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Nokia C6-01 review

Can the cheapest Symbian^3 phone to date offer good value?

Our Verdict

Those not wanting to mess around on the internet or play games all day long will find a lot to love with the C6-01 - but if you're more agnostic, we suggest you try out some budget Android devices before committing.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 340 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8.1 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 12 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 640 x 360

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For

  • Familiar interface
  • Customisable Home screens
  • Good camera
  • Ovi Maps and Store

Against

  • Heavy and thick
  • Some UI oddities
  • No converter app
  • Needs larger memory card

Nokia C6-01 review: Battery life and connectivity

The battery life on the Nokia C6-01 has impressed, managing over two days on its 1050mAh battery, without charge with reasonable use.

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From a connectivity point of view, the Nokia C6-01 provides the standard Bluetooth and USB options, but the USB comes with a bit of a special extra.

It shares the USB Master functionalities with the rest of the Symbian^3 range, which means that if you buy the right Nokia cable, you can connect any USB drive to the phone's micro-USB connector and the internal file manager will see it make it browseable directly from the phone.

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This enables the user to play videos and music straight from external USB drives and to perform quick transfers on and off the device.

The required Nokia Adapter Cable for USB OTG CA-157 cable is only provided with the Nokia N8, although the Nokia C6-01 is provided with a standard USB Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-179.

Another special from previous models is that video can be transmitted from the Nokia C6-01 via a headphone jack with the composite cable to a TV - as provided with the old Nokia N95 8GB.

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The Nokia C6-01 doesn't support HD like the N8, but you could still use the phone as a middle man to play videos from an external USB drive to a TV screen as long as you have red, white and yellow composite connections available.

As with the N8 and C7, you can also connect a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse as well to use the phone as a TV media player. The required Nokia Video-Out CA-75U Cable is not supplied with the Nokia C6-01, although it can be purchased directly from Nokia's Online Store for £25.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory340 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value1 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyC
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution8.1 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourSilver
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time12 Hour
Product ModelC6-01
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution640 x 360
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)131 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerARM
Operating System VersionSymbian^3 OS
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Caller ID, Conference Call
RecycledYes
Recycled Content60%
Height103.8 mm
Width52.5 mm
Depth13.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesC
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameC6-01 Smartphone
Processor Speed680 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeOrientation Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number002T5X2
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk