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Nokia 6500 slide Review

Nokia 6500 slide

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As you can see, the Nokia 6500 has a plain design, underlined by the black glossy plastic and the stainless steel, which adds to its stylish and pleasant appearance. At the very first touch one will feel the coolness of the metal, which, in addition to the 123 gr weight, calls forth the same sensation as the one we experienced at the first touch of 8600 Luna – that of luxury and perfect quality. The above feeling is also enhanced by the fact that all the inscriptions on the metallic part are in high relief rather than being simply cheap drawings.

Nokia 6500 slide Review
Nokia 6500 slide Review
Nokia 6500 slide Review

The slider’s dimensions are 96.5 x 46.5 x 16.4 mm and it is just 30 mm longer when unfolded, which is compact enough not to embarrass the user while carrying it. Sliding relies on spring support to easily open the unit; and in order to save the trouble of guessing the right spot to press with your thumb, Nokia constructors have placed a rubber tape just above the company logo. The connection between the two parts is very secure and without any play (as in many other sliders), which testifies to the precision and accurateness of every one construction detail.

From left to right and Bottom to top - Nokia 6500 slide, Sony Ericsson K770, Nokia 6500 classic - Nokia 6500 slide Review
From left to right and Bottom to top - Nokia 6500 slide, Sony Ericsson K770, Nokia 6500 classic - Nokia 6500 slide Review
From left to right and Bottom to top - Nokia 6500 slide, Sony Ericsson K770, Nokia 6500 classic - Nokia 6500 slide Review

From left to right and Bottom to top - Nokia 6500 slide, Sony Ericsson K770, Nokia 6500 classic

The display is 2.2" QVGA (240 x 320 pixels), supporting up to 16.7 million colors and very well visible at even direct sunlight. Colors of the screen image are saturated and bright; as for setting the brightness – this is done by a light sensor depending on the surrounding illumination. We notice the trend that the new high and medium class models of the company should feature this type of display (variously sized). Besides all the above qualities, they have a very good visibility angle in each direction.


2.2" QVGA Display

As with most sliders, the buttons here are also distributed between the upper and the lower part, which means that you will not have to open the 6500 unless you need the numeric keypad. Its flat buttons are arranged tightly next to each other and in order to be more easily recognizable, they have a round edge, bordering the row line. Control keys at the upper part of the phone are equally tight. Both the soft and the call/end keys are large and flat, whereas the five-position navigation button is in relief and has raised edges, allowing for effortless detecting by touch and distinguishing it from the rest. Backlighting all the keys is white, with only the control ones lit in their respective colors. All buttons are very easy to press and despite the medium tactile feedback, controlling the unit is pleasant and trouble-free.

Nokia 6500 slide Review
Nokia 6500 slide Review
Nokia 6500 slide Review

Camera Button - Nokia 6500 slide Review

Camera Button

Volume Control - Nokia 6500 slide Review

Volume Control

We wish we could say the same about the volume key, located on the side, but alas, things are different here. The button itself is almost at the level of the panel so one can hardly feel anything on the surface. Deciding to increase the volume during conversation will trigger a long search on the side and in case one manages to accidentally find the key, there is the second setback: pressing it. You have to choose between the two options – either using the tip of the thumb with less effort, or its soft part, but exerting a much stronger pressure. For us, the first approach proved less inconvenient. During the entire period of our usage of the phone, we were not able to find an easier mode of operating the above button. This may serve as a good example of how the desire to strictly adhere to a certain design concept will result in inconvenience. The camera button is on the same side, only slightly lower, almost at the end of the corpus. This one is comparatively big, so once in position to take pictures you can easily and conveniently press, no matter which part of the finger you use – the soft or the tip.

There are no buttons on the other side – only a small hole is clearly visible. Initially it is quite easy to mistake it for a loudspeaker opening, but after removing the back lid one can see that this is where a hand- or a neckstrap should be tied. The loudspeaker openings are quite far from here – they are actually the five lines on the back panel.

The whole rear section of 6500 is so constructed, that taking pictures should be made as easy as possible. The objective of the 3.2 megapixel camera as well as the LED flashlight are located in one of the corners, thus securing the easy grip and eliminating the likelihood to place a finger before them. The lens is covered by a protective glass and the entire objective – encompassed by a metal frame, literally welded to the steel lid. The camera button is at the most proper place indeed – under the index finger when you are ready to take a photo.

3.2 Megapixel Camera - Nokia 6500 slide Review

3.2 Megapixel Camera

For the sake of not spoiling the look of the handset, constructors have even “concealed” the additional memory card slot under the back lid. The microSD can be inserted/removed while the device is on, but the phone will automatically cut off all access to it at the very opening of the lid - it is as if it were non-existent. It has been made with the purpose of securing more reliable data storage and higher safety when handling an additional memory.

micro SD slot - Nokia 6500 slide Review
2,5 mm Audio Video Socket, micro USB port, Eject Button, Charger Connector - Nokia 6500 slide Review

micro SD slot

2,5 mm Audio Video Socket, micro USB port, Eject Button, Charger Connector

One very clever move – we saw it in 7500 Prism as well – is concentrating all the connectors at one location, in our case on top of the phone. This facilitates the usage, putting an end to the “groping” all over the sides of the unit when one has decided to charge or connect it to a PC, for example. Here you will find the microUSB port, the charger connector, 2,5 mm Audio Video socket, as well as the eject button for opening the lid. This is the place where we are accustomed to finding the on/off switch, but in this case its role has been taken by the red receiver key. Of course, it cannot now grant something we are also used to - fast access to the profiles menu.

About the only thing left is locating the second (videochat) camera and the microphone. Although this is a joke, it may well be that one faces the need of such a search. The camera is so small that the constructors have managed to insert it right next to the loudspeaker grille on the side, opposite to the light sensor. The microphone also features a similar “hidden” position – exactly between the 4 and 7 keys (on their left).

Second (videochat) camera - Nokia 6500 slide Review
Microphone - Nokia 6500 slide Review

Second (videochat) camera


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. MiGs (unregistered)

1. Does the video player of the 6500 slide support forward and rewind of videos? 2. can you change the back light time? 3. can you adjust the brightness of the back light? 4. Did you check the TV-OUT feature? how was it? Thanks. MiGs migs.wordpress.com

posted on 24 Dec 2007, 06:31

2. URNAM3 (unregistered)

This phone is ok, the only BAD THINGS are that the phone does not lock automatically when you close the phone and also your ringtones/themes will reset now and then as there is a fault with the memery card cradle which causes the memory card to move.. one way to test this is to keep the phone on and remove the back cover not try and access your memory card...Not there?? is it!

posted on 03 Jul 2008, 07:23

3. (unregistered)

There is no fault. Did you actually READ the review? The phone is designed to cut off access to the memory card when the back is open (to prevent data loss.) Not that there is any reason to take the back off with the phone on other than to change the memory card.

posted on 17 Aug 2008, 04:53

4. (unregistered)

No InComing Speech

posted on 08 Sep 2008, 08:07

5. (unregistered)

Its a decent phone. 1st commenter, 1) No, you can't fast forward or rewind, 2)Yes, 3)No, 4)Novelty, somewhat useful, but disappointing. The sound lacked ANY low end whatsoever. It could be just my phone, or my cable, but my experience is dampened by poor sound output. No good for music video's, music in general, and video's may lack some ommph they may otherwise have. 2nd commenter. I know of the problem you talk about. If you look around the camera hole from the inside of the back cover, you will see some metal that pokes out. Notice how it contacts some metal on the phone itself, look where it would touch if the cover was on. You can move the metal part a bit using your fingernail so its more likely to contact the phone. I promise you will have to set ringtones less often.

posted on 08 Sep 2008, 08:12

6. (unregistered)

/|\ It also has a good quality camera, TV Out displays your pics in the perfect way to show off the quality of the pics and videos you can | take. I find the performance a little on the slow side, but very usable. Its the phone of envy of my friends, they all say hiptop till they see this! Very solid construction, but a clear/silicon/leather case is recommended as little scuffs do build up and become much more noticeable. Whip it out of its case when going somewhere to show off, you'll thank yourself for protecting it.

posted on 05 Nov 2008, 07:32

7. (unregistered)

i own 1 of these. 1. it does fast forward and rewind videos. just press and hold the directional button. 2. u can change the backlight time. 3. it does auto lock the phone. 4. u wan set the time it takes for the phone to sleep. 5. no, there is not problem with the memory cradle. the first batch had some issue but not after that. 5. mp3 ringtones? this baby has incoming call video! not that i think that's a practical thing to do but it is a cool thing to have. I am fully satisfied with the phone. before buying it, i was afraid it wouldn't meet my expectations as i was using a PDA phone before it. Now i'm a very happy owner... it's stylish, it's slick, it's stainless steel!!! sounds great for having 1 spealer. the size is just nice. The only problem is i can't use the secondary camera in front to take pictures. it's only for video calls.

posted on 06 Aug 2010, 09:35

8. мартин (unregistered)

я пишате на български бе англечани от село

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 00:18

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

The Nokia 6500 Slide, a 3G slider phone which comes in a silver & black coloured casing. The phone comes with easy to use imaging features which bring a fun & useful element to this smooth opening handset. The phone has a 2.2 Inch high colour screen which provides the user with a 33.5mm x 44.7mm active display which can display up to 16 million colours.

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PhoneArena rating:
Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (182 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size3.79 x 1.83 x 0.64 inches
(96.5 x 46.5 x 16.4 mm)
4.33 oz  (123 g)
Battery900 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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