The dimensions; 104mm tall and 45mm wide, might not cut much ice with those used to very similar candybar handsets. But at 9.9mm thick the 5310 XpressMusic is impressively slender. It is light too, at just 71g.
The default black, red and white theme looks good on the 320 x 240 pixel, 16 million colour, 2.0-inch screen, and beneath this the number pad keys are individually shaped and curved upwards towards their centres, making them easy to press at speed. The navigation pad is relatively small, but it is curved inwards towards the select button, so that using it is not difficult.
So far, so good, but things deteriorate in some respects when you delve beneath the appealing fascia and neat design, and start to examine the features.
This is a Symbian S40 handset, so it lacks all the smartphone goodies that S60 mobiles pack away and comes with a lesser set of applications. It does have a calendar, mobile email support and a Web browser among its software, though. Well actually, it has two Web browsers.
Use the Web icon on the menu screen and you are directed to the S40 browser which is pretty average in quality. Delve into the Apps folder and then into a folder called ‘Collection' and you find Opera Mini, which is a far better browser.
The phone will synchronise data with your PC and you get the USB cable and software required for this job.
There is an FM radio, and you can use the side-mounted music control buttons to flick through saved stations. The radio software can produce a library of stations automatically so that you can be up and running with the radio within seconds of switching the phone on.
Built-in memory is limited to a rather paltry 30MB, but Nokia provides a 2GB microSD card to give you a fairly generous amount of storage right out of the box. Cards live in a slot on the right side of the phone, and you need to remove the battery cover to get to the card.