Nokia 6068

On the previous Friday, I went to a local T-Mobile store – the one I always deal with, and bought a Nokia 6068. The reason for this was to allow temporary usage of the phone to those that I feel would need it. For example, if I was watching my niece and nephew while Andie may have to go somewhere, I would let her use the phone so I could be assured to reach her. Therefore, the phone’s purpose was never to be really intense.

The phone does meet my minimum set of standards. It is a clam flip phone which helps protects the keys when not in use. Of course, it is bluetooth allowing connections with other bluetooth devices. The phone also is UMA compliant allowing me to use existing wifi networks I have access too.

There are no other real benefits to the phone itself. It doesn’t have the bells and whistles one would want from a phone. It does have one rather basic ringtone which to me is an advantage since many manufacturers see a need to have music as a ring tone. The phone also supports a microSD card which maybe good in some degree. However the phone does not seem to support mp3, or even wav ring tones, so I don’t see how it would do on music.

The camera is terrible barely doing VGA as for the quality. A few things it would support requires additional components, and you would need to acquire the Nokia Suite in order to connect it with your PC. I haven’t tried to use the music player, probably because Nokia is nortourious with using proprietary jacks. The included hands-free set is mono, and wired. It would support a bluetooth hands-free set, but truly doubt stereo bluetooth.

The phone itself was free. I did buy a case that stays attached to the phone to provide some protection for about $5. Of course, as with any standard purchase with a US carrier, a 2 year contract is required. For the price of free, one really can’t complain about the lack of quality. And since it is UMA, it would keep the phone bill down by connecting to alternatives. This phone would make a good second phone, or something for the kids. If you are used to higher quality phones such as the Razr, than this might be somewhat a disappointment.

Nokia shoud first consider stop the proprietary act. Even Motorola is using mini-USB standard. Next, a better camera may have attracted more people to the phone. I personally don’t use the camera on my phones, but know it is a factor for a number of people.

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