Nokia C2-01 review: Nokia C2-01

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The Good 3G connectivity; expandable memory; compact size.

The Bad Keys feel cheap; screen could be bigger; poor video quality.

The Bottom Line The Nokia C2-01 is a simple, likeable and cheap phone. It also offers a surprising number of features that are normally absent at this price, including 3G connectivity.

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7.5 Overall

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Nokia is hell-bent on dominating the budget end of the phone market. The Finnish firm is well aware that there are millions of people out there who crave nothing more than simple features in a phone. The C2-01 is aimed at such folk.

The C2-01 is available on pay as you go for around £50. Contract prices are similarly low, starting at around £10. It's also available SIM-free for about £80.

Humble pie

An evolution of last year's C1-01, this handset jettisons such smart-phone luxuries as a touchscreen, accelerometer, video-call camera and Wi-Fi. It's a pretty straightforward handset.

The C2-01 can be charged up using either the mini-USB port or the dedicated charging port.

With dimensions of 47 by 110 by 15mm and an overall weight of 89g, the C2-01 is pocket-sized in every sense of the word. Its refreshingly compact form factor makes it look positively tiny when placed alongside a big-screen behemoth like the HTC Desire HD.

Similarly, the C2-01's 2-inch, 240x320-pixel TFT display also looks rather feeble when compared to the 4-inch Super AMOLED screen of the Google Nexus S. But it performs its role admirably. Because the display isn't touch-sensitive, it doesn't have to be massive.

The alphanumeric keypad's buttons are comfortable to use but they do feel cheap and nasty. The direction pad, which is used to make menu selections, is similarly tawdry.

Care for some port?

On the top of the C2-01, you'll discover a pair of ports -- a 3.5mm headphone socket and a power input for the included wall charger. The wall charger is perhaps surplus to requirements, as the C2-01 also boasts a mini-USB connection, which not only supports data transfer but also allows you to charge the phone's battery via your computer.

Sadly, the C2-01 lacks a volume control. There's no way of altering the volume besides delving into the phone's options menu, which is a pain. Thankfully, the phone's built-in media player, which also supports video, allows you to use the direction pad to toggle the volume during playback.

The 3.2-megapixel camera is capable of snapping some decent still images, but its video quality is poor.

The C2-01 comes with a 3.2-megapixel camera for photo and video capture, although the latter is limited to a VGA resolution and a pitiful 15 frames per second. The movies you create with this handset look pretty terrible when viewed on a PC or television.

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