With the latest wave of Nokia basic handsets, Nokia plans to once again reign supreme in the largest mobile segment in the world market. Spearheading this skirmish is the Nokia 2220 slide which combines drop dead looks with mid-range functionality but at a basic phone price. Check out the review below to know more.
Design and Looks
As the name suggests, the Nokia 2220 slide is a slider and may well be one of the first of its kind to grace the economy range. Thankfully, the 2220 slide does not see a sacrifice in the classy charm of the slider form factor. It is exquisitely designed and looks unmistakably like a higher end phone. But the spell is broken when you power the dismally small 1.8 inch screen which features grainy images thanks to the low pixel density and only 65K colours.
For a slider, we have to admit that the phone is pretty slim. Sure, it’s thin on features and maybe that helps this model to stay size zero. Below the smallish screen is a nice D-pad with soft keys. OK, the D-pad isn’t all that big but the soft keys around it are really huge. And as the saying goes- the bigger the keys, the better the phone, holds true for the 2220 Slide. Sliding the phone up reveals the alphanumeric keypad; here, the keys are divided row wise but are widely spaced and offer good tactility and finger orientation. But because of the phone’s contoured shape, the drooping bottom of the top portion of the phone’s slider reduces the headroom above the 2 key. Only the back of the phone is truly indicative of this phone’s basic handset status- it is made out of cheap but rugged plastic. The designers at Nokia have tried their best to make it look interesting by covering the loudspeaker grill with interesting wavy patterns. Also, at the top of the back, the bare VGA camera looks important as it is surrounded by a silver frame. We’ve seen better camera get lesser attention than this.
The phone sports the Series 40 user interface that we’re used to seeing on Nokia mid range handsets. The S40 UI has now officially penetrated the basic handset segment and we can expect to see more S40 basic phones in the future. The beauty of this is that the 2220 Slide has inherited all the firmware upgrades and innumerous Java applications that have made their way into the UI. The only hiccup here is the phone’s low processing power which sometimes seems inadequate to operate the UI smoothly.
Apart from featuring the regular S40 apps, the phone also sports Nokia’s latest app for developing communities- Nokia Life Tools. It provides vital info on agriculture, education and also entertainment. These are area specific and broadcast through SMS messages. Of course, what information you get depends on what you subscribe for and can range from weather forecasts to career advice to daily news. What’s more is that the information is available in two languages; English and a local language. Other apps on-board the phone are OviMail and a basic WAP 2.0 xHTML browser.
Entertainment features include an FM radio and Mp3 player. The FM radio also has an FM recording feature that lets users record broadcasts for as long as eight minutes which can be saved for later playback or which can be used as a ringtone. The Mp3 player is a basic one but with the phone’s total internal memory restricted to 32MB, the 2220 cannot store more than a few songs at a time. Also, the lack of USB or Bluetooth connectivity means that getting songs into the phone will be even harder. So, for those of you who want to purchase this phone for its Mp3 player- don’t get fooled by the advertising. The phone also features standard 3.5mm audio port and the good quality Nokia WH102 headset ships with the phone. This means that the Nokia 2220 Slide offers the best radio listening experience on any handset in the market today.
The phone’s VGA camera is only lip-service. Most people who have any experience with VGA cameras know that it’s not worth using except for taking pictures for call contacts and for the occasional MMS. A good 1.3MP camera would have been preferred which would definitely create a lot of good publicity for the Finnish manufacturer. Apart from this one shortcoming (and the few mentioned above) we don’t really see any flaws on this phone.
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