It’s been quite a while since I got any chance to play around with a Nokia Smartphone mainly because they were getting really repetitive in terms of software, but recently I got a chance to get my hands on the Nokia C5 and I have to say Nokia has done a good job in making a sleek looking Symbian Smartphone with all the necessary features for the road and at a very reasonable price tag.
The moment you hold the Nokia C5 in your hand, you’ll get a really good solid and sturdy feeling, even for it’s price, it’s really well made like any other Nokia handset out there.
The body is made of metal and doesn’t feel in any way that it might break easily even after crashing on the floor several times. It has a really acceptable 320 by 240 pixels resolution display with a size of 2.2 inches (diagonal), the screen behaves well under the sun and doesn’t fade away that much.
The screen is a TFT LCD display but I’ve noticed that it has really bad viewing angles, even viewing the screen dead on straight gave me some white gradients on the screen but that’s something which we can all live with.
The best part about the C5 is it’s huge keypad, it feels comfortable to type on and the keys are well placed. It has a rear 3.2MP fixed focus camera with an LED flash which is surprisingly good in snapping photos and shooting video, it also has a forward facing VGA camera for video calls and taking pictures.
The phone has all sorts of necessary wireless capabilities you’ll need on the go like EDGE but it lacks WiFi, it even has GPS receiver but lacks a compass. The C5 runs on top of Symbian OS V9 R3, if you’re familiar with using a Symbian handset before then you’ll feel like home while using the C5. Except for a few cosmetic changes in the UI, all is almost the same.
If you want a smartphone and you’re on a really tight budget, then the Nokia C5 is the way to go!