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Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review

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Camera:

Usually, the camera is not one of the strengths of the music-oriented phones. In our case, it is 2-megapixel one with flash but without autofocus, which allows it to make pictures very quick. It has a simple interface and you can also activate a row shortcuts to the panoramic and night mode, sequence mode (up to 6 shots) and a flash. It won’t give you access to the white balance, effects and the self-portrait feature.

The pictures are far from perfect. Even photographs made in broad daylight are characterized with a lot of noise and lack of detail, and the colors are unreal. Indoors, the situation is worse, but at least the relatively strong flash helps so the pictures are not that blurry. And if taking pictures at a party, you will be actually able to recognize the people on them the next day.

Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review
Outdoor Samples - Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review
Outdoor Samples - Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review

Outdoor Samples

Camera Interface - Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review

Camera Interface


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Medium Light - Indoor Samples - Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review
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Low with Flash - Indoor Samples - Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review

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Medium Light

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Low with Flash

Indoor Samples


You are able to record QVGA videos at 10 fps (instead of the 15 promised) with sound. This makes them very choppy, but overall, watchable.

Nokia 5320 XpressMusic sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution


Multimedia:

The key feature of the phone is the ability to play music. You can sort tracks by artist, album, genre and composer or to build your own playlists. When a song is playing, you can see its album art (if any). The loudspeaker sound is loud but quite sharp, which can be annoying at times. Luckily, the earphones included in the package are of good quality and will let you enjoy the music. The presence of a 3.5 mm jack allows you to use even better ones. During a test with mid-level headphones, 5320 performed at the same level as iPod Touch, which is a serious proof for the quality of the built-in musical chip. You also have an equalizer (with the option to save your own) and audio settings (balance, power, stereo widening), which have a serious influence over the sound.

Music Player - Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review
Music Player - Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review
Music Player - Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review
Music Player - Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review

Music Player


Video Playback - Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review
Video Playback - Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review

Video Playback

The phone offers radio with RDS, letting you store up to 50 stations. This is very easy, especially with the offered option to look up in internet for the most popular ones in the region you are in.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to watch quality videos on Nokia 5320 XpressMusic. At QVGA resolution and MPEG4/h.264 codec, the sound and image are very choppy. In addition, h.263 files play as music tracks. At lower resolution rates, everything runs smoothly but this takes us years back in the evolution of the phone multimedia.




Software:

An interesting extra here is the voice-controlled music search. You have a few seconds to pronounce the name of the song, artist or playlist you want to hear and the phone will automatically play the closest match. Although this feature is quite fun, we couldn’t manage to find a real use for it.

Voice-Controlled Music Search - Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review
Voice-Controlled Music Search - Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review

Voice-Controlled Music Search


Another key element are the games and by default you have Marble, Jelly Chase, Groove 2 and Guitar Rock Tour. Each one of them offers a different challenge and you can waste some time since they are not demos. Unfortunately, the model is not yet included in the N-Gage site as a supported one, but we expect this to happen soon.

Marble Cannon - Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review
Groove 2 - Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review
Guitar Rock Tour - Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Review

Marble Cannon

Groove 2

Guitar Rock Tour

 

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 1

1. hargs48 (unregistered)


This is most a impressive S60 V3 phone with Feature Pack 2,the price is also very keen,the looks might not be to everyones taste,but the hardware spec vs price cannot be beaten...

posted on 02 Sep 2008, 03:58

2. Simdes (unregistered)


Although I am not fond of Symbian, I completely agree that the phone is awesome. And price tag is unbalanced, in the good way! :)

posted on 04 Oct 2010, 05:26

3. 3lmo (unregistered)


I agree with hargs48 qand Simdes. This is one of the *BEST* Symbian S30 phones for its price. I mean, come on, where i'm from, it now costs (USD) $54. For 54 bucks, i get a quality music player, web browser, good call quality AND i can play games like Quake 2 and 3 (PC games ported to Symbian) WITHOUT lag. For 54 bucks. I've been holding onto this for over 2 and a 1/2 years now. When I got it for free with my original phone plan, i thought it would suck. I'm still using it, coz its so FRIGGIN AWESOME!!

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Display2.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (200 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 369 MHz, ARM11 processor
128 MB RAM
Size4.25 x 1.81 x 0.59 inches
(108 x 46 x 15 mm)
3.17 oz  (90 g)
Battery890 mAh, 3.5 hours talk time

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