Nokia 6600 fold review: Flip and the city

GSMArena team, 08 October 2008.
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Tags: Nokia, S40

Smoking hot body, brilliant looks, user-friendly interface and almost no value for money, but still packing quite a punch - Nokia 6600 fold is exactly the kind of meal to order from an unpriced menu. The OLED screen, the cool magnetic flip and the mirror front panel just make it all the sweeter and kind of make sure it feels more at home in designer handbags than pockets. Now, that's where we come in with a little bit of good sense chicks will ignore anyway. And who knows, they may be right in the end.

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Nokia 6600 fold

Key features

  • Cute design
  • Compact body
  • 2.13" 16M-color OLED display of QVGA resolution
  • Secondary external 1.36" hidden OLED display (128 x 160 pixels)
  • Series 40 5th edition UI with Feature Pack 1
  • Cool push-to-open flip mechanism
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band UMTS support
  • Tap-for-time and tap-to-mute
  • 2 megapixel fixed focus camera
  • Status LED
  • microSD card slot
  • Stereo FM radio
  • Nokia Maps for S40 application

Main disadvantages

  • Steep price for the features offered
  • Unimpressive camera performance
  • Non hot-swappable memory card
  • Fingerprint-magnet front
  • The large magnetic contacts spoil the internal looks
  • No HSDPA
  • No smart dialing
  • No multi-tasking
  • No office document viewer

Bold color scheme and intriguing one-touch flip, Nokia 6600 fold sure knows how to make a good first impression. The gradated mirror front looks and feels extra smooth and the exotic OLED display adds another touch of exclusivity. And it definitely isn't a "Mirror, mirror on the wall, is there anyone there at all".

A double tap on the opaque glazed front will light up the hidden secondary screen for time and missed events.

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Nokia 6600 fold beauty shots

Nokia 6600 fold won't be on very amicable terms with a couple of Samsung handsets that we know. The L310 and L320 are targeting the ladies, sporting a number of absolutely essential applications like Shopping list, Fragrance type and Calories consumption. They both look extra slick and share the defining feature of 6600 fold - modest specs and a high price tag. They are however yet to be released, so we can't be specific enough about their retail price points.


Samsung L310 • Samsung L320

LG have their own agenda in the style-driven segment. LG KF510 is a sweet-looking slider for the budget-minded (around 180 euro or 250 US dollars), while the Black series flagship LG KF750 Secret will set you 300 euro (410 US dollars) back. For that price however you get quite a package, including a 5-megapixel camera, tempered-glass display, touch navigation and slow-mo video. Sounds a bargain to us but the flip form factor admirers will probably think otherwise.


LG KF510 • LG KF750 Secret

Sony Ericsson don't seem much of threat in the fashion niche but maybe W707 could be a worthy challenger if it ever gets released. There are a few handsets that are at least worth considering for their superior functionality and similar asking price, while others offer decent looks for much less cash.

Sony Ericsson W980 is a great-looking music package. You will have to part with about 315 euro (450 US dollars) to get hold of one of those. The S500 (130 euro/190 US dollars) and Z555 (105 euro/150 US dollars) are the budget offerings from Sony Ericsson that seem to target the fashion-savvy.


Sony Ericsson W980 • Sony Ericsson S500 • Sony Ericsson Z555

Finally, Nokia 6600 fold seems to have quite some alternatives within its own family, with the Supernova lineup venturing to push the l'Amour collection aside. The one to come closest is probably Nokia 7510 Supernova, which only trades the OLED screen and tap functionality for Xpress-on covers. It will retail at about 180 euro (255 US dollars) before taxes and subsides, once it's launched in Q4.


Nokia 7510 Supernova

Well that should be enough for a round of window-shopping, so let's get back to our Nokia 6600 sweetie. The hardware specs and exterior continue on the next page.

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