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May 18, 2011

Nokia C6-01 Review

by Franz Bicar

The Nokia C6-01 may not be at the top of the smartphone market, it does offer features that are vastly superior to most devices in the mid-range category.

The C6-01 features Nokia’s ClearBlack AMOLED displays and comes in a compact metal casing. Its rectangular shape makes it comfortable to carry around in your hands or pocket. Its stainless steel casing gives the phone a solid look and protection from scratches.

There are several physical buttons on the C6-01. You have dedicated call and end buttons underneath the display, an menu button at the center, and a lock, volume, and camera controls on the right. At the back, you have an 8-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash , which is, for most manufacturers, standard nowadays.

The C6-01′s screen is an HD AMOLED 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen that supports 16 Million colors and 360 x 640-pixels resolution. Nokia’s ClearBlack technology makes the display even more interesting, providing superior contrast and sunlight legibility.

Furthermore, the screen is covered by scratch resistant Gorilla glass, which makes it almost unbreakable.

As with most Nokia phones, the C6-01 is packed. You have quadband GSM/EDGE and pentaband HSPA/WCDMA for use on European 3G networks. It can also work on AT&T and T-Mobile USA. Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi b/g/n, an FM radio, GPS/A-GPS and USB 2.0. It comes with a 2GB microSD card with support for 32GB cards.

The Nokia C6-01 runs on Symbian^3. With Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft, I’m not so sure what will happen to Symbian. Nevertheless, the once largest mobile OS is now on a decline. Nokia did promise to continue releasing Symbian phones, but most of their resources will most probably be focused on Windows Phone 7 development to compete with market leaders.

Nevertheless, Nokia‘s Symbian OS and the C6-01 is a solid smartphone. It does not have all the flash and polish of iOS or Android devices, but it can certainly compete. The C6-01’s homescreen is now stretched on three panes, which can be populated with widgets, shortcuts, contacts or favorite websites.

Software pre-loaded on the phone include calendar, calculator, file manager, recorder, Adobe PDF, QuickOffice, Zip, Dictionary, Message reader, Traveler, F-Secure, music player, Stereo FM RDS Radio and Ovi Music.

The C6-01′s 8-megapixel camera is a nice addition for this mid range device. You can record videos with up to 1280 x 720 resolution at 25fps. The only drawback is that its prone to blurring when panning around. As for taking pictures, the C6-01′s camera allows users to take quick and straightforward shots, with a single-press camera shortcut and little in the way of lag between pushing the button and the frame being grabbed.

As a Nokia device, the C6-01 is solid and reliable. Battery life is estimated at up to 720 minutes talktime or 420 hours when on standby. The C6-01 could make it through two days with push email turned on and moderate calling, messaging and browser use.

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