I've always had Nokia phones, aside from the last time I renewed my contract when I attempted to try something else. I chose a Samsung D900, and it was so bad I rang Vodafone that evening to have it replaced.. I tried playing with a lot of others in the shops too and then realised that what people kept telling me was right, and the only phones with user interfaces that aren't just dismal are Nokia and SE. They've both had it cracked for ages, and the others appear to be going backwards! Anyway, obviously I wasn't going to subject myself to any product witth Sony's over priced name on it, so Nokia it was!
This 6500 is great, the menus are evolved versions of how Nokia have always done it - just adding more and more features . A real case of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". It has all the features any normal person would ever need, as well as a load they'd never use. If you're a bit of a geek, and prefer your phones to be more like a PDA/Mini PC/big rock - then this will probably dissappoint as itt doesn't have a touch screen and nor can you install software on it to make it sound like a light saber when you swing it around. Crying shame that...
For the other reviewer who had problems with being able to hear the person he was talking to, perhaps the volume needed turning up? I left mine on the default setting, around 50 or 60% if i remember rightl, as it came from the factory as that was plenty loud enough for me. It does all the normal things, texts, phonebook, calendar, alam etc all perfectly as you'd expect. Also, a particular favourite feature of mine is the ability to customise like, everything on the phone, as you can really get it exactly how you like. There is a camera too, 2.0mp or something, it's alright, just like any other phone camera really - good enough to take a drunken photo of your mate wearing a road cone, but as with any mobile phone, it's not exactly good. If you want a camera, then buy one, don't buy a phone. You can sleep in a bath, but you wouldn't buy one instead of a bed would you?`
Anyway, no ccomplaints at all. It's very like th 6300 thhat's been dieting, as it's a bit smaller in every way. The black version is by far the best looking one, with the metal section helping it manage to look very classy and contemporary. It feels very solid and well made, despite being very light and thin. Once you've dropped it into your pocket, you can't tell it's there unlike some of the smart phones that make you need to tighten your belt and hang onto your trousers to save the embarassing moment when you collect the fish & chips for yourself an some mates, you pick them all up, and bang, one step later your trousers have hit the floor. You attempt to try and lean down to get them but it's not happening, so, you just shuffle out of the door, desperately trying to get out of the sight of all the those people, as the queue is typically extra large on that day. So, as you put the chips on your car bonnet, and pull your trousers up before the police that were parked near by - again, typically - all you can think about is why did you get such a heavy smart phone, especially considering you've never used any of the features.