Summary: Nokia's latest handset in the lower ends of the market, the C5-03, comes with smart styling, lots of plastic and a price tag to match. Running Symbian^1 (the OS formerly known as S60 5th Edition), it appears to be Nokia's entry level touchscreen device for 2011. It's likely to be a popular handset on Pay as you Go and low priced monthly contracts, so let's have a closer look at it.
Summary: Following on from our favourable look at the Nokia C5-03's hardware , it's time to take the latest budget touchscreen and see how well it works as a smartphone. It's running Symbian^1, with the standard software load, but some love and attention on the user interface, with a touch of consistency and some backporting of Symbian^3 elements, proves that the C5-03 can still surprise us.
Excerpt: Nokia has lost the battle for the touchscreen market and the company still has not got an adequate budget phone below 100 euro. It is difficult for Nokia to produce inexpensive touchscreen phones since the cost of Symbian phones is rather high and it sets certain limits to the retail prices. In 2009 we saw that the release of Nokia 5530 XpressMusic spurred the sales of touchscreen phones as well as the release of Nokia 5228.
Nokia C5-03 Review - Affordable 'green' smartphone
24 February 2011
Conclusion: Nokia C5-03 is just another mid-entry Symbian smartphone that might have been successful if other phones in the same price range wouldn't have been available such as: LG Optimus One, Huawei Ideos or even Samsung mini. However, for Symbian nostalgics who do not care about other mobile platforms, this might be the perfect answer in the affordable price range.
Pros: In addition to the fact that the phone is eco-friendly and 80% recyclable, Nokia C5-03 offers great value for money. For $200 you get Wi-Fi connectivity, HSDPA and HSUPA technology, as well as good music features and GPS with free lifetime voice-guided navigation, all powered by a decent 600 Mhz CPU.
Cons: I guess a little bit more attention to camera features would have been great. Also, the display is a bit of a disappointment because of the inability to use the phone in strong sunlight. The phone lacks a document editor, proximity and ambient light sensors, as well as DivX and Xvid support.
Summary: Nokia introduced a new smartphone – Nokia C5-03. The touchscreen smartphone offers a free satellite navigation with Ovi maps, wireless Wi-Fi and support for 3G. Nokia C5-03, running Symbian^1, is integrated with a set of branded services, Ovi (Maps, Music, App Store, Post Office) available in more than 190 countries. The access is possible through a single Ovi account.
Cons: Affordable price, Connectivity well covered with 3G and Wi-Fi, Free navigation, Good battery life, Symbian^1 is dated, Camera lacks auto-focus, Poor video recording, Noticeable lag in some essential apps like the browser and the gallery
Conclusion: How many times must the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic have thought the golden watch was finally coming? By the looks of it, retirement is still a long way off. But the founding father should at least be getting used to being called ‘gramps’. And what about the grandson here? OK, we have some good news and some bad. We’re only not sure which is which. You see, the Nokia C5-03 isn’t of the genetically mastered breed of Symbian^3.
Pros: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, Tri-band 3G with 10.2 Mbps HSDPA and 2 Mbps HSUPA support, 3.2" 16M-color TFT LCD resistive touchscreen of 640 x 360 pixel resolution, 5 megapixel fixed-focus camera and VGA video @ 15fps recording; geotagging, Symbian S60 OS, 600 MHz ARM 11 CPU and 128 MB RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g; UPnP, GPS receiver with A-GPS support and free lifetime voice-guided navigation; free city guides and traffic information, Digital compass, 40MB on-board stora...
Cons: Symbian S60 hasn’t aged well, Relatively limited 3rd party software availability, Screen has poor viewing angles and behaves badly in the sun, The camera is a fixed-focus unit with no flash, shutter key or lens protection, No office document editing (without a paid upgrade); No PDF viewer, No proximity and ambient light sensors, No DivX or XviD video support out of the box, No video-call camera, No smart dialing
Excerpt: Nokia’s attempts to bridge the gap between the budget end of the market and smartphones have generally resulted in middling devices for anything between £100 and £200. The Nokia C5-03 is another in that fashion, and it doesn’t add a huge amount to the bulging range of lower-end touchscreen handsets Nokia is pushing onto the market.
The Nokia C5 mobile phone is a mid-range handset with access to Nokia's Ovi application store
Good Gear Guide.au
10 August 2011
Summary: The Nokia C5 won't get you excited, but if you're after a relatively inexpensive smartphone and aren't interested in touchscreens then it may be worth a look.
Pros: Solid build quality and nice design, will be relatively inexpensive, easy and straightforward to use, Facebook integration through contacts, access to Ovi Store and Ovi Maps, excellent numeric keypad
Cons: Nothing exciting or innovative, slightly loose battery cover, poor camera