Nokia 6350 review: Nokia 6350

Essential features include a vibrate mode, a calendar, a to-do list, text and multimedia messaging, a notepad, a calculator, a timer, a stopwatch, and a full duplex speakerphone. On the higher end you'll find speaker-independent voice dialing, instant messaging, a voice recorder, PC syncing, USB mass storage, and support for AT&T's push-to-talk network. You can use the 6350 as a modem and the Bluetooth 2.1 feature includes stereo and file transfer profiles. The handset also offers access to POP3 and IMAP4 e-mail through a Web-based interface, but you'll be typing your messages on the alphanumeric keypad.

As a 3G phone, the 6350 offers the full set of AT&T's wireless broadband multimedia services. You'll find Cellular Video (streaming-video content) and AT&T Mobile Music (wireless song downloads through partners). The experience with the two applications is similar to that on other AT&T phones; both are minimalist in their designs, but the music player supports a wide variety of file formats and it offers features like album art, an equalizer, playlists, shuffle and repeat modes, and an airplane mode. You also get a solid selection of music-related features, such as support for XM Radio, a Music ID app, music videos, and a community section.

Yet, the 6350 doesn't stop there with its Java apps. Beyond the music offerings it has a fair number of titles, some of which are subscription-based. They include The Weather Channel, WikiMobile, Yellowpages Mobile, a unit and currency converter, a world clock, MobiTV, Juice Caster, and Mobile Banking. As the 6350 comes with Assisted GPS, you also can get AT&T Navigator and a Where app for local search.


The 6350 doesn't have a flash.

The two-megapixel camera takes pictures in four resolutions and three quality settings. You'll also find a self-timer, a multishot mode, a brightness control, a 4x digital zoom, color effects, and white balance. The camcorder, which offers a similar set of editing options, caps clips for multimedia messages at 42 seconds, but you can shoot longer videos in standard mode. The 6350 has just 52MB of integrated memory for storing your work, so we suggest using a microSD card as backup--the phone can use cards up to 16GB. Photo quality is disappointing, unfortunately. Colors were drab and there was a lot of image noise.


The 6350 has poor photo quality.

You can personalize the 6350 with a selection of wallpaper and display themes. More options and additional ringtones are available from AT&T's Media Mall service using the WAP browser. Gamers can play demo versions of Monopoly Here & Now, Diner Dash 2, Midnight Bowl, and World Poker Tour Hold 'Em 2. The full versions and additional games titles are available for purchase.

Performance
We tested the quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) phone in San Francisco using AT&T service. Call quality was satisfying. The signal was clear and strong, there was no static or interference, and the volume was loud. Occasionally the voices warbled on our end, but it wasn't a big deal. We could hear in most environments and the phone didn't pick up a lot of background noise.

Callers reported good conditions. Most could tell that we were using a cell phone, but they didn't report anything amiss outside of the voice warbling we heard. Automated calling systems could understand us, but it was best when we were in a quiet room. Speakerphone and Bluetooth headset calls were fine as well.

Streaming video quality is unimpressive. There was a lot of pixelation and the audio was slightly out of sync with the video. It wasn't an enjoyable experience, even for short clips. On the bright side, the 3G connection (HSDPA 850/1900/2100) allowed for quick downloads and videos never paused for buffering. Music quality was decent given the external speaker's loud output, but our tunes sounded cleaner over headphones.

The 6350 has a rated battery life of 4.2 hours talk time and 18 days standby time. The tested talk time is slightly less, at 3.5 hours. The promised multimedia times are as follows: 5.4 hours of video playback, 5.58 hours of video recording, 25.3 hours of music playback, and 5.25 hours of gaming. According to FCC radiation tests, the 6350 has a digital SAR of 1.03 watts per kilogram.

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Nokia 6350 - red (AT&T)

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  • Talk Time Up to 252 min
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Combined with With digital camera / digital player
  • Service Provider AT&T
  • Weight 3.6 oz
  • Sensor Resolution 2 pixels