Nokia 6650 review: Nokia 6650


The 6650's camera has a flash.

The 2-megapixel camera takes pictures in three resolutions, from 1,600x1,200 down to 640x480. Other editing options include four quality settings, three color tones, an adjustable white balance, a self-timer, a 4x digital zoom, a sequence mode, and a silent option. The flash is relatively bright and offers three settings: on, off, and automatic.

The camcorder shoots 320x240 videos at 15 frames per second with or without sound. Editing options include a night mode and the zoom. You can shoot for 1 minute, 11 seconds in short mode, but otherwise you can film for much longer in the standard format. The 6650 offers 40MB of internal user-accessible memory. That's not a huge amount, so we recommend using a memory card. The 6650 will accommodate microSD cards up to 8GB.


The 6650 had average photo quality.

Photo quality was decent, but not exceptional. We had enough light and colors were natural, but images had moderate noise. Videos were mediocre, as you might expect from a camera phone.

You can personalize the 6650 with a variety of color themes, wallpaper, screensavers, alert tones, and animations. You also can type a personalized greeting. You can download more options, and more ringtones, with the XHTML wireless Web browser. The handset offers demo versions of three games--Diner Dash 2, Tetris, and Midnight Pool--but you'll have to buy the full versions for extended play. Other integrated applications include The Weather Channel, Mobile Banking, MobiTV, a RealOne player, and Flash support.

Performance
We tested the quad-band, dual-mode (GSM 850/900/1800/1900; HSDPA 850/1900) Nokia 6650 world phone in San Francisco using AT&T service. Call quality was quite good. We enjoyed clear conversations with a solid signal. There was no static or interference and voices sounded natural. We also had enough volume for most environments. Our only complaint was that the sound was a bit hollow, but it was only noticeable at times.

On their end, callers said we sounded fine. They could tell we were using a cell phone, but most callers didn't have any significant complaints other than a bit of background noise. Speakerphone calls were satisfying with a clear signal and loud volume. We did have to speak close to the phone if we wanted to be heard on the other end, but that's not unusual. Bluetooth headset calls were fine.

The 3G signal was relatively fast, and both the browser and Cellular Video menu have a couple of easy-to-use features. You navigate both using the toggle and a cursor that you'd find on a full Web browser. It's not as fluid as using a mouse, but it's still pretty intuitive. Also, you can navigate through opened Web pages much easier than on a regular cell phone browser. If you press the "Back" button, miniature versions of previously opened pages will show up on the display. You then can select your desired page and jump straight to it. The old pages aren't fully cached--they still need to time to reload fully--but it's a nifty feature just the same.

Like on the Samsung Innov8, there is a peculiarity to the 6650's Symbian menus. Unless you back out of applications completely--you need to select the "Exit" option rather than just hitting the End button--the application will continue running in the background. What's more, an icon will appear next to that application's icon in the menu.

The 6650 has a rated battery life of 4 hours talk time and 14.5 days standby time. We were very impressed with the unexpected tested talk time of 11 hours and 54 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the 6650 has a digital SAR of 0.92 watts per kilogram.

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    Nokia 6650 - silver (AT&T)

    Part Number: 6650SILATT Released: Nov. 13, 2008

    As shown: $269.99

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    Quick Specifications See All

    • Release date Nov. 13, 2008
    • Talk Time Up to 240 min
    • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
    • Combined with With digital camera / digital player
    • Service Provider AT&T
    • Weight 4 oz
    • Diagonal Size 2.2 in
    • Sensor Resolution 2 pixels
    About The Author

    Senior Managing Editor Kent German leads the CNET Reviews and Download editors in San Francisco. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he still writes about the wireless industry and occasionally his passion for commercial aviation.