Nokia 6500 Slide Review – Mid-Range Powerful Mobile Phone

Nokia 6500 Slide Review: Released in 2007, the Nokia 6500 phones represented an interesting pivot from Nokia. At this stage they had released many decent slide phones: Nokia N95, Nokia 6280 and the much smaller Nokia 6111. Yet the candybar style was where their strength was, as the Nokia 6300 demonstrated.

So here, we have one model, split two ways. The Nokia 6500 Classic and the Nokia 6500 Slide to cater for both markets. Both of these were mid-range handsets and more powerful variants would come later. Interestingly enough, the handsets were both not equal either: the Slide version packed a bit more of a punch than the Classic version. It featured a slightly sharper camera and the addition of a memory card slot. Most noticeably, the Slide version had a front-facing camera as well for video calls.

Both featured a similar metallic design which was becoming very popular at the time. This was becoming very far removed from the more plastic or rubber designs seen in the previous mid-range phones.

Full specifications here.

The 6-series for Nokia still remained the base for mid-range phones, with many of the higher end ones being budged to the N-series. There were several other slide phones before the naming conventions changed again.

Nokia 6500 Slide Review: Pros

Build quality of the phone was excellent, a much tighter and compact feeling to the handset than previous slider phones such as the Nokia 6280.

The Slide phone also features the newly introduced TV-Out connection, which allows the phone display to be broadcast onto a TV – ideal for photos and videos.

The camera also got a big boost and now featured auto-focus and flash. The style of the phone allowed a much more natural photo taking style, as it could be used as a camera with the slide shut.

The phone also featured the Opera mini browser, which was able to parse web-pages into a more mobile-friendly format.

Nokia 6500 Slide Review: Cons

The phone featured a paltry 22MB on board memory, thus forcing users to upgrade to a microSD for future storage.

There was still no support for USB charging, with the phone being required to be charged off the proprietary charger lead. Bluetooth file transfer made the data cable less important.

Mobile downloads were centralised, although this service was not that great and better applications could be found in the community forums.

The phone featured video calling with a front-facing camera but with a poor resolution and dependence on network to support it, meant this was rather wasted.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

This is an easily recognisable model and was more popular and common than the Nokia 6500 Classic. There is a solid enough market for it now, and would expect this to continue onto the future.

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