As a replacement for 6220 classic, the Nokia 6720 classic isn't a mobile phone that will get the heart racing with excitement.

A faster processor, better battery life and a 3.5mm headphone jack are improvements over its predecessor, but the lack of a Xenon flash and camera lens cover are strange omissions from the Nokia 6720 classic.

Aesthetically, the Nokia 6720 classic mobile phone has undergone a bit of a face lift. Whereas the 6220 classic had a bland design and finish, the 6720 classic with its glossy brown finish, looks like a classier mobile phone.

Its body is also slightly curved so the handset can rest closer to your face when in use. It's a nice design.

The controls and keypad layout of the Nokia 6720 classic mobile phone are second to none, even if the keys are a little on the small side. Tactility is excellent and the buttons emit a firm clicking sound when pressed, adding to the solid look and feel of this handset. We weren't fond of the five-way navigational pad or the rear battery cover - the navigational pad is wobbly and clicks too loudly when pressed while the battery cover feels flimsy and is difficult to click back on once removed.

Predictably, the Nokia 6720 classic runs the Symbian S60 operating system. Those familiar with Nokia mobile phones will have no issue with the OS - the 6720 classic is easy to use, it has smooth transitions between the menu screens and it is quite fast and zippy for general navigation. It's a significant improvement on many of the earlier Symbian phones, but you'd expect this in light of the regular updates of the OS.

The Nokia 6720 classic has an extensive feature list for a mid-range mobile phone, headed by built-in GPS with Nokia's Maps application. Nokia provides a 10-day trial of turn-by-turn navigation before you have to subscribe. The small screen size isn't ideal for navigation use, but we found the GPS was reasonably speedy to pick up and maintain a signal.

Keep in mind that you need a data connection to download and update maps and to get an initial GPS fix. If you're after a driving solution we suggest waiting for the dedicated Nokia 6710 Navigator or checking out the iPhone 3GS' dedicated navigation apps.

Oddly, Nokia also charges for traffic information on the Ovi Maps application. Considering Google Maps offers live traffic as a free service, we not sure why anyone would consider paying for Nokia's version. Google Maps isn't pre-loaded on the 6720 classic, but it is easily downloadable.

The Nokia 6720 classic has a 5Mp camera with Carl Zeiss lens, but the lack of lens cover and Xenon flash means it's a step down from its predecessor's kit. The camera takes reasonable photos, although the single LED flash isn't powerful enough to take good shots in low light. Colour reproduction is good, but like most camera phones, image noise is a real issue.

The Nokia 6720 classic is an HSDPA-capable phone running on the 850MHz 3G network band. Wi-Fi is a notable omission but Bluetooth with A2DP and USB via a standard micro-USB port are other connectivity options.

A standard 3.5mm headphone jack makes the Nokia 6720 classic mobile phone a reasonable multimedia player and an included 1GB microSD card should satisfy most storage needs. An FM radio is also included.

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Nokia 6720 classic: Specs

  • Candy bar mobile phone
  • Symbian S60 OS
  • 45MB internal storage, supports microSD
  • 2.2in 320x240 TFT display
  • 5Mp camera, 4x digital zoom, CMOS
  • GPS receiver, software
  • Numeric keypad
  • Email, MMS, SMS
  • Microsoft Exchange support
  • Attachment editing/viewing
  • video calling
  • data tethering
  • network bands: 1800MHz, 1900MHz, 2100MHz, 850MHz, 850MHz, 900MHz
  • FM radio support, Voice recorder, Video playback, Music playback, FM transmitter, Speakerphone, Speed dialling, Vibration alert, alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Stopwatch
  • 3.5mm headphone jack, USB 2.0, A2DP Bluetooth
  • Rechargeable/Removable battery
  • supports: 3GP, H.263, H.264, JPEG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, WMA, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, PDF, Text
  • 14x110x45mm
  • 110g
  • Candy bar mobile phone
  • Symbian S60 OS
  • 45MB internal storage, supports microSD
  • 2.2in 320x240 TFT display
  • 5Mp camera, 4x digital zoom, CMOS
  • GPS receiver, software
  • Numeric keypad
  • Email, MMS, SMS
  • Microsoft Exchange support
  • Attachment editing/viewing
  • video calling
  • data tethering
  • network bands: 1800MHz, 1900MHz, 2100MHz, 850MHz, 850MHz, 900MHz
  • FM radio support, Voice recorder, Video playback, Music playback, FM transmitter, Speakerphone, Speed dialling, Vibration alert, alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Stopwatch
  • 3.5mm headphone jack, USB 2.0, A2DP Bluetooth
  • Rechargeable/Removable battery
  • supports: 3GP, H.263, H.264, JPEG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, WMA, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, PDF, Text
  • 14x110x45mm
  • 110g

OUR VERDICT

The Nokia 6720 classic improves on its predecessor by offering a faster processor and a 3.5mm headphone jack, but spoils the fun by lacking a Xenon flash and a camera lens cover. This is a solid mid-range mobile phone, but doesn't offer anything overly exciting.

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