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: Messaging

We've already noted that the Nokia C2-01 is most certainly not the handset to choose if you're a social networking fan. However, if you're into SMS things are different.

It's easy to quickly start a text message. Out of the box, pressing the left side of the D-pad takes you to the messaging area, where you can start working on a text message.

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To add a contact to a text message, you just hit the D-pad button and then you can choose to go to the contacts list, or opt for a recently used contact or group, a favourite contact, see the log or add a new number. It is fast and easy.

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At the bottom of the screen, there's a menu that enables you to add a wide range of attachments, including video, images, sound clips, calendar entries, and streaming links. You can even jump out to the camera, take a photo and it will be processed and added to a message straight away.

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We can't really fault Nokia for slickness and ease of use here. That also goes for keypad itself, which is comfortable and enables you to knock out text messages at good speed.

Messages are threaded, so it's very easy to see the trail of a conversation and reply to incoming messages.

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Mobile email is a slightly different matter. You go through Ovi and can use an Ovi Mail email address or another email address. Like us, you may well need to enter SMTP and POP server details in addition to your user name and password if you don't want to use Ovi.

Unfortunately, you're only offered this option after an attempt has been made to find server details automatically, which in our case meant an unnecessarily wait.

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Add to that the slowness of typing out replies and the smallness of the screen and mobile email on the Nokia C2-01 is all a bit too much of a faff for us.

You can also do IM, but even after updating itself our Nokia C2-01 only offered Ovi IM and not other popular services such as Yahoo or Google Talk, so it's all a bit limiting.

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If you're interested in mobile messaging for anything beyond SMS, our best advice is to look elsewhere.


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