Phone Scoop Review
Apr 13, 2005 by Eric Lin
In-depth review of the affordable new Nokia 3220 GSM phone with extensive customization options for T-Mobile. read review ›
This is a very good phone. This phone has some drawbacks like every phone does. Unfortunately the bumpers on the side tend to come off after while and are a pain to find/replace. And the arrow pad in the middle is too small for big hands. Having said that the benefits definitely outweigh the shortcomings. The camera is decent and the interchangeable covers make it able to change your phone when your mood changes. This phone's whole identity is about personalization. The coolest aspect of the 3220 is that you can record your own ring tones. You can record a song or dialogue from the radio (for example) with the voice recorder and set it as your ring tone, not to mention the phone can dance!
I picked this phone up a few days ago as a T-Mobile To Go kit. It was on sale at Rite Aid, apparently they still carry the phone even though it was discontinued a while back. I don't care that it's not the latest and greatest thing, it's perfect for my needs.
-Excellent reception in low signal T-Mobile area
-Excellent battery life
-Customizable with different inserts in the back and different covers
-Camera/Video- good quality for less than 1.3 mp
-Light effects are cool
-No bluetooth/infrared (doesn't make a difference for me, but I know some would care)
-Could have more memory- holds about 60 pictures, but if you download ringtones, that will go down. You could always delete some of the ringtones/wallpapers it comes with to make more space.
-5 way toggle in the middle is a bit strange, but you get used to it quickly
-No Hi-Fi ringers (real voice/song ringtones, only polyphonic)
-Earpiece volume could be a little louder
Overall, I think this is a great phone. Although its discontinued, if you're looking for a basic camera phone with some other cool features, you might want to see if you can find it somewhere. I'm glad I did.
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nice phone, but not really..
this review is from a design point of view....and features too...
design-wise this phone does translate sporty in a way..... the side flashing grips is very innovative, and very out-of-the box, but it's neon, green,orange,blue,red combination makes it a little tacky.. the ruberized feel of the key pad is genius, but it is kind of small and very compact.... the face plate was the worst design flaw.. it had a cheap, plastic feel that reminded me i bought the phone under 100 dollars.... it gave it a squeaky feel that made me feel like it is going to break any second... it is though durable, but the face plate made me think otherwise....
feature-wise, it is pretty basic... basic picture editor, software, and pretty asic camera.... the camera was very grainy for a vga type, the 65000 color, 16-bit promised screen was there, but by experience wasn't... it felt like a 4096 colored screen, in fact, i've seen better.... the picture editor, was almost useles... it was just a picture where you can place clip-arts from your graphics to a picture you've taken... very basic.... the polyphonic tone did not help me with my mediocre experience either...it was loud and noisy... not appealing... uality sound was subpar.. it was not like a nokia phone... nokia had a nice, try having the phone with wave messaging plates, but those plates were almost rare, i couldn't find one locaaly, not even online either... it was very frustrating....
bottom line... great starter phone for persons of all ages.... great for kids... fun and lively... so if you have a child who has an average of good grades... this is the ideal phone for your child..
Not too bad
Not too bad of a phone. It was my 1st phone with T-Mobile. It was decent enough to carry me until i found what i needed.
The rubbers wouldn't stay on.
Any video over 30 seconds couldn't be sent to a different phone.
Good basic phone, but I need something with more memory.
The youth phone
Its an affordable phone with lots of cool features. Its very good for gaming freaks(I'm also one). Also if y combine it with a web browser(ex. Opera mini), its a good internet device.
-sleek & trendy
-nice gallery collection
-nice preloaded games
-very good looking colored side lights
-no bluetooth or IR
Not the Nokia I know and love
If you get this phone, know that the rubber grips WILL fall out. If you have the option, get a Nokia 6020 instead, it has the same features (and a better screen) but they took out the rubber grips.
Being a Nokia, this phone does get good reception, however :-)
loved it, I want another
I absolutely loved this phone. The lights on the side are what made me really love it. The rest of the phone is decent, and I like being able to design my own plates for the back. Mine was stolen about a week ago and I am trying to find another and not pay alot, so if anyone did not like this phone I'll buy it from you.
This phone is great. I have ha it for about 4 months now and it's wonderful.
Changeable face plates
Being able to put recordings as ring tones instead of having to buy them on-line
This phone is 100% fun. Don't miss out on this phone.
If you are looking to carry a little durable bar around... this phone is for you!
But, the first thing you want to do is turn off those fruity sidelights!
-Reception - excellent
-Durability - This thing is a solid BAR! I would chuck mine against the wall at work, to the amazement of my coworkers.
-Ringers - Don't pay for them. Record whatever you want off a stereo with the voice recorder, save as ringtone. Sounds good!
-Loud ringers (plenty options as far as vibrate, ring and beep combos)
-Great battery life
-Very customizable. Nokia rules.
-Buttons are small and weird, hard to play games, little dashes and stuff. Weird.
-Screen is too small, and the necessary backlight shuts off every two seconds.
-Date/Time hard to read.
-Camera pathetic. No way to shut off camera sfx. Video distorted and pixellated.
-It's a tradeoff: either deal with unlocking the phone (pain), or have numbers accidentally dialed in your pocket.
-Rubber things on sides get dirty and peel off.
Still a very good buy.
Almost never let me down!
For the price it is being offered, it is surely a great phone.
I am a person who does not like too many frills and thrills in the phone.I can do with no music,poor camera,no bluetooth,no MP3 provided the phone is user friendly.And the 3220 satisfies almost everything of that.
I am using this phone for 1 year now and heres what i think:
-Light ,compact,user friendly features,easyily s
tays in your pocket.
-the vibration mode is very good,the phone vibrates with a characteristic beep, which u can hear even from a distance of 20 feet.(it beeps just for a sec and then it vibrates)
-has the robustness that nokia builts in its every phone,i have dropped it on hard floor a couple of times but no damage absolutly.
-cant turn on the speakerphone until the call is connected.
-keypad is slightly a bit late to respond but thts OK (u dont have an emergency everyday do u)
If someone wants a simple,easy to carry, light phone with just the basic features,here's what u shud look for!