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Nokia 6280

14 June 2005
Written by David Hall

Nokia Connection 2005 has introduced to the world the latest creations from the Finnish mobile telecommunication giant Nokia. The 6280 is just one of the seven devices announced at Nokia Connection, and is the only 3G device in the lot. The 6280 is a sliding form factor handset which is a true representation of what today's technology can do to benefit the consumer.

First up and the main selling point of the Nokia 6280 is the massive colour display. One of the largest to be announced for a standard format handset, the display comes in at 320 x 240 pixels. With the utmost quality at 262,144 colours, the 6280 will amaze you and all your friends. The handset operates under a Series 40 interface, very simple to use and customizable. A dedicated camera key launches the viewfinder application, which can be run full screen - and why wouldn't you want to take advantage of this!

The 6280 has two in-built cameras, once facing outwards as normal and a second facing inwards. Being a 3G-enabled handset, with support for high speed upstream and downstream WCDMA data, the 6280 supports vide-calling, hence the two cameras. The inward facing camera is of VGA quality, perfect for two-way video calls. You can capture images using the inward facing camera using the camera application, but for best results use the outwards facing two Megapixel camera! Yes, you read right, a whopping two mega pixels. At this quality, images will look fabulous on a PC and on the 6280's display. With a landscape camera mode (giving you a true digital camera experience) and 8x digital zoom, you can't go past this camera in terms of functionality. Did I mention there is also a flash with a range of up to 1.5 meters?

The form factor of the 6280 is a slider, that is the top part of the handset conceals the lower section (with the keypad) until it is slid upwards. The 6280 will be available in Carbon Grey and Graphite Grey

Up to 74mB of internal memory is available for the user. 10mB is put aside for text messages, multimedia messages, ring tones, images, video clips, calendar notes, the to-do list, and applications. The rest is still available for these things but the 10mB is the reserved amount. You can store hundreds of images on the internal memory and move them to PC or another storage device at any time. A miniSD memory slot is included; a 64mB card bundled in the sales package.

Unspoiled connectivity with wireless devices is achieved with Bluetooth Wireless Technology. Alongside Bluetooth is Infrared connectivity, and USB data-cables. Full Speed USB 2.0 can be achieved with a compatible Pop-Port™ data-cable. This, clearly, means that the single interface connector is back on the Nokia 6280. Connect to the wireless internet over GPRS, EGDE, or WCDMA (3G) protocols with the xHTML browser. With WCDMA data you can expect to achieve anywhere up to 384kbp/s downstream! Video clips, sounds, and anything else will be downloaded in a flash.

Messaging comes in the form of SMS, EMS, MMS, e-mail, and instant messaging. A new messaging format introduced by Nokia is the Xpress audio service, which allows recording of your own voice in an easy-to-use interface to be sent to other compatible devices. MMS can combine images, video, audio, and text into a single message to be sent to a compatible handset or e-mail address. Up to 300kB can be received or sent per MMS message using the MMS OMA 1.2. Concatenated SMS, picture messaging (EMS) and SMS distribution lists are all supported with T9 predictive text. Access all of your e-mail accounts with IMAP4, POP3, and SMTP protocol support.

With all this, and much more not known about the 6280 handset, what more could the high-end user want! This beauty will be available in the 4th quarter of the year, and being 3G-based it will only be available on 3G networks. The 6280 also supports GSM 900, 1800, and 1900MHz networks for when you're roaming out of the 3G network.

FYI .:. Nokia 6280
(ETA  4th quarter 2005)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz (tri-band)
3G: WCDMA 2100MHz
Form factor Slider
Size 99.9 x 46 x 21 mm
Weight 115 grams
Display 320 x 240 pixel 262,144 colour LCD
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ 970mAh
Talk/usage time* Up to 3hrs (2G) and 2.5hrs (3G)
Standby time* Up to 250hrs (2G) and 200hrs (3G)
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth, Infrared, USB/Serial Data-cable
Camera support Outward facing 2mpx still and video w/ flash, 8x digital zoom
Inward facing VGA camera for video calling
Data support WCDMA, GPRS Class 10, and EDGE
Exchangeable covers No
Internet applications WAP 2.0 browser
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 74mB total
miniSD memory card (64mB supplied)
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, e-mail, and instant messaging
Ringing tones Polyphonic-40, MP3 ring tones
Synchronisation with PC Yes
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Nokia Series 40 (3rd Edition)
Extras supported
(not listed above)

* As per manufacturer’s specifications (with supplied battery)
^ Final specifications to be confirmed

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