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: Interface

With no touchscreen present you are reliant on the D-pad and a pair of soft menu buttons to get around the Nokia C2-01. The classic software design makes this possible – there are always soft menus available and the centre of the D-pad also gives you access to options.

The main screen comprises four areas, which you can personalise. Out of the box, only the top and bottom of these are set up with shortcuts: the top one to email, the bottom one offering a shortcut bar that takes you to apps.

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Changing these settings is not difficult, but it is time consuming. You need to go into the Settings area which takes a few presses of the D-pad, and then you can make changes.


You can only have one shortcut bar, but this can offer access to a wide range of apps and services in a horizontally scrolling bar. It's a shame you can't fill every one of the four slots with its own shortcut bar, but Nokia clearly thinks this would be overload. Thanks, Nokia, but the user can be the judge of that.

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The other three areas can be set to contain one of a smaller number of options but at least you can include some live information such as notifications.

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You can also configure what the right and left softkeys do on the main screen, as well as what the four points on the D-pad do. This does at least give you the potential to access more apps and services quickly.

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Once you have everything set up the way you want it, you can move about pretty quickly through the most often used parts of the Nokia C2-01. Which is a good thing, since the main menu system is tedious to get around.

The old-fashioned way the Nokia C2-01 relies on nested menus is a real pain. You need to remember where apps and services are located, and tap the D-pad a lot to get to them. For example, say you want the Calculator.

First you tap the D-pad when on the main screen and up pops the apps menu.

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Next you have to choose Organiser, for it is grouped in this folder along with lots of other apps such as the alarm clock, calendar, to do list manager, note taker, countdown timer, stopwatch and, yes, Ovi Maps. What's Ovi Maps got to do with a group called 'Organiser'?

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On the plus side, things do move quite smoothly. The processor doesn't have much to do to get you between apps, and most of the time on-board apps don't take ages and ages to run. You do have to wait a little for Ovi services to kick in, and for the web browser to run, but these are exceptions.


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