Nokia X6 review: Nokia X6

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Nokia X6

(Part #: CNETNokia X6)
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars 13 user reviews

The Good Capacitive touchscreen; standard 3.5mm headphone jack; 32GB of on-board memory; access to free music; good desktop syncing software; takes decent photos.

The Bad Sluggish at times; not the most user-friendly phone; Ovi Store still needs improvement; tinny call quality; average sound quality.

The Bottom Line The Nokia X6 feels like a better version of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, with a capacitive touchscreen and sleeker looks. The Symbian user interface is rather dated, and the touchscreen could be peppier, but, with massive on-board storage and access to a huge catalogue of free music, the X6 is worth a look for music lovers

7.5 Overall

Nokia has finally made a touchscreen music phone worth craving with the X6, which is everything the 5800 XpressMusic should have been. Plenty of water has flowed under the bridge since the 5800 was released, and the X6 doesn't break any new ground, but there's still much to like about this music maestro.

The Nokia X6 is available from free on a £35-per-month, 2-year contract or £400 SIM-free.

Capacitive capability
Nokia struggled to make us crave the 5800, due to its chunky design and unresponsive resistive touchscreen. The X6 feels like the 5800 reborn, with a capacitive touchscreen and sleek, angular body.

The X6 uses a touchscreen-orientated version of Nokia's Symbian operating system, which isn't the smoothest or most user-friendly system out there. For example, you have to tap an option once to open it in some places, and you have to double tap in other places. It's not a huge problem, but it can get annoying.

The X6's camera takes decent pictures and is speedy, even when shooting at the highest quality settings

The X6's capacitive touchscreen makes it feel more responsive than other touchscreen Nokia phones, because you don't have to apply pressure with a fingernail or stylus to get it to respond. Even with its capacitive advantage, the screen could be more responsive, though. At times, we felt the phone took too long to respond, although it isn't the slowest phone we've used by any means.

Music magic
The X6 sports an epic 32GB of memory and Nokia's Comes With Music service, so you can fill it up with a year's worth of free downloads, choosing from zillions of music tracks. The tracks are chained-down with DRM, so you can't listen to them on your other music players, but you can keep them on the phone even if you choose not to renew your subscription to Comes With Music after your free year is up.

Nokia has released yet another version of its desktop syncing software to help you get music on and off the phone, and it's an improvement on previous versions. Now called Nokia Ovi Suite, the software is a good attempt at creating an iTunes-style music store. We found downloading tracks easy, and syncing the phone was surprisingly simple. We particularly like the ability to sync the phone over Bluetooth, so, if your laptop has built-in Bluetooth, you may never have to break out the USB cable once the phone is set up. You can also download tunes directly onto the phone when you're on the move.

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