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
4 February 2011
Excerpt: It's been almost 3 years since Symbian S60 5th Edition, now known as Symbian^1, made its way onto the mobile phone market, but the platform hasn't changed too much in the meantime. However, Nokia is still one the largest handset manufacturers in the world and its devices continue to sell very well, despite the fact that the company hasn't come up with anything completely innovative in the last few years.
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. Sales Package Nokia C5-03 handset Nokia Battery BL-4U Nokia Travel Charger AC-8 / AC-15 Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102 Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-101D Nokia 2 GB microSD Card MU-37 ...
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
Conclusion: The other major multimedia attractions of a mobile phone is the media player. With a good media player, you can play diverse types of music and video files. C5 O3 includes a music player and it can play different files such as MP3/ WAV/ ?AAC+/ WMA . If you want to stream videos, then you can play the video playback, which can MP4/ H.263/ H.264/ WMV files. There is a TV-out port in the mobile phone, which enables you to watch your favourite videos on your television.