Nokia C3 review

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

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Battery life isn't as good as we'd have liked. On one occasion we dipped from three bars of charge to one bar in two hours of use, though we did have Wi-Fi on during this period.

Nokia suggests eight hours of talk and 500 hours on standby with 30 hours of music playback if you have the phone offline. We can't help wondering why anybody would choose to have the phone offline unless required to, though.

Our real world testing suggests you might get two days out of the Nokia C3 but would be advised to budget for daily charging.

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The organiser features on the Nokia C3 aren't as expansive as the set you get with a Nokia handset running Symbian S60. Still, they're okay if your ambitions are limited just to keeping tabs on your diary and to dos without recourse to too much fancy stuff.

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The Calendar enables you to organise your time by putting little notes against dates. You can add reminders, meetings, scheduled calls, birthdays and anniversaries.

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The notes are displayed next to a monthly or weekly view of the calendar and you can set audible alarms for them to make sure you don't miss anything important.

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To-do list items are stowed away on a sub-menu of the calendar and they're also to be found separately hidden away in the Applications folder, which you can drill down to from the main menu.

The Applications folder also stores a calculator, notes app, stopwatch and another route into that handy countdown timer we mentioned earlier.

Come to the countdown timer via this route and in addition to a straight countdown you also get a somewhat more sophisticated interval timer, which you can use to save ten separate timers in a group.

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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