The world’s love affair with Nokia may have been fading for some time but, to be honest, I sometimes wonder how it ever started. Here are three more reasons why.
The company’s latest trident of uninspiringness consists of the slim line 6300 (left), midrange 6290 (middle) and low end 6086 (right).
The 6300 is meant to be the crowd stopper here and at 13.1mm it is thin though not as thin as many handsets on the market (it is fatter than the Samsung i320 smartphone which has a QWERTY keyboard). Elsewhere there’s a perfectly acceptable QVGA (240 x 320) display, industry norm two megapixel camera and microSD slot as well as a decent amount of onboard memory (135MB). It will also play back MP3s and there’s an FM tuner but at 250 euros I can’t imagine this setting too many hearts aflutter by the time it hits stores in Q1 2007.
Continuing the melange of mediocrity is the quad band 6290, a clamshell which looks rather like Sharp’s GX20 from three years ago. It offers up an internal 2.2in QVGA display and 128 x 160 resolution external screen, 2MP camera, MP3 playback, microSD expansion slot and Bluetooth. Again the terrifying 325 euro price tag should send chills up your spine.
Finally we have the budget 6086 and though you might expect this would receive the biggest kicking of the bunch it is actually the most interesting. The specs are predictably naff: VGA camera, 128 x 160 pixel main display, mono 96 x 68 pixel secondary but a surprise is in store in the shape of 802.11b/g WiFi!
Nokia has added this for UMA calling – routing calls automatically over wireless when it is available to save contract minutes – and this should be a major attraction. Unfortunately not many operators are promoting UMA yet (you don’t need a PhD to figure out why) but it should be hitting the headlines more next year.
So there we are, another three Nokia phones, another 2 ½ boring phones. It also begs the question when will Nokia jazz up its branding? I guess the answer is when it uses up all the 6xxx digits. So only another 20 years worth of handsets to go then…