Review: Nokia C3-01 Touch & Type
The C3 uses a modified version of Series 40 that takes advantage of the touch display. There's no d-pad on this phone. Instead, the touch experience focuses more on replacing the d-pad, making it faster to make selections on the screen.
Anyone familiar with Series 40 will feel at home on the main screen, though there are distinct differences between the C3 and standard Series 40. The C3 has a spot on the home screen reserved for the users' four favorite contacts. This is joined by three other user-adjustable slots for content, such as a shortcut bar, the clock, calendar, music/radio controls and a dozen other options. It lets users place what they'll be using most directly on the home screen with easy access via a quick touch.
There is a permanent tool bar at the bottom of the home screen that lets users access an additional list of shortcuts, the main menu, or the full contacts application. It would have been neat to see more than one home screen available, but I suppose that's asking too much of Series 40.
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The main menu will be very familiar to anyone who's used a Nokia handset before. It can be viewed in grid or list form, and the icons and selections are practically unchanged. One thing I noticed — the fonts are all bigger. Numbers and words in the menu system are much easier to read, though it comes with the cost of fewer options visible on the screen at one time.
By adding touch to Series 40, Nokia has eliminated the thumb-tiring chore of digging through menu after menu of the dense user interface. Long story short, using the C3 is much faster than any other Series 40 handset.
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