The Nokia C1-01: My Review

It’s been a while since I used a feature phone, let alone reviewed one. I used this phone for about 5 days while I waited to return to the sane world of smartphones.

This is Baby C, The Nokia C1-01. Image from paperpk.com

Opera Mini

It’s the cheapest phone with a ‘good’ internet connection that I could find. It comes pre-installed with opera mini so you can start surfing right away. It has an Edge connection (2G network) but it’s pretty decent for a phone that size because its data requirement is minimal. You can do the usual sites: facebook, twitter, gmail comfortably.

Camera

I don’t how many MP it has but either way, the pics are the type give you a headache when trying to view details, so let’s skip the review. It’s probably 1.2MP

Radio

I could listen to X FM pretty well, so can’t complain. Standard Nokia headphones, standard port so you can play music on external speakers.

Music

A good music player, and since it has a slot for a memory card, I could listen to music in peace on my way home to and from town. It’s a long journey to Utawala, and the bus usually has friendly people who want to talk. Earphones will get you out of conversation.

Apps

It has the usual games… including Solitaire and Snake, except the snake is too big so not very responsive! You can download Series 40 apps from the Ovi Store so knock yourself out.

Size and Lightness

It’s a sleek phone, felt tiny in my hand considering my previous phone was a Samsung Galaxy S II named Calypso, but that is a story for another day.

Cost

Picture this: it’s raining. Heavily. It has taken me one hour to get to town from Strathmore, only to find no buses at my stage. I need to make a phone call but I only have a SIM card. I don’t have cash, my money is in MPESA. So when I asked the guy at the shop what’s the cheapest phone with internet, and we tend to trust Nokia brands for lower end phones, I decided to get the C1-01. For Kshs. 5,000. I’m ready to sell it for Kshs. 4,000. Any takers?

Anyway, I have moved on to a new phone: The Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos. It’s the one on the right that’s both QWERTY and touch, and runs on Android. Will review it soon. I haven’t named it yet and suggestions are welcome!

The Galaxy Y Duos and the Galaxy Y Pro Duos. Image from fonearena.com
  • http://www.eastafricaherald.com/ Michael Paul

    I lost my Nokia C1-01 two days ago…

    and i wanna be back to the world of smart-phones again; Savvy… just tell me how much are the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos?

    • savvykenya

      The Samsung Galaxy Y’s go for between Kshs. 15,000-18,000

      • blale nugu

        Am thinking you should have saved the 5k you spent on the Mulika Mwizi to top up the between 15-18k to buy a smarter smart phone going for between 20-23k.

        • savvykenya

          I couldn’t stay without a phone an hour longer!

  • kachwanya

    “I don’t how many MP it has but either way, the pics are the type give you a headache when trying to view details, so let’s skip the review. ”

    Some Reviews are more interesting than ever.. Now the phone has 600×480 pixels ..and with that we skip to the next comment

    • savvykenya

      Thanks for the information! I liked the phone but it’s just not for me. Once you get a smartphone, you can’t go back!

  • http://fullflix.blogspot.com/ Steilmeteor

    very good phone love to have it.

    • savvykenya

      yeah it’s a good one

  • Chege Wa Njoki

    My Nokia c1-01 camera isn’t functioning, it say operation failed the camera on standby. What could be the problem?

    • savvykenya

      Hi Chege, you can take it to a Nokia shop near you to sort out your issues.