Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
Newest Review: ... 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 ... more
Classic Simplicity for a Regular Joe
Member Name: berlioz II
Advantages: Simple, sturdy, easy-to-use cell phone at an inexpensive price
Disadvantages: Perhaps too simple for hipsters
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
Summary: Good basic phone for the undemanding buyer.
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