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Nokia 603 Review

Nokia 603

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Nokia 603 Review
Voice quality in the earpiece of the Nokia 603 is decent, with enough volume and clarity. The other side complained we sound a tad muffled, but our voice was otherwise distinct enough.

The battery is rated for 7 hours of talk time in 3G mode and 20 days on standby, which is about average.


The Nokia 603 serves its purpose to be an affordable yet capable smartphone with Symbian Belle. It offers an ergonomic grip, very bright display and decent camera quality, unless you are into macro shots. Free lifetime navigation with Nokia Maps, the novelty of NFC, and a good set of preinstalled apps aren’t something to sniff at too.

The thing is that it serves its purpose in the Symbian world only, while Android mid-rangers have already encroached on its turf so tight that it barely has a breathing ground. Android is a better OS, Android Market has way more 3rd party apps and Adobe Flash support is another advantage.

An Android handset in the same price range as the Nokia 603 is currently the Sony Ericsson Xperia neo with nice design, larger, more resolute screen and better camera with flash. Another good alternative is the Samsung Galaxy Ace, which is now notably cheaper than the 603, and with comparable specs.

The Windows Phone powered LG Optimus 7 is currently around the same price as the Nokia 603, too.

Actually, even the Finns’ own Nokia 500 seems a good value in comparison despite the smaller display, since it also has a 5MP camera and free navigation, and will be updated to Belle, but comes much cheaper than the Nokia 603.

Software version of the reviewed unit: 111.020.0310

Nokia 603 Video Review:


  • Penta-band raido makes it usable in the whole world
  • Very good sunlight visibility
  • Free lifetime navigation


  • There are more capable Androids for its current price
  • No front-facing camera and no LED flash
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Nokia 603

Nokia 603

OS: Symbian Belle
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Display3.5 inches, 360 x 640 pixels (210 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
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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