Pros Battery, Keyboard, Form Factor, RF receiver
Cons User Interface
Summary I did a lot of research before selecting the Nokia 6820. My research indicated it had an excellent RF transceiver, while also having advanced features (BT and EDGE), a long battery life, internet access, a keyboard and some bells and whistles. I had many requirements but focused on one primary requirement – voice and signal quality. Based on this requirement alone the 6820 is a winner. I’m writing this review in Feb. 2005 but purchased the phone in Summer 2004.
I also wanted to have internet access but the 6820 came up a bit short on this requirement due to the small screen size and inability to display secure websites, e.g., scottrade and wellsfargo bank. You can also access email using EDGE.
The Bluetooth feature is excellent when used with a headset. Set up and pairing with my BT Epox headset was a snap although the keystrokes required to pair the devices using Nokia’s shortcuts is a bit awkward. Overall, I am an enthusiastic user of BT in this regard.
I have also synched my laptop calendar program with the 6820 using BT after spending a considerable amount of time figuring out how to establish the BT connection. I think Nokia needs to get to version 2 of their software. It’s not intuitive and difficult to figure out to use since Nokia’s on-line site and the manual provide very little guidance. I recommend using the BT feature for synching your PIM for those who like end-user challenges and have a lot of time. Plus, the data translation between Outlook and the 6820 leaves a lot to be desired.
BT synching is a great idea but too much work to use on a daily basis – back to the drawing board for Nokia on this feature. Try using the infra-red port instead to synch instead.
The fill-up keyboard is handy and easy to use and would probably keep text messaging and/or email users very happy.
The speaker-phone is surprisingly loud and clear, coming from such a small phone.
The battery has an extremely only standby and has a small form factor battery charger.
The user-interface and menu (including the short-cuts) are not easy to use and requires a lot of drilling down to find the correct submenus. Could be more intuitive – a lot more. In Nokia’s defense, the phone has a lot of features and ergo, needs a lot of screen menus.
I haven’t used the voice tagging features, yet. The camera and video are both low resolution but are of decent quality. They were probably never designed to be used as replacements to your existing camera/camcorder.
You can also use the 6820 as a modem using the EDGE feature by using a serial connection to the 6820 using BT (I think - I have yet to confirm test this feature) as the connection to the phone.
Pros Durability, functions, size, keyboard, infrared port
Cons The screen, stupid (and an unusable camera)
Summary Nokia almost has the perfect phone. It has so many hidden functions and abilities: the easiest qwerty keyboard to use (still don't know how to type on those tiny Treo keys), bluetooth, large and easy contact list (w/ address storage), an ok speakerphone, profiles to easily switch all ring tones, a "go to" button to scroll instantly to the functions you want to use, and an infrared port (beaming contacts from a Palm takes 2 seconds).
Why they added the worst camera in the world onto a business phone I don't understand. I didn't get the phone for the camera, but don't bother if the photos/videos are horrible.
The sound quality could be better, but it's not the worst. Hopefully Nokia will keep upgrading this model and improve this as well as a bigger screen and better resolution.
I would recommend it, though. It's a powerful little phone.
"Great Phone"on by smileyman57
Pros Keyboard, reception
Cons Camera resolution
Summary The only reason I don't give this phone a 10 is the weak camera that it has. Regardless, this is by far the best phone I have ever used/owned. I have GSM service from Cingular and I get the best reception/signal over the past year.
Pros Foldout keyboard handles text much easier than number keys alone; nice shape and size of unit; looks cool
Cons Keys gave out requiring replacement of unit. 6820 is only a tri-band GSM phone (ie, only works in USA and part of rest of world)--4 bands are necessary for a true world phone (almost nobody knows this and it is not explained by Nokia which should know b
Pros The full QWERTY keyboard is amazing. Text messaging, taking notes are a breeze. Battery life and reception are terrific.
Cons Camera image isnt great.
Summary This phone is great option for someone who likes to send messages, takes notes..etc. The keyboard is very appealing. Reception is important when looking for phones and this baby gets awesome reception (Cingular).
If you are looking for a great camera phone, look elsewhere. This phone does more than other phones. I give it an A.