Nokia 6600 Review – High End 2003 Business Mobile Phone

Nokia 6600 Review: Released in 2003, the Nokia 6600 was one of the more significant models of phone Nokia released. At the time, it was one of their most expensive handsets. Designed to replace both the Nokia 6310 and Nokia 9300 phones in one swoop, the phone featured a combination of high-end spec, an advanced operating system, but in an easy-to carry format. The large size was one of the downsides to the Communicator series. The Nokia 6600 managed to forge a bridge between the business user and also the high-end first leisure adopters who were becoming more prevalent. With people in this segment willing to drop hundreds of pounds on a handset, it was a segment worth serving.

This was not the first large-screen Nokia phone. The Nokia 7650 came with a slide-out keypad and was notable for its camera but was bulky. The Nokia 3650 was closer in design and shared some similarities with the Nokia 6600. But it’s rather unorthodox keypad layout made it less suitable as a business phone.

The Nokia 6600 debuted the Symbian 7 software. This was a radically different system to that seen on the standard Nokia phones such as the Nokia 7210 at the time. The larger screen and extra processing power gave way to many useful applications. Video and audio recording, office document editing, Java applications and music player were just a few. The phone also accepted the MMC card for expandable storage.

Full specifications here.

This was one of the most successful Nokia handsets despite its high price. Later versions would focus more on the recreational aspect. The Nokia 6630 and Nokia 6680 kept the broad shape of the handset before these merged into the new Nokia N-series.


Nokia 6600 Review Pros:

The phone was superbly designed. It had a large enough screen to be more useful than a standard phone, but also not too bulky at the same time. The 2.1 inch screen had a 176 x 228 resolution and colour output was increased to 65K colours.

The navigation here changed to a joystick model which was highly appropriate for the icon-based OS.

The connectivity here was good: GRPS allowed a fast connection and the Opera was possible on this phone allowing users the ability to browse the internet.

Onboard memory was able to be expanded using the Nokia MMC card.

Nokia 6600 Review Cons:

The phone used the same BL-5C battery as many basic models. The increased power demands from the screen led to a much shorter battery life than seen in other models. This would come as some disappointment from users of the Nokia 6310, which had a long battery life.

For those able to put up with a little more bulk, the Nokia 6600 compared unfavourably with the Sony Ericsson P900. This featured a larger screen which was also able to be operated by touch and had a removable keypad, making it a little more versatile.

The operating system made some demands on the processor. More complex tasks were slow to process. The next Nokia 6630 came with double the processor speed.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

This phone could be called a classic with some confidence. Prices are above average for older handsets and those which are in good condition are highly sought after.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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