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Nokia 6760 Slide review: Nokia 6760 Slide

Awkward design choices spoil an otherwise excellent phone for people who rate messaging features over calling or web browsing.

Joseph Hanlon Special to CNET News
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Joseph Hanlon
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Design

Twitter junkies and Facebook fiends, this one is for you. A budget-priced slider with a full-QWERTY keyboard is just what the doctor ordered to cure that aching texting thumb, plus Nokia has bundled some handy apps to boot. The QWERTY keyboard is surprisingly well-sized, with each key about 1cm in length, making it extremely easy to hit the right key when tapping out long messages.

6.0

Nokia 6760 Slide

The Good

Good suite of messaging tools. Access to Ovi Store. Decent 3.2-megapixel camera. Well-spaced QWERTY keyboard.

The Bad

Cramped navigation panel. Lacklustre screen. 2.5mm headphone socket. Muffled earpiece speaker.

The Bottom Line

Awkward design choices spoil an otherwise excellent phone for people who rate messaging features over calling or web browsing.

The navigation panel isn't as well-spaced, with nine buttons (four shortcuts and a five-way nav key) crammed into a tiny area under the phone's screen. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that the shortcut buttons are basically one big button, and we found ourselves constantly pressing two buttons rather than one every time we tried to use them.

The Slide's 2.4-inch QVGA screen does the job it's intended to do, but the QVGA resolution is starting to look a bit outdated, along with Nokia's Series 60 operating system. It's fine for most day-to-day tasks but we wouldn't recommend it for extended use of the web browser or for media playback. Also, painfully, Nokia has chosen to use a 2.5mm headphone socket, rather than a standard 3.5mm connection. This limits you to the bundled headphones, unless you choose to splash out on an adapter.

Features

The focus here is on messaging, all kinds of messaging. Whether it's just basic text messaging, emailing mates, instant messaging or keeping up on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook, the 6760 should cover all communication needs. Out of the box the Slide sports MSN messenger, Facebook and My Space, plus it also has an app called Friendster in case you need a new online addiction.

Anything not covered by pre-installed applications will probably be found on the Nokia Ovi Store, which you can download by entering the Downloads! menu on the phone. The Ovi store is also your one-stop-shop for games and themes, but you'll need to register an account with Ovi before you can take advantage of it.

On the back of the Slider you'll find a 3.2-megapixel camera, but no flash. It also doesn't have auto-focus, though the upside to this is that it takes photos extremely fast. During our tests we found the shutter lag was only about 0.5 second, which is twice or three times faster than most mobile phone cameras. The pictures were good too; we didn't see any focus issues and the colour was fine, if a tad dark. You can share photos with a Flickr or Ovi account if you have one.

Performance

We found it was difficult to use the 6760 Slide, but this had nothing to do with the phone's processing performance or data access speeds. Navigating the phone is fast, with a zippy, responsive performance, but the cramped navigation pad slows down the process considerably. Web browsing was fine, but the small screen really doesn't lend itself to anything more than quick Google searches or Facebook status updates.

While messaging features are the standout, we were disappointed with the call quality of the 6760, or more specifically with the quality of the earpiece speaker. We had no complaints about volume or clarity from the people we spoke to, but we noticed low volume and a muffled quality to the audio when heard through the speaker during calls. This doesn't make the phone unusable, but as with our issues with the navigation pad, this problem only makes the phone more difficult to use than many other phones available.

Battery life was good, with up to three days between charges thanks to its enormous 1500mAh battery. We tested the phone with an active Gmail account, some use of Facebook, and standard calls and messaging. We didn't push the phone's media capabilities, and we doubt owners of this phone will too much either.

Overall

The 6760 Slide is a well-featured phone, and a seemingly perfect tool for social networkers and text-message tyrants. However, some awkward physical design and its small, low-resolution screen holds us back from truly falling in love with this particular Nokia handset. At the time of writing the 6760 Slide is available through Vodafone and 3 Mobile.