Nokia C5 review

Nokia's semi-smart candybar leaves a sweet taste

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The Nokia C5 has a surprisingly fully-featured camera considering it's only and 3.2-megapixel affair that would normally be on this type phone only as a courtesy.

There's an LED flash, which is good up to 1.5m, along with a variety of scene modes, including Lanscape, Sports and Night. You can also take panoramic photos and specify colour tone modes.

Light sensitivity modes can be adjusted, as can the white balance. The focus is handled by Extended Depth of Field (EDOF) technology, as featured on the Palm Pre Plus. There's a 4x digital zoom for those brave enough to try it with a 3MP snapper.

You can record video at VGA resolution at up to 15 frames per second in either the standard mobile phone 3GPP format or MPEG-4. The flash can be forced on for whatever it is you're videoing in the dark. Hey, we don't judge.

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FURRY: There's quite good detail levels in the bark and the capybara's fur with the camera adjusting exposure for the shadow, but the detail at the top is crushed by overexposure

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DIGITAL ZOOM: The same animal from the same angle. The four times zoom comes close to turning him into pixel art at full size

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NOISY: The bird statue has a nice three-dimensional quality, but the sky is riddled with digital noise

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DETAIL: The foreground and background have a good amount of detail, but the middle is oddly lacking. The colours are accurate, though

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VIGIL: The background is all sorts of blurred (even taking the overexposed sky into account), but the nice middle-level of light in the rest of the picture makes the lookout and his tree tower nice and clear

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LANDSCAPE: Though it seems okay at first glance, there's actually very little detail in this landscape. Surely Brunel deserves better than this? Oddly, we had to take this photo twice before the auto white balance got it right

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FLASH: The white balance is a little off using the flash. We're about 70cm away from Wall-E, but he's lit up fairly well. The flash drops of rapidly though – see the noise in the top-right corner

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PANORAMA: This is a nice surrealist piece. It's not supposed to be, though (Click here for high-res version)


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