First Impressions: Nokia X6

Nokia's Xseries is its new line of social entertainment phones - photos, music, social networking, the whole shebang. At Nokia World 2009, we've just seen the X6 and its lower spec brother, the X3. The X6 is a high-end phone that will be sold with Nokia all you can eat music service Comes With Music, and also packs Nokia's first capacitive screen ever - that is, it's sensitive to electrical impulses from your fingers and works a whole lot better than the pressure-sensitive resistive type. Finally. 

Look and feel 

The X6 is a tablet touch screen with three hard keys along its base and a dedicated touch-spot for the music player. 3.5mm audio jack of course, as well as a TV out port to display media on a high-def TV. A new user interface has up to 20 favourite contacts in a toolbar across the top of your homescreen, with a music player display if you're playing any music, and up to four customisable shortcuts (preloaded: links to Facebook and news apps). The handset also comes with a set of headphones, the slide over head sort.

Under the hood

This is far more than a music phone,with an incredible 32GB of onboard storage, A-GPS, a 3.2-inch high-def widescreen touch display, and five-meg camera, all running off Nokia's high-end Symbian S60 5th edition operating system. We're particularly impressed by the suite of bundled Nokia services - Ovi Maps with its increased navigation capabilities, Nokia Messaging where you can get push notifications for up to 10 webmail accts (and MS Exchange) plus access to Nokia Music Store and Ovi Store where Nokia is approving apps at a rate of 500 a week. 

Ease of use 

Nokia's first capacitive touch-screen - the more expensive, better sort, if you will - is responsive but it isn't up there with the likes of screens of the iPhone 3GS or HTC Hero, as there's a lag of up to a second. That could change though - we're still playing with prototypes. The new (ish) UI is intuitive, and customising menus and adding favourites is simple. A feature we particularly liked was aggregated communications - all your emails, texts and calls with a contact are listed in their profile screen, and we've finally got threaded SMSes in a Nokia phone.  The music player was chock full of options - again, things like the equaliser were easy to adjust, with different setting for classical, jazz, pop and rock music, plus a bass booster option. Through the headphones, we got top notch audio with excellent bass, full midrange notes and vocals that sounded like we were in a concert hall. 


Available in Q4 for EUR450.

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