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Nokia C3-01 Touch and type, mobile phone silver sim-free, unbranded

3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews) More about this product
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.8 x 11.1 cm ; 100 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 508 g
  • Item model number: 002V079
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 29 Nov 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,428 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Nokia C3-01 Touch and type, mobile phone silver sim-free, unbranded

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A simple phone with a few extra features. 4 Jan 2011
After many years of Smartphone use, I found myself wanting a more basic phone. These days my iPod Touch has become my one-gadget-to-rule-them-all and so I had no need for the raft of features I've been enjoying for the last 8 years or so. Having used Nokias way back when colour screens were nothing but science-fiction and the main selling point was a changeable front cover - it felt like a natural choice.

The menu system is simple to use and although I've not had a Nokia for some time I immediately felt at home with it and within a few minutes had finished the essential tasks of changing the ringtone and personalising the home screen! The menu is very simple and those not very comfortable with technology should be able to access the things they want with no real issues.

This is a `touch and type' model which I initially thought wasa bit gimmicky but it has some good practical uses. Dialling numbers and tapping out text messages are easy on the keypad rather than using a touchscreen. Again, this will appeal to those who want something more basic and it makes the phone feel more familiar to those used to traditional models. The touchscreen itself is the sole means of scrolling up and down through menus, messages, etc. I would have liked a dedicated button to scroll up and down with but now I've had the phone for a week I'm used to using the keys for typing and the screen for scrolling, it becomes second nature. It isn't the most responsive of touchscreens and every-now-and-then I find myself having to prod it twice, but it's far more responsive than many other touchscreens. If you had to rely on the screen when tapping quickly to dial a number or compose a message then it might be more of an issue, but the buttons cope perfectly well with that.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great phone 29 Dec 2010
I'd been looking for a new phone for many months. Wanted something not too big, robust enough to stand up to being carried around in a girl sized pocket or handbag. Wanted to be able to access internet and e-amil if needed, but important to be easy to use. Looked at i-phones and HTC but felt that the risk of me cracking the screen was big. Blackberry, especially the Pearl, went to top of my list, but then saw the Nokia C3-01 touch and type.

This phone is gorgeous - beautifully made, small enough to stay in my pocket without risk of damage. So, got it yesterday in a lovely gunmetal grey finish. Everything just works - no complications to set-up. Quick to set-up access to internet through wi-fi and 3g. Easy to set-up e-mail accounts and they work without any fuss at all.

The camera works well. The radio is the only let-down - so far, it's only managed to find one station. However, I can't see me using the radio much anyway.

All in all, I am delighted with this phone. It was free on my very modest contract with Orange, came with a £25 department store voucher and, as a loyal customer, I got a 10% line-rental discount. I'd have bought the phone without the freebies as I really loved the design and build quality. Having lived with it for 24 hours, made and received calls, sent and read texts, surfed the net and dealt with a few e-mails, used the camera ... I have no complaints at all.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I upgraded to the C3 Touch and Type from my much loved Nokia 6500 slide (which sadly died a few months short of my contract renewal, leaving me on an black-and-white for the interim). So I rate the phone largely based on comparisons with that one, but hopefully it's generic enough for people not familiar with the 6500-s.

Apart from being a "candy bar" style phone instead of a slide phone, and a bit longer/thinner, the main differences are:

- A touch-screen: this is quite nice to use, and scrolling and tapping gestures seem quite intuitive and responsive. Doing a tap-and-hold often brings up an additional "right-click" context menu. Limited by the screen's size, a little fiddly for precision work, such as positioning the text cursor or clicking links and can involve some trial and error, but not too frustrating.
What is a bit of a drawback though, is that the touchscreen is now the only way of performing many actions, because the old interface of dpad/central button, and left/right soft-buttons is completely missing, so there's no physical fallback. For texting this can be weird because you occasionally have to switch from the keypad to the touchscreen to do things like move the cursor or delete characters. But what's worse is that the buttons' absence makes some Java apps are harder to use, or completely unusable. The touchscreen is nice, but given a choice, I'd probably have preferred just the buttons to just the touchscreen.

- Wifi connectivity: this theoretically means I can browse the Internet for free at home. In practice though, connectivity can be a little temperamental. I often find myself resorting to the 3G connection instead, where it often has more success.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend 16 Feb 2011
I prefer the old method of text messaging. I do not like the qwerty keyboards for texting. I chose this phone and am pleased with it. It takes a while to get used to the scrolling touch method but I found if I used the stylus from my son's Nintendo DS, this was a great help! However, after a weeks use, I am now used to the touch method. The camera is OK. I have also purchased the gel skin for this phone and would recommend it as the Nokia is very slim and once the skin is on, it is a bit sturdier and easier to grip and hold the phone.
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