October 12, 2011 by admin
Smartphones may have the biggest share of the pie in the phone industry, but feature phones still have a foothold in the market and Nokia’s C2-03 is one of them. There aren’t very many feature phones out there or to be exact, there aren’t many that stand out. However, the Nokia C2-03 has a strong case as it is able to run two SIM cards at once. So it’s time we found out more about the phone.
Other than that, the other basic features like messaging, calendar and alarm clock are pretty simple to use. One cool thing about the contacts list that’s worth mentioning is how the results update in real time when you search for a name in the list. The Nokia C2-03 comes preinstalled with Nokia Maps. You can use the app offline as long as you already have the maps downloaded over the web previously. There are not too many apps installed with this phone which gives you all the more reason to check out Nokia’s online store, Ovi. You can get a wide variety of apps and even games for free.
As mentioned earlier, the Nokia C2-03 has a small 2.6 inch resistive QVGA touchscreen. So you can’t expect much in terms of responsiveness. The screen also lacks brightness which means if you are going to use it under sunlight it’s going to be super hard. Making things worse, the screen has rather inaccurate color gradients no thanks to its low color depth.
The highlight of the Nokia C2-03 is obviously the fact that it can work with 2 SIM cards at the same time. The primary card goes under the battery as most other phones while the other one goes on the right of the phone. This means you can change cards on the go and you get to choose what services you want each SIM card to do. So the primary SIM takes care of calling while the secondary one can perhaps handle all other stuff.
So on the rear of the Nokia C2-03 is a 2MP camera which is very basic to say the least. There is no flash or autofocus to go with the camera. We are sure that you will stay away from it as long as you can unless a desperate moment crops up although there’s doubt the camera can help much even then. The photos taken with this camera produces pictures that lacked detail and there was a large amount of digital noise too. Video recording wasn’t much better either as the resolution of 176 by 144 pixels at 15 fps makes you want to stay away from it too.
For the internet experience on the Nokia C2-03 it was a surprising one. The Nokia Browser that comes out of the box just didn’t turn up. Many attempts at making it work just failed. So we downloaded another browser on our own accord and we decided to stick to the Opera Mini 6.1. No thanks to issues with navigation, surfing the web wasn’t a great experience at all. So the only way to go online on the Nokia C2-03 is via EDGE 2G. Other than that, you don’t get the array of connectivity options you get with smartphones, but rather you get only Bluetooth.
So you might have heard quite a few negatives already up till now, but all that changes with the in-call sound quality you get with the Nokia C2-03. This is because we got some clear and loud voices in the earpiece. However, our friend on the line could not hear us so well but not to the extent of being unable to make out the words. The 1020mAh battery on the Nokia C2-03 isn’t great though as you only get about 5 hours of continuous talk time which is not the best for a feature phone.
Pros and Cons
The fact that Nokia Browser is totally unusable is unacceptable. Other than that, the camera on the Nokia C2-03 is not up to par with other feature phones.