The Nokia 6620 camera phone is the first handset for AT&Ts EDGE network—a high-speed data network promising more than double the speed of dialup Internet connections or GPRS wireless links for data transfers.
The EDGE network, available in most major markets nationwide, enables you to do more with the 6620. You can use your phone as a wireless modem for your laptop, getting up to 118.4 kilobits per second throughput (in our tests, we got up to 80Kbps in midtown Manhattan). You can either hook the phone up wirelessly using Bluetooth—an awkward but learnable process—or buy an optional USB cable.
The 6620s built-in e-mail app is clumsy, and our messages lost their formatting and sometimes their line breaks when we sent them to the phone. As a Symbian Series 60 phone, the 6620 also comes with a sample version of iGos QuickOffice, which lets you read Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents on the phone. Theres also a PDF reader. You can buy other productivity applications, a better e-mail application that handles attachments, and a full-fledged Web browser—but none of these can improve the screen size. A two-inch screen is just too small for office work.
As a PDA, the 6620 syncs contacts, calendars, to-do items and notes with Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes on a PC connected by USB, infrared, or Bluetooth, using its own Nokia PC Suite software (it can also do this with a Mac using iSync). The calendar application pops up your next appointment on screen. Entering new data, of course, is hindered by the phone keypad.
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