Nokia C2-01 review

The Nokia C2-01 is a candybar mobile for those who don't want fancy features

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Our Verdict

The Nokia C2-01 harks back to the days when candybar was king. Those days are gone, and however much Nokia tries, it can't squeeze a pint (eg good web browsing), into a half pint glass.

Product features

  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3.2 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 8.75 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 240 x 320

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  • Good battery life
  • Solid build
  • Good speakers
  • Comfy number pad
  • Facebook client


  • 3G not HSDPA
  • No Wi-Fi
  • No GPS
  • Small screen
  • Outclassed by similarly priced Android offerings

Nokia may have made a deal with Microsoft to bring Windows Phone 7 to the fanbase, but in the meantime Nokia struggles on with Symbian in various flavours. Right at the bottom of the tree is S40, a relatively basic OS version.

Now, Nokia can endow S40 with touch, and we saw this in the Nokia C3-01, and the Nokia X3 Touch and Type, both of which are candybar handsets just like the C2-01. But the C2-01 takes Nokia back a step, to pre-touch days. There ain't no touchscreen here.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Sure, touchscreens are regarded as a necessity for a modern handset by many people, but not everyone wants singing, dancing mobile phones. Some people really do still want a phone for voice calls, the odd SMS, and a bit of simple photography. You can have that in the Nokia C2-01 in exchange for £79.99.

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In exchange for that cash you'll get a smallish (109 x 46.9 x 15.3mm), light (89g) handset with two-inch 320 x 240 pixel screen, classic D-pad and standard numberpad design. There's no Wi-Fi, but the handset does support 3G, there's a camera (albeit just a 3.2-megapixel flashless one) and you can customise the single Home screen to offer links to frequently used apps.

There is a sting in the 3G tail – it runs at a very minimal 384Kbps upload and download. Yes it's 3G, but not HSDPA.

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As basic specifications go, this is a reasonable enough bunch, but as ever we're tempted to compare a handset at this level and price with low-end Android offerings such as the Orange San Francisco, which costs a shade more at £99 on Pay As You Go, but offers a far wider range of features including full HSDPA.

Still, in the hand the Nokia C2-01 feels comfortably retro. The D-pad is large and sits neatly under the thumb. The number keys are well sized and great to pick at with a thumb for one handed use, or tap away at for two fingered texting. Call and End keys are small but well isolated from the rest so that hitting them accurately is a breeze.

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Nokia has kept side buttons minimal. In fact there are none. Volume is adjusted in-app where appropriate (e.g. in the music player via the D-pad), and using profiles rather than with a rocker. You turn the phone on and off using the End call button.

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There are headphones and charge slots on the top edge, a covered microSD card slot sits on the left and a covered micro-USB slot on the right, and that's your lot. As we said, minimal.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANNo
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, UMTS
SAR Value1.20 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyC
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemProprietary OS
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time8.75 Hour
Product ModelC2-01
Screen Size5.1 cm (2")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)89 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, China RoHS, REACH, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution240 x 320
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeMMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), SMS (Short Message Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height109.8 mm
Width46.9 mm
Depth15.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesC
Battery Standby Time430 Hour
Product NameC2-01 Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberA00002536
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Fast 3G internet browsing

Get the latest news, check your emails and keep up with social networks quickly and easily with a high-speed 3G connection.

Capture and edit great photos

Take great pictures with the 3.2 MP camera - then edit them and see each detail on the clear display, or share through your social networks.

Easy access to email and IM

Connect to friends and family with your free Ovi Mail account, and chat in real time with instant messaging.

Package Contents
  • C2-01 Cellular Phone
  • Nokia Compact Charger
  • Nokia Fast USB Charger
  • Nokia High-Efficiency Charger
  • Nokia Battery
  • Nokia Stereo Headset
  • Quick Guide, User Guide and Product information Leaflet
Limited Warranty2 Year