Nokia C5-00 Review


Welcome to the Nokia C5 review. The C5-00 is essentially the mid-range model in the line up which will compete with all the other ‘standard’ 3G capable phones by other manufacturers. The Nokia C5-00 is priced at a competitive retail price of around $350 when it was released in mid-2010.  We think that is a worthy successor to the 6120 which has a similar feature set.

It is a conservative and tidy design like popular Nokia phones of old yet with some nice design touches like metal and different colored plastics should make this a model to consolidate the multiple models with similar specifications in the range.  The multi colour works are it stands out from the increasing grey and black models from other manufacturers. We expect it to be a great pre-paid package too – eventually!

In the hand we liked the feel and construction quality.  The large buttons work well and the whole case was nice and solid.  What we found odd though was that the screen appeared to be set back in the case rather than near the surface.  Apart from that it works fast and lag free.  We liked that the browser has the lastest OSS browser which means that even FLASH content on webpages work without any hiccups.  The inbuilt but view only versions of word, excel and powerpoint where also appreciated.  The inclusion of a fast CPU claimed to work at 600Mhz, A-GPS receiver and Ovi maps also extended the usefulness of the phone.

We where impressed that everything worked fast and without unexpected lags – it is a very good do it all mobile phone.  That said we still prefer the S40 based Nokia 6700 because of its real metal construction.

It is also interesting to note that a Telstra compatible NextG model is not being offered at the time of writing.

Overall we did not have to spend too much time with the C5-00 because we have seen it all before and it is reassuring that things are improving in the ‘standard’ mobile phone area.  You will be happy with the C5 if you want a relatively cheap multi-purpose phone in a candy bar format.


  • Nokia C5-00
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    Dual-band 3G 900/2100 (Dependent on country)
    HSDPA 7.2 Mbits data speed (download)
    HSUPA 2 Mbits data speed (upload)
  • Design
    Candy bar
  • L112 x W46 x D12.3 mm
    Weight 89 grams
  • Display/s
    2.2 inch TFT 240 x 320
  • Camera
    LED Flash
  • Video Camera
    640 x 480 pixel main video camera 15FPS
    480 x 640 video call 15FPS
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V2
  • CPU
  • Memory
    Up to 50MB available to user
    MicroSD up to 16Gig
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    A-GPS free Maps
    JAVA Apps
    Music and Media player
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    FM radio with RDS
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    3.5mm AV/headset
    BP-5CT 3.7V 1050mAh
    Up to 26 days Standby
    Up to 12 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $350 AUS 2010 (Outright)