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Nokia 3600 slide Review

 

Nokia 3600 slide Review

 
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Nokia 3600 slide is one of those handsets which no one seems to covet, love and lust but everybody ends up buying or having. It's a straightforward guess that a S40 handset of subdued but comfortable styling and sufficient skill will simply go around. The neat and compact Nokia slider has all the basics duly covered and strives to deliver beyond its price in terms of imaging. A 3.2 megapixel camera, VGA video and TV out should be enough of an identity booster.

Catering to the mid range is by no means an easy task. Affordability goes without saying, but you won't do without personality. How do you set your goods apart without ending up with a niche product? Plus, the midrange is a stretchy concept already. The limits are blurring over megapixel count, 3G and multimedia. Last but not least, yesterday's high-enders are getting cheaper, to make the utterly overcrowded midrange extra unfriendly.

Those are the kind of issues for Nokia 3600 slide to tackle and it chooses to do so by focusing on imaging. The 16M-color screen, 3 megapixel autofocus camera, VGA video and TV-out are the only goodies that are a bit too haughty for the midrange. The rest is plain and simple stuff that comes by the handful. The 200 euro package includes an audio player, FM radio, stereo Bluetooth, EDGE and expandable memory, all on the fit and reliable S40 platform. The smooth slider casing and neat looks round it all off.

It does come out as a comprehensive feature set, but 3G would've really made it hard to resist. The 3600 slide still has enough to keep us busy, so let's get down to it. Unboxing and hardware inspection are this small jump away.

The retail package of Nokia 3600 slide is just average. The regular charger (not the mini variety), USB cable, and a set of stereo headphones are the things to find in the retail box. The 860 mAh battery is here as well, and a quick start guide and a manual complete the tally. The only bonus inside is the 512MB microSD card that ships with the handset.

Nokia 3600 slide measures 97.8 x 47.2 x 14.5 mm. Those numbers yell compact and the phone shape is perfect to fit in any pocket. The completely plastic body weighs 97.3 g.

Design and construction

The earpiece is centrally placed right above the Nokia logo and this is all you get above the display.

The 2" screen follows, with the huge soft keys right under it. It's an extremely pleasing navigation deck with ample and neat context keys and Call and End buttons placed on each side of a nicely elevated D-pad. All controls are very comfortable to use and accidental mispresses are completely ruled out. The navigation pad is strongly and evenly backlit. The same holds true for the display backlighting.

Sliding up unveils the alphanumeric keypad, which takes the entire lower deck of the phone. The middle row of keys is framed by a thin metallic border reminiscent of the classic 6230 keypad styling. Keys are amply sized, well defined and solid to press. Mistypes are quite unlikely, and we are very happy with the build quality and the comfort of use. The only issue is the lack of headroom for the top row of keys, which is partly dealt with by the oval contour of the sliding bit.

The keypad backlighting is also very strong and even to make the handset a pleasure to use in the dark.

On the top side of Nokia 3600 slide you'll find two apertures - a charger connector and a 2.5 mm audio jack. It seems 2.5 mm is the standard Nokia pick, leaving the 3.5 mm for the high-end multimedia devices only. Between the connectors is the power key, which also invokes ringing profiles upon a short press.

The right side of the handset hosts the volume rocker and the dedicated camera key. Their size and elevation are great for touch orientation. A little grudge with the shutter key, which is very rigid to full press, though quite OK for a distinct and smooth half press.

Turning to the left, we come upon only one essential element - the microUSB port, which is placed closest to the top, its plastic lid keeping the phone looks intact.

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