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The Nokia C3-01: How Does it Stack Up?

News   •   Mar 30, 2012 09:00 BST

Based on an original design of Nokia, a mobile phone manufacturer that was praised by all for so many years, the C3-01 harks back at the older generation of phone but adds in a touchscreen and a alphanumeric keypad. It’s perfect for those that just can’t quite get to grips with touchscreen technology or just finds it easier to type and punch in numbers using buttons.

It’s a simple phone to look at. No glitz and glamour like the iPhone or the Samsung Galaxy phones. It’s small, lightweight and gives you a no-frills kind of experience. However, under the plain-Jane looks, it packs lots of technology that is not too dissimilar to the very best smartphones out there. Here is a brief rundown of its specification:

-          3G HSPA connection and WiFi, EDGE, GPRS, WAP

-          FM Radio and a 3.5mm headphone jack

-          5-Megapixel camera with 4x zoom and LED flash

-          Java MDP 2.0 applications

-          Bluetooth 2.1 and micro USB 2.0

-          Nokia Xpress audio messaging, video ringtones, WMA ringtones, 64 voice polyphonic ringtones

-          It only weighs 100g!

-          Standby time of 405+ hours and a talk-time of 4-5.5 hours

As you can see, it might not push the boundaries of technology that is available from other phones, but it doesn’t embarrass itself. Not everyone needs a super-techno geek phone these days, but it’s handy to be able to get on Facebook and Twitter, use your phone as a phone (!), listen to the RDS enabled radio with full-size headphones and take some pictures with the 5-megapixel camera. There is a VGA video camera too.

Lots of people might feel that there phone that’s a few years old is past it but they just can’t fathom the touchscreen nature of the new, tablet-esque smartphones. You haven’t spent the last 10 years training your fingers to text on mobile phone buttons at lightning-fast speeds for nothing, have you? Therefore, it’s nice to have a phone with an alphanumeric keypad too. If you want to try the touchscreen out, then it’s easy to scroll around the screen and touch the item or link you want to go to. It’s not a capacitive screen so it does take a little getting used to if you’re used to those ones.

As Nokia has a long-history in making medium to budget-end phones, and has many followers, the Nokia C3-01 will not disappoint. It’s simple, lightweight, it looks good and is available in Copper, Grey or Silver. It’s smart enough to keep up with the latest smartphone technology as you can browse the Internet, play on games, use apps and take pictures, listen to the radio and watch video clips but it’s smaller and much more portable due to the weight and size of it.

If can’t stray from the classic mobile phone design and don’t really need mountains of RAM and memory from your phone, then the Nokia C3-01 is perfect for you as it combines all the user-friendliness of Nokias from yesteryear with the new technology of today.