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Nokia C6-01 review

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

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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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