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Nokia C5 Review

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Interface and Functionality:

The Nokia C5 is a Symbian S60 3rd Edition smartphone! Hm, you aren’t exactly impressed, are you? It’s true that the operating system needs a major overhaul that is due in the form of Symbian^3 later this year, but even in its present state of being, Symbian has its advantages – great personalization options, rapidly evolving online application store and happens to be really user-friendly even if it’s the first time you’ve had a smartphone.

The Nokia C5 comes with the latest version of the platform for handsets without touch-sensitive screens, i.e. S60 3rd Edition with Feature Pack 2. In other words, it is almost identical to the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic in software terms. We have already described the interface peculiarities in great detail in our review of said music-oriented sibling of the C5, like Contacts bar, chat function and web browser, so take a look at the article if you need to find out more on the topic. The only difference to the Nokia C5 is the latter lacks Wi-Fi.

The Nokia C5 is a Symbian S60 3rd Edition smartphone - Nokia C5 Review
The Nokia C5 is a Symbian S60 3rd Edition smartphone - Nokia C5 Review
Chat client - The Nokia C5 is a Symbian S60 3rd Edition smartphone - Nokia C5 Review
Browser - The Nokia C5 is a Symbian S60 3rd Edition smartphone - Nokia C5 Review
  

Chat client

Browser

The Nokia C5 is a Symbian S60 3rd Edition smartphone


The phone book has had a social-related facelift and you can now link contacts to their corresponding Facebook profiles. If your online buddies have shared their telephone numbers, the linking is fully automated. Otherwise you will have to do it manually, but we cannot say this takes much time really, because the Facebook application is really snappy. There are two major benefits from spending time to link contacts. First, linked phone book entries get updated with people’s profile pictures at the social website, although (and it’s a shame really) they will not get visualized in the large-sized icons of the Contacts bar. Second, you to gain quick access to the linked social networking profiles of your buddies. All told, the social functionality of the Nokia C5 cannot hold a candle to the famous HTC Sense interface, but it’s better than nothing.

You can now link contacts to their corresponding Facebook profiles - Nokia C5 Review
You can now link contacts to their corresponding Facebook profiles - Nokia C5 Review
You can now link contacts to their corresponding Facebook profiles - Nokia C5 Review
You can now link contacts to their corresponding Facebook profiles - Nokia C5 Review

You can now link contacts to their corresponding Facebook profiles


The handset comes with integrated Nokia Messaging support – a super application that can handle multiple email accounts. We do like certain functions like the fast switching between (as of now, up to 10) email accounts directly from within the app, the option to sort messages by sender, title, priority, unread content, type and size of attached files etc. The program makes using more than one email account and piles of emails way faster and handier. You also get nicely implemented web search and not last, can actually read HTML emails with enclosed pictures being just a click away. Keeping in mind the keybord of the Nokia C5 is quite comfortable, the handset is a suitable solutuion to your email troubles.

Nokia Messaging supports multiple email accounts - Nokia C5 Review
Nokia Messaging supports multiple email accounts - Nokia C5 Review
Nokia Messaging supports multiple email accounts - Nokia C5 Review

Nokia Messaging supports multiple email accounts



Camera, Multimedia and GPS:

Similarly to the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic, the C5 integrates 3.2-megapixel „Full Focus” camera with flash. Full Focus is actually a fussier name for the otherwise well-known but less exciting term “fixed focus”. According to the manufacturer, the technology guarantees that objects will remain in focus. The camera interface offers a set of basic and a limited number of more appealing options like panorama shots, sequence mode etc. The camera flash also features red eye removal mode.

Camera interface - Nokia C5 Review
Camera interface - Nokia C5 Review
Camera interface - Nokia C5 Review

Camera interface


Pictures are actually quite decent. Their details arent halfway bad and colors appear realistically represented (despite the occasional purple fringing). The flash does not help much indoors and sometimes even makes things worse. All told, the Nokia C5 is an apt performer for a handset with unpretending photographic capabilities.

Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5 - Nokia C5 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5 - Nokia C5 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5 - Nokia C5 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5 - Nokia C5 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5 - Nokia C5 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5 - Nokia C5 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5 - Nokia C5 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5 - Nokia C5 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5 - Nokia C5 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5 - Nokia C5 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5 - Nokia C5 Review

Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5


Strong light - Indoor samples - Nokia C5 Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - Nokia C5 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light - Indoor samples - Nokia C5 Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Nokia C5 Review

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples


The cell phone captures video at VGA resolution and 15 frames per second. Colors are unnaturally bright, while moving objects appear halting.

Nokia C5 sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution

The music player and the built-in FM radio with RDS will help you to quench your thirst for music. The boxed headset delivers slightly quiet, but clear sound and the same applies to the loudspeaker. The presence of a 3.5mm jack means you can easily plug in a better earphones or compact speaker like the Nokia MD-9.

Music capabilities of the Nokia C5 - Nokia C5 Review
Music capabilities of the Nokia C5 - Nokia C5 Review
Music capabilities of the Nokia C5 - Nokia C5 Review

Music capabilities of the Nokia C5


One of the major advantages of the Nokia C5 over its mainstream rivals is the handset is equipped with A-GPS and free navigation via Ovi Maps. Getting our locations pinpointed in assisted mode after hardware reset took about one and a half minutes and proved to be almost instantaneous after software restart. The maps available with Ovi Maps are quite detailed and brimming with information about interesting places. You can get extra tips on sightseeing spots on your journey via Lonely Planet and Michelin, services that also come with the phone.

Ovi Maps - Nokia C5 Review
Ovi Maps - Nokia C5 Review

Ovi Maps

Lonely Planet - Nokia C5 Review
Michelin - Nokia C5 Review

Lonely Planet

Michelin



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posted on 08 Sep 2012, 06:15

18. thedwivedi (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Its keypad is not durable and at service center they will say keypad is cosmetic and it is not covered into warranty.

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Nokia C5

Nokia C5

OS: Symbian 9.3
view full specs
Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (182 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 600 MHz, ARM11 processor
128 MB RAM
Size4.41 x 1.81 x 0.48 inches
(112 x 46 x 12.3 mm)
3.15 oz  (89 g)
Battery1050 mAh, 12 hours talk time

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