Nokia 6210 Review: Groundbreaking Business Mobile Phone

Nokia 6210 Review: Released in 2000, the Nokia 6210 was an important phone in Nokia’s development. An upgrade on the Nokia 6110, we saw two different forks in the road. The leisure segment went one way, with the release of the Nokia 3310. The Nokia 6210 was a more serious design aimed at the business user. The design for both of these phones was radically overhauled and the devices were much slimmer and lighter. They were also noticeably easier to carry, as the external aerial was now removed.

Nokia already had a business-orientated model out at this time. The Nokia 9210 Communicator was also released in 2000. But this was more of a computer than a phone, and featured a full keypad. It was extremely heavy and expensive and perhaps the most advanced mobile phone at the time. For many business users, this was overkill.

The Nokia 6210 added some business-friendly features. It contained an organiser and to-do functions. The phone was one of the first to feature mobile internet via a WAP browser. The phone could also function as a modem, bringing internet access to a connected computer (subject to data plan). The upcoming Bluetooth technology was also supported, although in the case of the Nokia 6210 a special battery was required.

Full specifications here.

No doubt that this was one of Nokia’s best ideas for a handset and it proved to be extremely popular. A follow-up version – the Nokia 6310 was released the next year.

Nokia 6210 Review Pros:

The design of the phone was excellent. Cutting the weight of the older Nokia 6110 model by about 20%, the phone also lost the antenna and became thinner. The keypad improved and was extremely easy to use with the keys well spaced.

The display also gained a big upgrade. The screen was larger and in higher resolution allowing greater detail to be shown.

The phone also came with a much greater memory capacity. Older phones had some rather low limits on how many names and messages you could store, and this was raised for the Nokia 6210.

The business utility of the phone was good: an application (Nokia PC Suite) allowed synchronisation of the phones data with many leading PC apps such as Lotus.

Nokia 6210 Review Cons:

The phone was on the expensive side on the release. Purchasing it SIM-free, it was priced at a very large premium over handsets such as the Nokia 3310.

Unlike the leisure series of phones, personalisation of the phone was difficult. The battery formed the rear cover of the phone and the phone was not interchangeable without disassembly.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

These phones have shown remarkable resilience. Many of the older generation Nokia phones are almost immortal, with some of them still working today after almost 20 years. A used Nokia 6210 model in my view would still command a higher price than a lower end smartphone. This bodes well for the future, and it seems likely they will be highly sought after.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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