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
Member Name: ctoft1
Advantages: Memory Card, WiFi
Disadvantages: Cant turn of mobile internet, Flimsy, Poor headphones, Awful Camera
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.
Summary: I no longer use this phone