Nokia C5-03 review

The updated C5 is a baby step in the smart direction

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Nokia C5-03 review: Interface

Utilising the Symbian OS (S60, 5th edition), the user experience is pretty clunky overall. Slow is the order of the day, with a side of occasional random crashing when the battery gets a little low and you attempt to open some apps, such as Twitter.

It's straightforward to navigate (you've seen it all before), and comes preloaded with social networking apps to get you started. However, the apps of choice, which, in actuality, aren't all apps but simply shortcuts to mobile sites, might explain a few things.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube appear as standard, but also in the mix are Hi5, MySpace and Friendster... so if you still remember those log-in details from MySpace days gone by, you're in luck. Welcome to 2005.

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The 3.2-inch resistive touchscreen weighs in at the same size as the capacitive offering on the HTC Wildfire, but doesn't match up to the HTC 7 Mozart's beastly 3.7 inches, the 3.5 inches of the iPhone 4, or even the 3.5 inches of the Nokia N8.

Yet the display is generally sharp, and videos – though a little laggy thanks to the OS – are watchable, though the pixelation can get a little dire, especially using the YouTube app.

A slightly frustrating bit of programming is the incredibly short time between the phone being active and sleep mode turning off the display, but this can be adjusted in the settings; either turned off completely or adjusted to fit a specified time.

To make sure you're not frustrated by a short auto screen lock time, delve into the settings to turn off the keyguard.

The Nokia C5-03's Home screen is customisable, with options to put favoured widgets and networks on display and shortcuts to your email inbox. However, if you're not a fan of the world being able to see your fondness for Freecycle, and you're not in dire need of a shortcut to Twitter's mobile site, we'd suggest the sleek Basic theme, with just two portals – one for your contacts, one for old-school dialling.

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The nicely designed softkeys residing below the resistive touchscreen enable you to shortcut to dialled numbers and call log, the menu, and the screen lock and profile settings respectively. While you can only activate the profiles through the shortcut rather than personalise them, it's a nice minor touch that some past Nokias have lacked.

The menu screen is nicely laid out in grid format, though that could be changed to a list if you so desired. Social networking apps are already cornered off in their own folder and the music player and gallery are separated out from the app folder, which simplifies accessing media files greatly.

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Also in the menu are Ovi Maps and the web browser, contacts, calendar, calculator and settings. Simple and easy to use – perfect for a newcomer to smartphones.


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