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Review: Nokia 3220

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Although it is not activated by default, you can set the phone to display the time (and/or date) on the home screen from the Time and Date settings. When the phone is not in use, the 3220 turns off the backlight and displays a very dim clock as a power save function instead of turning the screen completely off. When this clock is displayed, the phone can be used as a watch as long as there is enough light to read the dim face.

At night or in dark rooms, you will need to activate the backlight. If the keys are unlocked and you press a button, the phone will turn on the backlight and show the home screen or the last screen displayed. If the keys are locked, pressing any button will simply display a message on how to unlock the keys without displaying the time or activating the backlight. Pressing the power button or select on the D-Pad will activate the backlight, but still the same message is displayed, forcing you to unlock the phone to check the time in the dark. It would be great if a quick tap on at least one of the buttons would turn on the backlight while still displaying the clock screensaver if the keys are locked.


The 3220 barely rates on the Java benchmark scale, however that is not unusual for many entry level phones. It rated a 782 on the MIDP 1.0 test and a mere 40 on the MIDP 2 battery. This places the 3220 right at the 50% mark of the scores for phones for the MIDP 1 test, but in the bottom third of phones for the MIDP 2 test.


There is a very simple calculator, which is a bit confusing to use until you get used to the interface. The alarm clock is easy to use, and will work even if the phone is turned off. A countdown timer is also available as a separate application. There is no built in FM radio or music player, however since the 3220 uses a Pop Port connector, these can be added as specialized headsets. It may be possible to use a USB cable and third party software to sync the phone to a Mac or PC, however neither a cable nor software is included in the box.


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