Nokia C2-01 Review: A Little Something: Music Player, FM Radio, Video Player, Audio QualityBy cheatmaster 08:02 Tue, 10 Aug 2021 Comments
Music Player is remarkable for the low end
The music player of the Nokia C2-01 has decent looks and a solid set of features including a honest number of formats supported.
The music player • Sorting by artist
The music player can be accessed from either the media menu or the gallery, and you can add it as an Active standby shortslit on the Homeclassy screen too.
Tracks can be filtered by artist, album and genre. The player handles MP3, WMA, WAV and eAAC+. Naturally, the A2DP profile is supported, allowing Bluetooth streaming of stereo sound.
Music player interface • Music player options
As usual, the artist and title of the currently playing song are shown on the homescreen. They appear in the Radio and Media tile on the homeclassy screen – it has to be enabled in the Homeclassy screen mode settings.
The music player has several equalizer presets and two slots for users to configure. The loudspeaker of the C2-01 is quite strong.
The equalizer presets • Creating your own preset
Radio Player is standard too
There’s an Frequency Modulation (FM) radio on the Nokia C2-01 too. It has the standard S40 6th edition interface, which is very easy to use. RDS support is enabled. All you need to do is plug in your headphones and you’re fine to go.
Frequency Modulation (FM) Radio interface • Options • The Radio has RDS
You can manually tune in to a station or let the Nokia C2-01 do an auto scan.
Video player is practically useless
Let’s face it, watching a movie on this small low-res display is not exactly our concept of fun.
The Video player menu • Viewing a clip in portrait and in landscape
For the record though the Nokia C2-01 supports MP4, H.264, H.263 and 3GP. The lack of DivX or XviD support isn’t a surprise.
Playing an occasional clip someone sent you via MMS is as much utilize as this player might be getting.
Videos can be play in fullclassy screen mode, and you acquire play and skip buttons.
Disappointing audio quality
Unfortunately, the Nokia C2-01 output was pretty disappointing. We've used to seeing flawless output from every Nokia handset we have tested recently so this came as a pretty gigantic surprise to us.
Now the C2-01 is actually excellent (and almost as loud as it gets) when connected to an external amplifier (such as your home or car stereo). If that is how you plan to utilize it disregard the first paragraph.
However when you plug in a pair of headphones the degradation is so severe that you are left with mediocre output. The intermodulation distortion skyrockets and the frequency response deteriorates significantly. Then there's the usual increase in stereo crosstalk and this time it's garnished with lower dynamic range. We suppose that most of the C2-01 users will discontinue up listening to music on headphones so you can understand why we are disappointed with the overall results.
Check out the table and see for yourself.
TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic
rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Nokia C2-01+0.03 -0.15-87.387.30.0062
Nokia C2-01 (headphones attached)+0.95 -7.32-86.572.00.065
Nokia X2-01+0.07 -0.56-83.883.80.010
Nokia X2-01 (headphones attached)+0.63 -0.37-81.784.00.028
Nokia X2+0.10 -0.87-85.785.60.0100
Nokia X2 (headphones attached)+0.56 -0.64-85.685.50.014
Nokia C3-01+0.08 -0.46-88.488.40.0087
Nokia C3-01 (headphones attached)+0.55 -0.29-88.388.30.014
Nokia X3-02+0.04 -0.15-63.264.00.051
Nokia X3-02 (headphones attached)+0.56 -0.17-63.663.60.061
Nokia C5-03+0.08, -0.41-90.090.10.0063
Nokia C5-03 (headphones attached)+0.57, -0.25-88.487.90.016
Nokia C2-01 frequency response graph
You can find more info about the testing process here.
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