Nokia C5 Review: Smart And Trusty: Messaging, Ovi Contacts, Music Player, Audio QualityBy cheatmaster 03:06 Tue, 10 Aug 2021 Comments
Messaging is great
The Nokia C5 has remarkable messaging capabilities. With a remarkable keypad and solid software support, managing your correspondence is as fine as it gets on this kind of devices.
The Messaging department
The C5 supports all common message types - SMS, MMS and email. Texts and MMS share an editor.
Turning an SMS into MMS is as simple as adding any multimedia content
The email client is also very similar to what previous Symbian powered phones have offered. The app can automatically detect the settings for over 1000 email service providers, all you have to do is enter your email address and password.
However, we had some problems with it – we had to enter the settings manually for our Gmail test account to acquire it working.
There is support for attachments, signatures and basically most of the things you can think of, so the Nokia C5 can meet almost any emailing needs. There’s even a preinstalled document viewer on the C5 so you can view attached office files.
The email client
Ovi Contacts chats with Gmail
Ovi Contacts app comes preinstalled with Nokia C5 but you can also install it on most other Nokia smartphones. It integrates tightly with the Contact list and you can easily switch between the two.
Contacts are synced with the Ovi cloud (along with calendar items and notes) and they can either be existing Ovi Contacts or G-Talk users (that’s Google’s own IM service, which is also integrated into Gmail).
Thanks to this service you will be able to chat in real time with all your Ovi/Google Talk-connected contacts, change your status messages and mood, and all that kind of social networking stuff.
Ovi Contacts is a capable IM client
Ovi Contacts can also be used to share the name and artist info of the track you’re currently playing. Using the built-in GPS receiver, it can share your location too.
You can utilize Ovi Sync to synchronize your contacts and organizer items with the cloud
While you probably don’t have many contacts using Ovi for chat, chances are quite a few of them have a Gmail account and they can utilize that to chat with you. They could utilize iGoogle too or a desktop client like G-Talk. Multi-protocol clients can usually handle G-Talk too.
On top of that there is a dedicated IM which is also enabled for chats with Ovi and Gmail users.
The Ovi IM client
Luckily for social network lovers, there are 4 applications allowing quick access to the services of Facebook, MySpace, hi5 and Friendster.
A decent music player
There’s small diversity in Symbian music players – the one on the Nokia C5 is the exact same one found on XpressMusic devices (not that it’s a reason to complain in this case). It handles the most common audio formats - MP3, AAC, eAAC+ and WMA, and packs a standard 3.5mm audio jack.
The music player "Now playing" interface
Sorting your songs by artist, album, genre and composer is automatic and searching tracks by gradual typing of the desired name is also available.
Searching the music library
It is worth noting that the C5 is supposed to play music up to 34 hours on a single charge – we’re not surprised given the fine performance of the 1050mAh battery.
The player comes with five equalizer presets and, should they seem insufficient, you can edit them or create recent ones in a matter of seconds.
Five equalizer presets are available • creating a recent one
Great audio quality
Having seen how the Nokia 6700 slide performs, we simply expected that the Nokia C5 is an excellent musician. There are no weak points whatsoever in its audio output with all the readings being excellent.
The only area where we would ask for a bit more is the loudness level, as the C5 does unimpressive in terms of in-headphones volume.
Here are the results so you can see for yourselves.
TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Nokia C5+0.05, -0.25-87.687.40.0046
Nokia 6700 slide+0.07, -0.40-90.090.00.0059
Nokia 6303i classic+0.07, -0.38-84.590.40.134
Nokia 6303 classic+0.27, -0.08-75.975.90.0075
Nokia 5310 XpressMusic+0.29, -1.69-94.492.00.015
Nokia X3+0.07, -0.44-88.388.30.00670.016
Nokia 5230+0.03, -0.05-86.786.50.00330.016
Nokia 5530 XpressMusic+0.11, -0.84-90.990.80.0100.454
Samsung M7500 Emporio Armani+0.86, -6.28-80.180.10.017
Sony Ericsson W508+7.30, -2.18-85.984.70.0052
Nokia C5 vs Nokia 6700 slide classic frequency response graphs
You can learn more about the whole testing process here.
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