Nokia C6-01 review

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Nokia C6-01 review: Contacts and calling

Within the Contacts app, a number of subtle improvements have been made from the application offered on S60v5 devices.

Integration with the Social app enables you to link friends' details in the Contacts app with Twitter and Facebook accounts. You can use a profile picture from either service as the contact's image in the Contacts app, and you can navigate to the Social app directly from a contact entry. You're limited to one Twitter and one Facebook account per contact, which is a standard situation found on a number of handsets.

The integration and application are the same as that offered in the Nokia C7 and Nokia N8, which has been somewhat improved since the original release of these devices thanks to improved rendering and direct linking to the profiles.

The main disappointment is that the Social app opens as a separate app, reducing the feel of integration. This issue has been somewhat reduced in the latest update to the Social app, which provides Facebook and Twitter updates within the Contacts app, although the Social app needs to be running in the background with a constant data connection - it's certainly not in the same league as the likes of HTC's Sense platform.

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Although this is an improvement, there is a way to go the reach the integration provided by the likes of the Vodafone 360 service.

Maps integration brings with it the ability to add two modes of address detail to each contact; Standard postal address and map location using 'Select from map' for quick directions from the Contacts app.

There is also a 'My Card' line at the top of the Contact list, which enables the user to set their personal details for quick sharing with others via Bluetooth, SMS message or e-mail.

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Another nice carry over from the S60v5 on the Nokia N97 is 'Favourite Contacts' which sit at the top of the contacts list for faster access. Another development deriving from a mix of the N97 and 5800 is the Contacts Home screen widget, which provides the user with a horizontal bar capable of supporting an scrollable list of contacts, while displaying four contacts at any one time.

The downside is that changing Home screens does not permit a change of Contacts bar contents so that the Home screens cannot be setup as Home contact and Work contact views.

One obvious change when transitioning from S60v5 Nokia devices to the new Symbian^3 range is the Call screen, which provides the user with alphanumeric contact selection alongside standard calling without the need to open the Contacts app. Additionally, the call log can be quickly accessed through a long press of the green Call button, providing access to missed calls and dialled numbers.

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A tap on the 'Options' soft button provides the user with a number of other useful features, including recent calls, your contacts list, speed dial, contact search, editing options (for pasting in a name or number) and call settings (which are the same as in the main Settings menu, but faster to access).

When it comes to making calls, the Nokia C6-01 shares its high-definition call capabilities with the rest of the Symbian^3 range. While testing the phone, no call or reception issues were encountered no matter where we were or who we were talking to.

The Nokia C6-01 supports MP3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB ringtone formats for when the call arrives.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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
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 Address