 2003.. and it's now 2005.

Another serious gripe is the camera. The Nokia 6822 is aimed primarily at businesses, and most businesses simply do not want cameras on their mobile phones. Siemens understood this with the SK65, and RIM doesn't fit cameras to its Blackberry devices either (such at the Blackberry 7100t). Heck, even Nokia dropped the camera from the Nokia 9300 to the great relief of many. (Edited: the VGA resolution camera is, however, an improvement over the old one in the 6820)

So, despite the good keyboard and connectivity, the Nokia 6822 still doesn't look that good compared to its rivals, but it's not a bad phone exactly. Battery life is up to 8 hours and the phone still comes in at 100 grams despite the QWERTY keyboard, which is impressive.

One interesting thing to note is the model number - this isn't called the Nokia 6830, which according to rumour is a much more interesting messaging device, possibly with 3G support and a much better display.

Nokia say that the 6822 will be available in the first quarter of 2005.

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Nokia 6822 at a glance

Available:

Q1 2005

Network:

Tri-band GSM

Data:

GPRS / EDGE / HSCSD

Screen:

128x128 pixels, 65K colours

Camera:

640x480 pixels (0.3 megapixels)

Size:

Standard candy bar size
106x46x21mm / 100 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Infra-red:

Yes

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

8 hours talk / 14 days standby (maximum)

 

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