Nokia C2-02 Review

Nokia C2-02

Nokia C2-02

Nokia

June, 2011
2.6" display, 2 MP primary camera, 1020 mAh battery, 10 MB storage.
EUR:€70
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Nokia C2-02 Review

Nokia C2-02 Review


Introduction

Nokia C2-02 is touch and type phone which runs on Series 40 OS. Nokia C2-02 is a good looking handset with attractive price. Nokia C2-02 package offers hands free kit, 2 GB microSD, 32 GB supported and charger. There is no microUSB available so user will have to buy separately. Nokia C2-02 offers lots of goodies like 2.6" 256K-color resistive TFT QVGA touchscreen, 2 megapixel fixed-focus camera, QCIF video recording at 15fps, Stereo FM radio with RDS, Visual radio, Bluetooth v2.1 (with A2DP), 3.5mm audio jack. Nokia C2-02 provides the ease of social integration right from the user's home screen in the form of twitter and Facebook live widgets. User can find and share locations with Nokia map. User can do easy browsing, downloading, share location with the help of Nokia maps and can share all the stuff which user loves and can choose application from Nokia C2-02 store in which huge selection of application are available.

There are also list of flaws in Nokia C2-02 like device has touchscreen technology but multitasking and smart dialing are not provided. This can be a major drawback because other device with the same price tag has this facility and due to this drawback Nokia C2-02 can be a deal breaker and other competing models can take advantage of it. There are few more flaws like No Wi-Fi, no screen brightness control, no document viewer, no video call camera and no accelerometer sensor means no cool features like tap-for-time and turn-to mute. The highlight of Nokia C2-02 is its user-friendly interface and low price tag. Beside all pros and cons Nokia's Touch and Type series phones have been doing well in the market.

Design

Nokia C2-02 has a simple and clean design with good build quality. Nokia C2-02 has a compact size screen with the size of 2.6 inch. Nokia C2-02 is 103 x 51.4 x 17 mm with 115 grams weight. Nokia C2-02 casing is made up of plastic and metal which gives a solid feel. Nokia C2-02 might not be the slimmest phone, not it has an expensive finish but still it gives a reasonable look.

Advantages

  • Nokia C2-02 has haptic feedback which is matchless.
  • Nokia C2-02 has soft and gentle vibrations which acknowledge user's input.
  • Due to a slider interface Nokia C2-02 looks much cool and numeric keypad is located beneath the phone which makes the surface of Nokia C2-02 very neat and clean.

Disadvantages

  • Nokia C2-02 does not have screen brightness control.
  • There is no accelerometer sensor means no cool features like tap-for-time and turn-to mute.
  • User can have finger print issue because Nokia C2-02 finishing is prone to scratches.
  • User cannot charge this phone through USB.

Display

Nokia C2-02 has a 2.6 inches touchscreen display having a resolution of 320x240 pixels. Nokia C2-02 display quality has nothing very exciting to offer and it is acceptable by the users from the phone price point of view. Nokia C2-02 display has a resistive touch screen, so high quality capacitive touch screen should not be expected at such a low price tag. Nokia C2-02 has used resistive technology so user will have to tap harder at the screen to register any action.

Disadvantages

  • Nokia C2-02 has a resistive touch screen, so things are not as smooth if it is compare with capacitive screen.

Music player

Nokia C2-02 has music player with good looks and perfect set of features. The music player can suport number of formats like AAC, eAAC+, AAC+, MP3, AMR-NB, and WMA. Bluetooth earphones can be use for listening music because A2DP support is available. Nokia C2-02 home screen widget display the artist and title of the currently palying song in background.

Advantages

  • User can use Bluetooth earphones for listening to music with the support of A2DP profile.
  • Songs can be filtered by artist, album and genre.

Disadvantages

  • One irritating feature of Nokia C2-02 music player is that if user wants to run music player than user cannot directly hit the music player key because it is not available. User has to go to "options" and then select "Play in background".
  • Nokia C2-02 music player has no equalizer.
  • Nokia C2-02 music player interface is also a bit laggy.

FM radio

FM radio has RDS support. Nokia C2-02 FM radio has all basic functions which are up to user expectations. Nokia C2-02 FM radio interface is quiet similar to music player interface. FM radio can record live broadcasts but this feature is regional.

Advantages

  • FM radio has RDS support.
  • User can search and save all available stations in user's area.

Video player

Nokia C2-02 video player handles MP4/3GP only. Video player has wonderful capabilities. Video player played XviD satisfactory.

Advantages

  • Nokia C2-02 video player controls are easy to use and quite simple, pause and play button with previous and next buttons are available.
  • Full screen option is also present.

Disadvantages

  • User is not able to play videos with higher resolution.

Camera

Nokia C2-02 has 2 mp fixed focus camera. Camera produces photos with the resolution of 1600 x 1200. Camera software has been updated which increase more good features in it. Nokia C2-02 camera can be used in both portrait and landscape mode. User can see more controls if tapped on the screen like resolution, photos remaining, white balance, 3 video camera mode shortcuts, self-timer, gallery and digital zoom controls. These control don't take much of screen space because they get hidden when are not in use. As camera is 2 mp shooter so it produces good image quality. Amount of capture detail is also good.

Advantages

  • Nokia C2-02 software has been updated which has improved its features.
  • User can use the camera in both portrait and landscape mode.
  • User can view more controls by tapping on the screen like resolution, photos remaining, white balance, 3 video camera mode shortcuts, self-timer, gallery, and digital zoom controls. When these controls are not in use they get hide, so in this way they don't take up lot of screen space.
  • Nokia C2-02 camera produces a good quality image.
  • Amount of capture detail and color contrast is also good.

Disadvantages

  • Shadows have lot of noise.

Connectivity

Nokia C2-02 has a pretty basic connectivity. Nokia C2-02 has support of Bluetooth, GPRS, and EDGE.

Advantages

  • Nokia C2-02 has support of Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP.

Disadvantages

  • Nokia C2-02 has no Wi-Fi.
  • Phone will not be charge by microUSB port.

Browser

Nokia C2-02 has a nice browser. Browser start screen had the standard URL and search option and below this, 3 side scrollable panels are available which reminds of Symbian home screen. Nokia C2-02 browser has one very good feature which is of autosuggestions. With the help of autosuggestions, device gives the list of recently visited websites when URLs are typed, they get filtered as the stuff is typed. Performance of the browser is not very perfect and error problems will occur as well. As the phone does not support flash so user will need to go to website's mobile version. Unavailability of flash is not a very big deal if user will look at the hardware specifications and the small screen.

Advantages

  • One good feature is of auto suggestions from where user will get the list of recently visited sites when user starts typing URLs and they are filtered as user type stuff.
  • User can load pages quickly and not much data is wasted.

Disadvantages

  • Nokia C2-02 does not have flash support.
  • User need website mobile version to watch any YouTube video.
  • The start page of UI is laggy and there are some issues when opening a page, the browse would give an error of "Invalid request".

Messaging

Nokia C2-02 comes with S40's standard messaging department which is quite capable of handling message with ease. Nokia C2-02 has facility of SMS, MMS and email. Nokia C2-02 comes with S40's standard messaging which is quite good in functionality. It works with POP3, SMTP, and IMAP4 protocols and supports multiple email accounts. Nokia C2-02 has a well-organized editor which helps in finding way around which is less time consuming. Nokia C2-02 mail application is capable of creating multiple accounts with user's email address and password. User can easily keep track of new mails by putting mail widget on the home screen.

Advantages

  • Nokia C2-02 can handle all messaging service like SMS, MMS, flash and audio messages.
  • Easy email setup is also provided.
  • User will not spend time in finding way around due to availability of well-organized editor.
  • User can create multiple accounts on multiple networks. Email client has support of SSL.
  • User will receive an email in the background and user can put a Mail widget on home screen to keep record of user's new emails.
  • Nokia C2-02 has lots of chat facilities too like Google Talk, Ovi Chat, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Chat.

Disadvantages

  • Keyboard is not very good and user will not get an on-screen QWERTY keyboard either.

Nokia Maps

Nokia C2-02 has facility of Nokia Maps. User can easily avail the local maps and places from pre-installed Nokia Maps on the handset.

Advantages

  • Nokia Maps are pre-installed so user can view routes and maps even when Nokia C2-02 phone is in offline mode.
  • As Nokia Maps service is pre-installed, so it saves cost of downloading maps over the mobile network.

Disadvantages

  • A GPS receiver is not available in Nokia C2-02.
  • User can only plan pedestrian routes because voice guided features are not available.
  • Routes have limitations which is 10 miles in length.

Nokia C2-02 Operating system

Nokia C2-02 runs on Symbian S40 operating system. Nokia C2-02 S40 OS differs from other devices for not supporting multitasking and does not support installable application. Due to S40 OS, Nokia C2-02 interface appears to be more responsive and faster than other Nokia devices. Nokia C2-02 OS has improved in usability like swipe gestures on the home screen. Nokia C2-02 OS is enriching with shortcuts which provides the ease of speedy work.

There are two left and right swipe gestures available on Nokia C2-02 S40 OS. These left and right gestures can launch an application or can change the phone profile. Message composer is opened by a left swipe and java applications and games folder are opened by right swipe.

Home screen of Nokia C2-02 S40 OS is divided in to four sections. General indicators like time and signal are present on top row of the screen. Clock is on the top by default which is followed by communities like Facebook, Twitter and Flickr integration. At the bottom there are two short cut bars which give instant access to favorite functions or applications.

There is one more way of adding short cuts which is "Go To" short cuts. It is a kind of quick menu from where user can access applications in a short span of time which are needed urgently.

Nokia C2-02 S40 OS touch screen makes user life so easy by giving so many short cuts. User will spend less time in finding paths due to availability of so many short cuts.

Advantages

  • Availability of short cuts makes things less time consuming.

Disadvantages

  • Nokia C2-02 S40 OS has no features like "turn to mute" or "tap for time".
  • Unavailability of multitasking is the biggest drawback of Nokia C2-02 S40 OS.

Should I buy Nokia C2-02 or not?

Nokia C2-02 is an affordable simple and clean design handset. Nokia C2-02 is good for users who are looking for basic needs like messaging, calling, texting. Nokia C2-02 has 10 MB internal memory and 32 GB expandable external memory. It supports GPRS (32 to 48 kbps), EDGE, Bluetooth and USB. Nokia C2-02 has good battery life. User can get Battery Standard lithium ion 1020 mAh (BL-5C) battery, stand by time is up to 600 hours, talk time is up to five hours and music play time is up to 37 hours which is pretty good for entry level phone. Other goodies in Nokia C2-02 are decent camera which gives good contrast and color rendering for still images. Nokia C2-02 has good call and audio quality with good loud speaker. User will find web browser quite comfortable while using especially when it downloads pages in speed. One good feature which enhance Nokia C2-02 popularity is Nokia C2-02 Nokia maps, user can also avail the facility of Nokia maps in off line mode, which reduces cost of downloading maps over the mobile network. These things are enough for entry level handset to make Nokia C2-02 hit in the market and for those who just want phone to cover their basic needs.

Overall the phone is good, however there are few lacking too like Nokia C2-02 has no multi-tasking support, sometime gives laggy performance. Nokia C2-02 also lacks in features like 3G, GPS and WLAN which are useful for a device.