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Nokia C5: a week-end non-techie user’s review

I recently lost my Sony Ericsson K810i phone (see below) on my way to school.  Thankfully—in a way—my phone was stolen on a Friday, so I was able to get a replacement by Sunday afternoon.

I did not have strict requirements for the next phone.  In fact, I don’t even remember myself playing with the games and the other bells and whistles on the Ericsson.  Apart from calling and texting (duh!), the camera and the alarm clock were the two most heavily used features.  Naturally, I applied the same criteria on the replacement phone:

  1. It should have a camera decent enough to take pictures of textbooks and the whiteboard.
  2. There should be an alarm clock.  And also the ability to schedule multiple alarms.
  3. The combined memory of both the phone and memory card should hold enough songs to stave off boredom for an hour.  Or at least till the next professor arrives.
  4. Texter-friendly.  Look at my old Ericsson and you’ll know why.  :)

The Nokia c3 was suggested to me because it had a QWERTY keyboard for a very good price.  But I decided against it because it only had a 2 megapizel camera.  The 5 megapizel cameras were sadly out of the budget.

This is what I got, the Nokia C5.  The presence of a camera was definitely the main determining factor.  The saleslady’s words, “3G capable… a Smartphone…Edge…GPRS…Symbian OS…Email (bingo!)…Push Email“, practically blew over my head.  We found out that the C5 was Php 3,500 cheaper than the Ericsson; Dad gave his stamp of approval.  After 5 minutes I was using it because my parents had other errands to take care off.

The keyboard interface of the C5 was very similar–except for the space bar button–to the K810i so it was relatively easy to adapt. No, in fact it was MUCH easier to text and navigate because of the C5’s generous keypad.  This is what I missed about Nokia phones, broad, springy keys that make texting rather enjoyable–even if it’s not a QWERTY keypad.  Also, Nokia responds better to hypertexting than Sony Ericsson, which sometimes lags behind my texting by 4 letters.

In the span of 2 hours, I discovered…

There are around 3 levels in the menu that I had to explore.  It was a bit confusing and overwhelming to try to remember under which icon a particular app can be found.  Again, it’s all part of the getting-to-know-new-phone stage.  Apparently, I can also attach a picture to contacts in the Phonebook.  Ovi Maps was fun to explore—I found my house!—but the GPS still needed a satellite connection.  I tried to access my Gmail account and to my dismay, MY PHONE DOES NOT SUPPORT WIFI.   :( :( :(

(From left to right: Menu, Contacts, Email, Ovi Maps.  Photos from PhoneArena.com)

By the end of the first week, I still haven’t explored all the features of the C5.  What I do know is that the C5 also has document viewers for Powerpoint, Word, and Workbook.  I have to purchase a license to unlock these applications, therefore, I won’t.  The in-call and audio playback quality is decent but the sound quality from the headset provided seemed a bit hollow-sounding to me.

“Politicizing Sexual Identities with Space and Place”, “Psychology of Architecture”, and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows”.  I uploaded random PDF’s into Adobe Reader.  Who knows when I’ll be stuck in a long, long line or stranded at a terminal?  Any cure for boredom is welcome in my book but I would opt for reading material with larger text.  And I think I am more likely to use the MP3 player anyway.

As for the Symbian OS, I have read user reviews comparing it to the Blackberry and iPhone OS.  I’m not particularly concerned which one among the three is the worst OS because I prefer to do all my computing on a laptop.  (Symbian is the current OS of Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Sharp and Fujitsu…whatever the figures are supposed to mean to IT professionals.)

My only pet peeve with the C5 is that it’s camera has only a fixed focus capability.  Its functions are quite limited and the color representations tend to be exaggerated in some conditions.  Every time I exit the Camera application, it always reverts back to the default setting unlike my old phone which saves all changes to the camera settings.  Hmmm… Maybe I shouldn’t be too hard on the C5’s camera in the first place because the Sony Ericsson’s camera was a Cybershot to begin with.  Given the C5 camera’s basic features, it should be enough for taking pictures of library textbooks and the whiteboard.  (I will still miss the Ericsson’s camera more!)

The Nokia C5 is not my dream phone.  But it makes a very good replacement, given that my needs are more Spartan than what it provides for.  In fact, I find some of the apps a bit unnecessary like Friendster, hi5, and Myspace.  (I also have this Message Reader app that reads the message senders’ names in a disjointed British voice–now what am I going to do with THAT?)  My complaints with the fixed-focus camera and lack of WiFi still stand, but overall, I’m satisfied with the new phone.