Sometimes you look for something simple and straightforward in a mobile phone, and some of the most basic and easy to use phones are made by Nokia. A lot of their classic models are not only solidly built but also extremely durable, so they will take quite a beating. The Nokia 6700 Slide is a phone you’d think would be one of these simple phones, an updated version of the 6500 Slide and at the same time a slide version of the 6700 Classic. Yet this phone has a few surprises in store.
The Series 40 operating system of the previous models has been replaced with Symbian version 9.3, an interesting move on Nokia’s part as this system is known for being very unreliable and freezing often. An ARM 11 600 MHz processor completes the view, but we think this was not necessary as the phone lacks both GPS and Wi-Fi features. On the other hand, its HSPA provides lightning fast Internet connectivity, with a download capacity of up to 10Mbps and uploads of up to 2Mbps. The impressive 3G connection is supplemented by Bluetooth 2.0 and USB connectivity as well.
Physically, the phone isn’t ideal for Internet browsing in spite of its fast connection. The phone is just 2.2 inches, nothing like the impressive sizes on offer in the current generation of smart phones and touch screens. The resolution is just 240 by 320 pixels, although it does support an impressive 16 million colours.
One of the phone’s redeeming features is its camera, which at 5 megapixels with Carl Zeiss optics is one of the best available in the 6700 Slide’s price range. It also has built in auto focus and dual flash. There is also a video camera capable of recording in VGA resolution, 640 by 480 pixels, at remarkably high quality. The phone comes with an inbuilt video editor and a secondary video camera for making video calls.
The phone’s music player is Nokia’s popular Nseries, which can effectively handle all of the popular digital media formats. It has an FM radio with RDS, but disappointingly the headphone connection is a Nokia 2.5mm jack so you can’t connect standard 3.5mm headphones. The phone comes with a standard 2GB memory card, enough to hold about 500 mp3 files, and you can choose to upgrade this to anything up to 16GB.
The inbuilt memory of the phone, however, is restricted, with just 60MB onboard. The 6700 Slide’s small battery is restricted and provides poor battery life. It’s as if this phone is trying to be two things at once, the simple slide phone and a smart phone with lightning fast connectivity. Sadly it lacks the best features of both.
If you’re interested in the redeeming features of the Nokia 6700 Slide, Dialaphone currently have a generous offer on an 18 month contract for just £20 a month – only you get the first 12 absolutely free! That results in effectively £6.67 a month for 18 months, with 100 minutes and unlimited texts every month.