Nokia C5-03 review

The updated C5 is a baby step in the smart direction

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Nokia C5-03 review: Battery life

The battery life is five star. Should you purchase a Nokia C5-03 handset, then you can caw with glee when the nearest iPhone 3GS or HTC Desire HD conks out next to you, having remained charged for all of an hour.

We squeezed a good 36 hours or so out of the battery, making a few long phone calls, fully testing the Nokia C5-03's features and leaving it two nights on standby. You can recharge this baby using a socket charger or mini-USB cable, but given the provided cable is about two inches long, you might want to stick to the old-school version.

Don't forget to fully exit those apps to help battery life and browsing speed – the Nokia C5-03 keeps several apps running in the background unless you specifically shut them down. Those on minimal data contracts might need to keep a watchful eye on what is running and what's not.

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Despite the Nokia C5-03 having teething problems connecting to a netbook and syncing with the Ovi Suite, everything eventually worked smoothly. Plugging the phone in via mini-USB will cause the memory card to appear as a portable device, which makes dragging and dropping files easy enough to do.

We downloaded the Ovi Suite from the Nokia site, but you're also prompted to do this once the Nokia C5-03 is plugged into your computer for the first time. We'd recommend taking the time to download the Ovi Suite, if only for the ease of viewing new Ovi Store apps on a bigger screen.

Past that, it's simply a prettier version of the more functional media transfer software, and it's easier to drag and drop between folders if you want to transfer from phone to PC.

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Connecting with a Mac is a little less simple than plugging in and clicking ''download''. Instead, connecting the Nokia C5-03 involved some fiddly Bluetooth action. Once configured however, the software gave much the same support as Media Transfer for PC, simply routed through iTunes instead.


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