Nokia’s 6220 Classic looks like a pretty standard, dare I say dull, Nokia mobile phone. There is none of your Prism-like fanciness about the fascia, for example, no N-ish ‘multimedia computer’ type shenanigans in the naming, and not a QWERTY key to be seen.
Yet the 6220 Classic packs a huge punch with a 5-megapixel camera, 3G and much of what an N Series handset can offer. Its S60 3rd Edition operating system with Feature Pack 2 puts it at the vanguard of Nokia’s phones.
Nokia Maps is built in, and Nokia is making much of the fact that it comes with three month’s voice-guided navigation out of the box. Thereafter you have to pay for this, and can buy it in chunks of time as short as a single month. Current pricing is here.
The temptation right from the off is to start defining this phone by what is not present – Wi-Fi is the obvious absence after a first brief look around the handset.
The black front fascia with blue backlight round the D-pad and behind the number keys is inoffensive, as is the grey and silver back fascia. Nothing too elegant, nothing outstanding, but easy on the eye.
The entirely plastic build of this candbar handset doesn’t inspire huge confidence, though. I am not sure it will survive too many falls from a table onto a hard surface, and I found the front keys felt fairly cheap and nasty in comparison to those of some other handsets. The * and # keys are a bit fiddly to hit both because they nudge the bottom of the casing and because they’re a bit smaller than the rest. The number keys, however, are quite large and easy to use at a reasonable lick of speed.
The D-pad is also fairly comfortable to use. Its thin silver frame surrounds a huge select button, and the whole pad has quite a lot of movement to it, so that it almost rolls under the fingertip as you push it left, right, up and down. I’m not sure how robust that will prove in the long term, but it is a little different from the norm.