Nokia C5 review
We review the Nokia C5, a budget candybar offering both the simple necessities and a few extra bonuses
Much of the focus when it comes to mobile phones nowadays falls on the smartphone market.
The likes of Apple and HTC dominate the headlines with their extra shiny devices, but that is not what every user longs for.
Some people still want a phone that does the basics, without having a hefty price tag, and this latest Nokia device looks to those people. But does it fulfil those needs?
First, when looking at the C5 we weren't exactly blown away. It was a bit of an awkward shape, very long but without the width to match, giving it a stretched appearance.
The mish-mash of light and dark metallics, along with a black matt screen surround, also made it look like a Frankenstein phone, cobbled together from some spare parts left on the factory floor.
We will give it credit though for not feeling on the heavy side, despite its slightly bulky depth, and having decent sized buttons for a phone that is a lot smaller than some of its competitors.
The buttons do dominate the look of the device though. It is almost as if it was designed to be childproof, with no surround to the buttons to ensure you don't miss what you are dialling.
Above this comes a group of seven buttons that are badly placed. The central large button doesn't take you to the menu, which intuitively you feel it should do, and the two small silver buttons that lie between the other four are hardly noticeable until you have spent a lot of time with the device. When one of these is the cancel button, it becomes quite a pain.
The screen then takes up the top half but it felt Nokia may have put more time into the buttons below. The screen is TFT colour but of pretty poor resolution - 320 x 240 pixels.
There is a nifty task bar that runs along the bottom of the screen which it editable to fit your regular application on there but navigating it with the large button below was quite fiddly and kept skipping over our choices.
You can add extra applications onto the home screen as well in the centre, with the default of calendar and emails. Yet with a screen so small – 2.2 inches – it made the whole thing look far too busy and forced everything to shrink in size to fit in, making it difficult to read as well.
|Typical Price||£149 SIM free|
|UK Launch||2nd quarter of 2010|
|Additional Memory||16GB MicroSD|
|Screen Size||320x240 pixels, 2.2 inch|
|Camera Resolution||3.2 megapixels|
|Zoom||4x digital zoom|
|Battery Standby||630 hours|
|Recycle||Sell Nokia C5|