Nokia 6700 Slide in-depth review -

Look and feel

It's neat, light and comfortable to use, though not as smart as the earlier 6700.

Ease of use

It has Nokia's trademark standout ease of use, with simple menus, logical structure and straightforward options.

Features

Apart from 3G and a decent 5-megapixel camera, the 6700 Slide is a basic rather than advanced phone. Mind you, it has access to the Ovi Store, so you can add games and other apps if you wish.

Performance

It's responsive and fast, good for calls, typing texts and shooting snaps.

Battery life

Strong battery life means you won't be recharging every day.

 

 Nokia 6700 Slide Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,6/7/2009 10:24:00 AM

8

out of 10

Performance

6

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

6

out of 5

Features

8

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

Affordable, good-looking and simple to use.

Cons:

Lacks advanced features like GPS or Wi-Fi.

Nokia's genius is to create mobile phones which are unbeatably easy to use, housed in elegant, stylish cases. Sure, there have been handsets in the past which seemed to have had alien DNA - those phones with dialling pads in strips at each side or arranged like a rotary dial. But on the whole, Nokia gets it right.
Perhaps it's part of the reason the company stayed away from touchscreens so long - it knew that even the most intuitive system required a learning curve compared to the push-button simplicity familiar to us all from home phones, calculators, ATMs and so on.

 

Sliding sequel
Last year's 6700 was a design classic, its gleaming chrome finish turning heads effortlessly. This sequel is aimed at those who want a bigger screen along with the compactness of form that sliders offer. And although the matte silver finish is just not as classy as the 6700, there's still much to like.
The screen is clear and easy to read, and the large buttons below launch the menu or send and end calls with the slide closed. There's a home button which, confusingly, takes you to the menu icons when you're on the home screen but back to the home screen from any other place.
The phone opens with a gently sprung slide mechanism to reveal an entirely flat keypad apart from very gently raised ridges between the rows. The ridges are curved to match the shape of the phone's base. Even though the keys are flat, the size means they're comfortable to dial.
The huge direction pad on the front of the handset is useful because the home screen, though still clear and easy to navigate, is more sophisticated than before. Along with the bare-minimum info you'd expect (network, time, date, battery life and signal strength), there's a bunch of other icons including a row of them along the bottom. So you can pad down and across to launch the camera, Facebook, the clock to set alarms and more.
Newest of all is the direct link, right on the home screen, to the Ovi Store. Nokia's store may not have the overwhelming number of apps the iPhone does, but the range is growing fast.

Media features

The home screen is a fine balance between accessible and feature-packed: people who just want to make calls, thank you very much, won't be overwhelmed, while more demanding users will find plenty of stuff to use, though this is worlds away from being a smartphone. It's a keenly priced handset, so the absence of wi-fi and GPS won't come as any surprise. Still, it is 3G and has a front-facing camera for video calls.
There are neat configurable options, like the one that lets you end calls, or not, by closing the slide. Make sure this is set how you want it before you say something you shouldn't when you think you've hung up a call.
The 5-megapixel camera with flash is competent, suffering like most cameraphones from delay before shooting while the autofocus does its job. Nokia has a long history of decent shots on a phone and the results here are good enough for casual use - if you need better you'll be choosing a phone with a higher-resolution sensor.

Conclusion

If you want a phone that's simple, reliable and accessible, that won't cost a fortune but doesn't feature the advanced functions of a smartphone, the 6700 Slide is a compact phone that works well and looks good.