- Dual cameras, MMC Card slot, Bright, clear and large screen, good battery life, excellent voice and signal quality
- Odd design, keypad layout confusing, no voice dialing, interface slow at times, uncomfortable earphones, can’t SMS while using media player
The 6680 comes confidently recommended for any 3G user, although the unique button layout can be somewhat discomforting.
Price$ 849.00 (AUD)
The Nokia 6680 is an upgrade to the previously released 6630 and adds some innovative features to an already impressive 3G package.
Measuring 108 x 55 x 21 mm and weighing 133 g, the 6680 isn't going to win points for size and weight, but it is just about average when compared to most other 3G phones on the market. Nokia have interestingly opted for a non-conventional design for 6680 but end up sacrificing the useability of the traditional handset layout. In particular, the Menu and Clear keys are placed low and wide on the phones keypad and the selection keys are hard to reach. The phone's functionality does takes a while to get used to and the inconvenient key placement may end up putting off potential buyers and frustrating existing users.
The 6680's 262K colour screen is stunning, and clearly visible in all lighting conditions. Bright and clear, the screen also includes a handy light sensor which automatically adjusts the backlight to help preserve battery life. One of the key innovations on this product is the 'active standby screen', which allows you to easily select most frequently used functions without having to navigate through the phone menus. Essentially this is a handy row of menu items including Contacts, New Text Message, Calendar, Gallery and Image Print which are always displayed on the screen.
The 6680 includes two digital imaging cameras - a 1.3 megapixel on the rear of the phone and a standard VGA on the front. The latter is used for video calling and still images, while the rear camera is an imaging camera which can't be used for video calls. The quality of images produced was quite impressive for a camera phone and the photos we uploaded to our PC were for most part bright and clear, although the zoom was fairly meagre. The camera boasts flash, night mode, sequence mode, a self-timer and the ability to adjust settings including brightness, contrast, white balance and colour tone. Photos can be captured in either 1280 x 960 or 640 x 480 resolution and can be stored in either the phone or included MMC card. While it won't replace a stand alone digital camera, overall the camera on the 6680 performs admirably.
To go hand in hand with the 6680's camera, Nokia have provided support for PictBridge printing on the 6680. This allows users to print images from the phone straight onto a dedicated photo printer, without the need for a PC. You simply open the Image Print application on the 6680, connect the phone to the printer using the supplied USB cable and select the images you want to print. It is a practical application for those who enjoy mobile phone imaging and something we'd like to see on more handsets in the future.
The 6680 includes support for text, multimedia and e-mail messaging and predictive text input (T9) is standard. Frequent SMS users will find the keypad somewhat disappointing - the keys are cramped together and accidentally pressing the wrong button was a common occurrence during testing. We were also frustrated with the location of the ABC button in the messaging application, which is oddly located as a separate key altogether instead of being used as a secondary keypad button. Most handsets use either the Star(*) or Hash(#) keys as the ABC button and we feel that Nokia should revert back to the accepted standard.
Like most handsets on the market, the 6680 doubles as an MP3 player. The included 10MB of internal memory is paltry, but thankfully an MMC (Multimedia Card) slot on the right hand side of the phone allows you to increase memory by up to 1GB. The sound quality of the MP3 player is fairly average and regrettably Nokia have not included a standard headphone jack, which means you are required to use the provided headphones. While we didn't have much to complain about in terms of their sound, the standard Nokia earphones are very large and extremely uncomfortable for long periods of use. Don't bother using the external speaker on the phone itself to play your tunes - the quality is largely distorted and not nearly loud enough in volume. Another disadvantage of the media player is the fact that you can't message while the application is open, although you can browse other sections of the phone.
The 6680 offers support for tri-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE and of course 3G. Bluetooth and USB 2.0 are also provided and a USB cable is included in the sales package. Users can also view Microsoft Office files, such as Word and Excel documents, on the 6680 using the installed QuickSheet and QuickWord applications.
Quality of calls on the 6680 was excellent for the most part and reception quality was exceptional. The speakerphone was loud and clear and worked well but we were disappointed with the lack of voice dialing. Battery life was admirable considering the functions that the phone possesses, with approximately 3.5 hours of talk time possible on a GSM network.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Lexar® Portable SSD
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Google Daydream VR headset
Huawei Mate 9
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Acer Swift 7
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Surface Pro 4
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- Android's next destination: Untethered VR headsets with Snapdragon 835
- MWC 17: What's coming, what's not, and what we really want to see
- Xiaomi planning second version of its revolutionary Mi Mix ‘bezel-less’ phone
- Apple smartphones outsold Samsung's in Q4
- Apple joins Wireless Power Consortium, charging up iPhone 8 rumor
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- Horizon Zero Dawn review
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTAndroid DeveloperNSW
- CCServiceNOW DeveloperNSW
- CCTest AnalystQLD
- FTSnr SOC Security Coordinator - Perm - North Ryde areaNSW
- FTERP ConsultantQLD
- FTDigital Strategist - Global Consulting FirmACT
- FTSenior Functional Consultant - Data Analytics - TelcoVIC
- CCTelecommunication Operations SpecialistTAS
- TPIT Project CoordinatorVIC
- FTJunior Software Engineer - Positive Vetting, NV2 or NV1 requiredSA
- TPEnvironment Specialist(DevOps)QLD
- TPTechnical Business Analyst - DigitalQLD
- CCDevOps/Senior Sys Admin - eCommerce - Contract - Sydney Northern BeachesNSW
- CCService Desk Analyst - TelcoTAS
- FTPrincipal Architect - Infrastructure | Major BankVIC
- FTSenior Dot Net Backend Orientated DeveloperNSW
- FTBid ManagerVIC
- FTMicrosoft ProgrammerSA
- TPBusiness Analyst - Technical BackgroundQLD
- FTSenior Business AnalystNSW
- TPSolution Architect - Real-Time Tracking SystemVIC
- FTWeb Developer/ReportsNSW
- CCDesktop Engineer l WollongongNSW
- FTSenior Database AdministratorVIC
- CCSystems Engineer (Infra)NSW