Nokia C2-02 review
| ||Review: September 2011
Last updated April 2012
In a nutshell: The C2-02 is a touch-and-type phone with a slide out keypad and a touchscreen. Combining the best of both worlds is a good concept, but the implementation is poor, with a small resistive screen making the user interface hard work.
The Nokia C2-02 is a touch-and-type style phone with a slideout keypad. It looks like an old-style slide mobile, circa 2005, but the screen is touch sensitive. This could be a good solution for anyone looking for a compact phone with a traditional alphanumeric keypad, who doesn't mind a bit of touchscreen now and then but doesn't want to go the whole hog. Nokia's candy-bar shaped touch-and-type phones, the Nokia C3-01 and Nokia X3-02, have proved popular, so it seems logical to extend the range to include a slide.
The problem with the touchscreen is twofold, however. First the screen is small - about one third the size of the high-end Android phones - so you'll find there's not much room to poke your finger around. And secondly it's an old-fashioned resistive touchscreen, so you'll be doing a lot of poking to make it respond the way you want. It might all seem like too much trouble, unless you're very patient.
In addition to the touchscreen, Nokia have made some attempts to bring the phone into the twenty-first century. There's an app for facebook and twitter for example. It does the basics, allowing you to keep in contact with your friends on the go. But with no 3G or WiFi to deliver data to your phone, you might find that the party's over before you even get to hear about it. Nokia Maps are installed too, so you can find your way around. There's no GPS to tell you where you are, but the phone does use phone network information to try to fix your position. To about the nearest kilometre, anyway. So if you wake one morning in a strange town with no recollection of how you got there, the C2-02 may prove a life saver.
In other ways, the C2-02 is very much still in the dark ages. We mentioned that there's no 3G or Wi-Fi. Well, there's no quadband or even triband either. This is in fact almost the only phone still available with just dual band capability. The camera is lousy - 2 megapixels, with no flash, no focus, and barely usable video recording. Memory is appalling with only 10MB of built-in memory, although a 2GB memory card is included in the sales package.
To end on a positive note, we'll mention that the phone comes with a (basic) MP3 player and an FM radio. Battery life is better than average, although that's because the phone does so little. And there are 6 touch-control games included.
The C2-02 could have been an interesting and decent phone, but with so many corners cut, it's hard to come away liking it. If you like the touch-and-type concept, choose the Nokia X3-02 instead. Or if you want a proper touchscreen smartphone, take a look at the HTC Wildfire S or Samsung Galaxy Mini, which cost about the same and do so much more.
Nokia C2-02 features include:
- 2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom
- Video recording at 176 x 144 (QCIF) resolution and up to 15 fps, 4x digital video zoom
- Display: 65,000 colours, 240 x 320 pixels (2.6 inches) resistive touchscreen
- Music player (MP3, AAC formats)
- FM radio
- Ringtones: MP3 ringtones, 32-voice polyphonic ringtones, vibration alert
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email, Instant Messaging
- Touch-based games: Golf Tour, Solitaire, Memorise, Nature Park, Picture Puzzle, Music Guess
- Internet: Web browser, Facebook, Twitter
- Nokia Maps, with network-based location information
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1, USB, 3.5 mm audio jack
- Memory: 10MB plus 2GB microSD memory card (up to 32GB supported)
- Flight mode
- Dual band, GPRS, EDGE
- Size: 103 x 51 x 17 mm
- Weight: 115g
- Battery: 1020 mAh
- Talktime: up to 5 hours
- Battery standby: 600 hours
Nokia C2-02 user reviews
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Average rating from 46 reviews:
Reviewed by Rachel
on 5th Oct 2013
Went to bed with a working phone and woke with a dead one!charged for
half a day and still nothing...lost all my contacts as well >_<
Reviewed by Martin from Zimbabwe, Africa. on 29th Jun
Well Im enjoying it, its my first ever touchscreen phone although its a 09-09-11
model. I have had this phone for 3weeks now. I was quite disappointed when I
found out that I could not change the font colour. Hey all the same Im enjoying
my brand new phone.
Reviewed by Erin from United Kingdom on 12th Jun 2013
this phone was great until last week at only 18 months old the screen broke
so it is now white all over and unusable however most people dont keep a phone
this long so it wouldnt be a problem. I really liked this phone the camera was
great and it was good especially as a first phone. My down points of this phone
are the slowness, it is extremely slow when accessing the internet and it will
not work with out good signal. The phone has a great battery life and is really
Reply by Debra from United Kingdom on 10th
How strange Erin, the same thing has just happened to me with the screen, it
just went all white and now wont work at all, I bought my phone in January 2012
(18 months exactly!!)
Reviewed by Elton Thabane from Zimbabwe on 21st May 2013
wel at first i thought it waz a gud phone bt now no
this phone is a pile of junk,my main problem with this phone is it switches
itself off and on again and then 1 day it switches off and doesnt switch back
u wil have to get it flashed a lot av had myn 4 2years and av flashed it 6times,it
slow ,losses network easily,bt e main problem is switching on and off for days
then finaly it wil switch off and never switch on unless u get it flashed
Reviewed by ABARNA from INDIA on 13th May 2013
TOTALLY, UTTER WASTE................
MOBODY BUY THIS, PLEASE.............
THIS IS TOTALLY WASTE OF COST
Reviewed by Sandra from Bristol on 5th Apr 2013
Absolutely awful. Keeps locking up in the middle of typing messages or anything
really. The keylock, which could be useful if the phone is stolen, seems to
be working with the locking up thing to make the whole experience of using this
phone an absolute nightmare. You wouldn't believe the number of times it has
NOT been thrown through the window. Would rather buy a cheapy than continue
to use it Suggest you dont buy it
Reviewed by Tracy from Greatenglandshire on 15th Mar 2013
Useless phone, never worked properly, so turned it off permantly in the garden
with a big stone dog.
Reviewed by Tiffany Carne from England on 23rd Jan 2013
My dad gave me this phone yersterday and it is so boring, I am a teenager so
when I saw it had Twitter and Facebook I was happy, but I couldnt connect to
the internet and some of the apps was locked, it is a piece of junk and the
touch screen is stupid and it doesnt have enough features, the Samsung chat
is better then this phone. :( dont buy it!
Reviewed by GeordieChris from Telford on 5th Oct 2012
Biggest pile of pooh I've ever encountered.It's going in the bin.
Reviewed by Uncle Burt from Rochester on 3rd Oct 2012
This thing was a total mistake, it froze, the battey life was a joke, no sis
installation support and it kept losing reception.
Put it in the bin and got a Samsung Galaxy y for less money and it is fantastic.
Reviewed by jacob from uk on 2nd Oct 2012
biggest pile of junk ever,keeps freezing,saying operation failed,sim card not
ready always having to switch on/off will never buy another nokia again
Reviewed by Nicola Davenport from Uk on 28th Sep 2012
Do not buy this phone. This is the worst phone I have ever bought. I have always
used Nokia phones and never had a probkem until now. The phone keeps freezing
and not sending texts. This has been back for repair twice now and now just
won't work at all. I have a complaint in with Nokia and will be going to Trading
Standards if this is not resolved.
Reviewed by Wills from Scotland on 25th Sep 2012
I have had this phone for about 6 months now and I have had lots of problems,when
opening message have a blank screen,freezes on me, touch screen sometimes does
not respond and goes onto internet when I have not touched anything taking my
money as I am on pay & go.
Reviewed by Robson from England on 9th Sep 2012
Cant hear anyone talk unless on loud and can't send or receive any text the
phones touch screen is non exsistant and phone is slow all togethher 0 stars
if I could
Reviewed by Noman.03003448888 from - on 3rd Sep 2012
Reply by pete from uk on 13th Nov 2012
you still happy or do you work for nokia ?
Reviewed by pat hackett from uk on 25th Aug 2012
cant send a photo to anyone just sits and goes nowhere
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on 25th
MMS enabled? Check with your network.
Reviewed by Helebeth from England on 30th Jul 2012
THE WORST PHONE I HAVE EVER OWNED!!!!!! Don't bother with this one. unresponsive
and slow. touch screen is awful and always sticking.
Reviewed by jimbo from england on 4th Jul 2012
what a load of rubish on my second phone first one died on me and was replaced
by another C2O2 this one as now given up the ghost
Reviewed by alex from united kingdom on 10th Jun 2012
An absolute disgrace. Have they made this phone for a joke? It is pathetic.
The touch screen does not respond, its so frustrating!!!! My blood is at boiling
point! Its bulky, weak and flimsy. Its going straight back to the shop, if i
can get it back in the box! Even the box doesnt work! Be warned!
Reviewed by janet jones-oneill from ireland on 31st May
awful awful awful....ready to throw it out the window.....screen constantly
black....if on silent no indicator u have received message and screen continually
locks itself, even mid typing a text (and im not that slow!!) so u have to unlock
it to carry on.....driving me nuts and im going up from 6300, so thot this wud
be fab....now buying another 6300 second hand to get rid of this....only cost
£70 from o2, but has to be the worst nokia ive ever had, and ive had a few!!
Reviewed by Jen from Scotland on 25th May 2012
This was the worst phone I ever had, don't buy it. I now have a samsung galaxy
ace which is so much better
Reviewed by val from zim on 18th May 2012
this is nonsense, hate the music player, slow internet and the fact that u always
have to slide on most apps
Reviewed by Prasi from India karnataka on 11th May 2012
Guys dnt buy dis mobile
Reviewed by Stuart from UK on 11th May 2012
Don't bother, this phone is rubbish. It's part keypad and part touch screen
which doesn't work very well at all, unless you lick your finger. buy an iPhone,
at least they work
Reviewed by Muujig from Mongolia on 8th May 2012
The phone is driving me mad too! Unable to adjust screen lit time is just so
darn stupid, trying to do something and the screen shuts off! and when u tap
on the screen it's dead, no response unless u open it by the sliding key on
the side or press on the disconnect button, stupid phone, response is slower
than dial up internet, prefer simple cheapest nokia phone
Reviewed by mer from uk on 7th May 2012
nokia c2-02 looks very beautiful but the quality is poor.
I bought one and excitely after 4 months the screen touch stop responding.
Reviewed by sharath from india on 26th Apr 2012
c2-02 is a waste model. touch, software every thing is complent.
and the service given by the nokia is waste than noyhing.
Reviewed by maura o connor from ireland on 19th Apr 2012
i am very disopointed with c2 o2 @ very disopointed with servise i am getting
from vodafone.my phone not responding to contact touch from day one.i have had
numerous contact with them obout this .with NOsatisfaction so far . Ican see
from other reviews a lot of simler complaints ??
Reviewed by Sarah K from Ireland on 14th Apr 2012
Got this phone YESTERDAY!!! It's already driving me mad the selection key on
the left is totally unresponsive and I end up somewhere I don't want to be when
it eventually does get it's act together. I got it with cherry points so didn't
really cost me anything but still it's frustrating. Other than that it's an
Reviewed by Khan from United Kingdom on 29th Mar 2012
Its a good phone it has facebook chat you can easily surf the internet and the
touch screen is not that bad.. m happy with it :)
Reviewed by Borut from Slovenia on 29th Mar 2012
This phone is quite good for this price, 90eur
Reviewed by Sushant magadum from Karnataka on 19th Mar
The touch screan is week
Reply by Apratim from India on 3rd Apr 2012
Reviewed by tina garrett from uk on 18th Mar 2012
Had the same problem with my c202 only had it a week and the the touch screen
froze, removed the battery and sim card all the usual tricks, but still no luck,
the phones going back on Tuesday hopefully phone number 2 will be ok
Reviewed by Smit from India on 18th Mar 2012
Its good phone to use.
Reviewed by william from USA on 15th Feb 2012
easy for kids, teens and elderly because of the slide out buttons
Reviewed by Katy Smith from England on 30th Jan 2012
I like the phone but am afraid the backlit screen drives me mad, it is only
on a second or two then goes off and there is nowhere to alter it
Reviewed by Cm Paudel from Nepal on 25th Jan 2012
I have got /gifted a Nokia C2-02, But its screen touch is not working a few
days. How to solution this problem.
Reply by Aben Zin from UK on 23rd Feb 2012
This may sound a bit primative but I've had the same problem and find that slapping
the screen seems to work! It is a temporary solution at best though, best get
in touch with your phone provider.
Reviewed by Jane Graham from England on 23rd Jan 2012
I love this phone. You can still do predictive text instead of taking an hour
to write one on a qwerty. Plus you have the best of both worlds as it is touch
screen for everything else.
Reviewed by N ula from Uk on 17th Jan 2012
This phone is AWFULL AVOID the touch screen is very unresponsive take several
attempts to open anything once it stops scrolling to the bottom of the screen
and once your in to an app it won't do anything took it back after a week !!!!
Reviewed by Chris S from UK on 17th Jan 2012
This phone is fine if you're after something which is a step up from a cheap-and-cheerful
phone - it has everything I want and the combination of type and touch is great
to my mind. It's neat, reasonably compact and I've had no problems with it at
all. I guess those who dislike it (below) are comparing it with much higher
grade phones. The camera is fine, the mp3 player has pretty good sound on it's
small speaker. Can't speak about the internet access as I'm rarely using that.
Reviewed by AndrewB from Scotland on 29th Dec 2011
Bought this phone for my Mum, Christmas 2011, £40 from phones4u as an O2 upgrade.
It is a brilliant wee phone and is great fun. The camera seems fine to me, the
touchscreen is a little slow in some functions but you get a vibrate so know
just to wait for the function to respond. For this money don't compare it to
a smartphone. It's a phone with a camera, mp3 player, radio, it looks sexy,
it works fine, it's compact,light, easy to use and cheap. If you want a poser-phone
get another £100-£200 out of your pocket. Not giving it 5 stars as only just
got it but 5 star so far in use.
Reviewed by Arabella Horton-Carnegie from Chatham on 22nd
I simply love this phone, everything just works, simple to set up, calls are
clear, good internet experience, looks prettier than some of the overly expensive
Reviewed by billy bob england from england on 5th Nov
this is the second c2 02 ive had whith the same typ of falt the first one whent
falty as soon as i got home the second 4 weeks later this is the worst nokie
ive had they want 2 sort them selfs out at nokie
Reviewed by Dean from Lisaland on 2nd Nov 2011
Nokia must be wanting to dig there own grave by coming out with such poorly
specified products like this, for the same money I just got a used 5800 nokia
in mint condition.
Reviewed by Tetters from Uk on 30th Oct 2011
Just about to take my 2nd c2-02 back in a week. Both have the same problem.
Within hours of using the screen occasionally flickers into black n white stripes
for a split second which I could probably live with but the touchscreen on the
left hand side fails to select the option even though u can feel it responding
through the handset. I'm guessing maybe there's a fault to have this happen
on both phones. Apart from that, very basic and a 2mp camera is just not good
as the pictures r quite grainy. Love the idea of a touch and slide though. Size
and weight r good too.
Reply by jenny from west midlands on 24th
ive had the same problem with my phone. i had the phone for christmas and my
screen flickers after a while. got on my nerves so ive had to take it bac so
they can repair it
Reviewed by Jellybean from UK on 27th Sep 2011
There are some basic things wrong here. For a start the lack of a navi key is
wierd, for a regular nokia user that is. Maybe it wouldn't work with the touch
n type thing but still. And when a call is coming in, there is no option to
'silence' the call. It is answer the call or dump it, no tactful way around
it. The touchscreen is slow to respond so you end up trying again and sometimes
selecting the wrong option because the screen took its time bringing up your
choice. Why the camera is only 2 mega pixel is another mystery. Still it's a
small phone, which is a blessing in these days of nouveau bricks which need
a handbag to cart them around in.