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Nokia X6 review

Will Nokia's much-hyped new music phone live up to expectations?

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 32 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 11.50 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 640 x 360

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For

  • Looks great
  • Masses of storage
  • Good on-screen keyboard
  • Plenty of multimedia features
  • Powerful operating system

Against

  • Occasionally very sluggish
  • Inconsistent interface
  • Screen can feel cramped
  • Ovi store still not at its best

Update - the Nokia X6 has now been updated to include a 16GB version, which strips the Comes with Music offering and is available at a lower price too.

The persistence of manufacturers when it comes to touchscreen mobile phones has to be applauded.

It might be that only a few - notably HTC, Apple and Palm - have really cracked the marriage of hardware and software - but that hasn't stopped everyone else attempting to achieve the same success. Nokia's own efforts have been hit and miss.

The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic isn't without its good points, but all of Nokia's touchscreen phones so far have had resistive screens.

Among other things, that means they all came with old-fashioned styluses, and didn't work properly when you touched the screen with more than one finger. That meant reduced typing speeds, and user gestures that are so intuitive on other phones – pinching to zoom on the iPhone, for instance - were unavailable.

nokia x6

Nokia has heard its customers' complaints.

The X6 looks like a traditional slider phone - at 13.8mm thick it certainly looks like it could accommodate a physical keyboard. However, there are hardly any buttons to be found as the 3.2-inch touchscreen is capacitive, theoretically making a physical keyboard redundant.

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There is a wealth of features besides. A whopping 32GB/16GB of internal storage and an FM radio make it tempting for entertainment even before you consider Nokia's intriguing Comes With Music service.

Even the camera has received the kind of attention you don't see on cheaper models - a 5MP sensor behind Carl Zeiss optics gives the X6 plenty of sheen.

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nokia x6

But is the touchscreen a gimmick? The S60 operating system has a number of detractors, and just because a phone ticks all the right boxes on a specification sheet doesn't necessarily mean it'll make its users happy.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Built-in Memory32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSCSD
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time11.50 Hour
Product ModelX6
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution640 x 360
Weight (Approximate)122 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS, ENERGY STAR
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Operating System VersionSymbian OS 9.4
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height111 mm
Width51 mm
Depth13.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time420 Hour
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameX6 Smartphone
Processor Speed434 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberNOKIAX6
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Package Contents
  • X6 Smartphone
  • Nokia Battery (BL-5J)
  • Nokia High Efficiency Charger (AC-8)
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable (CA-101)
  • Nokia Stereo Headset (WH-500)
  • User Guide
  • Mini DVD
  • Comes With Music leaflet
Limited Warranty2 Year
Standard Memory128 MB