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Nokia 603 Review

Nokia 603

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Symbian Belle that we already reviewed runs oily on the Nokia 603, without hiccups - the handset sports the same 1GHz processor with 512MB RAM other Belle handsets like the Nokia 700 and 701 have. It has 2GB of memory, which is expandable via a microSD card.

Symbian Belle runs oily on the Nokia 603 - Nokia 603 Review
Symbian Belle runs oily on the Nokia 603 - Nokia 603 Review
Symbian Belle runs oily on the Nokia 603 - Nokia 603 Review
Symbian Belle runs oily on the Nokia 603 - Nokia 603 Review
Symbian Belle runs oily on the Nokia 603 - Nokia 603 Review
Symbian Belle runs oily on the Nokia 603 - Nokia 603 Review
Symbian Belle runs oily on the Nokia 603 - Nokia 603 Review
Symbian Belle runs oily on the Nokia 603 - Nokia 603 Review

Typing on the 3.5” display is a decent experience, although the keys come a bit small in portrait mode; for an alternative input method you can always try Swype.

On-screen kyboard - Nokia 603 Review
On-screen kyboard - Nokia 603 Review

The Nokia 603 comes with the rich set of preinstalled apps we are used to with Symbian Belle – QuickOffice for document viewing and file browsing, Adobe Reader for PDF docs, Shazam for song recognition, as well as photo and video editors. Here we also have the ABC dictionary app and Vlingo, the voice-recognition service that is no substitute for something like Siri, but still allows you to control your phone by certain phrases while driving, for instance. Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja round up the entertainment offerings.  


Internet and Connectivity:

Browsing on the 603 is a good experience when compared to older Nokia phones, thanks to the sped up hardware and optimized Symbian Belle.  Panning and scrolling is fluid enough to be usable, but not as smooth as on Android, Windows or iOS phones. The rendering engine resorts to the checkered boxes more often than it should while pinching in, and scrolling stutters occassionally. Of note is the very good automatic text reflow for easier reading of articles. Adobe Flash support is sorely missed, too, so you won't be able to play games or watch video from some sites. Flash Lite 4.0 comes to the rescue with things like Flash-based ads, which you probably don't care much about anyway.

The web browser of the Nokia 603 - Nokia 603 Review
The web browser of the Nokia 603 - Nokia 603 Review
The web browser of the Nokia 603 - Nokia 603 Review

Penta-band HSDPA radio is tucked inside the Nokia 603, so you can use it on T-Mobile’s 3G network as well, with download speeds up to 14.4Mbps, provided that the carrier can supply them. In addition the phone has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM Radio with transmitter, A-GPS and NFC.

Nokia Maps with Drive provides the free lifetime navigation with voice guidance in most countries of importance worldwide, as well as life traffic in some of them. The NFC capability has its own video tutorials and comes in handy if you want to exchange files with another Nokia handset with NFC without the PIN codes hassles of Bluetooth, or for pairing with some accessories, but not much else for now.

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Nokia 603

Nokia 603

OS: Symbian Belle
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PhoneArena rating:
6.5Good
Display3.5 inches, 360 x 640 pixels (210 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM11 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.47 x 2.25 x 0.50 inches
(113.5 x 57.1 x 12.7 mm)
3.87 oz  (110 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 8.7 hours talk time

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