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Nokia C5-03 Review

Nokia C5-03

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As we said, the Nokia C5-03 is packed with features for the price – quad-band GSM, tri-band 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity as well as free navigation and maps by Ovi are all on board. And while 3G should mean some fast speeds for a smartphone, do not expect to be blown away with extra-quick browsing. We lay the blame mostly on the dated browser as the 600MHz ARM 11 processor works good with other applications.

The Nokia C5-03 doesn’t have multitouch support and browsing is handled by one-finger navigation and double taps to zoom in or out. The surfing experience is below average. Pages render just as on a desktop PC, which would be great if it wasn't for the lag combined with the very uncomfortable zoom controls that make surfing a much more time consuming experience than it should be. Flash videos are limited to YouTube. But at the end of the day, you can always switch to Opera Mobile for hassle-free browsing.

What makes the Nokia C5-03 stand out among other budget solutions is great and free navigation. The on-board A-GPS module finds the Nokia C5-03’s position quickly and accurately. Driving and walking directions as well as voice navigation on Ovi Maps 3.0 are equally good. Screen size is the biggest setback here, but if you find 3.2 inches enough, then you should be more than happy with what you get.

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Navigation on the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review
Navigation on the Nokia C5-03 - Nokia C5-03 Review

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Save for the aging OS, software is one of Nokia's strong sides with the company's free navigation and mapping service. The phone comes with Quickoffice to let you view your documents on the go (including the latest 2007 Microsoft Office formats), but for editing you would have to go for a paid upgrade. Disappointingly, PDFs are not supported out of the box. Social networking is loosely present with poor apps far from the functionality you get on Android or iOS.

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The Nokia C5-03 comes with Quickoffice - Nokia C5-03 Review
The Nokia C5-03 comes with Quickoffice - Nokia C5-03 Review
The Nokia C5-03 comes with Quickoffice - Nokia C5-03 Review

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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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