Expert Review of Nokia C2-00
Nokia C2 00 is another affordable piece of gadget by the Finnish handset maker, Nokia, that comes with dual SIM functionality. In terms of design, this device looks very simple but from inside it carries lots of features and applications that make this feature phone the best choice amongst it contemporaries. Whether it is Internet or photos or music, nothing seems to be impossible for this feature phone as it is a complete multimedia handset. The dual SIM functionality makes this phone more attractive. The market of dual SIM phones in India is in boom phase and this is the reason that Nokia is instantly releasing its handsets with dual SIM feature. Nokia C2 00 supports GSM network for both the SIMs, so the users can stay connected with their family and friends everytime and from anywhere. This also leads to less charges for net connectivity as one can use that network which provides Internet connections at very cheap rates whereas the for the other SIM one can use the service of that network which provides a good quality service. With the dual SIM feature you can also keep your professional and personal life separate by having different numbers for each and for that there is no need to keep two phones, as Nokia C2 00 is capable of providing the facility of two phones in one handset. This device comes in a small size of 108 mm x 45 mm x 14.6 mm that can easily take the place in the front pocket and the weight of 74 grams makes is very light to carry for a long time without aching the muscles of the hands. With this device one can access a world of information, capture and share life as it happens and share their passion for music amongst their social groups. Nokia C2 00 seems like a mid-range phone from the nineties at first, but this modest handset actually makes a lot of sense, and use. Being a dual SIM, dual-standby phone is the most highlighted feature of it and one can have two active phone lines in the same device. This handset is very easy to use as it comes with a hot swappable microSIM card slot for the second SIM so its users can easily juggle multiple SIM cards with relative smoothness. It also provides support for large microSD cards so Nokia C2-00 can double as a music player or an FM radio with recording capabilities and the loudspeaker on this phone are of very good quality and provides standard output. Apart from the basic features, the company has also added some extra features such as an Expense Manager application - a relevant addition to a budget-minded phone. There is also an English-Chinese dictionary built-in and an application that will give tips on how to use the phone. Nokia C2 00 bears a lot of resemblance to Nokia X1. This feature phone has classic Nokia looks with smooth rounded corners. In terms of design the body is made of a sturdy plastic that plays a major role in keeping the device reasonably light. The front of the device has a non-touch type screen with alpha numeric keypad below it. The keypad has two soft keys and call buttons on both sides of a five-way navigational D-pad and this navigational button has a thin metal bezel around it that helps in providing it a special appearance. The soft keys and D-pad are well-sized but rather stiff. The call keys are more responsive. With S40 inside, the D-pad is a five-way key. Unlike the most basic of Nokia phones, it has a confirming center button. The left side of the device is left bare but the right side is the home for the second microSIM card slot along with a microUSB Port and a power point. The top hosts a 3.5 mm universal headphone jack that acts as an antenna for FM radio connectivity and also works as an A/V connector whereas the bottom of the phone has a primary microphone hole. The back of the device holds a primary VGA camera and under the cover there lives a standard battery, a microSD card slot and a microSIM card slot for first SIM. Nokia C2 00 carries a Monoblock form factor and comes pre-loaded with some extra features such as Nokia Money, FOTA, Nokia Life Tools, Themes and Flight Mode. The messaging facilities of the device includes Nokia Messaging, Native e-mail client, SMS, MMS + SMIL and IM. Users can secure their messages and other important information as this device can be locked by a password and one can also active the PIN code for more security. Apart from being a user friendly handset it is also environment friendly as it is made up of renewable materials and contains up to 60 percent of recycled materials. Even the packaging of the phone is 100 percent recyclable. A long press and hold on the star (*) key brings up the SIM management menu. The 12 keys of the keypad are decently big and provides comfort while typing but is rather flat. There are two big nubs around the 5 key, which does help with touch orientation somewhat. The rounded shape of the device allows comfortable grip to its users but it is quite a bit thick from the sides. This handset is available in black and white colors only. Nokia C2-00 comes with a typical S40 phonebook, which means plenty of storage for contacts, that is, 1000 on the phone plus as many as one can fit on both SIMs, and its users can also choose how contacts are being displayed, that is, with contact photo or by first or last name. But there is no smart dialing feature in the phone. The phonebook can be set up to automatically and store new contacts in a chosen location, that is, either in phone or in SIM 1 or SIM 2 or users can also set an always ask. The users can also set a default SIM card for making a call and they can even have the phone to ask everytime before making a call. This device provides the facility to name the SIM cards that would be very beneficial for its users. The second SIM card can be swapped out in seconds, so one can easily use more than two cards for calling. The in-call sound is very clear and loud and the reception is solid, thus one is never out of reach. One strange thing with this phone is that for the secondary SIM card to work, this phone requires a SIM card in the master slot also.
User Interface and UI functionality
Nokia C2 00 has a 1.8 inches wide TFT LCD Transmissive non-touch display that has portrait orientation and gives a screen resolution of 128 x 160 pixels. The pixel density of 114 ppi along with 65K color depth makes the view very crisp, rich, vibrant and sharp. The device is running on Nokia's own proprietary operating system, that is, Nokia S40 platform, which brings Flash, Java and Series 40 Web applications along with it. This is the sixth edition device of S40 series. This platform divides the screen into tiles that can be scrolled with the navigational D-pad and can be edited also according to one's own choice. The menu can be rearranged according to the need. The general indicators are on top, featuring date, time and missed events and pressing the end key while the keypad is locked displays a lockscreen showing the time and date. The main menu can be viewed in the traditional grid, list or single view modes. The left button is assigned to the Go To function by default, which brings up a list of shortcuts that can be arranged as per the necessity and are totally customizable. This makes accessing the most common features is easy. Also, as a Series 40 device, Nokia C2 00 will run Java based applications so its users can extend the in-built functionality. The Java version of Facebook application is a good place to start. The keyboard of this feature phone will give a reasonable typing speed for texting. It is a good featured phone in terms of its software support too, with Nokia Messaging and OVI Chat enabled. The e-mail client makes the users to do their most important tasks at the priority note and it works with POP3, SMTP, and IMAP4 protocols and supports multiple e-mail accounts. The e-mail client supports SSL also, which enables it to handle a Gmail account. The gallery can be viewed in either portrait or landscape mode. In landscape mode, images take up the full screen. Photos can be organized into albums that can be sorted by date, name or size. These pictures can be viewed in a slideshow with selectable transition effects. The Gallery application is hidden in the Applications menu. This file is capable of managing folders and files either in bulk or one by one. The menu of Nokia C2 00 dual SIM phone is very simple and is made up of the following – Logbook, Contacts, Internet, Photos, messages, Music, Settings, SIM settings and Applications.
Nokia C2 00 is a very nice multimedia handset that can provide full on entertainment to its users 24 x 7. The music player of Nokia C2 00 has a solid set of features including a fair number of supported formats. The player handles AWB, AAC, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI poly 64, Mobile XMF, MP3, M4A, WAV, SP MIDI and WMA formats for any audio playback but for audio file recording it supports AMR format. Tracks can be filtered by artist, album and genre. Naturally, the A2DP profile is supported, allowing Bluetooth streaming of stereo sound. There is adjustable equalizer also that helps in adjusting the sound output of the song. The features that are supported by this music player are audio recorder amr, handsfree speaker, MP3 ringtones, audio recorder and FM radio with RDS feature that automatically detect the name of the radio station, the user is tuned into. The videos played in this feature phone are supported by H.263, H.264/AVC, MPEG-4, Windows video, WMV, 3GPP and ASF formats and for recording H.263 and H.264/AVC video formats are supportable. The videos recorded using the VGA camera of this phone becomes more enjoyable by using Normal, Greyscale, Sepia, Negative, False colours and Solarize color modes. Stereo audio recording and video zoom are some of the recording features in this phone.
Pictures and Video quality
Nokia C2 00 comes with a primary rear VGA 0.3 MP camera that captures images with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and can record QCIF videos in 128 x 96 pixels of size with 10 frames per second. This snapper has 2.8 aperture and provides 4x digital zooming feature. The graphics formats supported are GIF89a, OTA, BMP, GIF87a, WBMP, PNG and JPEG whereas the images snapped supports JPEG format. The camera supports sequence mode and self timer features for taking images and recording videos. The phone has a video player as well as a video recorder that record videos in Automatic, Fluorescent, Incandescent or Daylight mode. Videos can be played in full screen mode, and you get pause and skip buttons. There is no secondary camera on this feature phone so its users cannot make video calls. Via the integrated video player, the video can be displayed immediately and the photos and videos taken with Nokia C2 00 can also be easily transferred to a personal computer via Bluetooth.
Nokia C2 00 supports limited Internet connectivity options, which include GPRS of class 12 with 32 - 48 kbps speed and EDGE of class 6 with a speed up to 177.6 kbps. There is no 3G or Wi-Fi support over this device. For the connectivity with nearby devices it supports Bluetooth v.2.1 with EDR and a microUSB port.
Internal and External Memory
Nokia C2 00 has an internal storage capacity of 10 MB with 64 MB for ROM and 16 MB for RAM. One can also expand the external memory up to 32 GB with the help of a microSD card slot that is hot swappable in nature, so its users do not have to take out the battery for removing or inserting a memory card.
Applications and Gaming
Nokia C2 00 is a simple basic phone that contains the basic Nokia S40 applications, which are available in every Nokia handset. This phone has Java support so one can download and play Java based games, some of which are already there in the handset.
Nokia C2 00 comes loaded with a very strong standard Li-Ion 1020 (BL-5C) 3.7V battery that is capable of keeping the device alive up to a talk time of 4 hours and a standby time up to 396 hours. With this battery one can also enjoy multimedia feature for long hours of duration.
The Opera Mini 4.2 browser comes preloaded on Nokia C2 00. It is long been part of the standard S40 package, which is a good data-efficient choice. The Opera Mini browser supports multiple tabs and the compression notably improves loading time and saves on data charges. This device also has Nokia Web browser that provides a very good browsing experience. These browsers are loaded with XHTML over TCP/IP and WAP 2.0 features. Nokia C2 00 supports GSM network only for both the SIMs at a bandwidth of 900 / 1800 MHz for SIM 1 and 900 / 1800 MHz for SIM 2.
Nokia C2 00 is a well doing product by Nokia that falls in a dual SIM phone segment. This phone is loaded with all the necessary features and functionalities that are required by every feature handset to fill the basic appetite of the customers. Since the dual SIM market is full of handsets from other manufacturers so this device will have to face a tough competition from the phones like Samsung E2232, Nokia X1-01, Nokia 101, LG A230, Samsung Hero E3213, Samsung C3212 Duos and many more. The market is full of several handsets that supports a second SIM card, so that the customers do not have to carry two phones with them.