Nokia’s midrange side-sliding QWERTY smartphone is finally available, a mere three months after the announcement.
This is the C6-00, and not the C6-01 that was leaked a few days ago.
It can be yours for £289 unlocked and SIM-free from Nokia’s UK online shop. You can also buy it with a pay as you go SIM, in which case the phone will cost just £229.
If you’re more into pay monthly plans, the Nokia C6 will be yours for free with plans starting at £25/month.
Decent pricing, though it could have been better. As the phone will become available in more places, we might see even lower prices however.
This smartphone seems to be practical for a variety of purposes, but you do have to keep in mind that Symbian^1 (previously known as S60 5th Edition) is running the show here. No Symbian^3 or Symbian^4 goodness to be found. Also, judging from Nokia’s history, there’s absolutely no chance whatsoever that it will be upgraded to any of the newer Symbian versions.
If you’re fine with Symbian^1′s quirks, you get quite a lot of features for the price. Let’s take a look:
- 3.2 ” touchscreen (360 x 640 resolution)
- 5 Megapixel camera with LED flash, VGA video recording at 30 fps
- quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900) and quad-band HSPA (850/900/1900/2100)
- AGPS (with free lifetime navigation), FM radio, 3.5 mm headset jack
- WiFi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
- full QWERTY keyboard
- 1200 mAh battery
- Dimensions: 113.4 x 53 x 16.8
- Weight: 150 g
Many of the internals are identical to the Nokia N97 Mini, which is not necessarily a good thing in 2010. The processor is still the same one clocked at 434 MHz, and while Symbian certainly doesn’t need 1 GHz to function properly, this feels a bit underpowered. RAM is also, incredibly, still at 128 MB, which means multitasking will be limited to just a few apps at once.
These could be compromises made so the price would be as low as possible, and for a midrange device, I think that may be acceptable.
This one is sure to sell well and get very little press while doing so. It’s just the way of the internet, with all the focus being at the very high end.
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