Excerpt: Sometimes the brand name is just enough for the customers. Any new handset in the market from their house gets the publicity required, and thus gets swept up in a jiffy. Quality and reliability is the key word. Latest on the list is the Nokia 5730 Xpressmusic .
Review: Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - part 2 - Software and Multimedia
All About Symbian
25 December 2009
Summary: In part 1 of this review, I looked at the 5730 XpressMusic's hardware and reckoned it was the red-headed, counter-culture twin of the more staid E75. Now it's time to look at the 5730's software bundle, at its multimedia, and to deliver my overall verdict.
Review: Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - part 1 - The Hardware
All About Symbian
25 December 2009
Summary: The consumer-focussed sister phone to the successful Nokia E75 has now appeared and we tracked one down to explore what's different, what's good and what's bad. Is the 5730 really a case of 'fashion over functionality'? Or is it one of the most feature packed, and yet relatively cheap smartphones in the world? Here's part 1 of my AAS review.
Excerpt: Enjoy music, messaging, games and transferring files with this excellent Nokia 5730 XpressMusic mobile phone. Use the Nokia Music application for the PC to fill the 8 GB microSD memory card with music, to manage playlists, and then play them through dedicated keys (requires a compatible PC). Enjoy quality sound through the headset or use your own headphones with AV-jack of 3,5 mm. Battery power is for up to 25 hours of music playback.
Conclusion: The Nokia 5730 XpressMusic tries to appeal to young people, who are on the lookout for a smartphone that is equally good at audio playback, writing messages and social networking. Unfortunately, Jack of all trades typically goes with master of none and that´s exactly the case of the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - it´s average at best, which sadly, doesn’t hold true for several key aspects, including its QWERTY keyboard and in-call quality.
Pros: Proper build-quality and youthful design, Fast GPS
Cons: Unhandy QWERTY keyboard, Mediocre audio playback and in-call quality, Inconvenient navigational buttons, No Nokia Messaging support
Conclusion: Nokia 5730 XpressMusic looks like an ordinary bar handset, until you discover its QWERTY keyboard. I would say that the phone might be a good choice for those youngsters who use their phones to text and listen to music a lot. A little bit sensible to the environment because of the cheap plastic, Nokia 5730 requires some level of protection from the user.
Pros: The slider is a very good solution for music phone fans, especially since it features goodies like Wi-Fi, GPS receiver and QWERTY keyboard. Nokia 5730 is good value for money and boasts a wide range of features, which makes it such a versatile device. A good music quality sound as well as a decent camera are also some of the qualities of the handset.
Cons: Perhaps the 'ordinary' construction of the phone is what hurts it the most, as the technical features are up to the standards. Also I didn't like the cheap feeling of the plastic that was used to manufacture the 5730 handset. Otherwise, the device is a simple mid-ranged phone, but with lots of features.
Conclusion: Overall Mixing business functions and a QWERTY keyboard with the features we expect in an XpressMusic handset is interesting in concept, but we're not sure Nokia is onto a winner with this one. People looking for a business phone will likely turn to the E-Series, and those looking for a music phone will, and should, check out Apple's iPhone. Mixing business with pleasure seems sure to leave the 5730 in limbo.
Summary: Call quality was never an issue with the 5730 XpressMusic, as it easily lived up to our expectations of a Nokia-branded phone. Ring tones sounded quite loud; we also found the 5730’s vibro alert was average strength-wise.
The version of software we played around with didn’t have the Contact Bar like that found in the Nokia 5800, but the 5730 XpressMusic’s presentation hints at this functionality, so we’ll have to wait a while more to see how this feature will work here.