Nokia C5-03 review

The updated C5 is a baby step in the smart direction

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Nokia C5-03 review: Comparison

Apart from touchscreen and Wi-Fi capabilities, things don't seem to have moved on greatly for the Nokia C5-03. The original version of this handset also came preloaded with Facebook and Ovi Maps, and indeed the third edition of the very same OS, though there are small additions here and there which lift the overall experience.

Price-point-wise, the first Nokia C5 sold for approximately the same amount SIM-free ( around £190), so this time around you do actually get a little more smartness for your hard-earned pound, but as previously mentioned, the Nokia C5-03 still doesn't compare to similarly priced phones.

Even stacked up against other Nokia handsets, the Nokia C5-03 doesn't fare well. The Nokia N8 has better all-round specs, and despite being on the heavier side, it's the price you apparently pay for a better OS, better UI and (for a little more money) you get a smarter experience indeed.

Nokia n8

If you're not bothered about stepping across to another platform and simply want a better handset at a similar price point, you're probably better off reaching for the HTC Wildfire with your grubby paws. It's a smaller screen at 3.2 inches, but it's capacitative, and you can sync to Facebook to your little integrated heart's content.

Nokia c5 03

That said, we also now know the HTC Wildfire S is coming, with an improved screen resolution and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), which may be worth holding out for.

HTC wildfire s


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