Although the capacitive screen is an improvement over the resistive screen of the N97, the Qwerty keyboard – which is activated by turning the phone 90 degrees into horizontal mode – is fiddly. It's far too small, the visible portion is tiny. Strangely on the Alphanumeric pad, which is the default for Portrait input, T9 is turned off by default. Needless to say, text entry proved somewhat erratic.
The default music and apps folders
Shoehorning S60 into a touch device produces inconsistencies which otherwise weren’t apparent. Usually, two sequential clicks (or a double clicks) are required to select a control (give it focus), then change its state. Yet in the main menu, a double tap will not only open a folder, but open the default app in that folder (say, the Clock) which you can’t see.
Years of neglecting S60 usability issues are plain, here. For instance, the home screen shows four apps by default. How do you suppose you change those four apps? How about double tapping one to activate a menu? How about a tap and hold? In fact nothing so simple. It takes eight clicks and some good guesswork to drill into a settings menu far, far away, to change these.
Then you'll find a long scrollable list of about fifty radio buttons – a list that doesn't include the most recently installed apps. The list of radio buttons dates back to 2002, but this is the first time I've encountered this bug on a S60 phone. The short-lived N-series 'multimedia key' has returned, in a new guise. It’s evoked by tapping a a small square just off the screen. This brings five unlabelled icons. These can’t be configured.
You won't fall in love with the Qwerty keyboard. You can tell things are not as they intuitive as they could be when the manufacturer needs to tell you where the message text is being displayed. There are other pretty whacky inconsistencies. If you drag an item in the Settings (there are only six) then all six move up and down. I can't think of a reason why they should, but there you have it. The cumulative effect of all these inconsistencies is that the phone does not appear to be a deterministic system.
Data entry from the touchscreen keyboard could be more intuitive
The X6 is far from the most lavish design we've ever seen from the Finns, there are few attempts at luxury here, it's a no frills upgrade from the 5800 Xpress. The back cover is the flimsiest I can recall on a Nokia handset, and still leaves a tiny gap at the top. The three main onscreen keys are under a single same plastic strip. It looks neat, but looks are at the expense of ease of use. There's nothing to indicate the importance of the central Menu key.
If you must complain then get it right...
Finland is NOT in Scandinavia. Get it right!
Ovi Suite 2.0 is coded with Qt, and it is already available from Nokia website. Ovi Player is still based on .Net but that is about to change this year as all Ovi software will be ported to be based on Qt.
In case of other points about the phone, well, I have to disagree. I have the phone myself, have had for the last two months and I like it a lot. Yes, sometimes it is little frustrating to use, sometimes there are bugs here and there, but then again the phone works quite surprisingly well: my approx 10GB collection of music combined to Playlist DJ makes sure that I have always music playing on, with Opera Mini web surfing is no pain and mails come nicely to the e-mail application.
Giving the phone just 70% mark is in my opinion somewhat unfair, I would have given 80% because it does have the right kind of spec and it does deliver. It may not as smooth as iPhone, but then again it doesn't cost as much, comes with music and multi tasks. No offence, but this review hinted at least bias against Nokia and the S60.
It's true, S60 has always been awful. At it's heart, it's simply a port of Nokia's most basic S40 menu style onto Symbian, that's exactly what it was at the beginning and exactly what the engineers and designers have been battling with ever since - all the more so now they've tried to make it touch friendly.
S60 isn't designed for touchscreens, it's designed for small screens and the most basic phone keypad and D-pad navigation ripped straight out of the nineties. The underlying Symbian is irrelevant to that, and always has been. The only reason S60 was ever respected as a "smartphone OS" was because it sold in high volumes - but almost universally to people who never even knew or cared that it was a smartphone OS. Those people were buying posh featurephones with good cameras etc, and a "user experience" that was as close to the most basic menu-driven Nokia that they could get in such a phone.
UIQ was far from perfect, but it was at least rooted in touchscreens, and a lot more forward thinking (at the time) about how people might actually want to use smartphones for their smartphone features.
Bit late on the S60 verdict aren't we?
A lot of those usability issues have been in every S60 phone since the year "."... I've hated the S60 UI since it was created (I was a UIQ man, although it had a lot of the same flaws in it regarding settings menus and lack of contextual UI cleverness) but I guess I can see that the sheer cack nature of it is cast into better focus by the current crop of smartphones.
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