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Nokia 6700 classic Review

Camera and multimedia:

The Nokia 6700 classic sports a 5-megapixel, autofocus camera with LED flash that is a snappy performer indeed. The interface takes about a second to start and focusing in proper lighting conditions less than 1 second (about 2 in the dark), while saving the snapshot about 3 seconds. This means that you will be ready to take pictures at a speed of a snapshot every 4 seconds in less than a second, which is really impressive.

Interface itself looks definitely better than the one on S40 5th edition handsets. It offers several color effects, white balance and brightness control, but not all the rage options like face and smile detection. Certainly, this is not as important as image quality. In normal lighting conditions quality is, well, acceptable – there are more details that on average and pictures are properly exposed, although colors tend to be a bit thin and not saturated enough, plus images lack proper contrast. In artificial lighting conditions however, things are really far from coming up roses. The level of details plummets and the flash itself creates an odd effect – take a look at the blue line in the test shots. As a whole, the camera will do in daylight, but things get really bad in the dark.

Video capture is not impressive either. Despite the great quality at the maximum resolution of 640x480 pixels, the allowed frames per second are only 15, which ultimately leads to videos that stutter. They are fine to share over the Internet, but not good enough to watch in full screen.

Nokia 6700 classic video sample at 640x480 pixels resolution

Music, radio and video:

The new thing here is that phone themes also change the way both the Media Player and the FM radio look. We quite like that, because themes lend some color to the otherwise dull interface. Media player delivers content filtering by several different criteria, can reshuffle tracks, supports playlists, shows a list of all videos and comes with several equalizer presets, plus you can create two more to your own liking. The app is easy to use and there is nothing out of the ordinary here.

The audio quality through the built-in loudspeaker is average and a bit better through the earphones, but either way, unimpressive. It is odd that the phone loudspeaker provides louder sound than the stereo headset, which is not good, because getting another pair of headphones means you would have to shell out for a microUSB to 3.5mm jack convertor as well. On the overall, we are completely dissatisfied with the audio listening experience that the Nokia 6700 classic delivers.

The same Media player is used for watching videos too. We didn´t encounter any issues with the playback of MPEG-4 content with resolution of 640x480 pixels (VGA) at 30 frames per second and bitrates like 1050 kbps. We witnessed slight stuttering with H.264 content in MP4 and resolution of 640x480 pixels, but everything was fine, with videos coded at the native screen resolution, i.e. 320x240 pixels. Actually, there´s no point in trying to watch videos coded at VGA, because display itself has a lower native resolution and on the other hand, the handset doesn´t sport TV-out either.

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