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Nokia 5730 XpressMusic review

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

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 30 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 2 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 5.40 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 240 x 320

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For

  • Wi-Fi and HSDPA connectivity
  • Excellent music player audio performance
  • 3.5mm headphone socket
  • A-GPS satellite positioning and Nokia Maps
  • S60 smartphone functionality
  • Slide out full QWERTY keyboard
  • Good earphones
  • 8GB MicroSD card supplied

Against

  • Bulky design
  • 3.2-megapixel camera isn't great
  • Control pad awkward
  • Some feature options buried in menus
  • No touchscreen operation

What do you expect from a music phone? With its 5730 XpressMusic, the latest addition to Nokia's music-centric portfolio, a slide out QWERTY keyboard is slipped into the mix, as Nokia makes a play for the music fan who wants some heavyweight messaging muscle to go with top-of-the-bill tune-playing.

While some of Nokia's earlier XpressMusic models were trim with a few music controls but light on high-end gadgetry, the 5730 is a chunky candybar that crams in plenty of tech stuff.

It runs on the non-touchscreen Symbian S60 3rd Edition smartphone platform, packs HSDPA high speed mobile data connectivity and Wi-Fi, and includes A-GPS satellite positioning inside. An 8GB MicroSD memory card is supplied in-box too.

Its QWERTY keyboard is in place to handle a multitude of text messaging, email, and instant messaging duties, and for a bit of online social networking and internet browsing.

nokia 5730 review

Its typical S60 multimedia capabilities are supplemented by a 3.2-megapixel camera, sporting a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens.

The Nokia 5730 XpressMusic debuts at a SIM-only price of £289 – sticking it in a higher mid-tier bracket. In some markets it'll also be offered as one of Nokia's Comes With Music devices, with unlimited downloads for a premium on that price.

So can this hybrid messaging-meets-music mobile really strike the right notes with the music mobile buying audience?

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