Nokia X6 Hands-On Review
Nokia X6, the phone that was announced back at the Nokia World 2009, is the first Nokia touchscreen phone with a capacitive screen. Nokia had previously released several touchscreen models, but they all had resistive screens.
I have had the phone since a few days and now decided to do a review on what this Nokia multimedia powerhouse is actually like. It is powered by Symbian 5th edition and comes in two flavours, 16GB and 32GB models. I have Nokia X6-00 (16GB black) model.
Nokia X6 Review
I’ll try to cover different aspects of the phone, it’s features and my observations while using and playing with this phone.
Nokia X6 Specifications
- Display: 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen (360 x 640 pixels)
- Processor: ARM 11, 434 MHz CPU (when will Nokia learn? ARM 11 sucks!)
- Camera: 5 MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, secondary camera
- Video: Video recording at 30 fps (VGA resolution)
- Memory: 128MB RAM, 16GB/32GB internal memory, no microSD slot
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi, microUSB
- Other: Ovi integration, Flash Lite support, A-GPS, FM Radio, 3.5 mm jack, TV out, accelerometer
- Battery: 1320 mAh Li Ion
- OS: Symbian OS v9.4, S60 5th Edition
Now let’s take a closer look at these features and how they actually perform on the Nokia X6.
Nokia X6 is the first Nokia phone to offer capacitive touchscreen display. Well, capacitive is what Nokia says, but honestly, this is not the best of capacitive screens I’ve seen. It skips a lot and at some places it uses double tap and single at some. The screen is bright and is fine to use during sunlight. It offers the standard on-screen keyboard (QWERTY only in landscape mode) and typing on Nokia X6 gave no issues.
The OS offers three homescreen modes that you can use and customize according to your needs. Widget support like in the Nokia N97 and N97 mini would have made it better! The 16:9 widescreen display is optimized for watching photos and videos, which is something it did well.
It is powered by the ARM 11 434 MHz processor, which is, pretty slow when compared to other smartphones of its era i.e Motorola Droid, Nokia E72 etc. A 600 MHz should have been put in this device.
I have no idea why, but Nokia has been pushing the ARM 11 CPUs in all it’s phones! It is very old and needs a major refresh with something new and much faster. Just fill the Nokia X6 with several hundred photos and music files, and watch how life becomes hell when using this phone. I first experienced this issue with my Nokia N96, which is now kept somewhere deep inside my cupboard.
Nokia X6 features a 5 megapixels camera with Carl Zeiss optics and also a front-facing secondary camera for video calling. At the back, next to the 5MP camera, there is a dual LED flash too.
The 5 megapixels camera of Nokia X6 takes mediocre photos, where sometimes the colours look washed out! My Nokia N96 with a 5megapixels camera takes way better photos, and when compared with the Nokia E72, even that 5 megapixels camera beats Nokia X6’s.
Videos recorded from the Nokia X6 are at 30 FPS (VGA resolution). Just like the photos taken from it, the video quality is not very good and colours look washed out.
128MB RAM, seriously Nokia? Even the low end smartphones now come with at least 256MB of RAM. This could be the main reason why Nokia X6 is slow, sluggish and failed to do good at sales.
Nokia X6 comes in two flavours, 16GB and 32GB models. No memory card slot for additional memory.
Nokia X6 offers several connectivity options such as Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, WiFi and microUSB support. Direct TV output is also included which is one useful feature for viewing photos and videos on your TV. Unfortuanetely, the TV out cable is not included in the box. I used the cable that came with my Nokia N96 to try out!
This phone is powered by 1320 mAh Li Ion battery which gives about 16 days stand-by time and 35 hours music playback. But when actually in the hands of a heavy user like me, the battery lasted only 7-8 hours with web-browsing, music and Gravity (Twitter app) running.
Nokia X6 comes with direct Ovi integration for keeping up with your Ovi Mail, Contacts and other services. A-GPS is also included along with accelerometer.