Excerpt: Nokia 5220 XpressMusic is impossible not to remember – its appearance doe not resemble to other models from Nokia or other manufacturers. The phone has an asymmetric shape that catches our eye. Such a bright, bold and memorable design clearly says that Nokia 5220 is aimed primarily at young people. The same proves the musical direction of the phone. Nokia 5220 XpressMusic offers all that is required for comfortable listening to your favorite tracks.
Excerpt: Nokia’s XpressMusic range of mobile handsets, has some pretty funky designs but sometimes doesn’t fully deliver on all fronts. With most handsets in this range, you’ll find the audio quality is indeed something to write home about, but the handset’s all round performance may not be all it could have been. One of the newest additions to Nokia’s music series is the 5220 XpressMusic and here’s what I have to say about it.
Conclusion: The market is flooded with various music phone models and you could easily miss the 5220 XpressMusic, because you might think that its design is a result of a designer’s mistake. The asymmetrical shape and the aggressive image of the phone are more appropriate for the young audience, looking for good music sound quality at an affordable price. Is it worth the money? We think it is and we believe that it’s a very good combination of price and quality for a music phone.
Pros: Unique, asymmetrical shape and vision, Light and easy to carry, Good sound quality and long-lasting battery for music listening
Cons: Unusable display in direct sunlight, Bad camera, Hard to remove back lid
Summary: The volume presented by 64-chord ring tones is average, overall the 5220 is not the loudest device around, so we experienced some difficulties with hearing it in the street, and it lacked volume indoors as well. Actually, this is our major gripe with the handset. In terms of reception quality, the phone is flawless. The vibro alert is middling strength-wise, but you will feel the phone’s vibration while it is in your pocket.
Summary: With the launch of its touchscreen 5800 XpressMusic phone, and the debut of its Comes With Music unlimited track download service, it is clear Nokia has been pushing hard into mobile music. The 5220 XpressMusic may not be as attention-grabbing as the 5800 XpressMusic, but it still offers its own unique quirkiness. Its slim 10.5mm-thin profile follows the usual cool XpressMusic template - black with striking metallic blue or red trim.
Conclusion: Overall the Nokia XpressMusic 5220 is a satisfying music phone. It does all the things that Nokia have been doing for years. This phone doesn't really step out of its music breeding though, it doesn't excite from a connectivity point of view, it doesn't really impress with the camera either. Neither is this the phone for you if social networking is high on your adgenda.
Summary: A great quality music mobile for a bargain price
Pros: Good quality music player, Dedicated music player controls on outside, 3.5mm headphone socket, 512MB MicroSD card supplied, Unusual asymmetrical slimline design, 2-megapixel camera, FM radio, Decent set of applications included
Cons: No 3G, No Wi-Fi, Camera is average quality with no flash or autofocus, No GPS, Limited onboard storage, No smartphone OS