The Nokia 6101/6102 is truly one of a kind. The phone fits both your hand and your heart, and is the only phone that smiles back at you. Weighing in at only 3.42 ounces, this handset surely has a lot to offer. The Nokia 6101/6102's ease of use and its comfortable form factor make it rather impressive.
Audio Messaging as well as Picture and Video Messaging are processed almost instantly because of this handsets EDGE capability. Nokia is also famous for their FM Radio which is also included. This flip also boasts the two full color displays.
Nokia also offers a skinning of a visual style called themes which can be downloaded from Nokia's Website. Currently it is only available to the following carriers: Cincinnati Bell, Cingular Wireless, Immix Wireless, Simmetry Communications, SunCom, and T-Mobile. An unlocked version of this handheld is available at Nokia's Online Store, which will work with any GSM Carrier.
The Nokia 6101/6102 handset boasts an integrated VGA camera that provides for still and video capture (resolution 640 x 480 pixels) with a dedicated camera button providing the ability to capture images in JPG format at up to 640 x 480 px. Other resolution sizes include QVGA (320 x 240 px) and QQVGA (160 x 120 px). Approximate image file sizes are 50 KB for VGA, 16K for QVGA, and 3 KB for QQVGA. Pictures stored on the internal memory would be dynamically allocated along with other applications and multimedia.
Activating the Camcorder function, video clips are recorded using the H.263 codec. Captured in QCIF (176 x 144 px) or Sub-QCIF (128 x 96 px) resolutions, clips are more of a novelty than practicality. As with all camera phones, photograph quality far surpasses that of video, and consumers shouldn't expect more than low resolution grainy videos. Based on the phones software the phone may not be able to record video for longer than 10 seconds.
Generally VGA cameras are a thing of the past as new devices are being equipped with 1-megapixel devices and above. With imaging progressing past merely taking a Photo ID, to actually taking printable photos, the 6101/6102's 0.3-megapixel camera is rather disappointing.
Including FM Radio, EDGE, Themes, and MP3 Playback up to 256 KBPS this makes for the perfect mobile companion.
The Nokia 6101/6102 comes with Nokia's Series 40 UI along with a brilliant 128 x 160 pixel internal display with up to 65,536 colors. But that's not all this phone offers, it also includes a external mini display supporting up to 4,096 colors (96 x 65 pixels).
Depending on the carrier you have selected this phone is PTT Capable, which means you can use your handheld to Push-to-Talk another person with PTT Service, within the same network of course.
Similar to Nextel's Walkie Talkie Service, the Nokia 6101/6102 also offers the same audio quality or better. This phone came out on top when compared to the V551/V540/V547/V555/V557, its Motorola competition.
Superior call quality and impressive speaker phone make it the one to pick up at your local dealer. By pressing the Speakerphone Key, users can carry on a hands free conversation as well. Convenient and safe to use while driving, the 6101/6102's speakerphone comes in handy.
Flipping open the 6101/6102, consumers can use SMS (Short Messaging Service). Adding multimedia to words, MMS (Multimedia Message Service) lets users attach photos taken with the 6101/6102's VGA camera.
Able to capture that vacation sunset and/or record that birthday bash, consumers can use MMS to send more than text by creating digital vacation greetings or birthday video postcards.
The 6101/6102 comes with common applications such as Alarm Clock, Calculator, Date book, Instant Messaging, and Voice Records. Additionally, users can access POP3, IMAP4, and SMTP protocols for 3rd party email access.
But users aren't just limited to what comes preinstalled on the 6101/6102. Built on the J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition) platform, consumers can purchase and download Java-based applications to install on the 6101/6102. Through various connectivity options or through their carriers store, users can keep the 6101/6102 fresh by finding a wide range of games and productivity tools.
As the most popular mobile platform, thousands of J2ME programs have been developed by major software companies and individuals covering virtually every genre available. Some are free, but others require a small fee.
Running on EDGE (Enhanced Data rate for GSM Evolution) data network, consumers can transfer files and browse the web at up to 70-135 kbps, two to three times faster than traditional GPRS networks.
Currently in over 13,000 U.S. cities and towns and more than 39,000 miles of U.S. highways, EDGE reaches nearly 253 million people. Still growing, international EDGE and GPRS roaming is also available in more than 80 countries.
Containing 4.5 MB of free space, the 6101/6102 dynamically allocates memory between all multimedia stored. Since the 6101/6102 is not a multimedia-intense device, there are no high-resolution photos, full-length MP3 files, or video clips that hog storage, and the allocated memory should be more than enough for wallpapers, ring tones, text messages, and applications.
Should you need more than the 4.5 MB of onboard memory, consumers will need to do a bit of deleting since the 6101/6102 lacks any expansion card slot.
Overall, this handheld is a very good looking cell phone that has a lot to offer. The 6101/6102 is not really a multimedia extensive phone, it just passes with the basics, but it makes the basics shine.
Building on the stable foundation set by the Nokia 6230i, the 6101/6102 functional features are best suited for business users who don't want the presumptuous stares fashion phones may attract.
While not the most multimedia-packed phone or the slimmest device, the 6101/6102 best suits those with a need for discretion.