Get Social with the Nokia C3

Nokia’s running a fun little contest to test your Social Quotient so to speak. And the winner walks away with a Nokia C3!

All you have to do is Get Social with Nokia C3. Visit the page, check it out, and Get Social!

In case you wanted to know more about the C3, read our reviews of it over here!

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Nokia C3: Camera and Music Player (as well as Push Mail)

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.

Outdoor, Daylight
Outdoor, Daylight
Outdoor,  low light
Outdoor, low light
Indoors , low light
Indoors , low light

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.

The Gallery is quite easy to get around.
The Gallery is quite easy to get around.

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.

The timeline feature in the image gallery
The timeline feature in the image gallery. Useful!

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.

The Music Menu along with the Equalizer
The Music Menu along with the Equalizer

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.

Multiple Email addresses, all taken care of easily
Multiple Email addresses, all taken care of easily

The Push mail service on the C3 is laid out extremely well, with no complications. Ideal for a first time user.

The interface for Push Mail is very to navigate through.
The interface for Push Mail is very to navigate through.

All the functionality of a web based mail box without much fuss. The mails are displayed clearly and subfolders are easily accessible.

Simple and Functional
Simple and Functional

The inability to multitask is a problem, but since this isn’t a smartphone, its not too big a deal.

Uh, Oh, Signing into chat shuts down the mail application
Uh, Oh, Signing into chat shuts down the mail application

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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Nokia C3: First Impressions

At first glance the Nokia C3 seems quite impressive. With its Qwerty keyboard, smooth glossy finish and neat design most people think its a smart phone. Unfortunately it runs the S40 Operating System and is incapable of multitasking.

You can check out the specifications at the Nokia C3-00 device profile post, you could also check out The Nokia C3 Unboxing.

Fit, Finish & Feel: The C3 has an excellent feel to it, the panels are quite flush and lend an upmarket feel to the phone. The glossy finish is definitely worth a mention and doesn’t make the phone feel plasticky. Though the surface is a bit of a fingerprint magnet, it isn’t much of a problem.

Definitely a good looking phone..
Definitely a good looking phone..

The only grouse i have with the body of the C3 is the annoying battery panel, it never seems shut flush, and seems to be squeezed in too tight at times. This may have just been an issue with our trial piece, but its a small, yet irritating problem.

Irritating Battery Panel
Irritating Battery Panel

There are no buttons on the sides on the phone, all the volume function are handled by the D-pad. The keys are large enough (for a qwerty), and offer good tactile feedback.  The space bar seems a bit off, it feels like there are two internal buttons being operated by one big space bar. I never had an issue with the operation of the space bar, its worked perfectly every single time. Just that there were occasions where the feedback left me with a quizzical expression on my face.

The Call Disconnect button(the big red one) handles the duties of switching the phone off(as well as switching it on), as there isn’t a dedicated On/Off button for the phone.

But here is where I had a huge issue with the phone. The OFF button just switches the phone off , you can’t control the profile selection for that you either; need to traverse menus to change your profile or assign profile selection to the either of the menu keys.

Its more a matter of convenience, my age old Nokia 8310 has that function and  so do most Nokias, so why not this one?

The Keyboard
The Keyboard

Ah, the keyboard. What a lovely mess it is. In an effort to squeezed in local language support, the keyboard takes a massive hit. There are just too many letters on it. I assume most people buying the C3-00 will be buying their first Qwerty enabled phone, trying to type was a pain especially when you realise the Hindi text has swallowed a few special characters (here’s a fun game, try finding the ; on the C3’s physical keyboard).

Luckily the C3 IS available with a normal keyboard(phew).

The battery life of the C3 is quite impressive, equipped with a 1320mAh battery the C3 lasts over 3 days with normal usage, including web browsing. Limiting my usage to just calls and texting I was able make the battery last almost 5 days.

It’s been a while since i last used an S40 device, but honestly i can’t really complain. The interface is smooth, though a bit slow at time. If you haven’t used a smartphone on a daily basis you won’t really miss the multitasking.

That all for now, up next we’ll be checking out the 2.0 MegaPixel camera and the Music player on the C3.

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The Nokia C3-00 Unboxing

We got the Nokia C3-00 review piece a few days ago and thought it was about time we showed everyone what’s in the box.

For a detailed list of the C3-00’s specifications you can check out our C3-00 Device Profile.

The Box
The Box

Well to be honest the box doesn’t contain much. You get the bare essentials –

  • A Nokia C3-00
  • Nokia Battery BL-5J  (1320mAh !)
  • Nokia Compact Charger AC-3 (which is a bit chunky, when compared to the AC-8)
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102 (3.5mm jack, which is thankfully becoming the standard)
  • User guide
  • And a Thank You note from Nokia :)
and what it contains..
and what it contains..

Honestly there isn’t much to complain about, apart from not having much to begin with. But its definitely good enough.

We’ll be putting the First Impressions of the C3-00 soon.

So stay tuned to our Twitter Account for updates, we’re @MyNokiaWorld.

Nokia C3 Profile

The Nokia C3 is a neat new qwerty Series 40 phone, aimed at the messaging masses.

The C3 is the perfect budget phone for Email, Chat and Social Networking on the go while on a budget!

Here are some of the specs of the phone.

Display and user interface
  • Size: 2.4″
  • Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels (TFT)
  • 262,000 colours
  • Landscape QVGA
Power Management

  • BL-5J 1320 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Talk time (maximum):
    • up to 7 hours
  • Standby time (maximum):
    • up to 800 hours
  • Music playback time (offline mode, maximum): 30 hours
Data network

  • GPRS class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 85.6/64.2 kbps (DL/UL)
  • EGPRS class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 296/177,6 kbps (DL/UL)
  • WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g, maximum speed up to 11 Mbps/54 Mbps
  • TCP/IP support
  • Capability to serve as data modem
Memory
  • MicroSD memory card slot, hot swappable, up to 8 GB
  • Internal memory: 55 MB
Operating frequency
  • Quad band EGSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Automatic switching between GSM bands
  • Flight mode
Connectivity
  • 2.0 mm Charger Connector
  • Bluetooth version 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
  • Support for local synchronisation
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 (micro USB connector)
  • 3.5 mm AV connector
Software platform & user interface
  • Series 40
  • FOTA (firmware update over the air)
  • Software updates through Nokia Software Updater installed on PC
Email and messaging
  • Easy access to your email accounts, including Yahoo!® Mail, Gmail™, Windows Live™, Hotmail™ and other popular POP/IMAP services
  • Easy Ovi Mail free email account creation directly from phone
  • Instant messaging through Windows Live Messenger™, Yahoo!® Messenger, Google Talk™ and Ovi Chat
  • Conversational SMS for chat-style text messages
  • SMS, MMS
  • Nokia Xpress audio messaging
Camera
  • 2 megapixel camera (1600 x 1200 pixels)
  • Still image formats: JPEG
  • Zoom up to 4x (digital)
  • Fullscreen viewfinder
  • Self timer
  • Effects in viewfinder: greyscale, sepia and negative
Video camera
  • 2 megapixel
  • Video clip length: up to capacity of memory card
  • Settings for scene, video light, white balance, colour tone
  • Zoom up to 4 x digital
  • Video capture in MPEG-4, QCIF max. resolution 320 x 240
  • Video file format: H.263, H.264, AVI, MPEG-4 (stored as .mpg or .3gp files), WMV
Standard Sales Package
  • Nokia C3
  • Nokia Battery BL-5J
  • Nokia Compact Charger AC-3
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102
  • User guide
You can learn more about the C3 over at the Nokia Site.
Thanks to this little tweet by the Nokia Messaging team, we know that the C3 is currently available in India! Visit the launch page over here. The phone should be available for around INR 5000 (not official ofcourse)
If you do walk into the stores to check it out, do let us know about the phone and the retail price by commenting below, or catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld.

Nokia C3 Photos and Specs

The C3 was one of the handsets announced by Nokia yesterday. This handset is run on Symbian Series 40 and sports a QWERTY keyboard, a 320×240 pixel 2.4 inch screen and a 2 megapixel camera. It supports WiFi but lacks 3G connectivity. This phone is slated for release in the second quarter of 2010 with the indicative cost of  €90 (around INR 5500) making this a budget phone.

Display and user interface

  • Size: 2.4″
  • Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels (TFT)
  • 262,000 colours
  • Landscape QVGA

Power Management

  • BL-5J 1320 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Talk time (maximum):
    • up to 8 hours
  • Standby time (maximum):
    • up to 500 hours
  • Music playback time (offline mode, maximum): 30 hours

Memory

  • Internal memory: 55 MB
  • MicroSD memory card slot, hot swappable, up to 8 GB

Operating frequency & Data Network

  • Quad band EGSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • GPRS class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 85.6/64.2 kbps (DL/UL)
  • EGPRS class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 236.8/118.4 kbps (DL/UL)
  • WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g, maximum speed up to 11 Mbps/54 Mbps
  • TCP/IP support
  • Capability to serve as data modem

Camera

  • 2 megapixel camera (1600 x 1200 pixels)
  • Still image formats: JPEG
  • Zoom up to 4x (digital)
  • Fullscreen viewfinder
  • Self timer
  • Effects in viewfinder: greyscale, sepia and negative

Video camera

  • 2 megapixel
  • Video clip length: up to capacity of memory card
  • Zoom up to 4 x digital
  • Video capture in MPEG-4, QCIF max. resolution 320 x 240
  • Video file format: H.263, H.264, AVI, MPEG-4 (stored as .mpg or .3gp files), WMV

Music and Audio

  • Nokia Music Player
  • Music codecs: .MP3, WMA, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+
  • 3.5 mm stereo headphone plug
  • Ringtones: mp3, aac, 64-tone polyphonic
  • Stereo FM radio (87.5-108 MHz/76-90 MHz), RDS

You can get more detailed specifications on the C3 from Nokia’s Site

Images of the C3

C3 Video from Nokia

Three new Nokia Devices:Social Networking + Messaging On Board

Nokia just announced in their “Everyone Connect” press conference,the launch of three new Social Networking and Messaging centric devices, the Nokia c3, c6 and e5. These continue with the new Nokia Nomenclature.

From the press release:

Social networking and messaging brought to life with the Nokia C3, Nokia C6 and Nokia E5.
Espoo, Finland – Nokia has announced three new handsets – the Nokia C3, Nokia C6 and Nokia E5 – designed to put better messaging and social networking tools in the hands of more people around the world, at affordable prices. These new handsets feature full QWERTY keyboards, and enable access to a range of different email accounts, IM communities and social networks.
“Our messaging device range is very successful,” said Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia’s Head of Markets. “Services that provide easy access to the world’s consumer and corporate email and instant messaging are really popular on our QWERTY smartphones such as the Nokia E71 and Nokia E63. People want the best messaging and social networking experience on an affordable device, whether it’s sending a simple text or instant message, an email, or a direct message from their Twitter account. The Nokia C3, Nokia C6 and Nokia E5 are made for just that.”
The Nokia C3 is the first device to bring a full QWERTY keyboard to the world’s most popular mobile phone platform – Series 40 – and is the first in the range to enable access to social networks directly on the homescreen. People can view, comment, update their status and share pictures to their favorite social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
At an estimated price of EUR 90, before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia C3 also comes with Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat, meaning first time users can set up email and chat accounts straight from the device, without the need for a PC. Other notable features are the Wi-Fi connectivity, a two megapixel camera, rich color 2.4 inch screen and support for up to an 8GB memory card. The Nokia C3 is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2010 in a variety of appealing colors, including golden white, slate grey and hot pink.
The Nokia C6 is a Symbian-based smartphone combining the benefits of a 3.2 inch touch screen with a full slide out keyboard. The large screen provides a great Internet experience, as well as offering access to Facebook feeds directly on the homescreen. A full suite of email and social networking capabilities means the Nokia C6 is perfect for people who want to stay up to date while on the go.

Expected to be available in the second quarter of 2010 at an estimated price of EUR 220, before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia C6 has an impressive feature set including a high quality five megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, and Ovi Maps with free walk and drive navigation. In addition, thousands of apps – from games and videos to news aggregators and web services – are available in the Ovi Store.
Rounding off the trio is the latest addition to the Nokia Eseries range, the Nokia E5. Designed for those that want to be productive in both their professional and personal lives, the Symbian-based Nokia E5 follows the successful blueprint of devices such as the Nokia E72 and Nokia E63. The Nokia E5 combines high quality business features with all of the personal networking and entertainment capabilities that a busy professional expects from a smartphone.
The Nokia E5 is perfect for managing busy schedules with a variety of productivity applications available in the Ovi Store. And with direct access to over 90 percent of the world’s corporate email through Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveler, it’s easy to keep in contact from anywhere.
Estimated price of the Nokia E5 is EUR 180, before taxes and subsidies, with expected availability in the third quarter of 2010.”

You can find out more about these devices over at Nokia Conversations, the official Nokia Blog.

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