Slider handsets were hugely popular before smartphones with large touchscreens arrived to spoil the party. However, there are still plenty of fans of the format out there and Nokia has, as you can probably guess from the name, created the 6700 Slide to tap into this market. It’s no dumb cheapie phone either as it runs Nokia’s powerful S60 operating system and so, in terms of functionality, sits somewhere between a smartphone and a feature phone.
Like many of Nokia’s recent handsets the 6700 Slide’s build quality is rock solid. The sliding mechanism is very smooth and it opens and closes with a satisfying clunk. There’s very little give in the mechanism - even when it’s open - so it does feel like it’ll stand up pretty well to longer term abuse. With the slider closed the handset is relatively compact measuring 46mm wide and 95mm tall, but at 16mm it is a little bit chunky compared to some of the more svelte sliders from the likes of Samsung and LG. It’s not the most beautiful slider we’ve ever laid eyes on either, but the chassis is finished primarily in aluminium, which gives it a fairly premium feel.
The curved edges go some way towards off-setting the handset’s substantial girth. One issue we have with the design is that when you slide the handset open you’ll find that the keypad is rather small and stubby. So while it’s fine for just dialling numbers, we found it a tad more cramped than we would have liked when it came to texting.
Nokia has placed most of the ports on the top of the handset. Unfortunately the first of these is a pretty major disappointment as, in its infinite wisdom, the company has kitted the phone out with a non-standard micro headphone jack. As a result, if you want to use a standard set of cans with it you’re going to have to use an adaptor, which you’ll have to shell out for separately as it’s not included in the box. You’ll want to use your own headphones too, as those supplied are pretty weedy sounding. They struggle to product much in the way of bass and aren’t all that comfortable to wear.