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Video: The very light (93g) Nokia C5-03 touch hands on review

Here’s a hands on video review of the New Symbian^1 (YEAH that’s right. S60 5th) touch phone, the Nokia C5-03. This is the newer touch version (3.2″), NOT the candy bar keypad version.  It’s very, very light at 93g. Check out full specs here.

The review is in Romanian, but even if you don’t speak the language, you can take a look at the hands on side of it. There’s a second video from Nokia Conversations included to give a general overview of features if you haven’t seen it already.

The front reminds me of HTC devices for some reason

via telefonultau

Nokia Conversations.

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  1. alex68
    November 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Is this S60V5 phone? Actually this is the cheapest S3 phone I mentioned before. It costs 150 Euro, and it has only one homescreen. It was launched in Hongkong at least 2 weeks gao.

    • alex68
      November 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm

      I checked it was S60V5 phone. Very strange, still S60V5 phones…

      • Smith
        November 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm

        Read my comment below…

  2. Smith
    November 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    There will be some who will complain that this is not S^3 (or rather the latest version of Symbian) and that it does not have a capacitive touch screen. If so they are entirely misunderstanding the situation, and missing the point.

    The great advantage of Symbian over absolutely EVERYTHING else on the market (Android, I’m looking at you especially) is that it can run very well on very low end hardware (which Android absolutely can not do). The main growth in smartphones at the moment is at the low end, and in emerging markets. This is where this sort of device will sell in the many millions, and it will sell cheaper than the C6-01 (S^3, capacitive screen). This therefore means millions more people will get the full benefits of a smartphone, and specifically the advantages of Symbian – i.e. the best implementation of a smartphone at the sort of price points they can afford. They will also get the free Ovi Maps with Nav, and all the benefits of Ovi (everything – email, apps, services etc). This is a real benefit to many who do not have the luxury of a laptop or PC.

    I believe the latest version of Symbian (as seen in N8, C6-01 etc) requires a GPU. I’m guessing but don’t know whether it also requires a slightly higher hardware spec (CPU, mem etc) – I may be wrong on that though. The point is the hardware cost is inevitably higher, thus pricing the handsets at a certain minimum level.

    Nokia are doing the world a great service by releasing handsets that still have a modern smartphone OS and services, rather than only offering S40 and higher end latest Symbian handsets requiring higher spec.

    As an aside, if you look at the latest v52 firmware that’s just come out for the 5800 it shows that actually S^1 (S60 5th) can get even better and still be very competitive (and actually be the best thing available at these low end price points). http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/news/item/12328_Nokia_5800_receives_v52_firmwa.php

    I hope some people will see the broader picture, rather than just whining about only having the latest and greatest tech for themselves all the time.

    • alex68
      November 26, 2010 at 1:21 pm

      I don\t agree that every business is a good business. If you can sell one phone with a profit of 200 Euro why you do you still make an effort to sell a phone with a “penny” profit. Besides supporting more OS means more R&D effort and consequently more expenses. Profits are always more important than volumes of sales.

      What I am seeing is now Nokia have been trapped in the volume games and I don’t like it at all. I am disappointed.

      • Smith
        November 26, 2010 at 1:40 pm

        Rubbish. Who are you to say how they should run their business and where they make their profits from? Do you know everything that Nokia senior management knows about their business?

        What is wrong with making less profit from many more devices, rather than more profit from many less devices? Both are valid, and the former has the advantages of economies of scale and massive production runs, which affect all handsets at every price level (e.g. making lots of cheaper handsets makes components, or supply chains etc, cheaper for the higher end handsets thus making them cheaper or Nokia more profit on them, or other advantages).

        Alex you have done well with some of your insider comments and videos of new firmware but that does not mean that your entire strategy for Nokia’s future is correct 🙂

    • alex68
      November 26, 2010 at 1:26 pm

      I am not against new phones made on S60V5. I just would like to see NOKIA to show the ability and FOCUS to compete in the high end as a REAL mobile phone leader as I am not a fan of the stuff from Walmart.

      • Smith
        November 26, 2010 at 1:36 pm

        They have. What do you call the N8? Blows everything out the water, even without any firmware updates!

      • Jim
        November 26, 2010 at 1:37 pm

        I agree with you. they should move symbian 3 as low as they can. and they can, because all symbian 3 devices have 8MP camera or higher and all have metal shell . Nokia can build an 150euro S3 device. put 5 MP or 3.2 MP camera + plastic shell with a 3.2 capacitive screen . They should make S1 history and focus more on S3+ and meego. this way they will have the same UX like higher end S3 devices but more sales which leads to more ovi store downloads which leads to more developers. 🙂

        A 680Mhz Arm11 Cpu is not that expensive specially when you sell in higher volumes. same for 256MB ram.

        • Smith
          November 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm

          > they should move symbian 3 as low as they can.

          Correct, but there is obviously a lower limit, and it is around this and below that S60 5th has clear advantages as I’ve already stated above.

          > but more sales which leads to more ovi store downloads which leads to more developers.

          Wrong logic. More sales will come from competing where the growth in the smartphone market is, which is at the low end as a featurephone replacement. To grab as much of that market as possible, you can clearly make devices cheaper than the cheapest S^3 device, by using S60 5th. This is all obvious economics. Then there are WAY more sales, which developers can easily target – yes, including with Qt.

          > A 680Mhz Arm11 Cpu is not that expensive specially when you sell in higher volumes. same for 256MB ram.

          Simply not true. Older less powerful (but still totally effective) chips and less RAM costs less.

          • alex68
            November 26, 2010 at 1:49 pm

            Market share is MEANINGLESS unless the business is profitable! See how American GM worked in the past?!

        • alex68
          November 26, 2010 at 1:47 pm

          Jim, you know BETTER than some of Nokia seniors. They seem not to be able to see through the problems they have been facing…

        • Dave
          November 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm

          When you consider that you can get an Android device for sub £100 with 600mHz ARM11, some random GPU, GPS, compass, 3.5″ capacitive OLED screen (and the worlds worst autofocus camera), I’d like to see Nokia go more aggressively towards such devices.

          Okay, said devices are slow and are barely capable of running half the apps on the market, but it shows that the basic hardware can easily be done for the price.

  3. delanz
    November 26, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    This handset is running slightly tweaked Symbian^1. If you noticed in the video, the is the new unlock screen similar to Symbian^3. And also in setting list view, the reviewer only tap once to open the item. no more double tap to select and activate the item. This singe tap UI is also mentioned in Forum Nokia page for this handset.

  4. pchees
    November 26, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I think Nokia’s strategy in the past has not just been to make money. They want to change the world and that’s why they have invested so much in the low end of the market. They are really changing the lives of people in 3rd world countries by giving them access to the internet and email for the first time.

    It has never been just about money for them. See what they have done with environmentally friendly products. They are the greenest on the planet.

    They are very proud at what they have achieved.

    Granted they took their eyes of the ball on the high end, but I think 12-18 months from now they will have the best high end products out there as well.

    People are still very loyal to Nokia because of their history.

    I mean Steve Jobs may have revolutionised the industry with the user experience but he is a self serving, egotistical, money grabbing mad man 🙂 I love what he’s done but I love Nokia alot more for what they have acheieved.

    • VV
      November 26, 2010 at 11:33 pm

      This is one of the reasons I love Nokia too.They really do help people connect.I respect them for that but I also want to see them rule the game once more at the high end.

  5. Ayroth
    November 26, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I’m living in Morocco, an emerging market,i’ve been using nokia phones since my 3650, a lot of my mates bought symbian phones because of me always showing what can a symbian phone do,Nokia is selling well here but i start seeing a lot of Android phones adds, a lot of my friends now are using Iphones or HTCs, even me, this is the first time i changed nokia by Samsung (Omnia HD) i’m running a hacked firmware so i can use nokia sevices ( Maps,ovi store etc) but i’m going to sell this phone, the N8 is tooooo expensive (N8 is about 600$ here while Galaxy S costs 400$) i think i’m going to buy an Xperia X10 ( almost the same features as the Omnia HD ) i’m just afraid, this is a first step to android and i don’t think i’m gonna use a symbian device again until Nokia brings a decent UI

  6. November 30, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    It looks good when it’s screen is under power saving mode. this mobile phone is also slim and giving touch facility which is the demand of the time. Inshort worth buying set , but in most of the new sets released by nokia , like x series , mobile phones are very slow in processing, i used nokia c3 for 1 week and its speed is so slow that i sold it after one week . now i bought nokia n8 and unfortunately i faced the problem of mobile software held …. i dont know whether i m so much unlucky or these are genuine problem.

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