- Design, Superb interface, User Friendly, Quality Display, Comfortable keypad and controls, Good list of features
- Slider not well built, Issues with Camera quality, Pixilated animated menu icons
A fantastic entry into the 3G market, the 6280 offers a superb user interface, together with an outstanding display. Definitely one of the best 3G handsets available.
Price$ 699.00 (AUD)
3G Phones have long been a hit and miss affair. Unlike their 2.5G counterparts, 3G handsets are generally regarded as big, bulky and slow - amongst many other issues. Only recently have we seen a change in this and Nokia has joined the party, this time offering the classy 6280. The result? - it's quite simply excellent in most areas.
Boasting a 2 megapixel camera, a vivid 320 x 240 display screen and an external mini SD card slot, we fell in love with the 6280 as soon as it fell into our hands. And surprisingly, it wasn't just because of these features either - it's just that the 6280 is a joy to use and its interface is what all 3G phones should be aiming to produce. There it is, in a nutshell.
Aesthetically, the 6280 looks a class above anything else we've seen in recent times. The phone itself is black and silver in colour, with a chrome 5-way navigational pad breaking up the looks quite nicely. While it's far from the smallest phone on the market, for a 3G model it's hardly large at all and fits nicely into the palm of your hand. The only issue we had with the design was the slider; at no point in time during testing did it feel sturdy and despite our review unit being brand new, the top half of the unit didn't sit well at all, regularly jiggling from side to side when it was opened. Perhaps Nokia need to take a closer look at build quality in this model because it's a bit of a let down considering how the handset shapes up in other areas.
The vivid, bright and clear display has to be seen to be believed. Without doubt the best display on a mobile phone we've seen to date, the 262K colour screen is a joy to use, particularly when it is combined with the camera. The new Series 40 user interface also gets the best out of this display, with bright and animated logos ensuring even those who are new to mobile phones shouldn't have any problems getting their heads around the 6280. (Another minor issue though; the animated icons looks extremely pixilated for some strange reason.)
Controls and keypad are once again simply Nokia, just the way we like it. Two selection buttons, Answer and End Call keys and a 5-way navigational pad round out the controls, while the keypad is compact without being too small; chrome lines separate the three columns of keys which are easy to type long messages on. Conveniently, there is a volume control on the right hand side of the unit and a PTT (Push To Talk) button on the other. A dedicated camera button means the 6280 is able to act as a normal camera where the phone is held sideways and the camera button acts as the shutter key.
The 2.0 megapixel camera sounds great with all the features it offers, but we were disappointed in the overall image quality it produces. For starters, the camera takes plenty of time to write photos to the phone and even longer to start the camera application itself. The images we uploaded to our PC lacked appropriate lighting and the flash just made things worse. Perhaps the biggest problem with the 6280 camera was the discolored pixels - almost every photo has a few pixels which turn out green or red. You don't actually notice it until you upload the image to a computer, but once you do, the problem is fairly substantial. The camera also lacks auto focus but offers plenty of image settings with Grayscale, Sepia and Negative effects, just to name a few. The video recorder also suffered with poor quality, but this is to be expected and is the norm for most video cameras on mobile phones.
Other features of the 6280 include PTT (Push To Talk), an MP3 player with AAC support, Dual integrated cameras with video calling and email with attachment support. If you're looking to use email frequently though, we'd probably recommend a more business oriented handset rather than this one - which is directed at normal every day use (Classic category). Video calling wasn't anything to write home about in terms of quality, but it gets the job done nonetheless. The phone is only rated at 180 minutes of video talk-time, which is a little below average. The 6280 music player was surprisingly efficient and the sound was better than we expected as well. Unfortunately, you are unable to use a standard set of headphones with the 6280, which is a shame because as usual, the stock earbuds are uncomfortable and don't sound the best either. A common problem.
The 6280 includes a 64MB miniSD card in the package and this should be enough storage, depending of course on what your primary uses are. We took plenty of photos and recorded a couple of short videos at the highest quality and still had plenty or room for many more, so you should be well covered in this regard. Battery life was fairly average here, rated at 240 minutes of talk time and 400 hours standby time - we did expect a little better, but it's not bad in any sense.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 HTC U11 phone: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Gigabyte Aero 15 corporate gaming laptop review
- 3 Huawei P10 smartphone review
- 4 Huawei P10 Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- 5 Motorola Moto G5 smartphone review
Latest News Articles
- OnePlus 5 rumors: Everything we know about the upcoming budget flagship
- Google makes the best Android apps easier to find with Android Excellence
- Motorola's Z2 Play comes with a smaller battery, a higher price tag, and new Moto Mods
- Sony outs launch details for its Xperia XZ Premium flagship and futuristic Touch projector
- Andy Rubin's Essential Phone is finally here and it's weird
PCW Evaluation Team
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
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.
- MSI GL62M 7RDX gaming laptop review
- Alcatel A3 XL phone: Full, in-depth review
- Sony X9300E 2017 TV: Full, in-depth review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTProgram CoordinatorOther
- FTHFC Network Modeller | 6mth ContractOther
- FTSenior Microsoft SQL Designer/ArchitectOther
- CCJunior Security AnalystNSW
- TPSenior .NET DeveloperNSW
- FTPerl DeveloperACT
- FTOffice & Operations AdministratorNSW
- FTReporting AnalystSA
- CCC# Web API EngineerNSW
- CCSenior Web DeveloperQLD
- TPProject ServicesACT
- TP.Net Developer - Australian Government ICT ContractorACT
- FTSenior SharePoint DeveloperACT
- FTSEO ExecutiveOther
- CCSenior Master Data AnalystNSW
- FTJunior Java developer. Work Location - CanberraACT
- CCSystems Specialist - Network Systems l Port MacquarieNSW
- CCSenior IT Project ManagerNSW
- FTSenior DevOps ConsultantOther
- FTBusiness Development ManagerOther
- FTSenior Java and AEM DeveloperOther
- CCSenior Automation Test AnalystNSW
- FTProject Manager or Coordinator - Retail Store ProjectsOther
- FTTRIM TrainersACT
- TPSenior Business Analyst | 12 month fixed term contractQLD