Nokia X6 Review

Camera:

The Nokia X6 comes with a camera with 5-megapixel sensor. Similarly to all other high-end models of the manufacturer, it is equipped with Carl Zeiss Tessar optics and in addition, a double LED flash. We know its interface to bits from all other handsets running S60 5th Edition. As a whole it´s acceptable, but switching between the many options is slightly inconvenient. You can share snapshots over Ovi and Vox right on taking them, but additional services like Facebook, Picasa, Flickr etc are disallowed.

The interface of the 5-megapixel camera of the Nokia X6 - Nokia X6 Review
The interface of the 5-megapixel camera of the Nokia X6 - Nokia X6 Review
The interface of the 5-megapixel camera of the Nokia X6 - Nokia X6 Review

The interface of the 5-megapixel camera of the Nokia X6



We cannot say we are utterly impressed by the image quality. Yes, they pictures certainly have enough details and the flash helps a lot if you want to capture a decent snapshot in poor lighting conditions, but all told, their colors are surreal. Finally, warm colors appearexcessively saturated, while cold hues are plagued by noticeable purple fringing.

Outdoor images shot with the Nokia X6 - Nokia X6 Review
Outdoor images shot with the Nokia X6 - Nokia X6 Review
Outdoor images shot with the Nokia X6 - Nokia X6 Review
Outdoor images shot with the Nokia X6 - Nokia X6 Review
Outdoor images shot with the Nokia X6 - Nokia X6 Review
Outdoor images shot with the Nokia X6 - Nokia X6 Review
Outdoor images shot with the Nokia X6 - Nokia X6 Review
Outdoor images shot with the Nokia X6 - Nokia X6 Review

Outdoor images shot with the Nokia X6


Strong light - Indoor pictures shot with flash set to auto - Nokia X6 Review

Strong light

Medium light - Indoor pictures shot with flash set to auto - Nokia X6 Review

Medium light

Low light - Indoor pictures shot with flash set to auto - Nokia X6 Review

Low light

Darkness - Indoor pictures shot with flash set to auto - Nokia X6 Review

Darkness

Indoor pictures shot with flash set to auto



The handset captures video with maximum resolution of 640x480 pixels and at 30 frames per second, plus you have the option to take widescreen content. The image quality is slightly noisier than what we would have liked to see, but the quality is acceptable on the overall and the sound tracks to the videos are proper. You will be happy to find out that all clips you take are suitable for both various websites and being watched on a normal TV set. You can actually do the latter directly from the handset, but you would have to shell out for a TV cable, since you are not getting one with the phone.

Nokia X6 sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution


Multimedia:

As we have already mentioned, the Nokia X6 is sold with one year subscription for the Nokia service “Comes with Music” that is currently unavailable to customers across the US. Unlike other music-oriented handsets, you cannot buy a contract-free X6 here. However, the rumor has it that a version without “Comes with Music” is hitting the shelves February 2010. In other words, since you get the service now, like it or lump it, you might as well take full advantage of what´s on offer. If anything, the service costs and makes up a hefty part of the price of the device. The online audio library is huge... and we do mean HUGE. You will have to break some sweat in order to find a track that is not readily available there, not to mention you get suggestions like when searching for specific artists and songs.

Nokia X6 is sold with one year subscription for Nokia's Comes With Music service - Nokia X6 Review
Nokia X6 is sold with one year subscription for Nokia's Comes With Music service - Nokia X6 Review
Nokia X6 is sold with one year subscription for Nokia's Comes With Music service - Nokia X6 Review

Nokia X6 is sold with one year subscription for Nokia's Comes With Music service



So far so good, you can download tons of music directly onto your device. So, what´s next? Well, once you´ve done that it´s time you get down to the standard audio player that doesn’t offer any features we would refer to as out of this world, but delivers proper functionality and you get virtually everything you may come to need, including content filtering by relevant artist, group, composer etc. and equalizer with a great number of options. Unfortunately, you just cannot play with tracks and use the phone as a virtual DJ board, a feature that we quite enjoyed on the Samsung BEAT DJ M7600. However, the device comes preloaded with a program called Playlist DJ that allows for selection of up to four leading factors that the cell phone is supposed to take into account when creating a playlist to suit your current mood. The function is quite similar to SenseMen available on Sony Ericsson devices, with the major difference being you can define the required tempo and mood directly from the handset, without having to resort to your desktop computer. As a whole, the playlists the program comes up with are quite accurate indeed.

Audio player - Nokia X6 Review
Audio player - Nokia X6 Review
Audio player - Nokia X6 Review
Playlist DJ - Audio player - Nokia X6 Review

Playlist DJ

Audio player



You feel like listening to radio? No problem at all. But you have to plug in the headset. Why? Frankly, we don´t have a clue. Why the high-end X6, Nokia´s flagship device comes without a built-in aerial while the much cheaper Nokia X3 is equipped with one is beyond us and something we will never know. Alas, you will have to rely on pretty much the standard means of listening to radio and truly, this is something we can live with. You´ve got RDS proper functionality and the handset visualizes the radio station you´ve tuned in to in quite a spectacular way.

Radio - Nokia X6 Review
Radio - Nokia X6 Review

Radio



As a whole, one of the best aspects of the Nokia X6 is the audio quality it delivers that is, hands down, one of the best we have ever witnessed. The loudspeakers don’t pack much punch really and happen to be weaker than what the Nokia N95 8GB is equipped with, but they offer sound with utmost clarity and the audio quality through the boxed headset is comparable to what standalone music players offer (we compared the handset to the iPod nano 2GB). Still, we would advise you to avoid relishing your favourite music with the volume going at full blast, you certainly may end up damaging your hearing, plus the sound tends to get unpleasantly sharp.

The X6 sports beautiful 3.2-inch display and of course, at some point we got struck by the otherwise pretty logical idea to give its video playback capabilities a go. We didn’t linger on thinking more of it and uploaded a 3.2GB worth of video clips relatively fast (fast here stands for about 40 minutes). Finally we got round to watching them… which proved to be an experience that finished pretty fast as well, because it turned out the phone supports only MPEG4 files with resolution of 640x480 pixels or lower. On the other hand, the overall quality is pleasing, videos played smoothly and it would have been great it the handset featured native support for DivX and Xvidcontent, because we would have, by no means, objected to being spared all the hassle involved in converting videos. However, you can get such support by installing third party software.

Nokia X6 supports only MPEG4 files - Nokia X6 Review
Nokia X6 supports only MPEG4 files - Nokia X6 Review

Nokia X6 supports only MPEG4 files



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21 Comments

1. Vix

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

How did they get 7.5? I've got 8.5 (8.44)

2. madurabrain

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 27, 2009

ya 7.5 is wrong...pls change it to 8.4

3. KaisenSengen

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

why? u will cry if they don't fix the rating?

4. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Eh, common, grow up. There is nothing wrong with expecting a professional phone review website to spell check and fix typos. I ran across at least 4 typos in this review. Which is totally unacceptable. I value Phone Arena and their reviews, they are often one of the only sites that review phones that I'm interested in. But they have a horrible tendency of not catching typos, which is stupid in this day and age where spell checkers have existed since I can remember switching from DOS to Windows 3.1. Either way, fix your typos, run a spell checker, re-do the math on the score. Otherwise your respectability as a true journalism site is in jeopardy. I love you Phone Arena, but someone has got to tell you the truth. Tough love.

5. panacea224

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 20, 2008

I agree about the typos. However, its been pointed out many times in previous reviews that the scores are weighted differently, it's not a straight average. If you click on the link below the score that says "how do we rate?" it will explain the scale.

12. Bulakbuk unregistered

Tuluk!!!

6. DirgeInferno

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 25, 2010

boring design?.... why did they give it an 8 then...

7. Choees

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 22, 2010

Bad Phone Poor SERVICE... I bought this phone(8 GB) for my wife 2 weeks back, After going home I discovered that the phone speakers have issues and the speaker makes noise at the top 3 volume level. I submitted the phone back to the dealer the next day, But I haven't received it back till date, I have to buy another phone for her as earlier phone had stopped working. They are not ready to exchange/money back as they are saying the model have some issue. If they accept the model have the issue why are they still selling it in the market, this is pathetic service experience from Nokia. I would suggest not to buy this phone.

8. x6 lover unregistered

I think its a great phone and its features definitely suits me. I am hoping to get one soon and is pretty sure it would not let me down,I had gone to Nokia's official website and put the features that suit me and this was my result.Nokia x6 32 gb.I believe the design is pretty stylish and however also think the price tag is a bit high.I am still willing to spend the money as I trust Nokia very much. It has given me the service that I need and would hopefully continue to do so.I would suggest to use your opinion and decide if you like this phone or not. I would say that I would truly like it.

9. donna unregistered

blasted phone`s been nothing but trouble, starts deleting text messages in the middle of writing them and freezes all the time, the only way to get it going again is by taking the battery out, dreadful phone,i thought it was just mine and it was faulty, but after reading a lot of reviews, mine appear to be common problems i`d NEVER have another nokia.

10. Ranguleo unregistered

In All X6 phone versions there is now search option for Album, Artists,Tracks in the Nokia music player. .. :( Time consuming if your music lovers..... This is not much far from cons. Ranguleo.

11. ranguleo unregistered

In All X6 phone versions there is NO search option for Album, Artists,Tracks in preloaded music player. .. :( Time consuming if you are music lovers..... This is not much far from cons. Ranguleo.

13. x6 lover unregistered

I changed my mind.The n97 is 5000000000% better after my experiences!!

14. AIYAPPA unregistered

one of the best for music lovers... but the worse whn it comes to OS,.... it frequently gets restarted and hangs on a plenty of occasions. doesnt allow many applications to work smooth.... heck of a pain in ma assssss when it gets stuck while downloading and speakers are not so good... oly the head phones are ... I would not suggest any one to spend so much on such a phone that givs u pain in ur asss all the time u try to do some......

15. Fortunata unregistered

I wanna try this one. I'll get back soon.

16. cdpg888 unregistered

NOKIA X6 WARNING!!!!!!!!!!! I have had (3) Nokia X6 since 31st December 2010. The first 2 were sent back because they had almost NO Service coverage (Emergency Call Only) kept popping up on the screen when you “tried” to make a call. The only way this could be overwritten was to request the Nokia OVI Server to connect then you would get your coverage back. Its like the guts of the phone goes into sleep mode and won’t ring out OR accept any incoming calls. Problem stayed the same after a 153Mb S/W upgrade. Now the third phone has got coverage BUT keeps going into landscape mode and won’t return, the screen goes OUT but the Red, Green and White hard buttons stay illuminated,the touch screen doesn’t work, power down is the only remedy, also keeps going into Edit Contacts mode, and this is with the latest Software installed. ABSOLUTE JUNK Shame on you Nokia

18. roydeathrox unregistered

i've had the phone since17 dec 2010. And yes the os is a piece of shit, but I never got any type of madness from the phone. only wish that nokia bring ANDROID support to this phone with a better processor and a gpu also.

21. Robiul unregistered

How Open X6 Mobile...Bec My Mobile Phone Hear Speaker Problem...Pls Tell Me This Mobile How Open,,,,Robiul

22. mdtaj_ind

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

i have x6 iam very rare used from last 1 year but know i getting problem from side lock and panels ,phone lock was broken can u suggest wear i can repair properly

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X6
  • Display 3.2" 360 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / Other front
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1320 mAh(6.00h 3G talk time)

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