Nokia C2-01 Review13
The Nokia C2-01 runs S40 - a feature phone interface that allows for some basic web browsing with integrated mail and Facebook clients. There is also support for Java based applications as well as a range of organizer tools and games preloaded.
As far as the UI is concerned, the home screen can be populated by up to four different widgets at any given time and these include: calendar, timer, e-mail, general indicators, my note, notifications, radio and media, shortcut bar, store and web search. This adds a good degree of functionality to the device, allowing for any additional features to be accessed through the main menu.
The main menu is comprised of a 3x3 grid with no surprises in terms of icons, giving you access to the different aspects of the phone's functionality. In the organizer you will find the alarm clock, calendar, maps, as well as other standard organizer features. Getting contacts onto the handset can be a pain. If like us, all your contacts are backed up in the Google cloud, good luck. If however you have all your contacts on your SIM card or your computer, syncing should be very straight forward.
Camera and Multimedia:
Picture taking on the Nokia C2-01 is achieved using the handset's 3.2MP camera, though from the offset, the lack of auto-focus and flash aren't promising. Nevertheless, it performs competently for such an unpretentious shooter, and some pictures can even be exported for online sharing and small scale print-outs. Most low light shots taken on the device will be for the most part unusable thanks to the lack of flash and poor noise handling however. Video is captured at QVGA resolution and looks OK on the device, though exporting to content highlights the choppy framerate and considerable artifacting.
Music is played back on the platform's proprietary music player. It handles your tracks predictably and reliably, with various means of browsing content such as by artist, album or playlist, and support for background playback. The addition of the 3.5mm headphone jack coupled with the microSD card support and relatively compact, robust form factor add to the phone's usability as a music device.
Given the screen size and orientation, it should be fairly unsurprising that video playback isn't suited to the Nokia C2-01. Thanks to the quality of the screen however, photos look pretty good on it, with an intuitive gallery system letting you navigate comfortably.
The Nokia C2-01 is pretty well connected with Bluetooth, quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G. The 3G does help speed things along, though, as with other Series 40 handsets, the proprietary browser can be frustrating especially when coupled with the small screen. While Opera Mini is pre-loaded, depending on how you access your web page, you will likely bump into both browsers which is confusing and inconsistent. Therefore for the occasional news story, journey planner, football score, however, the phone will suffice, just don't expect too much more.