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Nokia 6500 classic Review

Nokia 6500 classic

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Nokia 6500 classic Review

As you know, this part of our reviews is dedicated to the results of tests that we carry out with the phones. It was interesting to find out whether the two phones from the series (i.e. 6500 slide and 6500 classic) would show identical or, at least similar results, when compared directly.

We have found that the classic works a little slower than slide, and sometimes it stops to think when opening folders from the main menu and even shows a status bar when loading. We made another experiment, loading the same games on both phones. In order to achieve more reliable results, we did a number of tests and they all showed that the classic is almost a second slower than the other phone.

We went on with a test, intended to find out whether the phone can be used in places with weaker coverage without impacting the quality of the connection. Here, too, 6500 classic is lagging just a little behind the other phone with performance below the average that we have evaluated at 4 out of 10. Let’s remember that slide outperformed 6500 classic insignificantly and was evaluated at 4.5 out of 10.

The classic performs comparatively well during conversation; voices are a little monotonous and without high frequencies and sometimes a little muted; the volume is slightly above the average, there is a slight background noise. Your voice sounds loud and clear at the other end and we are rather happy with the quality of the sound.

Nokia 6500 classic comes with a BL-6P (830 mAh) battery. The official data here, too, is rather contradictory: once they quote 3.5 hours of talk time and 9 days of standby, and then it’s 5.5 hours and 12.5 respectively. The truth is somewhere in the middle and the phone has demonstrated results of 4.2 hours talk time. This test, too, has proven that the two 6500s are rather similar, with classic being slightly ahead of the other phone with an insignificant advantage.


We are rather convinced that Nokia 6500 classic is not the phone you can use to make the perfect picture or to watch a superior-quality video. The device is not completely deprived of such capabilities, but it is not intended to impress with such features. What is special about this phone is seen when you first open the box: you’re struck by its classic style and design. Austere and stylish look, emphasized by the feeling, inspired by the touch of the cold black aluminum.

We believe that 6500 classic would appeal to people who are interested in a phone’s looks and design, rather than in its functionality.


  • Slim design
  • Good display
  • Quad band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and dual band UMTS (850/2100 MHz)


  • Does not manage to reproduce standard video formats and codecs
  • Mediocre camera
  • No slot for an additional memory
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. StevenJJ (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Dec 2008)

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posted on 02 Feb 2011, 00:51

2. Ponting (Posts: 19; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)

The Nokia 6500 phone has much of elegant design. The 6500 classic is positioned as a design-centric phone, what really strikes us is its lean form factor. Certainly, there’s much to like about it. At just 9.5mm, it is the slimmest Nokia phone. The camera is the industry standard of 2 mega pixels, which is good but not outstanding. The talk time on the phone is a bit over 3 hours, while the standby time is 216 hours.

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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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