Nokia 6650 Review
In a nutshell: A clamshell smartphone that looks smart too! The 6650 Fold offers some interesting features including a USB modem, GPS satnav, a music player, FM radio and good battery life. Search round for a bargain though as its rather expensive at launch.
Review: November 2008.
Well, the Nokia 6650 (sometimes called the Nokia 6650 Fold) is a curious animal. Firstly, the name is confusing as Nokia released a 6650 phone back in 2003. It was Nokia's first 3G phone and it was a brick. Secondly, it's a clamshell smartphone, an extremely rare beast indeed. Thirdly, it's exclusive to T-Mobile.
Anyway, enough of that, what you all want to know is, is the phone any good? Well, first impressions are good, as it looks very nice indeed with its metallic outer finish. It's not a slim clamshell by any means, but it's a nice size to hold and not too heavy. The keypad is flat but easy to use, with nice-sized keys and we have to love the cool lighting effects, with a choice of seven different colours for the keypad backlighting.
The 6650 is essentially a budget smartphone, so don't expect the latest 8 megapixel camera here. The camera is pretty weak in fact, being on a par with the cameras used in Nokia's mid-range and entry-level phones. With just a 2 megapixel sensor and no autofocus you won't want to bin your digicam just yet. It does have a flash though. Also, although this is a 3G phone and the camera supports video clips, there's no possibility of making video calls.
There's an MP3 player and also RealPlayer for playing back videos. The music player supports MP3, AAC and WMA formats. There's also a built-in FM radio. The headphone connection is a 2.5mm proprietary socket, but a decent set of stereo headphones are supplied in the box.
The 6650 is a 3G smartphone, so it's packed with applications. These include Flash player for a rich web browsing experience. In fact, T-Mobile are pushing the internet capabilities of the phone quite heavily. One interesting feature is that the phone has a USB modem, so you can plug your laptop into the phone and use the T-Mobile 3G network for your laptop's internet connection. The 6650 supports fast downloads via HSDPA at up to 3.6 Mbps, so this could be a practical option. A USB cable is supplied with the phone.
Usefully the 6650 also has a built-in GPS receiver, and 6 months of voice-guided navigation is included when you buy the phone. You'll need a web'n'walk calling plan to make use of this, otherwise you'll be charged the cost of downloading maps using the 3G connection.
Plus points for the 6650 are the GPS navigation and the USB modem. Negatives are the poor camera and lack of video calling. Prices at launch seem to be too high - T-Mobile are giving it away for free only on the more expensive contracts (£40 plus.) The phone ain't worth that much! Wait for the price to fall and you could pick up a nice phone with some interesting features.
Features of the Nokia 6650 include:
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