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Nokia X6 review

Will Nokia's much-hyped new music phone live up to expectations?

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Anyone who's used a Nokia phone in the last few years will know what to expect from Symbian S60 5th Edition.

Being touchscreen only and (thankfully) stylus-free, all the on-screen buttons are sensibly-sized for fingertips, and the screen itself is excellent.

With its 3.5-inch diagonal, you could be forgiven for thinking it's bigger than the iPhone's 3.2-inch screen, but the reality is that the different aspect ratio - 16:9 to the iPhone's 1.5:1 - means you actually get more real estate on Apple's phone or the HTC Hero, with which the iPhone shares screen size and resolution.

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However, the Nokia X6 is higher resolution than either, with its 640 x 360 display. Presumably with its tongue in its cheek, Nokia describes the display as HD, but you shouldn't be fooled into thinking you can shoehorn an actual HD video onto it.

Accurate screen

The screen may not be huge, but it's certainly bright. Photos and videos look great on the glossy screen, and the sensor works well, adjusting the screen's brightness depending on your surroundings.

It's also highly accurate when it comes to fingertip commands, although it seems a shame that Nokia hasn't fully used the capacitive screen - pinch to zoom, such a natural-feeling gesture on other phones - is absent.

To zoom you need to double tap the screen. The X6 also gives a little buzz of haptic feedback every time you touch the screen, which helps indicate you've tapped successfully if you can't see the button behind your finger.

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With the screen the primary way of making the X6 do things, there are only a few other buttons. Dial and hang-up buttons bookend the main menu button, while the right-hand edge hosts a volume control, shutter release, and a sliding switch that locks and unlocks the phone.

There's an almost unnoticeable extra touch-sensitive button in the top right of the screen, which when tapped produces a small menu giving you quick access to your photos, music, videos and the internet.

The interface isn't without its quirks, though. For instance, some menu selections are made with a single press of the finger. Others require a press of the finger to highlight an option, and a second tap to activate it. This inconsistency means it can be difficult to tell when the X6 is working on launching an application, or silently waiting for you to confirm a choice.

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And you'll see it working to launch an application a lot. We encountered numerous performance problems with our review unit.

After syncing a calendar, contact and message set with it, launching contacts from the front page took an age, while other applications often launched impressively fast. It's another inconsistency that can make the X6 frustrating to use. The 434MHz processor should be able to keep up.

Nokia's Ovi store is included, and allows you to install applications and games, although we remain underwhelmed by the breadth of the store's offerings. More usefully the service offers calendar and email utilities for those who don't have them.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Built-in Memory32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSCSD
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time11.50 Hour
Product ModelX6
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution640 x 360
Weight (Approximate)122 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS, ENERGY STAR
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Operating System VersionSymbian OS 9.4
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height111 mm
Width51 mm
Depth13.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time420 Hour
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameX6 Smartphone
Processor Speed434 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberNOKIAX6
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Package Contents
  • X6 Smartphone
  • Nokia Battery (BL-5J)
  • Nokia High Efficiency Charger (AC-8)
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable (CA-101)
  • Nokia Stereo Headset (WH-500)
  • User Guide
  • Mini DVD
  • Comes With Music leaflet
Limited Warranty2 Year
Standard Memory128 MB