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Nokia C3-01 "Touch and Type" Preview

written by: •edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 9/19/2010

The Nokia C3-01 is the second "Touch and Type" phone after the Nokia X3-02. It offers a nice mix of features - a 5 MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and is powered by the S40 Touch OS.

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    Nokia C3-01 "Touch and Type" Review: First Look

    nokia-c3-01-2 Nokia has taken quite a beating lately in the high end smartphone market, thanks to Android and iOS devices. However, there are certain segments where it still leads the other platforms by a huge margin. It is the leader in budget feature phones and low end smartphones worldwide.

    The new Nokia C3-01 "Touch and Type" is a budget feature phone which runs the S40 OS. Like the recently launched X3-02, the C3-01 is also a new "Touch and Type" phone. It is one of those few budget phones which offer both a touchscreen display as well as a traditional keypad. The design looks better than the Nokia X3-02's, and the hardware specs are very similar.

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    Design

    The Nokia C3-01 "Touch and Type" has a stylish design in the standard candybar form factor. With dimensions of 111 x 47.5 x 11 mm and a weight of only 100 gms, it is extremely compact and pocketable. The stainless steel build looks amazing.

    It has a 2.4 inch TFT touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. The touchscreen is a resistive one, but then you can't get a capacitive one in this budget range.

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    Hardware and OS

    The Nokia C3-01 is packed with some of the best hardware you will find in a budget feature phone. It runs the S40 Touch OS which is optimized for touch screens. The UI is integrated with Twitter and Facebook and supports Nokia Messaging for email. It also supports the Ovi Store.

    It has 30 MB internal storage but supports up to 32 GB microSD cards. It also offers 64 MB RAM.

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    Multimedia

    The Nokia C3-01 is quite capable when it comes to multimedia. S40 phones in this price range have rarely offered much, but the Nokia C3-01 is a refreshing change. It has a 5 MP camera with an image capture resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. It comes with LED flash and supports video recording at VGA resolution.

    It can handle MP3, WAV, WMA and eAAC+ audio and can play MP4, 3GP, WMV and H.263 videos. It also comes with a stereo FM radio with RDS.

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    Connectivity

    The Nokia C3-01 offers almost all the basic connectivity options - GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. It also offers microUSB 2.0 connectivity. It doesn't have a GPS transceiver though.

    It is powered by a 1050 mAh Li-ion battery with a rated talk time of about 5 hours.

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    Conclusion

    The Nokia C3-01 Touch and Type is one impressive budget device which sports a new kind of design. It has a nice camera, touchscreen display as well as keypad and is packed with features.

    You could also check out our list of the best budget Android smartphones and the best Symbian smartphones for more options.