Nokia C2-00 Review: Dual SIMbiosis

By 03:59 Wed, 11 Aug 2021 Comments


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

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 acquire support for large microSD cards so the C2-00 can double as a music player or an Frequency Modulation (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 capturing camera is as basic as they get. But instead of putting fancy disguises, Nokia went ahead and added some features to create 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 Video Graphics Array (VGA) camera
  • QCIF video recording @ 10fps
  • Nokia Messaging and Ovi Chat
  • Stereo Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS; broadcast recording (in some markets)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 (with EDR)
  • Standard microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port
  • microSD card slot (32GB supported)
  • 3.5mm audio jack

Main disadvantages

  • No quad-band or 3G connectivity for either SIM card
  • Doesn’t charge off its Universal Serial Bus (USB) port
  • Very basic capturing 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 utilize 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.

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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