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The Nokia C6-01 may be the baby sibling to the larger, more svelte Nokia C7, but that doesn't mean this phone can't go toe-to-toe on the spec sheet. The C6 touchscreen phone is shorter and more narrow than the C7, but it's also a bit thicker, with a rounded back. It also features many of the high end specs that you'll find on Nokia's other new smartphones. The display uses Nokia's new ClearBlack display technology. The camera is an 8 megapixel shooter with hi-def, 720p video recording. The 3.2-inch screen packs 640 x 360 pixels, which is the same resolution as Nokia's big, bad E7 business phone.

 

Nokia C6

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The C6-01 has an appealing design. It's more metallic all around than the thinner C7, and Nokia pointed out that, as part of their green initiative, the C6-01 is constructed using all recycled metals. I liked the chrome rim and metal buttons all around, they felt solid and had an appealing shine.

The display is the best selling point for the Nokia C6-01. Because it packs the same pixels as its larger brethren on a smaller screen, it has a high pixel density, which makes it look very clear. The ClearBlack technology is untested, but in my hands-on time I was very impressed by the rich colors, the shimmering translucents and easy text, even on Nokia's unappealing Symbian^3 interface design.

If the Nokia C7 showed some occasional lag browsing the Symbian^3 interface, the Nokia C6-01 was downright slow. Touch response on the screen was fine. In simple swiping gestures or dialing digits, there was no delay. But navigating the phone's menus and launching or quitting new applications, I noticed a minor delay of maybe a second. You'll see what I mean in my YouTube video, posted below.

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