Nokia C6-01 review: Messaging

Messaging options on the Nokia C6-01 include standard text and multimedia along with push email and social networking over Twitter and Facebook using the Social app.

All of these methods have associated Home screen widgets that provide quick access to new messages however they arrive. One noticeable missing communication format is instant messaging (IM).

All we need now is for Nokia to catch up with the likes of Vodafone 360 or the Messaging app in BlackBerry OS 6 device such as the Bold 9780, which link the messaging methods together to enable the user to respond any way to any received communication.

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The Messaging app on the C6-01 already provides a chat-based view, but this is limited to text and multimedia messaging.

One of the most useful Home screen widgets is the Notifications app, which informs the user of new missed calls and received text and multimedia messages, but not emails.

As a result, the Home screen of the Nokia C6-01 for the communication savvy will contain the Favourite Contacts, Email, Social (Twitter and Facebook) and Notification widgets.

The main limitation is that a separate email widget is required per email account, meaning that for those with many accounts, one Home screen may be limited to emails alone - this is another point where the Nokia UI is miles behind the likes of the unified inboxes of the BlackBerry range or even a number of Android phones.

When it comes to the email app, you're presented with auto setup for Ovi Mail, Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, BT Internet, Virgin Media, web-based mail services (supporting both POP3 and IMAP), along with Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus Traveler.

Once the email app is set up, the QWERTY keyboard will become much more important.

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In our opinion, the first thing to do is the go to the Ovi Store and install Swype to provide a more comprehensive third-party landscape keyboard, which has been developed closely with Nokia - we don't know why it isn't included when Samsung and Motorola are easily adding it in to their new ranges.

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