Nokia C6-01 Review
With Symbian^3 on board, the Nokia C6-01 is far from unpredictable. Its port of the OS is unchanged from that of the Nokia C7 or N8, aside from the variations resulting from hardware (namely a lack of FM transmitter and reduced screen size). As alluded to in the Design section, the screen difference is a big barrier when using the C6-01 when compared to the C7 or N8. Anyone with remotely big hands should in turn steer clear of this phone in fear of frustration when typing a text message with the on screen QWERTY. The keys are small and the capacitive screen isn't accurate, resulting in repeated failed attempts. Unfortunately, we ended up using the phone entirely in portrait with its numeric pad and predictive text, which wasn't brilliant, but definitely worked better. It's worlds apart from other smaller handsets, as well as the C7 or N8. Despite the only 0.3-inch difference, the Nokia C6-01 provides a considerably worse texting experience.
Using the screen as a dialer is simple on the C6-01. Just press the Call soft key on the bottom right of the display and boom, dialer's up with big, visible keys that make for easy pressing. They are quick and responsive to the touch, and the haptic feedback playfully throbs with every press. We wish the entire touch-screen experience was so effortless.
This frustration when it comes to finger input extends to the rest of the OS, though to a lesser degree. Swiping, selecting, playing Angry Birds and pinching to zoom is just less enjoyable on the C6-01 due to its size. Nevertheless, unlike with texting, this is something the remainder of the OS can be gotten used to on the Nokia C6-01.
Our unit has a range of themes and is therefore able to offer a range of aesthetic looks to match both your personality and the phone's physical design out of the box, with more downloadable over wireless updates. It's home screen, comprising of a variable number of pages (1-3) is able to host up to 6 widget blocks per page. The pre-loaded widgets on the Nokia C6-01 we received included the Paramount Teaser Trailers, and E! Videos widget, as well as a host of generic Symbian^3 widgets. With superfluous widgets like this to hand, we would have really appreciated, for example, a simple power saving type bar as found on Android, and more core function widgets that could have saved us plodding through menus. Hopefully, with the OS's maturation, this will be addressed.
Pull up the menu and a nostalgic black backdrop with a grid of icons appears. All finger friendly, all found in previous iterations of Symbian and almost all leading to a menu within a menu. While other OSs at the moment are trying to at least appear like they're reducing the menu wading you'll be doing, Symbian^3 doesn't even try to disguise the layers you'll have to peel back to get to, say, your brightness settings. That said, being so familiar an experience, neither does it take an age to figure out how to get it done.
Social networking integration is limited to Facebook and Twitter linking to a widget. The phone will enable you to manually link contact information from your phonebook with Facebook, however, won't automate the process like other mobile OSs, so it is pretty impractical for multiple contacts.
Beyond that, the interface and organizer functions are very predictable. A finger-friendly calendar with a range of organizer tools standard to the OS and a standard set of Symbian functions with no surprises.
1. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)
If the reviewer thinks a 3.2 inch screen is too small, that's OK. But at least understand that some companies tailor product portfolios to those who prefer a smaller, one handed device. IMO, the thicker device actually feels very ergonomic under single-handed operation.
The reviewer should also understand the performance of the browser has little to do with the hardware and everything to do with outdated code. This is why the phone will get a completely NEW browser based on Qt webkit in about one month. In the mean-time, he should at least mention the performance difference using Opera Mobile 10 and Opera Mini.
2. ymob (unregistered)
it can't be too small for that kind of resolution because with a bigger screen you would see the pixels easier and thats not good
3. Rev (Posts: 12; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)
The scoring seems a bit harsh if the main problem was the small screen. I would think this is about the best device in this price range.
The S^3 T9 keyboard is bit misunderstood I think. There is no way you could use a portrait qwerty on a phone like this and even on it N8 will probably be cramped and hard to use. That is because the screen aspect ratio is a more standard 16:9, which is more narrow than on other phones. From my view Nokia really screwed up the default settings on the T9. If you set predictive, error correction and suggestion options correctly, you can type really fast. This is most likely the ideal input method on C6-01 too. Too bad most users won't find the settings :(
I would also to add the CBD to the plus side. Now that even the new wave doesn't have super amoled, that is pretty good benefit against competition.
4. Richard (unregistered)
It gets a better review here: http://www.allaboutsymbian.com
5. JlJ (unregistered)
And what about the sound in the music.. its like the 5800 or better??
6. lawrence (unregistered)
reviewer is dumb one. he has given c7 a rating of 8 and this device which is the better one he is given 6
don't give your personal rating here if you have not liked it just mention it.
i would recommend and give a rating of 9
7. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
Thanks for the feedback.
@Stoli89: We agree, Opera does provide an improvement and this is in the written review. We have to go on the grounds of the device we have in our hands, and web just wasn't up to scratch when compared to other phones, we look forward to the update.
@JlJ: Sound through the 3.5mm headphone jack was pretty good, not as round as some handsets out there (Desire HD), but good nonetheless.
@lawrence: We assure you, the reason it got this is because input was so difficult and inaccurate when compared with other handsets, it's markedly worse as an overall experience then the C7.
20. achyutish (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Oct 2010)
@PhoneArena Team: i shall be glad if you confirm your views about the loudspeaker quality and the quality of the nokia CBD......i ahve read that it is almost as good as the Super AMOLEDs of samsung.....it is so???....and also a word about the divx and xvid playing capability of this phone.....is it good than S8500 in video playback, recording or the display????.....i currently have wave s8500 and was thinking to swap it for the c6-01.....please reply!!!!!
29. diogorva (unregistered)
Nokia CBD is just as good as Super AMOLED, at least that's what GSMArena tests proved. Also, C6-01 got plenty of codec support for the video playback, and the video-recording got smart digital zoom, that let's you do 2x zoom without stretching the video.
28. diogorva (unregistered)
What do you mean by "not as round as some handsets out there (Desire HD)"? You are saying that Desire HD got better sound-quality? Are you kidding right? Take a look at the GSMArena review, they do technical analizying about sound quality and they proved that Desire HD got terrible sound quality through headphones and the C6-01 audio quality is extremely good just like almost every Nokia phone.
About the user-experience, PhoneArena is the only one that complain about the "overall experience", I think that this phone is simply too small for your hands, but I rather this than a phone like HTC Desire HD that you can't even put properly on the pocket or use with one hand.
In the end, you recommend phones with smaller screens and much worse functionality (also, the X10 mini is even thicker), that makes me think that the review is so biased. This phone deserved alot more.
8. rohu (unregistered)
i like d phone a lot can any one tell me when this will be launched in indian market??
13. modibimal (unregistered)
India launch in Jan'11.
9. fslg9 (unregistered)
The guy reviewed the phone with a preconceived negative idea about the phone. No other review I've seen ever where you can clearly see where the reviewer is biased in.
And what does the 6.5 score mean. In which criteria? Multimedia functionality, web experience or only on its look? Does it have any meaning at all?
I agree with Richard. Other websites have lot better and "Professional" reviews. Not like here where a boy only plays with his toys and he likes one toy better than the other.
Learn kid, learn how to review. Try being concise and not only put a wholesome description about what is what. Only a good looking review style does make you an actual reviewer.
10. ps (unregistered)
Its thick becouse of the 3.2" screen. Hardware is basically same in C7 but with smaller screen there is less space for the components. Thats why its thicker.
11. nakul (unregistered)
I really like this phone...the only doubt in my mind is its camera.......so can u please review a bit more on this.....
12. modibimal (unregistered)
Reviewer said 8GB on board memory, thats not correct. It has only 2GB memory card comes with it.
14. Anup (unregistered)
In this price mark, it has got everything one need. A decent quality 8 MP camera, HD video recording, and playback, dvix and xvid support, and everything else one can demand in a Phone of this price tag. And I don't know how much 0.3" will make difference. This is much compact phone. You don't like this doesn't mean others won't like it. Its going to rock the market.
Can you tell me one phone coming in this pricetag having better(or same) screen resolution, technology, colour depth. and having xvid support, GPU, BT 3.0, 3.5G, wifi, usb on the go, fm and metal finish body.
Only con I can find here is earphone and missing BT HID profile. both of which can be upgraded without much effort.(Just buy wh-701 and upgrade to symbian 4).
Moral : Be happy by what you get, Don't be sad about what you don't.
15. rusai021 (unregistered)
can i ask when will the c6-01 be launched in the philippines?
16. sudarshan.24111990 (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Dec 2010)
Here is the reply which i get from Nokia India..
show details Jan 4 (5 days ago)
Thank you for contacting Nokia CareLine.
I understand that you want to know the launching date of Nokia device C6-01 in India.I know that how important it is for you to get this information immediately and the rest assured I am here to provide you to necessary assistance.
We are glad to inform you that expected launching date of Nokia device C6-01 will be in Second week of January 2011.Right now we are unable to provide you the exact date of relies of availability or information of this phone.All current and upcomind models that nokia plan to release in India are posted on our website i.e.www.nokia.co.in However, we have taken as a valuable feedback and we have forwarded the same to the consumer feedback division for thier due consideration. Any update in this regard will be posted on our website.
Thank you for choosing Nokia.
17. G.M.C. (unregistered)
Hi. Pictures I've searched for of the C6-01 can have a slide out full qwerty keyboard.
Are these not accurate? Or is the qwerty a more expensive choice of some, for this phone, where the review is not of the the qwerty keyboard option?
18. xBoi (unregistered)
Honestly, i thought that the reviewer was being unfair in the review. Just raging about how small the screen is.
Well, I went and tried using the Nokia C6-01. I walked away frustrated. I honestly cannot type anything on it. I end up using the portrait T9 Keypad to type.
The QWERTY is honestly one of the WORST ones around. It was okay on a resistive screen as i could easily hit the tiny buttons with my nails or something. Here, I'm jabbing at the screen with my fingers. And my hands are pretty small. Smaller than the reviewers by about an inch. And I STILL can't type anything.
I know im ranting rite now. But I'm okay with this screen size, but Nokia needs to make a better keyboard for this phone in a software update.
30. diogorva (unregistered)
You only need some time to get used to it.
I tried N8 on the store and I couldn't type anything, now I got the C6-01 with even smaller screen and I can type really fast already. So you only need some time to get used to it.
19. MR DEAN (unregistered)
Sorry but the issue regarding of the QWERT virtual keypad is hard to used is NOT TRUE. There's a new application of SWYPE for the phone. Find it in the Nokia's Beta Lab new application. It also support many languages. Dear reviewers and commentors, have a positive mind and please give a positive + alternative rather than downgraded this little angel.
21. jai (unregistered)
may i know the indian price of this mobile
23. PRIME (unregistered)
Is it just me or this C6-01 really has an impossible and highly unusable lock slider? Is it the same as all the other C6-01 or do I have it replaced? Or is there a mechanical solution for this?
24. diogorva (unregistered)
I have to disagree with both "cons" that the reviews have mentioned.
About the thickness: with a phone of this size, I guess if it were slimmer, it wouldn't be so confortable to handle it, take the X10 mini por example, it's even smaller and even thicker.
About the text entry: the phone is clearly aimed for young teenagers, not for mans with giant hands, if that's your case, there's the E7 for you. So the text entry might not be unconfortable for some people (while a giant phone that you can't operate with one single hand may be).
25. maheswar_m (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
As mobidimal said
"Reviewer said 8GB on board memory, thats not correct. It has only 2GB memory card comes with it."
The reviewer has no idea about the specs of this phone and yet he has managed to put together a negative review.
People, this is a very good multimedia smartphone. I agree entering text is a bit clumsy due to the size of the onboard qwerty keypad but everyone will get used to it after a few days using it. holding it is heaven. it fits compactly in your hand and one hand operation is breezy.
Upgrade the firmwire to version 014.002 as soon as you buy it. It definitely makes using it more user friendly.
26. nick (unregistered)
I have two questions which this review does not clarify:
1. Does this model (the C6-01) have a trackpad? If not then it is pretty useless for gaming and editing texts, etc.
2. Pictures I have seen of the qwerty keyboard suggest that it has the $ symbol instead of the £ one. I hope this is not true in the UK. What the hell would we want the $ symbol for??? They may as well give the symbol for the currency in Timbuctu. Can UK users please clarify. Thanks.
27. The Wolf (unregistered)
I actually own one of these and find it quite nice to use. Camera works better than you'd expect from a phone, loudspeaker isn't as tinny as other phones and as far as screen size and keyboard goes, yes i admit the qwerty can be annoying, however, if you go into settings>phone>touch input and turn OFF "adaptive search" it seems to work faster and more accurately. For me anyway and i have long skinny fingers. I bought this phone over others beacause I didn't want a 3.5" slab in my pockets. I much rather the thicker phone. For long fingers it doesn't feel like you're going to drop it all the time, unlike my ipod touch.
I guess each is entitled to their own opinion.
31. bishnoi (unregistered)
howz the sound quality of c6-01?
33. The Wolf (unregistered)
Excellent.. the C6-01 has a speaker in the back plate that is quick loud and very clear for music and ringtones and speakerphone... compared to an iphone much much louder and clearer.. my friends and i tested this..
32. chaitanya karanam (unregistered)
i'm in a bit of dilemma considering the buying of Galaxy Ace or Nokia C6-01.While I find Galaxy excellent with its android,build, it lacks the camera that C6-01 has. While C6-01 has a good camera it doesn't have the software X factor.So could you just suggest me taking into all the factors, the best phone between C6-01 and the Galaxy Ace.
34. sunny kumar (unregistered)
i think the reviewer has something like dilemma regarding this device. this is the best phone in its price.
35. Manchester United 99 (unregistered)
Really this reviewer sucks big time....He is so dumb to give a rating of 6....I feel that this mobile is far better than c7....And voice clarity , S^3 interface and also in-built graphic accelerator to play HD games like NFS Shift , Hawx, Avatar makes it to the top notch...
36. sattu (unregistered)
hi i buy this phoneyaar everythik is fine but battrybackup is bad yaar . nokia phone battryis good then other mobile but c6 battry worst...
37. allwyn (unregistered)
can anyone tellme how much is the internal memory and and what capacity memory card they arre providing
39. bhaijaan (unregistered)
500 mb int memo. and a 2 gb card provided with extendable to 32 gb
38. bhaijaan (unregistered)
on 1-9-11 i hav option to choose c6-01 with sym. anna HD 600mhz processor 8mp cam and video calling AMOLED for Rs. 13500 or sony xperia mango with android 2.3 gingerbrad with microsoft mango OS 1 Ghz processor nd a slider qwerty HD bravia 5 mp video calling for Rs. 15000 or HTC salsa 800 mhz processor full touch HD 5 MP android 2.3 with ultraslim body and fine colours bt no video calling for Rs. 15400 or samsung galaxy ace with andoid 2.3 1ghz processor 5mp cam AMOLED HD video calling for 14000......in kota rajasthan.........what do u think, ishould do ????
40. jose (unregistered)
just i have one doubt is this original from finland
41. jose (unregistered)
i want t buy this