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A great little option if you need to update but are on a budget


Versatile, modern but modest in price, difficult to break it

There are definitely more cutting edge models out there

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The Nokia C3 is your basic issue smartphone. For those of you that like your phone to be compatible with all of today’s technology without mortgaging your kids to buy an iphone then this might be an option worth looking at.
I spent years with a brick in my pocket since all a phone is really meant to do is make calls and send text messages. I did not feel that splashing out was worth the money for what a smartphone offers. As such, I am aiming this review to all readers, including those not confident in choosing a new phone, rather than just the tech-savvy ones amongst you.

Especially since anybody reading this will also own a PC. Admittedly, the C3 is not as versatile as a top of the range model from another provider but it definitely gives value for money.
Basic Overview

The phone can easily be found online for around £100 or less if you are willing to shop around and this would be a Pay as You Go tariff. It comes in a number of colours (namely Dark Blue, Pink, Silver – and possibly black.) It is fairly slim and of a similar weight to other top phones, weighing 114g with the battery included. The basic features a full web browser and (but this can be a little slow when loading big web pages) a two megapixel camera (this is good enough to have your pictures printed and framed since I have one on my wall at home) with a 4x zoom feature on the camera. The buttons are arranged like a QWERTY keyboard rather a traditional phone handset and although the keys may be a little small for potential buyers with gigantic hands, the phone is actually quite simple to use. There is a built in radio and its antenna is found inside the cord of the headphones that come with the phone.

The C3 comes with 55MB of internal memory and there is a space for an up to 8GB memory card. It has a built in media player and library for your music and videos and has easy access options for social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter so you can connect in a couple of button presses. There are other features including links to app stores, etc but as I say, I don’t really use my phone to its full potential. The battery lasts very long once fully charged (for me anyway) and it comes pre-programmed with a handful of addictive games that you can play or add to should you feel the need to waste your credit.

I recently bought a phone for somebody else as a birthday present a really struggled to find a phone of this standard for the same price so would definitely recommend it as a bit of a bargain. If you are looking to use the internet LOTS – then I suggest signing up with a network that can offer you an unlimited allowance of data. Mine doesn’t so I end up paying a fair amount just to view a couple of web pages.

One other thing I will add – is that the phone is pretty tough. Mine has taken numerous falls including a skydive out of a first floor window onto concrete some metres below and the only damage has been a tiny plastic clip that holds the back cover on snapped and a few scratches. This was easily fixed and I still have a fully operational phone.

I don’t claim to be the authority on phones but I would definitely recommend this as a cost-effective update if your phone is still stuck in the twentieth century. It may not be a “Super-Mega-Ultra-Deluxe-iPhonePad 27.0” like these youngsters have nowadays but its offers few restrictions and you could probably send yourself on holiday for a weekend for the difference in price that you will save.

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danielclark691 15.01.2017 22:25


80smusicreviewer 16.06.2011 21:19

Great review.

Bollinger28 17.05.2011 14:53

That is very reasonable for a smart phone ;o)

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