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In the case of this model by Nokia, as well as in the case of 6500 slide, a trend makes itself noticeable of using metals instead of plastics for some of the details; the part around the display and the camera is made of polished aluminum, that feels cold when first touched. It’s a pity that the battery lid and the phone’s upper part are made of plastics, rather than metal. No matter how shiny the plastic is, it cannot compare with the sensation that the black-colored aluminum creates. Black is a color that is never out of fashion and it is not a color that is in and out; black is a color that is always considered stylish. This is exactly the intended look of this phone: austere and classic, without superfluous colors and lights.

Nokia 6500 classic has dimensions of 109.8 x 45 x 9.5 mm and it weighs 94 g. It is so slim, you can hardly feel it in your pocket.

ModelDimension (Inches)Dimension (mm)Weight (oz)Weight (Gramms)
Nokia 6500 classic4.30" x 1.80" x 0.40"110 x 45 x 9.53.3094
Nokia 63004.20" x 1.70" x 0.50"106.5 x 43.5 x 123.2091
Sony Ericsson T6504.10" x 1.80" x 0.50"104 x 46 x 12.53.4095
Nokia 75004.30" x 1.70" x 0.60"109 x 43.9 x 14.42.9082

The device is equipped with a 2" (240 x 320 pixels) QVGA display supporting up to 16.7 million colors. We can’t help noticing that Nokia use this type of display in most of their recent models, the only difference being in the size. This one also ensures a very good quality of the images, the colors are realistic and saturated with terrific contrast and sharpness. You won’t have a problem working with the menus, writing messages, etc. even in broad daylight. Classic features another peculiarity, i.e. the screen has no protection, so that what you see and feel is the LCD itself. You can enjoy the colors directly, without them being filtered through protective glass, which otherwise would have impacted the quality of the images, no matter how thin this glass is. Nokia claim that, in spite of the lack of such protection, the display is scratch resistant, so that you needn’t worry about this. Anyway, we do not recommend that you carry the phone together with sharp-edged objects, because even when you press the display lightly with a nail, traces remain on the liquid crystals. Pressing harder on the display or impacting it might result in defects on the LCD matrix, even if no scratches are visible on the display.

Under the display are all buttons, arranged so that there is no space between them whatsoever. In the lower part of each of the keys from the numeric keypad there is a slightly raised silver line, which, part from being rather pretty, also helps tell the keys apart. The navigation button is similarly made and its silver oval contour makes it easier to press. Around it are grouped all the other navigation keys: the left and right soft keys, and the call and end keys. In order to make them stand out, these keys are made in blue, green and red, respectively, and when backlit, they do not shine in white, like the other keys, but in their respective colors. As a whole, the keypad is handy and we did not come across any inconvenience during the time that we used the phone. All keys are easily pressed with the finger tips and, when pressed, a characteristic click is heard and a good tactile feedback is felt.

You will not be able to find any other keys on the phone; its design is so simple that there is only a microUSB connector in its upper part that can be universally used for charging and for connecting to a computer or to additional devices (e.g. a handsfree). Unlike 6500 slide, this phone’s connector is covered with a rubber lid, which, apart from protecting it from dust and dirt, also prevents it from contrasting with the phone’s ‘empty’ sides.

The 2-megapixel camera, the LED flash and the loudspeaker opening are located on the phone's back. Their location has been dictated by the way the phone is held when taking pictures and therefore they are to be found it its upper part.

Just a little bit lower is the battery lid, which is easily removed by sliding it down. It moves along channels made on the device’s both sides and, unfortunately, it often happens that it leaves the rut, which is inconvenient and therefore you’ll have to get used to press it down towards the battery when sliding it. On the whole, closing it is not a great experience and using extra effort might put you off.

The mic hole is located in the phone’s lowest part, ensuring that it is closest to the mouth during conversation.

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