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Upon first touch, the Nokia C5-03 is sleek but not stunning, chunky but light enough, and rocks minimalistic buttons, touchscreen capability and a shiny derriere. But if you were picking up this smartphone in the hope that it might provide some real competition in the mid-range budget area, you may be in for a little disappointment. The Samsung Monte offers a better range of pre-loaded apps. The HTC Wildfire has a better UI and LED flash for the camera, and the mid-range Blackberry Curve 3G has email pretty much covered. So what exactly is the Nokia C5-03 offering other than an extra '-03' on top of last year's Nokia C5? Measuring in at just under 14mm, the handset is a little bigger than Nokia users might expect, but handily compact for everyone else. Its rounded edges fit nicely in the hands, especially small ones, and while the depth might be an issue for some, we felt it gave the light handset (93g, thank you!) a little solidity and stopped the plastic-cased phone from feeling too cheap. That said, it didn't prevent a hairy moment when removing the battery cover for the first time – the thin piece feels imminently snappable, which makes for a scary experience if you're, shall we say, as ham-fisted as we are.
There's a lot of competition in the ‘affordable' smartphone sector now, probably even more so than in the top-end of the market. Each handset manufacturer is now trying to offer the public the best possible phone, both in terms of feature set and hardware quality, so consumers are onto a winner. Orange has recently raised the bar with the introduction of its San Francisco handset, which proves just how superior a reasonably priced phone can be. So, this is the market into which Nokia has introduced its latest ‘affordable' handset, the Nokia C5-03. First of all, don't confuse the C5-03 with the original C5, which was launched last year and which boasted a more traditional design with a 3x4 keyboard. The C5-03 comes with a touch-screen. Just beware that Nokia now seems to be calling this new release the C5, so try not to get the two muddled up. Using less-solid materials is one way in which manufacturers keep down the price of a phone, and Nokia has done just this with the C5-03, which is, in the main, made from plastic. While this does make it lightweight, we'd fear for its safety if it were dropped from any height.
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.
When touchscreen became affordable its popularity skyrocketed ? affordable smartphones are all the rage now. The Nokia C5-03 is the result of both these trends and while it borrows a lot from the C6-01 in terms of design, its pricing is a good deal lower. Designed for a lower price bracket than its Symbian^3 lookalike, the Nokia C5-03 has some of its specs taken down a notch. The Nokia C5-03 is a grandson of the best-selling Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and though it might be the last hurrah for Symbian^1 (or Symbian S60 as old-timers call it) it tries to deliver the same level of satisfaction on the bang for buck meter. The C5-03 is a very eco-friendly gadget ? 80% of the phone body is recyclable, while half of the packaging comes from recycled material (and all of it is recyclable in turn). It's a low-price phone with some high-speed connectivity with 10.2Mbps HSDPA and 2Mbps HSUPA. The C5-03 also packs the fastest CPU available on a Nokia S60 device ? at 600MHz the old but efficient Symbian just flies. The free voice-guided navigation is the single biggest advantage of Symbian-powered Nokias, one that is still unmatched by any other brand or platform.
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