Nokia C5 review

Nokia's semi-smart candybar leaves a sweet taste

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On the Nokia C5, your email is set up and then quickly viewed right on the Home screen. There are ready-made options for Gmail, Exchange, Ovi and others, as well the ability to set up your own.

Gmail in particular is almost embarrassingly easy to get going, especially compared to the unnecessarily complicated mess we had with the Samsung Monte.

The inbox has, if anything, a little too much functionality for this kind of device. Emails are initially arranged by time periods such as today, yesterday, last week (something familiar to Outlook users). Each of these can be collapsed.

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You can also change the sorting order of emails, view your draft and outboxes and so forth, add senders to contacts, mark all as read, and many more things besides.

This is all standard for email, but it's the way it's packed into such a tight interface that makes us wonder if it tries to do a bit too much.

It's not that confusing or poorly laid out, so we're just nitpicking, but it does come across as awfully heavy for a little screen.

The text message interface has changed so little since our trusty Nokia 6600 that even a monkey would know how to use it. Provided he'd owned a Nokia 6600.

At the the top is the field to add recipients, with immediate access to your contacts list. Below is the message field. Character counters are easily visible at the top, and MMS content can be inserted using the left softkey.

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The keypad on the C5 is brilliantly tactile – each key depresses just a little before coming to clean click. The keys are large (compared to a lot of new phones), and curved to make touch typing as easy as possible.

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We really have no complaints about texting on the C5. The keyboard is top class and the actual messaging app is exactly as good as it needs to be.

An Ovi Chat app is also included, for all your Ovi-obsessed friends. It's easy to set up and has a nice clean interface, but we're not sure about the pressure of instant messaging on a T9 keypad.

Regardless, the app is there, and it works well, so if it does sound like your kind of thing, you're in luck.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory50 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value1.34 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time12 Hour
Product ModelC5
Screen Size5.6 cm (2.2")
Screen Resolution320 x 240
Weight (Approximate)89.3 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, China RoHS, WEEE, ENERGY STAR
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Operating System VersionSymbian OS 9.3
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height112 mm
Width46 mm
Depth12.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time670 Hour
Product NameC5 Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number002R4T8
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Take your digital life with you

The sleek Nokia C5 phone is convenient, modern and full of surprises - with plenty of ways to keep you connected to your friends and family.

Share life as it happens

Keep in touch with the important people in your life on the move. Use instant messaging, email and easily check your Facebook profile and update your status.

Package Contents
  • C5 Smartphone
  • Nokia 2 GB microSD Card MU-37
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-101D
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102
  • Nokia High Efficiency Charger AC-15X
  • Nokia Battery BL-5CT
  • User Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year