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Nokia C5 - Camera and Interface

By Edward Chester


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Review Price £132.79

The other key problem with the camera is the main problem with this phone; its rather poor quality screen. Try and take a photo over your head or from low down and you simply can't see what's on-screen, the viewing angles are so bad. The relatively low maximum brightness also makes it difficult to see in bright sunlight.

This isn't such a dramatic problem in everyday use, particularly as you're unlikely to be watching video or browsing the web with much regularity on a screen only 2.2-inches across. Also, given the price of this phone, it's to be expected that the screen isn't setting new standards in quality. Nonetheless, it's definitely something of a let down.

These basic candybar handsets, despite looking very similar to phones of years ago, have actually moved on a great deal in functionality. You can get a surprising amount done on this handset over and above making calls and texting.

There are apps for Facebook, Friendster, Myspace, and Youtube, as well as a web browser, OVI maps, MobileTV, a couple of surprisingly fun games, and access to Nokia's OVI app store. The number of apps that are useful for and will work on such a modest device is limited, but you might be able to find some useful additions.

The software in general is easy enough to use. You get none of the flair of an iPhone or similar, but it's fast and intuitive enough to use. That said, there are a few basics missing and other areas where Nokia has slipped up.

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September 27, 2010, 3:11 pm

@Edward Chester - "It still has plenty of redeeming features"...

I thought it had quite a lot of features as well, especially for the price. E.g., 3.2 Mpix camera with LED flash, VGA video recording, secondary camera for video calls, free lifetime navigation, 2GB MicroSD card included (supports 16GB), great battery life, HSDPA up to 10.2 Mbps and HSUPA up to 2 Mbps.

So I was surprised to see it only get 6/10 for features. I thought it deserved at least 7/10, maybe even 8/10 when you consider it's price point. And speaking of price, £150 seems a tad high. Especially when you can get it for £145 on Nokia's own website, and for even less elsewhere. As a result, maybe it could have gotten 8/10 for value, giving it the same overall score as well.

Just my take on things...


September 27, 2010, 3:42 pm

Hmmm, I agree value seems rather low.

I also think TR sees "Touchscreen" as a feature nowadays.

In any case, at least the video calling item needs to be amended in the feature table as I checked elsewhere and it does apparently include a secondary camera.


September 27, 2010, 6:37 pm

i thought the scores were a bit low as well.

plus no mention of the gps and worldwide ovi satnav?

Brian ONeill

September 28, 2010, 9:37 pm

I got the c3 for the wife, paid £80 for it with vodafone its not a bad phone but email was slow as hell to download. Got her a replacement, the e63 for only £89 on three. Both phones are a lot cheaper than the c5 and the qwerty keyboard is very useful.

Personally i find the symbian os a complete dog and complex as hell, but for the price the phones are great value.


October 9, 2010, 2:40 am

This phone is an absolute gem. Its simple to use and has bags of features (including free for life inbuilt voice guided sat nav). I prefer a push button phone and would not honestly swap this for an iphone. It deserves 10/10.


January 29, 2011, 4:53 pm

Hi there, I have just bought this phone to replace the brilliant Nokia 6300, and I'm concerned that the C5 doesn't give me the odd reminder that I have recieved a text message or a missed call, unlike the 6300 that used to sit on my desk flashing away...anyone else have this problem or is there a setting somewhere to tell me this.


April 12, 2012, 2:12 pm

The C5 is Nokia at its simple best trouble is what have they now in 2012 to replace it ? Nothing!
They've lost the plot chasing the iPhone and as a result they haven't made a handset which has a keypad and battery life of 5 days .

No they insist on making touchscreen phones which are not as good as an iPhone instead!

Nokia you deserve to have a low share price and to go bust you're incompetent.

Rip the fantastic C5 and rip Nokia .......

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