Nokia 6210 Navigator review: On the road again

GSMArena team, 06 August 2008.
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Nice display

The Nokia 6210 Navigator screen supports QVGA resolution and up to 16M colors on a 2.4" diagonal. A Nokia trademark, sunlight legibility is way beyond the reach of other phones, except maybe Apple iPhone's gorgeous display.

The 6210 display has grown by 0.2 inches compared to the original Navigator but it still isn't perfect for in-car navigation. The small fonts of the navigation interface don't provide for a comfortable reading when the phone's placed on the dashboard of the car. Another flaw is the lack of an optional landscape mode in Nokia Maps application, which is very strange given the auto-rotate sensor and the fact Nokia N95 8GB has a landscape mode

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Great display, but still on the small side for in-car nav

Calling around

You may rest assured that communication is well taken care of in the Navigator. Reception is crystal clear on both ends of a call and we experienced no reception issues for the time of testing. Thanks to the accelerometer, users can enjoy the turn-to-mute feature in Nokia 6210 Navigator.

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The numbers on the display when dialing are large and easy to see

Here is how Nokia 6210 Navigator stacks against some of the other handsets we've measured in our speakerphone loudness test. It is certainly louder than its predecessor, but still falls behind some of the great performers we've encountered. More info on our test here.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOveral score
Nokia N8270.261.265.9Below Average
Nokia 6110 Navigator65.965.872.9Average
Nokia N8168.867.875.7Good
Nokia 6210 Navigator74.970.179.2Very Good
HTC TyTn II76.075.782.7Excellent

Steer on Symbian

Nokia 6210 Navigator runs on the Symbian 9.3 OS with Series60 3rd edition UI. Feature Pack 2 is aboard, bringing both visual and performance upgrades.

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The S60 user interface

The first thing to notice is the new Active standby screen, which now allows quick access to a lot more features. The standby toolbar can display in vertical tabs with the D-pad used for scrolling. Other than that, its functionality isn't greatly modified.

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A new layout option for the Active standby mode

Active standby is a convenient way of bringing shortcuts to all favorite applications to your home screen. You can even assign shortcuts to websites of your choice for quicker access. The two soft keys' functions can also be varied as users prefere.

The task manager has also received visual enhancements and is now appearing on every pop-up menu. It is actually placed on top of every list, which can sometimes be too much. In addition, you can still use the well-known shortcut by pressing and holding the menu key.

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The task manager has been visually enhanced

Finally, the S60 UI Feature Pack 2 brings some graphic improvements as well. Animations are now available when browsing the menus. Fading in and out of the camera viewfinder looks very cool and really is an eye-catching touch to the camera interface.

Although the phone has only 64MB of RAM compared to the 96MB of RAM in the old Navigator, OS performance is unaffected. Memory Full warnings are not something you can expect on the Nokia 6210 Navigator screen.

Navigating the menus is fast with instant response to user commands. The blue circle next to the icon of a running application is a well known Symbian indication reminding users to quit unwanted applications that are still running in the background.

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Blue circles appear to indicate applications running in background

Nokia 6210 Navigator has 120MB of built-in memory, which is a decent count. The included 1GB microSD memory card comes in very handy but you can go for an even higher capacity card if you like. Our test showed that Nokia 6210 had no problem handling an 8GB microSD memory card, which is the limit in the official Nokia spec sheet. Accessing applications or files from the memory card is quick and you probably won't notice a big difference compared to accessing content on the phone memory.

Customizations

The Nokia 6210 Navigator main menu offers four different view modes. The well known 4 x 3 grid and a simple list go without saying. In addition, you can enable icon animation.

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The two standard view modes

The other two available modes are the 3D V-shape and Horseshoe views. Visually appealing though they might be, those are not really the most user-friendly we've seen. Font sizes are also configurable depending on your preferences.

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The V-shape and Horseshoe view modes

In addition, you can change the currently active theme. There are four preinstalled themes on Nokia 6210 Navigator. The rest is left to the imagination of the user, as many other themes are available for download.

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Some of the preinstalled themes on Nokia 6210 Navigator

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The normal and landscape mode of the menu

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