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Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review

Nokia 5630 XpressMusic

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The Nokia 5630 XpressMusic sports an ARM11 processor running at 600MHz, which is a lot for a phone in this class. 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.

Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review
You have already found out that the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic is smart, powerful, elegant and offers great functionality, but still, it cannot be considered the perfect mate if it fails to deliver ease of communication. Unfortunately, quality of voices turned out to be pretty bad on our end with sound tending to be monotonous, surreal and not loud enough. Our interlocutors didn’t seem affected by similar issues and claimed everything was just fine, although they also said voices got somewhat irritatingly sharp when at full blast.

Aside from all mentioned qualities and shortcomings, the 5630 XpressMusic also features a battery that does last. Manufacturer claims it provides up to 7 hrs of continuous talk time, over 400 hrs in standby or about 24 hrs listening to music. You wouldn’t need to worry if you forget your phone while it´s being charger up either – the charger (Nokia High Efficiency Charger AC-10) gets turned off by itself to save on energy.


We are pleased with what the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic brings out. It meets almost all of our requirements – it’s compact, fast, delivers rich internet and surfing experience, the new home screen feels comfy to use and N-Gage support may provide quite some fun. The features we are disappointed with are its feeble loudspeaker and low quality sound through the boxed earphones. The latter issue can be easily fixed though – you just need to get a proper pair, so this is not a crucial problem really.

Still, there are some nice alternative options you need to look at before going for the 5630 XpressMusic. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic sports a touch sensitive screen and fairly powerful loudspeakers. If you happen to be a heavy texter or fan of social networks, we would recommend you wait until the 5730 comes out, since it will feature a full QWERTY keyboard. Please, take a look at our review of the Sony Ercisson W705 as well – it’s not a smart phone, but offers pretty much the same options as the 5630 XpressMusic.

Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Video Review:


  • Slim and elegant
  • Really comfy buttons
  • Internet friendly (Wi-Fi, HSDPA 3.6Mbit/s)
  • The new home screen is both comfy and functional
  • Robust battery
  • N-Gage support


  • Both audio playback and in-call quality is mediocre
  • Snapshots lack enough details and have unreal colors
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 872; 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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PhoneArena rating:
Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (182 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Single core, 600 MHz, ARM11 processor
0.1 GB 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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