A clever feature is the symbol button which brings up a menu of special characters when pressed once, while pressing it twice takes you to the smilies menu. A button with a small light bulb on it toggles the backlight on and off – this lights up the characters on the keys rather than the whole keypad. Each half of the keyboard has a spacebar and a Shift key, which acts as Caps Lock when pressed twice. You can also make and end calls with the keyboard open, but you do look kind of stupid talking on the phone this way. It would’ve been great if you could have used to keyboard with other devices, such as a PDA, but sadly this is not an option.
There are of course some compromises that have to be made with regards to the menu system when the keyboard is open. The screen is rotated automatically 90 degrees, but you have to use the joystick to move around in the menus – in this mode, the joystick is located to the side of the display rather than under it. Not ideal but you’re still able to get around the menu system in a reasonable fashion. There is a soft key that allows you to access the left and right menu options as normal with the keyboard open.
As you might have figured from the model name, the 6822 isn’t Nokia’s first attempt at a device of this type. But with the experience from the three past versions Nokia seems to have got most things right this time around. The 6822 weighs in at 100g which is more than acceptable and measures 106 x 46 x 21mm (H xWxD) which is in line with many other business handsets.
The camera now supports VGA resolution (640 x 480) which is a step up from its predecessor, but far from cutting edge. However, many businesses don’t allow camera phones, so Nokia should maybe have considered leaving it out completely. Image quality isn’t fantastic, but it can also be used for shooting short videos.