Sunday, October 17, 2010

Nokia C5-03: New design, running old software, hitting the market this holiday season for 170 EUR from IntoMobile by Stefan Constantinescu

Nokia C5 03 Nokia C5 03: New design, running old software, hitting the market this holiday season for 170 EUR

Nokia has just announced the C5-03, yet another member of the C5 family, and one more way to confuse consumers with product names that feature hyphens. What’s so special about it? Nothing. Really. It’s got a 3.2 inch resistive, yes, resistive, touch screen with a resolution of 640 x 360 pixels, 5 megapixel with no flash and weird 640 x 352 pixel video recording at only 15 frames per second. You also get WiFi, GPS, a compass, quadband GSM/EDGE support and triband 3G (900/1900/2100 Mhz) support. Standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, microUSB port and Bluetooth 2.0 all included. The C5-03 measures 105.8 mm x 51 mm x 13.8 mm and weighs only 93 grams. It has a 1000 mAh battery rated at 11.5 hours of talk time, and 25 days of standby time, assuming you turn off the 3G.

Other than that … it’s pretty? The two tone design is interesting, but under the hood is Symbian^1. When you’ve got Symbian^3 devices shipping, albeit only the N8 and C7, why would you release something like this to the market? Say hello to the typical Nokia attitude of “let’s make a 2 year plan and then bury our heads in the sand so as to ignore all outside factors and get this device out, regardless of the needs of our customers”.

Check out the video above. The first feature Nokia chooses to highlight is the fact that this thing has WiFi and 3G. Is the calendar on my laptop set wrong, or are we really in 2004? Oh and look, when you turn the device on there are icons for your favorite contacts and Nokia’s own map application, which makes walking around the city really easy! Hate to sound like a cynical jaded bastard, even though I am one, but is it any surprise why Nokia’s market share is in free fall in places like India where the brand was once loved by many? Come on Stephen, make things happen faster!

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