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Nokia C6-01 review

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

Nokia C6-01 review: Media

The media capabilities of the Nokia C6-01 include the pre-installed Music Player, FM Radio, Picture Viewer and Video Viewer apps. These are accompanied by third-party web video applications including CNN, National Geographic, Movie Teasers, E! and YouTube.

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When it comes to the Music Player app, the first thing you need to do is install Ovi Player or Ovi Suite onto your PC to aid in managing your music and its transfer to your phone.

Nokia does provide the option to copy music files onto the device and then select 'Sync Library' in the music player to import the transferred files into the music library, but using the PC applications for the file transfers is much simpler and more reliable.

The formats supported on the Nokia C6-01 are MP3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB.

One thing that should be noted is that music management is still a long way behind that of Apple iTunes and Microsoft Zune, although a great deal of progress can be seen between S60v5 and Symbian^3 devices.

The main limitation you will note is the lack of 'Album Artist' information and the inability to hide files, such as MP3 ringtones, recordings and alarms, that you do not wish to appear in the music player.

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The FM Radio supports 87.5-108 MHz/76-90 MHz with RDS, relying on the headphone cables to act as the aerial. If you have around £45 burning a hole in your pocket you can purchase the Nokia Digital Radio Headset DAB and download the free supporting app via Software Update, although we have not tested this so cannot comment on its performance.

The Picture viewer app is well put together, although it has always seemed puzzling that videos are listed even though there is a separate video app -it's more of a gallery.

Within the app you can tag your images, and select to send single or multiple selected images via MMS or Bluetooth and direct link to the picture editor.

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The video player supports H.264, MPEG-4, VC-1, H.263 (CIF 25fps), Real Video 10 (QVGA 25fps), ON2 VP6 (VGA 25fps), Flash video (VGA 25fps) and works well with no pixilation or judder during playback.

Disappointingly, the pre-installed YouTube app merely acts as a bookmark to the website, although there is a downloadable version of the app, which works as a fully fledged mobile client instead. Again, Nokia, would it be so hard to have this installed out of the box?

The C6-01 is another Symbian^3 device capable of replacing your phone, basic camera (no physical zoom here, remember), music machine and portable video player.

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