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Nokia C6-01 Review

Nokia C6 01 ReviewThe Nokia C6-01 is a powerful combination of internet, social networking, video, photos, music, maps with Symbian^3 operating system. The device features compact design with stainless steel covers and 3.2″ AMOLED ClearBlack capacitive touch display — improved outdoor visibility with vivid colors and pure black, 8 megapixel Full Focus camera with dual LED flash and support for capturing 720p HD video, On Demand WebTV and A-GPS with Ovi Maps. Additional features include Qt 4.6.3, Java MIDP 2.1 Bluetooth 3.0 and Flash Lite 4.0. Supported WCDMA frequencies may vary based on region where the device is available.

Design And Features:

The design of the Nokia C6-01 is reminiscent of many previous Nokia smart devices that incorporate a touchscreen, such as the Nokia 5800, 5230, and so on. The phone is a long, narrow, oblong shape, measuring in at 104 x 53 x 14mm, and weighing in at an average smartphone weight of 131g. The display used on the handset is a move away from the more common Nokia preference of using a TFT resistive screen, with the C6-01 utilising an AMOLED capacitive display, supporting up to 16 million colours. The display itself measures in at a comfortable 3.2 inches, and has a pixel resolution of 360 x 640. The display makes use of technology which Nokia call Clearback, which is similar to the Samsung Super AMOLED displays. What this means to the end user is an even crisper, brighter, richer representation of on screen images, text and video.

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This time Nokia has bet on the balance between high quality plastics, metallic glossy frame and metal rear cover. The whole front is black with the only exception of the Menu key. The whole combinations works fine and the C6-01 looks alone are able to seal the deal.

Below the display are the three hardware keys – Menu, Answer and Ignore – same as on the Nokia C7. All three controls are easy to hit with great tactile feedback.

To the upper left side are two volume buttons, a hold slider in the middle and a single-stage camera button below. With no keys on the left hand side, jumping to the back, you’ll find the 8MP fixed-focus camera, twin LED flash and loudspeaker. Slide off the metal battery cover, which feels pretty hardy, to reveal the battery with a SIM card slot underneath.

Known for rolling out stylish phones with sleek and attractive looks C6-01 is no different. The stainless steel body of the phone coupled with touch glass display makes the phone robust and sturdy. The phone has simple yet attractive design.

Underneath the metal casing is a ARM 11 680MHz processor, 3D Graphics HW accelerator. In the numbers game it is not the fastest, especially compared with the 1GHz CPU found on the N8, but we found only the most intensive games and websites caused noticeable slowdown.

Interface:

Symbian^3 brings both visual and functionality changes. The homescreen is the most evident of those, its size now expanded to three panes worth of space. You are free to fill it up with widgets and reshuffle them as you see fit. If three panes are too much for you, you can delete the ones you don’t need.

Some of the widgets are side-scrollable and the phone waits to see if you want to use them or skip to the next screen. Nokia has plans to fix that, as we’ve heard.

The main menu structure is unchanged, retaining the hierarchical folder structure. This comes in contrast to Android, and mostly iOS, where you get a flat menu structure with all icons located on scrollable screens.

And even though heavy multi-taskers will frown at the 256MB of RAM we didn’t get any “Out of memory” errors even when the camera and the web browser with two active tabs were running in background.

Text messaging on the Nokia C6-01

For typing messages, the virtual keys are responsive, and large buttons make pressing them easy in portrait mode – a recognisable number / letter layout is presented. In landscape, the virtual QWERTY pops up, which is sensibly laid out but a tad annoying to use if you have large fingers.

Camera:

In a mid-range economically priced mobile phone, what sort of camera features you can expect? Generally, 3 mega pixel or 5 mega pixel are considered as good. What do you think of a mobile phone that comes with an 8 mega pixel snapper and priced within the mid-range? Great isn’t it? This is exactly what Nokia C6-01 packs. The devices feature an 8 MP snapper which is combined with dual LED flash, fixed focus, face detection and geo tagging features. You can click excellent snaps and directly upload in your favorite social network to share with your friends. The camera can also record excellent quality of videos at 720p @25fps. Video stabilization feature is included in the handset and there is a secondary VGA camera for video calling.

On the topic of noise, this is an area the Nokia C6-01 has some issues. Without the super advanced sensor or the Xenon flash of the Nokia N8, its twin LEDs aren’t enough to make night time shots look like they should. In its attempt of processing the image to lift brightness, the camera brings out huge amounts of noise. In good lighting however, when the image doesn’t need to be processed heavily, blacks look clean without too much in the way of noise.

Music Player:

Symbian never had trouble with the music player features but its looks were far from impressive. With Symbian^3 however Nokia introduces a new Cover Flow-like interface, which adds the much needed eye-candy.

There’s automatic sorting by artist, album, genre and the option to create custom playlists straight on the phone.

Video Player:

When it comes to video playback on Symbian smartphones, the Nokia C6-01 is still among the lucky few to have DivX and XviD support out of the box. And it doesn’t stop there.

The playback was silky smooth on all files with a resolution up to and including 720p, which is quite impressive.

FM radio:

The FM radio on Nokia C6-01 has the same neat and simple interface as on its Symbian^1 predecessors. You can search skip preset and new stations alike with sweep gestures or you can use the virtual buttons.

Connectivity:

Network support is the most essential aspect for any mobile phone. The primary reason for using these devices is to establish communication in a smooth manner, and the network support ensures that proper communication can be maintained. C6-01 is supportive of both 2G and 3G network, which allow the users to access quad band 2G GSM 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900; and 3G HSDPA 850/ 900/ 1700/ 1900/ 2100. In terms of connectivity options, the device gets support of Class 32 GPRS and EDGE. However, when you need to establish high speed connectivity on the device, you can connect Wi-Fi® 802.11 b/g/Nokia C6-01 or 3G HSDPA that provides the speed up to 10.2 mbps.

Transferring data to/from other compatible handsets is essential these days. With this option, you can transfer music, videos, images or various types of other files to compatible devices. You can use this function by establishing cable-based connectivity of v2.0 microUSB or wireless connectivity of Bluetooth® v3.0.

Memory

Memory is one of the vital specifications of any phone as large memory ensures that user can store a large amount of data. Nokia C6-01 offers great memory as call records for a month can be stored in it. The internal phone memory measures 340 MB, 256 MB RAM, 1GB ROM. In order to increase storage space the company includes a 2 GB memory card which can be expandable up to a staggering 32GB.

Nokia C6-01 specification

  • 3.2 inch AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen Display with 16 million colours & 360 x 640 Pixels
  • Accelerometer Sensor for UI Auto Rotate
  • Proximity Sensor for Auto Turn Off
  • Nokia ClearBlack Display
  • 8 Mega-pixel camera with Fixed Focus, Fual LED Flash, Geo Tagging & Face Detection
  • video Player supports H263, H264, WMV & MP4 formats
  • Video Recorder 720p 25fps
  • Additional VGA Camera for Video Calls
  • Wallpapers & Screensavers
  • Music Player Supports MP3, eAAc+, WMA & WAV Formats
  • RDS FM Radio
  • MP3 Ringtones
  • Vibration Alert
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • SMS, MMS & Instant Messaging
  • Email & Push Email
  • Predictive Text Messaging
  • Java™ Games, Downloadable Games & Built-in Games
  • Personal organiser with Phonebook, Photocall, calendar, Clock, Alarm Clock & Calculator
  • Built-in hands free speakerphone
  • GPS with A-GPS Support, Nokia Maps & Digital Compass
  • Symbian™^3 OS
  • ARM 11 680 MHz processor & 3D Graphics HW accelerator
  • TV Out & Web TV
  • Flash Lite 4.0
  • Document Viewer Excel, Word, PDF & PowerPoint
  • Voice Command & voice Dial
  • 256 Mbytes RAM, 340 MB Of internal Memory with MicroSD™™ card slot for up to 32 Gbytes (2GB card supplied)
  • EDGE & GPRS Technology
  • Bluetooth with A2DP, 3G HSDPA/HSUPA, WLAN Wi-Fi® & Micro USB Connectivity
  • Quad band 850/900/1800/1900 GSM & HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 Networks
  • HTML & WAP 2.0/XHTML Web Browsers with RSS Feeds
  • SNS Integration
  • 3G Talk Time 4.30 hrs
  • 2G Talk Time 11.30 hrs
  • 3G Standby Time 372 hrs
  • 2G Standby Time 408 hrs
  • Music Playback Time 50 hrs
  • Size 103.8 x 52.5 x 13.9mm
  • Weight 131g

Conclusion:

All in all with the launch of C6-01, Nokia has created win-win situations for consumers looking out for value rich smart phones at a reasonable price. Though the OS is used in the phone is not as powerful as Android, still the phone boasts of some astounding features, thanks to Nokia’s craftsmanship. C6-01 is definitely a good buy for consumers who want robust performance at a low price.

Price

The price of Nokia C6-01 in India is approximately Rs 16,000 while in the US it is around $ 335 (approx). The phone cost approximately 260 euros in the UK.

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