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Nokia 5730 XpressMusic review

A new mid-range music phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard

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Nokia's certainly packed plenty of functionality into its latest music-centric smartphone; the 5730 XpressMusic is the most feature-heavy of its non-touchscreen XpressMusic line-up, with Wi-Fi, HSDPA, A-GPS, a terrific music player performance – plus that slide out QWERTY keyboard for added messaging muscle.

It does have a hybrid feel about the design, though. It's chunky for a phone that's majoring on music – after all there aren't that many music players that are so solidly built.

Whether that QWERTY keyboard fits well into a dedicated music phone concept is a moot point – the added bulk the keyboard adds certainly makes it less appealing as a portable tune-playing device.

We liked:

In functionality terms, the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic offers plenty, including Wi-Fi and HSDPA connectivity, A-GPS and Nokia Maps, and it has a good spread of smartphone features.

With its usable thumb-typing QWERTY keyboard, messaging is well catered for, and the browser is sufficient for visiting your favourite websites.

The top-of-the-bill music player user interface may not be much different to many previous Nokia S60 models we've seen, but its audio performance is excellent for this sort of phone.

Decent earphones are supplied, along with an 8GB MicroSD card, plus there's a regular headphone socket that allows you to plug in your own ear gear.

We disliked:

We found the overall bulkiness unappealing for a phone that's dressed up to be a fashion-conscious music mobile.

For its target audience, it's a bit of a pocket-bulger. We also didn't like the way the control panel was arranged around the D-pad – some keys are fiddly to operate accurately and open to mispressing; the glossy plastic numberpad isn't one of our Nokia favourites either.

The QWERTY keypad, while serviceable for thumb-tapping, isn't well-balanced or defined enough for quick fingertip typing.

With so much functionality going on here, some feature options and settings take quite a few presses to get to – reflecting some of the limits of the S60 3rd Edition UI.

Verdict:

The Nokia 5730 XpressMusic has plenty of decent features that should make it very attractive, and it delivers an exceptional music performance. But overall it has a hybrid feel to it that helps make its design less than appealing.

Its bulkiness is a drawback unless you're really taken with the idea of a QWERTY keyboard on a music-centred mobile. Pitched at a target market where it's competing for attention against plenty of slick, well featured touchscreen smartphones, it's unlikely to be a chart-topper.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandTri Band
BluetoothYes
USBYes
Built-in Memory30 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSCSD
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourRed
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time5.40 Hour
Product Model5310 XpressMusic
Screen Size5.1 cm (2")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)71 g
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
Height103.8 mm
Width44.7 mm
Depth9.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time300 Hour
ManufacturerNokia
Product Name5310 XpressMusic Phone (Unlocked)
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number6417182838958
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Package Contents
  • 5310 XpressMusic Phone (Unlocked)
  • Nokia battery BL-4CT
  • Nokia travel charger AC-3
  • Short User guide
  • Nokia stereo headset HS-45 with AD57
  • Nokia micro USB cable CA-101
  • CD ROM
  • Music flyer
Limited Warranty2 Year