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Nokia’s range of classic handsets, the C-series, is designed for those who want a simple, easy-to-use handset that brings making and receiving calls to the fore and look stylish to boot.

The latest in the range, the Nokia C5, has a Symbian S60 operating system, although it is definitely not a smartphone. It does however, feature GPS and Ovi Maps, which turn it into a satnav. And because you can use Ovi Maps offline, without the need to download data as you go along, you can use it more or less anywhere in the world for no cost.

Style and handling on the Nokia C5

The candybar Nokia C5 resembles the Nokia 6700 but has the same matte silver backing as the 6700 Slide. The colourful 2.2-inch screen has a muted quality about it that can’t compare to the latest generation of super AMOLED screens, but that’s to be expected from a phone at this price point. Large, blocky keys make typing straightforward too, in line with its user-friendly remit.

One nice touch, also seen on the 6700 Slide, is the introduction process, which kicks in the first time you switch on the phone. It gives you step-by-step instructions on transferring your contacts and personalising your phone, including setting up email and choosing a wallpaper and ringtone.

Shortcuts on the Nokia C5

Nokia’s Switch application, which transfers contacts between compatible Nokia handsets, is present on the Nokia C5. And, like the 6700 Slide, a row of shortcut icons run along the bottom of the screen, only this one also has an Ovi Maps icon.

No touch-screen means you navigate maps using the keys. This, along with the maps’ basic appearance and the small screen, make the app somewhat low-key and less easy to interact with. It’s unlikely to be a replacement for your regular satnav, but is nevertheless useful for occasional location checks.

The apps icon in the menu leads you to email, Facebook, document viewer and more, and access to the Ovi Store, via another icon, means you can download a range of new apps including a handy app that helps you remember where you parked and another that turns your screen into a mirror.

Features on the Nokia C5

For internet browsing you get HSDPA data speeds of up to 10.2Mbps, depending on coverage. In reality, there’s not much chance of reaching these speeds, but it’s good to know it’s there.

A stereo FM radio is a good extra – enhanced by the welcome addition of a 3.5mm audi jack so you can plus in your own headphones – and the 3.2-megapixel camera with LED flash produces relatively nice results thanks to Nokia’s expertise. Video is basic, shooting at just 15fps.

The lack of Wi-Fi has the twin effect of keeping costs down and marking the C5’s niche as a voice-centric phone. The small amount of storage space can be expanded by investing in a microSD card.

The verdict on the Nokia C5

For all its smartphone prowess, Nokia still excels at basic phones with a classic appearance and simple handling. The Nokia C5 does have a few extras, such as GPS, but it’s the easy operation and familiar, smart appearance that will appeal to most.




Type of phone:Smartphone
Style:candy bar
Size:112 x 46 x 12.3 mm
Display:16 million colours
Special Camera features:LED flash
Video recording:Yes
Video playback:Yes
Video calling:Yes
Video streaming:Yes
Music formats played:eAAC+, MP3, WAV, WMA
3.5mm jack port:Yes
Handsfree speakerphone:Yes
Voice Control:Yes
Voice Dialling:Yes
Call records:Detailed, max 30 days
Phonebook:Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Ringtones customization:Yes
Display description:TFT
Standard color:White, Warm Grey
Launch Status:Available
Operating system:Symbian Series 60
Connectivity:Bluetooth, A2DP, MicroUSB
Announced date:March 2010
What's in the Box:N/A
International launch date:April 2010
Battery life when playing multimedia:34 hours
CPU:ARM 11 600 MHz processor
FM Radio Description:Stereo FM radio with RDS
Internal memory:50MB
Memory Card Slot:microSD
Messaging:Email, IM, MMS, SMS
Internet Browser:HTML, XHTML, WAP 2.0
E-mail client:Push email
Games:Yes + Downloadable
Data speed:HSDPA
Talktime:300 minutes
Standby:670 hours
Display size:2.2-inches
Audio recording:Yes

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