Nokia C3, C6, E5 - More social phones

Another hour, another phone with social networking features. We've just seen 'social phones' from Microsoft and Sony Ericsson, and now Nokia is announcing three more.


Bearing in mind several Nokia phones already integrate Facebook et al, the C3 is noteworthy because it's the first C-series (read: budget) handset that lets you update Facebook and Twitter direct from handset. Social networking for less - it's a win!


We're more impressed by its hardy-looking full QWERTY keyboard set in a candybar form with a 2.4-inch screen. Other swanky extras for the humble C3 include Wi-Fi, Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat (though you'd actually have to know people on Ovi to care about that last one). You can pick one up for around £80 in white, grey or pink, sometime in Q2.


The C6 is a higher end phone with a 3.2-inch touch-screen and a full slideout QWERTY. Like the N97 Mini, a Facebook widget on the homescreen shows live updates, and you'll also get Ovi Maps with free walk/drive navigation, plus access to more apps at Ovi Store. A five-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, Wi-Fi and  HSDPA round out the spec list, for around £200 sometime in Q1.


Finally, the E5, a lower-end take on Nokia's cult business line, the Eseries. We've seen pictures of a lovely bronze model that features the same high-quality QWERTY keyboard, while Nokia's excellent push email and calender tool, Nokia Messaging, is on board. It's preloaded with business and entertainment apps, and of course, you can social network your little heart out via Facebook, Twitter and MySpace apps. The E5 will go for around £160 in Q3, about half the price of the top-end Eseries models.

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