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Nokia 5310 XpressMusic
Nokia’s XpressMusic mobiles are known for their funky design and (obviously) for their musical capability. Of course, music isn’t everything when you're considering buying a mobile phone; there are other features that should be given due importance. Does the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic measure up? Here are my findings.
The 5310 is a well-designed mobile. It’s chic, slim, lightweight, and very easy to carry around and use. So much so that I had to keep checking my pockets to make sure it was still there. It has a 3.5mm earphone socket, a microUSB port, and the power key on the top. On one side is the charging port and on the other you’ll find the volume/zoom keys.
Display is handled by a 2 inch TFT screen with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and 16 million colors. On one side of the screen are three 'quick keys' to activate the music player. I really liked the keypad. Like most Nokia keypads, it's easy to use and the smooth 5-way nav pad makes navigation a breeze.
There's a 2 megapixel camera at the back of the camera. As with the 6300, the 5310 too has a microSD slot on the side, only it's under the rear panel. One thing I'd have appreciated was a dedicated ‘C’ key for deleting characters while composing an SMS. Since you have to use the key above the Call End button, you often end up closing the message.
Features and Performance
The 5310 XpressMusic runs on a Series 40 OS, so it's a bit limited in some ways. One problem with the phone (and I tested it on two pieces) is that for some reason it kept locking me out of my SIM card directory. I had to restart the phone every now and again. Very annoying. Hopefully this is not a generic problem.
It’s a real pain setting up WAP or GPRS with S40 type phones, and BPL is not a very responsive operator who’ll provide it easily enough. This GSM handset is EDGE-enabled but activating it is a real b*tch, as I said! But once you get that sorted out you’re good to go.
There are a lot of applications and special offers provided with the 5310, such as Nokia Catalogs. The Opera web browser comes preinstalled. Other connectivity features include PTT (Push To Talk) and Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP compatibility.
Other features include a calendar, to-do list, notes, countdown timer, stopwatch and converter. There’s also the Nokia Sensor application and a World Clock. The calculator is now much more user friendly.
The 5310 has a wallpaper creator that seems able to create only some psychedelic images. There are a few games; the Music Guess game is very similar to the iPod Music Quiz.
The music player kicks ass. It’s loud and clear, and did I say loud? It’s good to know that Nokia has not compromised on this front. It's comparable to some of the better MP3 players. The interface is easy to use and the dedicated keys let you access the player in a snap, without going through the menus. Just remember to keep the keypad locked or you may activate it accidentally when it’s in your pocket.
Since the phone has a 3.5mm earphone socket, you could use your own headphones – or better still, invest in a good stereo Bluetooth headset. I didn’t like the speakerphone, whose volume is just too low. If the phone is not on vibrate and it rings, there’s a good chance you won’t hear it.
The 5310 has a video caller tune feature, so you can use any video you have as a personal caller tune for incoming calls. All you need to do is associate a video to a caller, just as you would a ringtone.
The 2 megapixel camera doesn’t have a dedicated key, but that’s okay. The picture quality is not too great but that’s excusable too. Colors are fine but the images appear a bit like a painting more than a digital photo. Settings are limited but pictures are decent.
On the negative side, the camera is too slow. It frames pretty badly and takes to too long to process images. The images look pretty nice on the phone’s display though.
Another really problematic feature is the battery. It’s just plain disappointing. It seems like the company is concentrating more on the quality of their MP3 players and totally neglecting the most important feature, which is the battery. All I got was barely a day’s usage out of a single charge. That’s a big letdown.
Other than its music capabilities and fantastic design, the 5310 XpressMusic doesn't have much to recommend it. There are too many niggles with the battery, camera and phone book. At Rs 10,600, it’s something you should think twice about. But if you have the cash, go for it – if only for the fantastic music experience.
Nokia 5310 XpressMusic
|Network||GSM 900/1800/1900, EDGE|
|Physical||103.8 x 44.7 x 9.9 mm, 71 g|
|Display||240 x 320, 16m colors, TFT, 2 inch |
|Memory||30MB internal, microSD for external |
|Media||MP3, AAC, MPEG4 WMA, Stereo FM, 3GP, Voice Recording|
|Camera||2 megapixels, video (QCIF)|
|Connectivity||MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth with A2DP|
|Battery||400 hrs standby, 3 hrs talk |
|Street Price ||Rs 10,600|