September 29, 2010 by admin
The C-series range from numbers 1 to 9, depending on the features available and its particular prices. The best handset in the series so far is the Nokia C6, which has a touchscreen with a slide out QWERTY keyboard.
While the Nokia C6 is an alternative to the not so successful N97, and the first touchscreen phone from Nokia, namely the 5800 Xpress Music. It takes a little bit of both by incorporating the touchscreen and appearances of the 5800, but upgrades the camera to a 5MP and then adding the slide out keyboard of the N97, but sadly, ignoring the Carl-Zeiss lens and the large built-in memory to help keep prices low. Will this be the start of a successful midrange Symbian?
The Nokia C6 isn’t light at 150g due to the physical keyboard, which adds on 16.8mm. It is also thicker than the N97 where it only resembles the outer appearances of the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music. The 3.2” TFT screen on the Nokia C6 uses resistive technology and has 16M colours on a 360×640 pixels nHD resolution. The resistive screen is quite responsive compared to other resistives, but it is unable to match up to a capacitive screen. It pretty much fails under bright sunlight unless the brightness is set to maximum. The device is quite narrow, due to the 16:9 aspect ratio of the screen which makes it reasonably easy to operate with one hand.
Under the screen are three buttons, the send key on the left followed by the middle menu key and the end key on the right. Above it is the ear speaker, with the forward facing camera and the proximity sensors and ambient light sensor. The screen half requires a solid push to open and close to expose the physical keyboard as compared to other models. It can’t tilt up like the N97 series, but has a metal plate underneath it for extra support in a mostly all plastic phone. The microSD slot cover on the left is quite hard to pry open but the microUSB port flap on the top has no problems whatsoever. The top also contains the standard 3.5mm audio jack. The right side contains the volume up/down control, the lock slider, and the camera button. The bottom is where the charging port and the microphone lie. The USB charging is not enabled so be sure not to forget your charger. The back of the phone houses the 5MP camera which comes with LED flash and a speaker grill. The plastic for the back cover feels quite cheap and offers almost no traction when held so do keep that in mind if you don’t want it to slip.
The physical keyboard is arguably good and closely resembles the one on the Nokia E75 where the keys are separated from one another. It has a D-pad on the right but still feels quite cramped to do some speed typing. The top row is numbered, but you’d still have to press “Fn” to activate it, like on a laptop. The first row will feel quite cramped as the screen half is too near. The good news is the keys are rounded and physical feedback of the buttons is good. It doesn’t encourage speed typing by much as compared to a good on-screen QWERTY which isn’t on the Nokia C6 by default.
The design as a whole gives a sub-standard impression though; the phone looks and feels as if the people designing it were just patching together a phone based on what previous phones looked and felt like. All in all, the construction of the phone is fine and the spring-loaded keyboard apparatus uses tight tracks.
The default browser utilizes kinetic scrolling and you can double tap the screen to zoom. It also supports Flash Lite, but is somewhat sluggish due to the weak hardware. It’s great for ads maybe some videos, but complex Flash sites and interactive graphics lags.
The 5MP camera on the Nokia C6 comprises of a few shooting options in its interface besides the customary scene modes, white balance and self-timer adjustments, the also boasts manual exposure, ISO setups and multiple shots mode.
The phone tends to oversaturate under bright sunlight with resolution and detail slightly lacking resulting in pale colours. Indoor stills are okay with the LED flash on but noisy without it, even more so under poor lighting conditions. The photo and video gallery is quite slow and uploading pictures and video has to pass through Ovi instead of direct Facebook or YouTube options. Some light video editing such as merging, cutting and adding text to clips is possible from the gallery itself.
The music player doesn’t stray far from the standard interface and functionality found on the 5800 Xpress Music. The loudspeaker of the Nokia C6 is average with a slight distortion at the high volume end. The headset, however, produces deep bass sound and clear high octaves. The sound strength in the ear speaker was satisfactory and the voices were clear enough.
The 1200mAh battery is supposedly good for 5 hours of talk time in 3G mode and 17 days of standby which is below average.
Pros and Cons
The good thing about this phone is the Adobe Flash Lite enabled browser.
It doesn’t do so well with its thickness and resistive screen. The keyboard also feels a bit cramped and there isn’t any DivX/XviD video support.
The Nokia C6 leaves an average impression as everything about it is mediocre for a Nokia touchscreen handset and we can’t think of a feature that distinguishes it from the N97 mini. It might make a worthy alternative to the 5800 XpressMusic for people who want a physical keyboard and/or the 5MP camera and possibly Symbian.