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Despite this, the 6600's camera isn’t anything special. Using autofocus isn’t the usual two-step 'push them push again' method you get on most autofocus cameraphones. When framing shots you have to hold in the central navpad button while the camera locks on to the subject. When the frame on the screen turns green, releasing the button captures the image. It works OK, but we’d always opt for the other method. There is a slight bit of shutter delay, too, so you should be careful about slight movement of the camera before the shot’s in the bag.

There’s no separate macro mode for close-ups, but you do get the chance to adjust brightness, a flash control, a self-timer and various colour effects. A continuous multi-shot mode can be engaged too, and white balance can be altered for indoor or outdoor conditions - though only when the flash is switched off. It’s all somewhat perfunctory.

Nokia 6600 Slide

The 3.2Mp camera has autofocus - but not much else

The image quality you can get from the camera is reasonable for a 3.2Mp shooter but not exceptional. It fares better in strong lighting conditions, and it can capture a decent amount of detail. Colour can be nice and vibrant. With high-contrast shots, it doesn’t do quite so well, the darker elements looking muddy. Low-light shooting is average - the LED flash is better than no illumination and does throw some light on closer subjects, but images still tend to have plenty of noise and colours aren’t particularly well rendered.

As has become commonplace on Nokia mobiles, you can upload shots or video clips straight to Flickr. Video can be shot at 640 x 480 resolution but only 15f/s, so footage isn’t particularly smooth.

The 6600 Slide has a mere 20MB of internal storage is built into the 6600 Slide, though Nokia does include a 512MB Micro SD card in the box. The phone can handle cards up to 8GB in its slot, which is positioned behind the battery.

That means decent potential for listening to tunes on the phone’s music player. Another bog-standard bit of S40 software, this does an efficient enough job of spinning tracks, with songs arranged into familiar music player categories. It's controlled using the navpad. MP3, MP4, AAC, eAAC+ and WMA files are supported. There's an FM radio too.

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