Nokia C3 review

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

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The Nokia C3's music player will find tunes stored anywhere on a microSD card and import them into its library.

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Shuffle, repeat and playlist functions are here, and there is an equaliser too, but it is all rather rudimentary.

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There is no support for album art, and the player, like the on-board FM radio, looks lacklustre.

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The radio is low on features. You have to have the headphones plugged in to listen as they act as the antenna.

The presets library is woefully shorthanded with just seven slots. That means taking the auto-tune route, which makes the handset store the stations it finds in order and it will, unless you're lucky, miss your favourite stations.

So manual tuning is pretty much a requirement. At least there is RDS so you know what station you are listening to.

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Sound output is of a decent quality through the provide in-ear headset, but we improved it by using a higher quality set of earphones of our own. We do like that Nokia has managed to put the 3.5mm headset slot on the top of the chassis, where it is free from getting snagged in the pocket.


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