Nokia C3-01 Review
|| Review: May 2011
Last updated April 2012.
In a nutshell: The Nokia C3-01
Touch and Type is a slimline phone with an alphanumeric keypad
plus a small touchscreen. It's a modern twist on a classic design,
intended for someone who wants a simple phone with the ability
to access facebook and twitter via 3G HSPA or Wi-Fi. The C3-01
is pretty basic in other respects, but has a decent music player
with FM radio and headphone socket, plus a 5 megapixel camera.
But the touchscreen is unreliable, with a tendency to freeze
Features of the Nokia C3-01 include:
- 5 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom and LED flash
- VGA video camera with 4x digital zoom
- Display: 2.4 inch resistive touchscreen, 240 x 320 pixels, 262,000
- Music Player (mp3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA formats)
- FM radio with RDS support
- MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA ringtones / video ringtones / 64 voice
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email (POP3, IMAP4 and
SMTP protocols), Instant messaging, Nokia Xpress audio messaging
- Java™ MIDP 2.0 applications
- Games: Memorize, Puzzle It, Climate Mission
- Internet: Web browser, Adobe FlashLite support, Facebook, Twitter,
WAP, GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, micro-USB 2.0, 3.5
mm audio jack
- Memory: 30MB plus microSD card slot (up to 32GB supported)
- Vibration alert
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900), 3G HSDPA
- Size: 111 x 48 x 11 mm
- Weight: 100g
- Battery: 1050 mAh Li-Ion
- Talktime: 4 - 5.5 hours
- Battery standby: 405 - 440 hours
Nokia C3-01 User Reviews
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Average rating from 131 reviews:
Reviewed by Treve from UK on 3rd Apr 2013
Stay away from Nokia Touchscreen phones.
Touchscreen on my wife's C3-01 failed after 7 months and although supposedly
covered by 2 years warranty by CPW, they claim it is un repairable and
has been affected by moisture/condensation and is therefore not covered
by Nokia warranty. Their repair note actually said condensation can
be caused by a changing environment - It is a MOBILE phone, are they
for real! This phone has never been exposed to external moisture and
I am writing to CPW HQ and trading standards about this because CPW
(the retailer) are hiding behind the manufacturers warranty. Judging
by the many complaints on the Nokia and other Online forums this model
is not fit for purpose. Nokia are very quiet about it and all suppliers
just hide behind the moisture/condensation response.
Reviewed by John Read from UK on 6th Nov 2012
I have had this phone for a year. Its a compromise ( what phone isn't)
the worse aspect is the touch screen. Its hard to use. The buttons are
good, the camera is good, size & weight good. It depends what you want
I suppose...if only the touch screen was a bit more user friendly Nokia
would have a niche phone.
Reviewed by N Okia from uk on 23rd Oct 2012
Worst phone ever drops calls all the time if not away for repair for
frozen screen KEEP WELL CLEAR THEY COULD NOT GIVE ME ONE FOR FREE AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by l krotochwil from uk on 12th Oct 2012
I am on my 3rd replacement now each time my sceen has completely froze.
Warrenty is up now and I am not a happy owner of the Nokia c3-01
When it works it great but now this one is starting to freeze up too.
Reviewed by H from England on 10th Oct 2012
Had my phone 18mths. First phone with internet and was cheap. But as
they say 'you get what you pay for'. Just had another new touch screen
this week, been in for repair several times. Agree with most people
here that its an unreliable, rubish phone. I thought going for a simple
phone would be less trouble but far from it, one to avoid. Can't wait
to replace it with something not Nokia (always had Nokia but never again
Reviewed by Emily from UK on 21st Sep 2012
I've had this phone since April 2012. I've been into the Vodafone shop
6 times with various problems with it.
Buttons wouldn't type
Screen exploded, so they sent me a new one.
Handset repeatedly turned itself off and wouldn't start up again.
Sim card wouldn't connect with the phone.
Buttons wouldn't type again
Handset wouldn't turn on again
So they sent it away and just rang me to say they're sending me a new
phone and guess what they're sending me! Exactly the same phone! Brilliant.
Oh and they wanted to charge me for the replacement - you must be kidding
I would much rather keep the courtesy phone they gave me.
Reviewed by Edward from UK on 17th Sep 2012
What an awful phone! Terrible battery life,absolutely lousy reception
(hardly surprising as the antenna is at the bottom where you are certain
to cover it with your hand when holding the phone), clunky touch screen
that very easily misreads a "swipe" for a "select". I "upgraded" to
it from my 6303i Classic, but after a week of total frustration I have
gone back to my old phone. Don't be fooled by the looks, it's awful!
Reviewed by pete from england on 1st Sep 2012
Awful phone - very disappointed. Appalling touch screen response - scrolling
as opposed to selecting items is very difficult. Very poor signal pick-up
compared to my previous nokia x6. Will not send texts at times even
with network/signal showing. Very poor battery life. Stuck with this
phone for 24 months on Virgin contract, but contemplating actually buying
something else. Avoid!
Reply by Laura from UK on 8th Sep
I will never understand why people sign 24 month (TWO YEAR) contracts...I
mean, why would you?
Reviewed by Jason Browne from UK on 15th Aug 2012
I've had this phone for little other a week, so far liking the features
one of which is the camera button on the side, the only down side is
that when the sun is on the screen I cant see anything, really annoying
Reviewed by Kevin Sweeney from United Kingdom on
11th Jul 2012
I have had the Nokia C3-01on a 24 Month Contract(Orange) since February
2011. It has been back to Nokia (Via CPW) in October 2011 for a "Frozen"
Screen. I now find I have exactly the same Problem and both Orange &
Nokia have all but refused to do anything about it. This Model is in
my opinion absolute Manure and I advise People to stay well clear of
Reviewed by Les from Wales on 11th Jul 2012
I thought I was the only one to have problems. Phone use OK, Camera
good but MP3 player is a Joke! It decided to erase all Track 01s and
it is a nightmare to upload albums on it in the first place. I thought
it was me being dumb. Not so it's the bl@@dy phone.
Reviewed by dave from wales on 8th Jul 2012
had this phone for 7 months very poor signal in areas my old nokia worked
perfectly.Had lot of problems with touch screen freezing tried numerous
methods to rectify without success ended putting sim in old phone.Try
sim back in c3 after few days works for few weeks only for problem to
return had several phones over theyears cannot recommend this model
Reviewed by Kim from England on 4th Jul 2012
Had one of these phones on a 18 month contract 6wks ago. Have just had
a replacement delivered as I have no reception at all, even though the
phone company say I am in an excellent coverage area. Just put the SIM
card into the replacement and still no network coverage. Worst phone
I've ever had and usually I am happy with nokias. Stubborn touch screen.
Almost impossible to get the back off it. Difficult to just save a new
number on it. Some of the programmes are very long winded and it locks
itself whilst in the middle of using it. Hate it with a passion! Certainly
tests your patience. May resort to using my SIM in a very old handset
to save the stress!! Sorry Nokia but one very unhappy customer.
Reviewed by Bob from Isle of Man on 22nd Jun 2012
This is a horrible phone. The touchscreen on mine is unresponsive and
difficult to use. The size and resolution of the screen make it hopeless
for internet use even if the touchscreen would allow you to navigate
properly. The signal strength is way down on other phones, I get no
signal in places where other people are happily using their phones.
The keypad locks automatically if the phone is not used for a minute
and the automatic lock cannot be switched off or the timing altered
to avoid this. When a music file is loaded to the phone it insists on
listing and playing the tunes in alphabetic order rather than the proper
tracklist order. Avoid.
Reviewed by TONY from WALES on 6th Jun 2012
This phone does what it says on the tin. It is a part smart phone part
functional keyboard phone. Both my wife and myself have had these phones
for 8 months now on contract, no problems at all. But my battery now
only lasts 24 hours without charging, on very minimal use, instead of
the previous 6 days. Very disappointed at having to purchase new battery
after 8 months.
Reviewed by Sarahax from England on 1st Jun 2012
I think this phone doesn't really know what it is. It isn't a proper
smart phone because unless you've got pixie fingers the screen is simply
too small to use to navigate. And it's certainly too small for web browsing.
Yes it will pick up your email, but as someone else pointed out below,
when writing and email or message you have to continually switch between
predictive and non predictive text because the phone's dictionary doesn't
recognise simple words. The interface is horribly difficult and confusing
to use, not least because there is no instruction manual provided. I
am giving up trying to use it for anything other than calls and sitting
it out until the contract comes to an end in 6 months. Rubbish.
Reviewed by Jane from England on 25th May 2012
Absolutely love this phone. I was using my husband's Nokia 6700 but
I much prefer this. It is so simple to use and has the benefit of a
customised quick touch screen and keys for predictive texting. Also
I've found the camera to be of a good quality and the timeline for finding
photos is great. Don't use social network sites so can't comment on
that. If you like a more traditional phone then this is for you.
Reviewed by soma from sudan on 25th May 2012
avoid it .my phone not last more than year and now my touch screen not
work i spend half hour to unlock it.
Reviewed by Amanda from England on 23rd May 2012
I find it is a good phone except it overheats, the battery life is rubbish
and it is constantly ringing people even when nobody is touching it
as well as freezing all the time
Reviewed by V from UK on 23rd May 2012
Don't buy it. The touch screen freezes all the time. Given all the reviews
below clearly it's a fault with the product. Don't waste your time and
money on this product.
Reviewed by Viv from ukJus on 29th Apr 2012
Just got this phone and VERY disappointed. Cannot remove back without
a knife to insert baattery and the unlock button on touch screen will
not work. I'll have to take it back but do not want another of these.
Reviewed by BertieB from UK on 26th Apr 2012
Had this a year now, not had any problems but then again I dont use
the touch screen much because I dont use internet.
Thin and not too wide unobtrusive in any pocket.
A good phone for those with poorer eyesight as the buttons are big and
the nice clear screen shows LARGE dialled numbers.
I find it has a bad habit of coming unlocked in my pocket and connecting
to the internet costing me money as I swapped inclusive MB for more
The camera and flash are average but I cant get the video to record
more than 30 sec continuous.
I think the screen is too small for worthwhile internet use.
Reviewed by Carole from Uk on 25th Apr 2012
Best phone I've had beats my "orange San Fransisco hands down" don't
think I would even change for an "I Phone"
Reviewed by tom from scotland on 24th Apr 2012
just got a new one of these and it does not work - useless
Reviewed by Dixon Kainga from Malawi on 20th Apr
It's a nice phone & potable but I was let down with the freezing of
the screentouch within eight month of purchase and I can't repair it.
If malfunction vehicles are called back by manufacturers why can't you
do the same with this phone so that you can go back to your drawing
board and redesign the touchsreen. what a waste of money !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by jimmywhimmy from gt britain on 18th
As a phone it's OK as a camera it is excellant. although I have a problem
with downloading videos................... it doesn't has anyone had
this problem? I too occasionally have to remove the baterry to reset
the system when it crashes. Annoying !!!!!
Reviewed by fiona from uk on 18th Apr 2012
absolutely awful....do not buy... had this handset as part of a contract
with orange... for 12months... had 4 replacements as touchscreen keeps
freezing permenantly...2 months left to go on my contract and its happened
yet again.. orange are refusing to send me another handset cause I haven't
got insurance... not impressed, as its a common handset fault!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Zoe from UK on 16th Apr 2012
This phone is AWFUL!!! On my 5th one, am hoping Ornage will eventually
give me a different handset as the courier is becoming a regular event.
I have experienced all the problems written below on all 5 handsets,
very, very disapointed & will avoid Nokia from now on.
Reviewed by Tine Dello from Belgium on 11th Apr
Bought the first C3-01 Nokia and I had to sent it back within a week.
The first time I charged the phone it didn't start up anymore and I
returned it to the shop. I got a new one and 3 months later the same
story. I'm still waiting for the repair of that one. I payed 180 euro's
for the phone and I'm thinking to get one of 30 euro because the failure
of those aren't that frequent. I think it's a shame that people have
to pay to much for such piece of garbage.
Reviewed by janet from uk on 8th Apr 2012
I recently got this phone as part of my upgraded package with orange
and place the 1gb memory card from a previous nokia c5 in. when connected
to the laptop via usb only the phone memory shows, and shows as being
I have no apps/music/images stored on the phone/memory card and yet
the phone will show as full with only 30 text messages saved, and will
not accept any more than that until they are deleted despite showing
plenty of space when connected to the computer.... has anyone else had
similar problems with this phone.
Reviewed by Abeeku from Ghana on 6th Apr 2012
Last year I decided to get a smart phone and opted for the Nokia C3-01.
It worked fine and served my needs till about two month ago when I realized
the touch screen wasn't responding to touch. I also noticed that when
you touch a particular portion some other place responds to the touch.
It's been very frustrating and embarrassing using this phone. My advice?
Don't buy this phone unless you don't know what to do with your money!
Reviewed by Georgieworgy from UK on 3rd Apr 2012
This is the worst phone ever, just look at all the millions of bad reviews
of the same fault! Mine has stopped working this week at 9 months into
a 2 yr contract, TOUCHSCREEN FAIL!!! Same as everyone else and I have
no way of getting to my contacts list (saved to the phone!) GRRRRRRRRRRRRR
Never buying a Nokia ever again!
Reviewed by Anthony from UK on 1st Apr 2012
Am quite relieved to find that I'm not the only one to have experienced
frustrations with this phone, it's the worst I've ever had. After my
Nokia 6303 died I thought this would be a logical upgrade and improvement.
How wrong could I be? Battery life is terrible, it lasts less than 48
hours with occasional internet use, a few texts and a couple of short
phone calls and that's about it, time for a recharge then. Signal strength
is terrible, I get one bar of strength in my living room where it's
never been a problem with other phones. Luckily I'm sending it back
to Vodafone before I'm stuck with it for 2 years. It can then join all
the other rejects of this model. If someone can work out a way of making
money from recycling the rejects, they'd make a fortune, there must
be hundreds of them around!
Wish I'd held on to my 3310 from a few years back now, it may have been
basic but at least it did the job. I feel a visit to ebay is in order...
Reviewed by Tony from UK on 30th Mar 2012
DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE !!!
It's truly dreadful..I didnt want a smart phone but I also didn't want
The touch screen has failed and longer functions and despite resetting
back to Factory Defaults this has had no effect whatsoever.
I will echo many of the comments below to avoid this dreadful product.
Nokia should be totally ashamed of this phone and its no wonder they
lag so far behind their rivals.
They should recall all C3-01s and offer everyone their money back.
DO NOT TAKE OUT A CONTRACT with this phone as they will fob you off
saying they will repair it or give you the same C3-01 model again.....
AVOID AVOID AVOID !!!
Reviewed by Rancho Mirage from England on 16th
I was offered a free C3-01 by Orange...provided I went into an 18 month
After having the phone for 4 months, I can see why Orange give them
1. The touch screen scrolls too fast, so that you are constantly having
to move forwards, then back to get to the menu you want to access.
2. The Predictive texting is way, way behind the likes of Sony Ericsson,
as I have an older K800i which has much better predictive texting features
than this Nokia.
With Predictive texting ON, you can't even type "No" the software always
selects "On". When you want to type "Boiler" for example, this phone
always comes up with "Angles". So you are constantly having to go back
to the menu to turn Predictive texting ON, then OFF, then back On again!
The "Spell" feature is also pretty much useless. If you want to spell
out any new word that the software doesn't recognise, this model never
remembers that word, so you have to go through the same proceedure above...Turning
off Predictive texting to type in the word you want, then go back to
switch it back on again.
In the end, you wish you never used the texting feature - it's just
far much faster to phone instead!!!
Rating: Minus Five
Reply by Katie from UK on 27th Jun
Well I agree with you that the phone isn't such a good phone but when
you said about the prediction you are suppose too hold onto the '#'
Sign and then you can turn on the prediction on and off which is pretty
easy. I can type fast on this phone and it's reliable not to break c:
Also when you said about 'boiler' you're suppose to press the '*' button
and it gives you choices that you may or not have used, and if you haven't
all you do is quickly type in the word and it will originally save into
your dictionary, you might've known that but that's what I know about
this phone,Iv'e had it for almost over a year now. The screen doesn't
bother me that much, it's easy, and I like the effects the photo you
take which you can change the effects, rotation, crop, warp, frames,
clip art, text, brightness & contrast, and the auto enhancment. So yes
that's my view on this but I wouldn't give it a good grade but I still
think the phone's reliable, it doesn't crash for me but sometimes when
I press on a menu or something it takes a rather long time to go onto
it but that's not such a big deal to me because it's only on occasions.
My rating would probaly be 2, 1 for the modern look, for the touch and
type, creativity, and the other one is for the reliability for not breaking
since it's the typical Nokia's?:L Also I think such a HUGE problem for
me is about the Ovi Store is it just me ? I have no clue if it costs
or if it's free, also using internet connection by connecting to a server.
Last time it costed me over £6.00!
Reviewed by sande from Tanzania on 14th Mar 2012
Friends do not buy this nokia c3-01,its touch is worst,i used it for
only 6 month and touch is not working,
Reviewed by ali g from pakistan on 10th Mar 2012
very bad , made in china offffffo
Reply by ◑‿◑ lmao from
◑‿◑ lmao on 16th Mar 2012
ye many finks r made in china. like da iphone 4s me FINK man. AND DE
BEST STUFF LIKE MOSTLY ALL DE STUFF WE HAVE HER ME FINK MAN! (and this
fon int tht bad me fink man) no offece. anywy
Reviewed by jo from uk on 6th Mar 2012
I have had this phone for just over a year.
First impressions was that this phone is a great looking phone. I have
had a few nokias before, and have always thought of them as being long
lasting, and endurable. The camera is good, and it is easy to use....
well thats when you can get the touch screen to work! My touch screen
is completely broken and this seems to be a common problem. This is
worst mobile I have ever owned. I will stay well clear of touch screens
from now on.
Reviewed by Lee Hardy from UK on 5th Mar 2012
Always used Nokia & loved the bomb proof simplicity of my previous 2
being just phones.
I had the old phone for ages, but the screen was scratched & some keys
were starting to play up, so upgraded from pay as you go to contract
via orange, so now have the new Nokia C3-01. The phone is very slim,
small & light which is great, 5 mpx camera is no way 5mp, more like
1mp. Internet access is rubbish even with Opera Mini, screen technology
is not up to it & you need minute fingers to operate the extremely small
onscreen keyboard, also takes an age to load pages if it loads at all
Fine as a phone - forget the rest, it can be complicated to access certain
stuff that should be simple concerning messaging, favourites etc & info
is not very clear in the manual.
I will not have another C3 at the end of the contract, with that said
I won't have an iphone either - just a plain & simple phone would be
nice again - if there is still one available ?????
Reviewed by kjFulford from UK on 4th Mar 2012
I've always found Nokia phones have absolutely the best menus and function,
- you can always get exit back without getting stuck in a menu or jumpimg
to a place you would not expect. This phone is very good - it's simple
but actually has all the functionality I wanted. It's very stylish and
I like the metal solidity and the feel of the buttons. Allow yourself
the time to get used to the screen operation - it's not a capacitive
touch screen like an iphone. The screen works fine the email connectivity
is very good.
Reviewed by Bill from Scotland on 2nd Mar 2012
Do not purchase this handset. Three purchased June 2011 all three failed
within 4 months and have all been sent back for repair on numerous occasions.
If you have one do not use it outside if it is raining as moisture damages
the internals very easily. Worst handset I've ever come across.
Reviewed by Sue from uk on 21st Feb 2012
PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS PHONE. IT IS AWFULL.
THIS IS THE SECOND ONE I HAVE TRIED FROM O2 AND IT IS WORST.FOR SOME
REASON THERE ARE TIMES I CANT EVEN SEND A TEXT MSG!! AS I HAVE A MONTHLY
CONTRACT I WILL KEEP @ THEM,UNTILL THEY REPLACE ME WITH A DIFFERENT
Reviewed by caroline from england on 17th Feb
DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE!!! ALL THE REVIEWS I HAVE READ BELOW ABOUT THE
TOUCHSCREEN FAILING ARE ABSOLUTELY TRUE. I AM IN A 24MTH CONTRACT AND
HAVE NOT HAD THIS PHONE 12 MONTHS YET AND IT HAS JUST BEEN REPAIRED
FOR THE 2ND TIME!! BECAUSE THE SCREEN FREEZES AND YOU CAN DO NOTHING
NOT EVEN MAKE A PHONE CALL WHICH IS WHAT THE PHONE IS SUPPOSED TO DO.
THE MOST FRUSTRATING THING IS 02 WILL NOT REPLACE THIS PHONE UNTIL IT
HAS GONE WRONG 3 X !! WITH ALL THE BAD REVIEWS ON THIS PHONE I THINK
ITS TIME NOKIA TOOK NOTE AND RE-CALLED THIS PHONE AS THERE IS OBVIOUSLY
SOMETHING TERRIBLY WRONG WITH IT - AS CONSUMERS WE SHOULD HAVE A RIGHT
TO EXCHANGE THE PHONE FOR ONE THAT IS FIT FOR ITS PURPOSE - WHY SHOULD
WE BE INCONVENIENCED SO MANY TIMES - CANT WAIT FOR IT TO GO WRONG AGAIN!!!
SO I CAN GET A REPLACEMENT AS LONG AS ITS NOT THE SAME PHONE AGAIN!!!
Reviewed by andrez from UK on 16th Feb 2012
my friend had this and I used it but over the time I used it it got
boring but its good because it's touch aswell
Reviewed by Ru from UK on 16th Feb 2012
I've had this phone less than a week and already the screen has frozen
so to unlock it, i have to take the battery out. it's ridiculous. the
tones and sounds are extremely tinny and you can barely hear it when
it's in your handbag.
the cold steel and shape of the phone make it really uncomfortable to
hold. i've only ever had Nokia's but this is the worst phone i've had
from them. Don't waste your money on this. I'm going to have to buy
another brand now as this was the best of a bad bunch from them and
this phone is awful.
Reviewed by kane from england (peterborough) on
15th Feb 2012
i personally think that the phone is a fantastic piece of equipment.
The reasons for this are because i am a bit of a fan for photos and
videos and also facebook. the 5 megapixel camera show fantastic views
as if you are actually at the scene yourself this goes for the piture
and the camera taker. also facebook and going online... these things
are very fast and you dint have to worrie about waiting for hours in
end for things to load. No matter what you are veiwing this phone loads
it up extreamly fast. Hope that this helps to make you think about bying
this phone. :)
Reviewed by tony from uk on 15th Feb 2012
6 months into a 24 month contract with orange now and I have had my
c301 changed 3 times ,always the same touch screen problem ,these phones
are no good as mobiles ,just had mine replaced with x3 02 as thats all
they offered as a replacement,so stuck with this for 18 months not happy.
Reviewed by Mike from UK on 10th Feb 2012
Sent the phone back after 3 days. I think I could have grown to love
it if Nokia hadn't fitted it with a camera from a Christmas cracker!
Reviewed by soumya menon from singapore on 10th
This is the worst mobile I have ever used..I bought it on april 2011...now
within 9 months I repaired it 5 times...firstly they changed the full
touch screen..then 2 times the software changed..then again touch screen..and
this series is continuing..Please dont buy this set..Since I am in guarantee
period, I got it repaired freely..After that dont know how much I will
need to pay them...
Reviewed by fran from england on 9th Feb 2012
I have a Nokia C3 01 I have a lot of trouble sending picture messages
could it be the mobile, or the contract provider can anyone help. Otherwise
I like the phone it is easy to use.
Reviewed by soyaf from India on 6th Feb 2012
Please dont buy this. within 4 months the touch screen is not working.
To unlock the phone i have to remove the battery and restart. And now
for nearly 2 weeks the starting the camera displays a message "operation
failed". I have used many phones and this one is the worst one of all.
Even china phone performs better.
Reviewed by NORI from KOSOVO on 1st Feb 2012
hi, i got the Nokia C3-01, phone two month ago and everything was working
fine. recently every now and then the touchscreen decides to stop working.
(the keypad continues to work) i did the following:
- removed SD card (2gb) and used the phone without it to check if the
problem occurs again.
- soft reset of settings
- checked for software updates, no updates found (5.65)
- even without new updates i used nokia update manager to re-install
the current firmware
- changed sim card
none of the above helped. the other thing i noticed is that this issue
doesn't have a specific pattern. this 'disabling' of the touchscreen
- answering the phone while being locked. (i couldn't unlock afterwards)
- receiving messages while viewing inbox
- receiving message while calling
- after leaving the phone for a long period of time.
- right after using bluetooth transfer and more that i cant really remember
i dont know if we should assume that it's not some specific application
or style of use that causes this problem. could this be a hardware problem?
how could it be a hardware problem if at any other time the screen functions
perfectly. my gut feeling says that it's the touchscreen ''service''
(software) that fails.
Reviewed by no friends now from uk on 31st Jan
keep clear of this..... you would be better off with a tin can and some
string.... touch screen is useless, will do what it wants or nothing
Reviewed by Dana from Australia on 27th Jan 2012
I bought this phone after my Nokia N8 died on me. I bought it in July
and it crashed by November. Sent it to my Vodafone repaiir centre and
finally got it baack after nearly three months (i know, horrible service)
I just got it back today but my screen after at least 10 minutes isn't
responding again. I don't recommend this phone to anyone, ever. It's
useless at so many levels. It is always cutting out my calls, turning
off randomly or not responding. I regret paying $199 (australian dollar)
for this useless piece of junk!!!!! GRRRRRRRRRRR!
Reviewed by akmal from uk on 16th Jan 2012
i used this phone but i dont like the phone becas the tuch screen is
not good. i got my phone reped 2 times becas tuch screen was not working.
Reviewed by Mark from UK on 15th Jan 2012
I advised my wife not to get a Nokia or a touch screen from Nokia, as
they seem to have lagged well behind in the market. My wife only really
wanted a mobile that she could make and receive calls, send and receive
texts and take the odd picture. This was the phone that was recommended
by Orange that would accomplish all that she required of it. This mobile
struggles to do this satisfactorily. Now the touch screen is not working
and the phone is near on useless! I would steer clear until Nokia have
Reviewed by Sandra from U.K. on 15th Jan 2012
This is a rubbish phone. Phone started freezing initially and had to
be re-started. Key lock didnt work and phone would go onto internet
and dial people when in pocked. Phone then deteriorated, when I pressed
the green phone the camera would come on, key "def" stuck down, unable
to text but phone screen would fill with number 3's. Has gone away to
be repaired but I would rather never see this phone again!
Reviewed by Marion from UK on 10th Jan 2012
I am pretty happy with this mobile as I just need a basic phone BUT
when I charge it it gets absolutely red hot! I am worried this will
mean that it is also a problem when using. Does anyone else have this
Reply by shappies from uk on 20th
yes i have noticed the high temp when charging, although as soon it
says battery charged, it cools immediatly
Reviewed by Eric from Australia on 5th Jan 2012
I've been a Nokia user all my life. Bought it because it has larger
buttons, but soon discovered this is by far the WORST model of the lot.
It's power hungry and all the faults already mentioned in all previous
reviews. Went back to my old 2710 Navigation Edition. This is probably
the best of all the Nokias I've used, except it is badly let down by
the key-pad. It is not only tiny, but completely flat, and without the
'feel' you keep pressing the wrong button.
Reviewed by Malcolm from England on 4th Jan 2012
The C301 is not sutiable as a mobile phone I am returning my phone to
the Nokia shop 1 Speaker rubbish 2 Touch screen rubbish
Reviewed by Grace from United Kingdom on 4th Jan
The phone is good, I like it! I've had it for a year, and still have
10 months until an upgrade and I'm happy to wait for then. The facebook
and twitter capabilites are good and surfing the internet is also okay.
It does sometimes mix up messages in the inbox, but it does this rarely.
The homescreen where you can quickly access places is very useful. Overall,
i'm happy with this phone!
Reviewed by Jill Linzell from UK on 4th Jan 2012
Initially I was very pleased with my phone but after a few months it
developed a fault and could only use half the touchscreen and could
not get my messages or text. As I was on a contract Vodaphone sent me
another. Again I was happy with the new phone until again a few months
later the same software fault developed. I am sending it for repairs
(I doubt if it can be repaired!). Will have to wait about a week for
a new one. The incovenience is terrible! It also turns itself off. My
advice is save yourself a lot of trouble and don't buy it.
Reviewed by Vlad from USA on 27th Dec 2011
I bought it for my wife on her birthday. She is happy with this phone.
I tested it for several days and its working grate. I did not find any
problem with screen or keyboard or memory. I added 1GB card. I expected
camera to be better (it's better then Ipod Touch but worse then Blackberry
Bold for color temperature). It was difficult to find this phone. For
me it's very good decision. IPhone has better touch screen but I don't
like Iphone! I miss only option to copy and paste. That's it.
Reply by kane from england (peterborough)
on 15th Feb 2012
hey mate i totally agree with u all the way this phone is handy and
easy to use dya think tht if i took a photo and uploaded it to a website
itll be a better quility :)
Reply by whoeveruwantme2b from whoeveruwantme2b
on 21st Feb 2012
eeer u can copy & paste so.... try it mate.
Reviewed by Thierry from Mauritius on 26th Dec
While surfing on internet and receiving a message, I have to close the
page and lose all the data to view the message and re-connect to internet
again. I through it into a river and bought a Nokia c5-01 but no WIFI
available. It's quite rubbish that a C3 has WIFI and C5 doesn't.. I
made up my mind and swap to Sony Ericsson
Reviewed by KG from UK on 24th Dec 2011
I've only come on here because this phone is so bad. It is by far the
worst phone I have ever owned. It freezes, changes setting of it's own
accord, sometimes the buttons don't respond. In general it is a rubbish
Reviewed by sukhi from india on 23rd Dec 2011
Reviewed by Kevin from UK on 23rd Dec 2011
Hmmm plenty of people have had problems with this phone, I have had
it for just over 7 weeks, I had some problems learning to interact with
the screen. To used to iPod screen, but once I realised it was not touch
sensitive but pressure sensitive, got on well with it, scrolling nearly
drove me crazy until I remembered to hold my finger on the screen and
not let go until I had scrolled. I love the size and feel. Got a great
deal from phones4U, But a colleague has had their screen die twice each
within 3 months, so clearly there is a screen fault for Nokia to deal
with. Battery life is great on mine, lasts many days with for me normal
use, mostly texts, with a couple of phone calls a day (daily calls mainly
on work phone). Its a good phone and nice design, but I am waiting with
bated breath to see if I get past the 3 months saga. I love the phone
and want it to work well, we will have to wait and see.
Reviewed by Alex from England on 20th Dec 2011
It is rubbish! It freezes and the memory holds absolutely nothing, it
then muddles up my convocations and turns itself off.
Reviewed by Javier from United Kingdom on 15th
Rubbish phone, really bad.No wonder Nokia are behind other brands. The
touchscreen is not working, I try to swap my connection from bluetooth
to cable in my computer so I can download updates and it doesn't let
me. I tried to open the OVI shop app and it didn't let me. Again: rubbish
a a great scale.
Reviewed by Paul Hale from England on 4th Dec
Have had this for a few weeks from Virgin. Not happy. Can't get Maps
to work - seems to want to connect to a Bluetooth or something. Can't
get internet to work properly. Tap on something and either 'Memory Full'
comes up or wont display. Meaningless arrow in corner. Feel I have wasted
my money getting web package. Screen hyper sensitive so constantly having
to select back. Are all smart phones like this...
Reviewed by jaz from uk on 3rd Dec 2011
i've had this phone since jan 2011 and it is useless!!! it freezes all
the time!!! then it restarts itself!! the only think good about it is
the stainless steel back!! its the worst phone ever!!!!
Reviewed by Alan from England on 3rd Dec 2011
Don't like it , touch screen jumps. alters my settings in my pocket,
wish i still had my 6303 but Orange stopped doing them , change my supplier
next time. Nice loud ring though, battery needs charging every night.
Reviewed by John from Serbia on 3rd Dec 2011
This phone is great
Reviewed by adam from uk on 2nd Dec 2011
had the phone for 3 months got on with it great does every thing i need
it to do well did till the touch screen just gave up on me well bk to
phones 4 u i think
Reviewed by Saad from Pakistan/Qatar on 27th Nov
The Screen Keeps Freezing and only resolves when u restart it. Its Annoying
to Hell! My advice, Please Don't Buy it! It has many features, all work
nice. But what is the use of a phone, If you can't call or text in emergency?
Especially if u r some one who needs to sms a lot. This phone will simply
drive u mad!
Reviewed by Caroline from UK on 25th Nov 2011
just got the C3-01 and struggling to get on with it. Basic yet difficult
to use. Personally I don't do Facebook & Twitter. There doesn't seem
to be an "inbox" in messages & my hundreds of messages on the SIM card
from my old phone seem to have disappeared... & I can't work out how
to set voicemail up - maybe I am just thick but this is a YOUNG PERSON'S
phone & if it has no inbox it is useless to me. I keep my texts!! Lots
of info not transferred across from my old phone, but all my contacts
are appearing twice.. touchscreen is either over-sensitive or sticks.
This is a nightmare phone, hate it, going back to my old one.
Reviewed by Vanessa Harmer from UK on 25th Nov
Hi I had the same problem with my phone, it kept freezing, couldnt unlock
etc.. However I rang Nokia who were incredibly helpful, arranged collection
by courier and within days had a new handset delivered. Yes it's a problem
(I need my phone for medical reasons) but not everything/everyone is
perfect - and Nokia do at least respond and do their best to resolve
issues! Thank you to Nokia for their customer service and their very
prompt action in resolving this for me.
Reply by michael from ireland on 27th
hi whats the number for nokia servive thanks
Reply by Georgieworgy from uk on 3rd
I think Vanessa might be a 'plant' from Nokia....notice she hasn't replied
with the very useful, helpful people at Nokia's phone number. Also,
why give the phone a 4 star rating if it broke?
Reviewed by Tom from United Kindom on 23rd Nov
This Gets warm very quieckly but i just brought it a few days i think
its not bad Lately it hasnt given anyprobles
Reviewed by Sheri from UK on 23rd Nov 2011
I have had to go back to using my old phone as got this phone in Feb
and keeps freezing or not responding to touch screen some times the
light stays on when not using it and have to switch it on an off to
work again. Was only happening once in a while but now all the time.
Very frustrating when you need it in an emergency and can not text or
call. Will be taking it into the shop at the weekend. I also found the
signal was not as strong as my old phone and it constantly unlocks very
easily in my bag or pocket and calls people.
Reviewed by Alan from uk on 23rd Nov 2011
When it works - it's a very good basic phone for those people who don't
want a lot of "smart" features, like me. However, the touchscreen is
unreliable and often refuses to respond at all. Many other people have
commented on here about this and you'll find plenty more with a quick
Google search. I will see if a Nokia return and repair fixes it - but
otherwise it's heading for the bin. My recommendation is not to buy
it under any circumstances - it's not worth the risk.
Reviewed by lucy from uk on 21st Nov 2011
owned this phone for a year. been the worst phone ive ever had. keeps
freezing cutting out and turing off had it repaired and still does the
same. useless phone!!!
Reviewed by TONY from WALES on 17th Nov 2011
A very accurate and sensible write up from Chris. It does what it promises
very well indeed, if you want anything more, then pay the extra price.
The pluses include a battery that lasts a full week with a fair amount
of usage. I think that this phone is an excellent compromise between
having keys and a touch screen. No complaints here.
Reviewed by Chris from Great Britain on 16th Nov
A very mixed bag of reviews but if your looking for a stylish compact
easy to use phone for texting phoning and taking reasonable pictures
and are not so bothered about the internet and facebook then its worth
a look. Some of the reviewers have obviously not followed the instruction
book provided and charged it properly to start with. Others have complained
that you have to delete text messages one at a time which is not true
as you can delete them by folder if you wish. This is my 4th Nokia phone
and if like me you like the simplicity of earlier nokia phones and their
funtionality then try it in the shop before deciding. Build quality
is good and the screen is a reasonable size whilist texting is a doddle.
The keys are nice and solid and yes the touch screen does take some
getting used to but once mastered its a good compromise for touch screen
phobics like me!
Reviewed by jana from india on 15th Nov 2011
good phone but it hangs regularly & restarts.got os reloaded but the
Reviewed by Conrad Davies from Wales on 12th Nov
This phone has kept me very fit , 3 visits to the vodafone store in
the last 5 weeks !I could not unlock the phone ,then the vodafone guy
went to the back of the store for 5 min came back and said it was working
fine . ( my arse ). Two days later the thing locked again .I work away
all week ,today is a saturday and im off to the vodafone store again
.Avoid at all costs !
Reviewed by Caron sykes from Uk on 7th Nov 2011
This is the worst phone I have ever had...always had nokia but never
again ....the screen freezes and it cuts out when you are talking to
someone... Have had it repaired once only for the same problems to occur...so
once again off it goes for repair....avoid these phones at all costs
Reviewed by fss from Ireland, Kinsale on 7th Nov
modern phone, no camera focus, poor reception in marginal areas. I live
in marginal area and normally no reception (same as my C5). Last phone
was Nokia E51 with good reception but it has expired.
Reviewed by tony lambert from uk on 2nd Nov 2011
I have had the pone for 3 months and the display has horizontal and
vertical lines making the screen unreadable. There were a few lines
at first and it got worse as the days went by. It is a contract pone
and virgin say it is not repairable and i will have to get another pone.
I am not happy about this as I have done nothing for this fault to occur.
Reviewed by Graham from UK on 1st Nov 2011
This is definitely the worst phone I have ever owned. I upgraded to
it as I have always had Nokia's and have been used to their ease of
use, reliability and easy navigation of functions. Not so with this
one, as it tries to be a cross between a traditional phone and a smart
phone with a touch screen. The screen is too small and not very sensitive
and you will very easily end up selecting a function you did not mean
to. The 3G data connectivity is also extremely slow so internet use
is limited. I have had to wait since January to get out of my contract
and have now moved away from Nokia as they have been left behind the
rest of the market. On the plus side, the silver stainless steel effect
looks nice, and the C3-01 will now come in useful as a decorative door
Reviewed by Kairat from Kyrgyzstan on 29th Oct
Hi everybody. I have used this phone about 2 weeks,and it seems like
nonfinished smart phone. where is copy function on messaging? Also really
hard to touch small objects,for example in opera mini. But i like solid
look, stainless steel, and camera
Reviewed by Ijaware seun from Nigeria on 22nd
My phone is not sensitive to touch any more.i bought the phone in feb.i'm
not happy with this issue.i'm left with no phone.
Reviewed by Natalie from Canada on 19th Oct 2011
For Sale: One slightly used Nokia C3-01 that works some of the time.
Unreliable at the best of times, useless in an emergency and consistent
only in the unwanted pocket dial or internet connection. This is the
worst phone ever. I have owned the phone for 5 months and in this time
I have had it sent away to be repaired twice for the same problem: the
touchscreen freezes and renders the phone useless for messaging, contacts,
dialing and even basic powering down. Very frustrating as the only solution,
a factory reset, requires touchscreen acceptance! How inane could a
product be? This is the first and last Nokia product I will ever own.
Reviewed by deepak negi from india on 18th Oct
i think nokia c3-01 is a best phone .its all features are really good
and comfortable. but one thing is wrong in this phone the touch problem
which is manufacturing fault and nokia did not gave any solution.even
u go to nokia care they also known that its a manufacturing fault even
then they behave very rudely and says its your fault your phne is croadet
or moisture in ur phone. i just want to say if nokia can not provide
good support please stop your products.
Reviewed by paul from uk on 14th Oct 2011
always been a nokia fan, must admit i didnt like it at 1st but now love
it, easy to use good all round phone
Reviewed by Chris from England on 12th Oct 2011
I have had the Nokia c3 01 Now for 24hours and feel I need to write
about it. Yes looking at the Nokia c3-01. I have to give it a 8/10 slim
line really nice on the eye. I am on network T-Mobile and have had the
HTC wildfire s and having to send it back as touch screen was bad. T-
Mobile replace it with this Nokia C3-01. Am I happy? Yes I think I am
happy very nice to use tho have already have internet cut out on me.
when send email but seams to be okay now. Apps well not great as I did
have a smartphone so use to great apps. However the App I can get work
very well. Ovi chat please please don't use very slow I can send a message
and it can take an hour to reach the person I send it to. Very Slow.
with Ovi chat maybe be power by Yahoo but don't rate this app 2/10.
Easy to set up and works well. Facebook and Twitter was easy to set
up and good to use tho finishing and screen pic can be disappointing.
The Facebook and Twitter apps I rate 6/10. As of yet I cannot set a
homepage soi have to type in the google address everytime So adds a
few mins to the task. Internet 5/10. Am I happy with this phone, Yes
I am happy just have to get use to it taken longer then if I had a HTC
or any other smartphone. I do not miss not having a smart phone but
do wish Nokia had came up with something better. Nokia are behind when
coming up with Smartphones. I hope this phone works better then my HTC.
My HTC freezes hoping my Nokia c3-01 will not I will get on well with
this phone I think over all I give it 7/10.
Reviewed by Jessica Foley from United Kingdom on
12th Oct 2011
I wanted a touch and type phone. Well i wish i hadn't got one. I hate
this one (Nokia C3 -01). After about six months of use the screen spends
most of its time frozen. I try to get into the menu and it takes me
into messaging. I go to calender and try to access today's date and
it takes me to another date in completely different month. I often have
to take the stylus that comes with my DS and bang it on the screen about
20 times to make it move anywhere. I hate it with a passion. I wish
i had my o9ld Nokia 6300 back, i loved that phone.
Reviewed by Colin from England on 11th Oct 2011
I have been looking for the right phone for so long now that I was starting
to think I could not upgrade from my trusty 6233. In the last year I
have tried a Blackberry Curve, iPhone 3 3g and a HTC desire Z. While
all of these high end handsets are feature rich only the blackberry
could make it through the day without recharging but the blackberry
needed a data contract in order to use the WiFi.One of my most important
features is the ability to record calls and none of these handsets could
do this which puts me back to Nokia or SE. I muss the D pad directional
button for it's shortcuts and fast navigation. On D pad models I just
tap down to get to the voice recorder. On the C3-01 its options > more
> Recorder. I think the C3-01 is about the right balance as battery
technology obviosly isn't ready to run phone with real power for a full
day. I can use all the features on the phone and it's ready for a charge
when I'm ready for bed. The resistive touchscreen can be clumsy but
in my experience it's like this with all touch screens. The keypad is
spot on I can rattle out text's so fast on this phone and the font size
is great. The WiFi is fine and I have managed to set up voip internet
calling after a visit to nokvoip. The phone is only 11mm thick and build
quality is great. If only the C5-00.2 had WiFi all my prayers would
be answered. Nokia have all the ingredients to produce a real winner
again but unfortunatly the ingredients are spread across a couple of
different phones. The C3-01 is probably the best phone out there for
me right now. It's a marvel of technology to have all these features
in such a slim phone. Just add a D pad, GPS and true emailpush wihout
being in the mail app.
Reviewed by Natasha from England on 8th Oct 2011
It was lovely when I first brought it home, had no complaints. Battery
is great asI followed instructions, it's durable and looks great. Altohugh
not to happy with it getting hot whilst I;m on the internet, Screen
frezzes when I'm trying to text or look through my phonebook, If I try
to end a call it doesn't respond sometimes and memory is a little small
considering size of Megapixals on camera and WIFI capability. Overall
if you want a basic phone that is cheap and with WiFi then this is the
phone to get. I think I use my phone to much for something like this
so need to upgrade.
Reviewed by Lynn from England on 8th Oct 2011
Wanted this phone due to the size of the keyboard..what's annoying about
this phone I'll be talking and then it cuts out very annoying people
getting fed up all saying what's wrong with your phone..only had this
for 2 months and have a 2 year contract
Reviewed by LL from England on 4th Oct 2011
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TERRIBLE PHONE! Main problem is it overheats when you use the internet
for a while or play a game and then it shuts down. I've already had
a replacement and the 2nd phone has the same problem. Also, the buttons
require a lot of pressure when texting which is a pain. If I could have
made my choice again I would have gone for a HTC Wildfire for the same
money - oh, and I don't work for HTC if that's what you're thinking!
I'm just a regular punter.
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