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Think twice before buying a Nokia 6620
Authored by: Corum on Dec 08, '04 10:00:59AM

I bought a 6620 last month when my old but very reliable 6360 died, and every time I use the 6620, I regret buying it.

This is the 5th Nokia phone I've had over the last 5 years, and it is by far the slowest. The Symbian software takes a painfully long time to start up, takes more clicks to do simple actions (e.g. switching between predictive text and non-predictive text used to be transparent, but now you have to click into a submenu and then wait for a confirmation popup window to tell you that you changed your settings), is lacking in basic functions (e.g. you can't change the type of a contact number easily -- old Nokia phones gave you a list of number types like Home, Work, Fax and Mobile, but the 6620 phone makes you re-type "Mobile" every time you want to make that change).

Anyway, if you fell in love with Nokia because of their well designed phone interface, you will not recognise the 6620. The Symbian OS feels nothing like the old Nokia you might be used to, and suffers the typical symptoms of bloatware.

Yes, Bluetooth works, but you can only send one file at a time. I only bought this phone because I decided I was getting too old to re-enter all my contacts again, but it actually took longer to move 200 contacts over to the new 6620 than it would have taken to re-enter them by hand. I didn't know about the vCard 2.1 fix, so I tried exporting normal vCards and sending them to the phone via Bluetooth (the phone only accepted individual cards, and even then it did not save the type of phone number). Accepting each address and adding it to the address book would have taken 1200 button clicks (the 6620 does nothing in bulk), and I quickly realized that the phone did not recognize any vCards with accented characters in them. After that failed, I tried exporting contacts from Mac OS X, moving them to a PC Outlook address book, then setting up a direct sync with the phone. This worked, and worked quickly, but despite the sync settings it duplicated every number in the phone (because the phone and Outlook use different field names). I finally gave up on sync altogether when I realized that a deleted contact in the phone would not reappear after an Outlook-to-phone sync (the sync software reports the contact has been added, but it never appears in the phone).

Sorry for the rambling post -- I look forward to trying this fix, but even if it works, anyone out there considering buying a Nokia 6620 should go to a store and try using the interface to do typical things like changing a phone number type and writing a text message. The 6620 is the worst Nokia I've ever had, and that is directly due to the poorly designed Symbian OS.



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Think twice before buying a Nokia 6620
Authored by: Corum on Dec 08, '04 11:07:38AM

Update: I followed the instructions in the original post, and it worked just fine ... wish I'd known about this three weeks ago.

I had some new contacts in my phone, so first I used the SmartvCard app to export those, then sent them to my Mac with Bluetooth, imported them to Address Book, cleaned things up, exported back to a 2.1 .vcf file (you must use the ".vcf" extension or the phone will not recognise the file), sent that file back to the phone, then saved that file to "My Documents" (which is actually C:/System/Mail).

It's also possible to delete all contacts before you import: go to contacts, then options, then Mark All, then Delete. Then you can go back to SmartvCard and import all. The import file is in C:/System/Mail and might have a temporary name -- just look for the .vcf file with the highest number.



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Think twice before buying a Nokia 6620
Authored by: scribble on Jan 29, '05 10:18:33PM

I, too, was pissed when I brought the phone home. No iSync, no hope. Thanks for this tip - at least I now have my contacts on the phone - hopefully, with, Tiger, we'll be able to upload an .ics file that will work.







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Think twice before buying a Nokia 6620
Authored by: mace on Mar 05, '05 12:56:13PM

Hey Corum, I got the 6620 a couple of weeks ago, and it can do almost all of the things you said it couldn't.

For switching in and out of predictive text, just click the # key twice. You can also send multiple files at the same time - you just have to mark each one and then choose send. You can mark them in the options menu, or by holding down edit and pushing the D-pad. I don't really know what you're talking about with changing the types of a number - when I create a new contact, it has pre-labeled fields for phone, mobile, fax, and e-mail, and you can get other pre-labeled fields (like mobile (home), mobile (work), etc) through the menu.

I haven't messed with the iSync problem yet, since I don't use address book on my computer, but I would like to find a way to use the phone as a modem over bluetooth - not being able to do this is my only disappointment with this phone so far.



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