I guess I gave away the punchline of this post in the title itself. So I’ll just get right down to the pros and cons…
What I like:
- Solid feel. Steel back – no cheap plasticky feel. Keys are comfortable, although a bit cluttered with too many letters and symbols.
- Slim phone. Very light. The display looks sharper and better quality than the BlackBerry Curve 8520.
- Fast. It’s not an S60 smartphone, so the irritating lag and flickering doesn’t exist here. You get a smooth, snappy S40 interface that totally works for what you want to do.
- Nokia Email can be configured easily and works pretty well, bar a few minor problems. Ovi Contacts and other integration is pretty solid and not complicated to set up.
- Excellent price. Around Rs. 6,500 right now, but it’ll easily drop to 5.5-6 soon, making it even better.
What I don’t like:
- No USB charging! You need to lug around that thin pin charger. Although, this isn’t such a huge problem since anyone and everyone has a Nokia charger.
- Fixed-focus 2 megapixel camera produces substandard quality photos. There’s no LED flash either, so you’re left stumbling in the dark.
- There’s Facebook and Twitter integration into Nokia Messaging Social, but you need to ‘connect’ to them every time you check them, which means there are no background updates. A social feed without background updates? Doesn’t work.
- Resizing (‘optimizing’) and sending photos via email takes a while. Also, Nokia Email doesn’t seem to accept ‘+’ as a valid character in email, so you can’t send pictures to your Ovi Share email address, which contains the symbol.
- Sending an email out from Ovi Mail adds a stupid signature that says “Ovi Mail: Making email access easy http://mail.ovi.com”, which is very 1999. Not cool.
- No 3G. Not that the speed of EDGE on the browser is bad, but 3G is just around the corner…
- No GPS, but well, it’s a cheap phone..
But overall, the Nokia C3 is a cheap, yet functional QWERTY phone that’ll be an attractive buy to social networking/email/messaging users on a budget.