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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There are two web browsers on the Nokia C3-01 Touch and Type. Nokia provides its own and the Opera Mini browser is also here as a software add-on.

The Nokia web browser leaves a bit to be desired. In particular, one of the real problems of the Nokia C3-01 Touch and Type kicks in when using the Nokia web browser – its slow processor. Panning around is horribly jerky, rather than smooth.

When a page opens, you don't see a great deal of detail on the small screen.

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So you need to zoom. And that's a very tedious process. You can't zoom to a degree you select. Instead you have to zoom in increments fixed on the handset and wait while the processor thinks a bit and does your bidding.

If the first zoom level isn't enough, you can go in again. But there is another wait.

You can get a little thumbnail view that helps you decide where to zoom, but which is at least a help, but it's far from perfection.

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When it comes to reading text, the screen doesn't offer a lot of space, and at times you won't get a lot more than a headline before you need to start scrolling.

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Switch out to Opera Mini and things improve. Your first view is an overview page into which it is easy to zoom by tapping the screen.

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And zoomed in pages deliver enough text that you can read easily without too much panning around.

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Opera Mini even seems to manage to get rid of some of the jerkiness and waiting that the Nokia C3-01 Touch and Type's own browser exhibits. The experience still isn't entirely smooth, but it is better.

Whichever browser you choose, web browsing is limited and disappointing thanks to both the small screen and jerky panning. We wouldn't recommend it unless you're desperate, to be frank.


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