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Nokia 6500 classic Review

Nokia 6500 classic

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Nokia 6500 classic uses Series 40 5th Edition user interface.When the phone is at standby, in the upper part of the display, information appears about the signal strength, battery status, the clock and the mobile operator. In the lower part, the functions, related to the left and right selection keys, appear, which are „Go to” and “Names” by default and you can adjust them, as well as the functions of the menu key to your liking.
The icons in the main menu are animated and are located in a 3x3 grid, as you can displace as you wish to ensure your own convenience. You can also set them to appear as List, Grid, Grid with labels or with Tabs. Working with the phone and menus is very easy, the order is intuitive and logically connected and will hardly be difficult for you.

Except for changing the main menu view you can also personalize the whole view of the phone by choosing one of the 7 themes. You have at your disposal 7 profiles that you can adjust at your own discretion; the flight profile excludes the tones and the connection with the operator, so that you can use the other functions of the device.


The Phonebook is visualized as a list of names, but there are two other options: name and number and name and picture. When you introduce a new contact, you can enter two names and a number, but in order to add more information (ringtone, picture ID, etc.), press ‘add detail’ from the options menu. During an incoming call, the picture associated with the contact, appears and takes almost the whole screen, but when you dial, the picture is very small. Except for a picture, you can add to the contact a video clip, as its sound serves as a ring tone, while the video plays on the display.

Nokia 6500 classic Review
Nokia 6500 classic Review
Nokia 6500 classic Review

An important drawback of the phonebook is the fact that you can look for the contacts only by the first name, you entered, which can cause major inconvenience when working with the phone.


The organizer includes the following: аlarm clock, calendar, to-do list, notes, stopwatch, countdown timer and calculator. The alarm clock offers the following settings: alarm time, alarm tone and snooze time out, and except for a single alarm, you can set the phone on an alarm, which goes off on certain days of the week. The calendar can be viewed by months and weeks, as you can add new notes with options for meeting, call, Birthday, memo and reminder. You have at your disposal also a standard, loan and scientific calculator. The rest of the organizer’s options are the standard ones and are not going to be discussed.

Calendar - Nokia 6500 classic Review
Calculator - Nokia 6500 classic Review
Alarm - Nokia 6500 classic Review
Nokia 6500 classic Review





Nokia 6500 classic Review
You can use voice commands for some of the functions, as well as a voice setting for the contacts in the phonebook. For this purpose it is not necessary to record them with your own voice because the text can be recognized as speech and it is necessary only to press and hold the right selection key in order to make the voice settings/commands active.

Nokia 6500 classic has a 1 GB in-built memory and the designers have not included a slot for expanding the memory. The memory is divided between the PIM (Personal information manager) memory and the Media memory, respectively 25MB and 940MB. The first one is intended for storing messages, organizer and applications, and the second one is reserved for multimedia. 940MB are enough to store about 100-120 tracks, depending on their length and quality and the manufacturer obviously figured that this would satisfy most consumers.


The messaging menu is exactly what you can expect from Nokia. T9 helps you enter text faster and there are a few templates by default in the phone. You can create text, multimedia, flash and audio messages. Additional features are Instant Messaging and Email Client.

Nokia 6500 classic Review
Nokia 6500 classic Review
Nokia 6500 classic Review


Nokia 6500 classic is a quad band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and dual band UMTS (850/2100 MHz), which allows it to be used anywhere in the world. Our US readers should be pleased to know that they would be able to use this phone both in 2G and in 3G networks, which is an advantage that many people would appreciate.

The internet browser supports HTML/ XHTML and WAP 2.0 and a status bar shows in the display’s lower part during loading, indicating what percentage of the webpage has already been loaded, which is a very convenient feature, especially when loading web pages containing more information. Our attempt to load www.phonearena.com failed, because our web page proved to be too big and so a “memory full” message appeared on the display. We tried to load YouTube, and the phone managed to open this web page without overloading the memory. Unfortunately, the browser was not able to deliver it correctly: there were overlapping texts, wrong background colors or missing colors and all these defects were evident in all three possible choices of fond size. Since forums are quite popular and frequented places in the web space we decided to check whether classic can be used for that purpose. We made this test also in order to find out how the browser can handle more complex pages, where you have to click in checkboxes or to type in texts. Unfortunately we cannot report on the successful performance of this task: the texts were so mixed up that it was impossible even for us to find our way round. The forum is in the vBulletin Version 3.6.0, which means that the phone’s browser will not visualize correctly all forums in this version.

Internet Browser - Nokia 6500 classic Review
Internet Browser - Nokia 6500 classic Review
Internet Browser - Nokia 6500 classic Review
Internet Browser - Nokia 6500 classic Review

For local connectivity you can use both the Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and the microUSB port. The transfer speed via Bluetooth reaches 75 KB/sec, which means that it’ll take about a minute and a half to transfer a 7 MB track.

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PhoneArena rating:
Display2.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (200 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.32 x 1.77 x 0.37 inches
(110 x 45 x 9.5 mm)
3.31 oz  (94 g)
Battery830 mAh, 3.5 hours talk time

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