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The Nokia 6500 Classic is exactly what it says on the tin, the design has returned to the original Nokia style but with a modern twist. A colleague of mine had this phone and as soon as I saw it I knew that I had to have it when I was next due an upgrade. The phone comes in two colours, black and bronze, I had the latter. It was so nice to see a handset that wasn't dull silver or a ridiculous metallic pink shade. The bronze stood out to me as a stylish option and went so well with Nokia's 'classic' design.
The phone is quite long and slim and at first sight looks like it could potentially snap in two if you had it in your back pocket, though this is not the case. It is a weighty phone and very durable, you can feel this quality in the handset. The back cover slides off and is made of plastic but the frontage is metal and this gives it the weight. In the two years I had this phone you could count on one hand how many marks had been left on it and given my job involves a lot of commercial excavation work and thus common dropping incidents this is excellent.
The screen is small and basic colours, it is not a phone designed for internet browsing or epic photo taking. It is proportionate to the handset and is more than fine for texting and calling. I have always find Nokia handsets easy to navigate, particularly the settings and personalisation themes; there's nothing worse than searching an age to change your background.
Another 'classic' feature of this phone is the games, snake is on there, and even though it is a newer version it brings back good memories and is a great time waster for train journeys etc. Some people may struggle with the small keypad for texting and game playing, I however thought it looked really smart and was again in proportion to the phone as a whole. I didn't think it was much smaller than some of my older Samsung handsets.
Special features are not a reason to buy this phone, the camera is 2 megapixels which by today's standards is pretty poor, it has not got a huge memory or graphic features and GPS and internet browsing you would struggle to utilise. However this phone is not about mod cons, it is a classic mobile that looks stylish, is simple to use and does what needs to be done. I had the Nokia 6500 Classic up until recently when I upgraded to an android phone, the HTC desire, the reason for upgrading was purely for internet usage and touchscreen technology. If I hadn't been swept away by the android/3GS wave I would still be more than happy with this handset, the best I've had since the Nokia 8210.