Nokia 5310 XpressMusic Review
Since it is a music-oriented phone, 5310 has to provide excellent music quality.
While there is no dedicated button to open up the media player, one can be programmed or a shortcut can be placed on the home screen.
From the music player menu, you can see all tracks, your playlists, you can sort them by artist, album, genre or take a look at the videos available. Naturally, there’s an option for the player to work in the background, so you can use the rest of the functions in the meantime.
The interface is designed to be user-friendly. In its upper part, there is an indicator of the track number of the song currently playing. Underneath, is the album cover or just empty space if such is not available. In the lower part of the screen, we have the track info, including the total and the elapsed time, accompanied by the progress bar. The bottom is reserved for the indicators.
In addition, from the settings, you can activate the equalizer and/or the stereo widening function, which to enhance the sound.
Besides the music player, Nokia 5310 offers a built-in FM radio with RDS support. Before turning the radio on, you need to plug the earphones in, because they act as an antenna. You can store a total of 20 stations, also being able to change their names and the order, in which they appear. You have the option to program all stations available, input a specific frequency or to search for all the stations in the region you are in.
The loudspeaker delivers a high-level sound, but any low frequencies are not to be heard, of course. It’s better if you use the earphones.
The interface for the video player is very similar to that of the music player. It supports both 3GP and MP4 formats which can be viewed in fullscreen as well as standard screen. To make the most out of fullscreen view, the labels for the buttons are not shown but they still have the same functions as in standard view. Pressing the D-pad will display the control buttons. If the handset could not display the video, it would just play the sound with video icon in place of the video.
When our test videos with resolutions of 320x240 or higher did not play, we tried two other H.263 videos at a resolution of 176x144 at 15 and 25fps and they worked just fine.
The photo quality leaves much to be desired. Colors tend to look very artificial in even the best of conditions and came out either over or under exposed. We noticed plenty of noise in less detailed objects along with edges that were slightly blurry. Another disappointment is that it takes 5-8 seconds for the photo to save.
Videos are captured in only QCIF resolutions making them almost unsuitable for any purpose. To record longer videos, there is an option to keep recording until there is no more memory left.
Like most of the phones with Series 40 interface, 5310 XpressMusic also comes preloaded with some programs, which can be found in the collection menu within the games and apps menu. There are four games preloaded but they’re only demos as usual.
i owned a sony ericsson w 810i before...gave a very good battery life...day before yesterday bought this nokia 5310...but i just have to admit its battery life sucks...jus lasts for 1 day that too with minimum usage...for that matter this flamboyant 5310 is no match to sony ericsson walkman models in terms of both sound and camera...