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Nokia C3 Review

Nokia has unleashed new three messaging phones namely C3, C6 and E5. Nokia also kept their prices very competitive and affordable. The C3 is nice, sleek phone with full qwerty keyboard. The C3 is aimed at attracting heavy texters and social network users. The C3 will also features 2.4 inch display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot and microUSB. On the whole, Nokia C3 mobile  phone is meant for, namely messaging, e-mail and social networking.


The Nokia C3 somewhat resembles Nokia E72 in design. It has got attractive sleek look. We also liked its slim profile and it is one of the compact messenger phone around. The Nokia has ensured to make C3 message friendly. It measures 115.5mm tall, 58.1mm wide and 13.6mm thick. it weighs around 115grams. It is availabale in three colors: Hot Pink, Golden white and Black.

The C3 sports 2.4inch display, which has the resolution of  320 x 240 pixels and supports 262K colors. The screen is bright and colorful. We don’t have any gripes with it, taking price as consideration.

Below the screen you will find a navigation array that includes a four way square toggle with middle select key, two soft keys, dedicated shortcut keys for accessing favorite contacts and messages, the call and End/Power key. We liked the full qwerty keyboard. The keys are sufficiently large and tactile, which offer better feedback. The messaging on this phone is breeze. You will find a 3.5mm audio jack on the top of the device and a microUSB port on the left spine. There is a camera at the back of the device.


The Nokia C3 runs on the Nokia’s S40 mobile operating system. You can access the  favorite contacts immediately above the display, so that  you can get in touch with them instantly. The favorite contacts will be listed horizontally and you call make call with just a click of a contact. Any updates from Facebook & Twitter w.r.t. to that contact will be displayed on the home screen itself. You can customize the home screen with dedicated widgets for the calendar, chat, email and organizer.  You can also download themes, wallpapers, games, widgets from the Ovi store. You can personalize your contacts with ringtones, pictures and more.

Connectivity & Internet

We are glad that Wi-Fi has been included at a price tag of Rs.5500.  You can avail data transfer celebrity news through USB v2.0 and Bluetooth. You can stream audio to Bluetooth headset wirelessly, thanks to A2DP support for Bluetooth. The internet can be accessed  via Wi-Fi, and GPRS. The data transfer speed is enhanced with the EDGE support.

The C3’s web-browser supports full HTML and as well as WAP 2.0. It also comes with preinstalled Opera Mini browser that allows faster browsing. It has community widget that gives live updates from Facebook and Twitter.

The C6 also supports Instant Messaging for Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk, Ovi Chat and Windows Live Messenger. The C6 provides quick access to popular email accounts like Gmail, Yahoo mail, Hotmail, Windows Live and other email accounts (SMTP, IMAP4, and POP3). Nokia offer free Ovi mail account from phone directly. As usual, it supports text, multimedia and audio messages.

It provides quicker access to Social networking web sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.


The C3’s multimedia player is simple and convenient. It supports MP3, WMA, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+ audio formats and video formats like MPEG-4, H.263 and H.264 video formats. The interface is simple and convenient to use. It supports popular audio and video formats. The sound quality is excellent. It also features FM Radio with RDS feature.

The C3 has an internal memory of 55MB. You can extend the external memory up to 8GB.


The Nokia C3 is equipped with 2 megapixel camera with a Flash, which captures images at a resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. The camera interface is same as other Nokia phones. The camera features Autofocus, self timer, 4x zoom, full screen viewfinder, white balance, color tones and viewfinder effects includes greyscale, sepia and negative. It can record videos at a resolution 320 x 240 pixel.

The image is quite good. The images look bright, crisp and colorful with good detail. The video quality is reasonably good.

Other Applications

The other essential features of the C3 include voice recorder, Calendar, Note pad, To-do list, a timer, Calculator, unit & currency Converter, Voice commands, a world clock, vibrate mode, Flight mode, a 1000 entry phonebook and speaker phone. It doesn’t feature Document and PDF reader.

The C3 comes preinstalled with four games namely Sudoko, Diamond Rush, Block’d, and Bounce.


The call quality is impressive with no distortion. Callers at both the end have no problem. The sound is clearer and louder. The speaker phone is also good.

The Nokia C3 is equipped with 1320 mAh Lithium-Ion battery. It has the rated battery life of 8 hours of talktime and 500 hours of standby time. The battery life is excellent comparing to most of the phones.


Nokia has priced C3 very competitively. It comes at a price of  just Rs. 5500. it is very affordable and economical too.

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118 Responses to "Nokia C3 Review"

  1. Gab says:

    …dude, the C3 camera HAS NO flash and neither autofocus…. If anybody had found any of these features, please let me know. Maybe its an easter egg -.-”

  2. martin says:

    wheres the volume?

  3. sarah says:

    just curious does anyone kinow if this phone has a voice mail option?

  4. baby says:

    i’ve accidentally deleted a file with .vnt extension can anyone plz help me out as my camera is not functioning am getting an “operation failed” message

  5. ilikeya says:

    Where can i find the Voice Commands feature..? i can’t find it on my c3.

  6. binu says:

    i hav noticed 2 defect in c3.
    1. in sms there is no facility to create template sms….
    2. i think there is no software for c3 to make internet calls using gtalk/fring/nimbuz

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