Nokia X6 (16GB) Review

Mid-to-high end entertainment phone

Cosmetically the X6 has an elegant candy bar design, medium-thin for a touchscreen-only entertainment phone. Billed by as competition for the iPhone, the X6 (16GB version) is launching in the UK with a multi-million pound integrated advertising push via TV, print and digital media, plus a viral campaign through social networking sites.

The X6 is Nokia’s first move to capacitive touchscreen technology (yippee!), essential for finger control. The 3.2" screen display is a delight, displaying 360×640 in clear and vivid colour. Up to 20 shortcuts fit on the homescreen, allowing one-touch access to all your favourite social sites. The typing experience is ok in landscape mode, those already converted to touch will have no problems.

Featuring Symbian S60 5th edition, the X6 has virtually the same UI as the hugely popular 5800. It’s easy to use, but at times you do realise S60 was developed on keyboard devices. It’s not yet quite as good as either iPhone OS or Android for pure touch browsing, but overall it gives a comfortable user experience.

Technically aimed to entertain the affluent late teens and up, the X6 has a difficult journey ahead to beat iPhone. Being equipped with GPS and free satnav from Ovi Maps will help, plus a reasonable app store offering and 16GB of storage is pretty good. The addition of a Dual-LED flash 5MP Carl Zeiss camera will woo a few more customers.

For posting quality video to YouTube, pictures to Facebook, or watching widescreen, the X6 is a contender. Battery life can also be up to a week of pretty heavy use. For other features? Well, that ad campaign better be VERY good.