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Nokia 6282 Launch

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Dec 2, 2005, 4:05 PM   by Rich Brome

Hands-on report from the launch of the Nokia 6282 in NYC. Plus new N80 and N70 pics and info.

6282 

At an analysts' meeting in New York City yesterday, Nokia announced a pair of new 3G phones for WCDMA networks. One was the 6233, a compact and relatively basic bar-style phone for Europe and Asia. But since we focus on the U.S. market, we were far more interested in the 6282, a 3G slider phone specifically aimed at the Americas, including the U.S.

The 6282 has a solid feature set, including a QVGA display, Bluetooth, a miniSD memory card slot, and EDGE data for areas where WCDMA coverage is not yet available.

 

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The 6282 is based closely on the previously-announced 6280. But while the 6280 supports WCDMA (UMTS) 2100 and GSM 900/1800/1900 for European and Asian networks, the 6282 supports WCDMA 1900 and GSM 850/1800/1900, for networks such as Cingular's.

There are a couple of other differences compared to the 6280, both of which are consistent with with Cingular's rumored 3G launch plans. First, the 6282 lacks a secondary, front-facing camera for 2-way video calling. That's fine, since Cingular's 3G network is not expected to support 2-way video calling, at least initially. While 2-way video calling is certainly a nifty feature, it hasn't been exceptionally popular on most 3G networks that have launched it elsewhere; it's just not very useful compared to other 3G services.

The 6282 also has a 1 megapixel camera, which is a slight step down compared to the 6280's 2 megapixel unit. That makes some sense when you consider that Cingular is also expected to launch the N80 around the same time as the 6282. The N80 and 6282 are both relatively high-end 3G slider phones, so having a 1 megapixel camera on the 6282 helps lower cost and further differentiate it from the N80. Shutterbugs will probably want the N80 anyway, which is expected to have one of the first 3 megapixel cameras on a U.S. phone.

The 6282 also sports some slightly different styling compared to the 6280. Specifically, the keys have a smoother, more rounded look. The 4-way direction pad looks flush with the rest of the keys, like it might be hard to feel by touch alone. But when I tried it, I had no problems with it. The main keys on the front are all more than large enough to avoid any risk of pressing the wrong one, and the outer edge of the direction pad is raised just enough that you can feel it with your finger. Those with very large fingers might find the center select key and the number keys a bit small, but they should be perfect for those with average hands.

The phone has a good slide mechanism with a spring assist so it "snaps" open and closed. It's not quite as solid-feeling or powerful as the one on the 8801, but it the quality seems fine.

The 6282 is quite lightweight for a 3G phone with the features it has. Unfortunately, that gives it a size-to-weight ratio that might make it feel "cheap" to some people. It's just a mental thing, though; all parts of the 6282 in fact feel quite high-quality.

One very impressive feature of the 6282 is the ability to capture VGA-resolution video. VGA is 640 x 480 pixels, which is as good or better than standard-definition television. Most camera phones can only record at QCIF resolution (176 x 144), and ones that can record at QVGA (320 x 240) or CIF (352 x 288) are considered good.

(6282vga)
QuickTime format
File size: 2.6 MB

I tried the VGA video capture, and was impressed with its quality (check it out for yourself above). Unfortunately, the still photo quality left a lot to be desired, but of course it was a pre-release version, so it's possible the final version could be great.

N80 

If you read Phone Scoop regularly, you've already seen our hands-on report from the N80 launch in Barcelona last month. Not much has changed since then, except now Nokia is showing off the black version of the N80:

 

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I got conflicting answers when I asked which color would be coming to the States, but both versions look pretty decent.

Although the N80 and 6282 might look pretty similar at first glance, they are actually quite different. Most importantly, the N80 is a smartphone, using the S60 platform and Symbian OS 9. That means a large variety of powerful third-party software will be available to extend the N80's capabilities.

The N80 also has better global roaming capability (including 3G), Wi-Fi, and a 3 megapixel camera.

The N80 has the same ultra-high-resolution LCD display as several other new Nokia Nseries phones. At 352 x 416 pixels, it blows QVGA displays out of the water. You really have to see it in person to appreciate how good it looks, but below is a comparison with other Nokia display resolutions that should give you some idea of the relative difference in resolution:

 

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The N80 isn't without its flaws, though. Unfortunately, the slide action isn't spring-assisted, so it doesn't "snap" open like the 6282. It also has a center select key that is joined with the 4-way direction pad, which makes it more difficult to press reliably. Also, the camera isn't auto-focus like the N90 or Sony Ericsson K750, although photo quality seemed adequate in my brief tests. Unfortunately the same can't be said about video capture quality. At least in the pre-release version I tried, captured video looked absolutely terrible. It was bad enough, though, that I have to assume (or at least hope) I was experiencing a glitch that will be fixed prior to final release.

However, assuming they fix the video issue, the N80's flaws are minor; I would still consider the N80 a top-notch offering.

N70 

When we reported from the initial Nseries launch in Amsterdam earlier this year, a Nokia spokesperson mentioned that a version of the N70 might makes its way to U.S. shores. They were pretty vague about it, though, and we didn't put too much stock in it.

Well, it turns out we were wrong to doubt. Although no announcement has been made, Nokia has started quietly showing off a new version of the N70 specifically designed for the U.S.:

 

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It lacks 3G and the front camera for video calling, but otherwise the specs are the same. It's GSM 900/1800/1900, so don't expect to use it with Cingular. In theory it could be offered by T-Mobile, but that didn't sound likely from what I was told. This is expected to be sold independently, like the N90.

Update: The official line from Nokia is that this version of the N70 is for China... for now.

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What kind of time frame??? starman_thc Dec 26, 2005, 2:18 PM
Video? QuickeSilver Jan 18, 2006, 3:42 PM
Is the 6282 coming to Cingular? ToarTimothy Dec 6, 2005, 3:18 AM
Article djdelay Dec 3, 2005, 8:31 PM
holding my breath pauldg Dec 2, 2005, 6:52 PM
 
 
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