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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Facebook and Twitter are catered for by Nokia's Communities app. This can be dropped into the Home screen and from there you can get Twitter and Facebook updates once you log in.

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The user interface for both apps is a little cramped thanks to the small screen. Where Twitter is concerned, Nokia has chosen to show you a couple of lines from each new tweet rather than the whole thing to get more of them on-screen.

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The tweet creation screen isn't the prettiest, but it's usable and the all-important character countdown tells you how close you are to overstepping the 140 characters mark.

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The Facebook screen is similarly cramped, and you can see very little of any individual posting. It isn't our idea of Facebook fun, to be honest.

If you put the Communities shortcut onto the Home screen, you can get notifications of incoming tweets and Facebook messages, which is useful. However, to see the full message and send responses you need to tap the message and then wait for Communities to log on to the internet and present you with the appropriate screen.

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It seemed to take an age for Communities to load the necessary data, and sometimes it gave up entirely for no reason we could see.

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You can't import Twitter and Facebook contacts into the S40 contacts app. This has to be populated the old-fashioned ways – from your SIM or manually. It works, but it certainly lacks the zing and uber-cloudy connectedness we like to see in handsets these days.

With contacts in the Nokia C3-01 Touch and Type, you can make calls, of course, and the good news here is that the handset performed well. Signal strength hovered around three to four bars and people we spoke to said we were loud and clear to them. They sounded clear to us, too.


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