Nokia C5-03 review

The updated C5 is a baby step in the smart direction

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Our Verdict

The Nokia C5-03 isn't mind-blowing, but it isn't dud either.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 40 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 11.50 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 640 x 360

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  • Ease of use/familiar interface
  • Addition of Wi-Fi
  • Decent screen size and resolution
  • Lightweight, dependable handset with great battery life


  • Resistive touchscreen
  • Outdated networking apps
  • Average internet browsing experience
  • Lack of good apps in Ovi store

Upon first touch, the Nokia C5-03 is sleek but not stunning, chunky but light enough, and rocks minimalistic buttons, touchscreen capability and a shiny derriere.

But if you were picking up this smartphone in the hope that it might provide some real competition in the mid-range budget area, you may be in for a little disappointment. The Samsung Monte offers a better range of pre-loaded apps. The HTC Wildfire has a better UI and LED flash for the camera, and the mid-range Blackberry Curve 3G has email pretty much covered.

So what exactly is the Nokia C5-03 offering other than an extra '-03' on top of last year's Nokia C5?

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Measuring in at just under 14mm, the handset is a little bigger than Nokia users might expect, but handily compact for everyone else.

Its rounded edges fit nicely in the hands, especially small ones, and while the depth might be an issue for some, we felt it gave the light handset (93g, thank you!) a little solidity and stopped the plastic-cased phone from feeling too cheap.

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That said, it didn't prevent a hairy moment when removing the battery cover for the first time – the thin piece feels imminently snappable, which makes for a scary experience if you're, shall we say, as ham-fisted as we are.

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The contrasting coloured end is a nice aesthetic addition, but is ultimately useless, though it allows for users to do a little outfit matching, if that's your thing. The loudspeakers are located there, though, which are perfectly loud and emit a nice, clear sound.

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On the shiny back sits the five-megapixel camera, which is an improvement over its predecessor. There's no front-facing camera, so video calling is out.

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All sockets, ports and buttons are present and correct. There's a charger socket, mini-USB socket (also for charging if necessary), 3.5mm audio jack, volume rockers, keypad lock button and place to put that lovely From Me To You Bear wrist strap you've been hoarding since the 90s.

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There's also a microSD memory card port for up to an extra 16GB of storage to hold your morning commute podcasts, which are easily grabbable from both your computer hard drive and the Ovi podcast store. But should you get bored of those, a built-in accelerometer enables gameplay of modern classics such as Doodle Jump. Hours of fun right there. 

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory40 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value1.34 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyC
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourGraphite Black
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time11.50 Hour
Product ModelC5-03
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution640 x 360
Touchscreen TypeResistive
Weight (Approximate)93 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, REACH
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Operating System VersionSymbian OS 9.4
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height105.8 mm
Width51 mm
Depth13.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesC
Battery Standby Time600 Hour
Product NameC5-03 Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number002V256
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Find your favourite people and places with a phone that keeps you connected and entertained.

Easy access to contacts and email

Stay connected to the people who matter - access your favourite contacts with one touch, directly from the home screen.

Free navigation and location sharing

Discover new places and share your location through Facebook with integrated A-GPS and free navigation.

Fast Wi-Fi for online entertainment

Enjoy entertainment on the move - stream videos, try new games and browse the web with a fast Wi-Fi connection.

Package Contents
  • C5-03 Smartphone
  • Nokia Battery BL-4U
  • Nokia Travel Charger AC-8/ AC-15
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable CA 101-D
  • Nokia 2 GB microSD card MU-37
  • User's Guide
  • Service Leaflet
Limited Warranty2 Year