Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review
As we mentioned at the beginning, the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic is a smart phone powered by Symbian S60 3rd Edition with Feature Pack 2. We can think of at least a dozen other phones running the same operating system, but it’s the first time we have seen a new home screen, aside from the standard vertical and horizontal icon rows. It’s called “contact bar” and looks quite similar to the one on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic that runs Symbian S60 5th Edition. As its name suggests, up to 20 contacts can be visualized on the screen and appear there with their assigned pictures. Selecting any turns call history and any messages you may have exchanged on screen. The same function is used to follow RSS broadcasts. Say, you create an entry, name it phoneArena then you can assign it a web-feed so as to see news updates right away.
There is an info field below the contacts that, by default, notifies you of new emails. A shortcut to the Ovi chat service that you can, logically, get on through your Ovi account is to be found right below. You can replace the latter with a Wi-Fi scanner or a function that shows timeslots of your daily schedule, provided you have filled in your Calendar. Unfortunately, all three cannot be visualized at the same time. There is the option to place a row of icons at the bottom to gain quick access to audio player, radio, internet browser, Internet searches, N-Gage web portal and phone gallery.
As you can see, most of the apps on the home screen are to do with the Internet. This is pretty normal, given the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic is much more than a music device. A quick look at the menus should be enough to convince you this is a device that can be easily used on social networks plus you will be able to feast your eyes on the new, pleasing icons, much in character of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. Shortcuts to Facebook, MySpace and Hi5 in the phone are located in the internet menu along with options to share files through YouTube and Ovi Share. You can connect to the Web via 3G (HSDPA 10.2Mbit/s) or Wi-Fi. The Symbian browser is really good and opens even heavy pages without any issues but it cannot play general Flash content, despite the fact YouTube videos are supported.
If you can’t find anything amusing enough on the Internet, you can always chance your luck on the N-Gage portal. Games are purchased and downloaded from there and you can share your best scores with other players.
1. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 823; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
I'm no processor expert here, but judging from the fact that the reviewer states "The device is really snappy and you will evidence slowdowns quite rarely, say, while opening your gallery if you happen to have many pictures there. The same goes for almost all Symbian powered devices that have come out in the last year, so in reality you don’t really feel much difference using the handset despite the faster CPU," I have to wonder how valid this arguement against the N97 is. Would it really have made any difference if they jacked up the CPU to 600 just because it looks better spec wise even though performance wise it's no different, not to mention it puts more of a load on the battery? While there is no way of confirming this for sure, it would seem like the answer would be no based on this reviewers perspective of how this compares to other S60 devices. My interpretation of this is that he just stated that there is no difference between this phone and an E71 running at 369MHz. Am I wrong here?
6. lacpp (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 May 2009)
The difference it's much in relation to the 369MHz CPU. Much more fast than the previous cpu, in all aspects. More fast than N97 including.
2. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
wow that is a nice phone kinda looks like a xpressmusic 5310 upgrade don't it? and its a smart phone...very nice i would buy it!
3. emmanuelle (unregistered)
The Philippines seems to be experiencing a delay with this unit. I mean, the 5730's already in the market but the 5630 is still nowhere to be found. Nokia personnel claim that no advisory whatsoever has been given to tell when that phone will come.
4. Hammoodi (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jul 2009)
I am using 5630 XpressMusic for last 6 weeks; as usual Iam attracted with all the new features and it is really nice. But performance of the PHONE fails comparing with a Base model of Nokia! I am facing the following: 1) Mobile gets hang and automatically restart while attending incoming calls frequently only (more than 25 times it happend) 2)Voice record (MMS compatible) not possible to memory card 3) Sound quality while calling/receiving not impressive comparing to 5320 XpressMusic 4)I did contact with service centre & nokia cust care but not solved the issue 5) Awaiting for the Firmware version ie. V12.20 & facing problem with current hand set! Awaiting your comments
5. rzz13_blizzard (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Sep 2009)
Hi, I'm interested in Nokia 5630 & Nokia 5320 XM, And now I'm confused which one to buy, Looks like you've personally experienced these 2 phones, Hmmm, Which one is better in audio quality ? (Both loudspeaker & headphones) And between these 2 phones which one'll you recommended ? Thanks to your attention, and I'll be very thankful if you answer my answer =)
7. lacpp (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 May 2009)
Speaking in loudspeakers there doesn't exist any that beats the 5700. The experience with the headphones it's similar to the 5700 and 5320, perhaps better. Better in basses.
8. horatiu665 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Did you solve the problem with the restart? Can you tell me what you did to fix it? I'm having the same problem and don't know what to do.