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 thebut 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.
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.