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Performance:

The 680MHz ARM 11 processor does a good job of making everything run smoothly (except for web-browsing), and the Nokia C6-01 is at the top of the game in areas like video playback (due to great codec support). With 8GB of on-board memory and expandable memory up to another 32GB via microSD expansion, the Nokia C6-01 has considerable media potential, however, the screen's a bit small to get you truly immersed in a video and makes the whole OS feel laboured.

Voice calling is clear and crisp. When receiving a call on the Nokia C6-01, volume and audibility are good, even in busy environments. Clarity is also above average. The person on the other end also found our voice clear and loud enough.

Battery life on the Nokia C6-01 is good. The quoted talk time is 12 hours while the standby time is 17 days, it wins out amongst the Symbian^3 phones currently out. Practically, we found we could get two days of semi intensive use out of it. The Nokia C6-01 also defaults to a power saving mode when the battery is low, offering easy ways to extend the life if need be.

Conclusion:

As much as performance is on paper good, after a week of using the Nokia C6-01 we couldn't get 'into' it, like we could with the Nokia C7 and N8. The experience is generally hampered by the unpretentious screen size, the phone is too thick, looking like a numeric pad should slide out of the bottom and the weighting is pretty off. On the plus, it does offer a huge array of connectivity options, fantastic video codec support, as well as a vibrant and deep image quality, thanks to the AMOLED and CBD technologies. While  the Nokia C6-01 might be an ideal compact phone if you have very small hands and want a versatile handset without a large screen at a good price, it didn't become one of our favourites.
Decent alternatives for you might include the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy 3, the HTC Wildfire or indeed, if you can afford the step up, the Nokia C7 for a considerably superior Symbian^3 experience.

Nokia C6-01 Video Review:



Pros

  • Full range of connectivity options
  • Camera performs well
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Text entry is uncomfortable
  • Too thick

PhoneArena Rating:

6.5

User Rating:

8.1
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