Nokia C2-00 review: Dual SIMbiosis

GSMArena team, 04 August 2011.
Pages: 1234

Tags: Nokia, S40

Introduction

Dual-SIM is usually the domain of no-name brands, and the few models signed by top makers are well worth a look. Because when you need to make a lot of calls on a shoestring, nothing beats the likes of the Nokia C2-00.

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Nokia C2-00 official photos

The 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 obvious highlight: you can have two active phone lines in the same device.

Better still, the second SIM card is easily hot-swappable through a side-mounted slot, so you can juggle multiple SIM cards with relative ease. You also get support for large microSD cards so the C2-00 can double as a music player or an FM radio with recording capabilities (in some markets). Plus, the loudspeaker is extra loud on this one.

There's no hiding that the Nokia C2-00 is a cheap phone - the camera is as basic as they get. But instead of putting fancy disguises, Nokia went ahead and added some features to make the C2-00 even more helpful. Here's what you get.

Key features

  • Entry level dual-SIM, dual-standby phone with decent features
  • Dual-band GSM/EDGE connectivity
  • Hot-swappable second SIM
  • 1.8" 65K-color 128x160 TFT display
  • Series 40 UI, 6th edition
  • Fixed-focus VGA camera
  • QCIF video recording @ 10fps
  • Nokia Messaging and Ovi Chat
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS; broadcast recording (in some markets)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 (with EDR)
  • Standard microUSB port
  • microSD card slot (32GB supported)
  • 3.5mm audio jack

Main disadvantages

  • No quad-band or 3G connectivity for either SIM card
  • Doesnt charge off its USB port
  • Very basic camera with subpar image quality
  • No smart dialing
  • Miserable display (viewing angles are slim at best)
  • No flashlight (just kidding)

The Nokia C2-00 software package offers extras such as an Expense Manager app - a relevant addition to a budget-minded phone. There's also an English-Chinese dictionary built-in (this feature is region dependant) and an app that will give you tips on how to use the phone.

Hardly impressive to a smartphone owner, those are just the type of things that can add value to a handset meant for emerging markets.

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Nokia C2-00 live shots

Flip to the next page to see just how much kit you can buy for 50 euro or so.

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