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Nokia C5 Mobile Phone Review

Category : Mobile Phones, Nokia

largenokiac5greyThe Nokia C5 seem to be an attempt by Nokia to introduce most of the features of the latest smart phones in a cheaper and easier to use package. Using the latest edition of the Symbian S60 operating system (3rd edition) the C5 is indeed more powerful than previous S40 offerings, but does it compare to well to rivals?

The first most obvious attraction of the C5 is the quality looks and feel of the stainless steel body, the handset feels so tough, with large easy to use buttons on the keypad, that you could imagine the military using it! So it’s smart and durable, but how does it perform?

At first glance the C5 looks like any traditional “candy bar” type phone, with 2.2-inch screen and alphanumeric keypad below. It’s only once you start using the handset, that you will appreciate that Nokia has injected the C5 with some DNA from its high end smart phone handsets.

Typically with Nokia smartphones, the C5 comes with a plethora of “social” applications ready to use ( such as Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Friendster). Many more applications are available from the Nokia Ovi store. There applications can be pinned to your home screen allowing you to customise the C5 experience.

On board storage is a relatively meagre 50MB, but you can add up to 16Gb using microSD card (a 2Gb microSD card is upplied in retail pack). One of the main attractions of the C5 will be the inclusion of Ovi maps and navigation completely free (for life according to Nokia). However the 2.2 inch screen is perhaps a little small to use when driving!

The 3.2 megapixel camera may sound basic when many manufacturers fit 5-10 megapixel units as standard, however, the camera is simple to use and the results are more than acceptable in terms of quality. The C5 pretty much has everything users want from a smart phone, with one notable exception, Wi-Fi. Of course data connectivity is supplied via 3G so as long as you have a good 3G signal in your area its not a huge problem, on the other hand, if you find yourself without 3G coverage or you have an expensive tariff for data downloads, you will find yourself wishing for Wi-Fi capability!

The C5 is available on contracts with T-mobile and Vodafone and is very competitive, cheaper than similar products such as HTC Tattoo or Samsung Tocco Ultra for example. The C5 is also offered on pay-as-you-go for those who prefer that payment model.

Advantages: Easy to use with simple interface, big buttons that can be operated even with gloves on!, superb build quality and sturdy construction, 3G support

Disadvantages: No Wi-Fi

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