The Nokia 6021 was released in February 2005 at a time where Nokia were releasing new models every month. The phone is distinctly a mid-range model, although leaning towards the upper end in both style and size. The phone has quite a few influences from earlier models such as Nokia 6230 and Nokia 3230 although instead of a 4-way navigational key we have a joystick-type mechanism.
In common with a few models around at the time, Nokia released two variants which were identical cosmetically but offered different features. The Nokia 6021 came out a little later, but was probably a little worse off in terms of spec: this lost the rear camera but gained a Bluetooth connection. This cemented the phone as a budget one, as other phones such as the Nokia 6230 (released in 2003) contained both.
However with a nice exterior, this phone won many fans. Full specifications here.
As a mid-range phone, this did not last too long and was succeeded by different models such as the Nokia 6233, Nokia 6070 although these phones were not that much different in terms of spec.
The joystick rocker-type also did not prove popular, and in the vast majority of models after the 4-way directional keypad was the navigational button of choice.
Pros of Nokia 6021:
The phone combined a budget-type handset with a premium finish: this was a non-plastic look design. The rear of the phone featured a leather-type finish (seen in a few Nokia models), which keeps it condition much better.
The phone features the standard Series 40 operating system, which will be familiar to those using the Nokia 6230 and models before this.
There is a cost saving over the Nokia 6020 in the absence of a camera. At this particular time in 2005, mobile phone cameras were traditionally weak to the point of not being worth it for anyone taking pictures seriously.
Bluetooth is a welcome addition, which opens up a range of possibilities to receive files from PC or install JAVA applets.
Cons of Nokia 6021:
The display is the same as the one seen in the Nokia 6230: this may come as a bit of a disappointment given the phone came out over a year later, and does not compare favourably to other phones of this era.
The memory card slot seen in the Nokia 6230 also does not make an appearance. With on-board memory restricted to 2.3MB this really limits the amount of information that can be stored on the phone.
The price difference between this and the Nokia 6020 is not that great; the presence of the camera does not add any other bulk to the phone.
Future Prospects and Current Pricing
It is very difficult to tell apart these the Nokia 6020 and Nokia 6021; removing the rear cover allows a positive identification. These phones are very common and were very popular at the time.
Interestingly enough the rear of the phones were more durable than the front, it is common to see a very worn front but decent rear.
These phones are recognisable and usually attract buyers. Good condition phones in the rarer official colours would be more valuable.
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