The Nokia C5: A Smartphone in Disguise

Although Nokia still dominates the mobile phone industry according to IDC figures, their mark on the smartphone industry has been less than noticeable. The company has yet to produce their own smartphone to challenge the leaders in the industry such as Apple, HTC or RIM. Some time ago, we reported that the mobile phone company has decided to collaborate with Yahoo but it may take some time before we see significant results of this joint project. In a country dominated by these three smartphone manufacturers, Nokia needs to find their niche quick to make a mark in the smartphone industry.

In the UK, we find models such as the Nokia C5. Although deemed as a smartphone, it looks nothing like those released by three big companies. With a full QWERTY keypad and a small touch sensitive screen, the device actually resembles more of their former mobile phones rather than the smartphones we have become accustomed to seeing. There are more cons to this device than pros. For one, the screen is a passable 2.2 inch and not quite as sensitive to touch commands as one would hope. Some have complained that the screen needs to be wiped clean in order to make commands. There have also been reports that it is difficult to see the screen when under direct sunlight.

Much like other devices under the company, the Nokia C5 uses a Symbian based operating system. It will be interesting to hear reports on how the user interface works and feels when the device is released during the second quarter of the year 2010. Other features include full 3G capability, 3.2 MP camera with LED flash. The Nokia C5 is also capable of capturing video as well as making video calls. In the UK, a number of carriers will be offering the device including T-Mobile, Talk Mobile, Vodafone, Virgin, Orange, O2 and Three.

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