Nokia 6021 Review
Review: July 2005.
The Nokia 6021 is an excellent non-camera phone, clearly intended for
the business user. It's a nice-sized phone that's not heavy, yet not
too light. It's design is purposeful and smart, with a functional, well
The core theme of the 6021 is connectivity. Taking the voice aspect
of this first, the 6021 is a great phone for just talking - good reception,
excellent voice clarity, plus the benefit of an integrated handfree
speaker and voice commands. Looking at messaging, it does everything
from MMS to full support for email protocols. Data transfer via GPRS
and EDGE is as fast as it gets without a 3G network, with data transfer
speeds of 177.6 kbps possible (subject to network). Finally, connecting
to other devices is taken care of with full Bluetooth connectivity,
plus infra-red and USB. However, and this does seem to be an obvious
ommission, the 6021 does not support Apple isync, so beware of this
if you're an Apple user.
Many will see the Nokia 6021 as a replacement for the classic business
phone, the Nokia 6310i. Certainly it's
a good dependable phone if you want the core business functions without
any frills. It's disappointing that Apple support is missing, and the
LCD display, whilst good enough could have been a lot bigger. Still,
it's not a very expensive phone, and it meets the needs of its target
niche pretty well.
Features of the Nokia 6021 include:
- Display: active matrix, 65,536 colours, 128 x 128 pixels
- Series 40 user interface with two soft keys and central joystick
- Push to Talk over cellular network via dedicated key
- Voice Features: voice dialing, voice commands, voice recorder, integrated
- Messaging: SMS (supports concatenated SMS), MMS, instant messaging
- Predictive text input: Support for all major languages in Europe
- Email: supports SMTP, POP3, IMAP4, and APOP protocols
- Downloadable ringtones & wallpaper
- XHTML web browser
- Mobile wallet
- Extensive calendar / Personal Information Management
- Downloadable games
- WAP, GPRS class 10, EDGE - data transfer
up to 177.6 kbps
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, infra-red, USB (Pop-Port interface)
- Local synchronization of picture gallery, contacts, and calendar
to PC using PC Suite, Bluetooth wireless technology (1.2), or USB
- Size: 106 x 44 x 20 mm
- Weight: 88g
- Talktime: 3 hours
- Battery standby: up to 320 hours
Nokia 6021 User Reviews
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Average rating from 101 reviews:
Reviewed by R Harrington from UK on 4th Jan 2012
I'm not a techie person but I've signed up to GiffGaff and just installed
Opera mini. So what's not to like for really small money ?
Reviewed by Dougal from England on 3rd Aug 2006
An ideal business phone. All the basics are right: easy to use; strong
signal; clear calls; well spaced, responsive keys; clear display; good
battery life (5 days); reliable PC synchronisation. We have rolled out
nearly 200 to users in the last nine months or so replacing mostly 6310s
and all of the users, bar one, were happy to keep their new 6021. Even
a few 6310 die-hard users have asked for a 6021. Only 2 or 3 have been
sent back for repair in that time, although a few with dust under the
screens have been exchanged. We use Lotus Notes and the PC Suite software
syncs well with the Notes Calendar, Address book and ToDo list. With
all of this data on the phone I've now stopped carrying my trusty old
Palm PDA. The email client works up to a point but isn't very secure
and should only be used in emergencies - for this you'll have to forward
your email to a pop3 server. You'll only be able to see header info
in some cases and attachments are not transferred. (You'll need somet
hing like a Nokia E60 to have a proper email client). Downsides: dust
gets behind the screen; you'll have no street-cred with the kids ("boring
phone without a camera"); the charger included doesn't work in the USA;
latest E50 and E60 business phones make the 6021 look a little primitive.
Overall, perfectly executed product aimed at business users.
Reviewed by Rodger from Scotland on 3rd Aug 2006
On changing companies my new company phone was a 6021. It is a very
poor replacement for the 6310i, which I have used for a number of years.
This is particularly true when using it with the car kit. The buttons
are too small and the central joystick should have stayed where it belongs,
on a kiddies toy. I am about to replace it with a second hand 6310i
off of ebay.
Reviewed by Manohar from India on 24th Jul 2006
Great Phone, good range, good battery life, Superb blue tooth function,
all my expectations have been met. A basic phone with EDGE capablity
and bluetooth. Ofcourse it has to be a Nokia! Show me a better Model!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by jackson from england on 9th Jul 2006
The Nokia 6021 has an excellent build quality. It compares very favourably
with the cheap looking and cheap feeling build quality of so many mobiles
on the market today. The colour graphics are first class and while being
well thought out and simple to operate, with the exception of a camera,
it has enough features to keep all users bar 'gaget freekes' suitably
entertained. If you are looking for a 'basic' type phone, (and do not
mind the lack of a camera) while avoiding 'basic quality' this could
be the one for you.
Reviewed by Sarah from UK on 4th Jul 2006
Use the 6021 for work but am now on my 3rd handset in 3 months, as the
'silent' function' has failed on all 3 occasions. Has anyone else had
same problem? Other than this, the phone is very good.
Reviewed by Vijay from India on 1st Jul 2006
Nokia 6021 I purchased from DUBAI UAE not even one month old. Handset
made in Hungary. First problem handset ON OFF switch. Not perfect aligned
with inside switch. Speaker or hearing piece defective some time working
some time not. This first handset I noticed from Nokia bad quality workmanship.
Before I used so many Nokia handsets. 5021. 3100. 3140
Reviewed by Peter from England on 15th Jun 2006
The Nokia 6021 is my phone of choice. I have used Nokia 6310i cellphones
for some years, but the 'quirks' and obsolescence finally got to me.
As I cannot use a cameraphone on Business, I am delighted not to have
that feature (and the intrinsic problems). As with all cellphones, the
6021 has its own techniques for best results and once I got used to
those, I have not looked back. The display quality is EXCELLENT (helps
my aging eyes), Nokia have fixed the problem in text messaging when
creating a new line (TGFT) and the cursor manipulation is a great help
for speeding up message construction. All the features that I want,
including vibration alert, are present. Battery life is adequate, and
batteries are small and cheap enough to have a few spares charged up.
And now I have (relatively) easy access to my e-mail. Thank you, Nokia.
Reviewed by Angelina Jones from Australia on 11th
I had this phone since feb. it still hasn't got any problems and the
battery life is superb. This is good for children, house wives and old
people. It is a very simple phone.
Reviewed by Greg from Ukraine on 10th Jun 2006
It's not a beauty but it's not ugly and it's certainly functional! My
experience has been that the call quality is really really great. Also,
the review states that it doesn't work with Apple iSync, that is no
longer true. I am using it with iSync and it's working very well, contacts,
their details as well as a calendar. VERY useful. My only complaint
would be that the syncing only works with contacts on the phone's memory,
not the sim card. Overall, great phone for the price! If you want bluetooth
but don't need a crappy gimmick camera or lots of memory this is a good
affordable phone. (I got it for about 120 USD new.)
Reviewed by Guy Massey from England on 8th Jun
I love this phone. Had it for about six months and think it's brilliant.
It's understated, does all I want it to do and, when pushed, will even
allow me to check emails. I wanted a phone to make and receive phone
calls. Nothing else. If I had wanted a camera I would have bought a
Nikon. If I had wanted games I would have bought a GameBoy. The ring
volume is good and the alarm is brilliant. the calculator is a bit of
a fiddle, but as stated earlier, I wanted a phone; I didn't want a calculator.
Brilliant phone. Only downside is that the standard battery doesn't
last more than about four days but I can live with that. If you want
a phone to make phone calls buy 6021 and you wont regret it. If you
want to make tea with your phone buy something else.
Reviewed by Pete from Norway on 6th Jun 2006
Scandinavians must have lower tolerance for poor design, I suppose.
The 6021 is distinctly average in nearly all respects, and has few of
the most obvious features to be expected (camera, decent storage capacity).
It does excel in one respect - irritation factor. The joystick, which
sticks up proud of the keypad acts as an "answer" button even when the
keypad is locked, so if the phone is in a case, it is virtually impossible
not to answer the b***** thing picks when it rings, whether one wants
to or not, simply by the act of getting it out or picking it up. The
manual does not help. Basic rule of thumb is that if one needs to read
the manual, the phone or menus are badly designed. The sooner I drop
this in a fjord, the better.
Reviewed by Chris from England on 16th May 2006
Looks great, easy to use however make sure that you always have a battery
charger with you because this thing sucks the power like no other phone
Reviewed by SURESH GIRIDHAR from INDIA on 19th
It's a spectacular phone...for those who seek a min memory with multiple
features... It's got a whole new flamboyant style that... grabs everyone
attention... But it's not a good phone for teenagers..who seek more
powerpacked multimedia enhancements...
Reviewed by Declan from Ireland on 15th Apr 2006
I had a Nokia 6310i previously and wanted something to replace it. The
retailer suggested a 6021 as its features are almost identical. The
sound quality is fantastic and the keys don't feel flimsy. It's ideal
for those who don't want gimmicks such as cameras, etc. I use a bluetooth
also with it. So far, so good.
Reviewed by lisa from australia on 10th Apr 2006
i purchased this phone for my husband last christmas... i wish i had
never set eyes on it. i have had this phone repaired twice... the phone
wouldn't ring, send it off for repair two weeks without a phone. the
handsfree feature just suddenly stopped working, nokia says send it
off to repairs another 2 weeks. A COMPANY THAT SELLS A FAULTY PRODUCT
SHOULD BE FORCED TO REPLACE IT.... NOT CONTINUALLY REPAIR IT ... WHAT
A WASTE OF MONEY... GOODBYE NOKIA.
Reviewed by Shaukat Ali Jutt from Pakistan on
7th Apr 2006
Frankly, Nokia performed a key role to make a such a nice set 6021,
bluetooth voice recording that help me to record business communication
decent wring tones all device performed accurate result faint signals
change into high powerful voice it works there where no other sets work
all the view I am realy very very like nokia 6021 that is good Nokia
you made a such nice decent sophisticated Moble phone
Reviewed by Ali from Pakistan on 6th Apr 2006
I like very much 6310i but some days ago there signal problem and due
this problem it not repaired and I am realy very up set to lost such
a fine set but when I found nokia 6021 I forgot my 6310i that is the
replacement of 6310i that is realy very good set long battery poor signals
chnage into high qulaity.
Reviewed by FEJ barry from canada on 4th Apr 2006
i have been so happy with this phone and now that it is supported by
apple's isync, i'm even happier. THIS PHONE IS SUPPORTED BY APPLE'S
Reviewed by Oleg from Russia on 29th Mar 2006
to Andrew You're not right! There is no line "PTT pushbutton will work
as a conversatinon recorder when PTT is not supported by the cell operator."
READ IT CEARFULLY: Note: If push to talk is not available on your phone
menu, you can also press the PTT key to start the Voice recorder. SO
LOOK at phone menu I bet you see PTT there!
Reviewed by Richie from UK on 22nd Mar 2006
I've had this for a week now and so far so good!! If you need a phone
that works as a phone (I already have a Dig Cam and MP3) then this seems
to do the job (it's tri band too which I need). I used to have a Sony
T610 which had a camera, however, I never quite worked out the overall
functionality and was always accidentally connecting to the Net! The
6021 is straight forward to use.
Reviewed by David from United Kingdom on 11th
I wish I'd read this site before! The 6021 lack of iSync support means
it's close to an utter waste of time for me.
Reviewed by sunny from usa on 2nd Mar 2006
east and west nokia is the best.it has again produced a vvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeery
Reviewed by Mark from England on 28th Feb 2006
This is simply the best mobile phone I have ever owned. The sound quality
is excellent, the calender and business suite is superb. The voice recorder
is ideal for notes or recording important data during calls. If you
want a no gimmick reliable phone with excellent battery life the 6021
is well worth considering.
Reviewed by Simon from England on 18th Feb 2006
A stylish and pratical phone with great connectivity and no silly gimics.
Ideal for the business user who wants a phone to use as a phone and
not a camera, games console, cocktail shaker, telescope, microwave etc......
Reviewed by Alison from UK on 10th Feb 2006
Good overall business phone, but screen collects masses of dust. Anyway
around this without sending it off for repair/cleaning?
Reviewed by Christos from Greece on 2nd Feb 2006
Fantastic down-to-earth business phone with everything a businessperson
could ask for: huge connectivity, decent battery, classic looks, nice
display. Only disadvantages: small memory, dust gathering behind screen.
Reviewed by Alkis from Cyprus on 31st Jan 2006
We bought 3 Nokia 6021 phones, at the beginning everything seemed to
work finely, but suddenly the first one turned off without being able
to be turned on again, the same happened to the second one but after
removing the battery it was "OK" but everything in the gallery menu
was self-erased!! We are waiting for the third failure!! My recommendation,
the phone is not reliable, as is should be. Avoid it.
Reviewed by Raven from Uk on 31st Jan 2006
Great phone for business use just what i needed, vibe alert good sound
and a great design exactly what i have been after, a phone that works
as a phone not a dig camera or games deck
Reviewed by Hakan from Turkey on 26th Jan 2006
I've used a series of phones in time: a 6210, a 7250i, a motorola mpx200.
I've sold the motorola because of its battery life and uselessness (since
I switched to GNU/Linux) and found 6021. This is an outstanding phone
with a motto: "useful features, no mess". I'm feeling that I've found
a phone that can really replace and improve nokia 6210 / 6310 which
I classify as "nearly ideal phones for 21st century". For people who
needs a phone and nothing more, nokia 6021 is and extreme phone with
huge connectivity options, decent battery life, good tft screen, lots
of space for messages and phone book (I'd prefer a 5mb of memory or
an MMC slot for some more for the ringtones and the wallpapers and I
can forfeit tough). Using phone for 2-3 days and I loved it. it's the
ideal phone for ppl who needs real communication and nothing more. I
also noticed that the phone has a better construction over the fashion
series (series 7) and has sound reprdouction from both handsfree & earpiece
(since I always leave my phone somwhere and cannot find it, loudness
is a good thing) Bottom line: If you need a phone buy it. This is unbelievable
at this price point. If you are a techie who sells its phone to try
out some new gadgets every 24 hours, "don't waste your time to try.
You'll not like it a bit since 6021 has no properties as a toy."
Reviewed by cyril from russia on 25th Jan 2006
Totally awesome phone (especially for its price), but 1 rating point
deduced for these annoyances: - After syncing with PC the useless popup
shows up (on the phone) reporting what has been done and that _requires_
you to press "OK". Until you do, no further syncronizations are possible.
Kills dead "Periodic sync" feature in Nokia PC suite package. Someone
has not thought it through. - Nokia PC suite package overall is nice
looking but brain-dead in many ways. I wanted to enter all my contacts
there... Well, it is easier done on the phone than on the PC. - Volume
control rocker buttons are a bit tight. Especially for going "up". -
Screen backlight has some two slightly darker spots at the top. Somewhat
common to many LCDs though. Or maybe it's just on my phone. - "G" letter
(for GPRS) stands on constantly on the screen. Yes, even in Java apps/games.
A bit annoying... Other than this - it rocks! :) Has everything - working
bluetooth, fast GPRS, automatic volume control, reasonable battery,
good reception... all the things that you won't often find in reviews.
Generally, if you are OK with the phone without: - A plastic peephole
"camera". - MP3 player - FM Radio - Memory card slot then you would
have a hard time finding anything better. No matter what the price.
Reviewed by thomas from belgium on 25th Jan 2006
Meets exactly my functional demands: bluetooth, triband, synchronisation-with-outlook,
vibration alert - great. However, already the second day quite a bit
of dust was gathering behind the screen, just from sitting in my pocket.
My previous Nokia phone didn't have this, even after 4 years! Has anyone
else noticed this?
Reviewed by herman from Netherlands on 24th Jan
Poor sound quality when used as handheld. Avoid longer calls as the
oversteering in sound will damage your ears. It seems as if the phone
uses the same loudspeaker for the very loud ringtonepolyphonics as for
your handheld talks. I come from a Nokia 6210 (yr2000). Also 6310i sounds
much better than this. No further comment and good set.
Reviewed by Karthikeyan from India on 19th Jan
A compact phone - Worth the money with most of the required features.
Bluetooth, Infrared, GPRS, 65K Colour Resolution, Edge technology for
data transfer & not to forget the gud battery back up...The phone looks
of great class, just can't hold a 6600 or the 3230. Myself & a friend
of mine have picked the same mobile, no issues:-)
Reviewed by Per from Sweden on 15th Jan 2006
Simply a great business phone, all things you need, no extras.
Reviewed by Lester from India on 9th Jan 2006
Excellent Phone. Good Battery Life. Amazing Connectivity features and
screen clarity! The PTT side button should also double as the voice
recorder button. It should have had a little more built in Memory.
Reviewed by jd from uk on 7th Jan 2006
Reviewed by K SINGH from Uk England on 29th Dec
This must be the worst phone i've ever had, not much of a business phone,
poor quality audio, can't hear the phone whilst in a car kit. Avoid
at all cost. stick to an old 6310i instead, atleast they work as they
should 95% of the time
Reviewed by R@y from Belgium on 28th Dec 2005
Excellent cell phone, easy to connect everywhere, can be used with his
gprs to connect on a laptop via irda or cable to the net, easy to use,
but the tel memory is a little poor & the push to talk = gorget it if
your operater does not take it in charge, last but not least, "bluetooth"
usefull fonction, proficiat, small an forgettable in your pocket, for
it's price, an excellent purchase, @ +
Reviewed by jifjam from india on 26th Dec 2005
good to finally have a phone thats high on connectivity. the ringtones
arent great. but its fast and image quality is excellent. its a very
cool and sleek design..certainly an eyecatcher
Reviewed by Gordon from England on 22nd Dec 2005
A great phone for business not complicated and very easy to use, one
of the better phones on the market. Well done Nokia
Reviewed by Jawad from Pakistan on 18th Dec 2005
awesome guy...go for itttttt
Reviewed by Jeroen from Netherlands on 17th Dec
Great (business) phone; just what i was looking for. No camera and other
useless features. Just the things i need. Before this one i had a Samsung
E-720 and that piece of junk has the worst sound quality i ever heard.
So this is a big upgrade for me! Used to have Nokia's like the 3310
and the famous 8110i (Matrix) and they were great too! And finally nice
'businesslike' ringtones and no strange tones like the Samsung had.
I was actually looking for a used 6310i but hey this one was only EUR
160,- and used 6310i cost EUR 150,- !! Joystick works very fine too.
Recommended if you want a decent/business phone!
Reviewed by cagliostro from italy on 3rd Dec 2005
Nice built, but moderate sound quality and sensitivity. But sound quality
seems not sooo important for most users...
Reviewed by Martin from Poland on 24th Nov 2005
So I think, that it's a very good phone with very useful functions.
6021 hasn't got a digital camera, but I think it less useful device
in mobile phone. 6021 is very well manufactured mobile, and it is very
reliable. I am very happy that I have it:)
Reviewed by Mark from England on 24th Nov 2005
the Nokia 6021 does have vibration alert, I've had mine for 2 weeks
which replaced the Nokia 6310i. It does everything the 6310i did, but
is smarter and lighter. I love it.
Reviewed by Eric from Netherlands on 23rd Nov
I am truly happy with this phone. It works like a dream (also in combination
with Parrot CK3000 evolution). Having said that... I haven't used too
many modern mobile phones. My previous one is referred to as a 'refrigerator'.
Most has already been said below... just have two minus points: - it
has a button on the right side of the phone which activates 'DVC', which
isn't available here as far as I know... nor do I need it. The annoying
thing is that I accidentally press it often (taking it out of the car
holder for instance) and then I have to tell it that I do not want DVC
switched on. An email to Nokia about this button was grumpily answered
with: this is part of the software and cannot be turned off. (In my
opinion the face that it is 'in the software' would really be a good
argument to be able to turn it off but well... they don't seem to be
very sociable at Nokia about these things.) - using it with the Parrot
CK3000 evolution... after pairing my 6021 considers the carkit as a
bluetooth headphone/headset. (It shows a small icon of a headset...
whereas I understand it should really show an icon of a wee car.) Which
means that I do not get control over the screen/keyboard light settings
and something I hoped it would do... automatically switch off the keyboard
lock during its connection with the carkit. Parrot didn't seem to understand
this issue, my further queries with Nokia don't seem to get answered...
so that remains annoying. Obviously this gripe can not be attributed
to the 6021 and presumably this feature would work fine with an original
Nokia Carkit? Still... great phone, I am very happy with it.
Reviewed by Anjan from India on 21st Nov 2005
Quite nice for the normal talking birds. But, the sound quality is pathetic.
I had this mobile phone couple of months back, but, it's poor sound
quality compelled me to change this phone & get a better mobile without
a camera & at least excellent sound quality. This goes as a caution
for everyone thinking of buying any handphone of any brand, shape, size
or color. Sound is the most important function of a phone. But, in the
case of Nokia 6021, it's the least important.
Reviewed by Paul from England on 20th Nov 2005
Gentleman, You are very wrong!!! The phone does have vibration alert!!!
I have only had the phone 1 week, Early impressions as a solid no nonsense
BUISNESS phone are very good but will add more later
Reviewed by Tom from England on 18th Nov 2005
David UK, the phone does have vibration alert! This is an excellent
phone, I've had it for two months now, and I get more impressed with
it every day. All the features you need in a business phone. A must
have if you don't need a camera / radio / mp3 capability.
Reviewed by Hotte from Deutschland on 19th Nov
A business phone WITHOUT vibrating alert??? Give me a break! That ain't
a business phone!
Reviewed by David from UK on 17th Nov 2005
I haven't bought this phone, beacuse I miss one very important thing
from the feature list: Vibration alert Is it really possible, that they
left out vibration alert from a mobile phone in 2005?
Reviewed by Andy from UK on 16th Nov 2005
As a replacement for the 6310i, the 6021 is a great business phone.
Personally I use a phone to talk on and send SMS, don't need nor interested
in cameras, mms, mp3, sync with outlook and all that malarky.For this
the 6021 is great, hands free catered for by THB Bury cradle. But.....
The first one I had lasted less than a week before it expired, just
lost all it's internal memory, software, the lot. All I got was a small
square with a ? mark in it. The phone was replaced without question
next day, no complaints there. The next gripe is about the screen, not
about clarity, resolution etc but dust. Having only had it for approx
2 weeks now there is a lot of dust that has got behind the "glass" and
into the screen area. I am constantly on the move and work in environments
ranging from offices to building sites so the phone is exposed to a
wide range of conditions some quite extreme. I am not alone it seems,
several of my collegues also have this phone and are suffering the same
problem, but are office based so it cannot be laid at my particular
work environment's door. Anyone else seen this? So to summarise, functionally
a great replacement for the 6310i with all the necessary connectivity,
but it seems like Nokia are not quite there with the build quality which
is a shame as the 6310i was a virtually indestructible top class business
phone, and the 6021 has the potential to assume the crown so to speak,
but not quite yet IMHO. Time will tell. This is the reason I give 3
Reviewed by Asepyr from Abu Dhabi on 11th Nov
The first impression when I bought this mobile was "I'm not sure with
this mobile". However, after sometime I played with this, it is nice,
simple, and I found alot of fitures meet with my requirement. It's very
easy to transfer data/file among my other nokia (6260) and my pocket
pc (HP Ipaq)using bluetooth & infra red. So many theme & ringtone can
be downloaded from internet and install on it. Only built-in memory
is not enough. The others are quite ok for me.
Reviewed by Strawb from England on 4th Nov 2005
My wife wants a phone for making calls and the odd text. She often forgets
to charge it, so a long battery life is a necessity. I like bluetooth
to put on photos and ringtones for her. And our holidays make triband
a necessity. This phone ticks all of those boxes, and we both find it
aesthetically pleasing as well. It is small enough to fit into a crowded
handbag, yet the keys are big enough for my fingers. And for anyone
on 3 wanting a long battery life, it ran my 3 card for all of yesterday
until the wife came home and took possession of it. I would like to
try it more, but think the chances of that are slim / nil. And the sound
quality - excellent.
Reviewed by bernie from belgium on 2nd Nov 2005
very good mobile i am very pleased with it. blue tooth works very fine.
Reviewed by Mark Barrow from United Kingdom on
1st Nov 2005
I purchased this phone last week, and within a few days have decided
it is a truely great phone. Mainly for the Business minded individual
this mobile is crammed with so many useful features which are most importantly
easy to use. The clarity of the screen is immaculate and the clearness
of the speech is brilliant. This is truely an impressive handset at
a very affordable price. If I had any grumbles it would be setting the
phone up for WAP access via GRPS but I am more than certain this is
an operator error!! Mark
Reviewed by bdl from England UK on 26th Oct 2005
Excellent materials and build quality (nokia back on track at last).
For viewing biz applications (especially by aged users!), physical size
and resolution of screen needs to be enhanced. Joystick navigation a
doddle to use, and connectivity in a phone at this price is amazing.
As the series 40 platform is a cut-down series 60, it should be relatively
bug free, Andrew is correct about the misleading PTT function in manual.
Reviewed by Joost from Netherlands on 25th Oct
Very fine phone, but a big thumbs down for no Apple iSync support :(
Reviewed by Andrew from Russia on 24th Oct 2005
SOMEONE BRING NOKIA TO THE COURT! In manual is written that PTT pushbutton
will work as a conversatinon recorder when PTT is not supported by the
cell operator. That is not happening. Before buying this model i read
its manual and was cheated by NOkia, pushbutton is not switchin on recording
mode. PLEASE, SOMEONE BRING NOKIA TO THE COURT!
Reviewed by Anonymous from Malaysia on 10th Oct
I bought this phone two days ago. I upgraded from my old Nokia 6510
(blue screen). I have resisted from upgrading for a long time as my
old Nokia (which, coincidentally was marketted as a business phone at
that time) has almost all features I wanted - lots of memory for contact
and text messages, GPRS, FM Radio, small size, ease of use and folder
management. A lot of the newer phones have all these features so I did
not have the incentive to upgrade. Why pay a bomb for the same feature
that my old Nokia provided? Until I needed a triband phone. And after
doing research, the Nokia 6021 is the "best value for money" triband
phone I could find. This phone has no camera so it is not expensive
like any other camera phones. Yet it has 65k colour screen with an excellent
polyphonic sound. It is triband. And, as a bonus, it gives me Bluetooth!
What more do I need to ask for?
Reviewed by M3 from Finland on 5th Oct 2005
Excellent business phone. I use one of these at work and I can only
say it is very good for what it is made for. No extras, but all the
key functions work perfectly. Not a toy but a great tool.
Reviewed by Sergey from Russia on 30th Sep 2005
I waited for a long time for a three-band phone with bluetooth and without
silly cameras etc. 6310i is great but the size is too large for me :(
At last I've found 6021! Very nice phone. I only wish monochrome display,
I think it suits better for a business phone (yeah, colors are nice
but unfortunatly they are very poorly visible under the summer sun).
Reviewed by S.N. Maity from India on 28th Sep
Very simple to use
Reviewed by Nishant Satyarthy from India on 27th
This phone's evil. If you're not a kid who wants a phone and a camera
and a game deck and a radio and an MP3 player and a washing machine
and a refrigerator and a television all in one piece of equipment, 6021
is perhaps what you've been looking for all your life. With Bluetooth,
Infra-Red, and GPRS, and others I may not be aware of, it can establish
a connection with just 'bout anything on the planet today. Downside,
the battery life, a little disappointing. But 'sokay, I love it the
way it is, it works for me, and it fits my pocket.
Reviewed by Vaibhav Garg from India on 15th Sep
Amazing phone for a business user who wants a phone without the kiddish
toys. Great connectivity and superb sound quality. However I discovered
a minor glitch. In the networks not supporting PTT , the PTT key does
not take you to the voice recorder as mentioned in the user guide. That
apart, its a great buy
Reviewed by Glenn from UK on 29th Aug 2005
Ref Mik Foggin and Nokia Data Suite. I have never found the (Nokia)
Data suites much use. Try the Mobile Action product.
Reviewed by Mik Foggin from UK on 18th Aug 2005
Recently upgraded from my late lamented 6310i which finally gave up
the ghost. The phone itself is good, my major - and I mean MAJOR - is
the shortcoming with the PC suite. I've been a long term user of the
software with various phones and have come to take some of the functionality
almost for granted so it's absence from the latest version (6.6.16)
has come as a real blow. Bearing in mind that the 6021 is essentially
a business use phone most of the functionality in the suite seems to
be aimed at the non-business user. I'm less concerned with the ability
to transfer music, create ring tones and wallpaper than I am with the
NEED to manage contacts effectively and to be able to add notes and
calendar entries via a PC keyboard rather than a keypad. It is not possible
to assign contacts to Caller Groups except through the phone and management
and personalisation of Profiles can likewise only be managed through
the phone. The suite does allow for synchronisation with Outlook / Notes
etc but unfortunately this doesn't seem to work for me. Like I say,
the phone is fine but I feel that Nokia have badly let down the business
user with a poor set of features in the office suite.
Reviewed by Sid from India on 17th Aug 2005
Well d phone is really good except dat it has a real low memory!! Just
not enough! A memory card provision would just be gr8! Plus if there
were a provision for n mp3 player!!
Reviewed by Asoen from Singapore on 13th Aug 2005
I was expecting 6021 is THE replacement for 6310i. Disappointed ...
6310i PLUS: - Longer Battery life - Body is far more solid and rigid
- Perfect size for a handphone - Perfect keyboard spacing - High pitch
ringtone suitable for outdoor and alarm 6021 Minus: - Too many unneccessary
features i.e. PTT, Eye Candy I'll wait for the REAL next generation
of 6310i, preferably with all black body color ...
Reviewed by Gary from UK on 4th Aug 2005
This is a very good business class phone, very few wasted features (psuh
to talk, has anyone found a practical use for this?!) although with
Nokia dropping the ball in such a big way with the 6310i I simply can
not rate anything that Nokia do as anything above good. The problems
they caused are enourmous, then to take two years to bring out the next
suitable handset makes the problem so much bigger. Our company stock
of 6310i handsets is quickly dwindling and this replacement came just
in time. If you're looking for a car kit solution, installing a new
THB Bury car kit is a wise choice for future proofing if you expect
to change your handset more often than your car. Can anyone provide
details of the projected shelf life of this model? inside info is useful,
speculation and rumour is not.
Reviewed by Glenn from UK on 3rd Aug 2005
Interesting review from Steve. He rates the phone as outstanding yet
has no experience of using it! If you are happy with the 6310i good
onya. I had one way back and from what I recall it was very good except
for the bluetooth implementation. However from around that time the
Ericsson R520M was a better all round device. For those thinking of
buying a 6021 and using it in a vehicle, if you have a Nokia CARK-91
hands free kit currently installed, get the CR-23 holder and CA-55 converter
cable. This combination is easy to instal and works very well including
automatic answer. You can also use an external antenna for out of town
reception. Although the CR-23 is stated to be just for the 6020/6021
it will accept and work perfectly with a 6230.
Reviewed by Steve from UK on 31st Jul 2005
I have a 6310i and there appears, having read the reviews, to be no
reason to buy the new phone. Nokia what was the point?
Reviewed by Charlene from K.S.A. on 26th Jul 2005
I just got it, and so far is seems very efficient. I needed a mature
phone with great looks and no camera as there are so many places that
camera phones aren't allowed or polite to use. It's small and easy to
handle in the hand. The buttons are much better that my previous 6610i.
My husband say that he can see the buttons much better too.
Reviewed by Glenn from UK on 22nd Jul 2005
Now had my 6021 for some three months. It is probably the best phone
for business users (unless you use a Mac!) available at the moment.
Three minor points stop me rating it outstanding. 1. Battery life -
with a slight redesign Nokia could have included a larger capacity battery
for extended useage "on the road" 2. For those that travel abroad and
use local SIM cards, their insertion and removal in the SIM carrier
is a real pain and may well, over time, damage a SIM. Pity they did
not use the same system as in the 6230. 3. The joystick works very well
but is not programable. I think Nokia wasted an opportunity here. On
the 6230 each point of the centre nav button has a different function,
one of the very useful features being direct access to the calender.
On the 6021, you get SMS, Push to Talk (not in use by many Networks
at the moment) and dual access to the phone book (up and down). If any
one knows how to change the functions allocated to the Joystick on the
6021, please include in a short review. Nokia take note for the next
version of the software.
Reviewed by Adrian from UK on 21st Jul 2005
Like so many others, I have had my 6310i for ages and love it to bits!
As I now travel to the US a lot my company has provided a phone but
another 6310i is not an option from Vodaphone. As many companies I visit
will not permit a phone with a camera on site the 6021 was the choice.
Is it a good phone? Yes especially the RF performance! Is it as good
as the 6310i? No, not really, battery life is quite a bit shorter, the
display is lousy in bright sunlight and a it is a bit too small. Also
I just arrived in Seattle, plugged in the charger and low and behold
- nothing - it is only 230V! On a tri-band phone!! Come on Nokia, wake
up! and (most annoyingly)is not compatible with V4.88 of PC suite. I
can accept that the 6310i is not going to work with V6, but to produce
a new version that is not backwards compatiable is just plain wrong!!
Also when you do try to install the latest version it insists you uninstall
the earlier one, so I'm stuck! I can only use one phone with the laptop.
So yes, a good phone but still not a replacement for the 6310i, I feel
an unlocking and 6310i dual sim back coming on.....
Reviewed by milad from iran on 8th Jul 2005
that is good. everything ok
Reviewed by Pete from UK on 6th Jul 2005
This phone is clearly intended as the long awaited replacement for the
6310i. A pure business user’s phone without any additional gimmicks.
So does it live up to the reputation of the 6310i? Well in my opinion
….. very nearly. To start with, the RF performance of the 6021
is every bit as good as both the 6310i and the 6230 (the best performing
phone of the current crop) The phone holds on to a signal very well,
even in weak areas and it also has the ability to transfer the weak
signal into very workable voice transmission. Basically even in areas
of poor coverage you will still pick up a signal and be able to use
the phone without the call breaking up. Both incoming and outgoing voice
quality is outstanding, even clearer and with better tonal balance than
the 6230. There is no evidence at all of the annoying background hiss
on incoming sound which is so common in other phones. The only downside
is that the incoming voice volume is not as loud as the 6310i but this
is only a minor point as the sound is so clear anyway that I couldn’t
really complain. The outgoing voice quality is very impressive. Your
voice is transmitted amazingly well regardless of how quietly you speak.
I used this phone on a train and spoke a little louder than a whisper
and the person on the other end reported that they could hear me very
clearly. As far as using the phone goes, the phone is very light and
less obtrusive than the 6310i. Some people may not like this, but I
did. The keypad is nice and positive although I preferred the spacing
on the 6310i. Even so it is very usable with big fingers. The joystick
is definitely preferable to the sunken key on the 6230. The screen is
good enough quality for everyday use. My main complaint with colour
screens is that they are not good in bright sunlight. Well the contrast
on the 6021 screen means that I could still see it in sunlight so I
was happy enough. Bluetooth worked seamlessly, voice commands had enough
flexibility that they were very usable. My only complaint on usability
was that the operating system is a little slow when compared to the
6230. Probably not enough to really complain about but when comparing
the phones side by side there is a significant difference in the speed
that the screen changes. This may be resolved in later software releases.
The s peakerphone is very usable in the car and I like the way (as with
the 6230) that the microphone sensitivity increases when using the speakerphone
so that you don’t have to raise your voice. So with all these
good points that make it better than the 6310i in so many ways, what
is my main gripe with the phone? Battery life! Nokia seem to have missed
the point with this one. A huge bonus with the 6310i was the awesome
battery life and talk time. The 6021 has comparable battery life to
all the other phones out there but doesn’t live up to the standard
set by the 6310i. Heavy business users may find that the phone doesn’t
quite live up to their demands especially when using Bluetooth. However
none of the current phones are any better. I think that Nokia would
have been better putting a heavy duty li-polymer battery into this phone.
If they had it would have been a perfect replacement. As it is, I would
class it as a winner on all but this one small point.
Reviewed by Ankush Garg from India on 6th Jul
A very compatible mob for those who do not want any cameras. It can
work for the next 4-5 years without any need of upgradation.
Reviewed by Kotovasii from UK on 3rd Jul 2005
Excellent phone, without stupid cameras etc. BUT NO connectivity to
iSync or drivers for Apple modem :-(((((((
Reviewed by vivek from INDIA on 25th Jun 2005
I have been using this mob for a few weeks. its a decent business mobile
based on s40 os, with excellent connectivity features like egprs, edge,
bluetooth, infrared, wap, pop port, push to talk and triband operation
with 3.3 mb shared mem. i was looking for a good businees mob and narrowed
down to two 6230i and 6021(because of bluetooth which 6020 lacks). 6230i
is heavy on features and has a good camera larger screen but easily
outperformed by sony erricson 750i. if u want those features buy se750i
or wait for the nokia n series. 6021 is the best and easily affordable
business mob and is recommended to everyone who is upgrading from a
6610. easily solved my prob of connecting to internet thru gprs wirelessly
Reviewed by Ivan from Australia on 22nd Jun 2005
I have had my 6021 for a couple of days now, I upgraded from a 6610
in order to get Bluetooth for my new car kit. ( Parrot CK3000 evolution
) I must say I like the improved user interface of the phone and the
navigation 'joystick' is actually quite good. I like the new 'go to'
function of the left hand screen key, it's good for short cuts to commonly
used features, and great you can customize it, which I think is cool.
Overall, I am very happy, it works well as a business phone as well
as the 6610 did ( which was also good ) and the Bluetooth and improved
menu mean I am happy. I decided to stay with Nokia as there are so many
people with Nokia battery chargers out there ... it's trivial, but something
I notice in the office, is people with other phones get caught out with
every now and then ! Something has to swing a decision :-)
Reviewed by David from Australia on 22nd Jun 2005
We have been desperate for a 6310i replacement without camera for a
long time for business users. This is it. Our organisation bans camera
phones (largely as they are useless and unnecessary in most business
applications) and this is the phone we have been waiting for. Reasonable
battery life, non child like in appearance, devoid of stupid gizmos,
tri band to work in the US, Europe and Australia plus bluetooth. Just
what a business user needs. The kids will hate it.
Reviewed by Glenn from UK on 18th Jun 2005
AS far as I know no version of the 6021 has a camera, radio etc. So
any reviewer that comments about the camera can not have used this phone.
Reviews like "rubbish" from Australia or "not what I expected" from
England are worthless. Of course they have the right to express an opinion
but it would be more helpfull to possible purchasers if they had said
why they came to that conclusion.
Reviewed by David from Ireland on 18th Jun 2005
Does not work with Apple isync. Quite annoying! With its lack of features
I feel I'm back in the late 90's. Overall it seems an average dependable
Reviewed by Karen from Germany on 17th Jun 2005
Nokias 6021 doesn't work with iSync. If you use a Mac you better forget
Reviewed by amir from iran on 15th Jun 2005
Reviewed by Saad from Pakistan on 15th Jun 2005
It is a Execellent Phone.But is has only 3 MB and no MMC to The Size
Big but it has a great camera and if take the Battery out we don't have
set the time. Amazing isn't it. Better than 6020
Reviewed by sian from england on 10th Jun 2005
isnt as good as i expected it to be so i advise you not to buy this
Reviewed by t-rat from netherlands on 6th Jun
I'am a regular mac user, and work in a disign world. So i would expect
from a top design nokia phone with bluetooth to interact with iSync
from Apple. Sadly it doesn't, so no syncing possible for mac users.
Reviewed by Shabir Pechuho from Pakistan on 3rd
A nice cell phone for the men on the go and mature mentally offcourse!
Reviewed by Dow from Germany on 2nd Jun 2005
The best business phone on the market. I work with Stock Market and
I don't need a camera or radio etc. The bluetooth part is great for
my work and it's so easy to use. I really love this phone so I rating
a 5 star for the new Nokia 6021.
Reviewed by char from australia on 1st Jun 2005
Reviewed by Glenn from UK on 21st May 2005
For the people who must have a camera, MP3 and FM Radio etc. in their
mobile, Nokia make the 6230i. An increasing number of places are prohibiting
cameras for security reasons and until recently only phones at the budget
end of the market with basic facilities could be used. If you are one
of the many who require a top class business mobile(with out the toys)
the 6021 is the one to have.
Reviewed by John from England on 19th May 2005
Just got this phone this week. Exactly what I was looking for. I am
a professional driver so hands free is a must, Bluetooth is excellent
with Jabra BT200 (easily set up), Speed dials exactly in the order you
want, voice dialling superb. The phone is very compact and the buttons
are well presented, a nice touch is the square joystick for navigation.
I particularly like the grey/black case and the leather look back cover
is a nice touch which gives the whole phone a very expensive feel. There
are too many features to go into here but overall this is a very worthwhile
phone for the business user. Only downside is no camera but hey you
get what you pay for and if you want a camera phone get the 6230i
Reviewed by Glenn from UK on 13th May 2005
This is indeed an Excellent phone but I think Geoff (from England)got
a bit carried away as it does NOT have a camera, may be he meant the
6020. Check the Nokia Site. The 6021 could be described as a 6230, with
out the camera plus push to talk in a slightly reworked 6020 case.
Reviewed by Geoff from England on 8th May 2005
First of all, this phone is a AMAZING improvement to my old Nokia 5120.
Its got a long lasting cover, polyphonic ringtones, great camera and
video recording. The sound quality on the video is OUTSTANDING and quality
of the actaull picture is great. I've had Motorolas and Samsungs before,
but Nokia has such a unique layout, which makes it SO easy to use. The
screen is a good size ( not too big not too small) and overall I'm just
VERY happy with this phone! If you're looking for a phone with great
camera, sound, and just generally a good modern phone, you've found
it! Thanks Nokia!!
Reviewed by Rahul from India on 26th Apr 2005
Reviewed by jack from holland on 19th Apr 2005
it's the best of the best of the best. I have it for one month ago its
Reviewed by yang chu from japan on 15th Apr 2005
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