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Accessory: Nokia Video Call Stand PT-8 Preview

July 14, 2006 in Nokia Phone Accessories

Here’s a device that probably will never see the light of day in the USA. Meet the Nokia Video Call Stand, or PT-8 as he is called.

This handy dandy call stand will let you make face-to-face video calls on the 3G network. Unfortunately, it’s shaped so that it’s pretty much only compatible with one device – the Nokia 6630 phone.

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The Nokia Video Call Stand PT-8

Nokia Video Call Stand PT-8

In terms of video quality, it’s not exactly the highest tech video camera out there right now. The CIF MOS sensor provides a 352×288 resolution for still images with 65536 color support, and QCIF 176×144 15 fps video. There’s also built-in 2x digital zoom, but why that feature was even implemented, you got me.

Now, the Nokia PT-8 is also compatible with most Bluetooth headsets. So you can hook up your 6630 to this thing and then proceed to wear your snazzy headset. The only thing is, the person on the other end can see you wearing your stupid looking earpiece and the whole thing is relatively pointless. Although I suppose if you wanted to have a videoconference in a crowded area like a train station, or subway that’s your thing.

I should also note that the Nokia Video Call Stand can’t be used for video-conferencing – ONLY one on one, mano a mano calling.

It’s really too bad there isn’t better compatibility for the Nokia PT-8 Video Call Stand. I could actually see this product being moderately useful with a tv screen hookup, video-conferencing ability, and more phone support. Who knows, it could be the next big thing in the 3G countries.

The PT-8 was released in 2004 sometime. However, I guess it never really took off because Noka never bothered making a better version of it. I think this is a good thing, because the smart folks at Nokia R&D really need to come up with more innovative phones rather than really odd accessories for single phones.

Nokia Video Call Stand PT-8

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