Nokia C5 review

Nokia's semi-smart candybar leaves a sweet taste

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We mentioned the Facebook integration on the Nokia C5's contacts list, which offers status updates and profile pictures from your linked contacts, as well as taking you through to the larger functionality of the full app.

While this snippet of social integration is welcome, it's place in the grand scheme of things hasn't been that well thought out.

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On the Home screen, you can add shortcuts, with images, to a few of your contacts. The only thing is, it doesn't bring through the Facebook images. You'd have take on yourself, despite there being a picture already attached to the contact through a different contact list.

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Not only that, but when you click on these shortcuts, you get taken to a kind of interaction timeline showing your calls and texts. It's nice, but why on Earth aren't Facebook updates included here? It couldn't be a more obvious use. Bizarre.

When adding contacts, name, various types of phone number (including video calling), email and company info are all available.

Scrolling to someone's name in the list and hitting the central Select key will bring up some ways to contact that person, including phone, message and Facebook.

Actual calling was nice and clear. The C5 is good at finding at least a bit of signal even in known problem areas.

Conversations didn't suffer from much distortion or similar problems, with the other person perfectly understandable even over a car engine when travelling on the motorway. Of course, we were the passenger. Arrive alive and all that.

Just start typing numbers from the Home screen to dial manually, though the C5 also starts bringing up any contacts that start with the letters on the key you've dialled (so dialling the 5 key will bring a '5', but also names beginning with J, K and L) and you can then narrow down with further typing.

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It's little odd to intend to type letters and get numbers as feedback, but it's a neat shortcut for quick calling.


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