Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review
3.2-megapixel camera with LED flash. There is not much to tell about its interface, because it´s the same as the versions on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and N97. As a whole it´s passable, although switching between options is somewhat unhandy and the thing is they are many. You can share pictures over Ovi and Vox, but adding other services like Facebook, Picasa, Flickr etc. is not supported. The snapshot quality is nothing to write home about. Details are blurry and virtually non-existent at times, plus colors look rather unrealistic now and then. All told, the snapshot quality the camera delivers is almost identical to what you get with the 5800. The LED flash didn’t manage to surprise us with a great performance either and is mediocre – snapshots taken when there´s not enough light or in the dark are really bad indeed. Image quality of captured videos is the same, but still good enough for sharing on the Internet.
Nokia 5530 XpressMusic sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution.
The music player doesn’t deliver anything new to surprise you with either. Tracks can be filtered by artist, album, playlists, genre, composer, Podcasts or you can just see a list of all available content. It´s a good thing you can choose between equalizer presets and audio effects and as a whole, the app is easy to handle.
Sound quality during audio playback and through the stereo loudspeakers is good, but they are less powerful than the 5800´s. Our 5530 XpressMusic handset came without a headset, but we put the 3.5mm jack to good use and were pleased with what we heard. Audio turned out to be loud and clear. You can watch videos using either the Video centre menu or Real Player that both come with the operating system. They handle high bit rate MPEG4 videos with resolution of 640x360 pixels at 30 fps flawlessly. Still, we like Video Centre better, since it sports cooler interface and delivers better looking, more saturated colors.
1. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 844; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
And why was there no mention of kinetic scrolling in contacts and the music player?
8. azizima (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Oct 2010)
i got screwed!!! bought the phone, AP set, in bukit bintang (M Future Enterprise) last saturday for RM630-00. the battery only work for 1 day standby with only 1 or 2 quick calls when it should be at least 300 HOURS....pretty sure a FAKE battery was given to me. was also told that the phoine having GPS and can load in the garmin software but later notice there arent any. worst the serial number printed on the phone box does not match with the serial number on the phone. going to confront the outlet tomorrow for at least an original battery. else going to bring this CHEATING to the Consumer Tribunal. Any Comments??
2. deepak_nr (Posts: 26; Member since: 31 May 2009)
Is it possible to play Flash video files (.FLV) without having to convert them on this ph- for that matter any touch ph???
3. sd-dubai (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Sep 2009)
TOO GOOD SMARTPHONE, VERY CAPABLE AND AN IPHONE "KILLER". Hi, I purchased the 5530 a few days back. Black/Red model. Used it vigorously and let me assure you that it is a "fantastic device", a charm to interact with AND definitely an IPhone KILLER! Here's my user opinion of it: PROs: -Slim & trim -Good Looking [head turner] -Great memory [16 Gb] -Quality shooting (pics & vids) [3.2 Mp cam] -Lovely music [+good online store] -Easy user interface -Easy messaging [nice virtual QWERTY pad] -WiFi -Value-for-money [low priced] CONs: -None. INTER-COMPARISON: -Vis-a-vis Nokia 5800, this is a better phone. More sleek & faster. And cheaper too. -It doesn't have 3G & GPS. But I didn't feel the need of both since the time I used phones. -It has Wi-Fi; and that suffices for internet. -Due to no GPS & 3G, the Nokia 5530 got to lose weight & size. And that's what drew me to it. -5530 is definitely better than Samsung-Star (Tocco lite). MY REVIEW: Besides having all the bells & whistles (the specs. are available in every site, so technicalities avoided here & speaking of ground realities) it's a thriller phone, which is capable of doing everything that we need / look-for in today's mobile phones. It's thrills are in: a) Super-Slim body, b) deadly user interface, c) great shooting capability (both pics & vids), d) top-of-the-line music quality, e) No 3G (its's a boon, it made the phone slimmer & most of us do not need 3G, WiFi being enough) AND e) Amorous Price Tag. Dear IPhonites, my Nokia 5530 beats you guys all the way thru (I do own an IPhone and am done with it). Why shell-out that dough? The 5530 is better (cheaper) having all it's functions and upscaled! (16Gb card, 3.2Mp camera, good stocked nokia music store that is cheaper than ITunes ...etc. LAPTOP INTERFACE: A nice factor of the 5530 is it's ease at managing thru the laptop. There is a cool USB Cable (in box) that connects it with the laptop and thru the OVI Suite (DvD in box) I have downloaded / uploaded all the files (pics, vids, music, contacts, messages and touched every part of the phone, arranged them, modified them without any qualms at all. And the Vids shot looked good too, contrary to what others say. Overall, I am deeply satisfied with this lovely product. It's getting rave reviews too from my pals & colleagues. And my wife adores it. What more do we need? So much so that I have put-up my Black IPhone 2G 8 Gb for sale / Gift, rather than getting the new 3G model. Mainly because I never needed 2G / 3G capability during my 1 yr. of usage (Wi-Fi being enough) and I do not wish to shell-out further (and huge) amount just to get more memory. Note, IPhone doesn't have secondary storage capability (Micro SD cards, like the 5530). And then IPhone's cam (2 Mp) is also well beaten by 5530 (3.2 Mp). PHOTOS: I say, "the 5530 cam is good enough". The pics are absolutely stunning. Though low light is a bit wanting, so does all camphones. And IPhone was poorer. The pics shot with my 5530 were flawless even when blown-out in my 42" LCD TV. Thus, I do not see the requirement of 5 MP & more cams in the other models. Vids were good too, for a phone shot. Better than lots of other smart / camphones. And then, for a dedicated movie shoot I do not see the usage of a phone. We would rather use our camcorders, no? I do so with my JVC HD-7 (another great FHD camcorder, whatever the websites say, it beats all. -No, I am not dwelling on it here further). END NOTE: I find the 5530 a wholesome package, fully loaded smartphone, too good for its price tag. And well above the requirement of any other present models, including the other Nokias. It is beyond value-for-money. Actually, the Nokia pricing is a surprise, they could have easily priced it higher. COMPARISONS: I have, as you see above, compared the 5530 basically with the IPhone. As that seemed to be the most "wanted phone" by everyone. I have also compared the 5530 on ground with Nokia 5800 (which is good, but bulkier and not as smart looking as the 5530). This phone [Nokia 5530] is "Classy". And again compared it with similar models of LG, Samsung, HTC and Palm, while doing my market research for an IPhone replacement. I found all the others were "very similar" to the Nokia 5530, Albeit at a "heftier price", which to my opinion, is a pure farce. If Nokia could do it, sure can others. That prompted me to assert that the other brands are "not selling right". Which is why, I definitely advocate the Nokia 5530. It is the Best in the market. FINAL SAY: Thus, my friends, I say, "Go for it... now", before the 5530 is sold out of the market; or Nokia re-thinks on it, takes-it of the shelf and brings-out a modified 5530 with another name (model no.) & higher price tag. I HOPE THE ENTHUSIASTS GET MY POINT. ***HAPPY 5530ing, Friends***
4. mehdihabibi (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 May 2010)
Hi how are you? thanks for your information about mobiles that give to us. i bought a 5533 nokia . it is so good mobile . i had many kind of mobiles but it is so good. with thanks mehdi habibi
5. disgruntled (unregistered)
The phone has a problem with shutting down when making or receiving calls you have to send it in and it works for only a little while after you get it back. Do not buy this phone.
6. Aamer (unregistered)
it is a good phone with every angle, except camera lenz quality & GPS not available.
7. rfrapp (Posts: 77; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)
For this phone it is possible to play flash video on a free app you can download off of the Ovi Store. It is called Skyfire, and it performs really well on a phone that wasn't really intended to play flash 10.
9. vikki (unregistered)
very good and impressive. prossesing speed of this phone is very fast. i am very happy with that phone. nokia doing very exelent job. for more information of this phone. you can mail me. email@example.com.
10. minik (unregistered)
it's ok except that display is unusable in direct sunlight
11. Locki (unregistered)
I dropped it one day and it would not let go on a new message for a least 5 day's. Also it has funny thing about airports because someone rang and it decided to shutdown. Last of all the camera has a mind of it's own because I locked it with camera on and when i unlocked it said i had to restart it.
12. Pradeep Sankaran (unregistered)
Heh guys am using nokia 5530 for more than 1 year, its good experience with smart phone. Its good. The prob only i face is regarding the documents cos i cant open open office or adobe files. Other than tat, everything s fine!!