Nokia 6600 (T-Mobile) review: Nokia 6600 (T-Mobile)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.6
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 9.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good Integrated camera; video recorder; Bluetooth and IR port; spacious display; e-mail access; speakerphone; included 32MB MMC media; world phone.

The Bad Slightly bulkier than other phones in its class; OS occasionally sluggish; low battery life; ill-placed MMC media slot.

The Bottom Line The Nokia 6600 isn't the sexiest or the smallest cell phone we've seen, but it packs plenty of high-end features that will please smart-phone addicts.

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Review summary

Nokia's smart phones never scored major points for style, and the Nokia 6600 for T-Mobile service is no exception. Armed with Bluetooth, Symbian OS, a quality camera, and an MMC memory-expansion slot, the 6600 offers a feature list similar to that of the Nokia 3620 but in a smaller package. Overall, it's a solid addition to the carrier's lineup, and at $149.99 with service, it's fairly priced. Deviating slightly from the standard Nokia candy bar shape, the gray-and-black Nokia 6600 is relatively nondescript--don't expect passersby to point and stare. With its curved, bulging sides, the handset is short and squat, only slightly smaller (4.3 by 2.3 by 1 inches; 4.4 ounces) than most other smart phones in its class. That said, the 6600 felt comfortable in our hands, and it fit snugly in a jeans pocket.

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Short and squat: The 6600 has a slight barrel shape.

Nokia wisely took advantage of the 6600's spacious real estate, giving the mobile a generous 65,000-color, 2.25-inch (diagonal) display that's roomy and easy to read, even in direct sunlight. Our thumbs didn't have much trouble with the five-way toggle or the keypad, but we had to press pretty hard to register a keystroke; we prefer a lighter touch. A clever addition is the dedicated Edit key to the left of the keypad, which provides one-button access to editing options such as symbols, numbers, and word-predicting text. It did take us a few seconds to get used to the Talk and End buttons, which are placed on either side of the screen rather than below it. Also, there are no dedicated speakerphone or camera-shutter keys. Instead, those features are activated by the soft keys.

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Buried treasure: though the 6600 has an expandable memory slot, you have to remove the battery to put in your cards.

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Nokia 6600

Part Number: 6600WHTTMB
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Talk Time Up to 240 min
  • Technology GSM
  • Combined with With digital camera
  • Service Provider not specified
  • Weight 4.4 oz