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Nokia 6700

The Nokia 6700 Classic lives up to its name, and proves once again that Nokia knows mobile phones. The 6700 is available on Optus, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone and Three Mobile plans.Nokia 6700 ClassicStraight away the Nokia 6700 feels like quality. The well built casing is solid and sleekly designed with a sexy chrome finish.

The chrome keypad, while not raised, has raised ridges to help guide the fingertips plus a satisfying “click” action when pressed. These buttons are also a grease magnet, so expect to be constantly wiping down your Nokia6700 to get rid of smudgy fingerprints.

This phone would definitely suit the Nokia enthusiast and uses the tried and tested Symbian 40 operating system. There are some new customisable elements like the homescreen, but overall the user interface is easy to use and very familiar.

The 5x megapixel camera takes a nice photo for a phone camera. The shutter speed is a little slow and colours are slightly washed out, but the LED camera light makes taking photos in low light too easy and the high resolution means you’ll never be caught out in a “Kodak” moment.

The brightly-coloured 2.2 inch screen makes all images look great and lends itself beautifully to web-browsing via the included HSPA connections. Unfortunately there is no Wi-Fi but it is still early days for Nokia’s smartphone set.

As far as apps go Nokia’s Ovi store isn’t pre-installed it is quick to get and use to download all manner of apps optimised for the 6700. While still on the small side compared to Android and Apple’s app-stores, Ovi is on its way with a nifty Facebook app.

As for general web-browing the Nokia 6700 makes use of the Opera Mini web browser which makes the best of the limited screen real estate, and prioritises items like RSS subscriptions to the to of the screen to save you from having the hunt around for it.

While there is no standard 3.5mm headphone jack, there is a mini USB which can be used to listen via the included ear buds. While not ideal, this set up also makes transferring data super easy and also enables the phone to charge while plugged in.  The Nokia 6700 supports up to 8GB of memory so there is heaps of room for your own music, or you can listen over the included FM radio receiver – which is a much missed element of newer phones.

It is not surprising with the recent onslaught of huge, shiny, touchscreen monstrosities that some people are searching for a phone just like the one they used to have – maybe with a few extra features. If you count yourself among this group then the Nokia 6700 Classic is a good handset. It feels like a classic Nokia, but has many features lauded by the smartphone set.  If you can get past idiosyncrasies like the smudgy chrome finish or laggy shutter speed then it would be hard to walk past the Nokia 6700 Classic.

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