Nokia C5-03 review

The updated C5 is a baby step in the smart direction

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Nokia C5-03 review: Camera

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The camera in the Nokia C5-03 is functional and packs in a 5MP sensor (which beats the 3.15MP on the Samsung Monte, but then again can't compete with the 8MP provided by the HTC 7 Mozart).

Zoomed in pictures are blurred, non-zoomed pictures are rather pixelated, but this isn't billed as a macro shot phone. Also, inexplicably, gone is the LED flash inbuilt into the previous model. The shot quality therefore is middling and you'd perhaps expect a little more from a phone costing close to £200.

Sadly there's no built-in camera shortcut button, which may hinder those quick-snap Twitpics, but once you're into the camera mode, there's a decent amount to play with pre-shot, including ISO, white balance and exposure, and a chance to make up for the lack of Instagram by engaging the sepia tones.

For those who don't want to mess around with ISO or white balance, there are pre-installed modes, including night, portrait and sports.

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DAY SHOT: No zoom, fruit tea – colour is beautiful and true to life

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NIGHT MODE: Knitting – without zoom the picture is detailed and withstands being ported to a bigger screen via Twitpic without too much blurring

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INDOORS: Picture taken indoors in average light – you get a grainy but decently detailed picture

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ZOOM: The 4x digital zoom results in a blurred photo and lack of detail


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