Nokia C3 review: SNS love

SNS love

GSMArena team, 16 July 2010.


Nokia C3 is young and social, simple and reliable. Messaging and social networking are the very heart of this handset. But are they enough of a head-turner to become a phone's key selling points? Sure thing! Just add a pinch of charisma and hang a price tag fit for the masses and you've got yourself a recipe for a true love story.

At its Indonesia launch, the phone drew massive crowds and it seems success in Europe is only a matter of time Ė with a price tag of about 100 euro. Compromises are always implied in this price bracket but the Nokia C3 does well to focus all attention on its strengths. Itís a budget package Ė no doubt about that Ė but so wonderfully balanced. It has all the relevant features and the target audience isnít likely to miss whatís not there.

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Nokia C3 official photos

A QWERTY messenger focused on the basics, the Nokia C3 is an excellent upgrade option for the budget-minded. And social networking isnít just a thing for marketing to work with. The full QWERTY keyboard, dedicated Messaging and Contacts keys, along with Wi-Fi connectivity round off a solid package that will give the right user all the performance they need.

Key features

  • QWERTY messenger bar
  • Quad-band GSM/EDGE
  • 802.11b/g Wi-Fi support
  • Solid SNS integration on the homescreen and with dedicated buttons
  • 2.4" 256K-color QVGA display with excellent sunlight legibility
  • 2 megapixel fixed-focus camera
  • QVGA video recording at 15fps
  • Series 40 UI, 6th edition
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS, Visual radio
  • Bluetooth (with A2DP)
  • Standard microUSB port
  • microSD card slot (8GB supported, 2GB included)
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Great audio quality
  • Reasonable price

Main disadvantages

  • No 3G
  • Low-grade camera, no autofocus, no flash
  • Poor video recording
  • S40 is outdated, never mind the visual updates
  • No multi-tasking
  • Doesn't charge off the microUSB port
  • No USB cable in the retail box
  • No office document viewer
  • No smart dialing

The Nokia C3 is a social gadget for the young. Whatís not to like if Facebook is your second home and you want to always stay in touch. Attractive design and the right feature set come at a price that many can afford. The Nokia C3 is so full of potential because itís suited for both emerging and mature markets.

In the low end, you will sometimes come across rare gems of phones that will surprise you with their styling and features. The Nokia C3 isnít one of them. The key word here is enough. The build, the connectivity, the interface Ė even the imaging Ė is good enough.

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Nokia C3 live shots

A 2MP fixed-focus camera isnít the kind to send your digicam into retirement Ė itís good enough for photography you need to quickly share. The screen isnít perfect for media or browsing, thereís no fast network data, you have a QWERTY keyboard but no document editing Ė you catch our drift.

There isnít much to get excited about but Ė weíll say it again Ė the right users will find more than enough to get excited about. The Nokia C3 is a phone that wants to be in every pocket Ė letís see if it is the right choice for you.

Reader comments

  • AnonD-743726

great phone,3 yrs old..... but even with new battery it is not holding machine on, keeps fading out. would a new sim card help do you think?

  • AnonD-562674

how to download whatsapp

  • Pamela

I had my accessed my email on this phone and sometime last year i could not open mail. The response I received on phone said "search for nokia mail" I have not found and I cannot sign in to my yahoo nor hotmail accounts. It is locked. The ...