I’ve already hinted at the presence of a music player. There is an FM tuner here too. A microSDHC card slot on the right edge lets you boost the built-in memory, which runs to 30MB. Sadly, the headset connector is a 2.5mm type and it is on the lower right edge so you’ll need wide pockets if you want to use an adaptor to 3.5mm headphones.
The camera is a big disappointment. Its lens sits on the front of the casing so you can frame pictures that contain yourself using the front screen and open the phone up to shoot away from you. There is an LED flash. But the bad news is that stills are limited to 2-megapixels.
My sample images illustrate the camera’s ropey performance indoors and out. The coloured dish photographed under normal household lighting is dark and its colours are not particularly vibrant. The chair lacks sharpness and its white is not uniform. The apples photo was shot at fairly close range, and the camera struggled to focus. The plants in the background come off best.
As an S60 handset the Nokia 6650 has a good range of built in software. Applications not already mentioned include mobile email, unit conversion, note taker, calculator, the RealPlayer, sound recorder and Nokia’s Flash player.
The Nokia 6650 is just too big for me to find it an ergonomic flip. The front screen is well featured and easy to use, and Symbian S60 offers its usual strong range of applications. The camera, though, is dismal. If you’ve got £30 a month for a contract and want a free phone there are better choices.
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