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Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review

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Interface and Functionality:

The Nokia C3 Touch and Type runs S40, which in itself suggests simplicity and functionality. Being a feature-phone UI, it won't suffice for demanding mobile users, but is pretty good for doing your basics such as phone, organizer, music playback and basic online activity.

Key phone functionality is controlled by the numeric pad. Buttons are big and easy to press and dialling is a piece of cake.

The Nokia C3 Touch and Type runs S40 - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review
The Nokia C3 Touch and Type runs S40 - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review

The Nokia C3 Touch and Type runs S40


The resistive touch screen responds well for the most part, and while not as smooth when gliding and sliding through menus as a capacitive screen, is easy to get to grips with. There is no lag throughout the interface, though this may not be the case when using demanding applications.

Phonebook and organizer features are all standard for S40 and in turn offer no wows, but work reliably.

Calendar - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review
Phonebook - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review

Calendar

Phonebook


As with the Nokia X3 Touch and Type, the interface is finger friendly and easy to understand, which is great for a feature phone like this.


Camera and Multimedia:

While the Nokia C3 Touch and Type has a high resolution 5MP camera with a flash, but its performance is pretty average. For example, while it produces good outdoor shots at a distance of more than a meter. It won't shoot any close up shots, and snaps taken in low light aren’t great.

Camera interface - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review
Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review
Gallery - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review
Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review

Camera interface

 

Gallery

 

Colour reproduction is fair, though inconsistent. Pictures have a habit of looking dull and low contrast, especially when taken indoors, however, if you're outdoors and the lighting is good, you're giving yourself the best opportunity of getting it right. Detail is also inconsistent. With good lighting, photos taken on the Nokia C3 Touch and Type are decent, and can make for good 6x4 or 7x5 prints, however as soon as you dim the lights, photos become very processed and detail is washed out. While the onboard flash helps in remedying this for indoor situations, it leaves subjects looking washed out. Contrast is also pretty low. Noise handling is pretty average making the camera on the Nokia C3 Touch and Type one for casual snappers, not hardcore camera-phone buffs.

Sample shots taken with the Nokia C3 Touch and Type - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review
Sample shots taken with the Nokia C3 Touch and Type - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review
Sample shots taken with the Nokia C3 Touch and Type - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review
Sample shots taken with the Nokia C3 Touch and Type - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review
Sample shots taken with the Nokia C3 Touch and Type - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review
Sample shots taken with the Nokia C3 Touch and Type - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review
Sample shots taken with the Nokia C3 Touch and Type - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review
Sample shots taken with the Nokia C3 Touch and Type - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review
Sample shots taken with the Nokia C3 Touch and Type - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review
Sample shots taken with the Nokia C3 Touch and Type - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review

Sample shots taken with the Nokia C3 Touch and Type



Nokia C3 Touch and Type Sample Video:




The music player does a good job of music playback. With the onboard loudspeaker performing well and the 3.5mm headphone jack outputting some decent sound, S40 offers a basic, intuitive MP3 player, which you should find a breeze to work through with the touch screen.

Music player - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review
Music player - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review
Music player - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review

Music player



Internet and connectivity:

The Nokia C3 Touch and Type offers a host of connectivity options such as 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, not to mention the microUSB port for charging and data transfer.

The S40 web browser is decidedly average, lagging every time a page is loading and while the inclusion of a touch screen improves the experience, we still find Opera Mini to provide a better (free) alternative when it comes to zooming in and out of pages lag free. Neither browser however offers any kind of Flash support, if that's what you're looking for.

The S40 web browser is decidedly average - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review
The S40 web browser is decidedly average - Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review

The S40 web browser is decidedly average


Email is simple to set-up for Ovi Mail, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, and support for other email providers requiring slightly more information. The interface of the mail client is very user-friendly, and smooth, working well with the touch-screen.


Software:

With all the software you'd expect to see on a modern feature-phone such as a basic, yet comprehensive enough MP3 player, calendar and organizer tools as well as a Facebook and email client, no software on the Nokia C3 Touch and Type will wow you, however, it shouldn’t disappoint either. This functionality, coupled with the great connectivity and usable hardware on board, makes the Nokia C3 Touch and Type one of S40's highest offerings.

Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review
Nokia C3 Touch and Type Review


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posted on 07 Jan 2011, 08:25

1. Noknok (unregistered)


Your article is miscategorized. This is _not_ a Symbian phone but a Series 40 featurephone. Otherwise good review.

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 07:15

2. snowsheen (unregistered)


how about the battery life? it is important in every review.

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 03:28

3. ara (unregistered)


niyamai nokia

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 07:23

4. Sourabh (unregistered)


c3 touch and type phone performance very poor. His touch is very low quality. I am facing many problem to use of this phone :(

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Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core
64 MB RAM
Size4.37 x 1.87 x 0.43 inches
(111 x 47.5 x 11 mm)
3.53 oz  (100 g)
Battery1050 mAh, 5.6 hours talk time

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