Siemens C45 Review: Released in 2001, the Siemens C45 represented the growing sense of change in the mobile phone market. At this time Siemens were a big part of it. The previous year saw the release of the Siemens SL45. This was one of the first mainstream mobile phones to feature a removable memory card. However, with most phones not developing colour screens as of yet, there was little that could really demand a lot of memory.
The Siemens C45 replaced the Siemens C35 which was released a year earlier. This was a model of phone designed to challenge leaders such as the Nokia 3210. It managed to do a reasonable enough job in this regard. Despite having the inconvenient protruding aerial, the phone managed quite a large size and weight saving over the Nokia, at 110g. On the downside it lacked many of the features that made the phone appealing to younger people.
The newer C45 sought to remedy some of this. In a nod to the Nokias, the phone now featured interchangeable covers, called ‘Clip-Its’. While the size of the phone broadly stayed the same, the phone featured a new display which was slightly bigger. This enlarged display allowed some games on the phone, reflecting the current trend.
The Siemens C45 design was popular and the rounded style with removable covers would be used in a variety of different phone ranges. For instance, the Siemens A50 was physically very similar. The direct replacement to the Siemens C45 was the Siemens C55 which was released in 2002. This featured a similar design, but most notably the weight of the phone had shrunk by 20%.
Siemens C45 Review: Pros
- The phone featured a cool design which offered a weight saving against the Nokia devices. The phone also featured different covers which could be purchased at low cost.
- Display size was increased over the Siemens C35. This gave the phone the advantage of having more text displayed on the screen as well as games.
- The antenna of the phone no longer protruded, and instead was inbuilt, making it more comfortable to carry.
- The charger and handsfree socket were compatible with other Siemens phones, making it efficient for those who owned more than one.
Siemens C45 Review: Cons
- The phone specification did not trouble the top phones at the time, although it should be seen in the context with the price.
- Software was also slightly lacking, with the Nokia operating systems featuring a slightly easier usage and greater range of apps.
- Data transfer was unwieldy, with no infrared port.
- Battery standby times were also relatively shorter with a smaller capacity battery used.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects
Despite being popular when they were released, a lot of the Siemens phones are not popular with collectors. One of the reasons may be because many of the phones of this era share quite a common look, and none really stand out. Other phones such as the Siemens SL45 attract much bigger premiums.
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Siemens C45 Disassembly Guide
If you are interested in taking apart your Siemens C45 for repair purposes, here is a useful link.
Siemens C45 Video Review
Here is a video review which shows off some of the features of the Siemens C45: