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Nokia C5-03 Review

Nokia C5-03

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Nokia C5-03 Review
This is a global GSM phone, it can be used with AT&T's 3G and T-Mobile USA's 2G network.


Nokia C5-03 Review
Nokia C5-03 Review
Nokia has had a tough time coming up with a hugely successful high-end device and instead has taken the path to cheaper and more affordable smartphones for the masses. The Nokia C5-03 finds its place at this exact spot as it fits in the mid-range segment of Symbian smartphones. The phone is a close copy of the Nokia C6-01 spec-wise and promises a full connectivity package with 3G on board and free navigation and maps by Ovi. On the negative side, however, the Nokia C5-03 saves on both capacitive screen in favor of resistive and on Symbian^3 in favor of the now officially ancient Symbian^1 aka Symbian S60 5th edition.

The Nokia C5-03 comes with a 2GB microSD card, but you can use cards with up to 16GB of memory. Included in the retail package is also a charger, user guides and one of the shortest microUSB cables we have seen so far.


The Nokia C5-03 is light on your pocket. And we mean it light as light in money, and light as 93-gram light in weight, which puts it somewhere in the top of our list of flyweight smartphones. The phone comes in a variety of color combinations with black or white choices for the body, which can be then paired with different colors for the bottom part. The variety of looks comes bundled with eco-friendly materials – 80 per cent of the body is recyclable, while half of the packaging is made from recyclable materials.

The Nokia C5-03 comes in a variety of color combinations - Nokia C5-03 Review
The Nokia C5-03 comes in a variety of color combinations - Nokia C5-03 Review
The Nokia C5-03 comes in a variety of color combinations - Nokia C5-03 Review

The Nokia C5-03 comes in a variety of color combinations

Nokia C5-03 Review

You can compare the Nokia C5-03 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

One thing you might not notice in the beginning is that around the edges, where the screen meets the casing, seems to be a minimal distance, just enough to collect all sorts of garbage. Apart from this issue, the phone feels a bit like a toy, but still with no moving parts and good build quality for a mid-range device.

And speaking of affordable handsets, the screen is where budget played big and Nokia went with resistive technology. This undeniably ruins some of the fun of the otherwise pretty 3.2-inch screen, which boasts a resolution of 360x640 pixels. We pumped up the brightness to its highest level, but that still did not help much in direct sunlight where legibility suffered seriously.

The sides of the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review
The sides of the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review
The sides of the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review
The sides of the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review

The sides of the Nokia C5-03

On the back you will see a glossy plastic cover, which is a fingerprint magnet and you will find yourself wiping it out every now and then. What really defines the phone is the bottom part which stands out with its color and three physical buttons. We appreciate that Nokia sticks with physical keys, which give a solid phone feel to the device, something we have been missing even on high-end handsets.

Just behind the plastic back cover lies a 1000 mAh battery, which promises up to 11.5 hours of talk time.

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posted on 08 Jan 2011, 13:57

1. Lee (unregistered)

Nokia still come up with resistive touchscreen? $280 is tooo expensive

posted on 04 Feb 2011, 05:02

2. swach (unregistered)

if it had video calling i would have considered buying it

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 15:15

3. xxxx (unregistered)

worst cell eva. No delete option in the entire phone

posted on 04 Apr 2011, 08:19 1

6. fucku (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)

u dont even know 'abc' of these phones..........press and..hold the thing u want to delete, a pop up menu appears...with delete and other options.!!

posted on 24 Apr 2011, 01:12

11. asmedsaj (unregistered)

it has 2 delete options: one by long pressing the file(appears a menu that looks like PC right-click) and the second one is from the quickoffice app.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 19:56

18. nokia c5 (unregistered)

do u know how to use cellphone??? or maybe u dnt know how to read???? hahahhaa

posted on 26 Mar 2011, 07:51

4. unknown (unregistered)


posted on 24 Apr 2011, 17:47

12. asmedsaj (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Apr 2011)

I have a c5-03 since january 2011 and it works very well. I have 2 recommendations: microSD >4GB, stereo headset for noisy environments. Quickoffice upgrade for Office editing and PDF reader are strongly recommended.

posted on 01 Apr 2011, 06:45

5. Cal-er (unregistered)

Nice device regarding its price.. in belgium 160€ with discount.
Only negative.. i find rather disturbing..slow gallery ( especially if you flip the screen to horizontal position. it may take up to 10 seconds for the pic to upload again to the screen ) Video function is average but what coul you expect for this low end price range
Like to hear from other about the gallery tweaks

posted on 05 Apr 2011, 12:03

7. Cal-er (unregistered)

purchased my Nokia on 23 march.. unfortunatly.. back to shop.. Phone applications kept freezing.. and all very slow. especially the pics viewing it took up to 15 seconds before pics appeared if you switched it from upright to horizontal mode.. and GPS Very slow in finding position ( even outdoors ) called Nokia and they said i should return it for examination. too bad :-(

posted on 26 Apr 2011, 02:09

13. rmckarthik (unregistered)

Please dont buy this if anyone planning to, its total waste for our money, the battery is only one day use if you charge daily, The Music player hangs in middle of the songs and taking long time to display the contents........


posted on 23 May 2011, 03:44

14. Cris_Co (unregistered)

Please dont buy this phone,...,......its really waste of money.......

It looks good but it isnt...... u should rather buy samsung wave 723 or Xperia x8 if u hav this budget............

posted on 27 May 2011, 07:24

15. Sudarshan (unregistered)

What result about that cell phone ? Will I purchase ?

posted on 06 Jun 2011, 04:03

16. Amjad (unregistered)

I have purchased this C5 03 but not used till. I have read comments about frieds and thiks about to back the same. May I return back?

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 19:53 1

17. nokia c5 (unregistered)

hahahha i love nokia c5-03.....AFFORDABLE/ and easy to use.. /so many features JUST MAKE SURE U KNOW HOW TO USE IT hahahahha -cool-

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 15:40

19. cal-er (unregistered)

phone is ok now.. got it back from Nokia store.. they completely reset it .. now all working fine all complaints solved.. it was a software problem

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 03:38

20. fhd (unregistered)

i cant turn off my phone's(C5-03) wifi. whenever i plug my wifi router my phone automatically get connected with it. if i disconnect it automatically get connected in a few seconds. i have 2 stop it by deleting the 'Access point'.
How can i make it manual- i mean whenever i want 2 connect it i can do it by myself & whenever i want it 2 b disconnected i can do it by myself.

posted on 04 Jul 2011, 04:14

21. Frustrated. (unregistered)

How do I do smiley faces with my texts?

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 08:01

36. asmedsaj (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Apr 2011)

Upgrade software to the latest version for this phone 20.0.024 and the smileys will appear in the symbols list when writing a message

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 00:40

22. Sumanz (unregistered)

How 2 activate push mail in this cell ??

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 13:22

23. vini (unregistered)

Ho Cares about all that with the phones features just read when you buy. Average very good Bu the bastards lie about the battery life that is for sure. not even two days stand by only. I can imagine if i will use it more.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 07:56

24. Sati (unregistered)

Does Nokia c5-03 works better on t-mobile or AT&T?

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 01:30

25. Ozzz (unregistered)

1) the fone has no flash fr the camera.. one o the biggest drawbacks being frm the given price range.
2) ther's no xtra camera button to the side like the other phones.. makes it difficult for self photography.
3) whil multi choosing hv to go to options nd then mark all every item which makes it irrtitatin considering that lower end phns had a dirct mark option.
apart from tat the phone is good.. nokia shud look into these lil things the customer must hv tho..

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 03:15

26. Malcolmbrhc (unregistered)

This is the worst phone I have ever owned. Has just 75mb of ram, so constantly crashes. Terrible screen, rubbish software. No wonder Nokia is losing out.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 10:00

27. Vlad (unregistered)

This phone is garbage. Awful battery life (after 4 months, it lasts only 4 hours!), slow, slow software, and buggy too!

I had to remove the battery too many times just to turn the damn thing off.

Lots of freezes too. Even when hanging up calls!

If Nokia will still making phones like that, i'll change to another brand.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 01:40

28. manjegek (unregistered)

suddenly my C5-03 touch screen off.....why? any opinion?i just buy it a month ago......

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 06:29

29. fahad hassan (unregistered)

i got this this phone about 2 month;s ago abd it's working fine ... i didn't get any problems .

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 06:42

30. ravikumar (unregistered)

this mobile is good and its working fine
if any one wants to buy new mobile than take this
its looking good and small with lot of features..............

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 03:59

31. yateesh (unregistered)

Hanging problems are there

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 04:16

32. aakshat (unregistered)

I hv bought this phone on 30th August 2011, working so great and fast....
but now I have planed to buy samsung glaxy...so i want to sell this one....
Anyone intrested ,plz contact me....
New phone at reasonable rate....
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Nokia C5-03

Nokia C5-03

OS: Symbian 9.4
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Display3.2 inches, 360 x 640 pixels (229 ppi)
Camera5 megapixels
Single core, 600 MHz, ARM11 processor
0.1 GB RAM
Size4.17 x 2.01 x 0.54 inches
(105.8 x 51 x 13.8 mm)
3.28 oz  (93 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 11.5 hours talk time

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