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Preview: Nokia 6212 classic Phone

The last classic phone to grace the cell phone market was the Nokia 6220, which to everyone’s surprise (okay, maybe just my own) had some of the most cutting-edge features in a classic handset: 5 megapixel camera with Xenon flash, A-GPS, geotagging.

So the Nokia 6212 sort of brings it back to basics, at least compared to the monster classic phone that is the 6220. However, the 6212 does feature some cutting-edge technology in its own right, thanks to the addition of NFC (near-field communication).

The Nokia 6212 classic NFC phone

Nokia 6212: Classic Features + NFC

NFC is one of those great technologies on the horizon that’s so useful that of course no one wants to use it. Kind of like how Apple created an intuitive, mouse-driven graphical interface a long time ago, so OF COURSE the end result was that everyone decided to use command-line DOS instead.

The nice thing about NFC is it’s simple, yet extremely versatile – you can use to pay for groceries, transfer contacts from one phone to another, and more or less replace your entire wallet. Unfortunately, it probably won’t be adopted as any kind of standard in the near future, mostly because there are practically no NFC handsets out there, minus the 3 or so from Nokia.

Which brings us back to the 6212 classic, the Series 40 quad-band handset with 3G (WCDMA 850/2100). There’s a couple other run-of-the-mill features like a 2 megapixel camera, expandable microSD memory, and decent sized (1000 mAh) battery (which sadly equates to 3 hours and 20 min of talk time), but the 6212 is all about the NFC.

Also new (correct me if I’m wrong) is the addition of custom NFC tags that can be created and edited by users just like you. The retail box comes with three “sticker” tags which sounds really, really cool but is probably borderline useless.

The Nokia 6212 will be available in Europes and Asia in the third quarter of 2008, with an expected retail price of 200 euros.

Nokia 6212 Press Release

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harry
4/16/2008
1:38 am

The nice thing about NFC is it’s simple, yet extremely versatile – we can use to pay for groceries, transfer contacts from one phone to another, and more or less replace your entire wallet.really great.

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