Nokia C5-03 review

The updated C5 is a baby step in the smart direction

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Nokia C5-03 review: Messaging

The Nokia C5-03 features standard SMS, MMS, Email and Ovi chat, with Google Chat and MSN messenger hiding in the apps section.

Google Chat works nicely, if slowly, but any longer than 10 minutes or so and you'll either have gargantuan thumb muscles or be really frustrated by the end of it, thanks to the touchscreen and its resistiveness. No Facebook chat, though apps such as Nimbuzz are available to download from the Ovi store.

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Email is simple and quick to set up, and swapping between your inbox and text messaging is nice and easy. Email inboxes are also organised in much a similar way to Outlook and Blackberry set ups, with easy to reach folders and dated subheadings. If you're looking for a handset that's simple to operate, the Nokia C5-03 has it covered.

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The messaging interface is as any Nokia user would expect, and dead simple for anyone defecting from another manufacturer.

Creating an SMS or MMS happens through the same text editor, which lets you attach images, videos and sound files from the gallery, or even take a new image/video/sound file to insert into the message there and then. Obvious but brilliant in its own Ronseal "exactly what it says on the tin" way.

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Nokia c5 03

Thank goodness for the QWERTY keyboard, because the resistive touchscreen makes using the predictive text frustrating. However, haptic technology means a comforting little buzz every time you hit a letter.

A lack of features such as spell-check or autocorrect means a less comforting buzz when you have to delete half of a badly spelled text because you mashed a thumb onto the wrong letters by accident.

The size of the lettering isn't bad, but not lifting thumbs fully away from each letter before pressing the next results in a message that makes no sense whatsoever – not great then, for those with bigger thumbs, or the text ninjas residing among us.

Nokia c5 03

Nokia c5 03


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