Nokia C2-01 Review
|| Review: March 2011
Last updated May 2011.
In a nutshell: The C2-01 is a
minimum-spec phone that does little more than the basics. Available
in Black or Silver.
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The Nokia C2-01 is an old-style traditional phone with a tiny screen
and an alphanumeric keypad. It's a phone that's never heard of the iPhone
and thinks that Tony Blair is still Prime Minister. There's nothing
special about the phone at all. Yes, it makes calls and sends texts.
Yes, it has good battery life. Yes, it even has a camera, mp3 player
and FM radio tucked away. It will even access your facebook account
and play youtube videos if you have a magnifying glass to watch them
on its miniature screen. But every single phone on the market does that
Take our advice - if you want an inexpensive phone, choose one that
does more than the C2-01. The Samsung
Ch@t 335, with its QWERTY keyboard, or the Samsung
Tocco Lite. Buy the C2-01 only if technology scares you.
Features of the Nokia C2-01 include:
- 3.2 megapixel camera with full focus and 4x digital zoom
- Video recording at QCIF resolution and up to 15 fps, 4x digital
- Display: 240 x 320 pixels (2 inches)
- Media player (MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA formats)
- Stereo FM radio RDS
- Ringtones: MP3 & video ringtones, 64-voice polyphonic ringtones,
- 7 games included
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email, Instant Messaging
- Internet: Opera Mini web browser, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, USB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
- Memory: 46MB plus 2GB microSD memory card (up to 16 GB supported)
- Offline mode
- 3G plus quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), GPRS,
- Size: 110 x 47 x 15.3 mm
- Weight: 89g
- Battery: 1020 mAh
- Talktime: up to 8.75 hours
- Battery standby: 450 hours
Nokia C2-01 User Reviews
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Average rating from 36 reviews:
Reviewed by John from England on 12th Apr 2013
Its just a great piece of kit. Simple and reliable. Everything a mobile
Reviewed by Torikul Islam from Bangladesh on 14th
It is very nice, i'm using with enjoy ..but want to call from skype!!
Reviewed by Mick B from UK on 9th Sep 2012
Had this phone for 3 years, just broken it by kneeling on it but after
looking at smart phone mkt with limited battery life and poor features
under £200, I will be buying another of these! Only two faults, the
key pad being chrome is very difficult to see in some lighting conditions
and the camera has no flash
Reviewed by Jim from UK on 1st Jul 2012
Just bought this phone this afternoon so trying to get used to it. Loved
my Tocolite but initial impressions? Going to love this phone even more
if I can learn how to use it. Better designed for the hand but not so
easy to navigate as the Tocolite but then have only had this phone for
less than two hours. Ha! it's a 3G phone too but I don't even use a
camera on a mobile phone let alone the Internet. But at the price I
paid for this phone £34.95 unlocked - show me better value?
Reply by Jim from UK on 3rd Jul 2012
Update: Love both the Tocolite and C2-01 Can't make up my mind which
I like best? Tocolite easier to use for composing text messages but
C2-01 can send "Flash" text messages and has 3G so the phone can be
used anywhere in the world including Japan and S. Korea - not that I'm
going to any of those countries. Text messages Tocolite but using the
phone to talk C2-01
Reply by Jim from UK on 5th Jul 2012
Further update: They are both outstanding mobile phones for the money
but there's a clear winner. Because if I had to choose between either
phone breaking down? Then I'd hope that it would be the C2-01 that would
breakdown, so that I could keep-on using the Tocolite.
Reviewed by ktk from uk on 4th May 2012
one of the problems is seeing the screen in sunlight, it's useless.
other than that not bad
Reviewed by gizmoo from uk on 24th Feb 2012
Have had a Nokia C2 01 for 4 months. Camera is worthless, so if you
need a camera don't buy this phone. Ease of use is very good, though
very slow responding. However it has now developed a battery drain which
drains down at least half of the battery in 12 hours (only using 3 texts
and no calls). It is meant to have a standby time of 450 hours and up
until now it has stayed charged and useable for 3 weeks with little
use, now it is a problem.
Reviewed by Ajazbhat from India on 15th Jan 2012
Switched off and on automatically. And when opening any application
hang them.now the fresh fault is no catch tower signal
Reviewed by Shubham from India on 12th Jan 2012
I know its good mobile phone but i have problems with NokiaC2-01 1)
It switched of when we go to the themes? 2) when im doing browsing it
hang? 3)its media players songs maked doubled?
Reviewed by JOHN from GREECE on 10th Jan 2012
C2 looks great with good camera and sound.the only preblen is the noise
of the buttons when you push them.
Reviewed by Karen from England on 4th Dec 2011
I agree with 'Tony' it's perfect for texting and internet browsing.
It does what it says on the tin. I can't be doing with touch screens.
I like the fact it a lovely comfortable phone. I got mine for 49.99
carphone warehouse. This style is very drop proof. You could only break
it if you actually wanted to.
Reviewed by Philip Gordon Owen from Scotland on
16th Nov 2011
i like it a lot easy to use my music sounds very good radio is fine
text easy battery good BUT the bloke at carphones cant get me onto the
internet i dont know if its the phone or vodaphone still its a lot better
phone than my old sony
Reviewed by cms from england on 3rd Nov 2011
I am now on my 3rd phone. When deleting used numbers I keep getting
Reviewed by Max from Scotland on 3rd Oct 2011
I bought this phone and had it since April I have since upgraded to
the htc wildfire s. I rate this phone good. This phone is excellent
for texting and calls and has a very good batter life, the camera is
decent for 3 megapixel but the video camera is a bit basic. The worst
part of the phone is that the screen is very small and this phone is
not great for internet browsing. I see you can get this phone cheaper
than the £70 I paid for it. I would probably only recommend this phone
for someone who only wants a basic phone that can text and make calls
with ease, the phone is very simple to use.
Reviewed by Deborah O'Brien from United Kingdom on
1st Oct 2011
Lovely phone to use. I don't use mobile phones to talk much, I use them
for texting. I have never had any health problems with mobile phones
until I began to use this phone. I became aware that when I spoke on
this phone my ears began to have a burring feeling. The problem escalated
one day after 2 consecutive calls of about 3 minutes each. My ears began
to burn, my head felt like it was starting to fry and the sensations
down my neck was painful. It took a day to feel normal again. I stopped
using it. One independent SAR rating for this phone 1.6. In the UK up
to a 2.0 rating is considered ok. The US standard is 1.6. Nokia say
the Sar rating is 1.3. If you are electro magnetic sensitive, steer
clear of this phone.
Reviewed by chintu rajpoot from india on 20th
this is good phone for talking,browsing and downloading
Reviewed by tony from uk on 10th Sep 2011
i needed a replacement for my nokia 1208 which gave long service but
wore out. I now have the c2-01 and as a virtual technophobe find it
ideal for me. it does everything i need it to do. yes, there are phones
out there that may have more features, but i am familiar with nokia
and am happy with this phone. I do not like touch pad phones, this nokia
is ideal for me.
Reviewed by HARSH from India on 7th Sep 2011
It is the very fast browsing phone in basic phone range
Reviewed by douglas ross macrae from SCOTLAND on
4th Sep 2011
I have the nokia c2-01 and i love it. I got it as 2nd hand it costed
Reviewed by Marcella from Ireland on 22nd Aug
A grand little very easy mobile phone to use, so long as I can make,
take calls, text, and take photos. What more do I want. I love it, and
so c ompact and light.
Reviewed by Fernando from UK on 20th Aug 2011
Headset did not work properly, probably made with cheap material hence
not justifying the price.
Reviewed by Ken from Weatherfield on 4th Aug 2011
I love this phone, looks great, not full of unessasary junk, easy to
use, god knows what it will be like with wp7, i look forward to my next
Reviewed by Adam from England on 2nd Aug 2011
Sent 3 C2's back now. TH evolume when using the headset is so qiuet.
When using the loudspeaker function it is barely louder than the normal
mode. Forgetthis phone unless you live in a veyr quiet countryside environment.
Reviewed by John Harcastle from U.K. on 30th Jul
Network 3 GAVE me a NOKIA C2-01 in order to keep me with them, when
I asked for a PAC code. (I went swimming with my old handset, a Sony
Ericcson,in my pocket while on holiday (NOT advisable). I still have
an old NOKIA handset and was going to settle for that (get contract
with another network). ANYWAY this C2-01 does the job. It does take
a LITTLE getting used to at first, in setting the directory up etc.
(FIDGETY is he word I am looking for) but once there it is adequate,
(paired up my earpiece no problem too) It is OK cos I can use it for
a phone, (make and take calls), and that is all I particularly want
NOT a pocket computer, I-POD or anything like that, so all I can say
is , if you, like me, want simplicity then YES.
Reviewed by Maninderjit singh from India on 20th
Nokia c2-01 is best for those who wants good features at minimum price
because many my friends were not able to buy high rate phones .
Reviewed by Michelle from Usa on 19th Jun 2011
I bought this phone due 2 losing my smart phone,wasnt eligible for upgrade.c2
was very resonably priced, i love the keypad, i surf the internet alot
and it does a great job doing it until memory shows full. I have looked
for additional memory i cud add to prevent this from happening,however,have
only found memory stick which just stores photos,multimedia,etc and
i just cant part with takin off my phone.it has a radio bit i cant review
it bc i havent used it,as my phone didnt come with accessories for it.the
styling of the phone is nice,similar 2 a blackberry in looks.i have
no complaints on the c2 and if not for the issue with memory,i wud be
totally content with it.i prefer a nokia phone as they are tough and
easy 2 use. Id love 2 'testdrive' upcoming phones,from nokia.how would
i go about finding opportunities to test products in their "pre-market
tests? Any suggestions greatly appreciated..
Reviewed by p.james from england on 9th Jun 2011
headset did not work,batt ran out very quickly,try downloading from
ovi for get it
Reviewed by Sodit Pete from Wales on 18th Apr
Lovely phone is this, idiot proof, looks nice, better than all that
touch nonsense, don't need that boy, proper phone is this
Reviewed by Bigup from The Kingdom of Tomatoes on
4th Apr 2011
This is a great phone, it dose every thing I need, I am in business
so need a good phone, I even found a pdf app for it on line,fantastic
Reviewed by Chandan Roy from India on 22nd Mar
Good, but screen is too small.
Reviewed by Mike from England on 21st Mar 2011
Great phone, after having had complcated work phones for years I got
this. Excellent price, good looks, easy to use and understated. Nokia
are the best
Reviewed by joan budd from england on 21st Mar
purchased this mobile 2 day,its already giving me a headache.need a
magnifing glass to look at the text on it.well overpriced for what it
is.hoping to get a refund.
Reviewed by Lisa from England on 16th Mar 2011
I love this phone, it is easy to use, functional and better than my
Reviewed by Joseph from England (UK) on 14th Mar
Have had the phone 8 days and it has impressed me apart from a rather
squeaky back button which I was told by a man at The Orange Shop is
not a fault but something that will improve as the phone gets older.
My last phone lasted over three years and was a Samsung. This is my
second Nokia. Impressed, but I think it could be a bit more robust-that's
Reviewed by Henry from Wales on 14th Mar 2011
Got this yestrday, so far I am very satisfied, it dose every thing that
I need it to, and well. The screen is small but it is of good quality
and perfectly readable for my 75 year old eyes. Internet connectivity
is very quick over the operamini, loading up Telegraph pages without
issue. The phone looks nice but understated, wonderfull for those that
do not want to show off, brag, and be silly about a phone.
Reviewed by Phillamena from England on 13th Mar
I have had this phone for 10 days, so far it has been fantastic, the
screen is perfectly ok for me, I can read my chosen newspaper on it
in the morning via opera browser, the camera is fine if you bother to
adjust settings according to light conditions etc, 3.2mp is enough N73
N93 excellant also. 10 days old without a breakdown, it has already
beaten ny old phone iphone 3gs.
Reviewed by Jane Kittle from UK on 11th Mar 2011
Have had this phone a week. Is stable and perfect for calls (good clarity)
and texting. Useless for the internet. Light and robust. Its old skool
Nokia playing it sort of safe. But much better phones out there for
C2-01 Silver deals