The 3.2-megapixel capability is nothing to write home about. The camera has a double LED flash which makes it a bit better than usual at taking photos indoors in dodgy lighting conditions, but you do need to be close to the subject to get the benefit.
There is no side button for camera control so you need to select it from the Menu and shoot with the centre button of the D-pad. Neither is a great hardship to be honest, though you may find you miss a few candid shots because you don’t have ultra-fast access to the camera.
As for image quality, well, so-so is the best description. Indoor shots were a bit grainy. The coloured dish and the cat are both good examples. Outside the camera fared better, but not wonderfully. The chair is not entirely in focus and its definition is lacking in places. The white isn’t as uniform as it could be, either.
One other point. The camera has autofocus but it takes a while to kick in so you need to hold the phone steady for a little while after pressing the shoot button. Fail and you’ll just get a blurry photo.
Music playback is reasonable. Battery life certainly impresses. I got just short of eleven hours of music playback from a full battery charge. Volume is good and there is album art support, an equaliser with two user presets and stereo widening. Nokia reckons you’ll get 3 hours of GSM talk from the phone and I had no trouble going for a couple of days with it between charges.
Memory is severely limited though. The phone has just 20MB built-in and comes with a somewhat ungenerous 512MB microSD card. Irritatingly, its slot is under the battery. Other applications include an FM radio, mobile email, voice recorder, calendar, to do list, notes manager, calculator, countdown timer, stopwatch, unit converter, world clock and a couple of games.
In terms of looks, mid-range phones are getting rather nice, as the 6600 Slide shows. The external hardware design is neat and pocket-friendly and battery life is good. However, Nokia could have offered more built-in memory and repositioned the microSD slot so that it doesn’t lie under the battery. The camera is a bit of a let-down, too.