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Nokia X6 review

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

Calling

There are far more interesting things to do with the X6 than simply call people, but fortunately the actual dialling interface is straightforward to use and we had no problems with call quality. Likewise, the bundled earphones are reasonable, and for those who don't like them, the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top of the phone is a definite bonus.

Messaging

The high resolution screen might be perfect for watching the odd video and looking at pictures, but the one area that it makes life difficult is creating messages. With the phone held upright (aka in portrait mode) you're presented with a predictive text T9 numeric keypad.

messaging

This is all well and good if you're coming from another candybar style phone, but frequent emailers will prefer the full QWERTY keyboard that's presented when you hold the phone sideways.

Accuracy is definitely good - the capacitive touchscreen means you don't need to lift your finger off the screen before placing another one down, and you'll reach much higher speeds on this touchscreen than on any of Nokia's previous efforts.

Indeed, with a bit of practice it's easy to reach almost the same speed on the X6 as on a phone with a physical keyboard. The on-board dictionary isn't as clever as that of the iPhone's so you need to be a little more careful when typing, but overall it works well.

contacts

The only drawback to the keyboard is the relatively narrow screen - the 16:9 aspect ratio and relatively high resolution might make the X6 excellent for watching films, but it means there's less space for the keys and messaging window. It can all feel a little cramped, particularly in the first few days.

Internet

It's no surprise that the browser offers the "full" internet, attempting to render pages the same as on a desktop PC. It generally works well - the accelerometer is reliable when it comes to flipping pages, and being prompted to save user names and passwords each time you enter them on a new site is handy.

internet

Again, however, we noticed a few performance constraints. On large pages with several pictures - or worse, busy Flash elements - the browser would often freeze, leaving us unable to drag the page around or even enter a new address.

We never needed to reset the phone - the hang-up button was normally enough to take us back to the main menu - but it's annoying that the X6 offers functions it doesn't seem fast enough to perform properly.

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