Nokia C6 vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini – Review

by Jerry D on August 11, 2010

Not only is this a battle between two ‘mini’ phones, it’s a tussle between two titans of the cell phone industry. Both have lost their way recently, overtaken and outclassed by Apple, HTC, Samsung and Motorola. Does the Nokia C6 signal a return to form? Is the Xperia X10 a phone to be reckoned with? Stand back…

Connectivity:

The wireless options on the C6 include 3G/HSDPA (3.6 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. As for the Xperia X10 Mini, Sony Ericsson has specified 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi as standard. A tie in the first round. (1-1)

Size & Weight:

According to the specs, the Xperia X10 Mini is the slimmer of the two phones with a depth of 16.0mm. The C6 is the widest one here, measuring 53.0mm to the Xperia X10 Mini’s 50.0mm. As for weight, the Nokia C6 weighs 150g, while the Xperia X10 Mini is a lightweight 88g. (1-2)

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Camera:

The C6′s 5.0 MP camera features LED flash, geo-tagging and VGA video capture. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera. The Xperia X10 Mini’s 5.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging and VGA video capture equals the C6′s. (2-2)

Screen/keyboard:

Display size is vital these days and the C6 features says: “can you beat my 3.2-inch (360 x 640) touch-sensitive LCD screen?” Sheepishly, the Xperia X10 Mini has to shake its head, embarrassed by a dinky touch-sensitive LCD that measures only 2.55 inches across. It also suffers from a lower screen resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. The C6 also features a QWERTY keyboard, which this version of the X10 Mini can’t match. (3-2)

Performance:

As for performance, the Xperia X10 Mini uses a Qualcomm MSM7227 CPU, rated at 600MHz. The C6′s engine is a 434MHz ARM 11 processor. Neither are particularly speedy. In terms of software, this Nokia vs. Sony Ericsson rumble pits the Symbian OS (Series 60) against Android on the X10 Mini. A quick couple of points for the SE phone and it finds itself back in front. (3-4)

Downloadable apps:

Storage:

The C6 matches Sony Ericsson’s Mini phone by including 2GB of internal storage space as standard. Obviously, the C6 also includes a microSD card slot, which enables you to ramp up the memory to a more usable 16GB. I You can also expand the memory of the Xperia X10 Mini to the same amount. (3-4)

Battery life:

A word about battery life… Nokia’s spec sheet lists 11.0 hours of talktime for its phone, compared to only 4.0 hours for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini. As for standby time, the phones can last for 400 hours and 360 hours respectively. (4-4)

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Extras:

The C6 also includes GPS/A-GPS and a stereo FM radio (with RDS), while the Xperia X10 Mini features a similar FM radio, GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass. (4-5)

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini wins!

Xperia X10 mini Black Nokia C6 vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini   ReviewIt was a close fight, but the Xperia X10 Mini emerges as the winner of this fight (4-5). Not only is it thinner and far lighter than the Nokia C6, but it should also be slightly faster thanks to a speedier CPU. Crucially, the Android OS (even an outdated v1.6) is more versatile than the ageing Symbian software. And if you’re enticed by the keyboard on the C6, take a look at the X10 Mini Pro.

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

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