Summary: Probably one of the toughest decisions to make is whether a user should actually buy the C3-01 for Rs. 8,000. The phone costs about Rs. 400 less than the X3-02 and the features are almost the same. There’s a slight advantage of the LED flash but that’s only if you’re really hell bent on taking pictures in the night. If you’re more for looks, the X3-02 is a great option. This one on the other hand, is a very average looking version of the X3-02.
Conclusion: Nokia's star has faded in the U.S., but the company is serving up some real unlocked bargains like the Nokia C3-01, a slim and slick voice phone with an excellent camera, music player, and Web browser.
Pros: Slim and attractive. Aluminum housing looks and feels expensive. Great camera and music player. Low price for an unlocked phone.
Cons: Earpiece could be louder. Despite its name, this isn't much of a "typing" phone without a QWERTY keyboard. No GPS.
Conclusion: The Nokia C3's big plus is that it offers some smatphone features and a great build and QWERTY keyboard for a budget price. OK, the S40 OS might not be the quickest, but if you're after a budget messaging option this is a solid choice.
Pros: Build-wise, the Nokia C3 is an impressive feat of value for money engineering. It feels rock-solid, with a quality metal back and one of the best mini-QWERTY keyboards we’ve used. Each key on the QWERTY is carefully contoured, meaning that once your fingers have gotten used to the dimensions, you’ll be able to text to your heart's content The Nokia C3 is also great as an emailer and for social networking – you can place Twitter or Facebook feeds on it, as well as your...
Cons: The Nokia the S40 operating system – this is the non-smart equivalent of Symbian, running old Java apps rather than flash new smart apps. The navigation can be quite sluggish, meaning the Nokia’s S40 OS isn’t a patch on the slick BlackBerry OS 5. There's also no 3G on board and the small screen means that it’s not a phone for media fans.
Conclusion: If you're looking to upgrade an old handset, and want to keep things simple, then the Nokia C3 Touch and Type could be right up your street. It's easy to use, offers great value for money and the touchscreen is a welcome addition.
Pros: The Nokia C3 Touch and Type features excellent quality, with stainless steel used around the handset to offer a premium feel. It looks great, and it's also as tough as old boots. Usability is also impressive. There's no need for a D-pad or any navigational buttons, with the OS operated by tapping and scrolling down through menus. Below the touchscreen, there's a large alpha-numeric keypad, with big buttons that promise to suit even the fattest of digits. The Nokia C3 ...
Cons: If you're used to a huge screen – an Apple iPhone or an Android device, perhaps – then the Nokia C3 Touch and Type probably won't appeal. Its 2.4-inch display isn't ideal for web browsing, where text can feel a little bit crammed in.
Excerpt: The Nokia C3 is a phone heavily focused on this generations love affair with social networking. This Nokia phone is targeting the mass market. Let us take a look and see what the Nokia C3 has to offer.
Conclusion: The Nokia C3 is a well-targeted phone, made predominantly for affordable messaging and social network updates on the go. By stripping it down of functions unneeded by its target market like 3G, GPS or a touchscreen, the company has managed to keep the price at bay. Moreover, Nokia has cleverly designed the C3 to look and feel like a device from the business-friendly Eseries, altering the interface of the Series 40 platform.
Pros: Inexpensive, Designed to look like a business-class Eseries device, Comfortable QWERTY keyboard, Social networking updates on the home screen
Cons: Mediocre camera, Lack of 3G, No software for viewing Office documents
Conclusion: Though the C3-01 is a little underwhelming as an overall package, there’s enough within its armoury to recommend it at the price, and GPS aside it still ticks most boxes when it comes to modern features. This is a superbly stylish, solidly built and responsive phone that would certainly provide the less demanding user with everything they need on the move.
Pros: Responsive display and control system, impressive range of connectivity, very solid and stylish, impressive camera, reasonably priced
Cons: Some features and media controls are a little basic, web browsing can be sluggish, no GPS