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Nokia 6700 Slide review

Building on the success of the Nokia 6700 Classic, the 6700 Slide is really a relative in name only. Running Symbian S60, the Slide has a more righteous claim on the label of smartphone than many of its rivals. However, it's being sold as dumber yet feature rich to temp consumers into greater capability, without appearing too geeky.

Available in six colours from classic aluminium to (lurid) lime, the first notable feature is the solid metal casing. The screen is a small 2.2 inches diagonally, but gives a clear and vibrant display at 240x320. The shuttle features a large 5-way D-pad with 6 surrounding buttons and opens up to reveal a traditional 12 key alphanumeric keypad.

Nokia hype advertises the 6700 Slide to 'snap and share', and it certainly has a respectable 5 megapixel autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash. Unless you're blowing images up to larger than A4, you'll never need anything bigger.

Quad band with 3.5G, menu links and content from Nokia's Ovi store are optimised to give quick and easy access to popular social networking sites. An FM radio and decent audio player complete the picture. Nokia claim 29 hours of audio playback but I suspect a charge will be needed around every fourth day of normal use.

A mid-range phone aimed at design-conscious consumers wanting to socialise and share with those closest to them. A classic look in some shocking colours, the end result is sure to be please.

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