Nokia 6700

The Nokia 6700 Classic is not a fancy-pants smartphone, but its high quality, 5-megapixel camera and brilliant screen help make this phone a front-runner in the mid-range market.


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The Nokia 6000 Classic harks back to a simpler time, when life was easy and phones were shiny. Like a trustworthy friend, you won't receive any unpleasant surprises from this well-made, attractive and affordable phone.

Shiny, shiny

The 6700 is shiny — our chrome model was glossy enough to signal rescue helicopters. The heavy stainless-steel case and gentle curves make the 6700 a lovely object to hold, although it attracts fingerprints instantly.

The flat, chrome-covered keypad is guaranteed to sport more fingerprints than an episode of CSI. The keys aren't raised, but they're easy to press and give a satisfying click. The bottom row of buttons is slightly less clicky than the upper rows, so we occasionally hit the wrong key when we started out, but we think we'd get used to it over time, and it isn't a terrible problem.

The 6700 runs on the tried-and-tested Nokia S40 operating system, but it's been refreshed slightly. You can customise the home screen with alerts and shortcuts to your favourite applications, and the user interface is clear and easy to use.

There are a few little quirks in the UI, though. For example, the progress bar for downloads and so on whizzes back and forth merrily, rather than progressing from start to finish, as we'd expect. The UI also betrays Nokia's obsession with useless messages, like the one that pops up to tell you that you've got voicemail turned on every time you make a phone call. But none of these are deal breakers for an otherwise straightforward phone.

All things bright and beautiful

The 56mm (2.2-inch) screen is small, but gorgeously bright and vivid. Photos look stunning and icons are clear and readable.

We were also impressed with the 5-megapixel camera, which takes good shots in bright light. As with most cameras on phones, the colours are slightly washed out and, compared to a compact camera, you have to keep a fairly steady hand, but the 6700 performs better than average. The shutter lag is reasonable. It took less than two seconds from the time we pressed the shutter to the photo being taken.

In low light, the LED photo light does a very good job of brightening up nearby objects. Although photos are noisy in low light, the results are still impressive, and images tend to be in focus as long as you keep your shooting hand reasonably still.

One drawback is the camera shutter button on the side. We found it too tiny to press easily. Happily, the centre of the five-way button on the front of the phone also works as a shutter button, and it's large and easy to press. The volume buttons also suffer from the same problem as the main shutter button, and they're slightly out of reach, towards the top of the phone.

Expand your mind

We were happy to see that we could access Nokia's Ovi Store on the 6700. It didn't come pre-installed on our sample — although we did get a shortcut to the Ovi photo-sharing site — but it was easy to download and install.

Unfortunately, the Ovi Store still only has a handful of good apps, but some are worth grabbing. For example, the Facebook app is better than the shortcut that comes pre-installed in the 6700's applications folder, which just opens a link to the Facebook site in the phone's browser. Although it's not quite as glamorous as the touchscreen versions you'll find on much pricier phones like Apple's iPhone and the HTC Hero, everything is where it should be and it'll easily keep you connected to your social circle. Google Maps is also on board, and there's GPS for pinpointing your location.

Connected, but only so far

The 6700 connects to the web quickly and easily over 3G, thanks to HSPA, but it doesn't have Wi-Fi connectivity.

We like the default Nokia web browser, which makes it easy to navigate around a big page on a small screen, with the help of a zoomed-out mode. We were also thrilled to see the Opera Mini web browser on board. It's been elegantly optimised for mobile browsing on such a teeny screen. For example, it makes it easy to find and subscribe to RSS feeds on web pages by showing the link at the top of the page automatically, so you don't have to hunt around for it.

Tunes available

The 6700's media player looks good and is easy to use, but the phone doesn't have a standard headphone jack, or even an included adapter, so you have to use the flimsy ear buds that come in the box.

The headphones plug in to the micro-USB socket, which is a fantastic change from the huge, breakable, proprietary socket that's often found on Nokia phones. You can charge the phone with the included charger or via a USB cable. The USB cable may help when you're caught short without the charger, and it means that you can travel with one less beast of a power adapter in your bag.

Syncing your tunes or files via USB is pretty straightforward using Nokia's PC Suite software, which also works well over Bluetooth. PC Suite isn't the most elegant software, but Nokia releases frequent updates, and it has a few great features. For example, you can use it to type SMS messages on your full-sized computer keyboard and send them on your phone. You can also back up your phone and update its software. Sadly, Mac users aren't invited to the syncing party — PC Suite only supports Windows.

There's a very respectable 1GB microSD memory card included, and the 6700 supports up to 8GB, so there's plenty of room for storage. If you can't be bothered to sync all those tunes, there's also an FM radio to keep you entertained.

Can you hear me?

The 6700 claims to have noise-cancellation technology. We gave it a test in a room full of geek tech — that means noisy fans, robotic buzzing and loud, protracted arguments about whose phone is the best. We found the background sound didn't differ that much from a phone without noise-cancelling technology, but the microphone was good and loud.

Conclusion

If the touchscreen smartphone frenzy leaves you cold, the Nokia 6700 Classic could be the phone to raise your temperature. The shiny chrome may be too blinding for some, but the metal case feels solid in your hand and looks elegant.

The 6700 handles the basics well, with good call quality and an easy to use, attractive user interface. A few bells and whistles, like the good 5-megapixel camera, customisable home page and Ovi Store access, are the icing on top.

The combination of low price, lovely looks and solid quality make the 6700 a classic by name, and a classic by nature.

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phone1234 posted a review   
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this phone is great at frist, high quality for such a basic phone, but i soon found that the screen was constantly going black, and not going back to normal for at least 3 days. i went through at least 3 of these phones trying to get one that would stay for longr than 6 months, but i failed
my suggestion: if you want a good phone, dont buy it

 

Rana posted a comment   

The Good:All Rounder mobile

The Bad:Everything's sperior

Very Good mobile, it is the all rounder of all mobiles. more than 80% people don't like touch phones.The touch screen mobiles have many facilities but is a keypad mobile and is more reliable, efficient and much facilities than touch screen mobile.

tammygotchi
8
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tammygotchi posted a review   

The Good:lasts if you walk on it

The Bad:Gets hot when used for a long time

The phone is alright. But there are better ones on the market.

smiles
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smiles posted a review   

The Good:for one week

The Bad:IT DIED

this phone is only good for one week because it becomes slow and heat's up a lot.
it heated up sp much at one point that it nearly burnt me
and then it just died and i am now unable to get all of my photos and personal info off it
this is a suckish phone and i don't get why people like it :P

Bella
5
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Bella posted a review   

The Good:stylish

The Bad:not durable, turns off

I recently upgraded my phone to the Nokia 6700 as I thought it was rather stylish, compact and suited me as I didn't want a touch screen... boy did i regret that!!
After many weeks of it working well it started to get a mind of its own. Switching itself off during a converstation then trying to switch it back on was a whole other story!
Then I dropped it and the screen went completely black so I am unable to see who is calling or what messages I am recieving - not durable at all!
If anyone is reading this don't buy a 6700 it's not worth it!

es
8
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es posted a review   

The Good:Reliable phone, has 3G for speedy internet, bright screen, good battery life, comes preinstalled with programs

The Bad:Screen gets dirty easily, phone heats up when in use for longer periods, small screen

I found google maps to be better than the maps that was preinstalled. Also used a silicon case to overcome the heat. Haven't had a problem with this phone.

 

phantom1 posted a comment   

After breaking my classic 6220 my gf leant me her 6700, and with a grimace but a thanks i accepted it. Jump 4 hours and im asking her if i can keep it..this is a great little phone,solid in the hand and with enough features,as commented on above to keep you happy. One thing i didnt see mentioned was the SOUND quality this generates,,its nothing short of brilliant,not only for a phone this size,but any size.and really turns this into a mini media center bar none!

 

Aussiemal posted a comment   

I purchased a 6700 September 2009 on a 24 month plan with 3 Mobile as service provider. In April 2010 it had a catastrophic failure. Firstly, the screen went blank, then within 24 hours the phone began randomly turning off with increasing difficulty to get it to turn on. Removal and re-insertion of battery worked for a while but then the phone went completely dead. It was replaced by 3 Mobile under the manufacturers (Nokia) 12 month warranty. The replacement new phone had a similar catastrophic failure in November 2010 with almost identical symptoms. 3 Mobile refused to replace it saying that the warranty has expired but that I am obligated to honouring the remaining 10 months of the plan contract. NOT HAPPY. IMHO THE 6700 IS POOR QUALITY RUBBISH.

 

Aussiemal posted a comment   

I purchased a 6700 September 2009 on a 24 month plan with 3 Mobile as service provider. In April 2010 it had a catastrophic failure. Firstly, the screen went blank, then within 24 hours the phone began randomly turning off with increasing difficulty to get it to turn on. Removal and re-insertion of battery worked for a while but then the phone went completely dead. It was replaced by 3 Mobile under the manufacturers (Nokia) 12 month warranty. The replacement new phone had a similar catastrophic failure in November 2010 with almost identical symptoms. 3 Mobile refused to replace it saying that the warranty has expired but that I am obligated to honouring the remaining 10 months of the plan contract. NOT HAPPY. IMHO THE 6700 IS POOR QUALITY RUBBISH.

Gaz
10
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Gaz posted a review   

The Good:Elegant, looks good, simple

The Bad:no wifi

I have had this phone for ages now. It has great battery life, very durable and simple phone. It is so much better than my old motorolla razr.


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  • phone1234

    phone1234

    Rating5

    "this phone is great at frist, high quality for such a basic phone, but i soon found that the screen was constantly going black, and not going back to normal for at least 3 days. i went through at l..."

  • Rana

    Rana

    "Very Good mobile, it is the all rounder of all mobiles. more than 80% people don't like touch phones.The touch screen mobiles have many facilities but is a keypad mobile and is more reliable, effic..."

  • tammygotchi

    tammygotchi

    Rating8

    "The phone is alright. But there are better ones on the market."

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