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: Media

The Nokia C2-01 makes a reasonable fist of its media playback features. It isn't the phone to choose if you want the best to be offered, and certainly not the phone for video playback, but music is handled fairly given the constraints of Symbian S40.

There's just 46MB of memory internally, but you can use microSD cards to boost this and the slot is very accessible on the left side of the chassis. The music player will find tunes in folders or left lying around in the root directory of a microSD card, and integrate them nicely.

The player supports MP3, AAC, AAC+ eAAC+ and WMA files, and these are organised by artist, album and genre.

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The player itself is a bit dull to look at whichever of its two themes you choose. It failed to find our album art, though that's not too much of a problem since it's only a visual thing and doesn't affect sound quality.

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Nokia c2 01

It's the music that really counts, not the visuals. Sound quality through the handset speaker is high and of a fair quality. The provided headphones aren't great, but we boosted quality considerably by using our own cans.

There are a few equaliser settings on hand. Call us cloth-ears but we couldn't tell any difference between them.

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There is an FM radio, which automatically self-tunes the first time it's used filling up to 20 presents with whatever it can find. It's a bit annoying that there is no quick way to switch between headset and loudspeaker – you have to go through the Options menu.

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The video player can only manage MP4 for third-party files. It was picky even about these, refusing to pick up the picture from some larger files encoded to a higher resolution but coping quite happily with lower resolution files. On the small screen this is really no big problem since we wouldn't want to watch much video anyway.

Photos can be edited quite effectively with rotate and flip, cropping and some neat effects such as solarise and warping, which are fun to use. You can also add stamps, write onto images and even fiddle with the RGB levels. You could mess about a bit with images for MMS purposes quite happily.


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