Nokia C3-01 Review


Welcome to the Nokia C3-01 Touch and Type review. The Nokia C3 released in early 2011 is one of latest feature phones from the ever changing mobile phone company. The C3-01 is 3G capable phone and the more feature packed version of the related and cheaper C3-00 which is a GSM only version. The Nokia C3 is a a relatively cheap mobile phone in 2011 priced under $250 on release and can only get better.

In terms of the use interface the C3-01 is the first touch screen and fitted with a standard keypad. However the most impressive part of the package is that the phone runs the old S40 OS and even more impressive is that Wi-Fi is included and best of all the C3 works amazingly well. The touch screen is responsive and the menu system works in a logical and speedy fashion. We have no complaints about the touch screen interface – in fact it was very intuitive.

In terms of design, the C3-01 is better in the hand than the pictures.  The screen seems larger than it is but the keys also larger than you’d expect. The mostly metal case gives it a nice feel too – again no complaints. Although we couldn’t install additional software it’s standard games will still work using the numeric keypad.

The only legitimate issue we have is the stand-by screen design. Clearly the screen is packed with icons and functionality but the need for bigger on screen buttons and that the resolution is relatively small making the graphics looks low end. It also doesn’t have GPS but from experience it is not an essential feature just yet.

If this phone was released a few years ago the C3 would probably be on best seller lists.  Hopefully Nokia has learnt from past mistakes and release state of the art phones at reasonable prices and time frames from no on.

In terms of hardware the phone does have one or two new features but that said – it is only a GSM phone! Among the best features: it uses the latest Transmissive LCD display screen which basically means it can be read more easily outdoors and it has Wi-Fi. Although it is not a 3G capable phone it can still used GPRS for data. Basically all this means is that you can chat and IM and Facebook all your want but can’t or shouldn’t browse the web until you get access to a Wi-Fi access point because the GPRS/EDGE is really slow. Combined with a massive battery the C3 left on standby can last up to 33 days!

All up the Nokia C3-01 is a extremely decent phone and based on the out right pricing of under $250 (Feb 2011)  it does almost anything you’d want in a traditional phone format.  Sure it’s not business friendly like the older but comparable E51 but if your needs are text and talk with a bit of internet thrown in like the masses, than you can’t really go wrong.


  • Nokia C3-02
  • Network
    Quad-band 3G 850/900/1900/2100
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Design
    Candybar and touch screen
  • 111 x W48 x D11 mm
    Weight 100 grams
  • Display/s
    External TFT 240 x 320
  • Camera
    5MP LED Flash
  • Video Camera
    640 x 480 pixel main video camera 15FPS
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V2
  • CPU
  • Memory
    Up to 35MB available to user
    MicroSD up to 32Gig
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • FeaturesFM Radio with RDS
    JAVA Apps
    Music and Media player
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    3.5mm AV/headset
    BL5-CT 3.7V 1050mAh
    Up to 18 days Standby
    Up to 6 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under$250 AUS 2010 (Outright)