Nokia X6 Review

Nokia X6 Review The Nokia X6 is a 3.2-inch smartphone that uses the S60 5th Edition OS to its best advantage. It also happens to be the first device in Nokia’s new X Series. Find out how we got on with it with our Nokia X6 review…

The Nokia X6 is the first handset in the newly launched X Series of music phones, a range created to simplify the XpressMusic offerings from Nokia. It’s also a Comes With Music – Nokia’s all-you-can-eat music download service – where it’s available, which helps explain the price tag of the device.

In terms of style, there are a lot of similarities between the Nokia 5800 and the Nokia X6. They share the same screen size, have pretty much the same key layout. However, the Nokia X6 is a more angular phone with sharper edges. The build quality is great but the plastic backing takes a little getting used to.

A little annoying is the rather small keyguard on the Nokia X6, which lies a little too flush with the body of the phone. This means it ca be a little fiddly getting to access the screen. We’re sure there is a knack to it, we just haven’t sussed it yet.

The biggest change with the Nokia X6 is that Nokia has chosen to use a capacitive screen rather than a resistive one, such as you’ll find on the likes of the Nokia 5800 or Nokia N97 Mini. It may not seem like a big change but in many respects it alters the way you interact with the screen. Gone is the need for a stylus, as you can tap away with impunity.

In fact, we’ve found the screen of the Nokia X6 to be incredibly responsive, with it hardly ever – if at all – missing a beat. This means that tapping out a text message or working your way through a full email is easier than you’ll find on other handsets.

The general usability of the Nokia X6 isn’t too bad. The Homescreen is the same one as we’ve seen used on the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic, so you can load up to 20 Contacts and thanks to the new screen, scrolling through them is nice and easy.

Getting access to apps is also a whole lot easier on the Nokia X6. The icons are big and easy to tap. Sure, the Homescreen still suffers from lack of true personalisation and the interface can still take too many taps to get to the most obvious of apps but it feels a lot smoother than on the Nokia 5800, for example.

Getting the most from music is easy, with 32GB of storage, you’ll be able to store your entire music collection on the Nokia X6 with ease. We like that the music player embeds itself on the Homescreen as soon as you start it up. Once you’ve set up your CWM account you can either copy music directly from your laptop or use the Nokia Store app on the phone to get hold of tracks.

When it comes to sound quality, the Nokia X6 delivers some serious bass, with a loud and meaty sound to music. The addition of a 3.5mm audio jack means you can use the supplied headphones, which aren’t too bad, or add your favourites.

The 5-Megapixel camera is very much in keeping with the current crop of recent Nokia handsets and while we’ll cover that in more depth in a separate review, it works well enough to be more than acceptable.

Battery life on the Nokia X6 has proven to be reasonable, as we’ve found that you’ll get a good day on the go, accessing email and making the most of the web browser, as well as phone calls. That is also using it as Nokia intended, as you Audio Player too.

So, does the Nokia X6 live up to expectations. We’re enjoying using the music phone, as the sound quality is excellent and getting the most out of CWM is always a pleasure. However, the real star here is the screen as it’s such a genuine pleasure to use.

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Rating: 4
  • No

    i have x6 16gb. the phone is nice but the OS is really retard.!!! Android is better!

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  • Mikey Bee

    @Seema – The X6 and C6 have exactly the same base line when it comes to video quality – they record at 30fps, at 640 x 480 pixels. They even both have the same screen so it pretty much comes down to which you prefer style wise – the C6 is newer and comes with QWERTY keyboard, while the X6 is just a touchscreen, which does make it slimmer and lighter

  • Seema Khan

    i want to buy this phone but sumone help me…which one is better nokia c6 or x6….in context to video quality….

  • Yiannis

    I just bought this phone because I wanted something different than the indeed very common iPhone.
    Until today I’ve been extremely happy with it, I think its design is spot on, very stylish and the device works well overall, no problems whatsoever so far in the 4 days I’ve been constantly playing with it. Internet works well, installed Fring and can make skype-out calls using the wireless, with decent quality it seems from my one test. This is important to me as I travel a lot. Music also sounds good and the camera is a very noticeable improvement over that on my previous 6500 slide. Better resolution and less noise.

    But I just played a bit with a friend’s iPhone (which I hadn’t ever even bothered to do until now, I hate things that become a mass obsession!). And now I realised that the iPhone is indeed a great device. It is still faster in its navigation/operation that the X6.

    And now to my main dissappointment with the X6… the iPhone has a far superior video camera!
    Yes they are both VGA resolution (640×480) but in the quick test I did the iPhone’s videos looked a LOT better than those from the X6 which do not really look like they actually have this resolution, lots of artefacts. Everybody talks down the iPhone’s camera and video but I found out it’s not the case, its video at least is very very good. And its photos very pleasing as well.

    Still the X6 takes better photos, not only because it has better resolution (5MP) but on a pixel level as well it looks cleaner. But NOKIA HAS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE VIDEO! Right now it really inferior to everything else on the device. One would say it is not important as mobile phones’ videos are not great anyway, but after looking at the iPhone’s output I would say that’s not the case, you can have very decent quality videos and that’s worth a lot to have in a phone.

    It looks like the X6 has a good sensor (judging from the photos) so I am hoping that the video can be improved via firmware. Hopefully it’s just the compression that is too high or some algorithm that can be tweaked…

    Otherwise a great phone indeed.

  • ruby

    hey, this phone is awesome it has everything..
    the design is great it is sleek and also user friendly,
    though theres not much difference between the nokia 5800
    and X6

  • Brett

    I agree with your comments here about the screen. Coming from the iPhone, which I found incredibly awkward at times to use, this is an absolute pleasure. Scrolling and just-in-general navigating around isn’t as frustrating!

    Imagine sitting on a bus on a pot-holed road, living on the IoM this is common, typing out emails/txts was a nightmare! Nokia have done the right thing here having the option to type a txt out either by hitting the number key eg 2 for abc etc or rotate the phone 90 degrees and you can have a full qwerty keyboard, SIMPLE! Ok so you have to click things twice on the homepage and in menus, but still it’s simple to use being a Nokia and because it’s a Nokia you just know where everything is.

    Having 32gb of storage is great, all my music fits perfectly. The camera is barely average now adays with 5mp, but who really cares. It’s a phone, if you need clarity buy a digital camera. lol

    I’m also very impressed with the lightning fast internet access. It’s quicker than the iPhone, amazing!

    I love the look of the X6, sleek, slender and more fashionable in my eyes than the now common iPhone. The white with the blue accents is smart and I also like the red on black of the other model.

    Design 5/5
    Cost 3/5
    Performance 4/5
    Usability 5/5

    my verdict : I give the phone 4/5 overall.