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Nokia 5730 XpressMusic review

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

nokia 5730 xpressmusic
The 5730 XpressMusic is Nokia's latest music phone

TechRadar Verdict

Pros

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    Wi-Fi and HSDPA connectivity

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    Excellent music player audio performance

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    3.5mm headphone socket

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    A-GPS satellite positioning and Nokia Maps

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    S60 smartphone functionality

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    Slide out full QWERTY keyboard

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    Good earphones

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    8GB MicroSD card supplied

Cons

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    Bulky design

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    3.2-megapixel camera isn't great

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    Control pad awkward

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    Some feature options buried in menus

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    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?