Nokia C3 review
|Review: October 2010|
Last updated September 2012
In a nutshell: The Nokia C3 is a cut-price BlackBerry lookalike, and that's no bad thing!
Today's best buy: Nokia C3-00 (Hot Pink) sim-f ... from Amazon (£165)
The Nokia C3 is a budget BlackBerry lookalike. What a good idea! A BlackBerry Curve for the price of a budget Pay as you Go phone! And in lots of ways the C3 delivers on its promise. It's certainly a smart looking phone. Plasticky, yes, but what did you expect at this price? The keyboard works well and the phone feels good in the hand.
The TFT display has been built to a budget, but it's no worse than the screen on the BlackBerry 8520. It has the same size and resolution (2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels). The camera's about as basic as you can get these days, so don't expect much from that. The phone does have an MP3 player, of course, and an FM radio, but pretty much every phone does these days. Don't look for GPS or 3G, because you won't find any high-end features on the C3. But it does have Bluetooth and USB, and it's also Wi-Fi enabled and has a 3.5mm audio jack too. The Wi-Fi could be handy for accessing the internet on your phone, although don't count on it because some users are experiencing problems getting a Wi-Fi connection with the phone. The C3 has Facebook and Twitter apps that can be accessed from your home screen, but don't expect to do a lot of web browsing on such a small screen.
Battery life is truly excellent, with a very meaty 1320 mAh battery, and not too much work for it to do. Compared to high-end smartphones the C3 is like the Duracell Bunny! It's not so hot when it comes to memory though, with only 55MB onboard and no memory card included in the sales package. You'll need to spend a little extra to add a microSD card.
The C3 is very much a phone built to a budget. It's key selling point is the QWERTY keyboard and the fact that it looks like a BlackBerry. It does email well, has great battery life and has Wi-Fi, although that doesn't always work. It's a Symbian phone and that can lead to freezing and crashing at times. The C3 is one of the cheapest BlackBerry-lookalikes, but you should also consider the BlackBerry Curve 9360, Orange Rio 2 and Samsung Chat.
Nokia C3 features include:
- 2 megapixel camera with 2x digital zoom
- QCIF video camera with 4x digital zoom
- Display: TFT, 262,000 colours, 240 x 320 pixels (2.4 inches)
- Music Player (mp3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA formats)
- FM radio with RDS support
- MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA ringtones / video ringtones
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email (POP3, IMAP4 and SMTP protocols), Instant messaging, Nokia Xpress audio messaging
- Java™ MIDP 2.0 applications
- Games: Bounce, Sudoku, Block'd, Diamond Rush
- Internet: Web browser, Opera Mini browser, Facebook, Twitter, WAP, GPRS, EDGE
- Connectivity: WLAN 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
- Memory: 55 MB plus microSD card slot (up to 8 GB supported)
- Vibration alert
- Quadband (850/900/1800/1900)
- Size: 116 x 58 x 13.6 mm
- Weight: 114g
- Battery: 1320 mAh Li-Ion
- Talktime: 7 hours
- Battery standby: 800 hours
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Screen get hot and battery low easily?
Asked by samuel
on 29th Nov 2016
The usually get hot and the battery don't last long.
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Average rating from 111 reviews:
Reviewed by Gloria
on 14th Oct 2015
I have had this phone for years and use it as a Pay as you go. I bought is as an unlocked so I can put any sim card in. My brother has this phone too.(he needs easy!). It is very user friendly. The keyboard is so easy to use and I love how the letters/numbers will never wear off. The battery lasts forever (so it seems). I only use it when necessary.. Not good for surfing. If you just want a great phone for very basic use, this is the one for you. If you want "fancy"/surfing/etc... go to a newer, more expensive, type phone with a touch screen. Mind you, it does do a lot more, you just have to research it and find out. (ex. emailing, taking pictures, music, etc.)For what I use it for, it suits my purpose.
Reviewed by Melvix MacArtz
from Papua New Guinea
on 9th Mar 2015
My nokia c3 is best but just last year ending or the begining of this year, Opera Mini didn't work. And I use the Nokia Express, then it is replaced by Opera Mini version 24.5.1 but it always fail to connect.. What's the next best browser that will suit the Nokia C300..? My internet data always wasted..
Reviewed by Isabel turner
on 27th Jan 2014
I received this phone a while back which sickened me as I told T Mobile I wanted a phone WITHOUT TOUCH SCREEN. What did they send for my contract phone a touch screen. I thought I would try it which I couldn't with my SIM card in as the back just wouldn't go on properly. To me this is a cheap chatty phone that I am paying for and not using. I don't even know where to send if back. I am still using my Nokia phone which is about 3yr old. To me the nokia c3 is very flimsy and it wouldn't survive as mine has after being dropped down the toile. All I want is to be able to send the bloomin thing back. I am sorry but no rating for this one and only time I have had a problem
Reviewed by khanya
from south africa
on 25th Jan 2014
i lyk this phone coz am using it bt am worried bcoz othr applications do not work in this phone bt its cool
Reviewed by Matt
on 18th Jan 2014
Reviewed by Ella Simms from UK on 10th Jun 2012
The Nokia C3-00 is a good phone for the first few months of having it:
-battery life (lasts 3 days after being fully charged)
-easy typing with qwerty keypad
Although after a while it starts to freeze and becomes a bit slow. The screen scratches easily, although,admittedly i did drop it twice. Overall quite a good phone for careful,paitent people (older children or adults).
Reviewed by jack grant from england on 28th May
The nokia c 300 is not as good as I expected it to be it is not grabble because I have dropped it a few times and it has now got scratches all over it, I had a package that gave me a 500 mg of internet and 300 free text messages for £10 and within a couple of day the internet had disappeared but I still have 500 mg of internet still unused.
Reviewed by higaffy from nigeria on 14th Apr 2012
nokia c3 is a goog phone at least a celebrity is using it.
Reviewed by Dave Griffiths from England on 17th
This is an okay phone for texting and making calls. Internet is slow and email even slower.I have had mine for around 18 months and found it fairly reliable only crashing a couple of times. I am ready for a new phone and will look for improved internet and email capability.
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
18th Mar 2012
Perhaps the new Nokia Asha 302?
Reviewed by whoeveruwantme2b from whoeveruwantme2b on
22nd Feb 2012
nowt like bb its so rubbish slow and no gud on into so its an OK for me coz of tht reason!
Reviewed by aimz from UK on 19th Feb 2012
i got this phone for xmas 2010. its a good phone, but the screen is so easily scratched, its like a cat's got hold of it. The silver control button in the middle, doesn't stay silver for very long. After about 2 weeks, it had peeled off and was black. The battery life is amazing on this phone though, i can last a full week in school which is good, because you don't have to keep charging it. The games are rubbish. On my c3, i cannot access the ovi store, so i cannot download more games. Another thing is that it's very complicated to set up the email app. The camera i find, is rubbish. When you press the button to take the photo, it takes forever to load, so when you think you've taken the photo, it comes out all blurred because it was still processing. I suppose the only good thing about this phone, is that it's cheap. If you were to buy a blackberry, it would cost at least £100 more than thins phone, a blackberry look-alike. Another point is that the keys on the QWERTY keyboard are incredibly small, and very hard to write a text without a mistake. As well as all this, i cannot recieve or send MMS messages, which i find incredibly annoying, as my friends are always sending them :( I wouldn't recommend this phone to a friend because i find it a very poor phone, like most nokia phones.
Reviewed by ally from Uk on 16th Feb 2012
Reviewed by Allie from UK on 3rd Feb 2012
I bought this phone as it was similar to a blackberry, and have now had it for a year and a bit. Generally it is a good phone, it takes a while to get used to the qwerty keyboard as the buttons are smaller than normal, but that's nothing really.
The camera on it however is awful. When you go to take a picture on it it goes yellow, then when you do take the picture is slightly green:/ also it takes a while for it take the photo... but it is only 2 meagpixels.
The email and internet are slow if you aren't in a wifi area, if you are then its quite fast.
Lastly the screen gets scratched really easily. If you get this phone buy a protector. Before I bought the phone i read all the comments and saw that it scratched easily. I thought, ah they must be lying, BUT THEY WEREN'T! take my advice and buy a protector.
The games are quite good, and you can cancel sending texts which i found helpful. This is quite a good little phone but take precautions:) 4/5 stars:)
Reviewed by Kuleino Faruk from Nigeria on 2nd
C-3 phone is a wonderful machine; i enjoyed using this piece from Nokia,what an excellent product from the company.
Reviewed by Magda from England on 28th Jan 2012
This Nokia is terribly disappointing. I had 3 Nokias before - latest 6300 which lasted about 5 years without fault, has been dropped in water 3x and uncountable times on the floor and still worked. Thats why I chosen Nokia again, but the C3 is not comparable. Only had it for 4 months and the screen is already scratched a lot, the back lid comes off easily. The buttons are too sensitive so when you press it against your shoulder and head, phone always goes to mute or ends call. Internet is a waste of time on this model. grainy and small screen, doesn't work half of the time or it is so slow there is no point in using on the go. Buttons for texting not great, too narrow. I would strongly advice not to buy this phone!!!
Reviewed by Rose from England on 15th Jan 2012
I have had this phone for almost a year, and yes it is overall quite good. But, in the last 4 or 5 months it freezes and crashes a lot, and generally the interface is very dates, considering what else is out there. The Symbian OS is quite poor, and the "Communities" app is also not very good, with the web versions of facebook and twitter better. Also, the Opera Mini browser is pretty good but I had to update mine and now getting to the internet requires going through apps then extras then collection - its very long winded. The camera is awful (but what do you expect from 2MP) but having said that the music player and FM radio are impressive, although the headphones supplied are awful but this can be helped with messing around with the equalizer. The only saving grace is the messaging system, the QWERTY keyboard is brilliant and it comes with its own 'Symbols' button for smileys etc, as well as working like a real computer keyboard i.e ctrl+c copies and ctrl+v pastes. Everything started out great to begin with, but since has declined quite a lot. Overall, its a fairly good phone for basic functions and if you don't want a big fancy break-the-bank smartphone that sings and dances.
Reviewed by Miss B from Scotland on 6th Jan 2012
This is a great phone i currently own it and it comes with fun games,wifi, apps, a good camera, calendar ect.It is very easy to type fast due to the keyboard and my texts are growing gradually longer. All in all it is a good phone that does everything you need and that little bit more.
Reviewed by johann brits from south africa on
2nd Jan 2012
wht does the key board change colour? when it is enlightened I cannot read it without glasses.when it is black it is fine,but the moment you start it changes to a slivery colour which is unreadible
Reviewed by Marie-leigh from England on 1st Jan
I have had my nokia C3 for about a year now and i have had no problems at all with it. Its the best phone ive ever had and great for people like me whos constanly on the internet and can have links to get to a website. It dosent take long to get used to and its battery lasts for around 5-7 days. The only problem i would say with it would be that its very big and cant fit in many of my trouser pockets, but over all its a very good phone and i do advice people to get one.
Reviewed by Arun Pandian Thevar from India on
28th Dec 2011
Reviewed by Mc javier from Philippines on 18th
This is the best phone eve!...but the camera is poor
Reviewed by Vitória Da Silveira from Brazil on
7th Dec 2011
This is probably the best phone I've ever had. Before buying it I read a couple of reviews and lots of people said it easily crashes and freezes, and that WiFi does not work properly. I've had it since february, and it has *yet* never freezed or turned off spontaneously. The camera is not that bad, pictures have a good quality, but the lack of autofocus or flash makes it complicated to get good macro pics or night shots. I can't complain about pictures taken during daytime or on lighted places — quality is pretty good and you never get them blurry or anything. On the other hand, the videocamera sucks big time! Video quality is VERY poor and sound is worse. You've got to shout while filming in the beginning for the mic to detect any eventual sound. The headphone set and the music player are probably the best feature in this phone. The battery is very strong, too, and even listening to music one hour per day (as I do on the bus) battery life is about 2 days. The whole interface is user friendly, and it's easy to get accustomed to the phone in the moment you get it. WiFi works perfectly, sometimes it disconnects from the net but you just go and reconnect and BOOM problem solved. The screen lowest backlight is still shiny enough for me to be uncomfortable while looking at it, but nothing I can complain. I've had a Motorola and Sony Ericsson before this one (can't remember the names right now) and I'm never been Nokia's #1 fan, but I reccomend this cellphone to anyone. Really, if you're considering buying this, go get it. It's wonderful.
Reviewed by Ajay Gupta from India on 6th Dec 2011
Nokia C3-00 is very nice and superb mobile, u can use it very easy, its functions and features are very good, internet speed is too good...
Reviewed by bobby from india on 3rd Dec 2011
welldone nokia this mobile is very good
Reviewed by veronica from uk on 30th Nov 2011
Phone seems OK. However, in the first 2 weeks I found it had connected to the internet 600 times without my knowing to update its stupid software. This used up all my credit in one go. Nokia gave me the settings to fix this and it carried on and gobbled up another month's credit in one go updating its software. Its costing me about £10 per call. My mobile provider has cut off the internet for me and i'm just going to use it for calls - a pretty 'smart' phone huh! Nokia offered to let me send it back to the factory indefinately for 'repair' which doesn't seem like very good customer service for something you've only had for a month.
Reviewed by Laura from Northern Ireland on 28th
I love this phone had it a year now and still no problems :) I like how I can change themes and download from the ovi store most theme that are free are decent and look good. I would defo recommend this phone!
Reviewed by kamil kemal guller from u.k. on 27th
l am using this model for 2nd phone night time keyboard is good but day time background lighs is on so you can not see the letters and numbers and you can not switch off the back ground lights. if you text or send msjs dificulty in a day light.
Reviewed by Becks from Birmingham on 26th Nov
Had this phone since last christmas. Really nice looking phone, easy to use + great price. However recently has had many problems: repeatedly clears all of my photos, freezes/crashes, screen picture turns upside down, speaker isn't working for phone calls (loudspeaker is working, weird!), confuses text conversations (been doing that for a while) and so on. However the majority of these problems have been more recently, so maybe not a good phone if you're planning to keep it for years, but i tend to change regularly anyway. Other than the problems it is a really nice phone and very good - whilst it lasts. Planning on getting the samsung ch@t s335 next which could be a better alternative.
Reviewed by laura from oxfordshire on 24th Nov
i liked the nokia at first then all of a sudden it had deleted all my pictures and music and now the screens completly messed up and gone half white and half like multi coloured :L someone help!!!!
Reviewed by Shell H from HAMPSHIRE on 24th Nov
love the phone.. but i have had 2 set backs with it... 1.... when i save texts.. it confused the conversations.. so my sisters was in with the boyfriends..... 2.... it goes blank... and then ur saves test messages... are there but no names... so u have the number but it says " no name" where the name should be..... apart from that.. a good easy phone..
Reviewed by sarah silas from nigeria on 22nd Nov
my c3 is 1yr old. its a good companion.
Reviewed by Anna from UK on 21st Nov 2011
I have had this phone for around i year now i got it at last Christmas. I have loved this phone !So much that i was considering getting it again but looking after it more :/ I dropped it so many times the bottom of my pink casing came of :S But the phone still works!Its great :D.
Reviewed by Mark from Uk on 16th Nov 2011
I actually downgraded from a Sony xperia mini pro to this model. I was so fed up with convoluted methods of simply answering phonecalls, charging everyday, or waiting for the phone to finish lagging – I opted for something simple instead. I'm glad I picked the C3. The build quality is a little cheap and the technology feels dated but it performs well. I much prefer the keypad to touch screen, which is easy to use and well spaced. Although I don't use the net much on portable devices I've been quite impressed at how quickly it can navigate sites. Compression / quality of videos for it is pretty bad, regardless of software used, they’re barely watchable. However I get the impression the phone wasn’t really designed with movies in mind. The camera is also pretty awful in low light, with no flash or autofocus. However the Mp3 player easily rivals any market leaders out there in terms of sound quality, from Apple to Sony. These are basically the features I bought it for :– MP3 player, schedule reminder, calendar, phone & text. If you're after the same I recommend this phone.
Reviewed by see shell from uk on 8th Nov 2011
love this phone , been my best so far , I drop my phones a lot though and the bottom part of its pink casing has all come off! if you look after your phones I definitely recommend it. the phones features are brilliant even though I only use messaging and calls.My favourite part of all the phone is the lay out of conversations ! :-)
Reviewed by jamshed from pakistan on 4th Nov 2011
I think its an excellent phone with good features.it does messaging well and pretty much looks like a blackberry curve.I dont no about freezing but i think phone is good enough if u dont have that much buget
Reviewed by tina dennis from uk on 27th Oct 2011
This phone truely is awful, I would not recommend it to anyone, I've had it for five months and it has already started to develope air bubbles on the face of it. Massively disappointing :-(
Reviewed by Kerry Harris from UK on 25th Oct 2011
Apsolutely rubbish phone. WIFI packs up all the time, camera's rubbish, screen scratches too easily... Supposed to be paying £10 a month, recieved a bill for £61.20 last month all down to WIFI not workin so turns out ive been paying for the internet. Dont recommend it at all
Reviewed by Audrey from Zimbabwe on 23rd Oct 2011
I just love it
Reviewed by Joe from Uk on 22nd Oct 2011
used this phone for 2 months and was fine but after a while it didnt recieve or send texts and call which is the *most* important part of a phone so it was a waste of £80 , wouldn't reccommend at all
Reviewed by musadaq hussain from pakistan on 22nd
i like very much
Reviewed by D Mented from UK on 17th Oct 2011
The camera is a let down, it annoys me when people review saying, 'you get what you pay for' and/or, the camera is due to a cheaper version of a better phone. All phones are expensive, my c3 cost me £89.99 and i 'had' to buy a £10 in credit too. £100 is alot of money to me, the makers of any phone, make them for about £2 a phone then sell em for mega bucks, you never get what you pay for, in this monetary obsessive industry, a camera, despite price, should have good zoom focus and a damn flash, this camera has neither.
Reviewed by Becky from England on 16th Oct 2011
It's a rubbish phone. it keeps freezing and so slow and un responsive. now it keeps turning its selfish off. very disappointed
Reviewed by Shell H from UK on 12th Oct 2011
i have brought a nokia c3... loved it... but over the past week i have noticed.... i went to check up on saved text messages and noticed.... they had been mixed up with other saved text messages.. so my sisters texts were mixed in with my boyfriends texts.. so the conversation was mixed up... also.... the time is stopping... woke up this morning... and the clock said 1.11am when it was infact 7am.... i have had to reset it several times now....!! so a lovely fone... but i have only had it for a few short weeks....!! not happy!!! but i would replace it for another fone.... nokia c3...
Reviewed by amy from bangladesh on 6th Oct 2011
i love my nokia c3.its just awsome.its battary life is great.its been 12 hours since i charged it but still have 2 bars.it looks super cool.you just feel the style.its a awsome way to socialize.its really fun to type on the qwaryy keypad.i just can't stop typing. I just love it.
Reviewed by tasneem atef from egypt on 18th Sep
what a perfect mobile trully the gold is the best ill buy the golden one
Reviewed by Rebma from England on 14th Sep 2011
This phone is amazing! i think people are being too critical! if you dont like the keyboard don't buy the phone! also, the screen is great and the camera is fine for a phone! overall, a great phone, definatly recommend!
Reviewed by hozaifa ahmad from india on 10th Sep
i like it But i confused that is it totally like nokia e71
Reviewed by mazni from malaysia on 8th Sep 2011
i like this phone as its vry easy,simple 2 use..:)
Reviewed by shainey from united kingdom on 30th
this phone is not very good perfect at freezing and good at getting scrateched up allso very good at having random stuff like extra messages and rubbish camrea aslo canot play video's on youtube and very rubish video camra also random password s like PIN 1 and PIN 2
Reviewed by Alice from uk on 30th Aug 2011
i've had my c3 for 4 months now and i think it is a very good phone, you can text people easily make calls and do all the stuff a normal phone should do. the only way i can fault the c3 is for it's internet connection, if you want to use internet apart from msn and weather search then this is not the phone for you.
Reviewed by lionel from bahrain on 24th Aug 2011
hey iv had my c3 for almost 1 year...it seems fine to me...its camera is okay,video bad,sound perfect,internet a bit slow but okay,wifi good, i like it and i stil havnt found any problem with it.....they r all sayin that evrytin has password but on mine there is no password needed except for restore factory default and that is just 0000...so yeah ok fone
Reviewed by NCR from UK on 8th Aug 2011
Should you buy the Nokia C3? In a word, No. The keys are too small, the screen cover is curved so it distorts pics and text, WIFI and GPRS are hit and miss, the camera worse than any I've ever had, video is completely unusable as sound distortion means listening back to anything but silence is pointless. The screen gets so covered in scratches that you can barely see the screen in daylight. There are so many options at this end of the market, the HTC wildfire at around £10 per month amongst others, you'd be daft to even consider this. I bought it pay as you go to fill a gap before getting a contract. Only good thing is battery life, 3 days with medium use.
Reviewed by Hannah from UK on 4th Aug 2011
The phone is good but there is just one thing that annoys me is after you send a text a message comes up with how much credit you have left. He makes an annoying noise to tell you how much credit you have got. Then when you turn it off it doesnt make a noise but when you get a text it vibrates instead of telling you outloud.
Reviewed by Wayne Latham from United Kingdom on
3rd Aug 2011
i have got both these phones and believe me the battery in the c3 far outlasts the e72 but around 40%. and to be honest it may be cheaper but i am yet to be convinced the e72 is better.
Reviewed by Martin Zuerner from UK on 2nd Aug
I have had my Nokia C3 for about 6 months now, I have constantly had problems connecting to the net and now I cannot access the net or Bluetooth at all. Everything is password protected, I haven't reset any passwords but it won't accept the default one so I have a phone that all I can do now is make a call, take photos and text. No Internet or bluetooth facilities..it sucks!
Reviewed by brook from devon on 25th Jul 2011
it's not like what they show you on the adverts as it seems worseer then your first immpressions so DON'T EB FOOLED'
Reviewed by Basil from Unitedkingdom on 16th Jul
One of the best phones out there, seriously for that price its a steal. I really like its layout and performance is really good too, the only thing which probably puts a taint on this phone is its camera, which could get a bit more powerful, i read a review on mobilephones.pk earlier today and the comparison between C3 E71 and E6 was good enough to help me make my choice regarding C3, a cheap business phone and highly recommended.
Reviewed by Sue from England on 16th Jul 2011
I got this phone and two weeks later it crashed wiping certain things off the phone.....wallpapers, ringtones,themes, nokia stuff. But i can still use it. Want to get a blackberry now.
Reviewed by Jimutbahan sanyal from India on 14th
Very good. However, gps system would have been more useful.thanks.
Reviewed by noby39 from UK on 5th Jul 2011
If you want an all-singing and dancing phone with 3G, etc., then the C3 is not for you. But if you want a phone that allows you to get your emails with ease and send text messages, then it's as good as (and maybe better than) the next machine of similar spec. You'll need a cable to sync with your MS Outlook (calendar, etc.). My E72 is away at Nokia being repaired, and I bought this phone as a standby. It syncs via the USB cable that came with my E72 and OVI software, but as far as I can tell not via Bluetooth. I don't think that you can get a USB cable for the C3. The C3 is good enough as a standby phone but it's a long way (and quite a bit of money) behind the E72.
Reviewed by Tammy from UK on 19th Jun 2011
I got this after an LG I had died, well this one started freezing a few days after I got it in Nov 10, its been progressivly freezing more and just turning itself off ever since, first when I took a picture, now just randomly and wont turn on again sometimes. When it works, it works well, I can get internet albeit slowly, and once the screens are zoomed I can see ok, the camera isnt the best but it takes pics. My mother in law got the same in May 10 and hers doesnt seem to have any problems, so it may be the first gen that have the issues, but I personally wouldnt get another one. Im heading for an HTC.
Reviewed by Laura from England on 15th Jun 2011
WLAN keeps on messing up. It is a good phone but if I had read what people have been writing about the wireless access since June 2010 then i doubt i would have got it. Battery is very good, cant really fault the phone apart from the wireless :(
Reviewed by tolu osho from Nigeria on 2nd Jun
when i got the phone,sincerely i was expecting better, i thought it was gonna be out of this world.it was good, but the camera was just not it, i expected better,especially from Nokia,but its all in all a good phone,quite manageable
Reviewed by Mike from UK on 29th May 2011
This is a solidly built phone. For it's price bracket the range of features it offers are very good. Great for texting with it's Qwerty keyboard. Using GPRS web access is a little slow but you can connect with WLAN at home or in places that provide it. The display is very good & large enough that it's very useable on the web. The 2 mega pixel camera is ok but no great shakes! I have had no problems with this phone & all the features work perfectly. Happy camper!
Reviewed by Danny from England on 21st May 2011
This phone is exactly like every other phone I've had, I gets slower, freezes and turns itself off- but whilst my other phones have lasted over 2 years before getting to this stage, the C3 has lasted around 4 months! Not good when the Carphone Warehouse want nothing to do with it, and you're broke. I took the battery out for an exam last week and it took me over an hour to get the phone to turn on, because every time I turned it on and re-entered the time, it had frozen and become unresponsive before I could enter the date. It's a joke! The handset is comfortable to use, and is a nice size, and the screen is fantastic but it's useless because it just isn't reliable!! Just about the worst phone I've ever had!!
Reviewed by Holmze from UnitedKingdom on 19th
Bought my daughter a blackberry and inheritied her Nokia C3 whilst i love the look of the phone and the options that a basic blackberry offers it has a downside it struggles to gain a wifi connection 8/10 times & has now started to turn itself off even when battery is fully charged.I am now going to check out the Nokia website to see if there are any quick fixes.
Reviewed by Zain from U.K on 12th May 2011
I think the nokia C3 is a great phone and i have only ahd to for 3 weeks and i love it, i dont get why people are complaining, for its price it is a very very good phone so if you are looking for a new phone, i recomend this one. Also it has a very very good screen and the camera is great too not the best but it will do.
Reviewed by Jackie from South Africa on 27th Apr
Im ready to smash my C3(4months old) into a wall.. It keeps going off with a fully charged battery and then i battle to get it on again..
Reviewed by Opara vivian from Nigeria on 8th Apr
The c3 is a cute phone, gets attention and is to an extent sleek but the camera sharpness could use more work. Brightness and sharpness is a problem of the picture quality. I must commend its internet accessing ability and its social networking. Since its not a symbial phone i guess i shouldnt complain about it non hiding ability. Overall the phone is great for its price.
Reviewed by rukh from pakistan on 6th Apr 2011
nokia c 3 perhaps is better than 6303 in all aspects except camera.Camera quality is not that good.
Reviewed by Ryan from UK on 3rd Apr 2011
Keyboard drives me up the wall its awful. Interface on the phone is very basic too.
Reviewed by paul maina from kenya on 28th Mar
a like the shape
Reviewed by James from Newcastle on 11th Mar 2011
This phone has really suprised me. I've felt for sometime that Nokia were on a downward slide, with lack of quality and substandard handsets. I would have liked a Blackberry but found myself being won over by the C3. Granted it lacks a lot of things BUT...still does email which was the most important for me, has outstanding battery life, above average screen and looks and feels good. The metal backplate gives the feel of a more expensive handset. The qwerty keypad doesn't pose a problem even with my big fingers and messaging is quick and responsive. I'm not really a mobile internet person but it is reasonably quick. Why buy a Blackberry when this does the job equally well.....and one thing mine came with a memory card too. Bargain!
Reviewed by Mr Smith from Matrix uk zone on 8th
This phone will be rememberd for how fantasticly it performs, it is inevitable.
Reviewed by Bhojendra rai from India on 5th Mar
This is a best for me
Reviewed by east end lad from UK on 5th Mar 2011
This is a good phone. Nice big clear screen. Both gprs and wifi connections solid (you might need to fiddle with settings so it doesn't autoconnect to gprs). It's not as high end as the E-series so things like 3G, Exchange mail and Document reader are all missing. Still, for the price it's a good phone with clear reception, comfortable keypad and very good battery life. Promoted for its children's toys like Facebook and such but these can easily be removed from the home screen to make this more like a reasonable second phone for grown-up use.
Reviewed by Osiana from Nigeria on 3rd Mar 2011
D phone's simply outstandin.d battery lasts for days.internet connection is speedy.
Reviewed by A dy Brown from UK on 27th Feb 2011
I got this after having the C7, which was just a complete pain, i ant to be able to make a call at the click of a button, not fanny about with silly touch menu's, this phone is a win :)
Reviewed by mari from uk on 25th Feb 2011
I bought it because it has wifi. What I do not like about this phone is that you cannot turn off the GPRS, and if you are on pay as you go the credit will go down quickly. Be warned. My partner has a Blackberry which has the option of turning off the GPRS. Otherwise is a good phone for the money.
Reviewed by Frank from uk on 21st Feb 2011
Great easy to use phone. camera is easy to operate I'm not tech minded but managed to find out how to use all basic functions without using the manual all in all a great phone for the money
Reviewed by Martin from England on 7th Feb 2011
Ok phone if you are to poor to buy nokia E72
Reviewed by lila from England on 3rd Feb 2011
This phone is really good!! x
Reviewed by Rebecca Frost from UK on 27th Jan
I have had this phone for 6 months now, I did have it as a replacement phone for my HTC Wildfire, but as it cost almost the same price to fix as to buy, I decided I would just buy a new phone. I went for this one because I liked the look of a Blackberry, but after some of my friends said it was just as good as the Nokia, I bought the Nokia. It's got a great layout for messaging, all the keys are spread out well, great for even the stubbiest of fingers!It's a shame they don't do the phone is black, otherwise I think, many people were put off that they were only In Gold,Pink,Graphite and Blue. The screen scratches easily, but, I bought a case and that solved the problem. The internet isn't 3g and the screen is small but I find it relatively easy to scroll down. I am not really a phone internet person. Basically it's just amazing for people who text a lot, a very stylish affordable phone!
Reviewed by muhammad from uk on 26th Jan 2011
it is a wonderful phone best value for money i would certainly recommend it to all who are looking for a fantastic phone
Reviewed by ibrahim from nigeria on 20th Jan 2011
Jokes apart the phoneis nice,but when i but my there is no USB cable,no 2GB memory card.pls the seller should stop this act for them not to degrade the NOKIA coy.
Reviewed by Gareth from Wales on 19th Jan 2011
I bought the Nokia C3 6 months ago and have since had the same 3 re-occuring problems: 1. The 'favourite' contact would be deleted everytime i turn the phone off then back on. 2. The ringtones would randomly reset back to default for no reason at all. 3. The contacts in my contact list would sometimes only be displayed as the phone number instead of the name. So yesterday I bought the phone again to replace mine as mine was scratched anyway, and am sending the old one off to envirofone for £29.00. I absolutely love the phone, it could have a better camera if anything, but its the best phone i've ever had, so good I even bought it twice.
Reviewed by Ken Danquah from Ghana on 19th Jan
Let me tell you Nokia C3 is just sweet and cool.It looks cute guys grab yours now.
Reviewed by albert from britain on 16th Jan 2011
i dont think this is a good cell phone as its looks are not at all good
Reviewed by Eddie from UK on 16th Jan 2011
I think the problem that people mention about the wifi is that it defaults back to gprs, ie you think you have set it to wifi and are happily surfing the web then you notice the G symbol which means it has switched to gprs and you are being charged ££££££££s.To stop this happening; menu/settings/connectivity/wlan/internet connection ask first/.Do this and it sticks to wifi like glue providing you stay in range
Reviewed by Martin Zuerner from England on 9th
I have recently purchased the Nokia C3 and bought it to check facebook/Twitter and my emails, it does this with great speed and ease. It was very easy to set up which is a good job as the manual that comes with it is a bit basic in what it is telling you. All in all it's a great phone for the price, camera OK, radio works great in fact everything works as it should. I can't fault it.
Reviewed by chloe from spain on 8th Jan 2011
Very good phone
Reviewed by Nathan Davidson from UK on 7th Jan
The phone has problems with the Wifi. Nokia have released update which may have fixed the problem. Also this phone lacks the option to adjust the brightess of the screen (a very basic feature) or the powersaver timeout. Has anyone downloaded the latest software update to confirm whether any of these have been ammended. The phone design ****, Phone Operating system (S40)***, Camera ***, Battery *****. My review is based upon the phone as I bought it before returning it
Reviewed by Hannah from Zimbabwe on 31st Dec 2010
I got this phone for christmas and I absolutely love it. I've used the blackberry curve and storm and found them both not as user friendly as they look. I've gotten to the age where I can't be bothered to spend days learning how to use a new phone, but need a phone that makes me look serious and business-like and the C3 does the trick. I would definitely recommend it.
Reviewed by Annie from england on 16th Dec 2010
I have just purchased the nokia c3 & it came with a 2gb micro memory card already in the phone. I can't say much more as I have still to get used to it.
Reviewed by fred from england on 8th Dec 2010
have to agrre with sexy katrina
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
8th Dec 2010
Strictly no flirting on this website please ;)
Reviewed by Charles from UK on 6th Dec 2010
I have ti completely agree with katrina becuase this phone by far is the best i hav owned (baring in mind i have had the iphone 3gs) i still have my nokia e71 i think by far that is the best qwerty keyboard phone i have ever owned the other qwerty keyboards that have been launched are just replica of the awesome nokia e71
Reviewed by -unknownlady- from middle earth on
6th Dec 2010
i have this phone for a week now and im very happy, i wanted the bb but i desides to buy this one its cheaper and looks smaller than bb bold and curve i think ill keep this pfone longer than a year, till now no regrets only bad camera but well if u want good pictures buy a good camera its a phone and it does what it has to do
Reviewed by Katrina from UK on 25th Nov 2010
I have had a few mobiles over the years (most below the £100 mark on pay and go) and this is definitely the best mobile I have had by far to date. My brothers have touchscreen iPhones (half of its functions they don't even use). There's no way I would even contemplate buying an iPhone at 600 odd pounds when the Nokia C3 has everything I could possibly need on it! I certainly wouldn't say it was basic like one of the other reviewers says below. It's the most advanced phone I've had to date. They obviously don't know what 'basic' is! The Nokia C3 is so simple and straight-forward to use, I would say any age could figure it out. I was that impressed with it, I have actually ended up purchasing another one in a different colour for my mum's Christmas present. I mainly wanted a mobile where I could access my emails quickly and easily and have speedy internet access. This phone has WiFi too which a lot of phones under the £100 mark don't have. It loads my Yahoo emails really quickly and tells me when I receive new email. I can also get fast internet access which is fantastic. There are also shortcut buttons, and widgets on your home screen so you don't have to go into the menu to access your most used functions. The Nokia C3 has a Qwerty keyboard which makes it quick and easy to txt if you txt a lot, and if you prefer speaking rather than txting, you can programme your most dialled numbers into shortcut keys,so you can telephone someone quickly if you need to. If you want a radio and an mp3 player to listen t o your music, its also got that, and the mobile comes with an extra 2gb memory card already inserted in the phone when you buy it. You also have a 2 megapixel camera and video camera with zoom. I probably won't use the mp3/radio function or the camera facility as I've got a digital camera and an iPod, but at some point it may come in handy if I forget one or the other! The other thing this phone has (for those of you who use Facebook or Twitter), is a shortcut button on the front of the phone for quick and easy access to your social networking site. Honestly I couldn't recommend this mobile enough, plus its nice to hold (a decent size - easy to find in your handbag, with a good sized screen).
Reviewed by Matthew Knowles from UK on 23rd Nov
The review is accurate but please keep in mind it is an entry-level phone. So it's OK and does a good job at being a value smart phone. However, it does not support Microsoft Exchange as the E71 and E72 do so the comparison is a little off. So not bad but not quite as good as billed either.
Reviewed by Jose Carlos from Brazil on 23rd Nov
As an alternative to Blackberry this handset meets all expectations, except for not being able to open docs attached to msgs. The cost is much lower and the trade-off is outstanding. The WiFi and email work really effectively and are very easy to deal with. The battery is a IonLy 1300 mA/h and the lasts really long. The handset is well designed, very attractive with a keyboard easily accessible and very fast to get used with for immediate navigation. A true milestone achieved by Nokia! Purchase highly recommended.