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Nokia 6700 Slide Review - Display and interface Review


Next to the headphone sockets you’ll find the microUSB port, which is used for syncing the phone with a PC or Mac. Thankfully this can also be used for charging the phone. However, the handset also has a Nokia mini-jack charging port to the right of the USB port and this actually charges the phone faster than the microUSB port, so charging over USB is more for emergency top ups.

The 6700 Slide’s screen is rather small at 2.2inches and its resolution is a bit stunted too as it only stretches to 320×240 pixels. Unlike the newer Nokia C3-01, the screen isn’t enabled for touch, so you have to rely on the d-pad to navigate around the phone’s menus. However, the screen is reasonably bright and easy to read out doors and the phone also has a built in light sensor so it can automatically adjust the display’s brightness to suit the environment it’s operating in.

Also, despite the low resolution of the display, text and icons still look reasonably sharp. The biggest issue, with the screen size and resolution is when you try using the phone for web browsing you are forced to perform a tortuous amount of scrolling around on webpages to read them. The web browser does try to help out a bit by offering a popup thumbnail view of the entire page you’re viewing, but it’s no substitute for a larger display.

The 6700 Slide is actually built on Nokia’s ageing Series 60 operating system, rather than the less advanced Series 40 used on the 6700 Classic. This OS has its fans, but we can’t say that we’re amongst them. It’s not lacking in features, but it’s not very friendly to use either and even the enhancements that Nokia has made over time, such as adding shortcuts to the home screen, have tended to increase the cluttered nature of the user interface. Still, the handset does let you download apps from the Ovi store and there are a few decent apps already installed, including a one for Facebook.

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