Nokia C5-03 review

The updated C5 is a baby step in the smart direction

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Nokia C5-03 review: Verdict

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If the Nokia C5-03 was still in school, he would sit somewhere in the middle of the class table. Not a dire performance, but not breaking into the big leagues either. He's a nice chap and isn't bad looking, but he's not particularly memorable either.

With the C5-03 being available in several different colours and having a handy wristchain slot (rather than an external memory card port) you get the feeling that it's aimed at customers more concerned with matching their phone to their outfit rather than hardcore networking, or even casual gaming.

More phone than smart, the innards of this little Nokia don't match up to the rather steep price point of £189 for a non-contracted handset, though those paying around £20 a month may have just the right amount of free data to while away a few minutes a day on the Nokia C5-03 waiting for their bus.

We liked

The familiar interface and ease of use will be a lure for some. Ovi Maps is a bonus and Wi-Fi connectivity is the trumpcard for this mid-range Nokia. Despite the lack of decent apps, access to the Ovi Store is easy enough and the touchscreen is of a good enough size to make casual social networking just about worth it.

Having a long battery life and being strong in the necessary core phone activity make it a good choice for those looking for a dependable device, rather than a pocket computer.

We disliked

The limited browsing capabilities and resistive touchscreen make the C5-03 the middling experience that it is.

The removal of good early C5 features such as camera flash and Facebook contact integration dials down the smartness of this phone and the S60 Symbian OS drags along at a semi-glacial pace. At this price point, we have to ask whether the addition of a little Wi-Fi magic is worth the average user experience.


The Nokia C5-03 perfect for those wishing to dip their big toe in the smartphone water but aren't yet ready for a more powerful beast. If you're not overly concerned with apps, look for ease of use and enjoy keeping up with your friends on the go and on a budget, then pick up a Nokia C5-03.

If that's all you want, you won't be disappointed.


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