Nokia C5-03 review

The updated C5 is a baby step in the smart direction

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Nokia C5-03 review: Media

The music player interface is clearly organised by artists/albums/playlists/songs and podcasts and continues to play in the background once you've exited the player, appearing on the Home screen for ease of pausing and skipping tracks.

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Playback resolution is pretty good, especially compared to the web-based Flash Lite videos,succumbing to only a little pixelation and the 3.5 inches of screen here is a nice size to gaze at when watching your episode of Diggnation.

Supported file formats pretty much end at mp4 and 3gp, so there's not a lot of choice there. That aside, it's a nice little player and we had no problems with it other than using it with headphones – the volume output was decent but when cranked up to full volume, the sound quality is shrill and uncomfortable to listen to.

The speaker volume is impressively loud, but let's be honest, you're not likely to want to serenade the 46 bus with an episode of your favourite podcast.

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The gallery is, again, a simple interface, the contents of which can be easily sorted by file size, or by folders, depending on your preference. Music is separated out from images and videos and given its own menu tab, but songs can still be found in the gallery, for those who like everything in one place.

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When it comes to the pre-loaded Nokia C5-03 Youtube app you get two options: either watch it in miniature or watch a few blurry pixels in full screen mode. In short, don't bother with it, it'll only end in pain.

The choice of podcasting is fairly limited, unless you connect the Nokia C5-03 to your computer and pull files you've downloaded via iTunes, but downloading is quick (two minutes for a 40min MP3 podcast over a Wi-Fi network, though MP4 podcasts take substantially longer).

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Using the uncomfortable moulded plastic headset provided results in somewhat muffled speech, but the sound quality improved a little with the use of our own earphones.

Listening in loud places won't be easy though, given the volume doesn't go high enough, and listening to Ricky Gervais's voice became a pretty painful experience, what with his tendency to get a little shrill and all.

The FM radio is clear, with little distortion and instantly scans to set up radio stations for you at a click. Nice for walking to the tube and catching up with your morning music/news.

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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