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Nokia C2-01 3G Phone Hands-on Review

If there’s one segment that Nokia has excelled in, that would be the entry-level genre. The Finish phone maker clearly understood the needs of budget strained folks out there who would appreciate low cost feature handsets such as Nokia C2-01. The phone has been around for quite some time now and I got the pleasure of exploring its goodies. Introduced as a successor to its C1-01 sibling, this phone packs some serious smart phone luxuries such as 3G connectivity while maintaining a low price tag. Since then, Nokia has not rested, resulting in various feature phones such as Asha 200, 300, and 303 packing several flourished features. Nokia C2-01 doesn’t have the best display panels we’ve seen, though at 2.0inches (240x320p), it performs its duties accordingly. Considering the low price tag, we’ll forgive a lot on this device while unearth unreasonable compromises imposed at the expense of pricing.

Nokia C2-01 fits swiftly in the tiniest pockets given its 47x110x15mm measurements and weighs lighter (89g to be precise) than most devices in its genre. It features an impressive compact form factor that felt sturdy enough when we held it, so it won’t crack at minor accidents such as low height falls. Though the alphanumeric keypads below the screen feel cheap and nasty, that’s expected as a compromise, the selection pad is similarly tawdry; however, keys are generally comfortable to accomplish their objectives. At the top of Nokia C2-01, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack and a power connector for charging your device; a mini-USB port comes as a supplement, you can opt to charge using it apart from data transfer functions. Sadly, Nokia C2-01 lacks a dedicated volume rocker, there isn’t an alternative to adjusting volume levels apart from the phone’s menu; however, you can toggle volume levels during playback using the direction pad.
Nokia C2-01 houses a 3.2Megapixel camera at its back for video capture and photo snaps although video is limited at 15fps VGA resolution. Video clips recorded from this device look terribly pixilated, but that’s understandable considering everything. Presence of Nokia’s in-depth-focus feature significantly improves still images on this device though it would be unrealistic to capture snaps in darkness as Nokia C2-01 lacks Led flash. Limited 43MB of on-board storage demands additional storage which can be achieved by an external MicroSD card up to 16GB. It runs on Nokia’s Symbian 40 OS, apart from the integrated apps, you can download additional apps and games from the ovi store. Bottom-line: 3G connectivity and expandable memory are the selling points for Nokia C2-01.
Nokia C2-01 Features/Specifications;
  • Operating System: Symbian 40 software
  • Display : 2.0inch (240x320p) (200ppi), TFT, 256k colors
  • Primary Camera: 3.15Megapixel (2048x1536p)
  • Storage: Up to 16GB MicroSD, 43MB storage, 64MB RAM, 128MB ROM
  • Connectivity: MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
  • Internet: 3G UMTS: 384kbps
  • Other features: FM Radio with RDS, FM recording
  • Battery: Standard Lithium ion 1020mAh
Nokia C2-01Price in Kenya: Kshs.7000.


  1. Can you please tell me how can I do FM recording in Nokia C2-01?
    I can’t find it in the user guide.
    Thanks in advance.


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