Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review

Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with AT&T and T-Mobile USA but without 3G.


We believe contemporary, music smart phones need to deliver proper audio quality, be powerful performers, measure compact size and offer great Internet connectivity.  Apparently, quite many people feel the same way, so Nokia has decided to give them joy releasing the 5630 XpressMusic. It runs Symbian S60 3rd Edition with Feature Pack 2 and sports 600 MHz ARM11 processor. It’s slim and compact and features N-Gage support. Sounds quite promising, isn’t it?

In the box you will also find a wall charger, phone purse (made of fabric), 4GB microSD card, pair of earphones, audio player wired remote, microUSB cable (too short), software mini DVD and user guide. We also happen to have great news for all fans of the nature – box itself is made from recycled materials only and the charger is of highest energy efficiency class.


On the outside, the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic looks like a blend of the two devices in the same lineup that we like best – the 5320 and 5310. The 5630 is only 2 mm thicker than the latter or in other words is really thin, especially for a smart phone.

You can compare the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

We would have liked it far better if the screen was a bit larger, but we will have to make do with the current one that measures 2.2 inches and delivers QVGA resolution. Still, it comes with 16 mln colors and remains totally usable in direct sunlight, despite the fact screen gets slightly dim.

All buttons on the front side feel very comfy. The navigational ones are a bit small, but are prominent and make up for the size with enough travel. The keyboard sports large keys, aligned in distinct rows that are easy to feel with your fingers. Those on either side of the phone, volume rocker and camera shutter on the right and audio player controls on the left are all somewhat hard to press, because their travel is not pronounced enough. The microSD card slot is well hidden under a small flap and is also on the right hand side of the phone, while both microUSB and 3.5 mm jack are on the top.

The back side of the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic features a rugged pattern that feels like rubber to your touch and feels quite pleasing. The 3.2-megapixel, double LED flash camera is here as well. Just like most makes in the same lineup, the phone looks youthful, but not flighty and light as both the 5320 and 5220. Aside from the red and black variety that you see in the pictures, the phone also comes with grey or blue trim.

Nokia 5630 XpressMusic 360 Degrees View



1. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 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: May 13, 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: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 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: Jul 30, 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: Sep 06, 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: May 13, 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: Apr 26, 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.
5630 XpressMusic
  • Display 2.2" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Storage 0.06GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 860 mAh(7.00h talk time)

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