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  Nokia 6680 in short
- Symbian OS v8.0s
- Series 60 2.6
- Dual mode WCDMA/GSM operation
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- Two cameras: 1.3 megapixel and VGA
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- Two-way realtime video calls
- 262,144-color display
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Nokia 6680 review
Michal Jerz, May 2nd 2005

Announced on 14 February 2005, a successor to the extremely popular Nokia 6630, the Nokia 6680 is now shipping worldwide.

I. Hardware

The 6680, especially the reviewed light bronze version, is probably the best looking Nokia's Series 60 smartphone released so far. It's one of these designs that will suit both young users and businessmen. The shape of the phone and keypad layout are conventional which is also an advantage. The keypad is convenient and provides very decent tactile feedback. It is surrounded by several shiny silver buttons which, along with silver strips on both sides of the phone, make it look very stylish and elegant. The only downside is that these shiny parts easily get dirty with your fingerprints. The casing is very solid and you won't have to worry about any squeaking sounds, maybe except for the back cover that seems a little bit weaker than the whole rest.

Like the 6630, the 6680 is a quad band GSM 900/1800/1900 and WCDMA 2100 MHz device. The phone supports fast data transmission in 3G (up to 128 / 384 kbps UL/DL) and EDGE (up to 118.4 / 236.8 kbps) networks and it all works fully transparently. If you're logged in to a 3G or EDGE-enabled network and you use a proper access point, the only difference you will notice compared to normal GPRS connection will be the much increased transfer speed.

The 6680 also supports other 3G services, including two-way video calls and, unlike its predecessor, it doesn't take any additional accessories to use this function thanks to 6680's built-in VGA camera (with 2x digital zoom) located on the front side of the phone. You can also share your recorded or downloaded video clips during a voice call, which means that you can start a playback of a clip during phone conversation and it'll be visible on the other phone's screen or you can simply send the file to the other phone.

A second camera, the 1.3 megapixel one (1.23 MPix effective resolution, 1280x960 pixels), is located on the back of the phone and hidden under a sliding cover. The cover not only protects the lens but also automatically activates the camera and launches the Camera/Camcorder application. Just slide the cover down and you are ready to shoot pictures or record video clips, slide it up to turn off the camera and go back to the standby screen. The back side camera supports smooth 6x digital zoom and has an integrated LED flash working in a 1,5 meter range. The quality of pictures is good and the 1.3 megapixel resolution lets you print your photos with a size of a postcard.

Just like 6630, the 6680 is equipped with a 220 MHz ARM9-based CPU, which makes them both the fastest Symbian OS based smartphones released so far. The size of internal storage memory (disk C:) is 10 MB and it can be expanded using Reduced Size Dual Voltage MMC cards (64 MB card is supplied with the phone). Cards are hot-swappable and you can access the slot without having to remove the back cover or battery like in many other Series 60 phones - just open a small metal door on the right side and slightly push the card for the spring mechanism to eject it. The 6680 has 20 MB operating memory of which about 9 MB is available.

6680 is a stereo phone and it comes with HDS-3 stereo headset. Multimedia (e.g. MP3) playback is clean and of good quality but don't expect to hear too much bass using the HDS-3. The 6680 is equipped with Pop-Port providing full speed USB 2.0 connection. The phone supports Bluetooth v1.2 and has no Infrared port. Supported Bluetooth profiles include: BIP-ImagePush, DUN-GW (Dial-Up Networking), FT-Server (FTP), HandsFree-AG, Headset-AG, OBEX, OPP-Client, OPP-Server.

The screen (178x208 pixels, 262 thousand colors) is of exceptional quality, with very good contrast and brightness (controled by a sensor) and pure, vibrant colors. Standby time provided by the BL-5C battery (Li-Ion, 900 mAh) is very good and you can expect several days even when making real use of most of the phone functions and not just keeping it in your pocket. The device weighs 133 g and measures 108.5 x 55 x 20.5 mm.



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