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Nokia C5 Review

Nokia C5

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Performance and Conclusion:

Nokia C5 Review
The Nokia C5 can fly indeed... when thrown out of the window. „Heh, that was a good one!” said the schizophrenic and went on playing belote all by himself. All joking aside, the Nokia C5 is equipped with 600MHz processor and 128MB RAM, i.e. more than enough resources that guarantee a smartphone like this will be running without any lagging.

We encountered some minor issues relating to the sound sharpness during calls, but all told, we were able to perfectly understand people on the other end of the line and they claimed the same. The Nokia C5 offers the whopping 12 hours of continuous talk time on 2G networks and decent 4.9 hours over 3G bands.

The Nokia C5 is exceptionally well-made, comfortable and snappy device. The in-call and audio playback quality is decent, the handset supports Nokia Messaging, the camera will do and the A-GPS coupled with free navigation is welcome indeed. Our only gripe relates to the mediocre display and lack of Wi-Fi.

What alternative options do you have?

-    The Nokia 5630 XpressMusic – we mentioned it on several occasions in this review, since the handset comes with quite similar specifications. It sports a different design (with more youthful look) and Wi-Fi, but its camera is worse.
-    The Nokia E52 – similarly to the C5, the model features really good build quality, and has larger display and Wi-Fi. It happens to be more expensive as well.
-    The Nokia 6700 classic – if a stylish overall look is your cup of tea and you don’t really care about smartphone functionality, the device does have a lot to offer. It is equipped with 5-megapixel camera, plus fussier customers would be thrilled to know a gilded version is currently available as well.
-    The Samsung Shark S5350 – yet another feature phone. It outrivals the Nokia C5 in terms of in-call quality.

Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Ревю
Nokia 5630 XpressMusic
Nokia E52 Ревю
Nokia E52
Nokia 6700 classic Ревю
Nokia 6700 classic
Samsung Shark S5350 Ревю
Samsung Shark S5350

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If all models of the C-Series of the manufacturer prove to be more like the Nokia C5, well, we have to admit they do have their place on the market. We know there are many people out there, inclined to purchase a smartphone with stlish design, but unwilling to shell out for an overpriced Nokia’s E-series family member. The C5 might be just what they have been looking for.


  • Dainty design and proper materials
  • Really snappy
  • Nokia Messaging support
  • GPS and free navigation via Ovi Maps


  • Display that is almost unusable in direct sunlight and at an angle
  • Lacks Wi-Fi
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posted on 08 Sep 2012, 06:15

18. thedwivedi (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

Its keypad is not durable and at service center they will say keypad is cosmetic and it is not covered into warranty.

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Nokia C5

Nokia C5

OS: Symbian 9.3
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Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (182 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Single core, 600 MHz, ARM11 processor
0.1 GB RAM
Size4.41 x 1.81 x 0.48 inches
(112 x 46 x 12.3 mm)
3.15 oz  (89 g)
Battery1050 mAh, 12 hours talk time

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