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Nokia 6220 Classic

 Nokia 6220 Classic Discontinued
11th February 2008

On the face of it, the name Nokia 6220 Classic doesn't seem that exciting. Re-using the name of a forgotten handset from some years ago, you would expect this phone to be a run-of-the-mill mobile, right?

Wrong. The Nokia 6220 Classic is a very advanced mobile phone, and quite why it doesn't form part of Nokia's N-Series or E-Series devices is a mystery. This is a Symbian S60 smartphone with HSDPA high-speed data, a 5 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and built-in GPS. These are high-end features, but the 6220 Classic is definitely a mid-range device.

We'll start off with a closer look at the Nokia 6220 Classic's photographic credentials. 5 megapixel units are still pretty uncommon, and the 6220 Classic comes with excellent optics, autofocus and a Xenon flash which puts this handset right up with the market leaders. The camera can capture VGA resolution video at 30 frames per second too.

 Nokia 6220 Classic The Nokia 6220 Classic also comes with built-in advanced GPS (aGPS) and Nokia's second generation mapping system. GPS is integrated into the camera, so any photographs are automatically "geotagged" with their location.

Nokia say that the 6220 Classic redefines the definition of 'share'. By this, they mean that the handset can easily upload photos and videos to Ovi or Flickr, or it can play them back through the device's TV output. Pictures can also be sent by email, and of course MMS.

It's a capable multimedia phone too, the Nokia 6220 Classic can play back MPEG-4, MP3, AAC and WMA files. It also comes with an FM radio and stereo Bluetooth. The 6220 Classic supports microSD cards of up to 8GB, and it has 120 MB of internal memory.

It's a very conventional looking handset with a 2.2" QVGA display, measuring 108 x 47 x 15mm and weighing just 90 grams. Talktime is a little on the short side with just 2.5 hours maximum battery life on 3G, switch to GSM and this goes up to 3.5 hours. The inbuilt battery is a 900mAH BP-5M unit, and this can drive the 6220 Classic for 11 hours or music playback, 4 hours of GPS or 5 hours of music playback too.

We've seen all these features before, but not in a handset of this price range. Nokia say that the 6220 Classic should cost around €325 (£220 / $450) before tax and subsidy when it becomes available during Q3 2008.

It's pretty clear that the Nokia 6220 Classic offers a lot of features for the money.. possibly rather too many. After all,  Nokia 6220 Original when you can get all of this for just €325, why bother with an expensive device like the new N96?

The ORIGINAL Nokia 6220

This is another case where Nokia have re-used the name of an existing product. The original Nokia 6220 (pictured right) was the unloved predecessor to the Nokia 6230, with a 128 x 128 pixel display, an FM radio and a very basic camera. Launched in 2003, it quickly became obsolete when the 6230 came out with a better camera and Bluetooth.

Try to make sure that you are buying the right one!

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Nokia 6220 Classic at a glance


Q3 2008


GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
UMTS 900 / 2100




240x320 pixels, 16m colours


5 megapixels


Medium monoblock
108 x 47 x 15mm / 90 grams



Memory card:









Yes (aGPS)

Battery life:

2.5 hours talk / 10 days standby


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