Product Type: Nokia Smartphone
Newest Review: ... 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 suppo... more
Not a pink-berry!!
Member Name: xjemloux
Advantages: the qwerty keyboard, colour range
Disadvantages: the apps thing could be an issue for some
I'm not really a person who's that into phones, but now and then I do fancy something somewhat new and 'with it'. So long as I have a phone which I can text off easily, ring out on and be able to put music on to listen to through headphones now and then I'm happy.
The majority of my friends are all quite snazzy with their smartphones, you know the blackberrys, iphones etc ... these to me are more like mini laptops than phones though and I'd be to scared to even touch one if I had one so I knew one of these wasn't an option at the time.
Browsing in Phones 4 U and a few other phone retailers a bright pink phone caught my eye, the Nokia C3-00. Although you can buy it in grey/silver and a navy blue.
I'm not much of a girly girl but for some reason I love pink phones so it was no surprise this one caught my eye. It is shaped very similar to a blackberry but it has a longer body to it and it is a bit thinner to, but it has the Qwerty keyboard, which is something I'd never tried before but really wanted to try to see what it was like. Although it has a qwerty keyboard it is not the same as a blackberry, instead the buttons on the Nokia are placed right next to each other, actually touching the next button, whereas on a blackberry there is a slight space between each button. I thought these may prove a little difficult with my chubby fingers, but actually after about a week of getting used to the qwerty keyboard itself, I soon found it easy to use and had no trouble in pressing buttons even when using my even chubbier thumbs.
Now although this phone looks like a Blackberry, it definitely isn't one, and it is a lot cheaper too, ranging from £50 - £60 depending on what shop and any offers on at the time. The price is reflected throughout the phone itself as it doesn't offer what a blackberry does, but I didn't want all the flimsy flamsy, emails, net and whatever else the blackberry offered at the time, I just wanted a 'nice' phone, something a little different and 'with it' and this seemed to be just that.
Accessing everything on the phone is very easy and quick to do, there are shortcut buttons on the phone which you can set to anything you want, for example I set the one button as my shortcut button to go straight to my texts/inbox as this is something I do so often. Also instead of having to unlock the phone and search for your menu a lot of the shortcuts for the menu are on the homescreen, such as to go to the camera, your messages or the internet.
The phone does have a camera, which is a 2.0mp, a very basic camera which does take decent clear pictures in the daylight, but as it has no flash it is rubbish in the night time, can't complain though as I knew this before purchasing the phone and didn't buy it for the camera.
I do use my phones for the internet a lot, well actually more facebook and was happy to learn that this phone does have internet, and just as happy to know that it only used GPRS, as it doesn't support 3G .. so communicating 'on the move' is impossible really. The gprs internet though was enough as I don't know about you but the idea at the time of receiving emails, messages and god knows what else whilst out and about seemed a tad overwhelming to me, so to be able to check my facebook when I wanted to was fine by me.
Adverts for the C3 boast about the social networking apps, such as twitter and facebook, which can be accessed from the homescreen of the phone. However I quickly noticed that the connection from the phone was rubbish - and always told me to 'try again later'. Soon after reading up on the internet I found a lot of people who had this phone was experiencing the same thing and when I took it into a shop their only advise was to keep updating the phone if there were any updates. The store 'updated' my phone for me so they said, how they did this I don't know, but still the social networking apps still failed to work. This didnt bother me as I could still access internet via the main menu, but why the phone boasts these 'apps' when they seem to be more a nuisance than something useful I don't know.
The phone did come supplied with headphones, and you can play music on the phone which was a bonus for me.
It also came with a 2GB memory card, meaning it could hold quite a few full mp3's as well as my photos which was impressive.
I used my nokia c3 quite a bit for playing music, taking photos, texting, not so much phone calls but the odd one here and there and mostly facebook - so it had quite a bit of use out of it, this did mean though that I only had the phone last about 2 days before it needed a good battery charge.
Taking phonecalls were easy just by pressing the 'green phone' button on the face of the phone, voices I could hear clearly and if there was any problem with volume I could just adjust it by pressing buttons on the side of the phone.
I really liked this phone, the only downfall in my eyes really is the whole apps business and the fact they didnt seem to work, although not a problem for me, for somebody else wanting to purchase this phone it could be an issue. Despite the phone being very similar to a blackberry, for me it was a more practical phone, easy to text (once I got used to the keyboard and even with my chubby fingers) accessing things on the phone was quick and easy so being able to ring or text people could be done with no problems. I'd certainly reccomend this phone to anybody looking for a practical mobile phone, which is a bit trendy and with it yet a little different.
Summary: a trendy little phone at a good price!
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