Nokia 6700 Slide Review: The slide factor form of phones from Nokia had trodden a quite reliable path. Since the emergence of the first Nokia 6270 back in 2005 a variety of phones featured this format. The flagship Nokia N95 was one of those, which added a little twist in that the slide could be activated both ways.
The 6-Series of slider phones was also apparent. The Nokia 6500 Slide was followed by the Nokia 6600 Slide in 2008. The 2010 iteration was the Nokia 6700 Slide, and this brought the series of phones into a new decade which was being dominated by Google and Apple.
The Nokia 6700 Slide retains many familiar design features. The metallic-type construction gives the phone a quality feel, and there was an interesting choice to keep the phone screen size at just 2.2 inches. This gave the phone a very compact feel, and also was in line with the Nokia 6700 Classic (released the year before).
The screen was not touch-enabled, but a host of new features were present over the older slide-phones: built-in accelerometer, faster EDGE data and an upgraded camera: 5 megapixels with auto-focus and flash. The bigger changes were in the software with the latest Symbian version installed giving access to a central application store and support for individual apps.
This was not designed as a top-end phone and reflected in the price. At this time the prevailing trend was that the touchscreen would make keypads, and hence the slide irrelevant. The next similar phone was the Nokia C2-03 which preserved the slide but added a resistive touchscreen (as well as others under the ‘Touch and Type’ banner) but this format of phone was on the way out.
Nokia 6700 Slide Review Pros:
Construction of the phone was solid, with a metallic feel. The phone was pleasant to hold and obviously had a size advantage over the bigger touchscreen phones.
The spec was strong for a mid-range phone: the 5MP camera was above average for the range at the time. There was good audio support with Bluetooth and microSD options.
Symbian gave some big improvements in the latest version which extended the potential use of the phone with a variety of good pre-installed apps.
Nokia 6700 Slide Review Cons:
Phone screen size remained small, and could have been made marginally bigger without affecting screen size too much.
Symbian lacked in comparison to Apple or Android and the lack of touchscreen made it much harder to navigate between applications or even use some.
The phone was missing Wi-Fi, which really could have extended its use for some years. Other features such as GPS were also overlooked, presumably to protect the top-end handsets.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects:
These are nice clean phones which remain in good condition if looked after. The metallic housings are definitely more durable than plastic counterparts. With still plenty of use as a basic handset, these are modestly priced.
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