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Nokia C6 review

Is there still a case for Symbian smartphones in the face of the Android onslaught?

Our Verdict

A competent effort but one that feels a little too '2008' in a world filled with decent budget offerings

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 200 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 11 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 640 x 360

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For

  • Nice build material
  • Good Home screen widgets
  • Clear, vibrant screen
  • Good macro camera shots
  • Easy-to-use messaging

Against

  • Poor battery life
  • Occasionally laggy and ageing OS
  • Below average touchscreen
  • Wobbly build
  • Lack of social network integration

With the Nokia C7 looking like it'll pack Symbian S^3 when released, and MeeGo on the horizon, the Nokia C6 looks like it could be something of a swan song for Symbian S60 on the Nokia's smartphones.

We looked at the Nokia C5 recently, and this certainly has a step up in features to match its higher-numbered name (we'll save the jokes about it being "one higher" for when the C11 comes out).

The C6 is a touchscreen smartphone with a 3.2-inch screen and slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard for good measure. Running on Symbian S60 5th Edition, it's packing 3G HSDPA and Wi-Fi for speedy internet access.

Nokia c6

It comes loaded with Nokia's now-standard Ovi features, including Ovi Maps for navigation – which is aided by the integrated A-GPS – and the Ovi store for getting new apps, widgets, ringtones and other sundries.

On the back is a 5MP camera featuring an LED flash, while the front features a small QVGA camera for video calls. The rear camera can also take VGA videos at 30 frames per second.

The Nokia C6 is taking aim at the mid-range smartphone market, coming it an RRP of £299.99, but seemingly available from as little as £229.00 on PAYG. On contract, the handset can be had for free from around £20 per month.

Nokia c6

This price range puts it in the firing line of the HTC Wildfire, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro, Nokia's own X6 and, probably its closest rival, the Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro.

The C6 is available in white or black. In the box, you get the phone and its battery, a micro-USB cable, 2GB SD card, mains charger (Nokia's clever sliding-pin one, which is great for traveling), and earphones with microphone for hands-free talking.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodQWERTY, Touchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory200 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSCSD
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
ColourWhite
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time11 Hour
Product ModelC6
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution640 x 360
Weight (Approximate)150 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, RoHS, REACH, China RoHS
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Operating System VersionSymbian OS 9.4
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height113 mm
Width53 mm
Depth16.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time400 Hour
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameC6 Smartphone
Processor Speed434 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number002S3Q4
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing InformationBringing you even closer

Friends and family always come first - Nokia C6 brings everyone together with fast, easy access to your email, contacts and favourite social networks.

Email at your fingertips

Get easy access to your email accounts including Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail and Windows Live.

Package Contents
  • C6 Smartphone
  • Nokia Battery BL-4J
  • Nokia Compact Travel Charger AC-15
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-101D
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102
  • Nokia 2 GB microSD card
  • User guide
Limited Warranty2 Year