Connectivity wise the phone is a bit of a mixed bag too. It does support HSDPA for high speed data access on the go and naturally there’s Bluetooth on board too. However it lacks Wi-Fi, which is something that we now expect to see on a phone in this price bracket. There’s no GPS either, so the Nokia Maps software has to rely on less accurate cell tower triangulation to give you a rough idea of your location. Call quality was very good, though, and it does a decent job of holding onto a signal even in areas of poorer coverage. The phone’s battery life was also pretty impressive, as we managed to get over three days out of it before it needed a recharge.
Nokia generally tries harder than most when it comes to the cameras on its phones and certainly the on-board snapper used here looks good on paper as it’s got a 5.0-megapixel resolution, uses a Carl Zeiss lens and has a dual LED flash. Outdoors the camera does a pretty good job. Images are sharp and detailed and although colours are more muted that we would have liked they’re good by camera phone standards. Its performance indoors is quite reasonable too as the dual LED flash really does help out under darker conditions. However, you do have to be a little bit careful with it as it does have a tendency to overexpose shots.
Unfortunately, there’s not all that much to get excited about with the 6700 Slide. It’s a competent, well-built phone, but it’s not exactly a treat for the eyes and its Series 60 operating system really is showing its age. Furthermore, despite recent price cuts it’s still not all that cheap, especially compared to the latest budget touchscreen Android handsets.