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Unlike recent N series and XpressMusic phones, there’s no standard 3.5mm headphone socket built into the phone, but the better than average two-part set of earphones supplied includes an adaptor so you can plug in your own cans. Tunes sound pretty good through the supplied in-ear headset, which attaches to micro USB slot on top of the phone. It delivers well-detailed audio for a mobile, with a little heavyweight bass in the mix too.

There’s a Nokia browser which runs reasonably on 3G, but not particularly brilliantly on picture or media-heavy sites. It's better to use the fine Opera Mini mobile browser, pre-loaded too. As with most of its recent S40 phones, Nokia has also include Yahoo! Go and Nokia’s WidSets, both of which are capable of delivering news, email, weather, blog updates and so on through desktop widget-like applets. An online Search client for Windows Live or Yahoo! is included too.

Nokia 6600 Slide

The slide action's smooth - and so are the sides

Naturally the phone is equipped for using email, while a solid set of organiser functionality and workaday phone tools are present too. The phone can also be hooked up to a USB printer that supports PictBrige, while other USB devices, such as memory sticks, can be connected for file browsing and transfers - using a non-bundled adaptor. Voice call quality was of a high standard on the 6600 Slide, with ample volume. We had no trouble getting and maintaining a decent network coverage too. We did have issues with the vibrating alert for incoming calls, though: it’s way too weak and can be easily missed when the 6600's in your pocket. Lay the phone on its back and its rear-facing louspeaker is muffled.

Battery performance was reasonable with our typical usage. Nokia reckons on optimum figures of up to four hours of talktime or up to 240 hours in standby, though with our average amount of mobile use we managed around three days from a full charge.

Verdict

Sure, the Nokia 6600 Slide is a neat looking, smooth and well-built piece, packing in the essentials for a 3G mid-level mobile. It delivers a good music performance, and has a reasonable if unspectacular camera. But under the surface it’s a standard Nokia S40 handset with little to excite upmarket phone buyers. Still, if you’re after an attractively designed compact sliderphone, the 6600 Slide's worth a look. ®

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Nokia 6600 Slide 3G mobile phone

Smooth, compact if unspectacular 3G Nokia sliderphone that does the basics well.
Price: Contract: Free to £100. Pre-pay: £140-180. Handset only: £210 RRP

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