Nokia 6260 Review – Innovative Rotating Flip Mobile Phone

Nokia 6260 Review: Released in 2004, the Nokia 6260 was a rather unique model of mobile phone. It featured a screen which was fully rotatable around its axis; this was a remarkable achievement considering that virtually all other flip phones at the time could not do this.

Although the phone was part of the 6-series and followed the very standard (and popular) Nokia 6230, Nokia had form for some experimental designs. The Nokia 6820 was not a true flip phone, but had a unique unfolding QWERTY keyboard to make this easy to type messages. In case this was too much for some, a more standard flip phone (the Nokia 6170) was released at the same time.

Although this phone followed the Nokia 6230, there was little in the way of upgraded internals and much was the same. However, the larger screen meant that the Series 60 software was used, with a grid navigation layout. This added some business functionality not present in the leisure phones. Unsurprisingly this phone was pitched at the top end of the price range.

Full specifications here.

The phone was striking enough in looks but easily outsold by many of the standard Nokia models at the time. The rotational screen design went on to be used in other models such as the Nokia N90 and Nokia N93. After this, production of much larger screen phones made the rotational part rather redundant.

Nokia 6260 Review Pros:

  • The phone had an extremely interesting and engaging design. It wasn’t all gimmick as the rotating screen allowed four different modes of use – the side-on viewfinder for the camera was helpful.
  • The memory card position had changed on this phone and unlike previous models it was possible to change the card without switching the phone off.
  • The phone benefited from the Series 60 software which gave it many more functions than the Nokia 6230.
  • The extra area on the phone translated to a bigger screen size of 2.1 inches.

Nokia 6260 Review Cons: 

  • This phone was bulky, owing to the screen. It also meant that the weight of the phone was also on the high side.
  • The screen was larger but effectively there was no improvement in the sharpness of display over the Nokia 6230. Neither was there an improvement in the camera.
  • Customisation of the phone was very difficult as official housings were not available and aftermarket ones were difficult to fit.
  • Extra screen size resulted in lower standby and talk times.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects: 

This is an older model of phone that is not available in large numbers. Due to its unique look, it also attracts a premium in price. Many of these handsets are not in great condition, so a pristine one can achieve a very high price.

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.

Nokia 6260 Disassembly Instructions

If you are interested in taking apart the Nokia 6260 for repair purposes, here is a useful link.

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