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Nokia C2-01 review

Andrew Williams



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Nokia C2-01
  • Nokia C2-01
  • Nokia C2-01
  • Nokia C2-01
  • Nokia C2-01
  • Nokia C2-01
  • Nokia C2-01
  • Nokia C2-01
  • Nokia C2-01
  • Nokia C2-01
  • Nokia C2-01
  • Nokia C2-01
  • Nokia C2-01


Our Score:



  • 3G connectivity
  • 3.5mm headphone jack


  • A little expensive
  • Simplistic OS
  • 3G is wasted on the phone

Key Features

  • 3G connectivity
  • 2in 240x320 pixel screen
  • microSD card slot
  • 3.2-megapixel camera
  • FM radio
  • Manufacturer: Nokia
  • Review Price: free/subscription

The Nokia C2-01 is a budget phone, but selling for £69.99 at the cheapest in the UK its price is veering dangerously close to budget smartphone territory. Swimming in waters filled with razor-toothed Androids and budget Qwerty models is a dangerous game for a phone like the C2-01.

The phone's design is classic Nokia, with a candybar form factor and standard T9 keypad. There's a silver trim but the C2-01's body is made entirely out of (admittedly fairly tough feeling) plastic - what you'd expect from a phone at this price.

Next to today's attention-grabbing smartphone stars like the iPhone 4 and HTC Desire HD, the 2in 240x320 pixel screen of this phone sounds puny, but is near-enough what we'd expect of device with this form factor. With a generous black expanse above and to each side of the screen, we have a hunch a 2.2in model may have fitted-in just fine, but the display used is bright, sharp and offers acceptable viewing angles.

Cheaper phones that slink into the ultra-budget sector often use poorer-quality LCDs with awful viewing angles and fewer colours (65k against the C2-01's 256k), resulting in an image that looks washed-out and is more likely to strain the eyes. We're glad the C2-01 bettered this budget standard, however our review C2-01's screen did have some odd bright lines that appeared in the display whenever the phone was angled more than thirty degrees or so - although this is likely to be a one-off manufacturing fault.

Each side of the phone features a flip-out plastic panel that covers a microSD slot, on the left hand-side, and a microUSB slot. The sides are otherwise blank - there's no dedicated volume control buttons so you have to use the central D-pad to alter the volume of calls or music playing. On top of the handset are the proprietary power socket and standard 3.5mm headphone jack, letting you use your own earphones.

Keeping everything but the SIM slot above the battery cover means you'll hardly need to take the cover off - as people who frequently have to do this, we can attest to this being a good thing for the phone's durability. Still, the C2-01 demonstrates Nokia's usual strong build quality, with all the fascia buttons having a firm, clicky action. Next to the Sony Ericsson Cedar and cheaper Nokia C1-02 though, the keypad does feel slightly cramped, owing to its subtler contouring.

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Andrew 17

October 2, 2011, 12:56 pm

I just bought the C2-01 and love it. Yes, a bit pricy, but practical, in comparison to what it replaced. I had an HTC Desire, which I hated, try answering while your driving! In Sweden we can still talk and drive. I gave the HTC to a younger family member.

After that I bought a Galaxy GT-I5500. A more practical phone, but like the HTC, the battery life is horrid. I gave the Galaxy also to a younger family member.

In closing, it's nice to be back to a common sense phone, that has good features and doesn't have to be charged up constantly. I just don't understand the global frenzy concerning tablets and touch screen phones in general. To me their only practicality is if you commute on public transport every day or dare I say, just to keep up with the Jones-es.


November 24, 2011, 8:07 am

I purchased my c2-01 in June for $129.00 AU. I replaced a 3 month old samsung f480i, which had very poor call quality, hence my decision to go back to an older style Nokia candy bar design. The call quality of this phone is good but I am disappointed in the service offered by Nokia. Unfortunately the usb data lead I purchased was faulty and I had to replace it at my own expense. I also have contacted the customer support department a second time, to advise that the battery only lasts 48 hours, whether the phone is used or left on standby. I was advised to purchase another battery, once again at my own expense. Considering the cost of this phone and the lack of support, I feel I could never buy a Nokia product again.


November 27, 2013, 8:33 am

I have now bought two Nokia C2 cellphones and both starting giving trouble after a year - in my mind they are junk and should be removed from the market. Rubbish product. Going back to Samsung and will never touch another Nokia again.

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