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Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review

Nokia 5530 XpressMusic

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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.

Home screen - Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review
Home screen - Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review
Home screen - Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review
Home screen - Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review
Audio player runningin the background - Home screen - Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review

Audio player running
in the background

Home screen

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.

Contacts - Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review
Contacts - Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review
Contacts - Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review


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.

Messaging with the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic - Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review
Messaging with the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic - Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review
Virtual numeric keypad - Messaging with the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic - Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review
Handwriting recognition - Messaging with the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic - Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review

Virtual numeric keypad

Handwriting recognition

Messaging with the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic

Full QWERTY keyboard - Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review

Full QWERTY keyboard

E-mail - Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review
E-mail - Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review


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.

The browser of Nokia 5530 XpressMusic - Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review
The browser of Nokia 5530 XpressMusic - Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review
The browser of Nokia 5530 XpressMusic - Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review
The browser of Nokia 5530 XpressMusic - Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Review

The browser of Nokia 5530 XpressMusic

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 872; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

And why was there no mention of kinetic scrolling in contacts and the music player?

posted on 05 Oct 2010, 09:33

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??

posted on 05 Sep 2009, 06:51

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???

posted on 16 Sep 2009, 11:19

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***

posted on 22 May 2010, 03:25

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

posted on 09 Aug 2010, 21:42

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.

posted on 14 Aug 2010, 20:37

6. Aamer (unregistered)

it is a good phone with every angle, except camera lenz quality & GPS not available.

posted on 05 Sep 2010, 15:44

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.

posted on 16 Nov 2010, 22:28

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. hemantk015@gmail.com.

posted on 15 Feb 2011, 09:29

10. minik (unregistered)

it's ok except that display is unusable in direct sunlight

posted on 06 Mar 2011, 05:56

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.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 19:59

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!!

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PhoneArena rating:
Display2.9 inches, 360 x 640 pixels (253 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Single core, 434 MHz, ARM11 processor
0.1 GB RAM
Size4.09 x 1.93 x 0.51 inches
(104 x 49 x 13 mm)
3.77 oz  (107 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 4.9 hours talk time

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