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Now these days we have mobile phones that can do almost anything but you don't have to be all that old to remember the days when all they did was allow you to make and receive calls and send very short text messages. Well this phone is a bit of a happy medium between the two.
I got this phone around 2009 and since upgrading to my nokia Lumia I have kept it as my spare but on a PAYG tariff. The phone is quite heavy when compared to modern phones but not overly so. The fact you can answer the phone simply by sliding the phone open is a plus and also end the call by sliding it closed.
Making a call is easy as there is the traditional key pad - no touch screen here and the phone book is quick and easy to set up and use. The earpiece gives a clear sound with no hiss on the line and the microphone also picks up your voice well. The screen is perhaps a little small but it is a colour one and is nice and clear. Texting takes a little longer on this phone as without the QWERTY keyboard that a touch screen smartphone has you have to go back to the old school method of using the phones key pad. The big plus is that you can turn off the predictive text quite easily which drives me nuts. The texts are not stored in conversation mode but as separate messages which may be an advantage for some.
The camera on the phone is 3.2 mp which ok is not the best but it does take reasonable snapshots and you can always edit them later in a photo programme. The 256 mb micro SD card provided in the phone also meant you had a bit more memory available. Ah but what about the internet? Well this is a feature phone and if your contract allowed it would connect to the internet but it is slow and gives a limited usage due to the screen size. It is good enough for going online in an emergency but give it to a teenager and they would probably go into a strop as they won't be able to get onto facebook using it - or if they can it is too slow for them.
The battery had a good long life and I only charged mine every 10 days or so - but then it got very little usage so for others it may have needed charging more. My handset was a bit iffy getting it to charge but I always got there in the end. I feel this would have been my particular handset rather than the phones actual design.
I have had many Nokia phones in the past, but this one I absolutely loved, it looks good, it has a really good camera, and external MicroSD slot so that you can store images, videos and even movies! It really is smooth, I have been using this phone for 3 years now and I have not some across a better quality phone. Don't underestimate this phone, yes there are many 'smartphones' out there, but this phone will most likely outlive them. Nokia phones have always been reliable and you will not regret buying this phone.
My super smart 'smart phone' went belly up this week.
I won't mention the brand name, but it's a large and rather well known one which has been nothing but trouble, and suffice to say I've never been moved by it enough to spend time writing a review on here.
Long story short, some moisture has got inside and the battery has swollen to twice its size. As water damage isn't covered in my insurance, I'm now stuck.
So, to the gadget drawer I headed to root out one of my old phones, and the only model I had the correct charger for was this little fella.
I got the 6500 (slide, not classic) in 2008 when it was quite new to the market. I'm not really bothered about having the latest and greatest mobile phones - I hate them to be honest, just need one for work so it's a necessary evil - but since I was getting a contract and it was free it would have been daft not to.
This was chosen because I didn't want a Blackberry and I'd had terrible luck in the past with Sony, so I suppose 50% brand loyalty towards Nokia and 50% stuck between a rock and a hard place!!
I'm 31 years old and remember (not too long ago) when no-one had mobile phones. NO. ONE.
It seems incredible to me how quickly mobile phones have
1) been brought to market from almost nowhere
2) become an essential tool as well as fashion accessory, and
3) developed from a chunky portable box to make phonecalls to what we have today - 6"x3" miracles from which you can control your life from the palm of your hand!
Sadly, while being amazing machines they seem to have made old fashioned things like 'conversation' and 'manners' a thing of the past - something that has been brought home to me since using this old Nokia.
This phone does ALMOST everything my smart phone did, but it's not nearly as engrossing or all-consuming. Phonecalls - the primary function, so I'm told - are obviously fine. The phonebook is easy to access and the speaker is crisp and clear, so no issues there, and it answers automatically when slid open. Texts work perfectly and if I'm honest I find the old predictive text easier to use than the new 'auto-correct' software built into smart-phones. Music is easy to upload and play, though storage is pretty poor with 1gig of memory on the SD card it comes with to handle everything. The headphones don't like to stay plugged in, mind.
My biggest problem with the modern smartphones is internet. Access on-the-go is a great idea, but it seems everyone I pass in the street is glued to their screen like a zombie, reading facebook or browsing the news or playing games. While I'm not quite that bad, it is easy to get carried away once online and spend half an hour doing nothing.
The 6500 provides the perfect balance.
Internet access is possible, allowing access to most full sites as well as many 'customised for mobile' sites, but it runs painfully slowly and only loads partials of web pages. It means access when necessary is entirely possible, but it's too much hard work to turn into a long session playing games or wasting time.
The 6500 has a decent camera, only 3.2 megapixels but with a specially commissioned Carl Zeiss lens for superb detail. I use my camera quite a lot so that's a big tick, though video is fairly rubbish even when turned to the shortest length at maximum quality.
The display is great and measures a little over 2 inches - more than enough for a text message and just about enough for the internet sites. Sadly the screen is pretty soft acrylic material which scratches very easily.
If I have a big negative for this phone, it's the battery life. It was one of the deciding factors when buying with a quoted standby time of 13 days, yet even with minimal use I end up charging this every couple of days, and it runs out really quickly if I have to make a long call.
Overall this was a brilliant phone in its day and is still entirely passable as a stop-gap now.
At first I was quite conscious that I was using an old phone, but now I'm used to the buttons again it feels like an extension of my arm. It's a bit fatter than my posh smart phone, but much smaller overall and quite a lot lighter - very comfortable in the hand.
Only a temporary measure for me, but I have to say you could do a lot worse than this phone regardless of your needs.
I first had this phone when it was the latest thing - a few years ago now. It served me well and I enjoyed it, but upgraded at the end of my contract. The upgrade proved to be a nightmare and so when that contract ended I went back to ol' faithful and haven't looked back.
it is quite a basic phone when you compare it to some of the more high tech gadgets being released nowadays but it covers all the basics. You can send and receive texts, make and receive calls, play music and radio. It has Bluetooth, a decent camera and video recorder and also has space for a memory card which gives you much more memory than it would have otherwise. My personal favourite feature is that when you receive a text the senders name/number shows up on the screen. Maybe that's not as rare as I think it but this is the only phone I have ever had that does it and I like it.
It is small, compact and reasonably thin and considering how many times I've slid it up and down and dropped it, it seems to be made of pretty strong stuff! It's not particularly flashy or fashionable but I've pimped mine with some stickers and a personalised wallpaper and so I'm quite happy :)
My friends say it s a brick and/or it's from the stone age but I can honestly say it is the easiest, most reliable and overall most satisfying phone I have ever had. I don't intend to upgrade again any time soon.
I have this phone 3 years now. I am still using Nokia 6288. Even I learnt a lot about having a slide phone is quite trouble some when it comes to indurance, I fell in love with its slim design.
When I said "slim", it is truly slim.
Comparing with bulky Nokia 6288, it is a very big improvement.
I am a big fan of Nokia. In the term of utility and its user friendly, nokia is Number One.
And Nokia keeps it that way in Nokia 6500.
It almost does not have any difference between 6288 and 6500. But it comes with style with metal body.
What you expect from a 3G phone with abundant of utility is here.
It has 2000 phonebook entries where you can store your family and friends' contact numbers easily.
No worry to run out of storage.
You want to save moments of your life? The equipped 3.15 MP Carl Zeiss optics with flash and autofocus does the job (crisp images and nice detail).
Even if you need to record some video, its VGA@15fps is doing great.
Video call? No question although it only has QCIF secondary camera.
As for Entertainment section, it is a Nokia Gift for you.
Radio, Music Player, Video Player, well... they are all superman quality.
Business? You can do some presentation with its TV-out function.
And when we talk about utility, I would like to mention its battery life.
It is beyond great (standby by for around 6 days).
If you're traveling a lot, than this might be for you.
The only thing I feel not so comfortable here is its keypad.
It is quite small for big thumbs. Especially if you text a lot.
All in all, Nokia 6500 is very very recommended for those who looks for utility with style.
Its model is still up to date although its first release was on 2007
This is a very good mobile phone. It has a very simple look but it has many feature inside like music player, bluetooth, radio fm, and the other. this mobile phone also has a very good camera. 3.2 mega pixel camera with carl zeiss optics make this phone good for taking picture with your friend. 512 free micro sd memory card make it can store up to 1800 high quality photo. of course you can upgrade your memory card up to 2 GB if you want. This phone have a very small front camera for video call. But even this phone have a front camera, you can't use it for taking picture. And the quality of the front camera is not as good as the other camera.
this mobile phone also have a very good durability..
I have used this phone before for 5 years but there is no serious problem like death pixel or anything.
At least this is the best mobile phone i ever use.
i had this phone when it was new out i got it on contract lucky i had it insured but had the same problem the second time they told me it was a manerfacturing falt both times ended up getting a diffrent phone i found it was very bulky and heavy in the pocket after a while the screen went completly blank i would have problems sliding the phone up and the center button would stick and decided when it wanted to work and the directional buttons were the same This phone has a pathetically short battery life
the good bits are is the case is stainless steel so its very tough and wouldnt damage easily if you droped it it has a camera on the front and back good for video calls and with the camera being a 3.2 megapixel its good quility and also had built in flash was use full in night clubs it has a music player and was very user friendly the radio worked with the headphones and the bluetooth was quite fast when i bought this phone i found they put in a 512 mb memory card with was very usefull helped out alot all in all i wouldnt reccomend this phone didnt lastme 4 months
I initially got this phone on a 18month contract with Three, and i only paid £15 a month. I had always been a big fan of nokia symbian phones (phones before this were 7650, 6600 then the 6680) and i felt like i was in some way downgrading when getting this phone, as it doesn't run on the symbian os. I was pleasantly suprised though when i turned the phone on to find a very familiar menu and new added features that i didn't have on the 6680.
The 6500 is a very user friendly phone with great functionality. And it was great while it lasted. My phone however started to play up after about 12 months. It would start to turn itself off even though the battery charge was fine, and would also not tell me when i was receiving text messages. I would have to go to my inbox and check if i had any unread.
Its features aren't really that outdated, the only thing it really lacks that modern phones have is the wifi, so it could still be a good purchase for someone looking for a decent cheap phone.
As I have said before I am regularly changing my phone as get bored very easy with phones, but this phone has got to be one of the best phones around and I would still have this phone now if I hadn't had it stolen!
I went into store looking for my first contract, not knowing what phone to choose and having these all singing and dancing phones suggested so was quite confused. I came away and read up on a few phones I liked the look of, this being one of them, and decided this seemed to be the better phone as they were many great reviews.
I went back and had this phone on contract, once set up and charged the phone was very straight forward to use, which is why I have always liked Nokia's for the ease of use. I had free msn messenger which was easy to set up and use, and browsing the internet was just as simple and fast. The basics such as texting and calling were all straight forward, and the other gadgets such as the camera all worked great with no problems. One bug bearer of mine with phones is the battery life, I use my phone quite alot and don't always have chance to charge it but was quite surprised as fully charged this phone would last a few days at least.
Unfortunately my phone was stolen, but if it hadn't been I think I would still have this phone now as I have always liked Nokia phones but this was definitely my favourite.
The Nokia 6500 slide.
It is 9cm long 4 cm wide and 2 cm quite heavy in comparison to other phones. A stainless steel and black plastic casing, it slides up to reveal the alpha-numeric buttons and the top part includes the function and movement keys.
I have had this phone for about 4 years now and it has lasted me well.
I originally got it as a replacement for a water related incident with my Samsung D900 and decided to go back to a more reliable Nokia.
The phone has a Carl Zeiss 3.2 megapixel camera lens and flash, 3G vidoe calling capability (i have never personally used), FM radio, music player, mobile internet capabilities and blue tooth. As well as the all important calling and texting facility.
It is easy to navigate with a range of installed background and settings options.
You can load data onto an SD card so that you can have other ringtones and pictures, and also back up the phone data easily onto your computer.
I wouldn't say this phone is the greatest in the world as it does randomly lose signal on occasion and has frozen on me, but that is more to do with age.
Due to the casing being stainless steel it has been more scratch resistant than some models, though i do find that it has a strangely magnetic quality especially near the battery at the back, and this has a fascination to my keys in my handbag.
I had one incident with this phone about 2 years ago where it got dropped in a pond. Sim card was rescued and new phone bought (though not a very good replacement).
3 months later i decide to try the phone again and beyond all belief it was working fine. It had dried out suitably and despite the occassional glitch all the functions work!
The fact that this phone survived a quite severe dunking and then dried out enough to work for at least a further 2years has continued to amaze me and which is why i'm giving this a fairly high rating.
I had this phone on an Orange contract and believe the RRP at the time was around £120.
Yes it's not as swanky as the touch screen varieties or the smartphones/I-phones and it might not look pretty. But for me this phone has survived my clumbsiness, works well, does what it says on the box etc, and rarely fails me. I know several people who have this phone so it is a fairly popular model.
I have owned this phone for nearly two years now. Mine is a reconditioned phone so I only paid around £70.00 for it. I would not have been happy to pay nearly £150.00 for this phone, as I think that there are better phones out there for this price. On the plus side the phone is very pleasing to the eye (my phone is silver. The black version is ok, but I think the silver one looks so much better). The Nokia 6500 Slide is very well built, as I have dropped it in the past and the only evidence there is, is a small dent at the side of the phone. There isn't even any cracks on the screen. I was impressed with the quality of the sound, as I like to use the music player to listen to songs which I have downloaded from the internet. The camera is ok, the flash is quite bright but then you can always turn it off.
What is not so good about the phone is the battery life, which was pretty poor. When I first got the phone I was having to charge it up at least three times a week. The buttons are sometimes slow to react, which is not good in an emergency! Sometimes the screen just goes completely blank and cuts out. My friend also has the same phone, as well as her mum and they both have the same problem with their phone freezing randomly. I must say though the good thing about being a slide phone is that it won't accidently dial any numbers as long as you remember to lock the phone first, which is what I learnt later on!
It is a very stylish phone with fairly good features, but I would not buy this phone again due to it faults. however I would definately buy another Nokia in the future, as it is probably one the best phone manufacturers there is.
I had this phone on a 18 Months contract through 3 mobile and to be honest its neither good or bad! It has its faults but has its positives as well! I have had much worse phones but also much better!
The phone is quick, it is very self explanatory and so easy to use! With a memory card it can hold a lot of data, it is hard wearing as |I have dropped it and splashed water on it and it still works! The buttons are a decent size so people with larger fingers should find it easy to use, the sound quality is good and the loudspeaker is very handy when driving or waiting to get through to a call centre. Battery and sim easy to take out.
Every so often my screensaver will go blank so have to go and re-set it! One of the buttons tends to stick every now and then! Sometimes it freezes and have to take the battery out to turn it off! Struggle to get reception which I think is down to the phone because my partner is on the same network and when we are standing next to each other he has full signal and I have none, a couple of occasions I have received 2 days worth of text messages in the middle of the night!!(not sure if thats the network or the phone)
To be honest it isn't a bad little phone, it has it's faults but doesn't all mobiles! It has lasting me a fair while and will keep in case anything happens to my new phone.
Nokia 6500 slide ...don't buy it! I got this mobile phone on contract 18 months ago. I initially got it because it had the features that ticked my boxes. Easy to use, 3.2 mega pixel Camera with a flash, 3G technology enabling video calling ( however i have only had reception once to be able to use this function) Bluetooth, small enough to fit in my pocket or smallest or clutch bags. However after a short time of having the phone i was experiencing problems where the memory card / sim card appeared to have a loose connection. My contacted would disappear along with any pictures i had taken texts i had saved. I went to my phone provider, started explaining the problems, they cut me off in my tracks stating that this was such a common problems that they would replace the phone straight away. While i can highly recommend the phone provider for their customer service, i can not recommend this phone. Why when it has extremely common problems was the phone no recalled and problem fixed.
I owned this phone for 18 months and have just recently replaced it at the end of my contract. Its not a bad little phone, and it served its purpose for the most part, but its not without its flaws.
I'll start with the positive aspects. The sound quality of phone calls is generally clear, there is a handy volume control on the side of the phone and a loudspeaker option which is a little less clear but easy to access during a call and great for when your hands are otherwise occupied.
The menus are easy to navigate and clearly labeled. Finding what you're looking for is simple and fast. Text messaging is very user friendly, the functions are pretty intuitive and the predictive text has a reasonable extensive dictionary, if the word you are looking for isn't in it its the work of a couple of seconds to add it.
The camera is pretty good. Its only 3.2 megapixels but you get pretty good images and unlike other phones I've had you don't have to worry too much about your pictures being blurry or out of focus. I think the lens is fairly high quality. There is also a flash and several shooting modes to choose from.
This phone is not the most attractive, but its design is functional and practical, the slide mechanism is robust and won't fly open at any time like some start to do after while.
Now to the negatives. Well, I just don't think this phone is built to last 18 months, and now that most mobile phone contracts are either 18 or 24 months this is a problem! The casing scratches quite easily and by the time I replaced this phone it was seriously tatty looking.
The phone started to crash regularly at around the 13 month mark, and would need the battery taking out and replacing. At around the same time the wallpaper on the home screen would randomly disappear and need to be reset. This needed doing so frequently by about month 15 that I gave up and just kept the wallpaper as a plain white screen!
About month 16, the phone starting randomly turning itself off, which was really not good if you were waiting for an important phone call but weren't able to devote your time to staring at your phone! I would check it to find it was turned off and I would have no idea how long it had been off.
None of these problems caused major or longterm issues, the phone always worked fine once it had been turned back on, but it was unreliable and I couldn't count on it.
Its possible I was just unlucky with my Nokia 6500 slide, but its possible that they all have similar issues, so if you were considering buying one I'd seriously only think about it if you are planning on using it for a year or less.
I hope this was helpful.
I am so disappointed that I chose this phone on an 18 month contract. It is so poor!! Let's look at the positives - it makes calls, takes an OK picture and that's probably about it! This phone has been the bane of my life and sometimes I have felt like throwing it out the window. It crashes randomly so that I lose my wallpaper and have to keep resetting it. If you text too quickly it can't keep up and crashes. If you move through the menu too quickly it crashes - can you see a pattern.
Last month I dropped it down the loo - oops! But after leaving it off for a week to dry out it did start working again so that might be a bonus I guess.
The video functionality is poor, the sim card is located in a really awkward place and this phone has really put me off Nokia's.
Am so disappointed and will not be getting a Nokia phone again.