I finally gave in and shelled out for an unlocked (and unsubsidized) Nokia 6822 phone.
I’ve been looking at this phone (and its predecessor, the 6820) off and on for two years. I couldn’t get myself to pony up for it, given I figured something more compelling would come along. Nothing has.
I’m not sure who to blame for the lack of compelling phones. Are evil wireless providers conspiring against it? (None of them carry it.) Could it be consumers are stupid?
The fact this phone design is not huge in the states confounds me. Of course, I don’t understand why people buy domestic cars, either, so maybe I shouldn’t be surprised.
There are Treo phones and Blackberry phones and Motorola Q phones that have tons of functionality but are just too big to carry in the pocket. The smaller phones don’t have QWERTY keyboards, and I hate the design of most of them. What’s the big deal with the cheap flip phones?
The 6822 is just slightly thicker and a little bit longer than my Nokia 3120. (The 3120, by the way, has been a great phone. I feel guilty for not having taken better care of it. It’s been a trooper.) The display is a significant improvement and there are some detail improvements in both the software and the hardware. Things like more refined key response, slick light blue lighting, the joystick, and display of the call time directly underneath the dialed calls are subtle but welcome enhancements.
The QWERTY keyboard is great. I’ve used it three times and I love it. I already type text messages about three times as fast with it. The command keys (back, exit, etc.) are highly intuitive. Brilliant.
It took me about two minutes (without a manual) to enable Bluetooth and synchronize contacts with my PowerBook. I can easily browse images, videos, files, and other items on my phone.
It’s so rare to find a sophisticated technology product that does its job so seamlessly. I’m tempted to order a second one just so I have a backup.
This phone just friggin’ WORKS. I love it.