Here is a review I intended to post sometime ago, but hopefully some folks who are considering a QWERTY phone will find it useful.

Text to your heart’s delights – well that should be the advertisement adorning the Nokia 6820. Following its predecessor, the Nokia 6800, the 6820 delivers a cool sleeker design and a smaller foot print. Although we never tested the 6800, the 6820’s looks alone are enough to convince us to go with the latter.

For those that are text message and email heavy this is the ideal cell phone that works part time for the full time cell phone user. At initial look, the Nokia 6820 appears as a regular candy bar phone with a color screen, and low quality phone camera for videos and stills. Delve a little deeper and the phone’s numeric keyboard flips opens horizontally to reveal a full keyboard. The keys are a tad on the small side but should be expected given the size of the phone. An added perk is that the keyboard can be fully backlit with the touch of a button. Although the 6820 was tested as a text message tool -limiting character amount to 160 (standard SMS format) – we were confident that it would perform as a formidable email client, although the AT&T/Cingular network was not the fast, but suitable enough for part time emailers. The phone comes packed with a speaker phone that is loud enough and sensitive enough to have a conversation over, and Bluetooth that syncs partially with our Apple G4 – although the Nokia 6820 would only receive one phone book entry at a time which was a disappointment. Calendar info synced well enough, and transferring videos, pics, and audio back and forth to the Desktop G4 computer was seamless.

The screen of the 6820 is subpar as its color quantity is limited and thus does not appropriately reflect the true quality of its camera (640×480 pixels). Once the pictures are transferred they are much clearer. The numeric buttons on the face are flat resulting in undefined areas of separation; we tended to push other keys while aiming for something else (i.e. 2 and you get a 5). Battery life of the phone lasts for sometime. Standby time lasted up to 4 days. With normal everyday use that droped to 2-3 days depending on ringtone options. Battery life seriously suffered with full time Bluetooth operation, which is also another disappointment considering Bluetooth is touted as a feature that will not greatly impact battery life. Cool factor of the phone is most notable when you flip open its keyboard. The phone is a practical tool for the serious text messager.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."