Nokia Launches Two New Feature Phones

With all the talk of Android, iOS, Hummingbird/Snapdragon processors, and all other sorts of smartphone goodies, it's easy to forget that some people still like to roll with feature phones. And at $30/month now standard for a data plan, often-times attached to two-year service agreements (totaling $720 just in data charges for the life the contract), who can blame them?

Certainly not Nokia, which today announced the launch of two new feature phones, the C2-01 and X2-01. According to Nokia, "both aim to offer maximum functionality for the lowest price possible, but with a different emphasis to each to provide a fit for the needs of as many people as possible."

Sounds swell, but what does that really mean? You're glad we asked, and we'll do you a solid by taking it a step further and answering it, too.

First up is the Nokia C2-01. Dressed in candy-bar trim, the C2-01 looks like scores of other Nokia cell phones, and cell phones in general before smartphones became commonplace. Nokia says the C2-01 is the company's least expensive 3G phone. It sports Nokia's Series 40 operating system, a traditional keypad, 3.2MP camera, 2-inch screen, music player, FM radio, Bluetooth, and support for memory cards up to 16GB. Look for this one to ship in the first quarter of 2011 (overseas) for around €70 (around US$95).

Next up is the Nokia X2-01, a "device for social networking and fast communications." This one looks more like a BlackBerry and comes with a full QWERTY keypad, a Communications app that integrates Facebook status updates, and one-click access to your Facebook wall.

Other features include a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, VGA camera on the back, support for memory cards up to 8GB, one-click access to music, a media player, FM radio, and the Ovi Music service. What you won't find is 3G baked in. This one is expected to ship this quarter for €80 (around US$110).

But wait, how can this be a new device when Nokia already sells an X2?

"Just a quick reminder about Nokia's device-naming conventions. The letter indicates which product range the device belongs to," Nokia explains. "C series are aimed at those for whom the cost is the most important factor when it comes to buying a phone. X series is geared towards youth and has an emphasis on music."

All clear?