Friday, December 9, 2011

Nokia C6 User Interface

Nokia C6 User Interface

Today, if you're putting out a mid-range mobile phone, you're in the widgets business. The Nokia C6 is not any exception, with a multitude of quick content being offered straight away.

The Home screen will be divided up into six rectangles, efficiently. Each space can be taken up by way of a widget, which are all uniform in proportions.

It's a great idea in training, because it means you can is able to see them all in a column regarding six when in portrait mode, or perhaps in two columns of three inside landscape mode, without any formatting change inside the widgets themselves.

Different widgets vary inside functionality and connectivity. Just going with content around the phone, there are two 'shortcuts' widgets, which include four icons each, which just take one to apps on the phone. These four shortcuts can then be customised to attend whatever app you like.

There's furthermore widgets for Favourite Contacts, Calendar, Ipod and more.

Conversely, the email widget lets you set up your email account and see the subject line and sender with the two most recent emails you've acquired. We'll go into the connected widgets in more detail inside the Internet section of the review.

For your record, our Home screen of choice has been two shortcut widgets (slightly altered from other defaults to include Opera Mobile as opposed to the default browser and a Twitter iphone app), the included ESPNSoccernet widget, the e-mail widget and the music player.

The default setting was to add Facebook and Favourite Contacts instead of ESPN as well as the Music Player.

There's a small quirk of the property screen that you'll probably encounter accidentally for initially: if you swipe to the side around the Home screen, you find that everything nevertheless the static date/time/profile widget disappears.

"But Nokia don't advertise an additional Home screen, " you probably aren't shouting your screen. But if you were, would certainly be right.

Nokia said nothing about multiple Home screen, because there is only 1. All the swipe does is disguise the widgets, or bring them again. It's also possible to do this using a long press on the Home display screen.

We're not entirely sure what the purpose of this is. So you can look longingly your wallpaper of your best gal? All things considered, if you just don't like widgets, you could just remove them.

In any circumstance, while the Home screen is primarily built to be navigated using touch, you also can scroll around it using the D-pad around the slide-out keyboard. On the phone generally speaking, the keyboard is often preferable for many fiddly things (moving between text message boxes, for example).

Sliding the particular keyboard out switches the C6 directly into landscape mode automatically. In fact, when you unbox the phone, this is in order to to get it into landscape function. There's an accelerometer built-in, but screen rotation is deterred by default, for some bizarre purpose. Pop into the Sensor Settings menu to show it on.

We've no idea why this wouldn't be on automagically, but there you have it. There isn't any animation when going to landscape function – whichever app or menu you're in mere reappears in widescreen.

Sliding out the keyboard is also ways to instantly unlock the phone from slumber, as is pulling the lock slider-switch around the phone's side.

Otherwise, pressing the central key around the front will bring up a 'Swipe to be able to unlock' screen, which can be really fiddly until you become accustomed to it.

The reason is that the touchscreen will not be that sensitive – or accurate. Needless to say, a stylus or fingernail is always planning to get you better results on any resistive screen, but your first few days with the phone is going to be fraught with unheeded jabs.

Compounding this are two particular problems with the OS. The first is that some menus need double-tap what you want to pick. The first time selects it using a green highlight, and the second anyone to actually, definitely choose it. It's unnecessary, and annoying.

This is combined having an operating system that is, quite basically, laggy. It's slow to respond, when you combine that with not knowing perhaps the menu you're in requires a double-tap, it is possible to end up staring at the phone being a lemon, not knowing whether your media was registered but response was late, or you need to press once more anyway.

The worst part of the C6's lagginess is when getting up from sleep mode. It's not unusual for your screen to take 4-5 seconds ahead on, and that includes when an individual calls or texts you.

Seriously, if the phone is available in front of you and jewelry, if you want to see who it really is before answering, you have to just sit and allow it ring until the screen finally deigns to be able to arise. It's ridiculous.

When it finally happens, you hit the central button from your Home screen to bring up the key menu. From here, you can access a lot of the phone's primary functions, including Contacts, Messaging, the default browser, Photos, Ovi Maps, Ovi Store, Applications etc.

This is a grid view automagically, but you can also view it being a list.

Enter Applications and you get deeper into what the C6 are capable of doing. You can find the File Director in among these options, which will let you browse anything you have stored either inside the phone memory or on your storage device.

It's all old hat for Nokia users – and even Symbian users in general. We'd wager just about anyone over a certain age (about 18) will see this interface familiar from some point inside their mobile ownership history.

Different applications will sometimes have their particular style – it's not as general as apps on something like the iPhone are generally. The Ovi Store is simple adequate to navigate, though it doesn't offer you much flexibility. It's not something would certainly be keen to just browse through.

The Nokia C6's interface works well for the touchscreen with regards to layout and intuition – just poking around to get a bit will usually teach you where you should go – but the lack of accuracy means that might be yourself using the keyboard often.

We don't note that as a massive downer though – all things considered, that's what the keyboard is right now there for. It's really the lag and occasional not enough responsiveness that concerns us in terms of usability goes.