Bought this last month as a Christmas gift to my self for SGD 238.00 (USD 184 / 15,325 yen) with 2GB Micro SD card and screen protector included as free gift.
It's been like over 2 years since I last use Nokia phones. I remember many years ago I use lots of Nokia phones, seriously, a lot - up till now I probably have used almost 40 mobile phones (since 1998) but then again some other people maybe already tried over 100 phones.
Last time when I use Nokia phones with the Symbian 60 OS, at first they were OK, but slowly the following models tend to be fucked. The OS will "hang" or become "non-responsive" and after a while I dislike it and switched to Sony Ericsson.
With Sony Ericsson, I never experienced those "hang" or "non-responsive" issue on their OS platform.
However, I guess after many years now Nokia Symbian 60 OS have improved a lot and so far in using this Nokia C5, I don't have any issue what so ever, the OS runs perfectly well.
The reason why I suddenly decided to buy this phone is simply because I just want to experienced this Garmin Navigation/GPS software which according to the local dealer currently it only works on Nokia Symbian 60 platform. As an important additional factor, that particular Nokia phone must also have the built in GPS thingy and this Nokia C5 fit the bills.
In fact for that local price of SGD 238.00 I can get the Nokia 5230 XM, a touch screen type of phone in response to the current hype of touch screen thingy but I'm just a regular old man who prefer the old fashion simple phone with keypads. I'm not ready yet to join those touch screen band wagon but I will not deny the possibilities in 3 or 5 years later maybe - but not yet for now.
Out of the box;
As I mentioned earlier, comes with 2GB memory card, as well as what ever you see below; stereo earpiece, USB cable and charger;
The phone, neat and simple, typical old fashion candy bar;
Not too big and not too small either.... just nice....
2.2 inches screen with 240 x 320 pixels, TFT 16 million colors.
Comes with 3.2MP fixed focus camera and LED "flash"which also can do video stuff - wow - hardly will use this anyway as I prefer my Panasonic LX3 and Fujifilm HS10.
On top is the port and hole for charger, USB cable and earpiece...
On this side you can see the covered memory card bay and the volume adjustment button.
The typical Symbian 60 OS menu interface in which you can customized accordingly;
As I mentioned earlier, this latest edition of Nokia Symbian 60 OS is quite good. Everything runs smoothly and perfectly so far.... no more "hang" stuff.... I love it now, this is really what I expect from the Nokia that I knew since over 10 years ago.
And this is now the Garmin GPS stuff.... the main reason for me to buy this phone;
After using it for 2 weeks now, I can say that this software is extremely fantastic, brilliant, excellent. It's quite accurate and reliable and it offers lots of customization. I have bookmarked many area that I always visit and on top of that so far it managed to guide me to certain area in which I'm not so familiar yet. Brilliant absolutely brilliant.
If you still have doubt and wondering about this Garmin, all I can say, worry no more, just install it and start using it... after a while you get addicted to it...
As for this Nokia C5, overall it is a simple candy bar form mobile phones that offers decent features and connectivity options including GPS services. If you like a simple old fashion phone with GPS, this is one of them that you can seriously consider. I really like this phone and very happy with it, hope I can use it for a very long time....
You can read a more detailed review (if you interested) about this phone from GSM Arena by clicking the link below;
How often do you change your mobile phone?
Do you still stuck with the old fashion phones with keypad or do you already using the more advance touch screen phones now?