Nokia 6288

A squarish slider with a focus on business and video, the 6288 is a repackaged version of the 6280 that addresses a few of the original's shortcomings.


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Run your eyes down the specs lists for the 6280 and the 6288, and you'd be forgiven for thinking they're the same phone. The two 3G Nokia sliders do have a whole lot in common -- the dimensions, weight and display size are identical, as are the camera specs, amount of internal memory and applications. So what's the difference between the models? Basically, a firmware upgrade; a few minor design differences (such as altered keypad spacing and a glossy finish); and a larger miniSD card bundled into the pack.

Design
Like the 6280 (and this will become a familiar refrain), the 6288 is a squarish slider, measuring 100mm by 46mm by 21mm and adding 115 grams to the weight of your pants pocket. The top part of the slider is dominated by a 320 x 240 pixel screen, with the large navigation keys nestled snugly beneath. Pushing the slider up reveals a businesslike grid-style keypad, its rectangular buttons surrounded by a thin silver line. A tiny front-mounted VGA camera is almost invisible, hiding in the top left-hand corner. It's all very sedate and refined, but also a little boring.

The reverse side of the 6288 has a glossy black finish, and features a 2-megapixel camera, complete with flash and teeny fisheye mirror for those times when you just have to take a photo or two of your own face. The placement of the lens and a camera shortcut key on the side of the phone allows you to hold the device horizontally for taking photos, as if it were a bona fide digicam. A silver NOKIA stamp lets photo subjects know the brand of the cameraphone they're posing for.

Features
The no-nonsense look suggest a phone built for business, and the 6288's feature-set certainly lends itself to the corporate life. 3G data transfer speeds, Triband compatibility, and support for IMAP, POP3 and SMTP e-mail allow you to take the office on the road.

If there's an area the 6288 has focused its efforts on, it's video. In addition to the video calling that's now a standard 3G feature, the phone sports Nokia's video sharing application, which allows you to capture your surroundings with the camera, transmit that video in real-time to someone you're on the phone with, and then end the video sharing session without needing to hang up. The 6288 can also handle video ringtones, and the ability to chuck in a miniSD card of up to 2GB capacity means you can save a whole lot of clips.

While our review of the 6280 found no major performance issues, reader reports have spoken of some pretty dire problems, including random shutdowns, reboots, signal loss and poor battery life. Nokia has not acknowledged that there is a problem with the phone model, but the 6288 has been given a firmware upgrade. In addition to being more stable, the new firmware offers support for the A2DP Bluetooth profile, allowing you to stream music wirelessly to a stereo headset.

Performance
The lack of springiness in Nokia's slider mechanisms has caused us consternation in the past, as noted in our review of the N80. The 6288 has similar issues -- when thrown into the bottom of a bag, the phone may move around enough to slide up and unlock itself. It's best to store this model in a separate pocket, to prevent repeated accidental phone calls to the first person in your contacts list.

We got around three days' use of the 6288 between charges, which was a little better than the battery results posted by the 6280.

The 6288 represents a good compromise between business and entertainment, falling somewhere between Nokia's Blackberry-esque E series and its multimedia-focused N models. It's not as chunky as the N80, and seems to skirt the firmware-related issues that were cause for complaint from many 6280 owners.

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4
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SIM posted a review   

The Good:Amount of memory

The Bad:ALMOST EVERYTHING!

Worst phone I've ever had! It SHUTS ON & OFF BY ITSELF all the time. The camera's alright for 2MPX. It's a phone I DO NOT RECOMMEND TO ANYONE! The only thing I actually did like about it was the fact that (when you use a 2MG Memory, you can save sooo much stuff - Can save ALOT of text msg (I think in total I store bout 1,500 messages and hundreds of memos in the calendar.) BUT apart from that everything else is ish*
PS: I loved i when I first got it until about 6months and it all went south.

Spikey39
10
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Spikey39 posted a review   

The Good:Large screen,decent camera,good call and sound quality, fast ,512 MB card included,very good video quality,good speaker and no lag at all.

The Bad:Chunky slider and battery life.

I have this phone for 3 months.I don't have any problems with it yet and I really like it.
Please stop saying the design is ugly!I like it!I love big phones like this and Nokia N70...

 

roro posted a comment   

The Good:no

The Bad:yes

i buy it about two month and it stop suddenly when i receive image via bluetooth i dont recommend any one to buy it

 

Danni posted a comment   

The Good:NOTHING

The Bad:EVERYTHING

I had this phone for just over a year, we bought it back to Nokia 4 times during the warranty period and they fixed it each time only for the problem to start up again. Eventually the phone completely died and nokia couldnt care less, so moral of the story STAY AWAY FROM NOKIA PHONES.

Lucyy
5
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Lucyy posted a review   

i've had my phone for about 2 years now and about one month in the phone just kept on blacking out. it stops for a while but now i've noticed that it blacks out when you do too much stuff at one time. (msn messenger, fm radio and texting all at once or using the web browser) a few times, the phone would just turn on and off repeatedly without my touching anything and i couldn't even do anything to stop it. It's a fat phone but it's good overall. the camera's not that clear but the sms is okay and the sound quality is pretty good.

 

Fox posted a comment   

The Good:It has been quite a reliable phone, fairly decent camera and sound quality.

The Bad:I agree it is chunky. Enters the Voice recorder when the phone is locked. Takes a long time to turn on. The slide does seem loose, but doesn't seem to affect the phone itself.

Had mine for two years.

 

oblivion posted a comment   
Australia

The Good:nice graphics, good keypad for texting, decent camera

The Bad:randomly reboots and asks for pin, suddenly goes onto voice recorder while locked

I got this phone 2 years ago and it seemed pretty good at first (actually it still is alright) despite the chunkiness. However after a while whenever I turned the phone off and back on again it would start asking for my pin code even though it wasn't set to that. Also while the phone is locked it miraculously goes to the voice recorder (I don't know why) and I when changing themes there's a huge amount of lag (shortage of memory I assume) as well as frequent freezes.
Other than that I've had no problems with the slider or anything.

Monir
3
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Monir posted a review   

The Good:N

The Bad:Y

Not good quality

 

LolikB posted a comment   

The Good:easy to use, the first year ok, big screen, good camer at natural daylight ONLY.

The Bad:Very big, Bad slider, Freezes, The battery is killed in a half year, featurse+buttons stop working, No menu choices, very slow.

so, I had it for one year, and it was ok. then it began to have a lot of problems: the camera button stopd working, rejects computer, unable to download Any Media but games, Photos and videos all go to only one folder, and many more. so basicly, no.

Cho lee
8
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Cho lee posted a review   

The Good:easy to use, camera ok, no lag at all, good screen size and batterly life.excellent call quality and good speakers

The Bad:chunky, and i still own one

this was my first phone i got it when it came out i've been using it for 1 and half years now no problems, has never lagged on me ever, good call quality and has good speakers on it


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User Reviews / Comments  Nokia 6288

  • SIM

    SIM

    Rating4

    "Worst phone I've ever had! It SHUTS ON & OFF BY ITSELF all the time. The camera's alright for 2MPX. It's a phone I DO NOT RECOMMEND TO ANYONE! The only thing I actually did like about it was the fa..."

  • Spikey39

    Spikey39

    Rating10

    "I have this phone for 3 months.I don't have any problems with it yet and I really like it.
    Please stop saying the design is ugly!I like it!I love big phones like this and Nokia N70..."

  • roro

    roro

    "i buy it about two month and it stop suddenly when i receive image via bluetooth i dont recommend any one to buy it"

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