Nokia C6 Review

Nokia C6 Review
This is a global GSM phone, it can be used with AT&T's 3G network and T-Mobile USA's 2G network.


The Cseries portfolio represents the core line of Nokia phones. Devices in it can come in a variety of form factors, and range in numbering from 1 to 9, depending on the price and features. The highest-end handset in the series so far is the Nokia C6, which brings a touchscreen to the line, plus a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

It is intriguing to review the Nokia C6-00 as a new alternative to the not so successful flagship N97, and the first touchscreen phone from Nokia – the 5800 Xpress Music. The C6 seems to be heading for right smack in the middle of those two, as any self-respecting Cseries device should. It takes a little bit of both by stealing the run-of-the-mill screen, innards and appearances of the 5800, but upgrading the camera to 5MP; then adding the slide-out keyboard of the N97, but omitting the Carl-Zeiss lens and the generous built-in memory to keep the price in check. Is it combining the right ingredients to become a viable Cseries mid-range offering with the somewhat tired Symbian, considering the proliferation of modern touch-based mobile OS's? You'll have to read on to find out...

What's in the box:

  • Nokia C6-00
  • User manual and Quick guide
  • Travel charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Stereo headset with microphone
  • 2GB microSD card


The Nokia C6 is no lightweight at 5.29 oz (150 g). The handset is plump on account of the added physical keyboard, which fattens it up to 0.66 inches (16.8 mm). We've seen much svelter handsets with slide-out keyboards – the Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro, for example, or the Motorola MILESTONE. It is thicker not only than the N97 mini, but than the N97 itself as well. Thus the handset only approaches the outer appearance of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic at the front, but when you hold it, it feels chunky.

You can compare the Nokia C6 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The 3.2” TFT screen that is present on the Nokia C6 has resistive technology, 16M colors, and the 360x640 pixels nHD resolution. The screen is fairly responsive for a resistive display, but it can in no way be compared to any capacitive offering. It does what it can for the technology used when in direct sunlight, which is not much, unless you set it on full brightness. The device is very easy to operate with one hand, since it is pretty narrow, due to the 16:9 aspect ratio of the screen. The only thing that bothers us about the display is its resistive nature.

Underneath the screen are three buttons in a row – the middle menu key, flanked by the send and end keys. Above it are the ear speaker, the front-facing cam and the sensors – proximity and ambient light. The screen half needs a solid push to open and close when you want to gain access to the physical keyboard. It doesn't tilt up like on the N97 series, but has a metal plate underneath it for added rigidity in an otherwise all plastic phone. We had the black version, but the phone is also offered in white.

Traveling around the Nokia C6 finds something on each side of the phone. The microSD slot cover on the left is pretty hard to open unless you have dragon fingernails, but the microUSB port flap on the top is fine in that respect. The top also houses the standard audio jack. The right hand side is reserved for the volume rocker, the lock slider, and the camera key. We finish the round trip at the bottom, where the charging port and the microphone are. There is no USB charging unfortunately, so anywhere you go, you have to bring the mains adapter with you, instead of the short and sweet microUSB cable.

The back of the phone hosts the 5MP camera, which has an LED flash, and the speaker grill. Nokia has used cheapo plastic for the back cover, which offers almost no traction when held, so you always have to grasp on the phone from both sides if you don't want it to slip between your fingers.

What's of real interest on the Nokia C6 is how good the physical keyboard is. For starters, it resembles the one we find on the Nokia E75, not a more expensive “chicklet” type, where keys are separated from one another. It spans on four rows, unlike the three rows on the N97 duet; on top of that it has a D-pad on the right in a shorter than the N97 package, so it feels pretty cramped to type on quickly. There is a numbered top row, but you still have to press “Fn” to switch modes, so the whole point is somewhat lost.

We should add that the screen doesn't tilt up, and there is almost no spacing for your thumbs on the first row as the screen half is too near. For that matter, the keys are domed, space bar is in the middle where it belongs, and tactile feedback of the letter buttons is plenty. All in all, it doesn't speed typing by much, compared to a good on-screen landscape QWERTY, which is missing by default on the Nokia C6. The portrait keypad actually does the job very decently when you don't feel like opening the keyboard for a quick text reply, for example

The design as a whole leaves a bit sub-standard impression. The phone looks and feels as if the department in charge has been roughly combining clues from previous Nokia touchscreen and physical keyboard handsets, without putting much thought and effort. CseriesMaybe if we had the white C6, we would be more in favor of the looks – for now it seems like an incest child of the N97, but without the nice screen tilt, and the 5800 without the slim waistline. Other than that, the construction is fine, and the spring-loading keyboard mechanism uses tight tracks.

Nokia C6 360 Degrees View:



1. Peter007 unregistered

6 out of 10 for that crappy phone??? Be serious...

2. uk786

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 30, 2009

"We've seen much svelter Symbian handsets with slide-out keyboards – the Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro, for example, or the Motorola MILESTONE." Since when was the Milestone a Symbian device?

3. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

That is one of the ugliest phones i've ever seen. Period.

5. Stevie Jobs unregistered

I know you are the fan of Apple, I phone. You can look the design of the I phone it look all the same the Ugliest of all the touch screen. You can take an I phone with I phone 3g or even I phone 3gs they look all the same. The designer in Apple has has no idea or may be an idiot. I really praise on Samsung where they have a lot of design on their touch screen. It's time when super AMOLED display has the same resolution with I Phone 4 & then we can tell which dispaly is the best... No TFT LCD screen can beat AMOLED screen.

6. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

OMG your right on the money! Really? Really? No. I couldn't care less about the iphone. The iphone is a good product but i hate what it stands for. It is a phone used by lame shallow people thinking they will be cool bcuz they have an iphone or by people who know nothing bout phones and just assume its the best. Not everything is about the iphone. Why would you even bring it up? If anything, you're the isheep

30. quickdeath unregistered

hellyeah! you got that right!!

4. Johnny Tapa unregistered

I don't believe in this web site, where they more pro to Apple, RIM and Android!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7. ilovemccormick53 unregistered

this review looks biased. please give some justice in reviewing phones. and please review with partiality...because it seems that this site loves to give apple, android, and rim phones a better score and leave all other phones with an ill-fated review! Please, not practice some biasness for the sake of your good fellow readers!!!

8. dojob unregistered

Why the display of Nokia C6 in this review look so dim............................???

9. SRV unregistered

Dear editor, you are suggesting to buy Motorola Milestone, and Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro over this set??? The Nokia C6 will cost around 14k INR and Motorola Milestone comes at 28k INR and Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro at 25k INR...So how can u compare this set with almost double priced sets??? people looking forward to buy this phone can spent maximum 1 or 2k more. so please suggest within range...

10. SRV unregistered

and please do give me a reply or put your answer here.....

11. nandar unregistered

i think, you, as in this webstite dislike nokia, please review honesty, F U. i still love nokia

12. skar1911 unregistered

Honestly i didnt like the review... sorry.

13. aka1240 unregistered

I totally agree with all the above 4 comments...actually the editor had forgotten that the c6 is only of 13k...n to its price range its the best smart phone till now...n even though its not a very high class phone but still its up to mark n if the editor is going to look only at it only with a negative side and i think the editor must hav reviewed iphone4 or htc n then he must hav reviewed his reviews are like this...but acording to me people with budget 12k to 14k cant get a better phone than this....Nokia rocks!!!!!

14. aka1240 unregistered

I totally agree with all the above 4 comments...actually the editor had forgotten that the c6 is only of 13k...n to its price range its the best smart phone till now...n even though its not a very high class phone but still its up to mark n if the editor is going to look only at it only with a negative side and i think the editor must hav reviewed iphone4 or htc n then he must hav reviewed his reviews are like this...but acording to me people with budget 12k to 14k cant get a better phone than this....Nokia rocks!!!!!

15. JC unregistered

If you don't need a physical Keyboard I think Nokia X6 is a much better option.

16. harish unregistered

i love nokia c6

17. Mem unregistered

I have a C6 and I love it. Not because I have it. This baby performs well and feels well. Thick - True. Sure fits my pocket though. Smooth and not bulky Resistive screen - For the price range. Not really. Compared to iPhone Yes. The keyboard feels cramped - keyboard feels good to me. and typing pretty fast with it. No DivX/XviD video support - Get a converter. Geez. My opinions though not bashing here. :)

20. nokialover unregistered

i believe that Phonearena is being unfair. i recently got a nokia c6 and i really like it. these people do not understand that yo can not compare a phone to one that is nearly double in price. i really dislike this review.

21. Elie 005 unregistered

I think it's the best phone till now and i love it and i'm gonna buy one this week end :D

25. Charles DJ unregistered

Nokia C6 is simply the best mobile among all the ranges.....

27. Cat unregistered

love the nokia C6...Brilliant phone but can someone please tell me where the smileys are. I had a full smiley range on my other Nokia phone. cat

28. Hemant (India) unregistered

This Review is Very Biased for Sure... People should Go to and other websites to get the Honest and Detailed Review... This Budget Phone can not be compared to Vivaz Pro or Milestone... Just look at the Specification of this Phone it has got Everything u ask for... And it's 5MP Auto-Focus LED Flash Camera takes Awesome Photos...(just check it in 's Photo Compare Tool and U will Observe it Yourself) C6 looks more Good in white... Qwerty in 4 Rows with D-Pad is Good ... Reviewer of Phonearena might not be a Fan of Qwerty with D-Pad's But I am! you May Install lots of Java and Sis Applications made for Only Nokia Symbian Phones... Reviewer hates Symbian OS but He Forgot to Mention How User-Friendly and Easy to Use Symbian OS Phones are...and that's why Millions of Symbian Phone users Out there loving it and using it for Years... Watching Flash Animations and Videos on FlashLite Equipped Symbian Phone's in-built Browser is Great which Android Blackberry and Apple Phones can NEVER do... This Biased Reviewer May go and suck his 850US$ Toy =iPhone(with NO Java and NO Flash Lite)...and Android(No FlashLite) and Blackberry Phones (with No Flash Lite and Low Quality Cameras) Thanks :)

29. HatePhoneArenaNow unregistered

This is really disappointing PhoneArena. If you do not like Nokia Phones then don't make useless reviews like this.

31. venky unregistered

what the fuck off review is this don't believe this worst sites you just go for gsmarena. Nokia C6 is really good up to the budget rs13000 range its having almost every thing. I Think phone arena doesn't like Nokia mobiles.

32. MaanU unregistered

I really dislike the review of this phonearena. c6 is quiet an economy phone with many of the best features within its range...... and why is it told to be so bad!!!!

33. c6 owner unregistered

I own a C6, AND i belive this review is biased and of poor quality. It is clear from beggining to end that the reviewwer does not like tis phone. the C6 is awsome and the fact that you can only compare it to phones twice its price is proof of that. The milestone is a cool phone but should be compared with the likes of the nokia E7. I now know better than to refer to this website when looking for reviews.

34. GuvGeek unregistered

I find the C6 under rated. My daughter picked it out for me. It's one for the few phones I can type on and it feels like a phone when I make a call.

35. Robert Kohut unregistered

People are so right, this review is in the wrong section, when all the editor does is say all its cons, but for its price, i got it for $10 on a 2 year contract which isn't bad at all, I've always been a fan of nokia back ten to 15 years ago, I am not an apple fan, phones or computers an never will be, nokia did a great job with this smartphone, the 5 mp camera takes pretty good pictures and with an led flash, its pretty darn good. The only bad thing on this phonein my opinion is the internal memory, it's almost N97's twin, It wouldve been nicer to have 16 GB's of internal memory, then it would be a perfect phone in my eyes, Nokia still Rocks, and is one of the biggest phone manufacturers in the world still!!!

36. aditya123 unregistered

hello , i am the user of c6 from2 month i beginning i look so sexy phone but as you us it i is nightmare for me i hang hang and hang no solution i get . i restore it more than 10 time till cont. so what i can say it is only for show of .nothing more than that thank Nokia for this worst product bye for ever..............

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  • Display 3.2" 360 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / QCIF (176x144) front
  • Storage 0.24 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1200 mAh(5.00h 3G talk time)

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