Nokia 6700 slide Review

Interface:

Unlike the Nokia 6700 classic, the 6700 slide is a smartphone, running the Symbian S60 3rd Edition OS (or simply S60 for non-touch phones). Many would say this platform is too outdated now, but it is still quite functional and versatile. Of course, the user interface could definitely use a facelift and the settings need to be simplified a bit, but all in all we are happy to see this OS.

The homescreen has a contacts bar in the upper part, which lets you set a number of favorite contacts that you want to be able to quickly dial or text. Right below you can see your email and calendar notifications and at the bottom there's a bar of six shortcuts to the apps that you use most frequently.

The main menu can have different layouts, but we prefer to stick to the standard 3x4 grid, which may lack the eye candy, but can quickly take you to the submenu that you want to reach.



Using the phonebook is very intuitive, as there are many little options you can take advantage of. For example, when you have selected a contact, you can just press the right direction key and a pop-up menu will appear that will let you dial, send a text or an audio message. If entering every single bit of information you have about a contact sounds like your cup of tea, then you'll be nicely surprised to know that the S60 phonebook includes an overwhelmingly large number of details that can be stored for each contact. In addition, the app is integrated with Ovi Contacts, for those user who enjoy the service.


We experienced some problems with the Nokia Messaging email app. We entered our personal server settings and so on, checked if everything is fine and then... nothing happened. Not even a single email hit our inbox after a few hours. When we tried setting up a Gmail account with the help of the automatic settings - it worked; after a few minutes emails started to flood our inbox. The issue with our personal email was still present though.


Camera:

If you are an experienced Nokia user - note that there isn't anything new with the camera interface of the Nokia 6700 slide. Here are the same old black and white super-small icons on the right for your most used tools. You have a set of basic options like timer, scenes, panorama shot, contrast and white balance.



Image quality is very nice. Outdoor shots taken with the 6700 slide's 5MP camera have a really great amount of detail, while colors are definitely on the realistic side. We had no issues with the exposure of objects too, except for just a few instances. We are happy to that even though the camera button is not the most comfortable one and the phone trembles a bit while you are pressing it, images are very sharp, with no blurriness in sight. A useful hint here is to always make sure you've cleaned the plastic cover of the camera lens, because otherwise you can experience a lot of blurriness.

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Indoor shots are fine, as long as there's enough light, but still far from breathtaking. As it gets darker however, objects become blurrier, while the dual-LED flash is not really good at its job of illuminating stuff.

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At first we thought it's okay for the Nokia 6700 slide to be capable of recording video in 640x480 pixels, but once we got down to that, we were unpleasantly surprised to find that the clips are quite choppy. Image quality is fine at a data rate of about 2100 kbps, but the frame rate is just 14 fps, which ultimately leaves us with a mediocre video capturing performance.

Nokia 6700 slide sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution


Multimedia:

As mentioned earlier, the Nokia 6700 slide comes with a wired handsfree that can be plugged in the phone's 2.5mm jack. While the sound that's heard through it isn't necessarily bad, it did feature too much lows and less than needed highs. What's worse is that neither of the available equalizer presets is capable of improving the balance, thus leaving you with an average music experience. Don't get us wrong though, we have heard plenty worse. The loudspeaker is quite powerful, but when on the highest level it's on the edge of being intolerably sharp.



When it comes to playing video files, the Nokia 6700 slide performs like almost any other Nokia out there. It manages to play MPEG-4 coded files with resolution of up to 640x360 pixels. There is no out-of-the-box DivX or Xvid support, but you can get this by installing some additional software. After all, the Nokia 6700 slide is running a smart platform. Image quality on the relatively small 2.2-inch TFT display is fine, nothing special though and the viewing angle is not very good.




Software and Connectivity:

There are quite a lot of quality apps for the Symbian S60 3rd Edition operating system, but you'll find only a portion of them in Nokia's Ovi Store. The storefront itself has a pretty decent interface and presents you with various additional content like user reviews, related apps and screenshots. One drawback of the app is that app screenshots could be a bit bigger, because their small size is sometimes not enough for the user to get an idea of what the app looks really like.



The internet browser is same as always meaning it's pretty capable. There is a page overview option to let you navigate easily in larger pages and there's also Flash Lite support. This enables you to see various Flash elements on websites and watch YouTube videos with good quality directly in the browser. You can also take advantage of the accelerometer to quickly switch from portrait to landscape mode and vice versa.



Unfortunately, the Nokia 6700 slide does not have Wi-Fi, in addition to its HSDPA 10.2 Mbit/s and HSUPA 2.0 Mbit/s 3G support.

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4 Comments

1. arainmakera

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 28, 2010

good one

3. JR75 unregistered

very good phone, nice TV player, decent battery life, and EXCELLENT camera that matches a good compact picture device in good light conditions (but no optical zoom)

4. RAMANA unregistered

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5. RAMANA unregistered

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6700 slide
  • Display 2.2" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Storage 0.06 GB
  • Battery 860 mAh(3.00h 3G talk time)

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