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Nokia 5310 XpressMusic - Nokia 5310 XpressMusic

By Sandra Vogel


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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.

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June 22, 2008, 8:47 am

I want to thank Sandra for writing such a good article. I am thinking of buying this phone, and needed some info on it before i bought it. Very informative, and i like the picture examples. I have also read many other articles about this phone, and the author seems to stick to what i have been reading. Once again, I thank you. :-)


December 14, 2008, 12:42 am

Hi Sandra, I was just wondering, which would you get if you were in my position? A Nokia 5310 Xpressmusic or a Sony Ericsson W350i. And why would you get which ever one you chose?

vijay reddy

January 25, 2009, 1:16 pm

When i tried to record music from my PC to 5310, transfer stopped at around 300mb, and it shows so in memory, how can i use rest of card memory to transfer more music files?


October 21, 2009, 7:36 am

hi i recently bought inspiron 1300 notebook when i connect my nokia 5310 in usb port i get error message that says noncompatable port. Ive used phone on other laptops and desktop with no problems, why now and whats the solution


January 31, 2010, 3:24 pm

This phone is the worst phone in the history of the universe, i would advise anyone to NOT by it as it never works, does not always allow you to read messages as it appears there are not messages in your inbox,sometimes i have waited over 3 hours for my messages to appear again, it crashes a lot, sometimes it appears to have reset, meaning the date and time has to be reset, this can often be during the night when i turn it off meaning my alrm does not go off, at times the alarm will just generally not go off atall. This is just generally a rubbish phone and within 3 months of having it id had to go get it fixed because it crashed permanently,making the screen go white. So to anyone out there wanting to buy this phone....dont waste you money or your time on this phone.

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