updated 06:20 am EST, Mon February 11, 2008
Nokia 6210 and 6220
Nokia this morning launched a pair of 6-series phones built alternately for mapping and photography. The 6210 Navigator (shown) replaces the 6110 and is the first phone from Nokia to sport its new Maps 2.0 software: using assisted GPS, the 6210 now has access to a Walk mode that plots routes while on foot in addition to a vehicle mode (Drive). It likewise improves on the earlier phone in hardware with an accelerometer that tracks speed and orientation as well as a compass that provides directions regardless of whether GPS is active. A 1GB microSD card is bundled with the phone that includes maps for use without needing Internet access or even a SIM card, Nokia says.
The 6210 Navigator also boasts a 3.2-megapixel camera and FM radio to supplement its digital music playback. Launching during the summer, the phone will ship for 300 Euros ($436) before discounts and will be one of Nokia's few phones to launch immediately with both calling and 3G Internet support (via HSDPA) for North America.
Switching formulas, the 6220 classic drops the accelerometer and compass but gains a 5-megapixel camera with a brighter xenon flash; with GPS still in place, the phone can geotag photos. It ships in the summer for 325 Euros ($472) but loses 3G Internet access outside of Europe.