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Nokia C5-03 Review

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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


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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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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