Nokia 6500 Slide Review: Slide Over Slim: Music Player, Audio Quality, Video Player

By 11:44 Sun, 08 Aug 2021 Comments

The music player comes with XpressMusic

The music player is almost identical to the one used in the Nokia 5300 XpressMusic phone and the Nokia 7500 Prism. It is a remarkable player originally reserved for music-oriented Nokia phones and is obviously becoming the standard player for all recent Series 40 devices.

The player works with AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, MP4, WMA, AMR-NB, Mobile XMF, SP-MIDI, Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) Tones (64-tone poly) and True tones.

The supported A2DP profile allows listening on Bluetooth wireless earphones. The player is highly customizable through a number of themes that are at your disposal.

Besides, there is a second skin that seems to suit it better compared to the conservative default skin. As in Nokia 6500 classic, the now playing tracks are displayed on the active home screen.

XpressMusic player interface with alternative skins

Besides managing all the typical functions of a music player, it also sorts songs by artist, album and genre. Different playlists can also be created to meet specific user requirements.

The music player has convenient functions and content management options

In the retail package you will find the HS-47 wired Nokia stereo headset, connectable via the 2.5 mm AV jack. The headphones manage quite decent sound and their quality will certainly meet most criteria. They acquire to be appreciated even more provided that the 6500 slide is not a music dedicated phone.

Moving back to the player, we have to say that it offers a large number of configurable options. The sonic experience is enhanced by equalizers and a stereo expansion function, which somehow failed to impress us. The equalizers do deserve attention, as they perform very well, while the opportunity to set own equalizer presets completes the range of possibilities.

As with Nokia 7500 Prism, changing the equalizer preset has an almost instant effect without the usual couple-of-seconds lag.

Nokia 6500 slide has only one loudspeaker located on its rear cover, correct next to the camera. We did already mention that it is among the loudest we tried, though. A fine thing is that it does not acquire muffled at all when the phone body is placed on its back on an even surface such as a desk.

The equalizers instantly change the way Nokia 6500 slide sounds

"...We were more than glad to realize that audio quality in Nokia 6500 slide is consistent with the commendable overall performance of the device. Our audio quality test showed very fine results. It is only a fraction worse than Nokia N81 and is not that far away from the high Apple iPhone standard either...."


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