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The business mobile phone slowly evolved from a dull but functional device into a jack of all trades that allows users to work anytime, anywhere. With the introduction of the RIM BlackBerry and various combined PDA/phones, email anywhere has become a reality. The disadvantage of most of these devices is that they are much larger than your average mobile phone and thus take up a lot more space in your pocket. RIM introduced the Blackberry 7000 series – see our review of the Vodafone 7100v – to offer a smaller device that offered the same functionality, but it still felt a bit big compared to standard phones.
Enter the Nokia 6822, which looks just like a normal mobile phone at first glance – it fits nicely in your pocket and it even has a built in camera. Upon closer inspection however, you realise that it is more than just a standard phone, as it has a built-in BlackBerry client and it even has a full QWERTY keyboard.
I’m sure some people would be quite happy to use T9 for email – at least the younger generation that send more SMS messages than most of us make phone calls in a month. But I’m sure most of us find it easier and faster to type with two hands. Nokia has designed the keyboard so that you hold the 6822 horizontally rather than vertically and the keypad folds out so each half of it is on either side of the screen.
They keyboard is excellent to type on, as long as you’re sticking to using your thumbs; it’s not designed for touch typing. Besides the obvious usage of typing SMS and email messages on the keyboard, you can also take down notes (limited to 3,000 characters), use it when you enter or edit contacts in your phone book and for entering WAP page addresses.