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Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review

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Camera interface - Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review
Camera interface - Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review

Camera interface

The Nokia 5630 XpressMusic features a “Full Focus” camera that, according to the manufacturer, should be able to take pictures really fast, thanks to a technology that improves on focus field depth, called “enhanced depth of field”. This also means all objects are supposed to be always in focus, no matter their relative position depth. In reality pictures are taken almost instantaneously, although the end result is similar to what standard fixed focus length cameras deliver. Its interface is simple, but there is this nice option to choose what shortcuts appear on the band on your right hand side, so you don’t end up with icons brimming all over. Interface also allows taking of panoramic pictures, picking one of the presets, shooting in sequence mode, adding color effects, changing white balance or exposure etc. and the flash features red eye removal.

Snapshots taken outdoors are passable in terms of overall quality, although details tend to be a bit blurrier than in pictures taken with the Sony Ericsson C510 that features autofocus camera. Colors look unrealistic though (violet sky). Indoor pictures are much noisier, but if you come to use the flash you will see almost no difference between snaps taken in bright or dim light conditions. Unfortunately, quality of pictures taken in places without enough light plummets to a rather low level.

Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review

Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic - Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic - Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic - Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic - Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review

Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic



Strong light - Indoor samples - Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor samples


Video is captured at 640x480 pixels and 15 frames per second and the device seems to catch environmental noise pretty well too. If you are about to take a video of someone who is speaking, we do recommend you get as close as you can and not more than a meter away, otherwise the voice may be intelligible.

Nokia 5630 XpressMusic sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution

Gallery unifies all videos and snapshots. If you have a picture on the whole screen and want to browse to the next one, a reduced preview window pops up and when you select the other one it will smoothly go to full screen again.

Nokia 5630 XpressMusic gallery - Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5630 XpressMusic gallery - Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review

Nokia 5630 XpressMusic gallery


The audio player on Symbian devices is not something to brag about in front of your fiends, that’s for sure. If the album art gets recognized eventually, it will appear magnified on screen. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. There is an equalizer and you can fiddle with its settings, plus you have the options to enhance basses and expand stereo output.


It’s a shame, but despite the manufacturer’s promise, the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic has failed to impress us with audio quality. The loudspeaker doesn’t pack much punch and music coming out of it is sharp and unpleasant. The boxed pair of earphones won’t wow you with unsurpassed quality either. Loudness cannot be compared to what a second generation iPod nano delivers and sound gets displeasingly sharp if you turn the volume up or switch on the equalizer. It’s good that sound quality gets substantially better the minute you plug in a pair of decent headphones, so you may come to want to make good use of the 3.5 mm jack indeed.

The music player interface of Nokia 5630 XpressMusic - Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review
The music player interface of Nokia 5630 XpressMusic - Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review
The music player interface of Nokia 5630 XpressMusic - Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review
The music player interface of Nokia 5630 XpressMusic - Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review

The music player interface of Nokia 5630 XpressMusic


Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review


The preloaded Real Player delivers MPEG4/H.264 and H.263 video playback, but the thing is videos with resolution width of over 320 pixels stutter heavily and the 2.2-inch screen is not really fit for watching videos anyway.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 791; 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?

posted on 19 Sep 2009, 11:13

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.

posted on 22 Jun 2009, 15:33

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!

posted on 12 Jul 2009, 11:20

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.

posted on 30 Jul 2009, 00:30

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

posted on 19 Sep 2009, 01:59

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 =)

posted on 19 Sep 2009, 11:28

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.

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 10:40

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.

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Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (182 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 600 MHz, ARM11 processor
128 MB RAM
Size4.41 x 1.81 x 0.47 inches
(112 x 46 x 12 mm)
2.93 oz  (83 g)
Battery860 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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