The C6 is not without merit and may satisfy diehard Nokia fans, but it just feels a bit dull. We advise waiting for the Nokia C6-01 or investing in an alternative device altogether.
Solid build; easy-to-use keypad; multitude of apps.
Bulky; poor Symbian OS; inconsistent touch screen and internet.
3.2in 640 x 360 (nHD) resistive touch screen, Symbian OS version 9.4, talk time GSM up to 11 hours (WCDMA up to five hours), 113.4 x 53 x 16.8mm, 150g
The Nokia C6 is marketed as a social networking device, but has enough features to enable it to double as a useful business phone.
Nokia has gone with a 3.2in resistive touch screen and, thanks to the slide-out keyboard, it lends itself well to using in landscape mode.
However, the responsiveness of the screen appeared inconsistent in our tests; a gentle touch did the trick sometimes, but a hard press was required at others.
The display has a 640 x 360 resolution and, although it's not going to challenge the iPhone 4's Retina display or the Super Amoled screen of the Galaxy S, it displays rich colours.
The C6 runs on the older and rather dull Symbian OS 9.4. Its successor, the C6-01, will be released later this year with the revamped Symbian^3.
Symbian 9.4 has not aged well since the arrival of the Android and iOS4 platforms, and has fast become the Achilles heel of Nokia's smartphone range.
Shortcuts for messages, contacts and the menu are welcome, but generally the home screen is guilty of trying to display too much information through small widgets that cannot be viewed comfortably.
The Facebook preview bar is a prime example of a widget that is far too small to be useful. Once we had signed into our account, it was only possible to see three status updates at any one time from the tiny app on the home screen.
And with these scrolling across the screen, it was only really possible to read one before the screen changed to show the profile page.
The main menu looks rather bare, but the applications folder concealed a multitude of useful business apps including Quickoffice, Zip manager, Adobe PDF reader and message reader that enables the device to read out messages in a somewhat eerie voice.
Other useful tools included Active notes, a trial for the Traveler flight time app and a podcasting app allowing users to download and subscribe to podcasts, as well as play, manage and share audio and video from the device.
Out of the remaining preinstalled apps, AP Mobile, Bloomberg, CNN Video and Location will probably catch the attention of business users, as will the ability to synchronise Exchange, Gmail and Yahoo accounts.
The Nokia Ovi Maps app is also a great feature, providing accurate voice guided navigation; best of all it comes with a free lifetime licence.
Although still behind Apple's App Store, the Nokia Ovi store is gaining momentum with 2.3 million downloads per day and plenty of apps on offer.