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Nokia C2-01 - Interface, Apps and Browsing

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams



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The Nokia C2-01 runs the S40 operating system, a simplified alternative to the full smartphone Symbian S60 operating system still used in Nokia's mid-range phones. In-line with the demands of today's social networking generation, it comes complete with a built-in Facebook app, although tweeters aren't similarly catered for with a Twitter app.

There's a home screen that features four rectangular slots you can fill with 10 different widgets or shortcuts. These include a calendar notification bar, a scrollable row of shortcuts and a memory-jogger note. You switch between these on the home screen using the silver directional pad, while other functions are accessed from the main menu.

This Nokia-standard three-icon-wide menu houses all your apps, within an "Apps" subfolder, as well as supplying links to basic phone features like SMS messaging, the web browser and your contacts book. Delving further into the menu, the Nokia C2-01 comes with a handful of additional apps pre-installed including online photo service Flickr, a unit converter, size converter and world clock, plus a handful of games such as Bounce Tales, brain trainer Brain Champ and Digital Chocolate's City Bloxx.

It's a paltry selection of apps but can be added to thanks to the Ovi Store, Nokia's own app store. Like any S40-powered phone though, the roster of apps available for the C2-01 isn't impressive. eBuddy Mobile Messenger lets you talk to friends over the popular IM networks and Snaptu fills the Twitter functionality void but the apps available can't match the offerings of any of the true smartphone platforms. Games are better served though, as long as you can make do with 16-bit style graphics rather than the flashy 3D games Android and iPhone buyers can show off.

With 3G connectivity on-board, this phone is web-ready and comes with a built-in browser to prove it, but its form factor and price don't convince us that this is a particularly effective web buddy next to alternatives. The Wi-Fi enabled Nokia C3 has a full Qwerty keyboard, the T-Mobile Pulse Mini has a larger, touch-sensitive screen plus both 3G and Wi-Fi, and the similarly-specced Sony Ericsson Cedar is available for a good £20 cheaper - not small change at this price.

You navigate through web pages using the D-pad to control a cursor, which feels very slow and ineffective if you're used to the slick touchscreen navigation of a smartphone. Flash lite 3.0 is supported, so your web experience isn't entirely cut down to the basics, but the internet on a small, non-touch screen doesn't feel like the opportunity for entertainment (and who knows, perhaps even some learning) it is on a larger, more capable device. As with almost any phone on the market today, email support is included, but for simply checking the odd email alone, 3G might be considered overkill.

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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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