The Nokia 5220's main drawcard would have to be its ability to play a huge range of audio files, ranging from mp3’s to a wav file. Add to that, the phone constantly produces great sounding playback regardless of file typ....
The Nokia 5220’s main drawcard is the ability to play a huge range of audio files, ranging from an mp3 to a wav file. Add to that, the phone’s ability to constantly produce great sounding playback regardless of file type, with a clarity and tone unmatched by similarly priced devices, and you have yourself a great package.
It also possesses a distinctive design that gives the phone a youthful air, which we predict will attract customers like bees to honey.
The phone's dimensions are 108 x 43.5 x 10.5 mm, making it a much thinner phone than its predecessor the Nokia 5130. Amazingly, it weighs only 78 grams, making it one of the lighter phones on the market. The screen is reasonably sized, measuring in at is 5.1 cm and the display is 240 x 320 pixels in 256K colours. The phone’s symmetrical design certainly looks distinctive, and we would even go as far as saying, quite quirky.
The keypad is your standard alphanumeric design with two soft-keys and a four-way directional joystick and pad. The keys are nice and large, which makes texting a message a joy. To us though, the combination of the large keys and the size of the screen, makes for an awkward combination, resulting in, our opinion, the phone feeling a little over-crowded.
Lastly the phone houses a two megapixel camera on its back, which can capture high quality images up to 1600 x 1200 pixels in resolution. The camera also offers a 4x digital zoom and can record videos at a standard 15 fps. It is not the greatest camera phone in the world, but is suitable.
The call quality on the Nokia 5220 XpressMusic is fantastic, and it holds signal well, in low traffic areas. The menu is easy to navigate with user-friendliness that now seems standard across all Nokia phones. The phone’s battery offers 5.25 hours of talk time or standby for 406 hours, giving you ample time to make your calls and listen to music to your heart's content. Also, it supports all forms of SMS, MMS, E-mail, and Instant Messaging allowing users to easily keep in touch.
Another main selling point of the Nokia 5220 XpressMusic’s, is it’s ability to play music. If features a music player that supports all major types of audio files and dedicated music keys on the side of the phone allow for easy access and control. The phone also has the capability to play FM radio with accompanying RDS feed. The sound is amazing on the Nokia 5220, although it is not quite up to par to a standalone MP3 player, the phone still produces a great sound. The phone’s Bluetooth capabilities allow for the use of wireless headphones, but for those who prefer a more traditional pair of headphones, a 3.5 mm headphone jack is also included.
The Nokia 5220 caters for internet connectivity through the use of your 2G network. Websites can be browsed either with the use of the xHTML or Opera Mini Browser. Surfing the internet is by far not the focus of this device, but nevertheless, internet browsing is decent enough and the inclusion of Java allows for a number of extra applications to be downloaded. While we are still on the theme of connectivity, a USB port on the phone allows for easy synchronization between computer and phone.
The user interface is easy to navigate. The joystick is responsive and the menus are easy to understand and access. The OS is the standard Nokia fare and fortunately, it is a short learning curve to master. As always, Nokia phones are simple to use, and the Nokia 5220 XpressMusic is no exception.
The Nokia 5220 XpressMusic is a music powerhouse. With dedicated music buttons, large internal memory, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack, you can easily access music and listen to it as long as you want. The camera might leave something to be desired, but this isn't the focus of the phone. Clear call quality, great media potential, and a cool design are a credit to Nokia and make the Nokia 5220 XpressMusic distinctive in its class.