The Nokia 5730 XpressMusic is the first phone in the highly popular XpressMusic series to ship with a slide out QWERTY keyboard. Does this mean that XperssMusic series now has its first smartphone in the line up? – Well ....
The Nokia 5730 XpressMusic is the first phone in the highly popular XpressMusic series, to ship with a slide out QWERTY keyboard. Does this mean that the XpressMusic series now has its first smartphone in the line up? – Well no, it’s not as highly developed or packed with features, as its big brothers in the N-series. However, it still packs a punch with a 3 megapixel camera, GPS, 3G and 2G network connectivity, ships with an 8GB memory card in the box -which should easily hold a few thousand of your favourite songs is and powered by the ever popular Symbian OS.
Interestingly, the Nokia 5730 physically has more in common with its Nokia E75 business brother than its predecessor. The phone features the same sideways QWERTY slide out keyboard, 2.4 inch QVGA display and the same 3.5mm head jack connector.
In terms of dimensions, the Nokia 5730 is slightly on the large side of the scale measuring in at 112 X 51 X 15.4 mm and weighing 135 grams. If you are looking for a phone with a low pocket profile then we highly recommend that you stay clear of the 5730, otherwise if size is not really a determining factor for you then, read on.
Currently the Nokia 5730 is only available in two standard XpressMusic colours- red or blue. The front panels edging is metal, but don’t let this fool you, as the rest of the phone is a fingerprint-attracting plastic.
If you haven’t guessed it by now the Nokia 5730 is an audio eccentric phone, and as such, some music elements have been incorporated into its design. For instance on the right hand side of the phone you will not only find three player control buttons, but also a one-touch ‘Say and Play’ button, which as the name suggests, allows music to be played by simply saying the title of the song.
The 2.4 inch display does a brilliant job at producing vivid and bright images; even in direct sunlight we experienced no problems reading the display. Overall the display is really great and we believe this is one of the benefits of this phone. Onto the QWERTY keyboard. The keys are beautifully spaced, giving you plenty of room to type employing both hands. You won’t have any problem with your fingers bumping into each other with this keyboard.
The handset provides a very appealing 4.5 hours of talk time and 270 hours of standby time, 26 hours of music and 180 minutes of video playback. In our trials, we found that with moderate use you could pull off about 3 days without needing to charge.
The Nokia 5730’s call quality is great. Calls were received and transmitted crisp and loud, however the ringtone volume was acceptable but could have benefited from a slight boost plus the vibration alert was of average strength. Overall when it comes to the basic functionalities the Nokia 5730 performs admirably.
Earlier we compared the Nokia 5730 physical features to the Nokia E75, well when it comes to multimedia yet again, they are virtually identical. The device ships with the standard Symbian 60 set of multimedia applications which are accessed via a rotatable menu system. Music can be sorted by a number of predefined categories such as artist name or album, but be prepared for a lot of scrolling to find a particular track you are after.
Videos are sorted alphabetically and again, be prepared to scroll to find the video you want. In terms of file support it supports your standard assortment of files including: MPEG4, WMA and Real files just to name a few. All video playback is played on a standard RealPlayer.
‘Say and Play’ is a nice little gimmick – it allows the user to simply hold down a button on the side of the phone and say the name of an artist or a song and it instantly plays that song. Unfortunately we didn’t have an opportunity to play around with this feature but from what we’ve seen, it worked reasonably well.
Overall, in the media department the handset performs quite well. The only nagging problem being that the standard headphones are not the greatest. We can guarantee that if you are a music buff you will most likely be replacing them with a decent pair.
The Nokia 5730 is a tight little package if you are after a media phone with a full QWERTY keyboard. You will be hard-pressed finding a device with a similar feature set offering the same useability. Call quality is great, the camera is not superb but it gets the job done. ‘Say and Play’ is a refreshingly new approach to music selection.
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