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Nokia C6 review

5.2/10 AVG.
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5.2/10
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The Nokia C6 currently has an Informr score of 5.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 12 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Symbian
Processor
434 MHz
Screen Size
3.2"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Softpedia

Even though the C6-01 is nothing out of the ordinary, the smartphone is definitely better equipped than its competitors. All those Nokia innovative features like ClearBlack screen and USB-on-the-go make it much more appealing than most of the phones in the mid-budget category. The device offers the...

- Cosmin Vasile, Softpedia
PC Magazine

Sadly, the C6 has too many flaws for us to recommend it. If anything, the Nokia C6 shows that the former heavyweight Finnish manufacturer still has plenty to learn when it comes to designing a proper touch-screen smartphone.

- Jamie Lendino, PC Magazine
TrustedReviews

The C6 is a big improvement over previous mid-range side sliding phones from Nokia. The keyboard is very good, the software is much easier to use and aside from the screen, build quality seems decent. However, while it has made progress, the phone still lags behind the competition in many ways and t...

- Edward Chester, TrustedReviews
Softpedia

Nokia C6 is an interesting addition to the Cseries lineup, but does not come up with anything out-of-the-box that might impress users. It's like the manufacturer preferred to put some standard features into an old design layout, just to be sure that the phone will be 100% usable and with as few down...

- Cosmin Vasile, Softpedia
Electricpig

Luckily, hope is in sight. Symbian itself is still a thoroughly modern OS, capable of plenty, and Nokia’s looking to marry that with an improved UI in Symbian 3 the upcoming Nokia N8, and perhaps even in the mid-range market with the rumoured Nokia C9. The problem is, that mid-range market is...

- Ben Sillis, Electricpig


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Nokia released the C6 on July 10, 2010.


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Nokia backs up the C6 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
3.2"

The Nokia C6's screen size is 3.2 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
434 MHz

There is a ARM 11 434 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
200 MB

Internal memory is 200 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1200 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 16.5 days standby time, 660 minutes.

Nokia C6 Specs

Overview
Release date July 10, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
EDGE, HSDPA 3.6
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor ARM 11 434 MHz
Internal Storage 200 MB
RAM 128 MB
ROM 512 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.05 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1200 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 660 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 16.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.3 x 5.3 x 1.7 cm (4.5 x 2.1 x 0.7 in)
Weight 150 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
No
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels), 30 fps, up to 90 minutes
Front Camera
Zoom
Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info
QVGA
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, GIF, JPG, PDF, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Nokia RM-612, Mystic

Nokia 2 GB microSD card included
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Critic Reviews


Softpedia

Beside its premium look and solid build, the C6-01 is an all-rounder in all aspects

from Softpedia

Even though the C6-01 is nothing out of the ordinary, the smartphone is definitely better equipped than its competitors. All those Nokia innovative features like ClearBlack screen and USB-on-the-go make it much more appealing than most of the phones in the mid-budget category. The device offers t...More

Even though the C6-01 is nothing out of the ordinary, the smartphone is definitely better equipped than its competitors. All those Nokia innovative features like ClearBlack screen and USB-on-the-go make it much more appealing than most of the phones in the mid-budget category. The device offers the best value for money, which is a rare thing for a Nokia smartphone that usually tend to be overpriced.

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PC Magazine

The Nokia C6 shows that the former heavyweight Finnish manufacturer still has plenty to learn when it comes to designing a proper touch-screen smartph

from PC Magazine

At just $249, the Nokia C6 offers a lot of unlocked smartphone power for a reasonable price. (Unlocked phones can cost well over $500, so $249 really is a bargain.) Sadly, the C6 has too many flaws for us to recommend it. If anything, the Nokia C6 shows that the former heavyweight Finnish manufac...More

At just $249, the Nokia C6 offers a lot of unlocked smartphone power for a reasonable price. (Unlocked phones can cost well over $500, so $249 really is a bargain.) Sadly, the C6 has too many flaws for us to recommend it. If anything, the Nokia C6 shows that the former heavyweight Finnish manufacturer still has plenty to learn when it comes to designing a proper touch-screen smartphone—and in the U.S., that's the least of Nokia's problems.

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TrustedReviews

The Nokia C6 lags behind the competition in many ways

from TrustedReviews

The C6 is a big improvement over previous mid-range side sliding phones from Nokia. The keyboard is very good, the software is much easier to use and aside from the screen, build quality seems decent. However, while it has made progress, the phone still lags behind the competition in many ways an...More

The C6 is a big improvement over previous mid-range side sliding phones from Nokia. The keyboard is very good, the software is much easier to use and aside from the screen, build quality seems decent. However, while it has made progress, the phone still lags behind the competition in many ways and there are few situations where we'd recommend it outright.

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Softpedia

It feels incomplete, but all-rounder at the same time

from Softpedia

Nokia C6 is an interesting addition to the Cseries lineup, but does not come up with anything out-of-the-box that might impress users. It's like the manufacturer preferred to put some standard features into an old design layout, just to be sure that the phone will be 100% usable and with as few d...More

Nokia C6 is an interesting addition to the Cseries lineup, but does not come up with anything out-of-the-box that might impress users. It's like the manufacturer preferred to put some standard features into an old design layout, just to be sure that the phone will be 100% usable and with as few downsides as possible. That's how the phone feels, incomplete, but all-rounder at the same time.

Read full review

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Electricpig

The C6's software cannot possibly match that of touchscreen rivals

from Electricpig

Luckily, hope is in sight. Symbian itself is still a thoroughly modern OS, capable of plenty, and Nokia’s looking to marry that with an improved UI in Symbian 3 the upcoming Nokia N8, and perhaps even in the mid-range market with the rumoured Nokia C9. The problem is, that mid-range market...More

Luckily, hope is in sight. Symbian itself is still a thoroughly modern OS, capable of plenty, and Nokia’s looking to marry that with an improved UI in Symbian 3 the upcoming Nokia N8, and perhaps even in the mid-range market with the rumoured Nokia C9. The problem is, that mid-range market is where the Nokia C6 sits right now, and its software cannot possibly match that of touchscreen rivals. If you value a touchscreen, look to finger friendly phones on rival platforms.

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PhoneArena

The Nokia C6-00 left an average impression at the reviewing afterparty

from PhoneArena

Everything about it is run-of-the-mill for a Nokia touchscreen handset, and we can't think of a feature that will distinguish it much from the N97 mini, for example, even by price. If it falls way down in price, the Nokia C6 might make a worthy alternative to the 5800 XpressMusic for people who are dying for the physical keyboard and the 5MP camera. And Symbian. (Don't look at us!...

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Everything about it is run-of-the-mill for a Nokia touchscreen handset, and we can't think of a feature that will distinguish it much from the N97 mini, for example, even by price. If it falls way down in price, the Nokia C6 might make a worthy alternative to the 5800 XpressMusic for people who are dying for the physical keyboard and the 5MP camera. And Symbian. (Don't look at us!)

For now, the N97 mini is offered  at the same price, with nicer design and larger internal memory. If you are prepared to pay more for a Symbian handset, but gain a pretty and slim phone with a way better keyboard and HD video capture, go for the Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro, unless you need the complete and free navigation package of Ovi Maps. If you are abandoning Symbian altogether for the sake of the more contemporary smartphone platforms out there (we're not blaming you), you might want to check the Motorola MILESTONE Android phone.

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TechRadar

Occasionally laggy with its ageing OS

from TechRadar

While we're criticising Symbian for being laggy, we should mention that C6 does feel robust, software-wise. Though it lacks shine, it's got features coming out of every port (save for proper social network integration). There are useful widgets, speedy internet access and a nice screen, but those are offset by general usability frustrations.

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While we're criticising Symbian for being laggy, we should mention that C6 does feel robust, software-wise. Though it lacks shine, it's got features coming out of every port (save for proper social network integration). There are useful widgets, speedy internet access and a nice screen, but those are offset by general usability frustrations.

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Cnet

The C6 is a slightly bigger version of the N97 mini with almost the same features but at a more affordable price

from Cnet

The C6 probably won't excite a lot of people and we don't think it was meant to anyway. This midrange Nokia smartphone with slideout keyboard gets its basics right, but is largely hampered by a sluggish and outdated user experience. But with a retail price of S$499, it'll likely cost next to noth...More

The C6 probably won't excite a lot of people and we don't think it was meant to anyway. This midrange Nokia smartphone with slideout keyboard gets its basics right, but is largely hampered by a sluggish and outdated user experience. But with a retail price of S$499, it'll likely cost next to nothing with a two-year plan. Those looking for a capable QWERTY smartphone without all the bells and whistles may want to consider the C6.

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User Reviews


Alex

C6 is the worst phone I've ever had!

Touch screen doesn't work as it suppose to work. It gets frozen every 2nd-3rd week, so I have to take the battery out and turn it on again. When using Wi-fi, can't wait when Internet downloads...so slow

I really hate this phone because of the problems with reliability!!!!

I selected this phone origionally because of the great 5.0 meg camera ... I've had major reliability problems with my phone !!! Its been in for repair 4 times, 2 times for battery, reprogramming, replaced simm card 2 times ... Its been 18 months of a 24 month service contract, where I've never known i...More
I selected this phone origionally because of the great 5.0 meg camera ... I've had major reliability problems with my phone !!! Its been in for repair 4 times, 2 times for battery, reprogramming, replaced simm card 2 times ... Its been 18 months of a 24 month service contract, where I've never known if the phone was working or not ... :-( Usually NOT ... :-( I bought a cheap paid minutes phone to use until my contract expires ... I will never deal with Nokia or Fido again because I was locked into a 2 year contract with this upgraded phone that does not work !!! Less

A good looking phone but with a disappointing processor

The Nokia C6 is a good looking phone in my opinion, but the processor makes the phone unattractive to customers. The Camera is decent , The web browser surprisingly supports flash but again the processor makes it a little slower if its either a heavy page you're visiting or you are running a lot of ap...More
The Nokia C6 is a good looking phone in my opinion, but the processor makes the phone unattractive to customers. The Camera is decent , The web browser surprisingly supports flash but again the processor makes it a little slower if its either a heavy page you're visiting or you are running a lot of applications in the phone itself. Messaging is pretty decent although i prefer a threaded view and the call quality is also decent as well. Overall I would rather go for another phone with faster processor and good user interface ( Android , Blackberry OS , etc.) Less

This phone is Great

I think this phone is amazing because it is really easy to use. As the other review says the sony ericsson vivaz pro is a good phone the touch screen on mine broke down the day after I bought it. So this phone has a way better touchscreen response and works very well. Its very easy to use and its built...More
I think this phone is amazing because it is really easy to use. As the other review says the sony ericsson vivaz pro is a good phone the touch screen on mine broke down the day after I bought it. So this phone has a way better touchscreen response and works very well. Its very easy to use and its built to be as durable as it could be while the vivaz pro breaks in seconds. I also think that it looks nicer and the keyboard layout is made well so that its easy to type even if you have big fingers. Though the phone is a bit on the heavier side it doesnt seem to be heavy because of the way its built. Definelty by this phone, you wont regret it. Less

This phone has an awful hangtime/freezes. Everyday it freezes and I have only owned this phone for a week