In the final part of my review of the Nokia C6-01 (referred to as just C6, for brevity below!), I take a look at this diminutive Symbian^3 handset in the real world. From social networks and mapping, to getting around in the dark and finding a way through to Alex, how does the rest of the C6 cope when you stop looking at the basic phone functionality and push the device to work on a day to day basis? Lets find out.
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Music, podcasts, video, pictures... the Nokia C6-01 carries all the software to make it a pimped out portable media machine for the mid range market. But does it all hold together and make itself easy to use? In the third part of my review, it's time to look and listen to the Nokia C6 and what it can do. See also review parts 1 and 2.
One of the most difficult things to judge about the C6-01 (and as in the previous part of this review, for now it's just referred “C6”) is how much of a difference the Symbian^3 version of the OS makes to the user experience, and specifically for someone coming to Symbian for the first time. In the second part of our review, the C6 software comes under the spotlight. Is it accessible to the new users, and how will they take to the new building blocks of a smartphone - the app store, browser and messaging clients?
Of the four new Symbian devices, the Nokia C6-01 is likely to be the handset that sells in the greatest volume. This little smartphone packs almost as much power as its larger cousins, while delivering it in a much smarter (dare I say more feminine) style than the 'hard' look of the Nokia N8. And while the Symbian OS is largely identical to that in the other recently released handsets, the C6-01 has a different target audience for its software and hardware. So how does the hardware stand up in the first part of my Nokia C6-01 review.
Continuing our definitive review of the Nokia N8 (see also part 1 (hardware), part 2 (camera), part 3 (multimedia and games), part 4 (email, web, connectivity) and part 5 (real world, performance, application set, homescreens)), I look specifically at some of the cutting edge technology that makes the Nokia N8 (and its sister devices, such as the E7 and C7) stand out in today's smartphone world. Read on for part 6 of my N8 review.
A week or two ago, Rafe brought us his first impressions of the Nokia C7, concluding that the core distinguishing factor between C7 and N8 is the camera, in that if you didn't need the N8's monster 12 megapixel/Xenon camera module then the C7 was a better bet for most people. It therefore makes sense to look straight away at the camera features of the C7 itself - are they good enough for you and will the limitations of the C7's snaps ultimately disappoint? Read on for part 2 of our Nokia C7 coverage....
In part 5 of our Nokia N8 review, I look at the device's speed, responding to criticism of the speed of some common operations, at the N8's application set, at Symbian^3 additions such as the contact quick dialler and extended homescreen, at User Interface quirks that remain, and at general compatibility. See also part 1 (hardware), part 2 (camera), part 3 (multimedia and games) and part 4 (email, web, connectivity) of our definitive N8 review, plus my head to head comparison with an Android camera-centric flagship.
Two weeks on from availability of the Nokia N8, its sleeker, smaller and cheaper sister device, the C7, appears in retail packaging - and I've been putting it through its paces. Rather than diving into a full, exhaustive review part (we're still wading through N8 material), I've opted to bring you my first impressions, based on a few days with the C7, and tentatively suggest that, camera aside, with its appealing design, removable battery and slimmer form factor, it's possibly the better device of the two. Read on...
In part 4 of our Nokia N8 review, I look at the email system, messaging improvements and the new multi-touch-aware version of Web in the launch firmware. Importantly, I also look in detail at the various methods of text input and correction, essential to efficient use of these applications. See also part 1 (hardware), part 2 (camera) and part 3 (multimedia and games) of our definitive N8 review.
In part 2 of our Nokia N8 review, I looked in detail at its camera and camcorder functions, loving the raw capture but bemoaning shortcomings in the supporting software. But what about media that you bring in from outside? Videos, music, streaming media, action games - can the N8 complete with the iPhones, Android phones and personal media players on the market? And how useful are the extras, the onboard video and photo editors?