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Review: Nokia C3-01 Touch & Type

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The default browser on the C3 is the Series 40 browser, which looks and behaves similarly to the WebKit-based S60 browser, but isn't. It defaults to mobile/WAP web pages, but will display HTML sites if you ask it too. The options are fairly standard and let users choose font size, page layout style, the minimap for quicker on-screen navigation, and visual bookmarks.

My complaint is that it was always slow. Whether the connection was 3G, 3.5G or even Wi-Fi, web sites rendered slowly. Only the most basic web pages jumped onto the screen quickly. But, the browser gets the job done, and, as long as you don't mind using the 12-key dialpad for text entry, it suffices for the basics. It's not nearly as rich as the browser on today's best smartphones and the menu system is still mired in Nokia's odd categorizations.

Opera Mini is also included on the C3, though it is fairly well hidden. I discovered it only by accident when sorting through all the folders and applications on the device. It's not listed in the most obvious places (such as the main menu).

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Nokia hasn't changed Series 40's flexibility. It continues to offer end-users plenty of ways to make the device their own. The C3 only ships with 4 themes, but many more are available for download. The main menu can be rearranged, the home screen customized, and a list of shortcuts modified at will. It doesn't offer the flexibility of an Android device, but it does more than most other feature phones will.


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