To play your video clips on your desktop, install the 6600 PC suite and connect via Bluetooth. The suite has contacts and calendar backup, syncing and file transfer. Also bundled is the Nokia Multimedia Player that plays .3gp video files from the 6600 on the desktop.
While the Nokia 6600 is described as a smartphone for business users, both Word and Excel are lacking as standard features, but PowerPoint can be remotely controlled by the Nokia Wireless Presenter via Bluetooth on the 6600, but only after you’ve paid 39 euros for the software download. You can browse presentations and read speaker notes on the 6600 handset.
Other business benefits are that the XHTML browser supports secure email access via 128 bit SSL encryption and a mobile VPN, using permanent TCP/IP currently on O2 and Vodafone networks. A Nokia wallet application stores encrypted personal information. You can record calls or use it like a dictaphone.
Of special interest in the menu is a full version of the Opera 6.1 microbrowser which uses Small-Screen Rendering (SSR) technology to reformat Websites to fit on small screens. You can’t use a WAP gateway as your Internet access point with the Opera browser and will need to specify an 0845 ISP and your password.
A ‘Try & Buy’ folder has nine third-party programs that each give you three tryouts. Included are Wayfinder Mobile Navigator, Photographer, video utilities, a Word converter, a multi lingual text translator, plus a Zip file compression program. It’s a shame that these mostly useful programs come at an additional cost.
Other items of interest in the menu are a Bluetooth print program and support for Java MIDP 2.0 downloads.
The 6600 is available on the O2, Orange and Vodafone networks at prices ranging from ‘free’ to around £480 depending on the tariff you pick.
How the 6600 compares alongside other smartphones depends on your needs, but if you require a tri-band Bluetooth phone with a bright screen, and versatile camera, removable memory, and calendar and contact syncing with your desktop then the 6600 is worth considering. Good points include faultless Bluetooth, video clips with sound, support for Opera, and SSL encryption. The downside is no USB or desktop email syncing and having the MMC card stored under the battery.