With 256MB of built in memory and a 2GB microSD card provided, you can store a fair amount of music and video for playback on the Nokia E5 - although the option to expand the microSD is always there.
There is an FM radio too, with the ability to download and recognise stations from the internet or manually tune.
The music player had no trouble at all picking up music from our microSD card and adding it to the library.
The composer tag is supported, which is handy if you like to listen to classical music, and playback quality is reasonable. An equaliser helps you fine tune things.
The player itself does not look great, though, and the software failed to find an album that we had stored in the same folder as our music on the microSD card we were playing from.
MP3, WAV, WMA, and eAAC+ are all supported according to Nokia, so we're not sure why the album was hidden from view.
The RealPlayer provides access to video clips, with the Nokia N5 liking MP4 and .3gp. It played movie trailers happily from our microSD card, but obviously the screen quality hampered the Nokia E5's chances of being a real media machine for movies.
MP4, H.264, H.263 and WMV are all supported, but get over a certain resolution and only the audio will play, which is a common fault for Nokia phones using Symbian^1.
You've also got access to downloadable video and music via Ovi, and a utility for streaming media over your home wireless network.