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Nokia 6500 slide Review

Nokia 6500 slide

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Nokia 6500 slide Review

The overall impression is that working with the slider is easy and trouble-free; it is also sufficiently fast not to induce irritating slow-downs or messages of the “please wait” sort. During the whole period of our testing and overloading with tasks, not once did it crash or restart. The phone even easily handled performing more than one task simultaneously: we had no problem to make a call and at the same time – download a file via the Bluetooth and charge the battery.

As for using the 6500 as a phone, it rings loud and vibration is easy to feel even in the jeans’ or pants’ pocket. In case you have set receiving/rejecting a call by sliding the upper part, a slowdown of about a second can be noticed from sliding until actual answering. It might be a bit irritating and difficult to get used to, so do not make haste to start talking immediately after sliding.

The 6500 left a good overall impression with us as regards sound quality during conversation: volume was a bit above average with just a little background noise, though lacking the high frequency of voices. At the other end of the line the situation is even better: despite the slightly muffled speech without high frequency, sound volume is unusually high. Signal reception is close to the medium level; in this respect we would rate the 6500 performance as similar to that of Nokia 5700 and Sony Ericsson K530, evaluating it at 4.5 out of 10.

According to official Nokia specifications the 900 mAh (BP-5M) battery will endure up to 6 hours of talk time or up to 320 hours in stand-by mode. We subjected it to a long-talk test until it was totally depleted; the unit kept on working for 4.2 hours (252 min), which measures up to 60% of the official specifications data. Definitely, it is not the greatest asset of the phone, but still it is not a timing to cause real inconvenience.


In Nokia 6500 we notice a combination, on the one hand, of the 8600 Luna sensation with a very good camera, on the other, but at a lower price. Special attention has been paid to every detail; the objective of this perfection in manufacturing being satisfaction of every customer requirement. Though the steel panels make a heavy phone, this weight and the cool sensation underlie the feel of luxury and style, and without the need to be deprived of the basic functions of a really cutting-edge device at that.

If design may be considered the main factor for your choice of a phone, the 8600 will prove to be more attractive; and if it is the all-in-one you want, you are likely to have already become a proud owner of N95. But if it is your desire to possess a little from both, do not miss the opportunity to consider 6500 prior to making your final choice.


  • Very good display with a light sensor
  • Reliable and tight slide mechanism
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics
  • Quad band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and dual band UMTS 850/2100 MHz


  • Volume key is hard to find and difficult to press
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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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