You probably know that I have the Nokia X6 16GB trial device with me. If these are news for you, head over to one of my previous posts, and take a look. I’ve been using this device for a few days now as my main phone (sorry N82), and here are my thoughts and impressions.
You would have to be crazy not to like something like this. I mean really, just look at it. Elegant, suave and sophisticated, the three words that come to my mind when I think about it.
Top and bottom side are slightly curved, left and right are flat, so it fits the hand perfectly. From the front side, the first thing that catches your eye is a 3,2″ capacitive touchscreen. Right below it, there are 3 buttons that you use to call, hang up and enter the menu.
Above the screen, there is a touch sensitive key that shows the drop down list of media shortcuts, secondary camera for video calls and an ear piece.
From the right side, you can see the volume keys, lock/unlock slide button and a camera key.
On the other side, there is a SIM card slot, and a pair of speakers.
While the bottom side contains only the mic, the top is filled up – power key, charger pinhole, 3,5mm audio jack and covered micro USB jack.
And finally, it has a 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash at the back side, and a 1320mAh battery beneath it. Battery proved to be very durable, and lasted around 3 days. Besides the plastic back cover (to bad it isn’t made of metal), the build quality is quite solid.
This mobile runs the well-known Symbian S60V5, and despite the one tap/two taps dilemma, it works more than fine. Current firmware version is V20.0.005, and it is very stable – no crashes during the testing period. You’ll love the kinetic scrolling, especially the fact that it works everywhere! I really like the home screen with the contacts bar – it would be even better if you could add calendar items in this mode.
Typing on the full QWERTY keyboard on the capacitive screen works pretty well, and it’s spacious enough, although I did need a few days to get used to it (just to remind you, my main phone is the Nokia N82). Friendly advice: if you want to type special characters like “~” and “)”, use the alphanumeric keyboard, it’s faster that way.
Browsing the Internet proved to be very convenient, and it’s important to know that it supports Flash. However, the very low amount of RAM memory (50MB upon booting, my N82 has 90MB!), limits the browser’s possibilities substantially, and I’ve seen the infamous “Memory full” error a few times. On the other hand, X6 has more than 260MB free on its C:\ drive (N82 had around 110MB before all the apps, as I recall), and 16GB on E:\ drive (a.k.a. “Mass memory”).
This phone is, as I like to say, OVI optimized, and it comes with OVI Store, OVI Contacts, OVI Maps (with free drive/walk navigation – unfortunately, map of Serbia is extremely low-detailed, so I cannot use this feature) OVI Music, Files on OVI and OVI Sync preinstalled. I finally used OVI store, there is SO MUCH MORE S60V5 content available then S60V3.
Other preinstalled apps worth mentioning are Playlist DJ (the phone suggests songs based on your current mood), AccuWeather widget, and of course Quickoffice (reader) (available with the latest firmware update, V20). If you’re a mobile gamer, you’ll enjoy Spore, Asphalt 4 and DJ Mix Tour.
Pictures taken during the day with the 5 megapixel camera look great, as you can see below. I miss the lens cover, but, with a proper care, that shouldn’t be a problem. Here are few of my shots (click on each image to see it in full size).
I didn’t expect night shots to be anywhere near the ones taken with my N82 and its Xenon flash, and, unfortunately, they weren’t.
Capturing video was fine, and the quality of audio was good.
So, what’s the verdict? If you don’t need Xenon flash on your mobile phone, and want a great-looking, GPS enabled, pocketable device (I’m looking at you HTC HD2) with capacitive touchscreen and great connectivity options, then this is what you’re looking for.