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Review: Nokia 3220

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Anyone who's used a Nokia Series 40 will immediately be comfortable with the 3220 as it has the same interface Nokia has used for the past few years. For those not familiar with Series 40, the interface should still be simple to learn.

On the home screen, the D-Pad select button is clearly labeled Menu, other buttons are also clearly labeled. Navigation is very consistent between applications: the right softkey always goes back a step, the left softkey opens up a menu of options and select chooses the default action.

Menu speed is very quick when opening the main menu, and generally as fast when clicking an item in the main menu. However once inside an application, things can slow down a great deal, especially when accessing the file system. Nokia has acknowledged this by display a sort of progress bar whenever there will be a long pause.

Some pauses are longer than others. The shortest pauses where the progress bar is displayed are for tasks like displaying the SMS inbox or starting the camera application, each of which takes less than 2 seconds.

The longest pause was loading an application from the Wave Messaging Fun Cover, which took upwards of 5 minutes. The 3220 is one of a few models that features Nokia's smart connector, a second connector in the battery compartment which allows the phone to use smart covers. The covers can have both hardware and software that work with the phone. However in order to use the software on the covers, it must be loaded from the cover into the phone's memory. Either the type of memory in the cover, the speed of the smart connector, or both contribute to this eternal wait.


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