Nokia 5130 XpressMusic mobile phone
Nokia's latest mobile phone is bundled with the Comes With Music service but it lacks 3G connectivity
- 3.5mm headphone jack, funky design, FM radio, Comes With Music subscription included, loud speaker and excellent sound quality, included 1GB microSD card
- No 3G, keypad is small and flat, OS is sluggish at times, can't charge via micro-USB port
The Nokia 5130 XpressMusic's lack of 3G connectivity will turn many users elsewhere, but if you plan to use your mobile phone as a music player and aren't interested in the mobile Web, then it's definitely worth a look.
Price$ 549.00 (AUD)
An entry-level mobile phone designed to be used in tandem with Nokia's Comes With Music download service, the Nokia 5130 XpressMusic is a straightforward handset that includes a 3.5mm headphone jack and an FM radio. The lack of 3G connectivity will turn some potential users away, but if you're a music buff and aren't interested in mobile Internet it is definitely worth a look.
The Nokia 5130 XpressMusic mobile phone has a rather funky appearance. Our review unit featured a glossy black front, chrome edging and bright red sides. The rear battery cover is a glossy brown colour; although it might sound like it would look a little out of place, the colour tends to blend in well with the rest of the handset, especially the red edging (similar to the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic). The display is hard to see in direct sunlight and has average viewing angles, but it does the job for most tasks.
Continuing with the funky theme, the Nokia 5130 XpressMusic includes light and music effects. On the panel to the right of the display, just above the music controls, lights in the shape of the music controls (previous, play/pause, next) flash randomly. This feature makes it easier to quickly access the music controls at night.
Controls are straightforward. A five-way navigational pad and two selection buttons handle general navigation, with answer and end call keys just below. The keypad is a little disappointing. The keys are quite small and flat and the glossy surface means they attract plenty of fingerprints. As it’s a dedicated music handset, the Nokia 5130 XpressMusic boasts music and volume controls on its left and right sides, respectively. Unfortunately they are rather flat and require a firm press to activate.
The 5130 XpressMusic comes bundled with a 12-month subscription to Nokia's Comes With Music download service, and this phone is pretty well equipped to handle your audio. The included 1GB microSD card offers a fair amount of storage for a phone in this price range, while the 3.5mm headphone jack means you aren't restricted to using bundled headphones. The music player application is straightforward and easy to use, and the sound quality is excellent. The maximum volume, both when using the built-in speaker and when using headphones, is among the loudest we've heard on a mobile phone. Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP allows you to stream music to a compatible set of wireless headphones or speaker system.
The 5130 XpressMusic runs the Symbian Series 40 operating system, so it isn't yet compatible with Nokia's recently launched Ovi Store. The phone's user interface will be familiar to anyone used to Nokia phones, though we found it was a little sluggish when quickly scrolling or browsing.
As previously mentioned, the 5130 XpressMusic lacks 3G connectivity, so this isn't the ideal phone for mobile Web browsing. It has a standard micro-USB port but it isn't used to charge the phone — this is done via Nokia's proprietary connector.
Other features include a 2-megapixel camera that lacks flash and autofocus, an FM radio and a host of PIM features including stopwatch, alarm clock, reminders, calculator, calendar and notes.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo Find X3 Pro review: An all around performer with a touch of class
- 2 MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) review: A gaming powerhouse with 300Hz display
- 3 Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station review: Good for venturing off the grid
- 4 Dynabook Portégé X30W-J – a very good all-rounder
- 5 Realme 7 Pro review: Further progress
Latest News Articles
- If this is really the next iPad mini, it can't get here fast enough
- How many monitors can I plug into my Mac, anyway?
- The 12 best iOS 15 features Apple didn’t mention during the keynote
- Apple isn’t dropping support for barely any old hardware this year
- Apple is finally taking Siri offline
PCW Evaluation Team
Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.
This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.
It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.
As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.
The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.
This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.
- MSI Summit E15 (2021) review: A productivity workhorse with a gaming pedigree
- Every TV in Samsung's 2021 TV line-up explained: Neo QLED vs Crystal UHD vs QLED
- Best Australian EOFY 2021 Laptop Deals
- Everything you need to know about Smart TVs
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?