I bought an Alcatel phone around 3 years back now. It unfortunately broke so I had to choose another phone instead with a value of £60 or less. It's not much for a phone and its not a bad price, for it's an average phone.
I bought mine in a grey/blue colour. It was either that or a bright pink! It's not a horrible colour for sphobei but it's a little old fashioned and quite bulky for a phone with little quality features built in. I don't currently have the phone, it was stolen by a liitle family member who misplaced it, I could have sold it at cex for £20!
The phone's camera and memory is pretty awful. You can't even take videos longer than 3 seconds on it! The sound quality isn't even that good, every now and then I'd plug in my headphones and listen to the radio but that's it, you can't store any music of your own on it.
The internet doesn't work nearly as well as on smartphones or laptops, its all pixelated and really not easy to navigate around, nothing like the app store or Google play!
Making and taking calls is fine, nothing special but easy to find contacts. Texting is fairly easy, you know what button your pressing from hearing the qwerty keyword click when typing. I would say that predictive texting is far from perfect especially when texting friends I have a great laugh
You can't play many games on the phone, the best are preinstalled such as bounce tales and monopoly deal.
It's certainly not one if you've got a teenager who wants the trends, you'll be a laughing stock. It is fun, however to test the given slogan of Nokia 'survives the apocalypse' by throwing it off rooves and other means of destruction, it still surviving.
Overall it's not a great phone, it's all you need basically but nothing has been executed well enough both graphically and design wise, avoid of you use your phone for music, pictures and gaming as it's just poor 2.1/5
Nokia c3 is a basic level smartphone. It works on a Symbian platform. It comes with GSM sim (mini-sim) experience. It has 2 mega-pixel primary camera. Memory card inserting facility. 320*240 dimension screen with soft qwerty keypad, loudspeaker. The great experience to browsing net world and the best thing of this phone is it comes with WLAN (WiFi) which I don't think any other low budget phone allows in it. It comes in good price.
It comes with opera-mini browsing...c3 allows social apps like Facebook, whats-app, yahoo mail..there is ovi store in there to download buy apps, themes, wallpapers, etc..it is a convenient and light weight phone easy to use and operate.
Camera quality is good although it comes with 2 mega pixel camera which is acceptable. I have used Nokia c3 for 2 years and i am happy with Nokia's support and best specifications and features. By my experience to Nokia gadgets, Nokia c3 is a good featured phone for daily use.
Ok so ive given this product a two. It works well to send a txt and (mostly for calls). I bought this phone mainly for how it looks (i got the pink one) as i only use a phone for calls, texts, music, photos and videos and it seemed fine for these (internet was a bonus which i rarely use anyway)The problems definately outweigh how nice the phone looks.
An example of what goes wrong...
It will just randomly turn off and wont go back on until i take the battery out and put it back in.
The screen will go white for about 2 mins randomly.
If your on the internet and recieve a call you can hear only the internet connection tone.
Sometimes if starting a call (recieved or outgoing) it will be silent until you speak (your voice is replaced with a loud buzzing sound. Other times its just completely silent.
No call details from unknown callers (time date etc)
In the text msgs 'conversations' there are random texts from other contacts which is very confusing.
Keypad tones will sometimes disappear (again only rectified by switching off and on)
The 'go to' option where my calculator and alarm etc has went blank, you can scroll up and down and hope the one you choose is the one your looking for - its the only place to set your alarm and use 'my calculator' some of them no longer work at all.
Ok yes my phone may just be faulty, but ALL those faults just on one phone??? I would avoid buying this phone.
-When I bought this phone and what made me decide to buy it-
I first read about this phone online shortly before Christmas 2010 as I owned a touch screen phone at the time that I was dissatisfied with so I decided that I wanted a phone with standard buttons.
Once I decided that this would be my next phone I added it to my Christmas list and received it Christmas Day, I used it for just under two years until I replaced it with an Android phone.
This phone has a QWERTY style keyboard so is handy for texting without having to press a certain number repeatedly to type out messages. It also comes in handy for browsing the internet when you need to log in to a website.
The text messages in this phone display as conversations like most Android phones do nowadays. This also makes it easier for you to find an old message from a specific contact without having to scroll through hundreds of forgotten messages.
The camera I believe is 2MP (Mega Pixels) and although isn't the best quality I still found it very useful for taking photos while traveling, the phone also has a video built in and although I haven't used it a lot it comes in handy when you are messing about with your friends or want to grab a quick recording of something that may be happening nearby.
The phone has internal storage of about 55Mb which isn't much but does include a 2Gb MicroSD card and has support for up to 8Gb, I had a 4gb card in mine and it was more than enough for all my pictures that I'd taken, videos I might have recorded or downloaded off the internet.
Bluetooth is built into the phone to allow you to transfer files to another device such as another phone or your computer, although it isn't very fast it still comes in handy if you just want to transfer a photo to a friend's phone who might be sitting in the same room as you.
WI-Fi connectivity is also built in to allow you to connect to the internet when connected to your home WI-Fi connection or at a hotspot such as a train station, airport or a service station.
There is a USB port which I believe is on the bottom of the phone (It's been a while since I've used the phone so I'm not 100% sure on that one). The USB will allow you to transfer your files to and from the device quicker than Bluetooth and comes in handy when you might have filled your phone up with lots of files such as photos and videos.
The battery on this phone I've found lasted me about a week, sometimes longer but the phone would constantly be nagging me to charge it after 7 days, this is still better than other phones where I've found the battery might only last 3 days at the most.
I believe three games are pre-installed on this phone which are Bounced, Sudoku and another game I can't remember the name of, it also includes apps such as the calculator and the internet browser (Opera Mini)
The internet browser included with this phone is Opera Mini which is an okay browser but I found I didn't use it very often when connected to the mobile internet.
As I mentioned earlier in the review the phone has a QWERY style keyboard which is easier than just using the numbers but I find the buttons quite small so I have to text slower as a result to prevent me constantly pressing the wrong buttons.
The USB port on the phone is a special design and is a different size to the standard Micro USB cable so means you are stuck with the cable supplied with the phone which is pathetically short (probably around the length of a human finger), I also find that if you lose the cable it means you can no longer connect your phone to a computer to transfer files to and from the device.
This phone was a very good replacement for the previous phone I had been using and was a welcome change from touch screen to normal buttons, this phone has been very good to me apart from the rare freeze or crash, overall I give a rating of 4/5 for this phone, I would have given 5/5 if it had bigger buttons on the keyboard.
This mobile phone was sold to me as 'one step down from an expensive smart phone'. While this may be the case it could also be looked at as 'one step up from a basic mobile phone'. I haven't found many features that I haven't had on older Nokia mobile phones. The internet access is slow, camera is poor and the apps seem to lack features (e.g. Facebook is like a stripped down app where you can't tag, check in etc...). The keypad does feature a full qwerty keyboard, however unless you have very small fingers you will struggle to hit the right keys (even after a years practice). The battery life is very good and the mobile phone only needs charging 1-2 times per week. Overall I have found this to be a disappointing mobile phone and I should have coughed up the extra cash to get a smart phone.
I owned this phone up until recently when I decided to upgrade and a get a smartphone. A friend of mine showed me her new Blackerry one day and showed me what you could do with it and I immediately wanted one. The trouble was I was still in contract and ages away from being able to upgrade, that meant if I wanted another phone I'd have to buy it. I couldn't afford a Blackberry at the time but whilst looking came across the Nokia C300. It had the same look and similar functionality to a Blackberry and was affordable at only £89.99 so I went ahead and got it. It's since come down in price and is only £64.99 in Argos.
Available in Pink or Black, naturally I chose pink lol. It's a lovely hot pink too.
Great for social networking.
Up to 799 hours standby time.
Up to 420 mins talk time.
Internal memory 55MB.
EDGE/WiFi internet capability.
microSD memory card (not included).
Built-in 2 megapixel camera.
Video capture and playback.
Size of handset H115, W58.1, D13.6mm.
It's a nice size phone and quite slim. It has the full keyboard that you get with a Blackberry which it turns out I hated!!! I wouldn't even get a Blackberry now because I hate this style of keyboard. The letters are just too close together so it's tricking to just quickly type off a quick text and in reality using it I found the other style keyboard a lot easier a quicker to use. If you're used to this style of keyboard though and like it then this phone is a good buy. It has full internet capabilities so you can access your email or social networking sites on the go. MP3 and FM radio. You can fully customise your ringtones and set an MP3 as your tone if you like. The camera is only 2 megapixel and really rubbish to be honest. I barely used it on this phone. Battery life is great.
It's not a bad phone for the price and would be great for a teenager. It served me well and tided me over until I eventually upgraded but I wouldn't go back to this type of phone again. I couldn't live without my smarphone now plus I HATE that style of keyboard.
I got the c3 because I liked the keypad but I didn't want a Blackberry. I had it for about 6 months. It wasn't a bad phone at first, then the novelty wore off. I realised that even though it looked like a Blackberry, you couldn't really go on the internet on it because it was so slow. I don't think it has wifi. And then there's no apps so its really just a basic phone with a few frills.
I liked that I could put my own music onto the phone and use it as a ringtone. The camera was poor on this phone, it was ok for taking photos of things close up, but further away, the zoom made it unclear.
Its a nice looking phone, I had it in pink. It was difficult to get used to the key pad but then I expected this.
The phone did have a few faults which is why I decided to get rid of it. The screen had some pixals go wrong so part of the screen had like a smudge on it. This didn't bother me to begin with but its just one of those annoying things.
The phone also used to freeze a lot, so to get it working again I had to take the battery out and put it back in. I did have this problem with a nokia before so I should have known.
I have always had nokia phones and have found them to be reliable and easy to use. The C3-00 is no exception to this and is available in a variety of colours. I love the QWERTY keyboard and the live communities feed for Twitter and Facebook is great. It is easy to access e-mail and social networking through the shortcuts and it has a pretty decent in built MP3 player with good sound quality. Battery life is terrific - so far I have managed to go up to a week without needing to charge it. Admittedly it does not have the range of functions of some smart phones but if, like me, you only need a basic phone to keep in touch with people through a variety of mediums then I would heartily recommend this. The only downside is the poor quality of the camera which is a shame in what is otherwise a great little phone.
I remember receiving my first phone off my mum at the age of 9. A Nokia 3310. The main things I remember about that phone is it's blocky, brick design, green screen and the ability to play 'Snake'.
This Nokia shows us that their designs for phones have improved over the last 10 years. The technology we now have helps us to communicate with people in many different ways, but the mobile phone will always be the most important, in my eyes at least.
The design seems somewhat similar to the design of the 'Blackberry' phones. This design works very well with a 2.4 inch display and it's incredibly useful 'QWERTY' keyboard.
The home screen of the Nokia C3 is very customisable. The ability to change you background screen has always been a feature that is expected of any phone but the ability to manage email, text messages, phone calls as well as live Facebook and Twitter feed being presented on the main screen.
A main aspect of the phone is Nokia's 'Ovi Services'. These provide the user to use Ovi instant messaging, access the internet and social networking sites. The messaging services provided are the standard text message, Ovi chat, Yahoo! Messenger and Google Talk, along with the use of numerous emails.
The 2.0 megapixel camera on the phone isn't spectacular but does the job of a basic phone camera. The memory is not too impressive since only 55MB are built in, you can however increase this to 8GB, through the expandable memory (memory cards for example).
Overall I see this phone as my favourite, out of all the phones I've had it's the easiest to use, the most reliable and is a very great deal for £80.
The Nokia C3, a phone that mainly aims at texting and calling. Agreed, it's not a killer Android / Apple smartphone, but by the simple design, along with a low price, it's a great phone!
* Screen size: 2.4 "TFT
* Screen Resolution: 320x240
* 2MP (video) camera
* No flash
* Bluetooth & WiFi available
* Symbian OS
The C3 is a QUERTY phone and is 115.5x58.1x13.6mm and weighs just 114 grams. The compact design makes it easy to fit in your pocket. The phone is available in black, white gold, gray and hot pink. For all tastes!
The Nokia C3 has a TFT screen with 256 thousand colors at a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels.
Keyboard and navigation buttons
The C3 has a standard 4-row QWERTY keyboard with reasonably large buttons. This makes it easy to type quickly. Together with the D-Pad (similar to those from Samsung and Crap Berry [read Blackberry]) you can easily navigate through the menus.
Memory and Storage
This simple phone only has a storage capacity of 55MB of internal memory but can go up to 8GB of extra external memory via the microSD slot. With the internal memory you can store about 1000 contacts in the phonebook. Apart from the internal storage the C3 contains still 64MB of RAM and 128MB ROM memory.
Data and network capabilities
The phone operates in GSM mode over 2G networks with frequencies 850,900,1800 or 1900 megahertz.
The C3 works with GPRS and EDGE networks, but is unfortunately not compatible with 3G. Unfortunately there is no possibility for GPS functions, but there is the possibility to surf via WiFi.
Not only is there the network connections, but also Bluetooth. The C3 has a version v2.1 with A2DP and EDR connectivity, this along with a USB 2.0 via micro USB slot.
This Nokia has a simple 2 megapixel camera, which as expected is not too sharp. Nokia maintains you can take high quality photos with a dimension of 1600x1200 pixels, but in reality it's quiet dissapointing.
It is also possible to record video with a quality of 15 frames per second.
Like almost all Nokia's its has a own browser that enables you to open ordinary HTML pages. Of course the browsing can not be compared with the already established android / Apple smartphones.
The C3 has an integrated radio that allows users to listen to his favorite stations without really much radio tuning to do everytime.
Games and Apps
Nevertheless, the size and specifications of the C3, it is still possible to play JAVA games and applications, which can be downloaded (via the Nokia OVI store).
Nokia also has a few apps preinstalled. As the video player, mp3 player, Flash Lite 3.0, a voice recognizingsapp, a small organizer and an additional text app.
Yet one of the best 'features' if I may so call it, is still his battery!
The Li-ion battery keeps it in standby to 800 hour!
Definitely recommended! It is a standard phone with many good features and easy to use. It lays great in my hand and I prefer the keyboard than a phone with just touchscreen.
The shape of this phone is nice and from a distance it looks like the blackberry mobiles that are on the market, it fits into your hand nicely but as the back is very smooth it very easily drops out of your hand from time to time. the size of it is manageable but sometimes a bit top heavy, its not too heavy in general though.
Calling with this phone is very clear, with the ability to make the volume go up or down as required, however the speaker where the voice comes from has become loose and rattles within the phone sometimes. the loud speaker on the phone is very good as well.
Texting on the phone is very easy with the QWERTY keyboard, the application is the same as all previous Nokia models.
The phone uses the standard Nokia operating system which is the same as a lot of the other Nokia phones which are not smartphones. there are some slight differences such as the Ovi store, and the community applications.
The basic Nokia web browser is usable however if you want to use this phone for frequent web browsing i would suggest downloading an external application such as skyfire or Opera mini. when using these programs the phone is able to display web pages quickly and precisely.
In addition to the web browsing capabilities the phone features WIFI which is a nice little bit of tech for this basic phone however it's somewhat difficult to get set up correctly and can drain the battery quickly.
The media player on the phone is a little bit better than the older Nokia's however there is still room for improvements, if you want to use this phone as an MP3 player on the go you will have to spend quite a lot of time building a playlist before you can play the tracks in sequence, otherwise selecting a track will just play it one by one.
Browsing your picture gallery is really easy on this phone, it shows thumbnail pictures in which you click to enlarge, mobile videos can also be played in the same way.
The keyboard on this phone as mentioned above is the QWERTY keyboard which is very easy to use, works well with women who have fingernails or guys with large fingers as well, the only downside is that they keys paint work rubs off during general use.
The battery on this phone lasts quite a long time if doing everyday tasks such as calling, texting and occasional web use, battery life shortens quickly when using things such as the media player or WIFI
The charger used for this phone is a standard Nokia Mini pin charger which are widely available.
The only problem ever had with this phone was a software fault, where it crashed every time the camera was loaded or the memory card was accessed, this was solved by plugging the phone into the computer and updating the phones software to the latest version, this also enabled the communities and Ovi store to work correctly.
This phone with its combination of the QWERTY keyboard and the WIFI coupled with the Social network applications makes this phone a cheap alternative to the blackberry models.
if your looking for low tech with social & style, this is the one for you.
I'm no phone expert - I'm somewhere comfortably in the middle in the scale between phone novice and phone pro. Therefore, my needs from a mobile phone are not as basic as some nor as advanced as others. When I purchased my most recent phone a couple of years ago I had fairly simple requirements - ease of use, fairly slimline looking, some internet capability and good for text messaging (this being the feature that I use most often).
I purchased the Nokia C3-00 in navy blue - it is also available in slate grey and hot pink - and it currently prices at around £70.
The phone is slimline (13.6mm) and rectangular in shape, just larger than the palm of my hand in size (length = 115.5mm and width =58.1mm). The predominant features when you look at the front of the phone are the screen and the full QWERTY keyboard underneath this. The screen is quite a decent size (2.4 inches). The back of the phone is basically a large removable door to allow access to the battery and SIM card. Above this is the lens for the camera. The phone has a shiny finish on the front face but is matt at the back.
The phone features a 2 Megapixel camera which can also be used for videoing. It also has internet capability so you can have access to email etc. It also contains a music player which can play music in various formats including MP3 and it also connects to FM radio. The phone also has some games installed (Sudoku, Block'd and Bounce Tales) as well as the capability to download more. It also has Bluetooth capability as well as basic phone functions - calls and texts.
The camera is only 2 Megapixels which is quite low in comparison to many phones on the market. Despite this fact, I have never had a problem with the camera function and find that my pictures are usually very sharp and clear. The camera is easy to operate, using the central phone button to both zoom in and out and to capture images. It features 4x zoom, which has always been adequate for my needs, and has a minimum focus range of 50cm. There is also a self-timer option, with delays of 3, 5 and 10 seconds. I have never personally used this option as I don't see the need to as I tend to just use my phone camera for snaps rather than serious photography.
The downside of the camera for me is that there is no flash. When a room is not well lit, the camera does perform rather poorly - capturing very little. What it does capture is usually dull and blurry too so you can really only use this is daylight or well lit rooms.
The video camera function also works well and videos are clear and sound quality is good. Your photos can also be stored in 'favourite' sections to help you file them and they are also recorded on a timeline so you can see when photos are taken. A memory card can also be inserted into the phone to ensure lots of photos can be stored.
CALLS AND TEXTS
The call and text functions of the phone are very simple to use. There is a full keypad of keys so numbers to call can just be punched in and the green button pressed. In call, there is the option to place the phone on to loudspeaker so you can use the phone handsfree.
The full QWERTY keyboard means that texting is simple - you just text as you would type, pressing each individual letter key. The keys are quite small so, when you first start using the phone, it canm be quite tricky to get the hang of. I was forever punching the wrong key by accident as I struggled initially with the small size of the keys. This definitely meant that I was a lot slower with texting initially and I did find it quite frustrating. Once I was used to the key size, this was no longer a problem and it is now second nature to me.
A good feature of the SMS texting is that they are displayed as conversations. Therefore, if you are texting the same person, you are able to look back at the previous messages and recount the conversation.
The battery life on this phone is really good - one of the best that I have had. It supports a large amount of calls and texts and my phone usually only requires charging once or twice a week. It also charges quickly using the charger supplied - which plugs in to the top of the phone.
As I have said, my needs and requirements from a phone are pretty basic. I like the camera feature and easy to use calls and texts, but I have little requirement for internet access or Bluetooth. That said, on the occasions when I have used these features, they have been easy to operate and quick and efficient to use so I have no complaints. The phone is perfect for my needs and suits me very well. The phone itself is pretty robust and has good keypad locking - very handy with an inquisitive toddler around. Once I was used to the small keys on the keyboard, I got used to the phone very quickly and love that I no longer have the need for annoying (and sometimes embarrassing!) predictive text.
The phone may not have all of the functions and features of other phones on the market these days but, at such a reasonable price, it does have the basics and the camera is more than sufficient for capturing pictures. For me, it is reliable, works well and is easy to use - perfect!
I've had a nokia C3 for just over a year now, and am pretty happy with its performance. Originally attracted by the fact it looks a bit like a Blackberry, my nokia came with a free sim PAYG sim card and a sports baseball cap. I use my phone more or less for the old fashioned basics - texting and calling. It's very straightforward to use and has the same shortcuts as most other nokias. Connection to the internet is simple, and the nokia is good for displaying facebook. There's an application you can use to easily check your PAYG balance, which I use a lot.
My only real criticism would be that the keys are a bit on the small side, and can be a bit fiddly if you're trying to type fast. The preprogrammed games are also a bit dull - you would need to download a couple if you have a long commute! You can set up the phone to access your email and to automatically alert you to facebook notifications - I personally haven't bothered with this but it seems straightforward.
The camera is 2.0 megapixels - good enough for random snaps but not much more! The screen is surprisingly tough, I've dropped my phone a couple of times with no real damage. It does get small scratches pretty easily though.
All in all it's a pretty good, reliable phone though at some point I will have to bow to peer pressure (AKA my partner) and buy one of those touchphones...
I have had my C3 for just over a year now. I am on Vodafone and have the phone on contract.
I send a lot of texts and spend quite a bit of time on facebook / checking and sending emails. The QWERTY keyboard allows me to type quickly using both thumbs. You can access Facebook through the internet or by using the communities application on the phone.
It came with a large memory card - 2GB and I have over 400 photos and more that 100 songs on my phone. It also came with a handsfree enabled set of headphones which are useful when you are driving or otherwise multitasking.
The camera is only 2MP but unless you want to enlarge photos it gives a nice printable photo.
You can listen to the music uploaded to the phone either with the built in speakers or with the handsfree earphones plugged in. If you plug in the headset and use the earphones you can also listen to radio stations.
The phone came with a number of games and my children enjoy playing on them. You can also buy additional games for it.
I have dropped it a number of times and apart from one small scratch on one corner it is as good as new.
I got this phone as an upgrade on my Vodafone contract after 2 years on my previous phone. I didn't really need a new phone but it was all they were offering so I thought I might as well take it. I now regret this decision and I have stuck with my previous Sony Ericsson C510i.
I have a few gripes with this Nokia:
Firstly, it is too big and heavy for me. Admittedly, my previous phone was quite small and light so any upgrade was likely to be worse in this department but the size of it really annoys me and means I can't just slip it into a pocket and forget about it.
Battery life was poor. I normally charge my phone twice a week but I was on every other day with this phone. It also takes ages to charge up. It takes almost 3 hours and it doesn't give me progress on how charged it is unless I unplug it. It only says that its charging.
It was flimsy. After only about 2 weeks this phone was covered in scratches. I treat all my stuff quite carefully but just day-to-day use made this phone look really tatty.
The screen is hard to see in bright sunlight. This is a problem for me as I am usually outside. I had to hide under trees to use this phone when I had it (cue worried looks from old ladies).
Supplied heaphones are poor quality. They are only supplied with the intention of them being part of a hands-free kit so I wouldn't recommend listening to music out of them. I bought a new set. (They are standard 3.5mm fitting though so you can use whatever headphones you want which is good [although they then don't work for hands-free calling])
The ringtones are quiet. I couldn't hear when my phone was going off even when it was on full-volume (I'd also like to point out I'm not deaf)
I couldn't turn the internet roamer off. I don't have mobile internet as part of my contract with Vodafone and I couldn't stop this phone from accessing the internet. This resulted in me getting charged a large bill at the end of the month. (I would have expected Vodafone to tell me this before giving me the phone)
The camera is rubbish. It's 2megapixel which is really basic these days. My other phone 2 years older has 3megapixel and also a much better quality lens and a flash. This camera lens is not covered so will get scratched.
Now to the advantages:
I'm not a fan of a qwerty keyboard personally. Having said that I did get more used to it after about 2 weeks and the other buttons (answer/reject call etc) are quite large. With predictive text on this phone also autocorrects some common mistakes which is a nice touch. If you do a lot of texting this phone would be good.
It comes with a 2GB micro SD card. Most phones come with useless 128MB cards but this phone comes with 2GB supplied. This allows you to put loads of photos or about 500 songs onto the phone. Micro SD are really common as well so its easy and cheap to buy a replacement and most new laptops come with a reader for these. (You can access the card without taking the battery out as well).
You can access WiFi. This is a handy feature and meant I could access our house wireless internet for free without needing to go onto the computer (handy when test cricket is on).
In summary this phone isn't too bad. It does text well and calls are clear-sounding but it has far too many problems for me. With the internet roaming charges it made the phone unusable for me as I kept getting charged.
Buy if: you want a cheap phone for texting, calling and accessing the internet as part of your contract (Basically if you want a Blackberry but can't afford one [it looks really similar])
Don't buy if: you go outside in the sun, have fat hands, don't have internet as part of your contract, already have a Sony Ericsson C510i.
I have now gone back to my old phone and have got rid of this one.