Nokia has released a number of models over the past month, including the 6500 Classic, 6500 Slider, and 8600 Luna. All three were on display at Digital Experience.
The 6500 bears all the trademark signatures of a Nokia phone. It is simple, elegant, and, well, classic. To start, this is a very thin phone. With its rounded edges it feels very much like holding an iPod Nano. Except the 6500 Classic is longer, and heavier. It is surprisingly heavy, in fact. That's because the top portion of the phone is made from machined aluminum. The feel of the metal casing is very nice, and bestows the phone with some authority. There is a black plastic door covering the battery and antenna portions of the phone along the back. This cover was one of the few negative aspects about the Classic, as its quality does not match that of the metal finish it joins with.
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Along the top of the phone are the power keys, as well as micro USB slot for charging, data, and adapter for headsets. The Classic's 2 Megapixel camera and dual-LED flash are found on the back of the phone.
The keypad on the Classic is straightforward in design and function. The keys are large enough and well spaced for easy typing. The four rows of keys are lined with a silver-colored edge that sets them apart visually. The D-pad and function keys are all also well designed and spaced. Using them was simply pleasant. Every key provided good feedback and navigating around the menus was a breeze.
The screen is an average size, but the quality of the screen was good. The high resolution produced sharp images, smooth animations and showed good color representation. As with many phones, it was easy to smudge.
The Classic uses the standard Series 40 user interface. The prototype we saw had the active stand-by feature running, and it allowed us to jump around into a host of different applications quickly and easily. The camera UI is also the standard Series 40 UI. The processor of the phone was fast, as there was no lag or delay when navigating through the different menus.
This phone also has 1 GB memory built in and is a quad-band GSM/EDGE and dual-band WCDMA device. While it will roam in the U.S., it is not slated for release in the States.
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