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Nokia C6: The Home Screen Advantage

Editors note: Thinking of getting the Nokia C6? Here’s a tale of a girl who fell in love with it.

C’mon, admit it. You’re on Facebook right now. You log in every”¦ single”¦ day, read up on what everyone else is up to, and occasionally watch a video of that hilarious piano playing cat. If you’re like me and gazillion other social network junkies, then I think I might have the phone for you.

I initially set my eyes on an older phone model: the E71, which was specifically marketed for business users. I scoured the malls for a good price and promised my beloved Mr. B I will be patient and wait a month before buying (to make sure I really, really want it). Lo and behold! Two weeks later, Nokia released a new set of phones specifically targeted for a much different market: Social Networking addicts like me! And one of them was the Nokia C6.

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The new phones will feature what most of us really need: Facebook and Twitter feeds, even Gmail and Yahoo! Mail, pushed right to your phone and displayed prominently on the screen. I mean think about it, in terms of practical applications, at least 80% of our online presence are spread across these apps!

What makes the Nokia C6 more attractive is of course, its price. At 14-16K a pop, it almost costs two thirds of its more expensive older brother, the metallic encased N97 mini (P23K). Screw the E71 phone; I’m getting a Nokia C6!

First Impressions

The biggest selling point of the C6 is its home screen (also available in other models like the C3, N97 mini). This makes it the ultimate social networking phone with email, facebook, and twitter feeds, pushed right to your phone’s home screen. This means that if you’re on wifi, or using your mobile’s data plan (Smart’s Nokia Messaging service for P20/day, more on this later), emails can be “œpushed” to your phone as they arrive. I triggered mine to say “œYou’ve Got Mail!” every time I get something on my Gmail or Yahoo account.

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You also get the option to choose the 4 most important people in your life and have their beautiful faces in clickable avatars, to make it easier to call, text, or email. Unfortunately, if you have at least 5 most important people in your life like me, its better not to show the 5th person your phone and have them ask “œWhy am I NOT HERE!!”

Like most Nokia phones, you can customize your phone’s appearance. Download free themes at the Ovi store (think iTunes for Apple devices), and install them easily on your phone. Mine is a cutesy red theme “œb.wing Xmas Sky”. Depending on the theme, it can change your wallpaper, icons, progress bar, etc.

Under the hood

The Nokia C6 features a “œnewer” Symbian OS S60 5th edition, with a 3.2″ resistive touch screen, and a full QWERTY keypad. You can easily connect to a wi-fi access point, your mobile carrier’s data network, and to other phones or devices via Bluetooth.

It only has a 200MB internal memory that’s only good for Ovi apps but you can plug in up to 16GB microSD if you want to take a lot of photos and videos with its 5-megapixel camera or store multimedia files for mobile entertainment.

Pros and Cons

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After playing with the phone for exactly 10 days now, I DO have some issues with it. Here’s a quick list:

1. The resistive touchscreen takes some getting used to as my favorite toy for the past year has been (and still is) my iPod Touch 2nd Gen, well a close tie with the C6. Comparing the two is no comparison at all. The iPod’s touchscreen is leaps and bounds ahead of the C6. I truly had some trouble scrolling up and down my Nokia’s web browser, even clicking and double clicking has been an issue. Fortunately, after 10 days, I think I have mastered my C6’s screen sensitivity, sometimes (gasp!) using the tip of my nail to click on an icon or file.

2. I signed up for Smart’s Nokia Messaging at the store on the day we bought my phone, because a sexy Nokia lady was very charming and convincing. Free P50 load if I activate for P20 (http://www.nokia-ph-gs.com/referafriend/). Whatta deal! So we said yes of course, and she also gave me a free Smart SIM. Here’s the catch! Nokia Messaging for the Nokia C6 is ONLY GOOD FOR PUSH EMAIL. That means Facebook, Twitter, and Chat is not supported just yet. Careful now because your data charges might eat up your load (wasted about P30 when Smart Internet was accidentally activated). I’m now keeping my load at less than P10 to avoid getting charged. I’m also contemplating deleting the Smart access point and just stick to my wifi connections at home and at the office. It’s just a short drive in between.

3. The battery has also been disappointing, especially with the PUSH functionality enabled. I have to constantly charge my phone, usually every 2 days, which was a far cry from my previous phone where I only needed to plug in every 5 days. (Of course my old phone was boring, with no personality, and it didn’t pick up my emails for me). With Nokia Messaging activated for a day, my Nokia C6 was actually pretty warm even if it was just left in my bag.

4. Mr. B’s also complaining about the home screen avatars because according to him, the icons are quite small and is not really ideal for guys with big hands. The onscreen text for new emails and FB status may not as readable because of the small font size. In a nutshell, Mr. B said “œIt’s not old people friendly“. Hmnn!

5. Finally, web surfing in the Nokia C6 leaves much to be desired. Compared to the iPod Touch, the images and text on the Nokia are pixilated and navigation is difficult. The only saving grace is the navigation cursor key in the key pad which I use a lot for scrolling and clicking on links.

On to the good stuff”¦

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1. The QWERTY keypad is awesome! The keys are bigger and easier to type on. There is a light sensor so the keypad is beautifully lit when you’re in a dark area. In my opinion, The Nokia C6 keypad better than the E71’s where the keys are microscopic.

2. Gone are the days of the annoying “œ*Unlock” keypad guard. The C6 features a physical switch on the side of the phone for locking and unlocking the screen.

3. The 5MP camera is not too shabby either. It has an auto-focus picture, and a blinding LED flash. It’s like the sun, don’t stare directly into it.

4. An app called Communities (currently used in Nokia C3) has both Facebook and Twitter interface. It’s cool because you can put a Communities widget on the home screen and it will show scrolling updates from both accounts. Again just be sure you have your data connections managed properly.

5. Expandable memory is also a huge plus. My phone came with a free 2GB microSD card, which I can expand up to 16GB. You can use the space to store movies, music, and books. Battery might be an issue so keep your charger close at all times.

Final Thoughts

It took me 5 years to decide to buy a new phone and picking the Nokia C6 was a good decision. I love the Home Screen and how it instantly connects me to my social networks, even when I’m outside of the range of my WiFi points. The resistive touch screen and web surfing is definitely NOT perfect, but I think the pros far outweigh the cons. For its price and other features, I would definitely recommend this phone to my Facebook and Twitter super-user friends.

Specs:

  • Quad band EGSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • 3.2″ resistive touchscreen (640 x 360)
  • Symbian OS 9.4 S60 5th Edition
  • 200 MB internal memory with microSD support of up to 16GB
  • 5mp camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • High-quality 16:9 video recording (30fps)
  • Secondary camera for video calls
  • Stereo FM Radio with RDS
  • Integrated GPS / A-GPS
  • HSDPA 3.6 Mbps, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0
  • SRP: Php15,100

Editor’s note: This post is contributed by Gena Singson with some slight revisions by the editor. Gena is a simple gal who loves the simple things in life. Things like DSLRs, Photoshop and stick-shift.

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  • Whoa! Very nice Gena! A well-written review from the perspective of tech consumer. Love it!

  • The only thing I really hate about Nokia touchscreen phones is the resistive touchscreen. But Nokia C6 looks cool anyway. 🙂

    • Yeah, kakapanibago talaga yung resistive pag sanay ka na sa mga ipod touch, newer smartphones, etc.

  • hello we sell this model
    as of today august 25, 2010
    price 13,500
    openline
    on year nokia care warranty

  • ferdi

    I believe the newest Samsung phones offer better touchscreen experience. And as far as Operating Systems are concerned, Android is the way to go. P16K is a lot of cash, but for P4K more, the Samsung Wave would have been a much better buy. You spend a bit more, but get so much. (nope, i’m not in anyway connected to Samsung).

    • ferdi

      You spend a bit more, but get so much more in return.

    • Hmm, the Wave is not Android. Unless you know of a way to root it and install Android. 😛

    • excellent review! I really like the c6’s feature. It’s not perfect but nevertheless, it fits perfectly for a guy like me. I think i’m gonna buy this cool fone.

  • KKomiks

    I just got my C6 yesterday. Im currently opening the box as i am reading this article. I should have read this before i bought the phone. hehehehe. thanks for the loads of info bout the phone.

  • gErst

    hi, i’m planning to buy this phone and i’ve heard a lot of reviews saying its “laggy”, is that true? and also does it feel solid, u think it would last long? i think the c6-01 is much better but would there be a big price gap between both devices and do you know when it will be released in the phil? thnks, sorry for the questions nvertheless, pls help me..

    • no word yet on the C6-01 except that it will arrive this year. probably december pa but it’s worth the wait if you’re really considering the C6. the price won’t differ that much i think. It’s the C6’s price that will go down.

      • gErst

        thnx calvin… do you know an android phone that also has querty kypad and has the same price range as the C6?

        • Hmm, Android is made for touchscreen but there’s one with a QWERTY keypad available locally. The Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro which has a slideout QWERTY keyboard.

        • By the way, Sony Ericsson has an ongoing sale until tomorrow which will bring the cost of the X10 mini pro from Php17k down to Php15k.
          [source]

          • gErst

            thnks for the info calvin… yeah, i really like the x10 mini pro but the downside is that it only comes with android older than version 2.1.. but neverthelss the phone rocks! thnks…

    • markvirus

      uhmm…this October 15 na ata ang releasing ng nokia C6-01 @ about 15k-16k ang price.

  • mei

    gusto ko lang malaman kung nag-ye-yellow xa? xe ganun nangyare sa n97 ko before.. tnx!! =)

  • ben

    hi! could i ask if the white c6 get easily dirty.. i’m a little bit concerned cause i really like the white one but i’m afraid that its white luster won’t last.. should i get white or black?

  • Planetleo

    hi calvin,

    im planning to buy this phone in November, but i do hesisate, the fact that there are alot of c6 users say that this phone have issues. should i wait for c6-01 or just buy this?

    thanks,

    • if you ask me i would want to wait for the c6-01. i’m just not a fan of resistive touch screen.

  • Hey Guys I have recently bought Nokia C6.

    Click the following link to check the hands on review of Nokia C6 and complete user view of New Nokia C6.

    http://jaydeepwagh.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-new-nokia-c6-review-nokia-c6-hands.html
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  • Yeye

    Very nice review. Was planning to buy an IPhone4 but after stumbling http://tipstweaksmore.blogspot.com/2011/02/tips-iphone-or-android-or-htc-or-nokia.html am now a proud owner of C6 and guess wat, loving it 🙂

  • Yeye

    Have bought the C6 as a Xmas gift to myself. Was planning to buy an iPhone4 but upon stumbling on http://tipstweaksmore.blogspot.com/2011/02/tips-iphone-or-android-or-htc-or-nokia.html am glad that I didn’t bought it. Anyway, C6 really rocks 😉

  • rasheed

    is there radio in nokia c6

  • Mel Westcott

    I’ve had the C6 since end of last year and I actually didn’t start using it right away because it was problematic from the start. I’m actually surprised at all the good reviews I’ve read online because my phone hangs constantly, it’s extremely slow and it is very user unfriendly (there are is much more I could add but there’s not enough time and I’m getting upset as I think about it). I know I am not alone as an unsatisfied C6 owner because I have been to the service center numerous times and the last time I went there (which was yesterday) I told them that surely I was not alone with my problems w the C6 and the staff at greenbelt 1 agreed saying they had gotten lots of complaints. Also several other people I’ve met have the same problems as I do – there’s a few at my gym and also at work. They’ve all used the word ‘hate’ with regards to this phone. I would warn anyone considering buying this phone not to get it as it has made my life difficult – the opposite of what it was meant to do. I actually have cell phone rage trying to use it. Am planning on getting a new phone and I’m going to avoid Nokia altogether which is sad since I’ve used several Nokias in the past which I was very happy with. They are going downhill on the smartphone battle. I actually hate the phone and yell at it quite frequently.
    I am now reading reviews for other phones but am wondering whether or not to trust them since this phone had positive reviews but the reality is that life with this phone sucks.

  • mel westcott

    How come my comment is not on here? I literally came from the Nokia service centre in Greenbelt where i had to leave my Ct6 to be fixed yet again and had a long natter with someone else about how bad thses nokias are. He had the C7 and as I mentioned in my comment, there are many of us unhappy C6 (and now I find c7) owners and i think it is your job as a blogger to let people know about these problems or you aren’t doing your job. We both agreed we need to tell nokia as well (as in the site and not just the service centre because those people are well aware). Do your job as a blogger dude.

  • chandru

    GOOD PHONE WITH NEW ADVANCED FEATURE’S IN IT,, IT SEEM TO BE THE BEST OF ITS KIND

  • chandru

    HOPE TO BE LOW PRICE TAGED IN THE ENTIRE GLOBAL MARKET….. U HAVE IT GUYS…..

  • chandru

    I WILL GIFT THIS TO MY GF SHORTLY

  • chandru

    I LOVE YOU PRACHI

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