For the last few days, courtesy ofÂ Toronto-based word of mouth marketers Matchstick, I’ve been one of 45 bloggers in Ottawa playing with a Nokia 6682 cell phone,Â with RogersÂ service.Â This phone is the baby brother of the Nokia N70, which I’ve written about before, but whichÂ has never beenÂ available in Canada.Â In fact, none of the N series phones have been available here!Â A pity.Â The 6682, however, is, and it’s a nice piece of gear.
From an industrial design perspective, the N70 and the 6682 are almost identical.Â The 6682 is clad in an appealing pearl plastic, while the N70’s shell is plastic and brushed chrome.Â Functionally,Â both have a slidingÂ plastic rear panelsÂ which uncover a high quality camera.Â Slide the panel open, revealing the camera, and the phone will automatically switch to camera mode, allowing you to shoot either still photos or videos.Â Â The 6682’s camera is a 1.3 megapixel unit, capable of shooting a 1280×960 still photo.Â Â The N70 shoots better pictures and video because of its 2 megapixel camera.Â Â Both, however, suffer in low light settings, like bars and restaurants. The 1.5 meter range on the flash is good enough for snapping a few photos of friends while having a beer, but its effectiveness is limited beyond that.
Still, if you want toÂ snap some photos, send them to your friends, or post them to a photo blog, this is just the ticket.Â The bundled in Nokia Lifeblog software makes it a snap toÂ do just that.
Another of the nice features of the 6682 is the music player.Â It comes with a pair of high quality stereo headphones, and music playback software.Â Nokia also provides an adaptor for the Nokia “pop-port” to allow any stereo headphones to be used, in case you don’t like theirs.Â To get your favorite tunes onto the phone, just connect to your PC with bluetooth, or the included USB cable, and download away.Â With the 512M MMC card (a $60 optional extra), your phone will have the same capacity as an iPod shuffle.Â
Getting information to and from your phone is a snap with the Nokia PC Suite software.Â You can synch contacts, calendar items, to do lists, music, photos and videos.Â It works with either bluetooth, or a USB connection.Â I found the bluetooth very convenient, and more than quick enough.
My unit came with the Nokia HS-26W bluetooth headset.Â This is a very welcome improvement over the Motorola HS-820 I’ve been using for the last two years.Â It has a much better design for the earpiece, and most people I’ve spoken to say that it sounds much better as well.Â It’s a keeper!
Oh, and by the way, it’s also a capable cellular phone.Â The 6682Â is a tri-band GSM/GPRS phone with EDGE for fast uploading and downloading.Â They claim up to six hours of talk time on a single battery charge.Â Rogers has also tricked it out with the usual assortment of links to sites to download games, ringtones, videos and more.
For my money, the Nokia 6682 is likely the best cellular phone / camera on the market in Canada right now.Â Of course, I am disappointed that Nokia and Rogers haven’t chosen to market the N series phones here, but the 6682 is the next best thing.Â It’s a great little unit.Â