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The phone’s music player isn’t all that different to the standard one you’ll find on most Series 60 handsets. The interface could do with a few tweaks here and there, but navigating through your library of tunes is very straight forward and there are some useful features like the 8 band equaliser and a widening setting that aims to boost the apparent stereo width of your music. The phone has a standard sized headphone jack that’s sensibly placed on the top edge of the handset and the supplied headphones are actually pretty good delivering pleasingly deep bass and crisp mid and high end frequencies. Nokia includes an 8GB microSD card with the handset for storing tracks, but larger cards of up to 16GB are supported.
Along with music, the handset is also fairly handy for gaming thanks to its N-Gage software, which you'll find tucked away in the Applications menu. A number of game demos are preloaded on the memory card including the Asphalt 4 driving game and an adventure arcade style game called Bounce. The games are pretty fun to play and we like the way the dedicated gaming buttons next to the ear piece give the phone the traditional feels of a games console when you’re holding it in landscape mode. However, the graphics aren’t a patch on those of the PSP or even the iPhone. More pressing, though, is that Nokia recently announced it will be dropping the N-Gage platform with no new development happening from September 2010 onwards. You can still use the apps after this point and there are plenty available now to download now but it's still a concern.
While the onboard camera’s resolution of 3.2megapixels is a tad disappointing, the rest of the snapper’s spec is actually pretty good as it has a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and both autofocus and a very welcome Xenon flash (rather than the oft used and very limited LED). Thanks to this rather nifty flash it’s actually pretty good at capturing indoor shots, while outdoor pics also have above average colour reproduction and pretty good levels of sharpness.
This handset is no slouch on the connectivity front either. Call quality was impressive throughout our test period and the phone supports both HSDPA and Wi-Fi for fast data downloads, which is especially important if you’re planning to use it for downloading music tracks. Naturally there’s also Bluetooth onboard, complete with A2DP support for wireless music streaming to stereo Bluetooth headsets, as well as GPS. The latter worked well with both the included Nokia Maps software and also the Google Maps software that you can download for free.
Nokia’s candy bar handsets usually have pretty good battery life, but in truth we found the 5730 to be a bit lacking in this department. All those multimedia features really do suck the life out of the battery and as a result we found we had to charge it after around a day and a half.
With its slide out keyboard, onboard GPS, dedicated music buttons and N-Gage support, the 5730 is certainly packed with features. However, we found it a difficult phone to love because of its chunky dimensions and awkward controls. The simple fact of the matter is that there are far better phones in Nokia’s XpressMusic range available at a similar price point.