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Nokia 5530 XpressMusic User Reviews

7.5 Based on 31 Reviews

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Internet7.9/10
Call quality8.1/10
Battery4.5/10
Reception8.6/10
Display8/10
Build quality9.1/10
Text input7.6/10
Everyday usage7.1/10
UI speed6.5/10
Camera7.8/10
Multimedia8.6/10

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rjgreturns
posted on 18 Aug 2013, 13:15 (Posts: 0; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

7

Strong Mobile ,but poor memory and camera lets it down

rjgreturns has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

Strong Mobile ,but poor memory and camera lets it down.Its very strong and its screen and body is of high quality.But the low memory keeps irritating you and its camera is another major let down.Use 5530 as a temporary till u get a better phone

Build quality 10/10 had it for 3 years..it has fallen down plenty of times ,but no damage to its body at all
Reception 9/10 never had any issues with the reception.
Call quality 8/10 the sound from the other side sometimes is quiet
Internet 8/10
Multimedia 6/10 everytime runs out of memory while trying to open the photo gallery.Not many editing options.
Camera 5/10 poor camera . Photo taking is horrible ,especially in dark areas.
UI speed 5/10 starts to slow down after some hours of use
Everyday usage 7/10
Text input 7/10
Display 6/10
Battery 7/10

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Nathan_ingx
posted on 12 Mar 2012, 12:59 (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

6

If you are buying this phone, think again, you have better options!!

Nathan_ingx has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

Well, what do i tell you??
It's cute to look at and comfortable to hold...it's all candy outside.
But you use it and you realise that it's not good as it looks.
There's the battery and then the RAM...it could've been improved, but what could i say, a processor of 1GHz during the time this phone was released, was still something to look up to!
That's not all, you can't see anything under the sun...don't be surprised to see a person with their hand on top of the screen trying to block the sun to look at it.
I recommend you to look for something else...but if you want it for the sound and the looks, go for it...but don't tell me i didn't warn you!!

Build quality 8/10
Reception 8/10
Call quality 7/10
Internet 5/10
Multimedia 7/10
Camera 5/10
UI speed 5/10
Everyday usage 5/10
Text input 6/10
Display 6/10
Battery 4/10

Pros

  • Great sound quality!!

Cons

  • Battery
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5530 owner
posted on 27 May 2011, 04:29

8

Battery, Ui autorotate and internet problems

5530 owner has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

THis is a nice phone but it's battery suxxx i have been using it for a year and the day it's warranty finished the UI doesnot seem to work mostly after switching it on The internet is bad but it's touchscreen and camera is average .It's music is awesome and the video quality is also good

Build quality 9/10
Reception 9/10
Call quality 9/10
Internet 7/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 8/10
UI speed 7/10
Everyday usage 9/10
Text input 9/10
Display 8/10
Battery 5/10

Pros

  • Excellent music phone the looks are average
  • Camera is good
  • Display is good

Cons

  • UI doesn't works mostly
  • Battery sucks

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Zarly
posted on 24 May 2011, 06:10

7

Disappointed

Zarly has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

Battery timings is really bad...hardly run for 2 hours or so....n if you listen to some music...or have a call....viola...there goes down your battery.....Camera is ok ....u can say u can resist with the pictures.... Call Quality sucks....i was very disappointed to buy this cell......

Build quality 7/10
Reception 6/10
Call quality 4/10
Internet 8/10
Multimedia 9/10
Camera 7/10
UI speed 8/10
Everyday usage 5/10
Text input 9/10
Display 8/10
Battery 2/10

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Cashif
posted on 26 Apr 2011, 16:17

6

Just an average phone

Cashif has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

Well i would say that i m really disappointed with this phone ..Its battery timing sucks....talktime is 4 h 54 min but its just last for 3 hours ...it really sucks...i hate it....it is only a music phone ..it has best audio qua;ity with good camera...but battery timing is worst...hate it..i would recomend 5800 Xpress music or sonyericsson vivaz ,,,which is bettr than this....

Build quality 9/10
Reception 9/10
Call quality 8/10
Internet 8/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 9/10
UI speed 7/10
Everyday usage 7/10
Text input 6/10
Display 8/10
Battery 1/10

Pros

  • good audio quality
  • good camera
  • good built quality

Cons

  • poor battery timing
  • sluggish
  • hangs alot
  • touch screen is not responsive

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neolilith
posted on 25 Apr 2011, 19:03 (Posts: 0; Member since: 25 Apr 2011)

7

Average

neolilith has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

It was fine at first, but from the very beginning it constantly crashed, luckily never lost anything because of it. Standby battery may last 300+ hours, but mine only lasted 168h (7 days) and once I started using it right away for less than 3 hours, the battery would run out rapidly. The touch display also doesn't respond very well, had trouble answering calls and even stopping alarms.

However the music player is very good also the audio quality, except for the fact that the earphones do not stick to the ears, keep falling with every single move (awesome quality though).

The internet speed I found it a little slow, I have a 10Mb/s internet speed and it felt like using a 56Kb/s one. But could use YouTube, Gmail and some news websites.

It's fine for people who wants a smartphone and doesn't really ask much of it.

Build quality 8/10
Reception 8/10
Call quality 7/10
Internet 5/10
Multimedia 10/10 Very good audio quality.
Camera 9/10 Good quality compared to other cellphones, specially with flash.
UI speed 4/10 Constantly crasheds and UI does not answer sometimes.
Everyday usage 8/10
Text input 8/10 Good T9, also customizable. Did not have problems with touch screen while typing.
Display 7/10 Nearly impossible to read at sunlight, increasing brightness helps a little.
Battery 6/10

Pros

  • Good audio quality
  • WiFi
  • Good camera with flash
  • Multitasking

Cons

  • Constantly crashes
  • Touch Screen sensitivity

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Steven
posted on 25 Apr 2011, 13:03

9

Topclass Phone

Steven has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

Hi guys....Well i think that it is a need of every young guys......Brilliant phone with billiant features....responsive touch screen ,,bettr than 5800...battery timing is average....( you have to charge the phone daily) with crystal clear audio quality..amazing call quality....and with amazing browser.....supports flash..

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 9/10
Multimedia 9/10
Camera 9/10
UI speed 8/10
Everyday usage 9/10
Text input 9/10
Display 9/10
Battery 8/10

Pros

  • Great built
  • brilliant audio quality
  • good browser
  • Good in multitasking
  • good camera
  • nice video rcording
  • good touch screen response

Cons

  • average battery timing (if you charge you phone daily then its perfect)
  • sluggish with 8 gb or more card.

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Max
posted on 25 Apr 2011, 12:55

9

Overall Its a nice phone by Nokia

Max has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

Well every one knows that 5800 was a champion phone of its time....and nokia did some mistake by launching 5530 after 5800.. Well 5530 is overall a nice built phone by nokia with alot of functionalities but with a serious drawback of battery timing.......But if you are not person who relay on msging more than calling then its the best phone for you with excellent audio quality ,,brilliant design,,,good call quality,,,good multimedia functionality and an impressive indoor camera....Inshort its 8/10 phone....:)

Build quality 10/10
Reception 9/10
Call quality 9/10
Internet 9/10
Multimedia 9/10
Camera 9/10
UI speed 8/10
Everyday usage 9/10
Text input 8/10
Display 9/10
Battery 6/10

Pros

  • built quality is good
  • brilliant audio quality
  • nice camera
  • good call quality
  • good for everyday use
  • impressive multimedia functionalities
  • great browser
  • good in multitasking (sometimes)

Cons

  • Battery timing :'(
  • hangs abit (sometimes)
  • get sluggish with 8 gb card

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i hace nokia 5530
posted on 08 Mar 2011, 21:06

9

trust me

i hace nokia 5530 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

this awesome celphone has a terrible problem its te battery life
so if somebody tells you that it is a bad phone or something like that
believe the only thing that is bad in the cellphone is the battery life
i have this awesome cellphne and every fay i use it for many things so i think that if youre looking at a cellphone choose it

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 8/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 7/10
Display 9/10
Battery 3/10

Pros

  • camera
  • flash
  • screen
  • day usage
  • music
  • design
  • sound system
  • good video cuality

Cons

  • poor battery

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Marcus
posted on 22 Feb 2011, 04:05

8

Great Phone

Marcus has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

Well I've had have the Nokia 5530 Xpress Music for about 8 months now and everything is working fine. Well before upgrading to the latest software version I've encountered memory full and freezing problems for about 2-3 times. And there was 1 time which my phone just vibrates non-stop(not sure why) till I have to take off the battery and turn it on again lols... But after upgrding to the latest software version everything works great. No freezes or memory full problem like the Nokia 5230... Wi-fi was nice bt sometimes it can't display all of the images inside a webpage... I'm wondering whether is my internet is kinda slow or the images were too big for it... Some apps were cool like the photo viewer and I'm using slideunlock. 4 days of battery life with loads of texting bt no wi-fi or bluetooth. Guess that I'm using the slideunlock app mayb... It's a nice phone actually if you dun expect too much. I wanted a phone with great sound and touchscreen and this is the 1 I'm looking for... I;m sure all of the problems was caused by software versions just go and upgrade it... And it'll last a long time also if you take good care for it like I do I'm putting a case and screen protector on it... =)

Build quality 10/10
Reception 8/10
Call quality 8/10
Internet 8/10
Multimedia 8/10
Camera 8/10
UI speed 8/10
Everyday usage 7/10
Text input 8/10
Display 9/10
Battery 6/10

Pros

  • Everything...

Cons

  • Battery life needs to be improve...

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Dr.Waqas
posted on 12 Nov 2010, 14:36

7

Nokia 5530

Dr.Waqas has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

Its overall a Good Phone but very Poor Battery life with talk time of 4 hrs and standby upto a day.Then other bad thing is it changes it time every time you turn off and on the phone even without removing the battery(if network based Automatic time update is not avaiable)* Look is nice and one thing i love about this phone is that it never gets Dust in the screen and front cover is removeable.Overall nice phone but battery is very poor.

Build quality 9/10
Reception 9/10
Call quality 9/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 7/10
Camera 7/10
UI speed 4/10
Everyday usage 2/10
Text input 7/10
Display 9/10
Battery 1/10

Pros

  • Look
  • Screen
  • Size
  • Built

Cons

  • Battery
  • Time Problem

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hatim
posted on 17 Oct 2010, 06:44

9.3

nokia 5530 xpressmusic

that's a very good music phone the quality of the spekers great and clean
and the camera it's not a carl ziess but it give's good photos
and vga 30fps for second
and what i prefer in this phone is the wifi.. for me it's a good phone..

Design 10/10
Features 9/10
Performance 9/10

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RauASTER
posted on 04 Oct 2010, 13:19

7.7

good, nice and cheap

 I used to have those problems with my 5530, but after installing the last firmware (v31.0.005), works fine. runs faster, no crashes, the apps work fine, no lag in the menus, the camera is improved a little, and the music app is better.  if you got this phone, you must install the last firmware to avoid those problems. (i never have problems with it after installing the firmware). my opinion: is a cheap phone, looks cool and works fine.(if i miss something in the pro/cons, is because im a little busy now)

Design 9/10
Features 7/10
Performance 7/10

Pros

  • design
  • price
  • audio quality
  • camera (in good light conditions)

Cons

  • no 3G
  • no gps
  • capacitive touchscreen
  • limited RAM memory (not enought for multitasking)

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jeffrey sales
posted on 24 Sep 2010, 11:49

10

5530 the best

I have had this phone for a while now and have not had any problems with it.. So i really dont know how and where you got all these problems you have with your 5530 phones..hehe.. maybe you got a defective unit..or  it could be user error..  thats why i would recommend that before buying a phone read as much info about it as possible so  to help decide wether its the phone that works for you... Try Turning off the Theme Effects under the General Theme setting, worked for me.. does make a difference..

Design 10/10
Features 10/10
Performance 10/10

Pros

  • everything

Cons

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ponchoman275
posted on 03 Aug 2010, 13:17

3.3

Never ever buy this phone

Well i bought this phone because i wanted something cool but cheap, It looked really nice but looking nice plus maybe some music, is all this phone can ever do, It lags, turns off by itself and has really messed up battery life. The ovi app store is just retarded, there's barely any good apps, just demos that let you play for 5 minutes and then games that dont work, I have like 3 games that i played so many times since there's nothing else. Plus the app store turns of every 2-3 minutes (i actually measured it with a stopwatch :P ). Also the inbox sometimes just mixes up so new messages go to the end or middle of the list which is just random. Nokia should be ashamed of realesing these phones.

Design 8/10
Features 1/10
Performance 1/10

Pros

  • Nice design
  • Plays music decently

Cons

  • App store
  • Lagging
  • Turning off
  • Poor battery life
  • Certain functions dont work

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Emily
posted on 11 Jul 2010, 04:48

8

 I have this phone for 9 months and I had the same problem with you! 4 months after I got it, everytime I was trying to call or I was recieving a call the phone was off... My sister is working in a mobile store so I asked her what this problem might be. I gave it for an update and nothing happened... then she told me to format the memory card and now, for 5 months everything is ok, no problems, is works perfect! ok, it may not be the best mobile but it's good if you don't have too many expectatios!

Design 8/10
Features 8/10
Performance 8/10

Pros

  • perfect size
  • WLAN
  • Screen Color Depth
  • sound quality
  • cost!

Cons

  • camera: only 3.2 megapixel
  • battery life

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sakubakugan
posted on 27 Jun 2010, 08:00

7

Its cool but disappointing

Hi thereWell, i have been using 5530XM about 4 months now. At first, i really really love it. Its design, fit in my hand perfectly. The sound quality is amazing, as the XM should be. The apps from ovistore help too. Occasionally hang, but i think all phone does. The lifetime battery problem, i think all phone does too.The real problem is happened a few weeks ago. When i receive a phone call, suddenly the phone is off. At first i thought its just a minor bug or perhaps the battery. But eventually its happen almost every time when i receive or going to make a call.Just when i'm starting to love the phone, its crash down. I did hard-reset the phone and update the firmware but it didn't make anything better. I tried to googling why does this happen but there's no clue. So, IMHO, if you only using your phone about 2-3 months, this phone is the best u can get, without 3Gs of course. But if u think about using it for a long time, the you SHOULD NOT GET this phone. Believe me, its just going to break your heart when you think its perfect.

Design 10/10
Features 10/10
Performance 1/10

Pros

  • -perfect design..
  • -nice wifi with this budget
  • -the OS is powerful (with latest firmware)
  • -nice sound quality (with and without headset)
  • -camera, better in its class occasionally

Cons

  • -WILL EVENTUALLY CRASH
  • -hang (have to take off the battery)
  • -battery (especially when activating wifi)
  • -indoor camera, disappointing
  • -3g and gps (though i dont need it)

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Matthew Paul
posted on 30 Apr 2010, 07:25

2

do not get it.

i cannot stand this phone, it turns off and ive had to have it send away about 2 times, its pretty easy to import things from your phone to your computer but thats probably about it!
the touch screen is basic and the phone is a little bit hard to set up.
i am getting a new phone because my experience with this one was un-enjoyable i wish i never got it.
the camera is okay, if it didnt have flash it would be useless,

DO NOT GET THIS PHONE.

Design 4/10
Features 1/10
Performance 1/10

Pros

  • Flash

Cons

  • Music Player
  • Touch Screen
  • Web Browser
  • Camera

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Tornike Melade
posted on 18 Mar 2010, 14:30

9.3

Best Phone For The Price...

I think it's nice for this value!
Better than 5230 & 5800 'cause it's smaller, lighter and cheaper...
The best Nokia for those who really don't use 3G or  GPS...
 I am using this model already 1 month and it hasn't turned off yes as mentioned in other reviews...
And I'm impressed with the speed it operates...
It's Improvement in XpressMusic series...

Design 10/10
Features 9/10
Performance 9/10

Pros

  • Size
  • Weight
  • Design
  • Cost
  • Camera(Better than 5230)
  • Sound

Cons

  • Battery life while using Wi-Fi :(
  • - 3G
  • Nothin' more...

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rehan
posted on 06 Mar 2010, 13:12

6

nokia 5530 xpressmusic not that gud

i'm using this phone nd i figured it out that its too slow. and the camera quality is very poor as compared with other 3.2 mp phones. the touch screen is just ok. sound is nice. and bettery time is worst.

Design 10/10
Features 7/10
Performance 1/10

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sean8989
posted on 22 Feb 2010, 08:44

6.3

5530 turns off

iv had the nokia 5530 for two months now and it was a great untill today it turned itself off and now when i turn it on it doesn't get past the white nokia screen iv left it on for 15 min and still nothing has happened, iv tried contacting nokia but the phonelines are useless poor service and carephonewarehouse say its not anything to do with them and its nokia who need to sort it out but its like iv spent 140 pounds on a phone that now dont turn on thanks nokia!!!

Design 9/10
Features 9/10
Performance 1/10

Pros

  • good fun apps, wi-fi, good camera, brilliant video camera, good memory and great headphones best phone for music.

Cons

  • very glitchy, freezes alot, battery not the best, turns off all the time and eventualy dont turn back on

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Anonymous
posted on 17 Feb 2010, 09:55

8

nokia 5530

 it maybe loads the menu a bit slower than expected and the battery lives according to the things you do with it bud its not bad it is a good phone for a good price with good screen , fast wifi and a good camera .---------------------------------------------------------------------

Design 8/10
Features 8/10
Performance 8/10

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ryann danes
posted on 01 Jan 2010, 13:11

9.3

Nice phone...Battery problem

I bought a nokia 5530 xpressmusic last week and I am dissatisfied with the battery. I have to charge my phone everyday because it last only for two hours when browsing or using its wifi connection. but other than evrything about this phone is good. Nokia 5530 has one the best sound when its comes to music. loud speaker is loud but better when head phones are used instead. also the video of  this phone is good when used outdoors..but not that good when used indoors or at night esp.in dark areas.

Design 10/10
Features 10/10
Performance 8/10

Pros

  • sounds good..
  • wifi fast
  • slim sleek design
  • affordable
  • camera is ok

Cons

  • battery life short..

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Evzybbe
posted on 31 Dec 2009, 10:53

10

Nokia 5530

Absolutely fantastic little phone; camera is brilliant for taking photos quickly, and the speakers are phenomonal. I previously had iPod touch, but I can honestly say the louspeakers were awful. Far, far better on the 5530! Obviously, I had to buy the Pixie Lott illuvial phone, and have got absoluitely no regrets. For £100, you couldn't get anything better valur for money, anywhere. The only problem is the battery life, but it's a cracking little phone, The touch response is fantastic, and as I am sure you can all tell, I'm in love with this little beauty:)

Design 10/10
Features 10/10
Performance 10/10

Pros

  • EVERYTHING!

Cons

  • battery life
  • occasional freezing

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Agent Orange
posted on 23 Dec 2009, 17:31

9

Great phone for an affordable price


I bought nokia 5530 yesterday. So far everything’s working perfectly fine. Sound is great but awful display outdoors. You can hardly read what’s on the screen. But other than that I love this phone

Design 10/10
Features 8/10
Performance 9/10

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