Phone wars: Nokia C3 vs Ideos

Published: November 23, 2010
Nokia's C3 is prevails in the market, but the Ideos has an edge with its smartphone capabilities.

Nokia's C3 is prevails in the market, but the Ideos has an edge with its smartphone capabilities.


The Ideos 2.8 inch screen is larger compared to the C3’s 2.4 inch, which makes the Ideos a better option if you want to watch movies and read books for longer periods of time.

Moreover, the Ideo’s touchscreen is capacitative. Keep in mind, however, that a large amount of the Ideos’ viewable screen is taken up by the onscreen keyboard.

Almost a draw, but the Ideos wins for the capacitative touchscreen.


Ideos has 2GB ROM (inbuilt space) compared to Nokia’s 55BM. While the Nokia accepts a maximum MicroSd card of 8GB, the Ideos accepts sizes up till 32GB card Ideos wins.


EDGE is the same on both phones. However, in the WiFi department, the Nokia C3 only supports B/G networks, while the Ideos has B/G and N. This doesn’t mean much unless you know the benefits of an N wireless network and have it installed in your home.

Draw if you don’t know what Wireless N is. If you do, the Ideos wins.


The Ideos has a 3.2 megapixel camera while the C3 has a 2 megapixel camera. Resolutions are 2048×1536 and 1600×1200 pixels respectively. Do I really need to spell this one out for you?

The Ideos wins.

Battery power

I don’t think I even need to look at statistics for this one. The C3 has more talk time/standby time because the phone does not perform battery-intensive tasks. The Ideos running android is a mini computer that does everything your laptop does and will need to be recharged every day, maybe even more often if you plan to watch movies on it.

The C3 wins this one because it does not perform battery-intensive tasks.


The phones are almost within the same price range — both under Rs16,000. The features that we haven’t mentioned are generally more or less the same.

If you’re considering buying either of these phones, I would advise that you hold both phones in your hand and type out a few sentences.

If you feel that the typing on a touch screen is difficult and if you’re one of those people that buys unlimited messaging every month and don’t plan to use the phone for much else, then the C3 is the phone for you. If you are looking for a more rounded experience and want all the functionality of your computer in your pocket, then go for the Ideos.

Data: GSM Arena

Published in The Express Tribune, November 21st, 2010.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Noreen Shams
    Nov 23, 2010 - 4:58PM

    hmm Ideos sounds gudRecommend

  • Adnan Tariq
    Nov 24, 2010 - 12:43AM

    nice work……… really helpful…… carry on bro…..Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Nov 24, 2010 - 5:26AM

    nice touchRecommend

  • Bilal Umar
    Nov 24, 2010 - 1:28PM

    Hello Omair,

    Lets first start off with the fact that the c3 is for 12,000 and NOT a smartphone (on Symbian S60) and the Ideos is for 16,000 and runs Android 2.2, a full featured smartphone.

    The two phones are not comparable simply because one is smartphone, while the other is not. You were better off comparing the LG Optimus with the Ideos.

    Secondly, you seem to have a huge liking for Android phones and hence choose to ignore the good things about the C3, namely the full QWERTY keyboard. Now, i dont know about you, but keyboards on touchscreens SUCK, when compared to actual QWERTY.

    The C3 is targetted for mainstream users who want social integration and texting abilities and it does quite a stellar job of doing just that. Plus Nokia’s marketting it well. No wonder it has been a hit.

    In other thoughts, i think Nokia practically sucks now (because i like smartphones) and hence, readers, please choose the Ideos. It is a very good phone. But the LG Optimus One is better, for the same price. So check that out as well.Recommend

  • bilal ahmed quraishi
    Nov 24, 2010 - 7:46PM

    want info about everthing thanksRecommend

  • v.purushothaman
    Nov 24, 2010 - 9:40PM

    when nokia stop cheating indian customers because till they have not released the nokia c2 mobileRecommend

  • hassan
    Nov 25, 2010 - 2:21PM

    c3 is for 11400, more you pay more you get… and in this price range, there is no better handset.. Recommend

  • Khurram
    Nov 25, 2010 - 5:59PM

    What about the brand image?Recommend

  • Jan 20, 2011 - 3:22PM

    What about the fact that Ideos is a Chinese cellphone? I guess in that regards, C3 wins hands down!!!Recommend

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