Nokia C2-01 review

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

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Nokia C2-01 review: Verdict

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The Nokia C2-01 is an old-fashioned candybar handset. The operating system is old hat, the screen small, and there's 3G but no HSDPA. It does a good job of voice calls and SMS, and there's a range of built in apps, which you can augment with more. Battery life is good.

A few years ago, this would all have been fine for a price around £80. But you can get an entry-level Android handset like the Orange San Francsico at a comparative price now, and this will add Wi-Fi, GPS, full 3G, a larger screen and a bumper app store into the mix, as well as an operating system that was made for touchscreens.

We liked

The chassis is well made and the keyboard is comfy to use, so it's easy to text at speed. It's nice to be able to customise the single Home screen, and battery life is good, too.

The camera is not especially fancy, but its shooting features deliver some fun images, and the editor adds a little extra enjoyability to working with the camera.

We disliked

Web browsing is a chore, with low-speed 3G that's far outstripped by HSDPA. There's no Wi-Fi as an alternative, either and the screen is too small for easy viewing.

S40 feels like it should be retired. It simply can't stand up to operating systems that don't have nested apps, offer good quality touch control, and are designed with a modern bright, airy feel at their core.


The Nokia C2-01 ends up being quite a disappointing handset. It suffers too much from its small screen, style-cramping operating system, and lack of features like Wi-Fi and GPS.

We can see how it might appeal to smartphone naysayers who just want a handset for voice calling and a little SMS action, but even such people might like to consider taking their £80 and looking for a smartphone alternative – just in the interests of value for money.

However, if it's simply calling, texting and not much else (especially if you're a die hard Nokia fan and willing to part with £80) then this might be worth looking at - although the budget options of the C1-02 are probably more your cup of tea.


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