Nokia's attractive new mid-range C5-03 has officially gone on sale in the UK directly from Nokia.
First announced in October, the C5-03 sits in the middle of the more budget-friendly C-Series, and looks quite at home too in its stylish Nokia-branded shell.
Indeed, “stylish” is exactly how Nokia describes its latest offering, along with “affordable”, though with a SIM-free price tag of £189 we'll leave that one for you to decide.
It has to be said you do get a fair bit for your money, but there are a couple of downsides too. The 3.2in touchscreen is just what you'd expect from any self-respecting entry-level smartphone these days, but the fact that it's resistive and not capacitive definitely isn't. We're not sure if Nokia had a stock of resistive screens knocking about the back of the factory up in Finland, but it's an odd move either way.
Similarly, you're saddled with Symbian – version ^1 to be precise – although that's less of an issue on this type of handset than on more ambitious models.
Probably the best bit about the C5-03 – as is increasingly the case with a lot of Nokias these days – is the camera. Boasting a 5-megapixel resolution and 4x digital zoom, it should comfortably have the measure of its immediate rivals, although there's no flash so you'll have to keep your snappy habits to the daytime only.
The C5-03 is available in black, silver or lime green, and while it's currently only shipping directly from Nokia, though other retailers will be picking it up soon, and contract deals with all the networks will follow.