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Nokia C5-03 Review

Nokia, the largest mobile phone manufacturing company of the world has really had a very tough time in coming up with a largely successful higher end device rather than manufacturing the cheaper and affordable handsets for the consumers. The C5-03 of the company has found its position at the right spot as it fits perfectly in the mid range line up of the Symbian based smart phones. The handset is almost similar to the Nokia C6-01 as per the specifications are concerned. The handset has a couple of negatives as it makes use of a resistive touch screen and is based on the Symbian^1 platform.


  • Dimensions: 105.8 x 51 x 13.8 mm
  • Weight: 93 grams
  • Platform: Symbian OS S60 5th edition
  • Display: 3.2 inches, 640 x 360 pixel resolution, 16 million color support, resistive touch screen
  • Memory: 40 MB internal storage, micro SD card slot up to 16 GB
  • Connectivity: 3G, GPS, stereo Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, hi-speed micro USB 2.0 port, USB charging, SIM connector, 3.5 mm connector, Wi-Fi
  • Camera: 5 mega pixel, digital zoom of 3x, full screen viewfinder, videos up to 13 fps
  • Package contents: C5-03 handset, battery, travel charger, stereo headset, connectivity cable, micro SD card of 2 GB, user guide and service leaflet
  • Battery: 1000 mAh
  • Talk time: 11.5 hours (2G), 4.7 hours (3G)
  • Stand by time: 25 days (2G), 24.5 days (3G)
  • Price: $280


The C5-03 is quite light as it weighs only 93 grams. There are different color options for the handset. The body can have black or white choices and the bottom part can be paired with some other colors. The handset is made of eco-friendly materials as 80 percent of the handset’s body can be recycled. The screen is the major negative aspect for the handset as the company has made use of a resistive screen to keep the price of the handset low. The screen measures 3.2 inches and it has a resolution of 640 x 360 pixels. The screen has a support to 16 million colors and has very low sunlight legibility. The back panel is a glossy black cover and it is can attract the finger prints easily. The bottom part can be designed to have a separate color and it has three buttons that are physical. The usage of the physical keys gives a solid feel to the handset. This is in fact a major feature that is missing in most of the smart phones of today.


The C5-03 makes use of the Symbian S60 5th edition interface. The interface was initially used with the 5800 XpressMusic handset and has featured a number of software updates since then. The C5-03 benefits from the latest updates. The kinetic scrolling had consumed a long time to work effectively. The handset makes use of this scrolling feature all through its interface from the files to the browser. The finger scrolling is also improved. The main menu has a 3 x 4 grid layout of icons. It can also be switched to the list layout. The accelerometer changes the orientation of the screen automatically. The top of the home screen has the status bar with the clock and the calendar. Thecontacts bar is under the status bar. Under this is an active stand by with few slots. This also has the Wi-Fi manager. The task manager opens on long pressing the menu key.


The C5-03 has a 5 mega pixel camera with a maximum image resolution of 2592 x 1244 pixels. The camera lacks the auto focus and the LED flash features. It also lacks a lens protection and it is prone to smudges and finger prints. The camera offers a number of scene presets. There is limited control on the light sensitivity, contrast, sharpness, exposure, color tone, self timer and white balance presets. The images have good contrast and color rendering. The level of details is also decent. The images are slightly noisy and when they are combined with the sharpening algorithm, they have jagged edges. The camcorder captures VGA videos with 13 fps. These videos are good only for sharing through MMS. The videos are captured in the MPEG-4 format and they have the manual or automatic white balance presets alone. The camcorder offers settings like color tone and scene modes.


The image gallery is touch optimized and there is support to sweep gestures for the flipping of the photos. The gallery works in both the portrait as well as the landscape mode due to the accelerometer. The zoom is done either with the volume rocker or with the on screen touch slider. The gallery is to slow as the images take a long time to load. The music player is pretty functional and it is the same old interface seen on the 5800 XpressMusic. The songs can be sorted as per the genre, artist, album, etc. The process of adding new tracks is also very simple. The handset supports many different file formats too. The player also supports album art and has five different equalizer presets. The videos watching is not good with the 3.2 inch display. The handset lacks the support to the DivX and the XviD codecs. The videos of the other formats can be converted in to the supported ones by using the Ovi PC Suite’s in built application. The automatic converter compresses the videos to a large extent.


The video calling is clear and loud. The C5-03 has good volume that is too loud. The audibility of the handset is on par. The callers are heard to sound clear and natural. We are also heard clear and natural on the other side. The battery life of 11.5 hours talk time and 25 days stand by time is impressive. Nokia has out in the best efforts to introduce an affordable Symbian^1 handset with ample connectivity features. But there are other alternatives to this handset like the HTC Wildfire and the LG Optimus One. The slow performance of the gallery and the browser are quite annoying. The camera is also not too impressive. Pros- affordable price, good 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, free navigation and impressive battery life. Cons – outdated Symbian ^1, fixed focus camera, poor video recording ability and log in applications like browser and gallery.

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One Response to "Nokia C5-03 Review"

  1. vincent says:

    work fine but only after updates from nokia

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