Nokia C5 in-depth review -

Look and feel

Demure but classy styling and a light frame make this a desirable everyday handset.

Ease of use

Although this has the DNA of a smartphone, it's presented as a conventional and accessible phone with voice functions at its core.

Features

Beyond GPS, there are relatively few smart features here: Bluetooth, FM radio and 3.2-megapixel camera, but no wi-fi and limited built-in storage.

Performance

Fast and simple - this is an effective feature phone.

Battery life

Nokia's battery life management is usually strong and here you'll find a couple of days standby, and extended talktime use.

 Nokia C5 Review -
4

Review by Sunetra Chakravati,5/11/2011 11:10:03 AM

8

out of 10

Performance

8

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

6

out of 5

Features

8

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

Quiet good looks, GPS with free Ovi Maps, light and manageable.

Cons:

Limited extra features and functions.

The C5 is the latest simple but stylish handset from Nokia - the C series is designed to satisfy people wanting what's called a voice-centric device. Yes, that's right, one designed to make and receive calls!

It's worlds away from being a smartphone, although it uses Symbian S60 as its operating system. In fact, the only way you'll come across the S60 smarts may be in the option to show all open apps - an S60 standard. Even so, the phone has some clever features. Because it has a GPS receiver and thanks to Nokia's free turn-by-turn navigation from Ovi Maps, the phone is also a satnav. Because you can use Ovi Maps offline - that is, without needing to download data as you go, you can it use pretty much anywhere in the world for free. Not a bad start.

Look and feel

It's a candy bar phone in the style of the Nokia 6700 and in fact it looks like that phone but with the matte silver back of the 6700 Slide. The 2.2-inch screen is colourful but has a matte quality to it too, so it doesn't compare to the latest super-bright AMOLED screens of some of the latest Samsung handsets, say. To add to the simple-to-use credentials, the keys are large, blocky and straightforward. 

Like the 6700 Slide, Nokia has put a nifty introduction into the phone so the first time you switch it on, it takes you through how to transfer your contacts and how to personalise your phone. This latter names your phone, chooses a ringtone, fix the wallpaper and set up email. Handy.

Shortcuts

Nokia's handsets have long had a useful Switch application which transfers contacts painlessly between compatible Nokia handsets and this is here, too. It also has the strip of shortcut icons at the base of the screen that the 6700 Slide boasts. The difference here is the addition of an icon for Ovi Maps. There's no touchscreen interface here, so you have to operate the maps using the keys. This and the sometimes basic look to the maps themselves make the program look a little elementary, and though it will certainly help you find where you are, the small screen and lack of easy interaction mean it won't replace a dedicated satnav.

The applications icon in the menu guides you to Facebook, email, a document viewer and more and the Ovi Store icon means plenty of apps are available to download, including one that makes the screen look like a mirror, and another to help you remember where you parked.

Features 

Other features include a very fast HSDPA data transfer speed: 10.2Mbps, though you'll be hard put to find this speed available in many places. Like many Nokia handsets there's stereo FM radio, and of course a camera.

This one has 3.2-megapixel resolution, with LED flash and though it's not outstanding it uses Nokia's cameraphone skills to deliver quietly impressive results. Video recording is less exciting, shooting at just 15 frames per second.

Although this isn't a highly priced phone, it does include a 3.5mm headphone jack which many pricier handsets have not. There's no wi-fi - as much a mark of the voice-centric focus as the desire to avoid higher costs. There's minimal storage built in, though you can add memory in microSD cards.

Conclusion

For a simple phone that does a few extra things - with GPS and the free Ovi Maps the stand-out among these - the C5 is a solid and cute phone that's light, attractive and workmanlike. It's the phone's cool, straightforward looks and easy operation that make it a joy to use.