The Nokia 6500: I approve. From an unphoney person.
When it comes to phones, I'm probably the worst man alive to give you any sort of advice in any respect.
I am, however, fairly in touch with technological advances and such. So I can give it a go.
Now, my first phone was a Nokia, a 3210, at the time nearly a top of the range model, it was a fairly
good phone in all honesty, it worked, had a great deal of customisation options (for what was available at the time)
and was rather pretty all in all. The control was all rather intuitive, which is good for someone who had never used a phone
properly before, even a landline! At this time as well, Nokia was quite dominant in the mobile phone market, well as far as
I could tell. So I could use pretty much every phone I ever came across by applying what I knew about my own.
My second phone, is still my current phone. It's a Siemens C65. Almost universally acknowledged as one of the
worst phones ever produced. It is actually no longer in production, and if I was to try and sell it, I couldn't give it away. I like
it, however, and this is where the rest of this review falls down. My opinion is jaded against the majority due to this fact.
So on to the 6500, once again I return to the brand of m beloved first mobile, of course the years of the Siemens,
have made using a Nokia something slightly alien once again, with the rise of new brands of phone manufacturer each has
attempted to stamp their mark on their models, by fiddling with things like menu layouts and the key controls. So of course
I'm a little apprehensive still at this stage, to make the big switch over. But I've had a good fiddle with the 6500, and I'm falling for it,
I have to say. The sleek black shape is very nice, the screen is clear and much bigger than any phone I've used before. This does
add to the unfortunate feeling that this phone is quite bulky in spite of it's slimline build, it's like a 2D Rugby player, broad shouldered,
tall, but flat. This is in spite of the fact that it not that much larger than my C65. The buttons are a little lumpy, in an odd way. But this
seems to help with their use, it somehow helps them flow, as someone who's given up the fight and settled comfortably into predictive texting
I found myself shocked to be writing at a similar pace, on this model, in the old single letter method. The rest of the phone I found pretty much
flawless, I've not used more recent models personally, so I can't tell you it's the best, but it's certainly not bad, you shouldn't write it off, just
cause it's an older model. The sound quality is quite clear, and I was enthralled with the new (to me) features, such as voice recognition, I've
never known such technology work with so little problem. The camera is amazing, for a phone, and integral 1GB memory is very good for this.
The music player was also a nice little toy, but it has to be said: I found it not so much useful, as annoying that music continued to play, even
after exiting the player, this works on phones with separate music controls, like many Sony models and the Nokia 5200 but not this one. The USB
attachment was also very good for helping me get the most out of my phone, straight up/download with no fiddling with Blutooth or Infrared. Very
useful. All in all, I approve of this phone. Sure they're are probably better models, but this is definitely a quality all rounder.
6500 Slide Black Review
First, I will comment on the overall build of the Slide:
It is, without a doubt, the most solid phone I have ever held in my hand. It has a certain weight to it that conveys it is a phone that was made for people who don't like, or care about carrying around light phones. It feels heavy & solid. The stainless steel is beautiful. It has a nice brushed look to it that makes it look quite expensive & classy.
The Slide mechanism is the absolute best I have ever felt. It has dual springs so it takes just a tiny bit of pressure to open & close the slide. It opens & closes with a satisfying "click" each time. The navigation keys are big & beautiful. You will never hit the wrong key & the D-pad is phenomenal.
Now on to the Display:
The display is nice, however, mobileburn was right in that the display could have been a bit brighter. It isn't hard to see or anything, but if it had the display of the N95, it would be a first class display. I wish there was user brightness control. There is this nice little feature that enables you to still see the icons on the screen even when the back-light is off.
The carrier logo and the time & date are done in a smallish, tasteful manner. There is a function that allows you to choose which color you want to use for the font of the date. You can choose from close to 30+ different colors for the time & date. There is a function to turn off the carrier logo, however, when I enable it, it still stays on?? I will have to figure this one out.
On to the Keypad:
The keypad is quite good with the perfect amount of tactile feedback. You know which key is pushed because it depresses nicely & springs back effortlessly.
Now the UI:
I LOVE S40. It is so easy to learn & navigate. I haven't owned an S40 Nokia in quite some time, so I am a bit in the dark as to what improvements were made to the 5th edition. It came with the usual ringtones, 25 I think, with 7 pre-loaded themes, I really like the Black Nth with the planet screensaver There are 13 alert tones. There are 7 profiles, each one customizable.
Now the Camera:
I only took a few shots, but to me the camera is more than adequate. The pics come out clear with little to no noise in them. I didn't mess with the camera settings, so maybe I can get even better shots.
Now the speakers:
The Slide has a very nice speaker on it. It is loud enough to hear in your pocket even on setting 2. The vibration is also quite strong and will still be felt through jeans or a hoodie. The earpiece was sufficient. I didn't have a problem hearing others, nor others hearing me. My girlfriend did say that she could sometimes hear background noise (the TV) even though it was turned down.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Smart, feature-packed phone, shame about the robustness
I purchased this phone to replace a Nokia 6300 which had been damaged. Having received it I was very impressed. It is thin and compact. Styling was obviously very important - the designers have rounded off corners, reduced the number of external ports so the device is uncluttered and used the black/silver colouring to demonstrate quality and style.
It is packed with the usual Nokia software which is very good. However it also includes Opera Mini a far superior mobile web browser to the onboard Nokia equivalent.
However after having used it for a number of days, I noticed several weaknesses in the phone. Having only one external port, it requires a dedicated charger -you can't plug in a "standard" or "new" Nokia charger (annoying if you run short of battery away from home; standard chargers are so ubiquitous you can usually find one...).
Furthermore, the build quality is questionable. The combined end call/on off button lost its "springyness" and required a lot of force to operate. Then one day, I put the phone down on my desk. Later I noticed that the LCD screen had cracked, rendering the device useless.
So in summary, a stylish, lightweight, small and functional phone. But fragile and lacking build quality.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
About the Nokia 6500 Classic Mobile
3G Video Call
1 Gbyte Memory
109.8 x 45 x 9.5 mm
2 Inch QVGA LCD 16.7 Million Colour Screen (320 x 240 Pixels)
2 Megapixel Camera with Flash
Music Player (MP3, AAC & eAAC+)
The 6500 Classic is a classic looking handset which comes in a candy bar casing. This 3G phone comes with a 2 megapixel camera, built in music player, WAP Web browser & supports emails with attachments. It is classic by name, stylish in looks & fast in nature with its high quality built in technologies.
One of the unusual features of the 6500 Classic is that it has a fixed memory of 1 Gbyte, of which around 920 Mbytes is available to the user. Now this has its good points and bad points. The bad point is that there's no slot for increasing the memory beyond 1 Gbyte. But on the other hand, 920 Mbytes is enough to store 200-300 songs, which is certainly enough for most users, and it means that the memory is all easily accessible in one place, without any hassle of copying data from internal memory to memory card. Given the kind of phone that the 6500 Classic is (i.e. mid-range) we think that this is a perfectly good solution.
Other thing to point out is that battery life is poor, which isn't surprising for an ultraslim 3G handset. It'll probably need charging every other day.
a great slimline phone...
This phone has an internal memory of 1Gb which is more than enough for my liking. It can store around 500 mp3 files depending on the size. It has a resonable price tag and many function and a cool little flash which can be used as a torch! Its nice and slim...
I bought a black one and havent had any problems with it. The loudspeaker is very precise and the sound quality is similar to sony ericsson walkman phones.
Overall a great purchase and would recommend to all eBayer!!