Nokia 6700 classic mobile phone
The Nokia 6700 classic's stainless steel casing and simple user interface will impress users only interested in calls, text and the occasional photo
- Stainless steel design and build, 5-megapixel camera, built-in GPS, simple UI, access to Ovi Store
- No 3.5mm headphone jack, glossy casing is hard to keep clean, stubborn volume control
Nokia's 6700 classic doesn't come with all the bells and whistles of the latest touch screen smartphones, but if you're after a solid mid-range handset that won't break the bank, you may be impressed.
Price$ 589.00 (AUD)
A mid-range mobile phone (otherwise known as a "dumbphone"), Nokia's 6700 classic won't appeal to social-networking buffs, business users or those who are interested in the latest and greatest touch-screen smartphones. A basic handset that’s well designed, the Nokia 6700 classic's stainless steel casing and simple user interface will impress users only interested in calls, text and the occasional photo — which, believe it or not, is still a fair chunk of the population.
The highlight of the Nokia 6700 classic mobile phone is its stainless steel casing. In a day and age when mobile phones are often made of lightweight plastic, the 6700 classic feels sturdy and well built. Our review unit was emblazoned with a shiny chrome finish, but the 6700 classic is also available in gloss black. The chrome surface is attractive and will appeal to fashion buffs, but it's near impossible to keep free of fingerprints and smudges.
The Nokia 6700 classic's display is bright and clear. Viewing angles are quite good for a display this size and it performs well in sunlight. Unfortunately, the glossy screen surface means light in an office environment reflects off the display.
The controls are straightforward and consist of a five-way navigational pad, two selection buttons and answer and end call keys. The 6700 classic also has external volume controls and a dedicated camera button on the right side, but the volume controls in particular feel stiff to press and are positioned too high to comfortably access with one hand.
The Nokia 6700 classic's keypad is almost completely flat, but is quite roomy considering the small size of the handset. The reflective chrome finish matches the rest of the phone facia, but greasy fingers aren't kind to the surface. The last row of keys (*, 0 and #) is a little too close to the bottom edge of the phone.
The 6700 classic runs the basic Symbian S40 operating system, so users familiar with Nokia mobile phones will have no problems using this handset. The familiar grid style main menu and basic list style submenus remain easy to use and most options are clearly labelled and easily identifiable. A new addition to the interface is the home screen mode. When switched on, the 6700 classic allows you to personalise the home screen with a number of shortcuts and notifications. These include a customisable shortcut bar, a search box, links to commonly used applications and a notifications tab for missed calls and messages.
A 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash is perhaps the 6700 classic's most appealing feature and it takes reasonable photos. Unfortunately, the flash is just a single LED — it's tiny and therefore struggles to adequately take photos in dim lighting. Built-in GPS takes advantage of Nokia's pre-loaded Maps application. Surprisingly, Nokia's Ovi application store is compatible with the 6700 classic, though it's not preinstalled. Although it pales into insignificance when compared with Apple's App Store for the iPhone, there are a few free apps that are definitely worth a download, such as the Facebook application. Flickr, Messenger and the Opera Mini browser are three preinstalled apps, but Facebook, YouTube and MySpace shortcuts are merely links to the mobile Web sites.
The lack of a standard 3.5mm headphone jack means the Nokia 6700 classic isn't going to win any awards for multimedia playback. An FM radio, voice recorder and media player are nice inclusions, though, as is the microSD card slot for extra storage.
The Nokia 6700 classic is an HSDPA-capable phone and, interestingly, it is rated at 10Mbps — the fastest 3G phone we've seen. Of course this doesn't mean much in terms of real world 3G speeds as the 6700 doesn't operate on the 850MHz network band, so it won't work with Telstra's Next G network. Wi-Fi is a notable omission, but Bluetooth and a standard mini-USB connection are included.
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @GoodGearGuide
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Panasonic Lumix G9 review: A mirrorless moulded to the needs of still-shooters
- 2 LG 65E7T Ultra HD OLED TV review: The South Korean thoroughbred is still first past the post
- 3 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Ring Video Doorbell review
Latest News Articles
- Exciting New Aussie Dash-Cams Unveiled Ahead of Holiday Road Trip Season
- Latest Spartan sports watches hit the scene
- Early iPhone 7 reviews: You'll miss the headphone jack, but the camera and battery life are tops
- Watch out: iOS 10 install is reportedly bricking some iPhones
- Google's Pixel Launcher leak hints at the demise of the Nexus brand
PCW Evaluation Team
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
- Oppo A73 review: The budget smartphone that sets the bar for 2018
- Sony a7R Mk III review: Full, in-depth review
- Which 2018 Smart Speaker Should I Buy
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTTechnical Support - Level 3ACT
- FTSenior .Net DeveloperACT
- FTInside Sales Representative - Global Cloud OrganisationVIC
- FTSenior Project Manager - OFM ImplementationOther
- FTPre-Sales Solution Architect ? Azure Cloud InfrastructureQLD
- CCDigital Project ManagerVIC
- FTField Engineer - Hardware DeploymentsNSW
- FTSenior Healthcare Pre-Sales Exec. / Clinical Advisor - Perm - North Ryde areaNSW
- FTOracle Fusion Middleware AdministratorOther
- CCIncident ManagerNSW
- FTTechnical Lead | .Net | FintechOther
- FTBusiness Analyst - Supply ChainOther
- FTTechnical Lead | .Net | FintechOther
- FTHFC EngineerOther
- FTSenior Software Engineer - Angular4/.NetNSW
- CCHadoop DeveloperQLD
- CCService Desk AnalystNSW
- FTHR Payroll Officer - Government background onlyOther
- FTOracle Fusion Middleware System AdministratorACT
- FTBusiness AnalystOther
- FTProject Manager - DatawarehouseACT
- FTEnd-to-End Recruiter - TelecommunicationsOther
- TPProject CoordinatorVIC
- FTAndroid Developer - 6 Month ContractOther
- FTSolutions Architect - Business Process Solutions - MelbourneVIC