Nokia E5 vs. Nokia C6 – Review

by Jerry D on August 26, 2010

A battle of the Nokia phones this time, with the new Blackberry-esque E5 up against the mid-ranger C6 handset. The Nokia E5 has already lost to the Blackberry Torch, let’s see if it can knock this challenger down onto its plastic ass…


The E5 includes 3G/HSDPA (10.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. It’s a good specification, mostly matched by the Nokia C6, which comes with 3G/HSDPA (3.6 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP as standard. (1-1)

Size & Weight:

How big are these phones? There’s a noticeable difference between the two – the E5 is 115.0 x 58.9 x 12.8mm; Nokia’s phone is 113.0 x 53.0 x 16.8mm. Overall, the C6 is smaller and more pocketable. But it’s also the heaviest of the two. Put the two phones on the scales and the Nokia E5 weighs a mere 126g, while the C6 is a much more tubby 150g. (2-1)



The E5′s 5.0 Megapixel camera features a fixed focus lens with 3x digital zoom and an LED flash. It’s also capable of bog standard VGA video capture. The two phones match each other for megapixels – the C6 also packs a 5.0 Megapixel camera with LED flash, geo-tagging and VGA video capture. Another camera located on the front is ideal for video calls, which just gives it an edge. (2-2)


The E5 incorporates a non-touchy-feely LCD display, 2.36 inches in size and with a lowly resolution of 240 x 320. There’s also a QWERTY keyboard for data entry, which sits below the display in classic Blackberry style.

In comparison, the C6′s touch-sensitive LCD screen is a more roomy 3.2 inches wide. The screen is touch-sensitive and the resolution of 360 x 640 will always knock the E5′s display out. Like the E5, the Nokia C6 also features a QWERTY keyboard, which slides out neatly from the chassis. (2-3)


As for speed, the C6 uses a sleepy ARM 11 processor, rated at 434MHz. The E5′s core is a speedier 600MHz ARM 11 chip. Both phones use Nokia’s Symbian OS (Series 60). (3-3)


The C6 and the E5 both come with 2GB of built-in memory as standard. Plug a bigger memory card into the E5′s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to 32GB. The inclusion of a microSD expansion slot on the C6 can only bump up its capacity to 16GB. (4-3)

Battery life:

Calculating battery life is tricky. But the E5 boasts a whopping 13.0 hours of talktime according to Nokia, while the C6 is rated at 11.0 hours. Standby time is rated at 635 hours and 384 hours respectively. A victory for the E5. And how. (5-3)



As far as extras are concerned, the E5 and the C6 are similarly unexciting with GPS/A-GPS (with Ovi Maps) and built-in stereo FM radios. (5-3)

The Nokia E5 wins!

Nokia E5 Black Nokia E5 vs. Nokia C6   ReviewThis big phone fight ends in a win for the Nokia E5 (5-3). For starters, it the thinnest and lightest phone. But it also scores some crucial points elsewhere, namely: a faster processor, a greater expanded memory capacity and a fabulous battery life. It lacks the modern frills of a touch-sensitive display and the resolution is poor. But not everybody needs (or wants) a big screen phone. That’s up to you.

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

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