Nokia 6500 Slide Mobile Phone
The Nokia 6500 Slide is a slide design 3G phone with an excellent 3.2 megapixel camera and a large hi-res LCD display. It offers video calling, and MP3 player, an FM radio, expandable memory and Bluetooth. On the negative side it's heavier than average and its battery life could be better. Also, be aware that quite a few of our users are finding that their phones arrive with faults and have to be be replaced. Available in silver or black.
It's amazing how Nokia can create two handsets with the same name and yet how they can be so very different in their approach. So is the slide the better of the two 6500 models, or is the classic the one that you should be going for?
The Nokia 6500 slide is the other side to the Nokia 6500 Classic. Sporting, you guessed it, a slider design, the form factor difference is the only change you'll see.
The bulkier phone (96.5 x 46.5 x 16.4mm) takes in the larger size not only so it can offer a slider design, but so it can fit in a 3 megapixel camera complete with Carl Zeiss optics, an auto focus and 8x digital zoom.
But that's not all you'll get, for that extra bulk you also get a video camera for video calling via the 3G connectivity on the phone and a TV out socket you can you share you images, music and video via a nearby TV similar to some of the Samsung mobile phones.
If that wasn't enough the extra size also gives you a couple of extra buttons like a dedicated camera shutter button, a 3.5mm headphone jack, volume controls, a micro USB dongle so you can connect it easily to your PC for data transfer and a separate charging socket.
In fact the only real similarity with the Nokia 6500 classic is that the phone runs the same Symbian S40 3rd edition operating system on it.
Keys are comfortable to use and squarer than the 6500 Classic opting instead for a fuller flatter design.
The only other thing to note is that here you get a 256MB microSD card (not hot swappable) instead of the impressive 1GB of memory in the 6500 classic.
The device is also particularly effective in portrait mode. Although most reviews tend to place Xenon flash above LED in the pecking order, the dual LED flash on the Slide proves effective in all lighting conditions and there’s not a red eye in sight.
The Slide features built-in applications designed to help you to do something with your photos once you’ve taken them. PictBridge enables easy printing; Flickr lets you upload your photos online; and Adobe Photoshop lets you turn your portraits into blemish-free model shots.
You can easily move back and forth between the still and video camera with a single click left or right with the phone’s joypad, and you can choose whether to view the image or recording in portrait or landscape mode. Videos can be shot in one of four resolutions, with 640x480 pixels (VGA quality) the best.
The phone’s 3G capabilities enable you to upload and download content at decent speeds and the front camera, which sits unobtrusively above the main display, enables video calling. Video calling is one of the forgotten features made possible by 3G, chiefly because it looked like fun, but has never really caught on. Having tried the service on the Slide – calling a Sony Ericsson T650i – we’re no closer to being converted. Sure, there’s a novelty factor because the other caller’s face is perfectly recognisable when still. But pixellation occurs when you move and the whole experience just feels awkward.
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Nokia 6500 Slide 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.
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the alfa romeo of mobile phones
hi there me hearties, i find nokia extremely easy to use, sensible predictive, menus including 'go to' largely bother free and generally good transmission and reception. the 6500 slide weighs in on the heavy side, being brushed steel, but there is a reassuring stability to it...
but things get abit weird...
in nokia's wisdom (?) they have made the memory card access, contingent upon the back cover touching, via a sticky-in-bit, the inner phone. should the contact be broken, between these two, it's bye-bye baby, to anything on your memory card. maximum card size 4gb - this is respectable, if it works!
now, with a pair of pliers, you can carefully bend the sticky-in-bit back into an erect position, or if the back casing has been bent in such a manner as to cause said sticky-in-bit, to not contact the desired point, manipulate, with careful bending, please, the back cover, into as flat a position as possible.
this is cheaper than buying a replacement back cover, and calms your fears that your new or new used phone is broken.
why nokia have constructed the phone this way, is beyond me, and i'd personally like to kick the designer up the pants, for the inconvenience this 'flaw' causes the user.
if right about now you're thinking 'high maintenance', go right ahead... and there's more. doesn't it just do your nut in when your screen goes blank, the phone freezes, and there's a whole 'i've got to turn it off and on' involved? - maybe having to take the battery out to restart all systems? you guessed it, the 6500 can excel at this. now, if you have saved a wallpaper or screen saver from your memory card, taking the battery out before turning the blighter off, will result in having to re-apply the pictures. to avoid this butt-ache, save desired wallpaper and screen saver to your phone's images memory. then the whole taking the back off, palaver, doesn't have complete annoyance - only partial.
alfa romeo cars need tinkering with, high maintenance, but they are arguably stylish, and gratifyingly perform, on good days... your nokia 6500 slide is just the same. when it works, it works beautifully, obeying your commands, willingly with a smile, the glidey-slidey action, is beautiful... the buttons are responsive and a pleasure to push, the fonts, pleasing to read, picture quality for a 3.2 mega pixel is... astonishingly clear. volume is adequate, audio equalizer, one of the best in the mobilephoneverse, and the screen is an impressive size. oh yes, even when it's being a little madam, you know that 5 minutes of butt-ache, are worth the vast majority of the time of happy usability.
i own a couple on different networks... so, if a fussy chap, such as yours truly can think they are worth it, maybe you will enjoy one, or two, too!
i also own a nokia 3600 slide, a lighter weight, slightly less fiddly model. doesn't have the sticky-in-bit problem... yet, i prefer the 6500 slide. it just has something about it that i really enjoy.
get bidding on a nokia 6500 slide, today, in black or steel finishes - don't go over £60, as you can definitely get a good condition one for that and under! a world of slidey-glidey goodness, for the ladies or gents!
Nokia 6500 What it lacks in brains it makes up in body
After reading countless reviews about how terrible this phone was, I ignored them and bought it anyway. Although I have only had the phone for 2 weeks, all the things I read in the reviews are now starting to come true. So heres my shortlist of things wrong with this phone:
1) The signal reception is appalling, which is generally not true of Nokia phones. The signal fades in and out, making long conversations almost impossible. I think part of this problem is due the aerial position, and the bottom of the main body of the phone. As you're talking, your hand covers this antenna, making signal reception very poor. Awkward positioning of the hand helps to correct this problem.
2) The software programmed in to the phone freezes, crashes and resets itself all the time, when it feels like it. Silent doesn't always mean silent. It keeps resorting back to the annoying Nokia tone, and resets the home screen all the time. Sometimes contacts just disappear, and messages seemed to have been moved to folders which I didn't even know existed.
3) The battery life is really really poor compared to some of the other phones out there. On what I call an "average" days use, texting and calling, I find I have to charge it every night. I have tried it with another battery, and used the power save setting, and still no change.
But it isn't all bad. The software side of things lets this phone down badly, but there are several good points. The weight feels good in the hand due the metal casing design. It feels sturdy and fits well in the palm of the hand. The camera is only 3.2 Mega pixels but is still of good quality, thanks to a fantastic colour screen, with good clarity, colour and backlight.
For what this phone lacks in brains, it makes up for in body!
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Nokia 6500 Slide Mobile Phone
Detailed item info
The Nokia 6500 phone has a cool 2-inch display with up to 16.7 million true colors, showing images clearly. The 1GB internal memory of this Nokia Classic phone allows you to store enough files to empty your PC. Click your special moment using the 2 megapixel digital camera and shoot QCIF quality video using this 1GB Nokia phone. The quad band GSM and dual band WCDMA with the Nokia 6500 phone lets you talk worldwide with your loved ones. You get rapid data transfer and video streaming with this 3G Nokia Classic phone featuring an 'always on' broadband connection. Use the Micro USB and share files between your PC and this 1GB Nokia phone. Talk more using the Nokia 6500 phone with nearly 3.5 hrs of talk time.
Model 6500 Slide
MPN 6500 Slide
Display Technology Color TFT LCD
Band EDGE, GPRS, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, GSM 850, GSM 900, WCDMA
Phone Design Mobile
Connectivity Bluetooth, USB
Talking Battery Life 6 Hours
Standby Battery Life 320 Hours
Screen Type 16M Colors (TFT)
Memory Card Supported MicroSD
Camera 3.2 Megapixels
Digital Camera Zoom 8x Digital Zoom
Display Size 240 x 320
Display Technology Color TFT LCD
Supported Data Formats WAP 2.0, XHTML
Bundled Items Charger Cradle, Software CD, USB Data Cable, User Manual
Depth 0.65 Inch
Weight 4.34 gr
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