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      07.07.2010 17:53
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      Not a bad phone, but quite expensive for what it is.

      This little phone is quite nice in design with a black case and blue keys and navigation button, the slide action is very smooth, though you do have to press against the screen to open the device, leaving finger marks. But it does give you confidence that the device will not fall apart after a bit of aggressive use.

      The 2.2" colour screen is better than I expected from such a small device, but it's nice and easy to read text messages and view the icons, though not so good with the web.

      In the box you get the phone, USB PC cable, basic hands free kit, which is two pieces. One piece with micro USB on one end to connect to the phone and a control box on the other end. The second cable has 3.5mm jack which plugs into the hands free control box and of course the ear pieces. This is quite handy if you lose or damage the actual headphones as you can use any old pair with a jack plug!

      There are only two connector points on the side of the device, one for the mains charger on the right hand side and the mini USB which is found under a cover on the top of the phone. There is also a release button to remove the back panel for access to the battery, sim and microSD. I have found both the release button cover and the mini USB cover very fiddly to open, especially if like me you have no finger nails.

      The functionality is very basic for a phone in this price range, with everything you would expect to find such as messaging (txt, picture and video), Contacts, media gallery, media player and a Opera mini web browser. I found because of the size of the screen, the web was really a waste of time, unless it's an emergency (such as football results!).

      The 3.2 megapixel camera is surprisingly good, as long as you have a steady hand, when the pictures are downloaded to the PC and viewed, the colour quality is better than you would expect from a 3.2 camera.

      Rating 7/10 Not bad quality, but suffers from lack of functionality.

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        21.04.2010 23:46
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        A good simple phone

        Ill get down to basics. This isnt a phone for someone who wants the highest tec piece of technology. After the first week of use I immediately noticed that it had a flimsy feel about it and a feel of cheap plastic which you dont get with similar priced sony ericssons. There is also an annoying lack of vibration which means it is extremely difficult to feel a text message or phone call when the profile silent is selected. Apart from these faults I find this phone doing exactly what it says on the tin. It is simple to use and I love the fact you can change what the shortcut buttons do to what you want which is good for me as it is automatically set to internet which I dont have in my deal so i changed it to my inbox! Overall a nice looking phone in black and is fine if you want a good looking phone without expecting too much.

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        01.03.2010 00:14
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        I want my N73 back!

        I'll get to the nitty gritty of what the phones offers technically towards the end and give a more personal usage bit to start with. After my old phone had a little mishap and I found myself phone shopping. I had an idea of what I was wanted and somehow just short of an hour later I walked out of the phone shop confused as to how I'd ended up with something completely different. How do those sales people do that!?! Oh well it's done now!

        Colour:
        Well I had wanted black but the sales person told me that there was no black in this model of phone and just a grey or dark grey. He lied! There is a black! This is something I can easily get over but worth mentioning to prospective buyers that there is a black model and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

        The screen:
        I tend to leave the protective plastic sticker on as long as I can but it was getting a bit yucky so I took it off within a month of having the phone. As the phone is a slide you will be putting your fingers on in regularly. These marks obviously do come off but it's a bit irritating having to wipe your phone off all the time and unfortunately sometimes no matter how much you wipe it off it seems to only smear and make things worse.

        Slide:
        Being a slide phone there is no worry about knocking the keypad when the phone is in your pocket or anything like that.

        Settings:
        Almost all of the phones I have ever had have been Nokia's so changing the settings or adjusting volume is easy to find for me. If you are new to Nokia it might take a moment but it's pretty straight forward.

        I set everything up and tested the camera by taking a photo of something (think it was the cat). The photo took and as I was looking at it the screen went onto standby. I pressed the main keypad button to wake it back up and again within 20 seconds or so it happened again. I tried and tried to stop this from happening so quickly but nothing I did would help. I contacted Nokia after my internet searches were coming up blank and apparently it's a battery saving thing and can't be altered. Very annoying! It's the worst when I'm halfway through reading a long text and then by pressing a button to wake up the screen I'm suddenly in the details of when the text was sent so I have to find my place again. It's like reading a book and forgetting to put the bookmark in.

        Camera:
        I was spoilt previously as I had the Nokia N73 with a Carl Zeiss lens. I hadn't realized it before but that lens makes all the difference! The camera on the 6600 is 5 mega pixels whereas the camera on the N73 is 3.2 but the pictures from the N73 were far more superior to those taken with the 6600. Be prepared after taking a photo to wait a bit before you can do anything else or take another photo! The 5 mega pixels camera was a main selling point for me and if it's the same for you don't be fooled into thinking that the higher the mega pixels the happier you will be.

        Speaker:
        Shortly after getting this phone I was in the car and I was waiting for a phone call but when it came through I realized that my phone wasn't linked into my car so as I had done before with other phones ... I placed it on my lap and put the speaker on. I could hardly hear a thing so I pulled the car over and turned the volume up. Still I found it hard to hear so I ended up turning the speaker off and just having a normal hold the phone conversation on the side of the road. I've Bluetooth connected it to my GPS so there isn't a problem now but worth noting that the speaker isn't even close to good.

        Dangly things:
        I have a little Russian doll dangly thing which hangs from my phone. Normally with those things you slide the cord through and secure it but with the 6600 you merely hook it on and then snap the phone back on to hold it in place. I thought this wouldn't matter but the dangly falls off all the time.

        Battery life:
        I am always good when I get a new phone. I charge it as I'm instructed to and always charge properly afterwards but this battery and I are at war. It runs low and needs charging on a daily basis. I got a new battery and this one is slightly better needing charging once every other day but that's still not good.

        Reception:
        Via my mobile phone contract I have usage of a few signals and have never lost signal in my kitchen or at my son's play group before so I blame the phone! I'm not sure why it's suddenly like this but it's only been since having this phone so what other conclusion can there be?


        Pay As You Go you're looking at spending £140 odd pounds on this phone but trust me there are better ways to spend and/or waste your money!


        From the Nokia website:

        Size
        * Form: Slide
        * Dimensions: 93.0 x 45.0 x 14.2 mm
        * Weight: 110 g
        * Volume: 52 cc

        Display and 3D
        * Size: 2.2"
        * Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels (QVGA)
        * Up to 16.7 million colours
        * TFT technology

        Keys and input method
        * Numeric keypad

        Colours and covers
        * Available in-box colours:
        - Black
        - Silver

        Connectors
        * Micro-USB connector with mass storage class support, USB 2.0

        Memory
        * microSD memory card slot, max. 16 GB
        * 20 MB internal user memory

        Power
        * BL-4U 1000 mAh Li-Ion standard battery
        * Talk time (maximum):
        - GSM 4 h
        - WCDMA 3 h
        * Standby time (maximum):
        - GSM 300 h
        - WCDMA 300 h

        Operating frequency
        * Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
        * WCDMA 850/2100
        * Automatic switching between GSM bands

        Data network
        * GPRS, class B, multislot class 32
        * EDGE, class B, multislot class 32
        * WCDMA 850/2100
        * TCP/IP support
        * Capability to serve as data modem

        Local connectivity and synchronisation
        * Bluetooth version 2.0

        Call features
        * Integrated hands-free speakerphone
        * Automatic answer with headset or car kit
        * Any key answer
        * Call waiting, call hold, call divert
        * Call timer
        * Logging of dialled, received and missed calls
        * Automatic redial
        * Speed dialling
        * Enhanced voice dialling
        * Fixed dialling number support
        * Vibrating alert (internal)
        * Side volume keys
        * Mute/unmute
        * Contacts with images
        * Conference calling with up to 3 participants
        * Video calling: up to 176 x 144 pixels (VGA), up to 15 fps

        Messaging
        * SMS with support for concatenated SMS for long messages
        * SMS storage: up to 60 messages on phone, up to 60 messages on SIM card
        * Speed dialling for SMS sending
        * List of recently used numbers in message editor
        * Multiple SMS deletion
        * Undo function for SMS deletion
        * EMS picture messaging (send and receive)
        * MMS version 1.3, message size up to 600 kb
        * Automatic resizing of images for MMS
        * Nokia Xpress audio messaging
        * Common inbox for SMS and MMS messages
        * Number screening for messaging
        * Distribution lists for messaging

        E-mail
        * Supported protocols: IMAP4, POP3, SMTP
        * Support for e-mail attachments

        Web browsing
        * Supported mark-up languages: HTML, XHTML, WML
        * Supported protocols: HTTP, WAP
        * TCP/IP support
        * Nokia Browser

        GPS and navigation
        * Nokia Maps application

        Photography
        * 5 megapixel camera (2592 x 1944 pixels)
        * 8x zoom
        * Autofocus
        * Double LED flash

        Video
        * Video recording at up to 640 x 480 pixels (VGA) and up to 15 fps

        Music and audio playback
        * Nokia Music player
        * Music playback file formats: .mp3, .wma, .aac, eAAC, eAAC+
        * FM radio 87.5-108 MHz with RDS support

        Voice and audio recording
        * Voice commands
        * Voice dialling
        * Voice recorder
        * FR, EFR, AMR-NB


        © oioiyou 2010

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          14.02.2010 01:06
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          I would not recommend this handset due to performance issues and being frustrating to use at times

          I previously owned this handset for 6 months before changing to the Nokia 6700 Classic. I did not enjoy using this handset due to a number of reaons:
          Handset used to drop signal and go to 'No Service' randomly in areas where it had previously picked up 2/3 bars.
          Handset reset randomly and froze.
          Software was quite slow to respond.
          The keypad was very small and the top row of keys were hard to press due to the casing of the top slide half.
          No USB cable provided with the handset upon purchasing

          I received two new 6600 Slide's within the 6 month period of owning it and all had the above problems.

          I did like the handsets design and features. The camera on this phone was also of a very good quality and photos were clear to view on the handset.

          Overall I would not recommend this phone as I found it to be too frustrating to use.

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            15.01.2010 13:44
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            Good all-rounder

            I've had my Nokia since August 2009 and we've been getting along famously!

            Having previously had a nice compact Samsung, I was looking for a new phone that was small and slimline and would fit in an evening bag (along with the rest of my junk!). Having looked around all the phone shops, I found that most phones on the market today are quite bulky, but this one was just right.

            If you want a phone that doesn't sing and dance, that is pretty much just a phone, this is ideal. The menu screen is bright and easy to navigate, and the buttons are quite a good size (I hate them when you can't use them because they are so small!). You can call and text, and there's a really easy to navigate internet browser, which I use quite often, and a fab map tool, that helps you find your way around. The camera is 3.2 mega pixels and takes quite good photos really.

            The phone has a radio and mp3 player, but no conventional speaker socket, so you have to plug them into an adaptor (supplied). This is a bit fiddly and cumbersome (especially in overflowing handbags) so if you do have an mp3 player already, I would stick to using that.

            The battery life is quite good, but it does drain quickly if you use the internet or play games on it, so be warned!

            I'm really clumsy and have dropped this phone many many times and it still seems to work, so don't be too worried if you are a clutz!

            All in all, this is a good, solid, stylish phone that is great for those who just want a phone for calling and texting. It does have multimedia functions, but I think there are other phones on the market better suited to that

            **UPDATE JULY 2010**
            Shortly after I wrote this review, my phone started to crash and generally behave in a strange manner and not work properly (wouldn't switch off, screen blurred, couldn't see who was calling etc etc).

            Fortunately, I have insurance so took it back to Carphone Warehouse. I found it telling that after I had said I had a phone that didn't work and was insured, they gave me the stock 'we'll repair it' answer. They then checked the model and said 'oh, we replace these ones'. I took that as a sign that the model was not that great and is prone to breaking. The new one seems fine for now but watch this space.

            As a result of this, I have taken a star off and a mark off reliability. I wouldn't want someone to get this phone and be misled.

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            12.12.2009 21:58
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            Great Phone

            I have had this phone now for about 7months. It does what it says on the box, its small, stylish and fits well in my pocket or handbag. I must admit that i am a big nokia fan and the fact that the menu operating system is the basic one as opposed to symbian based makes it better. Simple to use. The battery life lasts on average 3/4 days and i use it every day for texting or calls.

            I love the camera, it is 3.2 mega pixels and takes good quality pictures however the flash could be upgraded.

            A few weeks ago my phone did commit suicide though as it jumped out my pocket and down about 150 feet to my surprise there were no dents caused. The screen was in perfect condition and the phone did start working after a few hours rest and has been fine since then.

            have had no problem with the quality of the calls either.

            My only complaint though is that sometimes when i am scrolling through the pictures the screen freezes and i need to take the battery out to reset the phone. However this maybe due to a software fault but im just too lazy to do this.

            Overall i would say if you are looking for something small, stylish and does the job then this phone is for you.

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              19.10.2009 11:19
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              A very good basic but stylish phone with room to grow.

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              INTRODUCTION
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              Having recently resigned from my job, I was suddenly faced with the slightly daunting prospect of going shopping for a new mobile phone. My previous employer had a generous personal use policy for business issued mobiles (a Blackberry Pearl), so I have not had a need for a second mobile for almost four years.

              Luckily, I already had a pretty good idea of what I wanted from a phone. I mainly wanted to be contactable, make the occasional phone call and text, catch up on news via the internet on occasion, and have something about my person that didn't look too dull or too flash.

              Armed with my brother-in-law (who was a little more in touch with the mobile world) I descended on Guildford High Street, and after some excellent assistance from a chap at Carphone Warehouse, emerged blinking into the bright sunlight with a swanky-looking Nokia 6600 Slide (so much for not looking flash!).

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              IN THE BOX
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              I bought the phone on a 24-month pay monthly contract, so it was "free". However, if you wanted to buy the unit separately without a contract, it would set you back £249 from Carphone Warehouse. However, the model is already a year old, and as such, you can get them new elsewhere at a significant discount (£125 from Amazon), or acquire them second hand for a fraction of the cost.

              The top opening box includes the phone, the manual, a mains charger, a data cable to enable connection to a PC, a set of in-ear headphones (the ear canal types with rubber ear buds that sit inside your ears) with three sizes of ear buds, and a special adapter which plugs into the USB port which allows it (and the headphones) to double as a hands-free kit. More on the accessories later.

              In addition to the stuff supplied, I kitted it out with a number of invaluable accessories (a car charger, plastic stick-on screen protector, a belt clip carry case and a Bluetooth hands-free unit) which do not come with the phone but which, for the grand total of £35, I have found well worth the extra investment.

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              LOOK & FEEL
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              The 6600 has a shiny black cover and fits nicely in the palm of the hand. The front is dominated by the 1.5 by 2 inch colour screen (advertised as a 2.2" TFT display) and just three buttons. A central thumb-sized square menu button edged in fetching aqua blue which is used for most of the navigation, and two rectangular buttons for initiating and ending calls and all other peripheral functions. Also on the front is the microphone and a forward facing camera for video calls. It is a quad band phone, which essentially means it will work in Europe, the UK, USA and Japan and most other places on the planet.

              The phone has a slide mechanism (hence the name) so when you push the fascia upwards, it smooth slides back to reveal a backlit keypad underneath. The keypad features numbers 0 to 9 plus two special function keys. The top of the unit has the disengaging mechanism for the back cover (to reveal the battery, SIM and 512MB Micro SD memory card as well as a hard rubber cover which, when removed, reveals the USB port for docking with a PC.

              The power input for the charger is on the right hand side of the phone, and the back cover features the loudspeaker, the main 3.2 megapixel camera and the discreet flash. With the battery inserted, the phone weights a very modest 110 grams. The unit itself measures around 3.25 by 1.5 inches and is fairly slim. All in all, from a purely aesthetic point of view, with its shiny black exterior and rounded corners, it's a very slick and cool looking phone.

              However, as a note of caution, that nice slick black surface is prone to: (a) fingerprints - I find I am forever cleaning it as every little oily deposit from my face or mitts shows up; and (b) scratches - which makes a screen protector and a protective case of some description an almost mandatory acquisition.

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              BASIC FUNCTIONS
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              I wanted a good looking phone which did the basics well. The phone has a load of extra features, such as photo and video capability, a maps facility, a music player and FM radio, games and web browsing using the Opera application, and, although I touch on these specific features below, I bought it primarily as a telephone and that's how I still use it a majority of the time.

              > Calls & Texts

              Making and receiving calls is simple. The keypad is a nice size, even for stodgy fingers like mine and I find it easy to use. The phone allows you to assign a photo to each contact, so not only can you read who is calling you, you can see them at a glance as well. You can also assign specific ring tones to specific contacts (in my case, my wife) so you don't even have to look at the screen to know who is calling. There may be a few of you rolling your eyes at this point (as in DOH! What did he expect?), but for me, this is a very useful and practical advance on my old (yes - REALLY old) previous phone.

              When receiving calls, you can set up the phone to answer when you slide it open, or leave it so you have to press the answer key. I prefer the latter, even though it involves an extra step, because my natural inclination is to slide it open when I get it out. Predictive text is available, but does my head in, so I don't use really use it. Like phoning, texting is easy with the decent sized keypad and the 6600 handles it well.

              The sound quality of calls is excellent and clear with good signal strength. Volume control is intuitive while in-call (from the menu button) and there is little distortion even at the highest sound level. Equally, the speakerphone function does a great job both for the speaker and the listener, although, with the loudspeaker located on the bottom of the back cover, it's easy to accidentally cover it when holding the phone.

              > Features

              As with most phones, there are a number of profiles you can use (general, loud silent) which allow for heavy customisation. There is a "Go To" menu on the start-up screen that provides a useful shortcut to your profiles, so you can put the phone on silent and back to another profile at the click of a couple of buttons instead of working your way through the menu system. The "Go To" menu reflects my use of the phone - with shortcuts to profiles, camera, web browser, alarm clock and calculator.

              The screen is fully customisable (I currently have a photo of my newborn son as a wallpaper) and shows signal strength, battery level, date, time and network, Bluetooth, 3G and hands free status. When the phone is in "closed" mode, tapping on the screen twice in quick succession brings up the date and time in large type-face.

              There are two "features" which, irritatingly, I haven't managed to locate the settings for. The first is that the phone locks the keyboard after 30 seconds of inactivity, and the second, presumably as a power saving measure, turns the screen off after 30 seconds as well. I am sure these are customisable and easily done with a thorough read of the manual, but I will probably wait until my frustration spills over before having a proper look through to find it.

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              BATTERY LIFE
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              Being used to the extended life of a Blackberry, which could happily go three or four days of relatively heavy use before charging, I was a little disappointed to discover that my new 6600 needed to be recharged almost daily. I am not a heavy user, and although battery life can be affected by signal coverage, I did expect it to last longer. As such, the car charger has proved to be a useful (and necessary) accessory. I also have a USB laptop charger which I use sometimes for a quick power top up. For the record, the advertised battery life is 3 hours of constant talk or use, and 240 hours in standby mode, which to be fair, is pretty accurate.

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              CAMERA
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              I have a dedicated Digital SLR camera, as well as a digital compact camera and am not a spontaneous taker of photos. As such, I don't use the camera function on the phone very often. However, it does have its uses, and when I have used it, it has produced clear, sharp, rich and usable photos. Obviously, with a 3.2 megapixel resolution, it's not going to be suitable for anything over a 6" by 4" print, but it does a job. Images are saved to the standard 512Mb Micro SD card that comes with the phone, which is too small for most PC card readers. As such, any images taken will need to be transferred by data cable (or Bluetooth).

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              MUSIC PLAYER
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              My trusty 16MB iPod Nano goes with me everywhere and I have little interest in FM radio, so I have rarely used the music features on the phone. I use a Bluetooth headset for my calls, which means if I wanted to use the music features on the phone, I would have to carry around the headphones and the dedicated adapter cable as well. You cannot plug headphones straight into the phone (there is no phono jack - it goes through the adapter via the USB port).

              The headphone cable also doubles as the FM radio antenna, and I decided early on that I could not be bothered with the palaver given I already had a dedicated MP3 player. For all that, the headphones provide pretty good sound and build quality (not dissimilar to my Sennheisers which share the same form factor), so I am sure it will be useful to someone who wants a multifunctional portable device - but that someone is not me.

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              GAMES
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              The number and quality of games has come on leaps and bounds since I last owned a mobile phone, and the 6600 provides a generous selection (which of course can be augmented by paid downloads). My phone includes backgammon, Golf Tour, a casino game, Snake, Sudoku and Soccer, all of which are fairly diverting for those times when your train is delayed. I added Scrabble (for £3.99 from the O2 portal), which is the application I use the most.

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              WEB BROWSING
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              The phone is 3G capable and WAP 2.0 enabled and uses the Opera Mini browser for internet surfing. I tend to steer clear of content-rich internet sites, opting instead for text heavy services such as BBC News and various other sites that provide sports scores. Given the internet usage charges and the speed of connection (very variable depending on signal strength - especially when on the move) I prefer not to use it for anything else. The network provider, O2, caps internet usage costs at £1 a day on my contract (you can buy an add-on that allows unlimited use) but to keep costs down, I have decided that sites like Ciao, DooYoo and Facebook can wait until I get home!

              Overall, it does a perfectly adequate job in accessing the information that I want at a reasonable download speed, and the screen size, although not tailor made for internet use, does a pretty good job of it.

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              OTHER APPLICATIONS
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              The phone has other features which you would expect to see on most phones - calculator, converter, alarm clock, stopwatch, and contacts and calendar functions, as well as Nokia Maps, which is specific to the handset manufacturer. The Maps function is a useful little aid which utilises a GPS locator to help you navigate around and locate where you are (if lost) and I have found it particularly useful in central London, as it provides a level of detail and granularity sometimes missing on pocket A to Z maps and the like.

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              THE MANUAL
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              Nokia consistently produce intuitive, easy to read manuals and this one is no exception. It is well structured with a basic "getting started" guide at the beginning which walks you through customisation and set up, followed by step-by-step instructions for using all of the additional functions. However, Nokia have not included any of the technical specifications in the manual - you have to go to their web-site (www.nokia.com) for these.

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              CLOSING THOUGHTS
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              Other than my business use Blackberry, I have always had a Nokia phone, mainly because I am so used to the excellent operating and menu system and can't be bothered to learn something new (I must be getting old!). I went into Carphone Warehouse with a specific set of parameters and budget in mind and was more than happy to walk out with the 6600 Slide. After almost a month of continuous and daily use, I am pleased that it does exactly what I want it to and has successfully ticked all of the boxes I wanted it to.

              If you are looking for a snazzy looking phone that performs the basic functions very well, but also gives you room to grow with it, then the Nokia 6600 Slide is a pretty good option. It's not the newest kid on the block (it's been around for a year already) and it's not going to set the world alight, but for the budget-conscious, and the set of the population like me - which expects phones to be, above all else, good phones - you can't go far wrong with this little fella.

              Recommended.

              © Hishyeness 2009

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                18.07.2009 11:59

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                A bit disappoiting

                I got Nokia 6600 slide phone just before Christmas as an upgrade to my contract. At first I liked the phone: small, stylish, very handy with a little bit of everything, easy to use and from brand that I always trusted - had couple of Nokia mobile phones before. I was very happy with this one too to the point. It happened about a month ago - six months after getting the phone - that I started to experience problems with the screen. It started to go funny, I could not see anything, everything on the screen was blur. I have never experienced anything like that before. So I switched off and then on the phone and it seemed fine at the time but now a month after that I am starting to experience the same problem and it does not seem that switching off and on helps any more. So I would not recommend it. It was supposed to be 21st century phone but it is not. Quite disappointing really as I liked and trusted Nokia brand.

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                22.06.2009 21:48
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                Good phone but a few issues

                I got this phone as an upgrade on my contract and I am very happy with it. It is small, looks stylish, has a good 3.2 megapixel camera and is easy to use (as are all Nokia phones I've had). The phone comes with a memory card which is good because the internal memory isn't great. The games that come with it are good - grand prix one in particular. The phone is also able to handle video calls as it has a camera on the front. A useful feature is the maps part where you can type in a postcode like a routefinder. It shows you the route although as there is no GPS it doesnt know how far away you are from your destination.

                In terms of the main reason for the phone - making calls - it seems to be good. The menus are easily understood and easy to get used to so it hasn't been a problem so far. I have read that the reception can be patchy with this phone but it seems fine to me so far and I do travel around a lot. I have also read elsewhere that the battery life isn't great on these phones but so far it seems ok to me - it tends to last 4 days with an hour or so calls each day which seems ok.

                A few downsides to the phone - the speaker for the ringtone is on the back of the phone so if it is lying on a table it is often hard to hear the phone ringing. Also, if you activate the backlight whilst the slider is closed, the screen only stays illumintated for about 3 seconds (although you can just press the button again to turn the light on).

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                  23.05.2009 14:20
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                  THIS IS A CLASSY LOOKING SLIDING NUMBER I WAS TEMPTED TO GO FOR THE SONY 550 PHONE ON LOOKS ALONE BUT AFTER READING REVIEWS DECIDED THIS WAS THE BETTER OPTION-GOOD DECISION IT DOES EXACTLY WHAT IS SAYS ON THE TIN ITS STYLISH AND HARDWEARING I ESPECIALLY LIKE THE HARD METAL BACK CASING ON IT WHICH ENSURES ITS A TOUGH MOBILE TO DAMAGE AND MINE HAS SAILED IT S WAY THROUGH ACCIDENTAL DROPS AND SLIPS THAT WOULD HAVE SMASHED A LESSER MODEL. THE BUTTONS ARE WELL PLACED AND FUNCTIONAL ITS EASY TO USE ITS PRETTY TO LOOK AT AND THE SOUND AND PICTURE QUALITY ARE FAB-THIS WILL BE A HARD ONE TO BEAT!!YOU FEEL LIKE THE KEYPAD HAS A SECURE BACKING TO IT THE KEYS ARE NEVER PRONE TO STICKING DOWN AND THEY DONT FEEL LIKE THEY WILL FALL OFF AT ANY TIME EITHER , ITS TRULY A SMART LITTLE NUMBER EVEN MY 15 YEAR OLD COULDNT BREAK IT -YAHOO...

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                    22.05.2009 13:09
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                    If you have the chance to get this phone, do, I did and don't regret it at all!

                    I love this phone. I've had it for 4 months now and I would recommend it to everyone. Starting with the look, it's sleek, good looking and simple. It has a feeling of good quality, even down to the fact that the battery cover on the rear is a proper metal cover rather than the often flimsy and tacky plastic. The phone is a little heavier than you would expect but this actually adds to the overall quality feel of the phone.

                    Functions wise, all the usual stuff is here, the camera is good (although I have to confess to never really using it) and the video function is useful. The radio is good quality and the car/radio receiver kit is of a good sound quality and comfortable to use, only downside being the microphone/volume control unit is a bit on the big side! The mp3 player is useful, but again I don't use it often as I have an ipod.

                    Mine (on the 3 network) came with lots of games but they are all short trial versions which you then have to purchase the full game if you want to keep playing. It also has a calendar, reminder/to do list (which I use all the time and are great), notes, alarm clock, calculator and stop watch/countdown timer.

                    The function that I really love about the phone is the maps section, basically it comes ready loaded with UK maps and you can then go to the Nokia website and download other continents for free! You can also get directions and plan routes and if you buy a GPS attachment can turn it into a 'by foot' or 'by car' sat-nav!

                    The only downsides I can mention are the finish of the phone body is very sleek and attracts grease, finger marks etc very easily. The other thing to mention is that battery life doesn't quite appear to live up to Nokia's claims and mine didn't come with the software needed to connect it to the computer, I contacted Nokia who told me I just needed to download Nokia Suite which I did and it worked perfectly!

                    Overall I would definitely recommend this phone; it's a lovely looking item, good size and packed with useful functions and some interesting extras!

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                    16.05.2009 19:44
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                    all in all this phone is pretty good, but a bit pricey considering it doesnt have that many features

                    I have had my nokia 6600 slide for about 3 months now, it seems to be a pretty reliable phone with no real faults. i paid £120 for my phone which i think was a pretty reasonable price, it has a pretty decent 3.2 megapixel camera, pretty fast web connections and texting is very easy. my only real problem i have had with this phone is that i find that the sound quality is not very good, and the speaker is also quite quiet. the screen of this phone shows up pretty well even in the bright summer sun, but the screen does have a tendency to get scratched very easily, especially if you leave it in your pocket with some keys or coins. This phone comes with a very good application of maps, which is pretty much sat nav, it can tell you were you are and you can tell it a name of a place and it will give you directions from your current location, or from a location you tell it.

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                    14.04.2009 19:25
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                    Overall this is a very nice phone to own, it is also very durable so you won't be replacing it anytime soon.

                    Firstly the 3.2 megapixel camera takes good photo - the images are clear and it even takes good photos at night, providing its on night mode.
                    Secondly, like all Nokia's the display is simple but effective. Its easy to use and the animated icons make it entertaining. In terms of amount of applications there aren't that many as standard but it has all the stuff you need - calculator, call log, some games as standard.

                    On the downside, however for a small compact phone it is heavy and even though it sits in you pocket well - the wieght is noticable. Some people like the weighted feel, though.
                    Secondly, the phone is quite pricey for what your getting for you money but the graphics of these phone, and the overall phone do make up for it.

                    Overall I would say for you buy this phone if you like this style of slide up phone.

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                      09.04.2009 15:54
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                      Great and easy to use.

                      This great phone is my mobile. I have had it since roughly November 2008 and it is a smooth, easy phone to use. This unit is a great phone to carry around with you, compact but not as light as you might think.

                      The keys are simple and quick, but a bit too small for some people to use. The features are great on this phone, for instance; if you close the phone and then double touch the screen, the mobile with vibrate and show you the time. But the problem with this necessity is that you have to touch the screen so hard, you feel like you are going to damage the front. Another good thing about this phone is the 3.2 mega pixel with two cameras, one on the front and one on the back. The outcome is crisp and there are many editing options you can choose from.

                      Would I recommend this phone? Yes I would. It is a nice fun phone to enjoy and I would recommend it to anyone who like a small, quick and easy handset.

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                        Great phone, easy to use, recommended for anyone!

                        I've been using this phone for the last too months, it came free with my contract upgrade and it's fabulous! It isn't the the most technical of phones so I guess it depends on what you're looking for, but in essence it looks great, is simple to makes calls and send texts and has a relatively good camera. There are only a few things that I don't like - one is that every time you pick the phone up or knock it the screensaver comes on! The calculator also took a little while to figure out, and if you switch the alarm off at any point it automatically turns off the repeat function so you need to remember to turn that back on too! Other than that I have absolutely no complaints, the web function use is good and quick, the camera has good picture quality and flash and the alarm has repeat daily function which is very useful. It also has a video player, music player and radio, and you can turn on the function to automatically answer and cancel calls by opening and shutting the phone. In summary I would recommend this phone for anyone!

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