Nokia C6 vs. Nokia N97 Mini – Review

by Jerry D on August 3, 2010

Is the Nokia C6 just a cut-down N97 Mini? Let’s compare the two side-by-side in a Swedish phone fight of less than epic proportions. Who’s got an IKEA chair we can throw?

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Connectivity:

The Nokia C6 is equipped with a 3G/HSDPA (3.6 Mbps) chipset, along with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. Nokia’s N97 Mini comes with the same 3G/HSDPA (3.6 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP specification. This round is a tie. (1-1)

Size & Weight:

Get the tape measure out and there’s not much of a difference between the two – the C6 is 113.0 x 53.0 x 16.8mm; while the N97 Mini is 113.0 x 52.5 x 14.2mm. Overall, the N97 Mini is slightly smaller. Weigh the two phones and the C6 weighs 150g, while the Nokia N97 Mini is 138g. (1-2)

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Camera:

The C6 comes packing a built-in 5.0 Megapixel camera with advanced features such as: LED flash, geo-tagging and VGA video capture. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera. The N97 Mini also comes equipped with a 5.0 MP camera but boasts Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, a dual LED flash, video light, geo-tagging and VGA video recording. Another camera located on the front is ideal for video calls. The N97 Mini easily takes this round. (1-3)

Screen/keyboard:

The C6 incorporates a touch-sensitive LCD display, 3.2 inches in size and with a resolution of 360 x 640 pixels. This handset also features a neat, slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The touch-sensitive LCD screen on the N97 Mini is the same size. The resolution is the same and it also boasts a QWERTY keypad for data entry. No winning blows for either of the two handsets here. (1-3)

Performance:

In terms of raw speediness, both the C6 and the N97 Mini use an outdated 434MHz ARM 11 chip. Both phones run the latest version of the Symbian OS (Series 60), which can download new applications via Nokia’s Ovi Store. (1-3)

Downloadable apps:

Storage:

The 8GB of memory in the N97 Mini beats the 2GB standard capacity of the C6. Obviously the C6 also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 16GB. The inclusion of a microSD expansion slot on the N97 Mini bumps up the capacity to 24GB, beating the C6 by a full 8GB. (1-4)

Battery life:

As far as battery usage is concerned, the C6 boasts 5.0 hours of talktime according to Nokia, while the N97 Mini is rated at 6.0 hours. Standby time is rated at 384 hours and 310 hours respectively. Overall, the C6 will last you longer, although you can do slightly less with it… (2-4)

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Extras:

The C6 also includes GPS/A-GPS and a stereo FM radio (with RDS). The N97 Mini also features a built-in FM radio and GPS/A-GPS, but also adds Visual radio, a digital compass and a handy TV-out connector. (2-5)

The Nokia N97 Mini wins!

Nokia N97 Mini Nokia C6 vs. Nokia N97 Mini   ReviewIn this battle between Nokia’s mid-range handsets, the N97 Mini emerges as victor (2-5). While the two handsets share many of the same specs, the N97 scores more points thanks to better camera features, the most memory and because it’s thinner and lighter than the C6. The C6 will undoubtedly be cheaper, so if you’re buying this phone unlocked it shouldn’t cost you a fortune.

Do you agree with the outcome of this fight? Leave us a comment below now…

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