Nokia 5130 XpressMusic mobile phone

Nokia's latest mobile phone is bundled with the Comes With Music service but it lacks 3G connectivity

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    3.25 / 5

Pros

  • 3.5mm headphone jack, funky design, FM radio, Comes With Music subscription included, loud speaker and excellent sound quality, included 1GB microSD card

Cons

  • No 3G, keypad is small and flat, OS is sluggish at times, can't charge via micro-USB port

Bottom Line

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.

Would you buy this?

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.

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