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Nokia is never afraid to try something new with its phones, ploughing new furrows in design and features, but it’s the classic, easy-to-use phones that have kept it on top for so long and kept Nokia users loyal to the manufacturer for years.
It was late to the touch-screen party, perhaps because it knows the value of familiarity, but has now found its feet there too. The Nokia 6700 Slide is a good combination of touch-screen technology and Nokia simplicity.

Style and handling on the Nokia 6700 Slide

The 6700, released last year, was a beautifully designed handset with a chrome finish. The Nokia 6700 Slide offers similar stylishness with a bigger screen and the compact size afforded by a slide-out keypad. We prefer the shiny glossiness of the original 6700 to the Slide’s matte-silver body, but it looks good nevertheless and should draw some admiring glances.

Beneath the 2.2-inch screen sit a large D-pad and four large buttons, for call and call end, menu and home. The home key takes you to your home screen from anywhere you happen to be and if you press it from your home screen it goes to the menu icons. The keypad, revealed with a gently sprung slide mechanism, is almost completely flat except for the small ridges between the keys, which are curved to match the shape of the base of the handset. Flat keys aren’t always the most comfortable to use, but the size of these means you’ll have no problems whipping off messages.

The D-pad is especially useful for navigating the home screen. As well as the regular on-screen info like your network, time and date, signal strength and battery power, there’s a line of icons across the bottom of the screen that you can scroll over using the D-pad. These include Facebook, camera launch, the clock setting and more. An icon on the home screen takes you directly to Ovi Store, Nokia’s apps download service. It’s not as fully stocked as Apple, for example, but new apps are appearing at an impressive rate.

Media on the Nokia 6700 Slide

The home screen should appeal to everyone: simple enough not to get in the way of people who just want to make calls; full enough to keep more demanding users amused. It’s hardly a smartphone, and the low-price means we can’t really expect features like GPS or Wi-Fi, but there’s 3G and a front-facing camera if you want to make video calls.

You can configure the phone to let you end calls either by closing the slide or pressing call end. Make sure you get it right – you don’t want to say something inappropriate when you think you’re put the phone down only to realise the listener is still on the other end.

The five-megapixel camera has LED flash and autofocus. Like most cameraphones, it takes a few moments to shoot after you’ve pressed the button but the autofocus ensures a good view. The results aren’t bad for quick snaps and sharing photos with friends.


The verdict on the Nokia 6700 Slide

For a decently priced, good-looking handset that does the basics well, is easy to use and has a couple of little extras thrown in, you could do a lot worse than the Nokia 6700 Slide.




Type of phone:Mobile phone
Size:95.2 x 46.1 x 15.9 mm
Weight:110 g
Display:16 million colours
Camera:Five megapixels
Special Camera features:auto focus, LED flash
Video recording:Yes
Video playback:Yes
Video calling:Yes
Video streaming:Yes
Music formats played:WMA, MP3, AAC, WAV
3.5mm jack port:No
Handsfree speakerphone:Yes
Voice Control:No
Voice Dialling:No
Call records:Detailed, max 30 days
Phonebook:Practically unlimited
Ringtones customization:No
Display description:TFT
Portfolio:Aluminum, Pink, Petrol-blue, Red, Lime, Purple
Standard color:N/A
Launch Status:Available
Ringtones:MP3, Polyphonic
Operating system:Symbian Series 60
Connectivity:MicroUSB, Bluetooth
Announced date:November 2009
What's in the Box:Phone, charger, headphones
International launch date:April 2010
Battery life when playing multimedia:29 hours
CPU:600 Mhz
FM Radio Description:Stereo FM with RDS
Internal memory:45MB
Memory Card Slot:microSD
Messaging:MMS, SMS, Email
Internet Browser:WAP 2.0, HTML, XHTML
E-mail client:SMTP, POP3
Data speed:3G, EDGE, GPRS, HSDPA
Talktime:180 minutes
Standby:250 hours
Display size:2.2 inches
Audio recording:No

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