The Nokia C5-00 is essentially a smartphone crammed into a feature phone chassis, its powered by the S60 3rd edition OS and comes preloaded with a host of social networking and instant messaging features. It boasts of a bright 2.2 inch TFT display capable of rendering 16.7 million colors. At 12.3 mm thick, the C5-00 sports an extremely slim build, it comes in a sleek stainless steel chassis with a pleasing rounded finish, and the build quality is especially impressive for a device at this price point.
The phone boasts of robust connectivity options including 3G support, allowing for speedy Web browsing. It also features a 3.5 mm headphone socket. It supports Ovi Maps, Nokia's free GPS navigation system. Other notable features include optimized versions of Twitter and Facebook, a built-in FM radio and access to YouTube videos, via either the browser or an app.
The C5-00 sports a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash that takes photos with good detailing and contrast ratios. The quick shutter will help you capture the moment, but don't expect it to replace your digital camera. Video captured using the camcorder mode is impressively smooth even during jerky panning. The Nokia C5-00 also has a secondary camera.
The C5-00 supports instant access to popular social networks, and lets you update your Facebook profile and check your friends' status updates on the go. Access all popular email services, like Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo Mail, on your phone with Nokia Messaging. You also get a free account from Ovi Mail that you can access via your phone or PC; it lets you chat via instant messaging services, like GoogleTalk and Windows Messenger.
The C5-00 boasts of a cool phonebook function that brings up your friend's status updates directly from Facebook. You can also update your Facebook status easily and share your location with Ovi Maps 3.0 support. The homescreen will display three of your most frequent contact for easy access to calling and messaging whilst Nokia Messaging lets you to keep in touch on IM using Google Talk or Windows Live Messenger.
The handset supports microSD cards up to 32 GB cards and battery life is good for up to 12 hours talktime and it will stay on standby for a whopping 630 hours between charges. What really works for the phone is its clear user interface, wonderfully large keys and excellent build quality. The Nokia C5-00 is perfect for anybody who uses their phone primarily for texting, throw in the email client and a snappy browser, and you have a near perfect mid-range handset.