The Nokia C3-00 isn’t an imaging phone, isn’t an XpressMusic phone and isn’t even a smart phone..
But when you have the option of plugging in a 8gb memory card, you will definitely have enough music at your disposal and well as the ability to take all the pictures you would need.
The Camera:– The maximum resolution you can take pictures is 2.0MegaPixel, You quite literally have no option to fiddle with any setting. The only things you can change are the image size(from 2.0 to 0.1Megapixel), simple effects like sepia and greyscale, and white balance adjust. You do have an option of a self-timer as well. There isn’t an LED flash and you can forget taking any close up shots as there isn’t any auto focus or the ability to take macro pictures.
But the camera is functional, if the conditions allow.
The camera isn’t ideal but i couldn’t really complain, it serves its purpose and that’s about it. One thing i did notice was that you have the option to turn camera sounds off, which is something i haven’t seen on a camera phone in a while. I feel that option be removed with future firmware updates.
Navigating through images is the usual as with all S40 devices, but the added feature of a image timeline does make things a lot easier.
Music Player: The C3’s speaker is good enough to handle voice calls, but suffers when made to play music. Everything sounds tinny and horrible, luckily the C3 comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack. So plugging it into your headphones or a larger audio system is always an alternative. It takes a special kind of boredom to subject yourself to music from the C3’s speaker. Using the headphones is a good alternative as they serve their purpose quite well.
In cases like this you truly find the 3.5mm jack to be a boon, plugging in external devices makes life so much easier and the consequently makes the phone much more usable.
The Menu navigation for the C3’s music player is well laid out and you should never have a problem getting to your music. The C3 comes with an equalizer to fine tune the sound quality, i’m not sure how often it would be used, but its always a good thing to have it as an option.
I would suggest buying a small capacity memory card to use with the C3 for your music, the phone has an inbuilt memory of 55mb which is barely enough for music. While the speaker quality is nowhere close to the mark for music playback the headphones and the 3.5mm jack make it quite usable as a music device.
Push Mail: The C3 is by no means a smart phone, but in this day and age the ability to check emails on the go is pretty much a minimum requirement.
The Push mail service on the C3 is laid out extremely well, with no complications. Ideal for a first time user.
All the functionality of a web based mail box without much fuss. The mails are displayed clearly and subfolders are easily accessible.
The inability to multitask is a problem, but since this isn’t a smartphone, its not too big a deal.
Its a point worth noting that when you use the C3 for online applications its limitations become quite apparent. Its ability to function as a daily phone is superb. But when given the task of being online constantly the lack of multi-tasking makes things quite difficult.
The C3 performs exceedingly well, but if you need a phone for the internet, or you have to be online for an extended period of time i would recommend a phone capable of multitasking.
Thats all for now! Coming up soon The Final Round up of the Nokia C3 as well as a few Size Comparison!
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