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      12.06.2011 01:03

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      Just a phone for phoning and texting

      This phone is perfect for people who just want a phone, not a gadget that can set your sky plus box from the office and prevent nuclear war... It's slim - really slim, that's what attracted me to it in the store. So many of the latest phones seem to be so crammed with features that manufacturing a small, light weight phone now seems nigh on impossible. But the Nokia 6500 classic is slim, smart and has pretty much anything you could want from a phone.

      The camera is not great, in fact its pretty awful but if you are after a decent camera then buy a camera! It's good enough to take a picture and text it to a friend but I doubt the quality would stand up in a photo frame.

      Texting is easy enough - the keys are easy to access and large enough for my fingers. When you receive a text it even tells you who its from before you open it. I find that a bit annoying to be honest, I like the anticipation of opening a text and not knowing who its from. Knowing who its from in advance kinda kills that.

      As far as calling quality goes - a lot of my friends complain that its really bad quality. I have no problems hearing them so I can only take their word for that.

      I've had the phone for about two years and not had any major problems. If you are after a simple phone, then this would be a good choice.

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      11.03.2011 13:29
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      A great effort by Nokia to return to their classic mobile phones

      The Nokia 6500 Classic is exactly what it says on the tin, the design has returned to the original Nokia style but with a modern twist. A colleague of mine had this phone and as soon as I saw it I knew that I had to have it when I was next due an upgrade. The phone comes in two colours, black and bronze, I had the latter. It was so nice to see a handset that wasn't dull silver or a ridiculous metallic pink shade. The bronze stood out to me as a stylish option and went so well with Nokia's 'classic' design.

      The phone is quite long and slim and at first sight looks like it could potentially snap in two if you had it in your back pocket, though this is not the case. It is a weighty phone and very durable, you can feel this quality in the handset. The back cover slides off and is made of plastic but the frontage is metal and this gives it the weight. In the two years I had this phone you could count on one hand how many marks had been left on it and given my job involves a lot of commercial excavation work and thus common dropping incidents this is excellent.

      The screen is small and basic colours, it is not a phone designed for internet browsing or epic photo taking. It is proportionate to the handset and is more than fine for texting and calling. I have always find Nokia handsets easy to navigate, particularly the settings and personalisation themes; there's nothing worse than searching an age to change your background.

      Another 'classic' feature of this phone is the games, snake is on there, and even though it is a newer version it brings back good memories and is a great time waster for train journeys etc. Some people may struggle with the small keypad for texting and game playing, I however thought it looked really smart and was again in proportion to the phone as a whole. I didn't think it was much smaller than some of my older Samsung handsets.
      Special features are not a reason to buy this phone, the camera is 2 megapixels which by today's standards is pretty poor, it has not got a huge memory or graphic features and GPS and internet browsing you would struggle to utilise. However this phone is not about mod cons, it is a classic mobile that looks stylish, is simple to use and does what needs to be done. I had the Nokia 6500 Classic up until recently when I upgraded to an android phone, the HTC desire, the reason for upgrading was purely for internet usage and touchscreen technology. If I hadn't been swept away by the android/3GS wave I would still be more than happy with this handset, the best I've had since the Nokia 8210.

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      23.10.2010 18:07

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      A good, simple phone you can rely upon. May need recasing.

      This is the second last phone I purchased. I used it for about a year, in which time the middle button stopped working, and the case got very scratched. Fortunately you can buy new cases complete with keypad and camera cover on Ebay for about £10. This is a shockingly thin phone, much thinner than a Blackberry or Sony Ericsson. There is no getting round the fact that this is a simple phone. If you're looking for a great camera, outstanding graphics, apps, games, internet, then this is not the phone for you. It is a simple phone, great for texts and calls, although the volume is quite low. Needless to say, this is a stylish phone and would be very well suited to a teenager, or just someone who wants a basic but elegant phone. It's pointless buying a Smartphone if all you need it for is texts and calls, so this phone is the way forward for you. The recording on this phone is remarkably good, I took a lot of gig recordings which have come out brilliantly.

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      15.10.2010 19:57
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      It does the job

      Unfortunately for me I took my previous phone (the Sony Ericsson C902) on holiday in August, and forgot to take it out of my swimming shorts pocket before jumping into the refreshing pool after melting in the 40 degree heat while in Egypt. After spending a good 20 minutes in the pool, it dawned on me as I climbed back out, that there was something in my pocket...DOH!!!!

      After trying to dry it out, and get it working again (in vain) during my last few days in Egypt, I finally conceded that it was dead, and started to ponder over what I would do about it once I got home, because I still had over 12 months remaining on my contract with 3.

      Much to my delight, my father in law had a phone that he had received around a year ago, as part of a contract upgrade, but had never used it, as it had taken him way too long to learn how to navigate around his current phone, and so he happily handed over to me. I was also lucky enough to get just over £17 for my drowned C902 from Environphone, which was a real bonus!

      As you may have guessed by now, the phone I received from my father in law, was the Nokia 6500 Classic, and although it looked a bit plain, I was pleased that I had a (free) replacement to get me through the next 12 months of my contract.

      So I popped my Sim in, after eventually managing to get the battery out, which was tricky to say the least, and powered it up.
      I had been concerned that the Sim may have been damaged from its little swim in the pool, but it was fine, and I was off and running!

      ** The Nokia 6500 Classic **

      This phone is identical to the picture above that Dooyoo have supplied, it is a plain black 'Candy Style' mobile phone, which has no flip, or slide features.
      It does look very basic by today's standards, and 'basic' pretty much sums it up as a whole, in my opinion.
      If you are wanting an all singing, all dancing gadget filled, feature packed gizmo of a mobile, then this will bore the pants off you!
      If like me, you want a pretty standard, easy to use phone, which can make calls, send texts, and let you use the internet, then this is ideal!
      In case you are wondering - I have decided not to find out if this phone is waterproof!!

      The phone itself is one of, if not THE thin-est phones I have ever seen. It sits in your pocket, and suddenly the panic sets in, as you wonder if you have lost it! At just 9.5 mm in depth, and only 94 grams in weight, it is an absolute dream for anyone who keeps their phone in their trouser pocket.

      The screen is a little small, and at times I find myself scrolling up and down when writing a text, even after just a sentence has been composed. This also makes internet browsing a little difficult, but is helped if the usual 'Opera Mini' application is downloaded, and I have to say that I find internet browsing to be pretty fast, and very simple!

      The buttons on this phone however are my biggest issue, as they are way to small! I have quite small fingers, but even I struggle to hit the write button, when writing a text, and often end up catching 2 buttons at the same time.

      As I mentioned above, the battery is difficult to remove, and the SIM card is also very testing to insert, and remove, although with a bit of practise it gets easier. The life on the battery is pretty standard, and lasts me a couple of days in general, but on days when I hammer the internet (on Dooyoo), it will go flat within about 6 hours. The battery is a lithium Ion type, which is stated as having up to 210 minutes of talk time, and up to 216 hours of standby time time.

      Nokia (in my limited knowledge) have always been famous for their nice simple menus, which are easy to navigate, and the 6500 is no exception. The LCD colour screen, although small, is quite sharp, with its 320 x 240 pixels display resolution. Calls are easy to make, and the sound quality is good during conversations.

      In terms of the camera, the 6500 classic is equipped with a 2 mega pixel camera, along with a flash, and so again the camera is kind of average by todays standards, but it is simple to use, and has no complaints from me.

      Although the phone is basic, it does include a 1Gb internal memory, which comes a little bit out of the blue, and is more than enough to meet the needs that usual users of this 'average little phone' will ever require - myself included (although a word of warning, the memory cannot be expanded in this phone)!

      I won't bore you with anymore spec, suffice to say that this phone is basic, but does all the things a phone should do. It is easy to use, the battery is decent, the camera is OK, the only downside for me is that the buttons are a little small and somewhat tricky hit accurately, but for the most its a decent simple phone, which is reliable, and works very well - unlike a sunken C902!!

      I'm happy to keep this phone for the remainder of my contract, if not a little longer..

      Thanks for reading.

      © L500589 2010

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        13.08.2010 02:14
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        not one i'd recommend to a friend

        The Nokia 6500 classic is a nice looking phone, slim and easy to fit in your pocket but a big let down in many ways.
        The keys are too small which makes texting pretty fiddly even for the smallest fingers. The battery needed charging every couple of days even though i made very few calls on it and generally used it just for texting a few times a day.
        The screen was also a problem, it cracked twice in the 12 months that I had it after minimal knocks to it and after checking on various forums after the second break found that this was a common fault with the phone.
        Not being able to expand the 1mb memory is also a problem and I wouldn't advise anyone who uses their phone a lot for storing music or pictures to buy it.
        On the plus side it has a decent 2 megapixal camera which takes clear crisp photo's in any kind of light.
        I've always had Nokia phones, but this was by far the worst one i've had.

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        24.10.2009 10:16

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        Simple

        This phone looks GOOD. There is no denying. However, praticality is something else. The battery life is awful. I found myself having to charge the battery almost every day. There is no expandable memory which is quite annoying, if you like putting music and photos on your phone. The keys are very small and its rather hard to text with.
        However dont be put off by some reviews saying it breaks easily...it does'nt. Unless you are stupid enough to drop in in a bucket of water, or jump on it, it shouldnt break. Mine was dropped everywhere, multiple times, but it never broke, the screen stayed strong.
        I also like the ease of use of the phone. Everything is very easy to find and access (as with all Nokia's).
        I did not like this phone, however if you want a simple, good looking phone and are not too bothered about extras then this is for you. If you want long battery life, and like your phone to do everything, then AVOID.

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        14.08.2009 16:49
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        A great simple phone from Nokia that wins everytime

        I've always had Nokia phones up until now - I have a Blackberry now for work purposes. But Nokias have always been my favourite. Their menus are so easy to navigate and the phones always last you a long time. This was the phone I had before I got my recent one. Had it for nearly 2 years and it still works perfectly. Am going to keep it in case I ever need it again!

        Memory/Battery Life

        There's no memory card with this phone - all the memory is built into the handset. 1GB to be precise. More than enough for the kind of users it's marketted towards. This means you can take a few pictures on the phone, a few videos, perhaps transfer some music onto the phone and you'll still have loads of memory left. Obviously its not for as much use as an Ipod but it's fine if you want to bung 5-10 albums on there.

        As for battery life, you can get a good 2-3 days out of it with moderate use. If you're going to be on the phone for 3 hours a day and texting on it then you'll need to charge it every day, as with most phones. But it isn't really a problem if you're charging it at night when you're asleep.

        Calls/texts/camera

        Calls are crisp and clear on this phone - had no problems with the sound. And texting is easy - you can set a shortcut button up on the main screen and from there you can compose a new message straight away. It also sends MMS as usual - and although the camera is a bit weak (2MP) the photos come out fairly good and are easily storeable or sendable. The video player is adequate for the 2MP camera it is - let's face it you're not going to be making movies on this but is handy for short clips of friends.

        Other functions

        Like I said there's no gimics with this phone. It has all the usual feature such as Alarm, Clock, Calendar, Calculator, a few Games, Converters etc. You can set up email on this but it's not going to be anything like a Blackberry. It has a pretty good internet browser which is quite fast. NO WIFI connection though.

        Syncing

        Nokia PC Suite is quite handy if you want to make a complete back up of your phone - that way if you lose it you can just put all the stuff back on your new handset. It comes with a cable and this phone is also Bluetooth enabled so if you have a Bluetooth connection on your laptop you can sync up over that (although it wil lbe much slower than a cable). If you want to put pictures from your computer onto you phone you're best off using the Data Storage mode on the phone when you plug it in as it's quicker to zoom through the phone's folders that way rather than loading up PC Suite which can be a bit slow when it wants to be!

        Overall

        A great little phone - available on PAYG for under £100 it's a phone that will last you a good few years. Comes with a very handy manual that tells you everything and the phone is so simple to use that you may not even need it. This is a nice, simple, lightweight phone for people who just want to have a phone to make calls, text on, and take the odd picture perhaps. There's no fancy gadgets or gimics here, just a beatiful looking easy to use phone. Its easy to set up too (there isn't really any setting up except saving your numbers and personalising the screen). The keypad is a little small for those with large hands but you get used to it. Texting is fast and a doddle.

        Nokia always make good sturdy phones and this one is no exception.

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        30.07.2009 11:22

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        If your looking for a "Phone" this is for you, no fancy features but it doesnt need them

        I had this phone before purchasing the Nokia 6300, i loved the look and feel of this phone. It appeared very well built with a solid case unlike alot of the plastic looking phones you can buy these days. The phone is also very slim and would easily fit into my pocket. On initial start up the functionality and ease of use if very good. This is a back to basics nokia and doesnt have any of the fancy features alot of phones come with now. This is simply a phone designed for making and recieving calls and texting. There is one downside to this phone which i believe spoils the appeal of the device slightly and that is the battery life. Even with normal use i was finding i had to charge the battery every day which is why i eventually changed the phone. I would reccomend the phone for simplicity and ease of use however i think that they should have paid more attention to making the battery last longer

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        16.07.2009 14:38

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        Overall a great phone

        This is a great phone, i have the bronze coloured one which looks very smart. Particular features which i like are the video camera, music player, internet facility and picture quality. These are amongst many other features that you would expect from a standard Nokia. I like that it is very streamline and thin, which means that you can keep it in your pocket more easily. I also like that it is the same as many other nokias that i have had in the past which means i dont have to get used to the features. Also it is easy to transfer any information from your old phone using bluetooth.You can also easily backup any of your information onto your computer, you just use the disc which you get with the phone to install the program, then you can plug the phone directly into the usb port with the cable also provided.

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        07.07.2009 15:58

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        Good general phone

        I purchased two Nokia 6500 Classic phone for me and my wife to use. The phone works well, has excellent features, good sound quality and a very good screen. My wife loves hers however i sometimes find the buttons a little fiddley to us but i do have big fingers.

        I wanted the slimmest, lightest phone I could get but didn't want to pay the earth. Originally I wanted flip-style or slide phone because i feel they can be more comfortable to use for long conversations; but these all tended to be too thick. I just wanted a good phone i dont make that much use of the featues, but they are easy to use. There are many to choose from but i find Nokia's screen menus easy to follow. I do find the volume a problem when listening to calls even when set on full and feel it be louder more of a problem for me than my wife as i work outdoors alot. The battery life could also be better.
        All in all a good alround phone

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        03.07.2009 00:52

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        Nice little phone

        I purchased my nokia 6500 from tmobile on pay as you go around one year ago. I love the slim design of the phone, its lovely and sleek and easily fits into a handbag! For me the main plus points of the phone were the colour, i chose the pink one! I believe you can also get it in black, silver and a sort ov gold colour. You can use the internet really easily on it, its quite quick and holds lots of messages without putting a memory stick in it! I love the design of the phone, however, i have had quite a few problems with this phone, the phone case supplied with it cracked the screen. T mobile though i was bonkers but i took in it to complain and had it sent away and got a new screen put on it as i think i proved my case and they realised it wasnt my fault. Its also really bad on battery and gets really hot when your on the phone to someone!

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        28.06.2009 14:13

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        Simplicity at its best!

        One of Nokia's finest phones!
        It's compact, lightweight, easy to use and has a very good built in memory capacity.

        I originally bought this phone almost 2 years ago - and hell and below its still works as new as the day I bought it!
        It is basically contained in metal so it has high durability and on a plus side it's light to handle. Its slim line too, and this added bonus does not hinder its performance in any which way! A simple OS setup makes this phone a joy to use for any ability!

        It has all your essential functions - Calendar, Alarms, Converters (which you can manually and automatically update) - It does Email and Web browsing, photos (with its 2 mega pixel camera - and a whole range of added perks and effects). It also has a built in Giga-bite of memory and easily performs as an MP3 player - holding a good 12-15 albums at a good bit rate - as well as your messages, numbers, photos and videos! And has a large colourful colour screen!

        Unlike some phones this one I believe still comes with its computer disk and cable as well as quality headphones.

        For its price this is a bargin buy! Its sleek, stylish, remarkably easy to use, a pocket camera which comes up trumps when loading them to your PC and without fail a good MP3 player!

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        26.06.2009 17:00
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        A simple to use phone that does its job well

        Well a few months ago my phone contract came up for renewal. I have been a customer of O2 for a long time and so I know that I can always get myself a good deal on a contract. I also wanted a new phone as part of the deal as my old phone was looking a bit old and scratched etc. I rang up O2 and managed to get myself a great deal as usual and they asked what new phone I would like. I had seen the Nokia 6500 Classic on a few websites and quite liked the look of it so asked for it. They were able to give me the phone I wanted which was great and I haven't been disappointed.

        When I look for a phone I want something that is simple to use and attractive at the same time. I have had slide phones and flip phones before and although they are quite attractive and small as well I found that I actually preferred just a straightforward phone with everything on the front with easy access for you to use. Therefore I really like the style of this phone. The screen is on the front so if you are getting calls etc you can immediately see who is calling. The screen size is a reasonable size, which is big enough to view pictures etc on but not too big. The buttons are simple and also a reasonable size. There are the number buttons and also some control buttons at the top and a central button that is used quite a lot to select items in the menu. My favourite thing about my particular phone, which has nothing to do with how it works, is the fact that it is pink. I am a girly girl and like having pink accessories. I think it just brightens up an otherwise quite average looking item. This phone is available in black as well.

        I found it a little difficult to start with taking the battery out and inserting the sim card as it is quite fiddly but I eventually managed to do it and I am fine with it now. There is also space in the back for a memory card, I ahven't used this though.

        The phone itself is fairly easy to use, which is one the reasons that I like Nokia so much. They do have their more complex phones but they also do basic phones for people who just want a simple gadget. Once you have got the hang of moving around it is quite easy to use. I find that different phones can have the same button that does something different so it can take you a while to get used to it. As I said earlier the phone has a largish screen that you can amend to have a different background. This can either be one of theirs or a picture you have taken yourself.

        As with most phones it has a menu which I think is quite straightforward and easy to use. There are nine sections to choose from including contacts, messaging, settings and organiser. On some phones it can get confusing which part had what in it, but on this phone I think it is quite logical. The only bit I can get confused about is the gallery and media part. For some reason I always seem to go into gallery when I want to take a picture when in fact it is in the media part. This is probably me just getting confused though!

        The phone has got a camera and video options. I haven't really used the video option but I find that the camera is quite good. It isn't the best camera phone in the world but it does take good clear pictures and it easy to send them or save them once you have taken them. It has a flash as well, which is obviously great for taking pictures in the dark! The gallery is also good to flick through your photos and have a look at them all.

        The phone also has a music player but I haven't used this mainly because I have an i-pod and listen to my music on this. There is the option though and I guess this is where a memory card would come in useful.

        It is possible to access the internet but again this isn't something that I have used. I think if you were looking to do this a lot you would probably be better off choosing a different phone but at least the option is there if you want it.

        I find that the phone manages to stay charged for quite a while which is always good. It usually lasts me a couple of days unless I use it a lot. It is always good having a Nokia as well as when you have left your charger at home , someone usually has a Nokia charger as they are such popular phones.

        You can get this phone on most networks, either as pay as you go which will cost you around £100. You can also get it on contract, where you will probably get it free with your line rental.

        Overall it is a simple to use phone that has some good features.

        Also posted on Ciao.

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        20.05.2009 02:44
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        Great value

        This is without doubt one of the very best phones I have ever had. Its slim size and robust build quality add to its aesthetic appeal. It only has a 2mp camera but that doesn't matter to much if you don't use your phone as your main camera. With a bright clear screen and a well thought out menu system it is also a pleasure to use. The built in memory is 1Gb which is plenty for normal phone use. You can fit a few albums and videos in there. there are several good games included, especially the golf and backgammon. I have used this phone for 18 months and there is hardly a scratch on it. All the keys are still firm and in place, its a tough little phone. This phone is very stylish and always catches peoples eyes. If you want a simple, reliable, bit-of-everything phone you should seriously consider this phone.

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          18.05.2009 14:30

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          A well designed, feature packed phone let down by some random crashes and other bugs. The phone will sometime jam in 'locked' mode forcing you to reset the handset by removing the battery.The phone also has a weak signal compared to other phones, so if you have a poor reception from your network (particularly Three!!!) then make sure you try the phone before buying. If the reception is good and you can handle the occasional reset, the handset is up there with the best for its price bracket. The camera produces good quality images and video, and can act as a very respectable MP3 player. One unique feature is the video out port which allows you to stream video to a TV set should you wish.

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        Designed to be precisely balanced in the hand, with large keys and ergonomically correct dimensions and surfaces, Nokia 6500 classic has been created with maximum usability in mind. Along with third generation WCDMA technology and sleek, contemporary designs, this new device features carefully engineered touches that help to ensure that the beauty endures.

        Instantly recognizable by its seamless case crafted from 360 degrees of anodized aluminum, the Nokia 6500 classic is a 9.5mm thin statement of unsurpassed attention to detail. As an expression of individuality, each Nokia 6500 classic is individually polished, ensuring that no two phones are exactly alike, while diamond polishing used on the beveled display aperture and cold stamped logo demonstrate the highest levels of craftsmanship.

        However, the attention to detail found in the Nokia 6500 classic is much more than skin deep. Featuring dual band 3G technology for fast and easy downloads and browsing and quad-band GSM for worldwide roaming, the Nokia 6500 classic delivers state-of-the-art connectivity options for the most demanding of customers.

        Nokia's dedication to usability is also evident in the Nokia 6500 classic. The Nokia Series 40 interface, familiar to millions of users around the globe, provides easy access to the powerful feature set, including a 2 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and an integrated music player. Furthermore, a unified micro-USB connector simplifies charging, audio and data connectivity by consolidating them into a single compact port. This allows for the Nokia 6500 classic to be easily used as a high-capacity flash drive or to be charged directly from a laptop computer - all with one cable.