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Nokia 6500 Slide Unlocked Quadband Camera Phone (Silver)

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Equipped with 3.2 MP camera, the Nokia 6500 Slide phone helps you capture amazing pictures. This Nokia 3.2 MP cell phone also allows you to have 3G video calling with your loved ones. You can also connect this Nokia cellular phone directly to the Flickr and share your photos with all your friends. Thanks to the PictBridge feature in this Nokia 3.2 MP cell phone, you can take print of your favorite pictures. Get clear and precise view of your data on the 2.2-inch LCD display of this Nokia cellular phone. You can transfer files to or from all Bluetooth-enabled devices in the Nokia 6500 Slide phone.

The Nokia 6500 Slide is one of two 6500 series devices that were announced side by side back in May of this year. Unlike the very thin and simple 6500 Classic, the 6500 Slide that we are reviewing today has a slider form factor, stainless steel body work, and an auto-focus digital camera that uses Carl Zeiss lenses. We tested a pair of 6500 Slide devices that Nokia supplied us for this review: one a prototype, the other a production unit.

The Nokia 6500 Slide is an attractive looking slider handset that is clad in brushed stainless steel with semi-gloss black plastic highlights. Due in part to its use of stainless steel, the 6500 Slide weighs a fairly hefty 127g (4.5oz) considering its otherwise reasonably compact 97mm x 46.5mm x 12mm (3.8" x 1.8" x .5") dimensions. Opening up the dual-sprung slider mechanism reveals the black plastic keypad and causes the 6500 Slide to grow an additional 30mm (1.2") in length.

Apart from being a bit stiff, the keypad is reasonably well designed. The stainless softkeys, call keys, and d-pad all work very well. The nicely raised edge of the d-pad is easy to find, and its center select button is so large that you would be hard pressed, no pun intended, to miss it. The volume control and the somewhat dodgy two-stage camera shutter key are located on the right side. The camera itself, along with its flash, are located out back. A simple release up top allows for the removal of the rear stainless panel that protects the battery. A mini Nokia charging port and normal 2.5mm headset port flank the new micro-USB data connector that is located on the top of the device. There is no dedicated power key - the red call key is used for powering up and down.

The 6500 Slide's display is capable of showing up to 16 million different color shades. I don't find it to be quite as bright as many other similar displays, though, and easily would have preferred a brighter 65k or 262k color display in its place. In its defense, the display is very easily viewed in direct sunlight since it is transflective. Above the display is a second camera that can be used for 3G video calls, something I was unable to test.

The only other thing worth mentioning is that the stainless steel finish gets very dirty looking, as any busy mom with a stainless fridge can attest to. Otherwise, the 6500's design is good, and the device itself is very solidly built.

Specifications :

Brand Nokia
Operating Frequency
Quadband GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Dualband WCDMA 850/2100 MHz

Volume: 73 cc
Weight: 124 g
Length: 96.5 mm
Width: 46.5 mm
Thickness (max): 16.4 mm

16 million colors QVGA 240 x 320 pixels 2.2" LCD display
Active display area 33.5 x 44.7 mm
Ambient light sensor

User Interface
3rd edition S40 user interface SPR 7.1
Communication mode: Left and right selection keys, Call / end keys, ITU Numeric keys Symbian application launcher, Clear key
5-way Navi key, two soft keys, send and end call keys
Side volume keys with zoom functionality
Active Standby – select up to five icons displayed on your screen for easy access to your favorite applications

Integrated 3.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, auto focus, with up to 8x digital zoom
Integrated double LED flash
Macroshot, landscape mode, sequential shots, and dedicated 2-step capture key
Horizontal mode with capture and zoom keys allows you to use the phone like a digital camera
Use PictBridge™ to print copies of your favorite images
Add finishing touches to your pictures with Adobe PhotoShop software
Video recording: VGA (15fps) and QCIF (30fps) resolutions with 4x smooth zoom in H263, MPEG-4 in .3gp format
Secondary camera for video calling (QCIF resolution, 15 fps)
Add a new dimension to your conversations with 3G TV video calling and TV conference via TV-Out
Video: Video recording and playback in MPEG4
3GPP H.263 video playback and streamlining

Visual Radio: Listen to music and interact with your favorite radio stations
Find out what song is playing, who sings it, and other artist information
Enter contests and answer surveys, vote for your favorite songs
Download the songs you buy direct to your phone
Local video playback: up to 30fps in QVGA for H263 and MPEG-4 with 2048 kbps bitrate. Up to 15fps QCIF for H264 with 128 kbps
Video streaming services: H.263 & MPEG4 (up to QVGA, 15 fps), and H.264 (QCIF 15fps)
Still picture to TV-Out in VGA
Video to TV-Out in QVGA 15 fps
Integrated FM radio
Integrated music player supports MP3/MP4/AAC/eAAC+/WMA audio file formats

Memory Functions
20 MB built-in memory
Options to expand up to 4 GB with microSD card

Multimedia messaging: MMS for creating, receiving, editing, and sending videos and pictures with AMR voice clips
Email: Supports SMTP, POP3, IMAP4, and APOP protocols. Support for attachments (view jpeg, 3gp, MP3, .ppt, .doc, excel, and .pdf files)
Text messaging: Supports concatenated SMS, picture messaging, SMS distribution list
Nokia Xpress audio messaging: Send a spontaneously recorded voice clip via MMS
Instant Messaging and Presence-enhanced contacts
OMA MMS Conformance 3.0 and SMIL
OMA Client Provisioning v1.1

High Roller Casino, Golf Tour, Rally 3D, and Snake 3*

* Games may vary according to region

Java™ MIDP 2.0

Ringing Tones
64-polyphonic voice ringing tones
Video ringtones

Bluetooth 2.0
Micro USB connector with USB 2.0
2.5mm AV connector for headset and TV Out
Remote over-the-air (OTA) synchronization with SyncML
Local synchronization with PC using PC Suite
Plug and play services

WAP* 2.0 browser with XHTML support over HTTP/TCP/IP stack
Opera Mini browser
OMA Digital DRM 2.0 - including forward lock for content protection, combined delivery, separate delivery and superdistribution
*Please note that this service is operator dependent

Data Transfer
EDGE* Release 4 multi-slot class 31 (5RX+2TX: maximum 6 slots)
GPRS Release 4 multi-slot class 31 (5RX+2TX: maximum 6 slots, class B&C)
CSD (circuit-switched data) transfer for browsing and as data modem
*Please note that these services require network support.

Call Management

SAIC (single antenna interference cancellation) to help avoid network interference - fewer dropped calls
SIM access profile in BT
Presence Enhanced contacts - OMA IMPS 1.2

Push to talk over Cellular (PoC)*
Push to talk over cellular network via dedicated key

*Please note that this service is operator dependent

Digital Services
Over-the-air (OTA) downloads for ringtones, themes, wallpapers, and screensavers
FOTA – firmware update over the air

Voice Features
Voice commands
Voice recorder
Speech codec support for FR, EFR, AMR, and HR

Personal Information Management (PIM)
Alarm clock
Countdown timer
Calendar, to-do list, and notes

Other Features
Internal vibra and antenna
Themes with wallpapers and screensavers and icons
Flight mode: All transmission-related activities turned off
Yahoo Go!
Nokia Catalogs
Nokia Sensor
Flash Lite 2.1.1


Form Factor
Slider Phones


Compatible Carrier & Service
AT&T 2G, T-Mobile 2G/3G, Rogers/Fido/SimpleMobile


3.2 MP


Talk Time
5 - 7 hours

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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