The camera can be launched by sliding open the lens cover (as well as via the menus and shortcuts), and there's a neat onscreen flipping transition of the display into landscape viewfinder mode.
The camera is great to use; it's images are sharp and detailed, with the autofocus and metering system very responsive and pleasingly precise. There's an excellent level of detail and crisp definition, plus fine colour rendition. We were extremely pleased with the results in good and moderate light conditions. Indoors shooting and low light imaging benefits hugely from the Xenon flash, which is more powerful and fills in more precisely than an LED flash in darker shots.
These impressive results are complemented by a fine set of typical S60 camera settings controls, so you can tweak your images before shooting, or introduce effects or edit them afterwards. Shots can be uploaded directly to image sharing sites, blogs or other websites using Nokia's sharing software.
The 6220 classic's video shooting capability is higher quality than you'd normally expect in a cameraphone too. It captures footage in VGA (640x480 pixels) resolution at 30 frames per second, so looks unusually smooth and watchable for mobile-shot clips. These can be easily uploaded online too.
For video viewing of copied or downloaded clips, the onboard RealPlayer multimedia player software does an excellent job, and you can switch to full screen mode for a wide landscape viewing. In addition, a TV-Out cable is included for sharing video and other media content on a TV set or via other AV gear.
A fast key on the side of the phone is pre-set to activate the onboard A-GPS (Assisted Global Positioning System), which uses both an internal GPS receiver and network cellsite tracking information to provide quick and accurate location finding.
The phone comes with Nokia Maps UK mapping info supplied on a 1GB MicroSD card, and you can search easily for detailed local information - from shops and restaurants to petrol stations and local attractions - plus get route planning and navigation directly from the phone.
Outside of your onboard mapping coverage, you can download additional maps to use with the phone, or simply use a data connection to get over the air mapping updates as you go along (although this could quickly rack up your data roaming bills).
The 6220 classic's A-GPS system locks on to satellites reasonably quickly to pin-point your position, and we found the system reacted as swiftly to movement as you need for an in-car Sat Nav location tracker.
The trial voice guidance system worked well too for driving, with loud, clear vocal instructions, and as standard there's a good choice of viewing options for both daytime and night driving. Pedestrian search and directions options are available, too, and you can opt for extra services such as live traffic update services and detailed city guides.
One concern we had was that our review phone would occasionally freeze when we tried launching Maps from the side button - requiring a reboot to get the Sat Nav system working again. It could be an individual handset glitch so we'll be checking on another model, and will update you with our findings.
Besides this, we found the A-GPS system and Nokia Maps effective and easy to use - it's a real bonus to have such an application in a mid-tier handset like this. The latest version of Nokia Maps software has improved user-friendliness too, and is really very intuitive and useful.
We've come to expect a decent standard for the music player software used in Nokia smartphones, and reassuringly the 6220 classic doesn't disappoint. The latest S60 software is straightforward to use, and a wide range of music file formats are catered for, including DRM-protected downloads - the Nokia Music Store over the air music download service is supported on this handset, too. You can also search for and download podcasts easily straight from the phone's Podcasting software.
The player user interface is familiar, easy to use stuff, with straightforward categories and simple controls operated by the D-pad. It's easy too to sync tracks with a PC using Windows Media Player, copy tracks using the Nokia Music Manager software and USB cable provided, or you can simply drag and drop music files into the phone's memory card when hooked up to a PC.
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