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Nokia C5-03 Review

Nokia C5-03

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Interface and Functionality:

With Symbian 9.4 S60 5th Edition on board, let's talk about memories, not the OS. There really isn't much new that can be said about the aging platform. The very familiar Symbian^1 is still rich in features and not very touch-friendly. On the positive side, it does have kinetic scrolling and great phone functionality. However the lack of portrait QWERTY and the 3.2-inch screen may make texting hard for some. For a deeper review of the familiar interface take a look at our Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review.

The Symbian 9.4 S60 5th Edition on board - Nokia C5-03 Review
The Symbian 9.4 S60 5th Edition on board - Nokia C5-03 Review
The Symbian 9.4 S60 5th Edition on board - Nokia C5-03 Review


Camera and Multimedia:

One thing you might not like about this phone is the fixed-focus camera, which also lacks flash. What we expect from the camera of a budget phone, however, is to complement the overall experience and produce some decent images that you can share on Facebook or the like.

The 5-megapixel snapper shoots at a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and has a number of pre-defined shooting modes, including a manual one, where you get to choose ISO light sensitivity, exposure, sharpness, contrast and white balance. Unfortunately, we had to test the camera in cloudy weather, but dull colors still seemed to be an issue. We could also notice the poor dynamic range and the somewhat oversharpened images. And if you like shooting objects in macro mode (20 inches or closer), you should steer away from anything that has fixed-focus in its name.

Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review

Strong - Indoor samples - Nokia C5-03 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Nokia C5-03 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Nokia C5-03 Review

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Overall, we would rate the photos at just about average, nothing more than you would expect on a budget device, but good enough for the times when you don't have your camera.

The videos shot with the Nokia C5-03 at 14 fps were only good for viewing on the small screen of a mobile device. The camcorder has some settings about scenes, color tone and white balance, but they cannot make up for the low quality of recorded video.

Nokia C5-03 Sample Video:




The Nokia C5-03 follows the footsteps of its XpressMusic ancestors and delivers loud and rich, clear sound even at maximum volume. The music player comes with cover art for albums and has various equalizer settings. Radio is also featured, but it will require you to plug in your headphones, which work as an antenna.

The music player of the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review
The music player of the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review
The music player of the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review

Even though 3.2 inches is a bit on the small side in today's smartphone world, we could not help but watch some videos to kill time on the Nokia C5-03. The vivid colors on the screen are a pleasure to behold, but the handset lacks DivX and XviD support out of the box. MPEG-4 is supported, but resolutions higher than the native 360 by 640 pixels are not tolerated and we would recommend you to stick to the native screen resolution or lower for video.

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Nokia C5-03

Nokia C5-03

OS: Symbian 9.4
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PhoneArena rating:
6Average
Display3.2 inches, 360 x 640 pixels (229 ppi)
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
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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