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We were amazed when the Nokia C5 burst onto the scene, and judging by tsunami of traffic on launch day, so were you. Heralding a new naming convention for Nokia, the Nokia C5 was the first handset to emerge from the Cseries stable and it’s certainly a prize runner.

The C5 is a smartphone packed into a feature phone body that boast S60 3rd edition and a host of messaging and social networking features inbuilt. The name isn’t the only thing new about the C5 it also comes with a cool new feature in its phone book, where you can see your friends status updates directly from Facebook. You can also update your Facebook status easily and share your location with Ovi Maps 3.0.

The homescreen will show off your favourite three friends for easy access to calling and messaging whilst Nokia Messaging enables you to keep in touch on IM using Google Talk or Windows Live Messenger. Scrolling though your scribbles is easy on the bright 2.2-inch display and it also has a 3.2-megapixel camera. Add free walk and drive navigation to all this, courtesy of Ovi Maps, and we think that’s quite enough to get you itching to get your hands on the device. It’s yours for the reasonable price of 135 Euros.

If you only do one thing

Get connected. With the spoils of messaging features available, from IM and Facebook status updates to sharing you location on Ovi Maps and Nokia Messaging it’s a breeze to keep in touch.


There’s no denying that the Nokia C5 is a cracker of a phone, but unfortunately is does share its name with a less-than-successful electric car. Yes, we’re talking about the Sinclair C5.

Celebrating its 25th birthday this year, the Sinclair C5 was the brainchild of Sir Clive Sinclair. Despite his many achievements in launching the home computer industry, poor Sir Clive became – along with his battery-assisted tricycle (not car) – the laughing stock of the 80s. Along with looking like a corner piece of a Star Trek set, the vehicle’s piece de resistance was that it movement was controlled by a handlebar beneath the drivers knees. Novel eh? It also had a top speed of 15 miles per hour and cost £399 plus £29 delivery.

Launched on January 10th 1985, you would have thought the venture was bound to be a success. It was backed by none-other than the tsar of Formula 1, Sterling Moss. But due to the inability of the Sinclair C5 to cope with the soggy weather here on the British Isles, shortened battery life, doubts about safety and a drink-driving incident, it never made it past a year in production. On 13 August 1985, Hoover announced the end of production with fewer than 12,000 C5s on the road.