Nokia C3 review

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

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With 3G missing from the specs line-up Internet access has to rely on Wi-Fi or the GPRS/EDGE connection. We'd really advocate the former wherever possible. In fact, if you want to download any kind of data, such as for Ovi Maps, direct to the handset, using Wi-Fi is a must.

The real problem with the Nokia C3 as far as internet access is concerned isn't the lack of 3G, though – it's the small screen. As already noted, it measures 2.4-inches across diagonal corners and delivers 320 x 240 pixels.

Quite simply, that isn't enough. There's barely enough space to get the TechRadar home page header on screen let alone view any content without scrolling. Cutting the zoom level down to 50 percent enables you to you see more, but text is too small to read.

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It takes rather a long time for larger pages like the TechRadar home page to be zoomed into and out of, too, leaving you with a tedious wait. And no, there's no way to get the screen into tall format. No accelerometer and no manual page swivel either.

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Other sites fare little better unless you go for the mobile versions and even then the lack of height on screen means you can't see an awful lot at once.

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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