Nokia C3 review

Does the low cost Nokia C3 offer great value for money?

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The Nokia C3 does not claim to be an all-singing, all-dancing, bells and whistles handset, and for under £100 you really can't expect it to do a great deal that's fancy.

Accepting that, it does seem to have a split personality. The chassis is really very nice – worthy of a handset that costs more than it does and with a superb mini QWERTY keyboard that some makers of more expensive handsets would do well to emulate.

On the other hand, much of the software is truly basic. The Twitter and Facebook apps we like, but the rest is fairly uninspiring.

Furthermore, without a 3G connection, the Nokia C3 is seriously hamstrung. We do like the fact that Wi-Fi is here, though.

We liked

Really well-designed mini QWERTY keyboard that makes typing at speed a dream. Tweeters, texters and fans of Facebook ought to find it a dream to use.

There is a nice main screen which is very open to customisation and which can display lots of useful information including live Facebook or Twitter updates.

We disliked

Symbian S40 really ought to be retired as an operating system in favour of S60. It just feels too cut-down and lacking in features to be much fun to use.

There are several areas in which the software lets things down. For example an FM radio with just seven presets, and a convoluted way of adding contacts to the handset.

With no 3G, the handset is not ideal for fans of social media or mobile Internet access.

The screen is really too small for media rich activities, and web browsing in particular is quite painful.


You may come to the Nokia C3 expecting a lot more than the phone actually delivers. Its solid hardware design and good keyboard and buttons lead you to think this is a handset with a lot on offer.

But you'll find that when you actually start using it on an everyday basis the phone lets you down - although with the budget price tag you can't really expect much more.


Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodQWERTY
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported8 GB
Built-in Memory55 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE
SAR Value1.09 W/kg
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, GSM 850
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time7 Hour
Product ModelC3
Screen Size6.1 cm (2.4")
Screen Resolution320 x 240
Weight (Approximate)114 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, China RoHS, ENERGY STAR, REACH
Maximum Video Resolution176 x 144
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height115.5 mm
Width58.1 mm
Depth13.6 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time800 Hour
Product NameC-Series C3 Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number002S2M6
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

All you need to stay in touch

Nokia C3 brings you closer to your friends and online communities with easy messaging features and a fast, reliable internet connection.

The internet starts here

Get online through a fast Wi-Fi connection, stay in touch with your friends, and share what's new through your social networks - all from the customisable home screen.

Package Contents
  • C-Series C3 Cellular Phone
  • Nokia Battery BL-5J
  • Nokia Compact Charger AC-3
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102
  • User Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year