......you update it to the new V20.0.005 firmware released recently by Nokia. OMG! Like a total transformation to the whole OS. Nokia have obviously had a chance to crack all the bugs from luanch and boy does it make a massive difference to the whole user experience. I'm never one to go OTT when it comes to phones, (ex CPW employee and really seen the best and worst there is!!), but this handset has had a bit of a cliched kicking by the mobile press. Okay, this will not scale the dizzy app heights of iPhone or HTC - but for crying out loud what more do people want a phone to do!!! Want the weather, check it before you go out! Wanna watch Sky, watch it properly on your HD TV you spent thousands on! A lot of apps are simply designed to show off your phone to people, i've learnt this over the years :-)
This actually comes with some great installed apps out of the box, AccuWeather uses GPS to get real time weather without having to fuss about with locations, the built in SatNav for driving and walking is superb, (really, Nokia have had years to perfect it and it really shows), the Facebook/Twitter apps are great and are twinned with the phones OS so uploading pics and videos is a breeze.
People moan here about the web browser being clunky, just download Opera Mini 5 and this phone really excels, easily as good as iPhone, (used one extensively and it really shines compared to Apples beast), with lovely fluidity with the capacative screen using just your finger. Ovi is awesome once you get to grips with it, and the built in WIFI has never let me down even at the limits of the connection at home, (eg, at the end of the garden!).
The music software is basically a de-branded XpressMusic, identical to other Nokia devices with this function, and the bundled Bluetooth earphones are superb, these alone are worth 50bucks, plus you can swap them for your own if you wish - take note Sony Ercisson!.
Camera is the almost standard Carl Zeiss 5mp AF unit, and for good reason. Having spent 3 years studying photography at college this camera has the perfect balance and is absolutely ideal for the casual user. The macro close up mode takes pics of superb detail, even the most anal of people can't deny they are very pretty photo's. 12.1 MP does not a good camera make! Great VGA video@30fps tops off the imaging.
Out of the box with the version 12 firmware, people will definitely feel cheated for the cash, the OS stutters and hangs, (no way to turn off, you have to remove the battery and start again!), the RAM fails to flush itself out meaning even the phone log will time out! However the new V20 firmware is now available to everyone, even Three network which i am on. This gives the x6 a massive turbo boost in performance, the interface is now instantaneous, with kinetic scrolling enabled through every menu, the image gallery is now much quicker, Flash works a treat, BBC Iplayer now works even when browsing the BBC website using the Opera browser, and the lowish volume when listening with headphones has now been boosted - plus various other tweaks to make this a thoroughly rounded and VERY capable performer, This is no longer a 'slight disappointment', this is a truly decent piece of kit and i now don't feel stupid i passed up the option of the E72 or Ericsson Vivaz.
Touch phones were never my thing but this is tremendous day after day, even the battery life is good! The dodgy back cover is no issue as i use a rubber casing to keep it safe from dropsies.
Love it, well worth the money, (okay a free upgrade but you get what i mean :-) )