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Nokia 6500 classic is not intended as a dedicated multimedia phone but it is not lacking such capabilities altogether.
The device is equipped with a 2-megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom, which can be activated either from the menu or from the home screen by pressing the navigation button upwards. It takes about 3 secs to turn the camera on. You can choose between resolutions from 160 x 120 to 1600 x 1200 pixels, as well as between three quality modes: high, normal and basic. You can make use of options for using effects, white balancing, night mode and LED flash.

Unfortunately, classic is rather slow when used as a camera and taking and saving a picture takes about 10 seconds, so that you should be prepared for that. The interface is portrait-oriented with the option to be set also in landscape, depending on what is more convenient for you or what you’re used to. Information about the current mode (video or pictures), the current settings, the quality and the resolution of the images, as well as the remaining shots before the memory is filled up is shown on the display.

As you can see, the pictures are of particularly poor quality and what can be noticed is the lack of detail, a lot of noise and purple fringing, which means that the contrast zones are colored in purple. Taking pictures indoors produces even worse results, the noise increases with the decrease of light and the picture taken in a dark room can be compared to a snowstorm. The phone has a flash, which can light close-by objects, but does not contribute significantly to the final result, which is still unsatisfactory and full of noise. On the whole, if the camera is one of the main features you look for in a phone, you’d better not buy the classic.

In filming mode you can choose from two possible resolutions (128 x 96 and 176 x 144 pixels) which are both so low that they are only usable for multimedia messages.


The classic supports MP3/AAC/eAAC+/WMA formats for reproducing of audio and the strength of the sound is little above the average. While playing music the display shows name of the song and album and album cover art if there is one. You can break the monotony of the player by choosing from 3 other themes apart from the standard one. Also, if you want you can play with the settings of the equalizer and the stereo widening, to look at the music files, arranged by artist, album and genre, as well as to add and manage playlists.

The phone does not pretend to have the options of the full functional music player, but nevertheless you can listen to stereo by the headphones in the set or by wireless, by the use of the Bluetooth A2DP profile.

Reproducing video files proved to be a very difficult task for the classic; according to official data the supported formats and codices are H.263, MPEG4, and 3GPP. We tried a few files with different resolutions, coding, framerate and bitrate, but the phone managed only QCIF (176 x 144 pixels) resolutions of H.263 coded video. Although H.264 videos are not officially supported, we decided to check them out and it proved that there was no problem to watch videos, provided that their resolution is not above the QCIF resolution.
To say the least, it is strange to have a QVGA display, and to be able to watch only QCIF on it, but this only comes to show once again that 6500 classic is not intended as a multimedia phone, although it is equipped with basic capabilities for video playback.


As most of the phones of the series 40, Nokia 6500 classic comes with several preloaded applications: Converter, Download, Opera Mini, Search and World Clock.

Nokia has taken care that you are not left without an entertainment in your free time, as for this purpose five games have been loaded: Backgammon, Golf Tour, Highroller Casino, Sudoku and Snake 3*. The names of the games are indicative of their content. Nokia have loaded games from different genres in order to satisfy the consumers’ tastes and wishes. The phone supports Java MIDP 2.0, so that you can install all kinds of additional applications at your need and discretion.

*Games may vary according to region

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