Nokia’s 6682 Smartphone: Your Office in Your Pocket

My sidekick Nick at WXOU Radio barI’m writing this entry on a Nokia 6682 smartphone at my West Village neighborhood bar, WXOU Radio. This is one of the best phones I’ve ever used. The number of bars I get on Cingular are double what I ever got on a Treo, and the sound through both the earpiece or speakerphone is loud and clear. Standout features include a 1.3 megapixel camera with flash and 6x zoom that’s activated by sliding down a protective lens cover. Bluetooth lets me swap pictures and videos with my Mac PowerBook (or a PC with Bluetooth). It also lets me sync the 6682 with my Mac’s Address book, and iCal calendar items and tasks. Happily, iSync syncs all of my Address book fields, including two addresses, multiple phone numbers and email addresses, birthdays, and even photos for those contacts that have them, whereas some phones sync only some but not all of these fields.

 The home screen offers a handy summary of upcoming events and to-do items. And because the 6682 is driven by Symbian OS, it runs a huge library of applications. My three personal favorites are AvantGo, Vindigo, and eReader. It’s this trio that allows me to go with the 6682 instead of a bulkier Treo or other smartphone. I use AvantGo to read daily news, NY Times book reviews and my horoscope when on the subway or waiting in line at the post office. Vindigo helps me find a restaurant, bar, movie or exact address intersection based on what cross streets I’m on in Manhattan (or any other major city). And eReader lets me read novels on the subway and in bed, thanks to the huge library of available book (including, I’m shamelessly happy to self-promote, yours truly’s own first novel, The Deal).

The downside, when compared to a Treo, is the 6682’s smaller screen size, and the inability to update AvantGo and Vindigo via my PowerBook’s internet connection, the way Treos do. Instead, I sync AvantGo and Vindigo on the phone using Cingular’s MEdia Net, reasonably priced at $19.99 a month for unlimited data.

Other favorite applications include ProfiMail, which uses a super tiny typeface to squeeze lots of email text onto the screen; Opera Mini, which displays lots of web page info by also squeezing the text; Agile Messenger, for instant messaging ICQ, AOL, Google, MSN and Yahoo buddies; and last but not least, QuickOffice, which offers Excel-, PowerPoint- and Word-compatible document creation and viewing. It’s what I’m using to type this entry — but not with the phone’s keypad. That would be a nightmare. Ditto for actually sending and replying to instant messages or long emails.

Instead of the 6882’s keypad, I’m using Nokia’s optional SU-8W wireless Bluetooth keyboard, which unfolds and is reasonably easy to type on. The upper left edge hides a slide-out tray and adjustable pop-up easel to hold and prop up the 6682 at a comfortable viewing angle. My only quibble with the keyboard is the spacebar is split exactly where my right thumb naturally strikes a space, but I eventually got use to it.

My only major complaint is the 6682 can’t sync Notes with my Mac. (Windows users: The 6682 syncs Notes just fine with Outlook, along with contacts, calendar and to-do items). I use Notes a lot for lists like books to buy and groceries to pick up. And while I can manually send text Notes between my PowerBook and the 6682 using Bluetooth, but I’d prefer an automated method, like the way iSync handles contacts and calendar items. (If anyone knows of a way to automatically sync Nokia Notes with a Mac I’d love to hear from you.)

Summing up, the combination of the Nokia 6682, Bluetooth keyboard, and Cingular MEdia Net unlimited data plan provides a tiny but totally tapped-in communications and computing device that’s perfectly suited for weekend visits to my mom’s or light duties at the local café. The only uncomfortable thing about this Lilliputian setup is the curious glances I get when I set up and start typing. But once I get going I stop noticing, which is the way it always goes when you really fall into your writing.

Nokia 6682 Phone (Cingular)

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4 Responses to “Nokia’s 6682 Smartphone: Your Office in Your Pocket”

  1.   1 Verne Arase

    Were you actually able to reader books, or are you just speaking theoretically?

  2. 2 Joe Hutsko

    Hi, Verne. Yep, I really read Palm ebooks on my Nokia 6682. Getting them from my computer to the phone is a little tricky. I Bluetooth the ebooks to the phone, then use FExplorer on the Nokia to navigate to the Inbox, mark the received attachments (ebooks) and then move them to the flash memory device “E:/Nokia/Others” and then they appear in eReader when I launch it. I then delete the now-empty message I sent to myself initially to get the books over. If you hit any hiccups trying this email me and I’ll help you with a more detailed step by step reply. Thanks for reading, and writing! Joe

  3.   3 imparare

    Interesting comments.. 😀

  4.   4 Adam

    The 6682 has worked wonderfully with iSync. All data transfers and even the profile pictures for contacts go over. Can’t ask for much more. It’s a shame that I just upgraded, I’ll miss the 6682 and the fact that my new phone (blackjack II) doesn’t sync with iSync 🙁 so sad.

    It will be nice to have a full qwerty keyboard on the new phone, but the bluetooth keyboard would have been a usefull, if weird, solution for doing some writing on the go with the 6682.

    Here is the writeup I did forever ago…ha, funny to compare it to the Razr as the ‘it’ phone, seems like an eternity ago.

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