Nokia 6820 Phone Doubles as IM and E-Mail Machine

By Sascha Segan  |  Posted 2004-08-20 Print this article Print

The Nokia 6820 is a compact phone that doubles as a sleek IM and e-mail machine. With EDGE and Bluetooth support, it's business-ready.

Voice phone by day, e-mail machine by night, the Nokia 6820 looks like a perfectly normal compact bar phone. But flip it open and youll find a hidden QWERTY thumb keyboard. Suited for text messaging and e-mail, it also has Bluetooth and high-speed EDGE network compatibility for data, giving it even greater business-traveler appeal. Later this year, when Nokia and AT&T bring BlackBerry e-mail functionality to this phone, it will really soar.

The keys on the keyboard are relatively large but close together. Once you have the keyboard down, get ready to fly through SMS, MMS and the 6820s very basic (no attachments, no URLs, no connection to Outlook or Lotus Notes) POP3/IMAP e-mail client. The phone will also support AOL, ICQ, Yahoo and MSN instant messaging.
The 6820s e-mail power will increase when BlackBerry Connect comes on board later this year, linking the phone to enterprise servers and giving it push e-mail capabilities.

We mated our 6820 with an IBM laptop via both Bluetooth and an optional USB cable. AT&T Wireless Connection Manager software got us online in a few clicks. AT&T claims an average of 100K bps to 130K bps throughput on its EDGE wireless data network. In our tests, we got an average of 80K bps in midtown Manhattan. Not quite what AT&T estimated, but still double the speed youll usually get with GPRS.

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Sascha Segan is PC Magazine's Lead Analyst for mobile phones and PDAs. He is responsible for testing, benchmarking and evaluating mobile phones and other handheld devices. Sascha joined the magazine in 2004 after covering consumer electronics for technology, travel and lifestyle publications, and editing the now hard-to-find book, 'I Just Got a Cell Phone, Now What?' He once helped cover an election in Africa using only a PalmPilot Professional with a modem and attachable keyboard as his traveling gear.

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