Nokia X6 Review: Released in 2009, the Nokia X6 was probably Nokia’s first flagship touchscreen phone on that was on a par with the leading iPhone series. The previous model was the Nokia 5800, which was a bold effort (considering that at this time Nokia had very few, if any touchscreen only handsets). But the user experience of this phone was much below that of others. The main culprit here was the resistive touchscreen which was not as sensitive. Nokia provided a well-designed stylus which recessed into the back cover, but this was seen at the time as a rather dated concept.
The X6 kept the ‘XpressMusic’ branding, and also got rid of the old-style touchscreen and went for a multi-touch type. The X6 also saw the syncing of these phones to the Nokia Music Store, which was designed at the time to be a rival to iTunes. One of the perks of the Nokia X6 was unlimited downloads from this store, which was incredibly valuable to those who had the songs to download. The rest of the specification was high. It was broadly equivalent to the Nokia N97, which was a top-of-the range phone released before. In many other aspects it also had a better specification than the Apple iPhone 3GS. That was no mean feat considering the latter was the best selling phone of the year.
All this came at a large price tag. The X6 on release was around £500 for the full music package. This was slightly more expensive than the Apple iPhone 3GS. There was a cheaper, cut down version (Nokia X3) which did not have the touchscreen, but could access the download service.
This handset was popular, although not a large seller as either the Nokia 5800 or Nokia N97. Perhaps a reason for this was the relatively short time between these releases and the large amount of competitor phones available. This was rehashed the following year and there was a 2010 version of the X6. It would be another 2 years until the Nokia N7 was released. Unsurprisingly this was a large upgrade.
Nokia X6 Review: Pros
The new multi-touch screen was excellent, and one of the first Nokia phones to have this feature. A 3.2 inch, 360 x 640 resolution screen was great for watching videos on, and was a better resolution than the iPhone 3GS.
The camera gained an upgrade over the Nokia 5800 and now was a 5MP version with flash. This was similar to that seen in the Nokia N97.
As we can expect from an XpressMusic phone, the audio side is well catered for. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack, strong stereo speakers and a great playlist program on the phone. And backing this up was the pre-mentioned unlimited music. The phone shipped with 32GB of internal memory on board.
The Symbian UI was overhauled to cater for this new type of touch. By this time Nokia’s Ovi store had come into existence and users were able to download applications by themselves directly onto the phone without the need for a computer.
Nokia X6 Review: Cons
Despite the phone having a large amount of internal memory, there was no card slot supported. This came as a bit of a surprise as many previous Nokia models managed it.
Whilst multi-touch worked fine, the screen covering did not. The phone was noticeably more reflective than resistive-type screens making it harder to use in daylight.
The operating system was still finding its feet, and Android and Apple app stores featured far more software due to developers supporting it.
The price of the phone was also a turn-off: one of the most expensive ones on the market.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects
Despite the phone being less common than others, this was an important step forward for Nokia. This design set the ball rolling for many of its future handsets. They should hold value well into the future.
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