Nokia 3600 slide review: Smooth glider
Nokia 3600 slide unboxed
The retail package of Nokia 3600 slide is just average. The regular charger (not the mini variety), USB cable, and a set of stereo headphones are the things to find in the retail box. The 860 mAh battery is here as well, and a quick start guide and a manual complete the tally. The only bonus inside is the 512MB microSD card that ships with the handset.
Nokia 3600 slide 360-degree spin
Nokia 3600 slide measures 97.8 x 47.2 x 14.5 mm. Those numbers yell compact and the phone shape is perfect to fit in any pocket. The completely plastic body weighs 97.3 g.
Design and construction
The earpiece is centrally placed right above the Nokia logo and this is all you get above the display.
The 2" screen follows, with the huge soft keys right under it. It's an extremely pleasing navigation deck with ample and neat context keys and Call and End buttons placed on each side of a nicely elevated D-pad. All controls are very comfortable to use and accidental mispresses are completely ruled out. The navigation pad is strongly and evenly backlit. The same holds true for the display backlighting.
Sliding up unveils the alphanumeric keypad, which takes the entire lower deck of the phone. The middle row of keys is framed by a thin metallic border reminiscent of the classic 6230 keypad styling. Keys are amply sized, well defined and solid to press. Mistypes are quite unlikely, and we are very happy with the build quality and the comfort of use. The only issue is the lack of headroom for the top row of keys, which is partly dealt with by the oval contour of the sliding bit.
The keypad backlighting is also very strong and even to make the handset a pleasure to use in the dark.
On the top side of Nokia 3600 slide you'll find two apertures - a charger connector and a 2.5 mm audio jack. It seems 2.5 mm is the standard Nokia pick, leaving the 3.5 mm for the high-end multimedia devices only. Between the connectors is the power key, which also invokes ringing profiles upon a short press.
The right side of the handset hosts the volume rocker and the dedicated camera key. Their size and elevation are great for touch orientation. A little grudge with the shutter key, which is very rigid to full press, though quite OK for a distinct and smooth half press.
Turning to the left, we come upon only one essential element - the microUSB port, which is placed closest to the top, its plastic lid keeping the phone looks intact. The memory card slot is sadly nestled under the battery cover near the USB port. The mouthpiece and the lanyard eyelet are just above the USB port.
Bottomside, we find only the battery cover latch, which is pretty rigid and requires quite some push to get the cover off.
We conclude our shape-and-looks tour with the rear. The back panel is made of matt plastic, which is fingerprint-proof. The dual LED flash is right beside the lens and the whole combo is placed within a plate of finely brushed glossy plastic. In the bottom left corner is the loudspeaker grill.
Releasing the battery cover, which is easier said that done, reveals the BL-4S 860 mAh battery and the SIM compartment. The battery falls off just like that once the battery cover has been removed, as there is nothing to hold it down to its bed. Just the opposite, the SIM card compartment is caged under a metal bracket, which was a bit rigid at first too. The battery itself is a decent performer - the phone stuck out for 3 or 4 days on a single charge.
The small slider is a pleasure to work with. The sliding action is smooth and solid, with a surprisingly short run. The modest, though by no means poor quality, casing is pleasant to the touch and quite reliable. The gradated color pattern and fingerprint resistant surfaces are an added gain.