Nokia C6 Review
There is not much to review regarding the Nokia C6-00's interface, considering it is the same Symbian S60 v5 version that we find in all of the company's touchscreen phones. Nokia used to say way back in the first iPhone days that they are not interested in producing touchscreen devices as its focus groups revealed customers didn't want them. Espoo was forced to rethink that position, and, for 20 months now, they have been making touchscreen phones with the old Symbian OS slightly retooled for being finger-friendly.
An interface walkthrough of S60 v5 can be found in our Nokia 5800 and N97 reviews. In the C6-00 we find the same homescreen with up to five widgets, which can be swept out of view with a stroke of the finger, same phonebook and the same calendar. The C6 is with the Nokia White theme as default, which makes things way more appealing than the gloomy dark theme found on the above-mentioned phones. Actually the interface looks like on all touchscreen Nokia handsets after their latest firmware updates gave them a tight integration with the Ovi ecosystem (Contacts, Maps, Store, Ovi Mail, Nokia Messaging). Still no smart dialing from the dialpad, though, you have to go through contacts search for that.
Honestly, if you set it right and know where to look for things, Symbian is a functional, but dated platform. The same 434MHz CPU that is in the Nokia 5800, the N97 and the N97 mini can also be found in the C6-00, with the same 128MB RAM. The handset is no speed racer with those specs, and what usually bothers us with Symbian are the icons and the other graphical elements that have been the same for years now, the slow opening of media files, the unnecessary confirmations, and the excessive options in the menus that no one really uses.
Text messaging is the same tried and true application you are used to, but for threaded view you have to download, nay, buy additional software, which is a bummer by any measure. Nokia Messaging takes care of the email accounts on the C6 - setting up all popular services is easy, but it can only download up to 250 messages from your account memory lane to the phone's inbox. Not a difference compared to the other Nokia touchscreen phones here.
As we mentioned before, for typing those many SMS's you are restricted solely to the physical keyboard in landscape mode, since there is no on-screen QWERTY. The slide-out keyboard is not that bad, but could use a chicklet-style button layout, which would greatly enhance typing speeds.
Plenty of useful software apps come included with the handset. QuickOffice and Adobe PDF take care of document viewing, but for editing you have to upgrade to the paid version. Dictionary, Converter, Zip and Active Notes round up the Office folder contents. Other worthy additions are Recorder, Podcasting, Traveler, Drawing, ScreenSnap and Shazam. Facebook and MySpace are taken care of in the form of widgets, and you can download a Twitter client off the store. When you quickly pull in a few indispensable free apps from Ovi Store like the flaky YouTube client, Skype, Qik or Fring, and Opera Mobile, the phone becomes a decent all-around package without having to shell out a dime on top of the handset price.
Internet and Connectivity:
The default browser has kinetic scrolling and double-tap-to-zoom, as well as support for Flash Lite, so it does visualize things true to their nature, but is somewhat slow due to the weak hardware. Flash Lite is not what it is cracked up to be here, although Nokia has been in bed with Adobe for a while now, boasting the ability over the Android 2.1/iOS 4 competition. It works great for ads and even some video, but complex Flash-based sites and interactive graphics like, say, the simple charts on Google Finance, choke it up.
For Internet connection the Nokia C6 uses its quad-band 3G radio, or the Wi-Fi chip. There is also stereo Bluetooth 2.0, and FM radio with RDS via the supplied headset. For PC connection you have to install Ovi Suite and connect the phone with the short microUSB cable, which doesn't charge the C6. That is the easiest way to sync or download countries and guidance voices for Ovi Maps.
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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)