A Symbian S40 powered device that brings BlackBerry like styling to the masses.
When you first take the Nokia C3 out of its box you could be forgiven for thinking that you’ve been sent the wrong device it looks expensive, has a beautiful metallic finish and a full BlackBerry esque Qwerty keyboard.
And this is something of an aberration from Nokia, albeit a pleasant one, as its low end devices usually look, well, just that: lowly, plastic and cheap.
The Nokia C3 is none of these things.
The device is beautifully crafted featuring a metal back plate and high-shine plastic on the front, which looks, at first glance like its metal.
Unfortunately, it isn’t. But for £80, it’d almost be rude to ask for more especially as it looks like a lower end BlackBerry and not really like a Nokia at all.
The device is also well proportioned and measures in at 115.5x58.1x13.6mm, which means it is marginally bigger than the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and will fit into your pocket snugly.
Interestingly, though, the Nokia C3 at 114g is actually lighter than the Bold 9700, which measures in at 122g.
Unfortunately, this is where the BlackBerry comparisons end and, because the Nokia C3 is aimed at the “less fussy” mobile user, Nokia have scrimped on both the hardware and software in order to get the price down to a ridiculously low £80.
For instance, the camera, which is 2-megapixels, doesn’t have a flash and while it's okay in well-lit environments, it’s pretty useless after dark or in poorly lit rooms.
There’s also no 3G either, so you’ve only got Wi-Fi at your disposal, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, so long as you’re not bothered about being online 24/7.
If you are, however, then you should probably think about upgrading to either an S60 device or a low-end Android handset.
This may put off a lot of users, but on the whole during testing, we found that for basic stuff such as navigating, playing games and loading web pages it performed admirably.
If you want more than that, you’ll have to pay more. Simple.
On the downside, we had a lot of problems with the Nokia C3’s Wi-Fi, which refused out right to connect to three separate networks we persisted for about an hour, decided to reset the phone, tried again and, eventually, we managed to get it connected to a network.
Nokia C3 allows you to view alerts and news on the homescreen.
It supports multiple email accounts of popular services such as Yahoo mail, Windows Live Hotmail, Gmail, OVI Mail, etc.
Weight : 114 grams
Height : 115.50mm
Width : 58.10mm
Depth : 13.60mm
Form factor : Candy bar with full QWERTY keyboard
Screen Type TFT
Screen Resolution 320x240
Screen Features Full QWERTY keyboard
Screen Size 2.40 inches (6.10cm)
Phone Memory 55Mb
Expansion Slot microSD up to 16GB
Connectivity : GPRS
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
Stereo FM radio with RDS
Stereo FM radio with RDS
3.5 mm audio jack
Operating System Proprietary
2G Standby Time 792.0 hours
2G Talk Time 7.0 hours
3G Standby Time n/a
3G Talk Time n/a
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Announced 2010, April
Status Available. Released 2010, June
Dimensions 115.5 x 58.1 x 13.6 mm, 63.2 cc
Weight 114 g
Keyboard : Qwerty
Type TFT, 256K colors
Size 320 x 240 pixels, 2.4 inches (~167 ppi pixel density)
Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
3.5mm jack Yes, check quality
Card slot microSD, up to 8GB, 2GB included, buy memory
Phonebook 1000 entries, Photocall
Call records Detailed, max 30 days
Internal 55 MB, 64 MB RAM, 128 MB ROM
DATA GPRS Class 32
EDGE Class 32
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB
Primary 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels
Video Yes, QCIF@15fps
SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Adobe Flash Lite
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
Slate Grey, Golden White, Hot Pink, Black
Social network integration
Predictive text input
Standard battery, Li-Ion 1320 mAh (BL-5J)
Stand-by Up to 800 h
Talk time Up to 7 h
MISC SAR US 1.11 W/kg (head) 0.87 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 1.09 W/kg (head)