Nokia C5-03 review

The updated C5 is a baby step in the smart direction

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Nokia C5-03 review: Internet

Despite being billed as a smartphone – albeit a budget one – the internet browsing powers of the Nokia C5-03 aren't great.

The 3.5-inch screen is nice and clear, but again, pages are slow to load because of the outdated OS, and then don't even load to fit the screen.

Zooming isn't graduated, meaning you can super-zoom with a tap, but that is the extent of it. And, of course, there is that darned resistive technology. The accelerometer enables easy movement from profile to landscape browsing.

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Happily, the provided browser does also support Flash Lite, but BBC iPlayer is still out of the question and if you really have an urge to watch mobile video content, sticking to the YouTube app rather than watching via the website is a better idea.

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Opera Mini is available from the Ovi store, but surprisingly the user experience wasn't a great improvement on the Symbian browser; sites still load at around the same speed. However it's nice to know the choice is there should you want it.

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The addition to crow about in this version of the Nokia C5-03 has to be Wi-Fi. Including WLAN 802.11 b/g is a great move from Nokia, especially for those on low data allowance plans, though we had a little difficulty connecting once or twice.


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