Nokia 6210 Navigator review: On the road again
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
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.
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 test||Voice, dB||Ringing ||Overal score|
|Nokia 6110 Navigator||65.9||65.8||72.9||Average|
|Nokia 6210 Navigator||74.9||70.1||79.2||Very Good|
|HTC TyTn II||76.0||75.7||82.7||Excellent|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.