Interface and Functionality:

The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic runs Symbian S60 5th Edition, that´s designed especially for handsets with touch sensitive screens like the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N97, Nokia 5230, Samsung Omnia HD i8910 etc. We have already examined the OS in great details in our review of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, so we will only tell you what the differences are. The most significant changes affect the home screen. The Contacts bar theme has been changed to resemble more closely the one found on latest music-oriented devices without touch sensitive screens like the 5630 XpressMusic and 5730 XpressMusic. The maximum number of contacts with pictures on the home screen is now 20 and not just 4 and switching between them is as easy as sliding a finger against the screen. On choosing any of them, a pane will pop up, showing call and messages history. Moreover, the same function can be used for following RSS broadcasts. Say, you can create a contact called PhoneArena and add a web feed, which will allow you to find our latest news, reviews and phone specification really fast.

There is a pane below the contacts that notifies you of new emails and another one pops up on screen if the audio player is running in the background. You have a row of icons at the bottom that allows access to 4 applications of your choice.

Searching in contacts is comfy and easy by entering separate letters. A screen keyboard appears when you get to the search pane and it layout is just like on navigational systems (A, B, C, D, E, F…), so finding contacts is fast and logical.

The phone messaging is exactly the same and comes with the standard OS interface. You won´t be able to take advantage of Nokia Messaging to follow email correspondence, but we hope the 5530 will soon make it to the list of supported devices.

Aside from the standard, virtual numeric keypad, there is a full QWERTY keyboard of course. Despite the size of the 2.9-inch screen, typing away is not a problem and we felt at home in just a few minutes. Well, we did several typing mistakes, but not too many, so we are pleased with the QWERTY. You also have handwriting recognition, but would need a few drills to finally get used to it. Not that it allows for fast entry anyway.

The internet browser is not any different from the one that comes on the 5800 XpressMusic and the N97. The app visualizes pages properly and navigation is relatively fast, but unlike the Nokia flagship device, the phone doesn’t feature kinetic scrolling. It supports Page Overview that allows you to find what you need, navigate around and zoom in and out on large pages and do it fast. The browser is as good as ever and we didn’t have any problems watching videos on the computer version of YouTube, but this doesn’t mean you get full Flash support. It´s just not here yet.

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