Released as a follow up to the popular Nokia 6110 Navigator in July 2008, the Nokia 6210 Navigator seeks to pick up where its predecessor left off, by providing GPS access in a more stylish and refined design. However, w....
Released as a follow up to the popular Nokia 6110 Navigator in July 2008, the Nokia 6210 Navigator seeks to pick up where its predecessor left off, by providing GPS access in a more stylish and refined design. However, with the inclusion of GPS technology in most phones on the market today, the release of this phone begs the question: Was another phone in the Navigator line was really necessary?
To begin with, the Nokia 6210 Navigator is a slider; its casing is constructed out of a smooth plastic that is classier in appearance than its predecessor (with accents in either red or black). Measuring 103 x 49 x 14.9 mm and weighing in at 117 grams, this slider may seem a little thick, but it feels solid. The only problem we have with the design is that the upper section housing the display, feels a tad unstable when the keypad is slid out fully.
The keypad features two soft keys for navigation, a five way directional pad and the standard assortment of alphanumeric keys. All the keys sit flush with the body of the phone, a design element we totally despise, as we like to feel the contours of each individual key, and without the task of composing a message being a chore.
Now, onto the positives. One of the big improvements to hit the 6210 is the move to a 3.2 megapixel camera which can capture images at a resolution of 2048 x 1536, the images captured by the camera are clean and bright.
The call quality on this phone is above average, being clear to both parties in many different levels of ambient noise. The battery lasts for up to 220 hours in standby, but only offers 168 minutes of talk time. It is disappointing that a Nokia smartphone would have such a weak battery life.
The main feature of the Navigator series has been its GPS capability, and as expected, the Nokia 6210 delivers in this department. Improvements over its predecessor include quicker GPS connectivity with turn-by-turn navigation, and the inclusion of Nokia Maps 2.0 which offers preloaded maps for Australia and New Zealand. For those familiar with traditional GPS devices, expect a bit of a learning curve. Also regrettably, the turn-by-turn navigation software is only free for the first six months and then requires a $149 AUD yearly subscription. It’s really quite disappointing that Nokia does not include this as a free service.
The Nokia 6210 utilises the Symbian v9.3 operating system. Overall the 369 MHz processor does a decent job running the system. However, we did experience some lag when loading more complicated applications, but despite the occasional lag the Symbian OS is still a great operating system and users will find the user interface familiar, and easy to use. To complete the picture, the phone packs an impressive 120 MB of internal memory, allowing for a decent amount of music and video to be stored without the need for a memory card.
The 6210 Navigator has come a long way since its inception. The camera has been improved, the navigation software and responsiveness of the GPS has undergone a major overhaul, but despite these leaps, Nokia has pretty much shot themselves in the foot, by making the turn-by-turn navigational software subscription based. With GPS included on many phones with stronger batteries and better selling features, this phone has been left in the dark by the mobile marketplace.