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: Battery life

The 1020mAh battery in the Nokia C2-01 sounds unbelievably under specified, but in fact, it doesn't have to drive a huge screen or manage incredibly power sapping processes, and we found it was quite adequate.

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Nokia says the battery is good for up to 8 hours 45 minutes talk on GSM, 4 hours 30 on 3G, and on standby it will last for 430 hours on GSM, 450 on 3G.

We found that we easily got two days of life from the Nokia C2-01, and with frugal usage that might well stretch to three. Long battery life is a key advantage of an undemanding candybar handset.

With no GPS or Wi-Fi to rock the boat and fancier things like DLNA nowhere to be seen, there's really just music playback and 3G to drain the battery.


The mapping application of choice is Ovi Maps, but with no Wi-Fi for downloading data and no GPS for pinpoint accuracy, we'd suggest it's best forgotten about. If you want mapping on a mobile phone, do yourself a favour and find a smartphone with Wi-Fi, GPS and a much bigger screen.

There are lots of apps pre-loaded. We've already mentioned the likes of a stopwatch, countdown timer, notes taker, calculator, to-do list, alarm clock and calendar. There's also a unit converter, Flickr client and size converter for clothing. And there's a smattering of games, too.

Nokia c2 01

Nokia c2 01

Nokia c2 01

You can download more over the Ovi store, so you can keep the Nokia C2-01 refreshed with new stuff. But doing so is nowhere near the compelling experience it is with handsets that have bulging stores that are easy to access and which offer fast downloading over Wi-Fi or faster HSDPA. Think of any Android phone, such as the Samsung Galaxy Ace, or the iPhone.


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