Nokia 6210 Navigator review: On the road again

GSMArena team, 06 August 2008.

In-phone GPS is no longer the next big thing in the industry. All right, it may not be run-of-the-mill just yet but it's where it's heading. The point now is how many extras will top the GPS and give users a bigger and better treat. Well, the new Nokia 6210 Navigator even tries not to make it a Dutch treat with a 6-month navigation license prebundled. On top of that, there's A-GPS, Nokia Maps 2.0 and a digital compass for pedestrian guidance.

GPS aside, Nokia 6210 Navigator is running on the latest Symbian OS 9.3 with S60 3rd and FP2, and packs a good 3.2 MP autofocus camera, accelerometer, stereo FM radio and a 2.4" QVGA display. Smartphone expertise and GPS go hand in hand with superb communication skills: quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and HSDPA support.

The next generation Nokia Navigator sounds as a nice upgrade, but it's still a few trial laps away from becoming a recommended upgrade. Hop on and buckle up.

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Nokia 6210 Navigator official photos

Key features:

  • Built-in GPS with A-GPS, compass, 6-month navigation license and Nokia Maps 2.0
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Dual-band HSDPA 3.6 Mbps, localized versions
  • 2.4" 16M-color QVGA display (larger than the one of Nokia 6110 Navigator)
  • Symbian OS 9.3, Series 60 3rd UI with FP2
  • 3 MP autofocus camera with flash, secondary videocall camera
  • Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP, USB v2.0
  • Accelerometer for screen auto rotation, call silencing and alarm snoozing
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • microSD card slot, up to 8GB, hotswap (1GB card included)
  • 120 MB user memory, 64 MB SDRAM, ARM 11 369 MHz processor
  • Fast and responsive user interface

Main disadvantages:

  • Display still not big enough for comfortable in-car navigation
  • Digital compass plays up and works only when not navigating
  • Top row of alphanumeric keys crammed under the slider
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Camera has no lens cover
  • Very awkward battery cover latch
  • No geo-tagging for camera images

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Nokia 6210 Navigator at our office

Nokia 6210 Navigator is a direct successor of Nokia 6110 Navigator, which got us pretty impressed back in the day. The new 6210 doesn't appear to be a great step forward. For one, navigation is entrusted to Nokia Maps 2.0 instead of the superb Route 66 we had the pleasure of in the original Navigator. Nokia Maps 2.0 is quite alright, but is definitely not our first choice here, mostly in terms of interface. The cheapo plastic under the display is another thing, but don't get us started on that.

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More photos of Nokia 6210

On a positive note, the accelerometer for auto rotation and the compass are a boost to usability in Nokia 6210 Navigator. Plus, the full-fledged smartphone boasts the latest user interface version: Symbian S60 3rd with Feature Pack 2.

Yes, we know that the Nokia 6210 Navigator is not a high-end all-in-one multimedia device but it still puts up a good fight, so you are welcome to join us as we explore it right after this small jump.

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