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I have always been a fan of Nokia phones. The design that goes into them for me always brings something interesting to the product. My first phone, I forget the numbers, was a Nokia banana phone. A button on the top right hand side made a cover slide down and at the time it felt like something from Star Trek. I think probably my most enjoyable of all phones was the Nokia Communicator. When everybody else was content with text messages I had a phone that had much of the functionality of today's smart phones. When work announced that they were moving our phone system to a mobile system and that I was to be issued with a Nokia mobile phone then I was just ever so slightly feeling the anticipation of something that could be outstanding. At first, to be honest, when the Nokia C2 arrived I was disappointed. This looked like the least exciting mobile phone I had ever owned and is certainly not something I would ever buy for my own phone at home. However, some time on and what I would say is that this phone is a solid bit of kit. Uninspiring int he way perhaps my previous Nokia phones have been in terms of design but nevertheless a reliable phone that does everything it needs to do reasonably well. To be clear, this is a budget phone. Expect change from fifty pounds. That said, it has many features that oth budget phones lack. Let's take a looks t some of the included features. The phone does have a camera and takes acceptable snaps in reasonable light. It has no flash facility but that said, the Nokia lens is better than many other budget lenses so for capturing a quick snap it is fine. The phone comes with a USB connector. This can be used for charging the phone or downloading the photos to the computer. You can access the Internet on the phone and it does have a Facebook app pre-installed. However, the lack of a touch screen makes Internet browsing something you will only do in an emergency. Games can be download from the Ovi store but again, unless you have no other device for playing video games you are unlikely to want to game on this phone. The smallish screen makes accessing information on some of the inbuilt apps including the calendar also mo difficult than it should be these days. My advice is forget the apps, forget the games, yes, even forget the Internet. This is a mobile telephone in the basic form of ten years ago and as such works well. With Bluetooth enabled so I can make hands free calls in the car the phone battery lasts for about two days with average use. With Bluetooth switched off you can double that. In truth I wouldn't buy this phone. Despite fitting in a pocket it isn't pretty but it does fulfil the basic retirements of a phone in a size small enough to fit in your pocket and in tue Nokia style it is built well. It has been dropped numerous times and has been used daily for about eighteen months without any faults developing. If you want a cheap, reliable phone for calls and SMS you could do worse than look at this model. If you are conscious of the appearance of your phone or if you would like to use the Internet on the move or have access to a range of apps then this probably is going to disappoint.
If you're anything like me when it comes to cell phones, then you probably balk at all the expensive, overly-elaborate phones that are filled to the brim with every kind of toot and whistle money can buy. And it's not like I really have a problem that those things exist, but it seems to be more a rule than an exception that most such phones are also overly fragile and have higher tendencies to break down quicker than it takes to skin a man. So when my previous clamshell phone pretty much completely disintegrated after some seven years of faithful service, I was in a quick need of a replacement. Being on a budget certainly effected my choice of phone to not be particularly expensive or elaborate, but even so I likely wouldn't have ended up with a different choice even if that was not an issue. Nokia's C2-01 is about as basic of a phone as you can get without completely settling for the cheapest possible option available. It has no real thrills or spills, but is a solid, sturdy option for anybody just wanting a good, reliable stick for its primary function of being a phone. The general layout doesn't differ from many other basic cells on the market with all the buttons grouped at the lower end of the platform with a chromed general directional/OK island situated between the answer/end call buttons (the latter both raised and handy to push). The numerical buttons themselves are of a good size and slightly curved, so they offer a good amount of grip even for people with larger or clumsier fingers, and thanks to the small size of the phone's casing with its rounded corners, the whole cell also sits nicely in your hand, feeling sturdy and ergonomically pleasing to never feel uncomfortable at any time when in use. The screen takes about half the rest of the space and is sizeable enough to not require squinting (though it's still not something I'd really care to use for browsing on the internet if I had a better alternative - like a computer). As stated, there's not a lot of major special features in this phone. You do get the standard fixtures pretty much normal in any cell these days, such as a Bluetooth connection, option for an internet compatibility with additional Facebook and Flickr links, separate e-mail access, memory card capacity up to 16GB, and of course a collection of various games, an FM radio, alarm clock, calculator, and other standard fixtures of this sort. The phone also comes with a 3.2 mega pixel camera that provides reasonably good quality pictures, though I don't have much use for it since I prefer my Ixus for any of my quick photography needs. Likewise there's also a video camera option, but it is really only for recording quick, small messages than for any attempts at shooting high quality video (and once more my camera has an HD video function, so no need for me to use it on a phone). The menus are all clearly laid out and simple to use. From the upper left button over the answer button there's a shortcut to various oft-used links like text messages (which are grouped within "conversations" among same-number senders instead of each message being listed separate), radio and media player without the need to trawl through the main menu every time. But the main menu itself is also clearly laid out and easy to navigate should you need to go more in depth with the features. And finally, the most important part, sound quality for the receiver is clear and good both internally and on the outside speaker. Still not something that'll help you hear much in a noisy environment, but that's really no different for any other phone out there either. So all in all, the Nokia C2-01 is a good, solid phone for the undemanding buyer who likes to use a cell for what it really was made for: making and receiving calls. The sturdy construction I suspect also makes this fairly durable against any accidental bangs and kicks (though I have no intention of testing this out in practice), so the cell certainly doesn't feel as if you need silk gloves while handling it, and for its price point of under Euro90 makes for a very nifty base cell phone that is guaranteed to last long in regular daily use. Battery life under small usage is a little over a week, perhaps somewhat less if in full daily use, but sufficient without the need for constant recharging. Recharging with the included charger takes roughly a couple of hours (never really timed it myself, so this is just a guesstimate), and the phone certainly does its job just dandily for my personal needs. So, if you don't need to have the most brag-worthy cell on the market and just want a solid daily user, then the Nokia C2-01 is a very good option that will offer quality construction, great user friendliness, and a cheap purchasing price that makes for a wonderful stick for years to come. © berlioz 2012
The most important thing to know about the Nokia C2-01 is that this is an inexpensive 3G phone, so it promises to bring fast data services to millions of people who've never had them before.
It's a classic feature phone with a traditional keypad, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and a large screen. There's also a music player, FM radio, Bluetooth connectivity and it can handle memory cards up to 16GB.
The device comes with Nokia messaging for e-mail and instant messaging. Sms and chat messages are now displayed in a conversational view. You get the Ovi Store for apps and Ovi Music for tunes.
|Product Description:||Nokia C2-01 - mobile phone - GSM / UMTS|
|Product Type:||Mobile phone - 3G|
|Service Provider:||Not specified|
|Mobile Services:||YouTube, Ovi Store|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||47 mm x 15 mm x 110 mm|
|Technology:||WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM|
|Band:||WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900|
|Integrated Components:||Digital camera, FM radio, digital player, voice recorder|
|Display:||Colour - 2"|
|Instant Messaging Services:||OVI Chat|
|Supported Social Networks and Blogs:||MySpace, Flickr, Facebook|
|Playback Digital Standards:||WMA, AAC, MP3, AAC +, eAAC+ , MPEG-4, 3GP, H.264, H.263|
|Supported Memory Card:||microSDHC - up to 16 GB|
|Talk Time:||Up to 525 minutes|
|Standby Time:||Up to 450 hours|