Nokia C3 mobile phone
Nokia C3 review: The C3 is well designed and has an excellent physical keyboard
- Excellent design and build quality, great keyboard, battery life
- No 3G connectivity, no GPS
The Nokia C3 feature phone targets young people with a penchant for excessive texting and chatting, and offers an excellent keyboard. However, the lack of 3G connectivity is a hard pill to swallow, despite the very low price.
Price$ 99.00 (AUD)
Available through Boost Mobile and dubbed "The Socialite," the Nokia C3 is targeted at entry-level users, particularly those with a penchant for excessive texting and chatting. The C3 is well designed, has an excellent physical keyboard, and is straightforward to use, but its lack of 3G connectivity is disappointing.
Check out our guide to top Nokia phones.
The Nokia C3 feels superbly constructed; the metal battery cover has an attractive finish that doesn't pick up fingerprints, the front is wrapped in glossy plastic that feels sturdy, and the keyboard is raised and has a metallic-style finish. The overall design of the C3 is similar to a BlackBerry.
The Nokia C3's keyboard is excellent. The keys have great tactility, are slightly raised and emit a reassuring click when pressed. The spacebar can feel a bit awkward when pressed directly in the centre. The Nokia C3 doesn't have a touchscreen, so non-text input is achieved by an annoyingly thin five-way navigational pad, two selection keys, contacts and mail shortcuts and answer and end call keys.
The Nokia C3's 2.4in display is bright and clear; it doesn't have the best resolution, but text and graphics are displayed crisply and the screen can be seen in sunlight.
The Nokia C3 runs the S40 operating system, the same used on most of Nokia's entry-level and mid-range mobile phones. If you are familiar and comfortable with using Nokia phones, you shouldn't have any issues. Performance is a little slow at times, there is no multitasking, and some basic tasks, like connecting to a Wi-Fi network, take far too many clicks.
The C3 lacks 3G connectivity; although 2G coverage will suffice for basic chat and messaging applications, the absence of 3G a little hard to take when considering the competitors, headed by the Huawei IDEOS U8150 Android smartphone, which retails at just $159. The Nokia C3 also lacks GPS, so that Nokia's Maps application — normally providing full turn-by-turn navigation for free — can't be run.
We did like the Nokia C3's home screen, even if it is not anywhere near as flexible as Android-powered alternatives. Three customisable widgets can place commonly access applications, like Facebook, Twitter and e-mail, on the home screen for single click access. Nokia also provides a small range of third-party applications through the Ovi Store.
A real positive is the Nokia C3's battery life; the phone can easily go three or four days without needing a recharge, depending on your usage patterns.
The Nokia C3 is available through Boost Mobile prepaid. Keep in mind that even despite the lack of 3G connectivity, the C3 is a data-centric handset. Boost's plans don't seem to be that generous with data allowances, with a $30 recharge on the 1 cent text plan providing just 100MB and a $40 recharge giving you 300MB. You will get a bonus of 400MB and 1.2GB respectively on these plans until 28 February 2011.
Become a fan of PC World Australia on Facebook
Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu
Stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and features. Sign up to PC World’s newsletters
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 2 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
- 3 Huawei GR5 phone: Full, in-depth review
- 4 Ring Video Doorbell review
- 5 Sony Bravia 2017 TVs: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Panasonic launches new Windows powered Toughpad
- Oppo release limited Barcelona FC version of R11 flagship
- 3SIXT Reveals iPhone X Offering
- ALDI Mobile Ups Stakes in the Telco Industry
- Tech21 Unveils New Phone Protection for Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X
PCW Evaluation Team
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
- LG G6 Plus: Full, in-depth review
- First Look: The Evil Within 2
- Huawei Y5 (2017)
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media Executive / Specialist (Facebook) - Online PokerNSW
- FTNetwork Design EngineerOther
- CCDynamics CRM Business AnalystNSW
- FTINTEGRATION DEVELOPERSA
- FTBatch support specialistVIC
- FTGun Java Developers wantedVIC
- TPProgram Support OfficerQLD
- FTIT Security SpecialistACT
- FTDesktop EngineerOther
- FTSenior Tester - HardwareOther
- FTSenior Security ConsultantNSW
- CCAWS DevOps Engineer - BrisbaneQLD
- FTSenior DevOps ConsultantVIC
- FTSolution Architect - Enterprise VoiceSA
- CCNetwork Engineer - Cleveland BasedQLD
- FTWorkforce Planning AnalystOther
- CCTRIM Support OfficerACT
- CCProgram Manager - Telco O2AVIC
- TPSenior Business AnalystNSW
- FTSenior Technical / Team LeadOther
- TPBusiness Intelligence AnalystQLD
- CCSalesforce Business AnalystNSW
- FTBusiness Analyst - InsuranceOther
- FTData DeveloperOther
- TPProgram Manager - Managed ServicesQLD