Nokia C5-03 Mobile Phone Review and Price

new Nokia C5-03

Nokia has lost the battle for the touchscreen market and the company still has not got an adequate budget phone below 100 euro. It is difficult for Nokia to produce inexpensive touchscreen phones since the cost of Symbian phones is rather high and it sets certain limits to the retail prices. In 2009 we saw that the release of Nokia 5530 XpressMusic spurred the sales of touchscreen phones as well as the release of Nokia 5228. The strategy was clear – to produce cheaper phones to raise the sales. But Nokia failed to fulfill this plan. And as a result the company was stuck with producing innumerous variations of Nokia 5800 making it cheaper and cheaper.
Nokia C5-03
In Nokia C5-03 we see the usual S60 5th platform that has not been significantly modified as compared to the previous phones. This model looks as a visitor form the past – it does not live up to the 2011 level and, moreover, it is overpriced. The target audience is the people who trust the Nokia brand and prefer it to others, and they are also not very sure what a smartphone is. People will choose it because it is a touchscreen. Of course, there is a tiny group of young people who will consciously buy it as a smartphone – but there are not many of the latter.
The back panel is made of glossy plastic, if you open it you will see that there is now a piece of rubber foam glued to it. This is Nokia solving the problem of the play between the panel and the battery – before, the battery could wobble and the phone could turn off or restart.

Unfortunately, the phone is well put together only at first glance. Trying to add as much colors as possible Nokia produced a defective batch and all the phones manufactured until April 2011 are defective – the plastic of the body splits and cracks. Till mid March Nokia did not admit the production defect but starting from March the 15th the service centers are obliged to admit such phones for a free repair. The thing is, the body can only be replaced with the same defective body – there are no other yet available in the service centers.

The phones dimensions - 105.8х51х13.8 mm / 4.17x2x0.54 in, weight 93 g / 3.28 oz. The phone feels nice in hand – it is not very big. On the right side there is the lock button and another fatuous solution – you can lock the screen by pressing the button but to unlock it you have to press it and then confirm the action on the screen – a rather dubious struggle with accidental key Nokia C5-03
The screen is exactly the same used in Nokia 5800 and other models. I will remind you its specs: size – 3.2", aspect ratio – 16:9, resolution – 640x360 (39x69 mm). The screen displays up to 16 million colors, the picture is good but not up to 2011 level. The view angles are rather limited but it is not really a drawback.

The screen automatically rotates depending on the position of the phone. It takes about a second or less for screen to change orientation. The display is a bit buried in the body and it has edges. When you use scrolling on the right side of the screen your digit is touching the edge – some will not like it but generally it does not cause any inconveniences.
Under sunlight the screen remains readable – no problems here. However, under direct sunlight it sometimes goes blind. The screen fits up to 14 lines of text and up to 3 system tray lines. The screen is good foe watching videos, pictures and reading long texts.

Key Pad, Input
There are three hard buttons on the front side – the call button, end call and the menu key. In all menus pressing the end call button gets us one level back. You can input text using two different ways or, more precisely, using two different key pads.
Firstly, you can use the digital key pad where you need to press one key several times to get the necessary character. It is only available in the portrait orientation – it is easily operated with one hand.

The second type is the regular QWERTY key pad. It is only available in the landscape orientation. The key are convenient, you can type with two hands. I do not have much to add about these two ways of typing – the phone offers the maximum capabilities on the market: you can type both with your digits and with a stylus, it is up to you.


The phone uses a Li-Ion battery BL-4U with the capacity of 1000mAh (the capacity of Nokia 5800 is 1320mAh). The manufacturer claims that the battery can last for up to 4.5 hours of voice calls and up to 350 hours of stand-by. Music playback – up to 27 hours, video recording in best quality – up to 140 minutes, video playback – up to 3.5 hours.

The phone could work for about 2 days within Moscow networks including: up to 1 hour of voice calls, a few pictures taken, a couple of minutes of video recorded and up to one hour of radio or music playback. If you are an active user and use e-mail and Twitter the life span drops to just one day. My phone was always dead by the evening.

Maximum battery life in different modes :
  • Video playback – 1 hour 40 minutes (H.264 in the loudspeaker mod)
  • Web surfing (via EDGE) – 3 hours
  • Wi-Fi (constant data transfer) – 4 hours
  • Music playback via the headset – 24 hours
  • Radio – 21.5 hours
If the battery capacity is down by 30% the time remaining is also down the same period of time.
Price Range : 9,500 (PHP)

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