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Nokia C3 Review

Nokia C3 7.5

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Nokia C3 Review
The ear speaker of the Nokia C3 is not very strong, and the voices have a static hiss to them. The other party said we sounded a bit muffled, but the volume was loud enough to distinct the caller's voice.

The Nokia C3's 1320mAh battery is rated for 7 hours of talk time and 20 days of standby, which is fine, but not very impressive, considering that the phone doesn't have to maintain 3G connectivity.


The Nokia C3 is a well-targeted phone, made predominantly for affordable messaging and social network updates on the go. By stripping it down of functions unneeded by its target market like 3G, GPS or a touchscreen, the company has managed to keep the price at bay.

Moreover, Nokia has cleverly designed the C3 to look and feel like a device from the business-friendly Eseries, altering the interface of the Series 40 platform. If only it had managed to cram a bit better optics for the camera, we'd go so far as to say Nokia will sell a boatload of the C3. What will be the profit margin on this handset, is a totally different story.

We are hard pressed to find anything in the Nokia C3's price range as an alternative. For a Benjamin more you enter a whole category of QWERTY smartphones – the Nokia Eseries, Blackberrys, Samsung QWERTY phones, etc. They have mobile OS's, better cameras and 3G connectivity. But that's a Benjamin more. Maybe the Samsung CorbyTXT B3210 (aka Samsung Genio QWERTY) will do the trick with its even lower price, if you can live sans the Wi-Fi, otherwise the price is very right on the Nokia C3 to be your basic messaging phone that you can use for social networking deeds as well.

Nokia C3 Video Review:


  • Inexpensive
  • Designed to look like a business-class Eseries device
  • Comfortable QWERTY keyboard
  • Social networking updates on the home screen


  • Mediocre camera
  • Lack of 3G
  • No software for viewing Office documents
PhoneArena rating:
7.5 Good
User rating:
8.5 17 Reviews

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 1

1. kenosando (unregistered)

Thanks for the review! I have been looking for a new phone for my wife with a full keyboard, and with the S40 interface, she will definitely get great use out of it.

posted on 20 Aug 2010, 10:49 1

2. Dojob (unregistered)

Why since the first time Nokia introduce the first Nokia E61, the reviewer always says the Nokia QWERTY phone is a "Blackberry like phone". Is it because is it Nokia???? Why don't the reviewer don't classified the Motorola Q and Samsung Black Jack as a Blackberry like phone....

posted on 20 Aug 2010, 11:13

3. gild (unregistered)

I just can't accept the fact that wave got 7.5 like the one this phone got. Obnoxious review as usual.

posted on 20 Aug 2010, 11:33 1

4. gridlock (Posts: 31; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)

they rate for the respective class the phone is in - the wave costs $400, and this one $150, can't compare directly...

posted on 21 Aug 2010, 05:57

5. Johnny Tapa (unregistered)

I'm agree wit you, Gridlock it's a different class of phone. Not fair comperation ( Samsung Wave vs Nokia C6), (Expensive Smartphone vs Cheap Cellphone), (Super AMOLED vs TFT LCD) & (Touch Screen vs QWERTY keyboard)

posted on 11 May 2011, 02:46

16. Nouman (unregistered)

i think you did not view his complete specifications and update prices. i would suggest you just take a look herehttp://www.mobile-phone.pk/nokia_c3-2304/ and i hope your point will be change for this smart cell phone.

posted on 05 Sep 2010, 13:48

6. dark (unregistered)

i got my nokia c3-00 this morning , the wifi is OK, but im planning to return the unit tomorrow because i can't watch youtube on this phone. I search for solutions over the internet, but most of the customers who got thesame unit have the same problem running the youtube. and they've have no solutions to it. I hope you can find solutions for this. Thanks a lot!!!

posted on 15 Oct 2010, 18:24

8. finder (unregistered)

can any one tell whether this phone is having problem like it hangs a lot cannot read memory plsssssssss help

posted on 29 Oct 2010, 10:53

9. Rajeev (unregistered)

The only USP for this phone was wifi, Which does not work.
The Nokia support is clue less about it and not able to provide any solution. I am using it as normal Rs 3000 worth phone and feeling like get cheated.

posted on 01 Nov 2010, 11:35

10. petras (unregistered)

can u tell me is it symbian or java?

posted on 18 Nov 2010, 08:17

11. PN (unregistered)

I am v keen on buying N C3. Can some1 pls gv me a proper feedback on the phone............. N hw much it cost u............. Camera n 3G s nt an issue fr me............ pls help........

posted on 30 Nov 2010, 01:38

12. Luthando (unregistered)

bought a c3 for my mother and after a week she complaind about the speak phone, it goes on and off and she has never touch or changed any settings on it.

posted on 22 Dec 2010, 09:38

13. CHRISTMAS IN 3 DAYS! (unregistered)

I really want this phone....

posted on 08 Jan 2011, 00:29

14. got1likethat (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)

My Dad bought me a phone like this 6-7 months ago but he's out of town right now and I haven't receive my phone yet...hope that this phone is better than my previous phone.I already love this phone even my father still have it...Thanks for the review...

posted on 05 Mar 2011, 08:42

15. Ash (unregistered)

Pls tell me, is that what u call a music player, on the Nokia C3??? The Call Log is absolutely rubbish, y dont they learn anything from Samsung??? Doesn't even have proper themes, n you say that this phone is targeted at the youth?? Just looks like Eseries stuff, works nothing more than a C1!!!
Very dull user interface, not expected at all from Nokia!!!!

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 13:58

17. gwapogi (unregistered)

As far as the price range is concerned, Samsung Corby II is the closest with Nokia C3, and just for you to be be informed, your Samsung Phone got a rating of 4 as compare to 7.5 of Nokia C3. Isn't it a great gap ? Better keep your mouth shut and let numbers speak for you. :)

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 04:25

18. surajithit2004@gmail.com (unregistered)

NOKIA C3-00, it is getting turned off suddenly, i took the phone to Nokia care in bangalore but they told they can not repair it. I purchased the phone 2 months back from UNIVERCELL (near Big Bazaar, Kathriguppe, BSK 3rd Stage) but when i first opened the phone for changing the SIM card, the cheap cover fallen down, and from then it is getting switched odd frequently. NOKIA, please give us good material or else no end customer will purchase your product. NOKIA phones are having manufacturing problems.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 02:58

19. RahatShaheen (unregistered)

This phone is very very very very very very popular between Arab Country! i am gonna buy one tommorow!

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 04:18

20. Sonia (unregistered)

i think you did not view his complete specifications and update prices. i would suggest you just take a look herehttp://www.gsmmobileforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=78/ and i hope your point will be change for this smart cell phone.

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Display2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.55 x 2.29 x 0.54 inches
(115.5 x 58.1 x 13.6 mm)
4.02 oz  (114 g)
Battery1320 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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