Originally released in late 2009, the Nokia 2220 Slide represented a slight step back for the slide series. Nokia were of course no stranger to this design of mobile phone, and the slide design featured in many of their higher end handsets, notably Nokia N95, Nokia N81, Nokia N900, and slightly lower down the market, Nokia 6260 Slide or Nokia 6710 Navigator.
The slide format would now become more popular in the more lower-end models as at this time in the market, Nokia were on the drift in a technical sense. Classic handsets like the Nokia 6303 were becoming outclassed by the growing number of touchscreen phones coming into the market, particularly the Apple iPhone. It soon followed that the slide was rolled out into other models across the range, being a successful format for Nokia before. The Nokia C2 series upgraded notably on this model.
Whether one preferred a slider phone or a flip phone is really personal preference as they both act in the same way: doubling the available space for the phone by recessing the keypad until it is actually needed. This method greatly increased the screen size within the current handset footprint, although the flip phones gave an added advantage of having the option of another LCD on the other side, such as the Nokia 2720 Fold.
After this, the Nokia naming schedule began to go haywire, and strategically they diverged in a range of different directions. We can see many of the elements of this surviving in the improved phones such as the Nokia C2-02.
Pros of Nokia 2220 Slide:
The form factor is very nice. The overall footprint is smaller than a phone such as the Nokia 6230, and it was thinner as well despite having to pack in a slide. This probably was about as small as a phone could get without sacrificing useability.
There were no covers for this model available, instead coming in a range of different colours (Hot Pink, Graphite, Turquoise, Warm Silver, Purple, Blue). The finish was good and probably better than if changeable covers had been made.
The price point was very acceptable. The phone featured less features and was quite similar to the ultra-budget handsets of this time such as the Nokia 1800. The slide added only around £20 the price.
The phone comes with the classic Nokia OS, which gives it familiarity to anyone using any similar handset.
Cons of Nokia 2220 Slide:
Screen size is on the small side. A 1.8 inch screen was actually smaller than the likes of the Nokia 6300 (which was released 3 years beforehand), and in a lower resolution to boot. There are large bezels around the screen.
Whilst the phone gives a smaller footprint than a flip when opened, the trade-off is a much smaller keypad. On something like the Nokia 2720 Fold, the keypad is much easier to use owing to the larger functions.
Many features that were becoming quite common on even budget handsets of this era were missing here, for instance Bluetooth or a microSD card. This limited the scope of a phone as a music player.
The camera was of VGA quality and offered poor quality pictures although it did allow for some video.
Future Prospects and Current Pricing:
This was a popular low-end model across all networks and there were plenty sold. Supply is therefore quite high on the second-hand market, which suppresses prices, but the easy recognisability of them should ensure that there is a decent demand out there for them.
Where can I get one?