Low-budget Nokia phones have always provided users with better longevity and functionality as compared to the other brands. The 3120, 1110 models were an absolute rage when they were launched around a decade back. In recent times as well, when it comes to better operating life times, Nokia phones have more or less always delivered. Recently, Nokia has launched the new C2-03 touch and type handset. But, is this handset a good buy for those wanting a low-budget dual SIM touch phone? Read on to find out.
On Video: Nokia C2-03
The phone has a pretty neat looking slider
Design and Build Quality
The C2-03 that we reviewed had a black and silver exterior and it does look pretty nice. However it’s a bit on the bulkier side, which is due to the phone incorporating a slider as well as being a touchscreen. The phone is made up of complete plastic but it doesn’t feel like a lot of the cheap ones currently in the market. Nokia hasn’t gone fancy with this design and the phone looks quite inconspicuous. For the adventurous, it comes in an alternative gold and white design. The bottom has chrome plating over the plastic which adds to the looks.
Being a slider as well as a touch phone, one would want the phone to be sturdy and the C2-03 doesn’t disappoint. The slider has a good snap on and feel to it and the buttons on the top have a good feedback as well. The keypad, on the contrary, has barely any indent between two keys and typing on it isn’t too comfortable. The top of the handset consists of the charging port, micro USB and the 3.5mm headphone jack. The right consists of a volume rocker and the lock button and second SIM card can be housed on the left of the phone. The microSD card slot and SIM 1 slot are housed under the battery so there’s no option of hot-swap with memory cards. Overall, the phone has a firm and sturdy feel to it, but it’s definitely on the bulkier side.
The phone isn't thin by any means
The phone has a 2.6-inch TFT resistive touchscreen but it’s got a pretty good feedback, unlike most of the resistive touchscreens in the market. It runs the Nokia Series 40 software and the first impression is that the interface is quite zippy and doesn’t really lag.
The home screen
The home screen wasn’t really impressive looking or neat and is a mish-mash of small icons that include the clock, SIM manager, the calendar and a shortcut bar for the Ovi store, camera, maps and keypad. The widgets can be user-defined as well, but the home screen seems to have a whole load of icons, something reminiscent of the home screen of earlier Windows Mobile 5 and 6 versions. There are swipe gestures available for the user and swiping to the right on the homescreen brings up the games and app category and a left swipe gets you to the camera, which can be changed according to your preference.
Overall navigation between apps and menus is smooth, but scrolling through song lists on the music player is a little cumbersome. More often than not, we ended up clicking the song rather than scrolling through the entire list and the screen did have a little odd touch at times. One particular thing to note is that while playing music in the background, there’s no shortcut key that allows you to get back to the music player.
The phone supports MP4, H.264 and H.263 formats, but we had difficulty playing .MP4 files. 3GP files played perfectly well, but the screen isn’t exactly suitable for even average 1-2 hours of video playback. So, keeping this device for primary video playback wouldn’t really be advisable. As far as audio is concerned, the quality is quite good through both the headphones as well as the loudspeaker. The music playback is loud and clear but don’t expect the extraordinary out here. FM radio is present as well, and it comes with a recording option, which might come in handy for few people.
Updated 24 May, 2013, 5:29 pm IST
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