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The 6300 Gets an Upgrade: 6700 Classic

The 6300 Gets an Upgrade: 6700 Classic

Three more S40 phones hit the press this week, with the most notable being the Nokia 6700 Classic phone. Officially, it’s the successor to the Nokia 6300, a middle-of-the-road candy bar that sold like hotcakes. The funny thing about the 6300, however, is that it had no real distinct features, unless you count the stainless steel casing.

Fast forward to today. The 6700 continues the metallic trend with a “full metal keymat” and brings some big guns – namely, a 5 megapixel camera, A-GPS, and 3G – to the midrange table.

Let’s start with some pricing. The 6300 retailed for 250 euros ($345 USD at the time). The 6700 will retail for 235 euros ($300 USD). That’s pretty reasonable for what you get: a fairly thin (11 mm) candy bar with a respectable set of features.

Along the same lines, connectivity is also quite respectable. The 6700 Classic is a quad-band (850/900/1800/1900) phone with WCDMA 900/1900/2100 support.

The camera is indeed a 5 megapixel shooter, which has come a long way from the measly 2 megapixel pea-shooter that was the 6300. There’s an LED flash and autofocus, as well as VGA video recording @ 15 frames per second. I would’ve liked to see a lens cover, but that might be asking a bit much. The 6700 Classic can also support microSD cards up to 8 gigabytes large.

The battery’s a mere 960 mAh (BL-6Q), but it still manages to provide up to 4 hours of talk time with 3G.

Since Nokia is all about the GPS these days, the 6700 Classic includes assisted GPS with the Nokia Maps software and a 30-day free trial to boot.

And finally, the miscellaneous features: UNC (uplink noise cancellation), which reduces background noise. From what I can tell, this is the first Nokia phone to use the technology, which it seems was developed by everyone’s favorite graphing calculator-maker Texas Instruments. Nokia also saw fit to throw in an accelerometer along with the tap-to-silence option – a pretty odd addition considering there’s almost zero practical use for either.

Expect the Nokia 6700 Classic some time in the second quarter of 2009. Maybe around the time we start seeing the N97.

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Vinita Deshmukh
8/16/2009
12:09 pm

I just bought a Nokia 6700 and i find difficulty in accessing contacts. I mean the 3rd or 4th alphabet is difficult to access – like if i want `S’ then p q and r get registered and i have a hard time getting to `S’ is there a fault of the keyboard of N6700 for otherwise it is a great phone but what’s the point if i can’t access contacts quickly? should i return the phone or is it an individual instrument defect? Pl tell me fast – an ardent request.Awaiting

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