Nokia C6 vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 – Review

by Jerry D on August 12, 2010

Another day, another Sony Ericsson handset calls the Nokia C6 out for a technology spat. The C6 isn’t faring well so far – just take a look at its fighting record. It’s already faced the Xperia X10 Mini. How will it fare against the Xperia X8?


In terms of wireless connectivity, the C6 includes 3G/HSDPA (3.6 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. Sony Ericsson has stuffed its mid-range phone with 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. (1-1)

Size & Weight:

According to the spec sheets, the Xperia X8 is the thinner of the two, measuring 15.0mm to the C6′s 16.8mm. Drop the two handsets on the scales and the Nokia C6 weighs 150g, while the Xperia X8 is a much lighter 104g. That QWERTY keyboard inside the C6 must really pile on the pounds… (1-2)



First up, the C6′s 5.0 Megapixel camera features: an LED flash, geo-tagging and VGA video capture. There’s also a front-facing camera for video calls. The Xperia X8, meanwhile, boasts a lower-spec camera – a 3.2 Megapixel model with geotagging, Facebook image uploader and video capture functionality. The C6 gets itself back into the fight. But can it stay on terms? (2-2)


The design of Nokia’s C6 features a 3.2-inch touch-sensitive LCD screen, with a resolution of 360 by 640 pixels. There’s also a decent slide-in/slide-out QWERTY keyboard for data entry. Xperia X8′s touch-sensitive LCD display only measures 3.0 inches. It boasts a poorer screen resolution too – only 320 by 480 pixels. Boom! The C6 finally takes the lead. (3-2)


In terms of usability, the Xperia X8 uses a 600MHz chip, while the C6 doesn’t overstretch itself with a ho-hum 434MHz ARM 11 chip. A point to the X8. The C6 isn’t going to win the software battle either. Its Symbian OS might have been cutting edge in the last decade, but it looks weak when compared to the Android software that runs on the Xperia X8. (3-4)

Downloadable apps:


The Xperia X8 matches the Nokia phone byte for byte – both pack 2GB of internal storage. It’s hardly enough room to store many photos, video clips or audio tracks. No matter, because you can plug a bigger memory card into the C6′s microSD expansion slot and boost the onboard capacity to 16GB. The 2GB storage capacity on Sony Ericsson’s phone can also be widened to 16GB. (3-4)

Battery life:

How long will the phones last? Nokia claims 5.0 hours of talktime for the C6, compared to 4.7 hours for the Xperia X8. Standby times are 384 hours and 446 hours respectively. Last place for the C6. Again. (3-5)



All of which brings us to the “any other business?” part of the contest. Not that it matters, but the C6 packs GPS/A-GPS satellite navigation and a stereo FM radio (with RDS). As does the X8. (3-5)

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 wins!

Xperia X8 Nokia C6 vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X8   ReviewAfter a good start by the Nokia C6, the Xperia X8 flattens it with a couple of good punches at the end (3-5). In this era of touchscreen displays and virtual keypads, the QWERTY keypad on the C6 doesn’t win it any points. The X8 is lighter than the Nokia handset, thinner and faster. And in a straight fight between Android and the Symbian OS, the Google-backed software will win every time…

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

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