Nokia C3-01 Touch and Type review

A low cost handset from Nokia that brings touch to S40 but ultimately disappoints

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When we first saw the Nokia C3-01 Touch and Type we have to admit we were a little bit excited. We wanted to see Nokia give its solid, low-cost candybar phone a boost by adding touch, and wondered what else might be here into the bargain.

In the end, though, S40 6th Edition is reminiscent of S60 5th Edition – a fair effort, but nothing special, and we reckon it's easily bettered.

We liked

The nice build quality is great – especially the metal parts of the chassis, which make the Nokia C3-01 Touch and Type feel comfy to hold and give it the armoury to take a few knocks.

The large number pad makes for fast tapping out of SMS messages both one-handed and two-thumbed.

The idea of putting a touch screen onto S40 is a clever one, because it reinvigorates that old, old Symbian platform, bringing it into the modern phone age.

We disliked

The processor seems challenged at times. We found it was slow to drop down the shortcuts menu from the main screen and slow to pan in web pages, in particular.

Twitter and Facebook integration is rudimentary at best, and in neither app can you see enough data on screen at any one time. There's been no attempt to let you bring your online contacts into the handset contact list, either.

The tedium of having to quit apps before moving on, for example the Opera web browser, just doesn't wash in these days of multitasking handsets. Nor does the lack of multitasking and app switching.


The Nokia C3-01 Touch and Type is a handset which ultimately disappoints. We like the build, and admire what Nokia has tried to do in reinvigorating S40 by adding touch. But we think the Finnish manufacturer's crown may have slipped in the execution of its idea.

Much as we realise some people do just want a phone for making calls and a bit of SMS, we can't help feeling that you can get a lot more phone for less money and then pick and choose the bits of it you actually want to use.

Go for the Orange San Francisco, for example, on pay as you go, and you pay £99 for a phone that has a bigger screen for web browsing, GPS, capacitive touchscreen technology and the great flexibility of Android. Seems like a no-brainer to us.


Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderOrange
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory30 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value1.18 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyC
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemProprietary
Brand NameOrange
Battery Talk Time5.50 Hour
Product ModelC3-01
Screen Size6.1 cm (2.4")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Touchscreen TypeResistive
Weight (Approximate)100 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityChina RoHS, RoHS, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height111 mm
Width47.5 mm
Depth11 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesC
Battery Standby Time405 Hour
ManufacturerOrange Broadband
Product NameNokia C3-01 Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberONKN2933
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Share and connect with this sleek mobile phone with both touchscreen and keypad made for easy messaging on the go.

Touch and type with one hand

Flip through photos or browse web pages on the touch screen and type using the keypad for easy messaging - all with one hand.

Package Contents
  • Nokia C3-01 Cellular Phone
  • Battery
  • Charger
  • User Guide