Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Nokia 6500 Slide Review: Slide Over Slim

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Nokia 6500 Slide Silver

Nokia 6500 slide was announced together with its slim sibling Nokia 6500 classic, but is far more than just an attempt to diversify the supply beyond the traditional bar form factor. Both handsets drive on solid style, but the stainless steel slider takes media another step further with video call support, FM radio and TV out. Nokia 6500 slide is among the handful of Finnish feature phones to offer a 3.2 megapixel camera, while Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus and the dual LED flash do make it a class in its own.

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Nokia 6500 slide official photos

Key features

  • 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics and flash
  • Great 2.2" 16M-color QVGA display
  • Snappy user interface
  • FM radio with RDS
  • 3G network support
  • Rich preloaded content
  • Bluetooth with A2DP support
  • Stainless steel case
  • TV out
  • microSD card slot with hot swap
  • Comfortable keys
  • Fingerprint resistant
  • Quality loudspeaker

Main disadvantages

  • Sliding mechanism no masterpiece
  • VGA video at 15fps recorded in 3gp format
  • Camera lens unprotected
  • The card slot is under the battery cover
  • charger and USB connectors on top

Conclusion

The Nokia 6500 slide is a hard one to define and, though formally of the same bloodline, the 6500 classic isn't any better of a reference point. Nokia 6500 slide focus is on the imaging capabilities, plus, the brushed stainless steel exterior puts it in a more exclusive league.

Nokia 6500 slide is high on exclusivity and style but in a reserved or laid-back manner. It's not a cameraphone but has a very good camera. It's solid and capable but means less business than smartphones. It scores very high, both in terms of design and functionality, but is caught in crossfire due to its high price tag. With enough flashy premium handsets, heavyweight all-in-ones and practical but smart performers, pressure is coming from all ends on this otherwise highly recommendable device.

(Read full review on GSMArena...)
Nokia 6500 slide specification




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