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Friday, January 23, 2009

Nokia 5310 Express Music Edition Review

Nokia 5310 XpressMusic looks gorgeous with a combination of red and black colour. The handset looks very lively and is also available in the combination of blue and black colour. The mobile has a simple design and weighs 71g. Moreover, the slim design of the handset makes it very convenient for you to carry the mobile. The dimension of the device is 103.8 x 44.7 x 9.9 mm. The TFT display screen is placed just above the keypad. This TFT screen has 16M colours and has a resolution of 240 by 320 pixels. So, pictures or wallpapers once downloaded looks great on this screen.

The Nokia 5310 phone can download polyphonic, MP3 and MP4 ring-tones. There is also vibration alerts in the handset. With this phone, you can transfer data with the network connections such as GPRS and EDGE. The presence of HSCSD speeds up the process of data transfer. With Bluetooth and USB port, you can transport files to other gadgets such as laptops, cameras and phones quite easily.

With the WAP 2.0 browser, it is possible to surf the net in your phone. You can also download games in this mobile. Games such as Snake II, Music Guess, and Towerbloxx are very entertaining. The camera of the phone is 2MP with a resolution of 1600×1200 pixels. This pixilated camera gives clarity in the images that you click. So, the phone is not just a communication device but also gives the performance of a digital camera. There is also a MP3 player and FM radio that keeps you entertained. Then there are other features such as Nokia sensor, Convertor II, stopwatch and built-in hands-free capabilities.

The battery fitted in the phone is a standard Li-Ion battery that gives a standby time of 300h and a talk-time of 5 h 20 mins. The handset has a 30 MB internal memory with a microSD trans-flash memory. So, it becomes possible to store 2000 entries in the memory of the phone. You can also store huge amount of music and ring-tones in its memory. This handsome phone is available at discounted rates in several online phone shops. There are some amazing deals on the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic . So, what are
you waiting for? Buy this handset and bring home all the excitement.

The Nokia 5310 XpressMusic candybar phone is incredibly thin and light, measuring just 9.9mm thick and weighing a mere 71g. The front fascia flaunts a combination of a smooth plastic finish with an aluminium trim (available in either red or blue), and the back of the handset continues the smooth plastic feel.

Music controls

Nokia 5310 XpressMusicThe keypad is refreshingly basic, and the keys are slightly raised allowing for an easier press. They are joined by two soft keys and the call and end buttons, which surround a D-pad navigation button.

Positioned on the left-hand side of the aluminium trim are three media keys that allow you to skip forward, back and pause or play a track. These keys are easily accessible and enhance the phone's impressive media experience.

Music can be played either through the phone's own loudspeaker or through a set of headphones that sport a 3.5mm jack. When played through our Sennheiser headphones, the device continued to impress with cracking audio quality. The fact that the jack port is positioned at the top of the device also means that getting tangled up in headphone wires is unlikely.

In fact, thanks to the Bluetooth stereo support, wires can be avoided altogether. Although, you'll need the headphones to listen to the radio as they act as the aerial.

Audio formats

Nokia's 5310 sports 30MB of internal memory, but also has an expansion slot for an optional 4GB microSD card, which allows the device to hold up to 3,000 songs. Like all good music devices, tracks can be searched for via artist, song title, album or playlist and when playing your songs the album's artwork is displayed.

The Nokia 5310 XpressMusic supports a variety of audio formats, including MP3, AAC, eAAC+, WAV as well as WMA - the audio format used in Nokia's new Music Store.

Disappointing camera

As a music phone, particularly one so slim, there was always likely to be the odd sacrifice and, in the case of the 5310, it is the lack of 3G and the poor camera quality. The omission of 3G means browsing the web can be sluggish, and the fact that it uses a Series 40 operating system (as opposed to Series 60) means that downloading tracks from Nokia's Music Store direct to your handset is a no-no.

Look and feel

Impressively thin and light, the 5310 offers users a smooth plastic finish with aluminium trim (available in red or blue) and the front fascia boasts three dedicated music keys, unusually found vertically parallel to the screen. The keypad is refreshingly basic and the raised keys offer great tactile response.

Nokia 5310 XpressMusic

Ease of use

The music keys on the left of the screen are easily accessible and make skipping through and pausing tracks easy. Nokia has built a reputation on easily navigated handsets and the 5310 is no exception. It is simple to use as a phone and simple to use as a music player.


As well as the built-in music player, the 5310 also houses an FM radio, Bluetooth stereo support and a two-megapixel camera. The phone also comes with a wired stereo headset in the box.


This is a music phone first and foremost and, in this capacity, the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic dazzles. Although the lack of 3G makes track downloads a little slower. It's a shame that the two-megapixel camera offers no flash and the 4x digital zoom is a little weak. Yet with its svelte build, the 5310 looks great.

Battery life

No major complaints about the battery life. It's adequate without being amazing.

Nokia 5310 XpressMusic on JBL 5310 Mobile Music Station

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