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Review: Nokia 6682

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When familiarizing yourself with the 6682, you may wonder where the shutter button is. After all, Nokia took the time to include a slide cover for the camera lens, and by today's standards that usually goes hand in hand with a horizontal interface and a dedicated shutter button. However Nokia has bucked the trend and chosen instead to orient the camera vertically for camera use, just as they have on all their previous phones. The phone is very well balanced when holding it to take pictures, and it is quite easy to take a steady shot with just one hand.

The slide cover works more intuitively than most in that when slid open it will start the camera application, even if the keylock was engaged. The application starts in under 2 seconds if the keylock is off, and just over 2 seconds if the keylock was on.

The viewfinder display is very camera-like despite its vertical orientation. There is a large viewfinder window with an overlaid zoom and flash status indicator. The left softkey gives you access to the options menu, which contains additional settings such as night mode, self timer, and color adjustments. After snapping a picture, it takes about 3 seconds to save. While the picture is saving, the screen displays the last viewfinder image which is typically a bit poor, however when the save is finished, the review screen shows the picture in all its glorious detail, and the detail is very impressive. The camera even tends to outperform heavyweights like the Sony Ericsson S710a.


From the review screen all you can do is send the photo, delete it or return back to the viewfinder. Nokia includes two image management applications. The traditional gallery which allows you to both manage as well as zoom in on photos, and the image manager, which has the same functions and adds the ability to compose a slideshow. The image manager uses the carousel interface Nokia has proudly been showing off in screenshots of the phone. It is, however, the only slow application on the phone and we can't see the benefit of having it there.

The video recorder, which can be activated by pressing the D-pad right from the viewfinder has 2 resolutions: 128 x 96 and 176 x 144, and two recording lengths: short, which has a maximum of 30 seconds, and maximum, which will go until the memory card is full. The video is a bit blurry and sometimes choppy, which is a small disappointment considering the excellent still image quality. Sound is quite good and fairly loud.


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