Nokia C6-01 review

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

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Nokia C6-01 review: Verdict

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The Nokia C6-01's camera and video capabilities exceed those of the Apple iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S, being equal on paper to the HTC Desire HD. Although the phone feels a little weighty for its size, it is lighter than the iPhone 4 and Desire HD.

From a usability point of view, it scores very highly as a result of its usage of the Symbian^3 OS and shared hardware with the likes of the pricier Nokia C7 and Nokia N8. As long as you don't mind a bulge in your pocket and are after a phone that provides a good mix of high end functionality and lower-end price, the Nokia C6-01 is for you.

You should remember, however, that if you want to use your phone as a media-playing device you will need to spend a little extra to upgrade from the 2GB microSD card provided.

We like

It's great that the GUI appearance and functionality is shared with all Symbian^3 devices and offers three user-customisable Home screens - this is the 'Marmite' feature that will either delight or put users off, as some think it still very dated and some love the familiarity.

We were impressed with the eight-megapixel camera and 720p video recording.

Having Ovi Maps pre-installed with maps and free app and map data upgrades is superb, and the quantity of applications available via the Ovi Store and third-party websites can really expand the phone's abilities.

We dislike

The C6-01 feels heavier than it should for the size and is thick when compared to its other dimensions.
The screensaver and call screens don't auto-rotate, which we found annoying. The lack of a pre-installed Converter app is a strange omission.

Really, it needs a larger memory card for camera, video and media use.

Verdict

The Symbian^3 debate is threatening to divide phone lovers the world over - is it a case of gadget snobbery from the Android/iPhone lovers, or is the UI simply too outdated to compete?

The Nokia C6-01 should be commended for a number of reasons - it manages to replicate the experience of the N8 in a much smaller and cheaper package with little difference.

For only £15-£20 a month, we can see those looking for a reliable touchscreen phone with decent battery life finding a lot to love with the C6-01 - and others will like the high end features, such as USB on the go.

However, it's not the sexiest device on the market at the moment, and in direct comparison, only the camera is superior to cheaper products.

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 Android devices like the Orange San Francisco or the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Ace before committing.

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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionSymbian^3 OS
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height103.8 mm
Width52.5 mm
Depth13.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesC
Battery Standby Time420 Hour
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