I can recommend the Nokia X6, especially for those who are comfortable with the Nokia/Symbian family of devices, looking for an upgrade over the N95, N79, or 5800 XM with a little more ummph. The performance, even compared to my N97, is really sweet to behold.
It’s not the beefiest of devices, though. It might even be right to call the X6 a low-end smartphone — it feels much more comfortable playing music and doing light communications than replacing one’s netbook or being an email station. Yes, it can do that, but it’s not where the X6 excels.
I initially had qualms about the build quality, but after a month+ with it, it feels no different than my N95 or N97 after about the same amount of time. The battery cover being so bendable is something that takes getting used to, though.
Thing is, if you are looking for a mobile that stands out as much as it’s functional, the X6 is not really it. It slides into what you want it to do, and just kind of stays out of the way. Yes, browsing can be a bit of a challenge, and if you press it too hard with too many heavy apps, you will see it slow to a near halt, but in most cases, it just works and works well.
I’d have no problem recommending the X6 to someone who wants AT&T 3G use, but it doesn’t offer the cachet of the Nexus One/iPhone/HTC side of the discussion. In price and ability, its pretty much spot on with its competition — and if you can spare time for digging through the menus for things like the built-in voice commands, OTA software updater, or Ovi Sync — it’s probably a slightly better value.
For me, the Nokia X6 has found itself as the home to my second SIM, and usually finds its way into my pocket throughout the day. That says a lot for a mobile to push its way in there, and then slide away until its needed. But that’s the X6, and well, it does well in doing just that.
- Feels great in hand
- Excellent battery life
- Easy to use contacts carousel
- Some apps can’t be saved to mass memory
- Some user interface inconsistencies
- Poor web browser user interface and performance