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Nokia C6 review

Is there still a case for Symbian smartphones in the face of the Android onslaught?

If there's one thing we can't criticise the Nokia C6 for, it's lacking apps. It comes loaded with a drawing tool, a voice recorder, and travel planner, location services, Shazam music identification, Bloomberg stocks, CNN Video, ESPN, Facebook, MySpace, a podcasting tool, notes and… well, the list goes on.

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Head into the Office folder to find Adobe PDF reader, Quickoffice for opening Microsoft Office files, as well as the Calculator and Converter apps.

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Quickoffice will only let you view files in the mode it's loaded on the phone, you'll need to purchase a full licence to edit them.

The Traveler app is one of the fancier on the Nokia C6, enabling you to plan international journeys and see updates on the weather for where you're going and get reminders about your flights, using a 3D globe as a bit of eye candy (complete with accurate sunrise/sunset line).

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Bejeweled Twist is available for fun times, and is the full version of the game, rather than a trial. There will never be a time when free Bejeweled isn't major selling point.

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Facebook apps are always impressive on mid-range smartphones (for better or worse), so it's no surprise to find one here. Annoyingly, it asks your permission to connect every time you want to use it over mobile broadband. It actually does it twice, and while it'll become second nature eventually, it's still pretty unnecessary.

After it loads, you're presented with your news feed, and can quickly switch to Events via the tab at the top. Along the bottom are shortcuts to wider functions, including your profile, Friends, Photos and Inbox.

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From your Profile page, you can hit the little 'man with phone' symbol at the top right to post a new status update.

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On the Home tab, you can hit the camera symbol at the top right to immediately take and/or upload a photo. Why you can't also do the quick status post from here, we don't know.

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It's a pretty strong app overall, and makes good use of the screen space on offer – though it does have an awfully small font when writing messages.

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The Ovi Maps navigation app is included, as is standard for Nokia these days. We're big fans, and the C6 features a very strong incarnation of it.

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On the 3.2-inch screen, there's plenty of space for clear directions, and good resolution and strong colours means you won't be struggling to make things out.

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The built-in A-GPS chip found us very quickly, and we rarely lost a good satellite signal (which is indicated on-screen).

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Of course, there's a range of voices to choose from to direct you. Obviously, everyone goes for Surfer Dude first time, but you actually have to download that one. If you're in a hurry, best pick one of the others (with a saddened sigh).

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Instructions are clear, but the built-in speaker could struggle to be heard on the motorway if you've got a loud car.

The Ovi Store means you can download more apps, like Opera Mobile, as we mentioned earlier.

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The C6 was also missing a Twitter client when we downloaded it, so we grabbed the free Tweet60 app without much trouble. It could be quite slow to refresh, but was acceptable for a free app (not a patch on what you get on iPhone or Android, though).

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The most important thing is that Doodle Jump is available, so don't worry about that. Wait, what? Angry what? Birds? Well, damn. Never mind – that'll probably make its way over in a few years. Have patience.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodQWERTY, Touchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory200 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSCSD
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
ColourWhite
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time11 Hour
Product ModelC6
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution640 x 360
Weight (Approximate)150 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, RoHS, REACH, China RoHS
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Operating System VersionSymbian OS 9.4
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height113 mm
Width53 mm
Depth16.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time400 Hour
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameC6 Smartphone
Processor Speed434 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number002S3Q4
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing InformationBringing you even closer

Friends and family always come first - Nokia C6 brings everyone together with fast, easy access to your email, contacts and favourite social networks.

Email at your fingertips

Get easy access to your email accounts including Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail and Windows Live.

Package Contents
  • C6 Smartphone
  • Nokia Battery BL-4J
  • Nokia Compact Travel Charger AC-15
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-101D
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102
  • Nokia 2 GB microSD card
  • User guide
Limited Warranty2 Year