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Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review

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We have already mentioned the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic runs Symbian S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2, just like the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic. There are no differences and novelties about it, so we will tell you about its interface without going into details. It´s easy to use and we don’t think that even people who see Symbian S60 OS for the first time will have problems with it.

Messaging is an important feature of the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic, but given the particular keyboard, you just can´t type in really quickly. Come to emails, you will have to make do with the standard client that comes with the operating system. It would have been great if the handset featured support for Nokia Messaging (take a look at our review of the Nokia E75), because the app makes email communication much easier, alas, this is not the case. Actually, it runs on the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic, but we would strike a snag anytime we tried to install it on the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic. We hope Nokia releases a compatible version soon.

Messaging - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
Messaging - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review

Messaging

The Home screen - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
The Main menu - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review

The Home screen

The Main menu



Even a quick look at the menus should be enough to show you the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic comes well prepared for social networking. The Internet menu hosts shortcuts to Facebook, Myspace, Hi5, Friendster and Windows Live Messenger, plus you can share videos and different files over YouTube and Ovi Share respectively. The phone connects to the Internet via 3G (HSDPA 3.6Mbit/s) or Wi-Fi. The built-in Symbian browser is capable and opens heavier pages without a hitch. It features support for YouTube videos, but not for other Flash elements. Aside from the plethora of things to do on the Internet, say visiting www.phoneArena.com on regular, you will be able to play games from the N-Gage portal as well. There you can find free and paid titles and you can share your highest scores with other players and see how you fare against them.

The N-Gage portal - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review

The N-Gage portal

The Internet capabilities of
Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
The Internet capabilities of
Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
The Internet capabilities of
Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review

The Internet capabilities of Nokia 5730 XpressMusic



The built-in GPS is a snappy performer and pinpoints your location in 15-20 seconds after cold start, which is quite a decent result indeed and almost instantaneously after hot start, so everything seems to be just fine. Similarly to all the other handsets of the manufacturer that feature a built-in GPS, Nokia maps comes preloaded on the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic (the app is now known as Ovi Maps).


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Maps - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
Nokia
Maps - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review

Nokia Maps




Camera and Multimedia:

We know the interface of the 3.2-megapixel camera with Carl-Zeiss Tessar optics quite well from other Nokia models, like the 5630 XpressMusic, N86 8MP, 6710 Navigator, E52 etc. It comes with a simplified design, but you´ve got the handy option to choose all shortcuts in the row on your right hand side, so as not to waste time rummaging through the options all the time.

The camera interface of the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
The camera interface of the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review

The camera interface of the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic


   
The process of taking pictures is really fast and we are satisfied with the results of about 2.5 seconds in between consecutive snapshots. We are, however, not pleased at the image quality. Stills taken outdoors are noisy, there is noticeable purple fringing, colors are often washed and unrealistic and exposure is not proper. Finally, the level of details is mediocre and pictures look blurry. The flash is pretty useless, because it just can´t provide enough light when it´s dark or dusky. Ultimately, we are of the opinion that pictures taken with the 5730 XpressMusic are acceptable for social networks, where images get published in low resolutions anyway, but certainly not good enough for normal computer screens.

Outdoor photos taken with the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review

Outdoor photos taken with the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic



Strong light - Indoor
photos taken with flash set to auto - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
Medium light - Indoor
photos taken with flash set to auto - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
Low light - Indoor
photos taken with flash set to auto - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
Darkness - Indoor
photos taken with flash set to auto - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Darkness

Indoor photos taken with flash set to auto



The videos, however, are pretty bad – there are almost no details and colors appear rather thin. The only good thing about them is the audio stream. Take a look at the test video we took at the maximum allowed resolution of 640x480 pixels at 30 frames per second, so you can see for yourself.

Nokia 5730 XpressMusic sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution

The gallery unifies all videos and snapshots. If you have a picture in full screen and want to browse to the next one, a reduced preview window will pop up and once the other picture has been selected, the phone will smoothly switch to full screen again.

The Gallery - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
The Gallery - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
The Gallery - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review

The Gallery



The audio player on Symbian devices is not something to brag about in front of your friends, that’s for sure. If the album art gets recognized eventually, it will appear magnified on the 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.

The Audio player of the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
The Audio player of the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
The Equalizer - The Audio player of the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
  

The Equalizer

The Audio player of the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic



Unfortunately, despite the big promises that the manufacturer gave about the audio playback quality, we are far from enthralled with it. The loudspeaker is not really powerful and makes music pretty sharp. The boxed headset, the Nokia WH-205, fails to deliver proper quality and performs below average. In terms of power alone, it can´t hold a candle to the earphones that are boxed with second generation iPod nanos, not to mention there is no well-pronounced bass or trebles we can speak of. Environmental noises get isolated properly, but the set comes with just one pair of ear tips, so you´re out of luck if they don’t fit. Now, let´s get to the good news. The phone is equipped with 3.5mm jack, meaning you can plug in another pair right away and that´s what we did. We tested the phone using several different sets, from mainstream to high-end headphones and frankly, the manufacturer has kept one of its promises, because the result, no matter the earphone we used, remained equally unsatisfying. We expected much more from the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic in terms of audio quality.

Real Player is fairly standard with Symbian S60 devices and plays MPEG4/H.264 and H.263 videos coded at the native resolution of the screen (320x240 pixels) without a hitch. With higher resolution content, however, playback gets stuttering, not that watching movies on the 2.4-inch display is an unforgettable experience anyway.

The Video playback - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
The Video playback - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review
The Video playback - Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review

The Video playback



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Display2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 369 MHz, ARM11 processor
128 MB RAM
Size4.41 x 2.01 x 0.61 inches
(112 x 51 x 15.4 mm)
4.76 oz  (135 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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