Nokia 6070 in-depth review -

Look and Feel

The Nokia 6070 is instantly recognizable as a Nokia handset. It's fairly light and compact and its straight lines give it a functional look.

Features

The Nokia 6070 is primarily a calling and messaging device, but there is a basic VGA camera, an FM radio and EDGE technology for faster web-browsing. We would have liked to see Bluetooth in there, though.

Ease of Use

You can't go wrong with the Nokia 6070. The user interface that has kept legions of Nokia users coming back for more is as straightforward as ever, and the big, bold keys are great for speedy texting.

Performance

As you would expect from a basic Nokia phone, the performance is workmanlike and reliable. The VGA camera is only good for messaging but a fun feature, while the FM radio sometimes has trouble fixing on reception. EDGE technology allows for brisk download speeds.

Battery Life

The Nokia 6070 has just 180 minutes of talktime, which is pretty poor but then, this is a basic phone and without a music player, you won't need so much.

 Nokia 6070 Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:49:42 PM

8

out of 10

Performance

6

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

4

out of 5

Features

6

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

The 6070 is incredibly easy to use and handle.

Cons:

Leaving out Bluetooth is a strange move from Nokia.

While we sit here salivating over the arrival of the Nokia N95, a phone that once again shows Nokia to be a leader in mobile innovation, we sometimes overlook the true reason why it is the world's number phone manufacturer.
While the trailblazing Nseries and its multimedia computer sensibilities are impressive, Nokia is numero uno because it caters for the everyman. From the rudimentary 1100i, through to the aforementioned N95, there's a phone to suit everyone's needs.

Budget Nokia phone

Sitting at the budget end of the spectrum, the 6070 is classic Nokia in terms of design and simplicity. This candybar, or monoblock as Nokia likes to call it, is geared for callers and texters and perhaps those who like to dabble in fun mobile photography. It also has web-based email capabilities which suggests a casual business sense, although our one gripe is the omission of Bluetooth. It's a shame that Nokia chose to exclude this wireless feature because it may have missed a trick to appeal to an even wider audience. With mobile phone driving laws ever tightening, Bluetooth is becoming more relevant than ever.
The Nokia 6070 is lightweight and compact but straight-laced in design. Its clean lines give it a functional air without style aspirations. The big bold keys are the 6070's greatest asset, lucid to use and primed for furious texting. Also Nokia's fabled user interface remains intuitive and almost instant to master.

FM radio

Despite its budget status, the 6070 runs off EDGE technology for brisk download speeds, helpful when accessing and rendering WAP sites. Apart from the mobile internet, entertainment is left to the built-in FM radio and the three embedded games that include a variation on the Nokia stalwart Snakes. The radio is diverting but it's sometimes hard to fix on a clear reception. You can store up to 20 stations but the supplied handsfree headset is mono and you can only get stereo sound if you invest in a separate pair of Nokia's HS-31 proprietary headphones for £10.50.

Basic camera phone

As you would expect, the VGA camera is very basic, capturing in a 640x480-pixel resolution. And with no dedicated camera key, you either have to access the main menu or customise the right soft key to fire it up. Features are scant with only a self timer and night mode so it's very much a point-and-shoot scenario. Picture quality is, of course, wallpaper and MMS worthy.
Apart from the Bluetooth omission, it's hard to fault the 6070. It does exactly what it sets out to do with minimum fuss and at an affordable price. For those who want an easy-to-use handset with a soupçon of multimedia, the 6070 is hard to beat.