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Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review

Nokia 5700 XpressMusic

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Nokia 5700 XpressMusic is a candy bar design and its appearance is a mixture of the Nokia 5300 coloration and the rotating lower part design of Nokia 3250. The device has two fronts, but, unlike Samsung UpStage, there is only one display here, whereas the rotating part turns the Nokia from a phone into a player in a matter of one rapid movement.

The unit’s shape relies entirely on curvy lines and round edges, and consists of two parts: an upper one with the display and the control buttons, and a lower one, where the numeric pad is located.

The phone has five functional modes depending on the position, at which the lower part has been swung. Thus, the most frequently used applications are only “a turn” away. The unit is in a phone mode when the numeric pad is at the side of the display. Camera mode is activated through a single swing of 90 degrees to the left. In order to activate the music mode, one should turn the lower part of the phone 180 degrees to the right. Turning the camera towards the user during a video conversation will switch the video call mode. When watching videos, one can turn the lower part 90 degrees to the left and the displayed image will take on a landscape position; thus the video view mode is activated, at which the loudspeaker is pointed straight at the viewer for best sound perception.

Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review

The manufacturer offers the above model in three color versions: the choice is between red, grey, and black. For all of them white and silver are predominant; only part of the back, the frame of the display, and the side parts are differently colored.

The device that we received for testing was the black version. It is made of glossy white and silver plastic and matt black one. The black-colored parts on both sides are rubber-coated, adding in this way to the comfortable feel while holding the unit and during conversation; thus the likelihood to drop it due to carelessness is considerably smaller as well. There is a tiny gap between these parts and the display, and we have noticed that after a certain period of use dust accumulates there, requiring periodical cleaning. Apart from the gap, the fact that the position of the black-colored parts is slightly higher than the display also helps dust retention.

Nokia 5700 compared to Nokia 5300 - Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5700 compared to Nokia 5300 - Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5700 compared to Nokia 5300 - Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5700 compared to Nokia 5300 - Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review

Nokia 5700 compared to Nokia 5300

The dimensions of the unit are 108 x 50.5 x 17.3 mm (4.3 x 2.0 x 0.7 inches) and weighs 115 gr. (4.05 oz), which ranks it among the big and heavy phones. Yet the device is not inconvenient to use and even goes well into the jeans’ pocket because it is slim enough not to bulge there.


Dimension (Inches)

Dimension (MM)

Weight (OZ)

Weight (Gramms)

Nokia 5700

4.25" x 1.98" x 0.68"

108 x 50.5 x 17.3



Nokia 3250

4.09" x 1.97" x 0.78"

104 x 50 x 20



Nokia 5300

3.63" x 1.89" x 0.81"

92.5 x 48 x 21



Sony Ericsson W960

4.29" x 2.16"x 0.62"

109 x 55 x 16



Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review

The display size is 2.2 inches and the resolution 240 x 320 pix (QVGA), featuring 16 million colors. Its brightness and strong contrast secure very good visibility even at direct sunlight, so that operating the device will be trouble-free. This feature owes much to the sensor that adjusts the brightness of the display depending on how strong the daylight is. This intelligent control also contributes to maximum durability of the battery after charging. We would very much like to see this feature in more devices.

Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
In order to easily control all the telephone functions, Nokia have foreseen a total of 25 buttons.

The buttons of the numeric pad are situated step-like at the lower part of the telephone. They are quite big and despite being tightly fit next to each other, without any space between, pressing is fairly easy.

The media keys are at the reverse side. They are three and take the whole lower part. Depending on the current operating mode, the keys perform different functions. In music mode these are rewind, play/pause/stop, and fast forward; in camera mode – zoom out, capture key, and zoom in. Their size makes them very easy to operate, no matter whether pressed by the tip of the finger or its soft part. With the exception of the white colored play/pause/stop key, all the other buttons on both sides of the lower part are silver. They are evenly backlit in white; controlling it is done through the reading of the above mentioned sensor, regulating the display brightness. In a very dark room (or at night) one can make out that, apart from illuminating the buttons, the light seeps through the white part around them. Though this fact will cause no problem in operating the unit, it may be somewhat irritating.

Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review

Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
The following buttons are located on the upper part, just below the display: five-position navigational joystick, left and right selection keys, call and end keys. Moving the joystick is fairly inconvenient; it would have been far better, had it been manufactured with a better tactile feedback and easier to press. It is encircled by white plastic and the rest of the keys are located round it. Their surface relief is dash-shaped “-“ and colored respectively blue, green, and red; these buttons are constantly lit, regardless of the light intensity of the environment. Pressing them is very easy, with a good tactile feedback.

*When the lower part of the telephone is rotated at 90 degrees (for example, when in camera mode), it is a serious obstacle to operating the joystick, making it exceptionally difficult. In case you have taken a fancy to Nokia 5700 XpressMusic, it is indispensable to test this!

The clear and menu keys on the black part of the phone, on the right and left from the selection keys respectively, have the same dash-shape and are positioned vertically. They are white and their function is designated below in the same color.

On the left, there are the volume up and down keys – the same as the clear and menu ones but not in white, bearing only a mark of their function (+ and -). Upon the white part above them, there is one of the loudspeakers. All the four buttons are not backlit but this is actually rendered useless by their well-felt relief, so missing them is not an option. Operating them is more difficult than the rest; however, using your nail or the tip of the finger will do the job quite easily.

The charging connector, the micro SD card slot, and the mini USB connector are situated on the other side. They are covered by one shared lid, which can be opened effortlessly by nail and fits tightly when closed, so that the outline of the unit stays intact. We would rather it remained so after several months of use. In addition to, and despite the availability of Bluetooth, Nokia have installed an IR port as well, whose “eye” is located just above the rubber cap.

Left side - Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Right side - Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Botom - Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Top - Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review

Left side

Right side



Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
On one side of the lower part there are the 2-megapixel camera and the LED flashlight, and on the other - the second loudspeaker.

Typically for Nokia, the Power key is bi-functional: except for switching on and off, it secures fast access to changing profiles, as well as locking the keypad and a few more functions. It is on the standard location for any Nokia device – on top and precisely in the middle.

The microphone is at the bottom and next to it there are a 2.5 mm socket and a place to secure a neck or a hand strap.

Now it has been made clear that the Nokia 5700 XpressMusic is a combination of several devices and switching from one to another is done simply by twisting its lower part.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. mmm (unregistered)

very great symbian phone i ever have.

posted on 04 Aug 2007, 06:32

2. gka (unregistered)

this is the best music phone by nokia ... even a n 95 music quality cant be compared to its music quality as it reproduces the sounds of ur mp3's using a dedicated music chip ... the most wonderful music phone anyone can have ... thank you nokia i love my 5700 ...

posted on 04 Aug 2007, 06:36

3. sanjaya (unregistered)

man i love this phone this is one of the best ... im using an n 95 but now i dont like it anymore because i brought this a week ago it rocks i didnt use my n 95 in a week now ... im so addicted to its quality music and everything in it ...

posted on 04 Aug 2007, 06:43

4. turkai (unregistered)

just take a look at those visuals in it while playing music in the 5700 you will be amazed when you see those and its fun to watch those ... the display in it is 60 million colors ... runs with symbain series 60 3rd edition ... for some people music is life ... so that means this phone can be your life if you try to hear this phones playing music ...

posted on 05 Aug 2007, 01:45

5. justin (unregistered)

this is going out to all the compaines including s.e. , samsung and motorola it seems like u should work harder on ur phone music quality now ... as i know none of the phones got quality sounds like this one ...

posted on 05 Aug 2007, 01:55

6. chang (unregistered)

lets get the groove on with more stuff attached to this great and amazing phone ... try buying the md - 5w nokia bluetooth speakers ... and use it with this phone u will start dancing without u knowing it lol ...

posted on 05 Aug 2007, 08:07

7. (unregistered)

thanks phonearena.com for reviewing N 5700.

posted on 06 Aug 2007, 04:45

8. Harry (unregistered)

1. Same features as in N95 except 2 megapixel camera. 2. Has GPS functionality also. (U need to subscribe with provider) 3. You can enable name announcement of caller which notifies u of the caller by name from phonebook 4. Excellent music + bass (with headphones the bass reverbrates) as good as Sony Ericsson. After the loud function has been activated I found it better than my friend's Sony Ericcson.It is good. You can throw away your creative music player. 5. Video quality is also good. And the size is restricted to size of memory. The mic's quality is very good and picks iup conversation from6 feet off. Crystal clear. You can throw away your voice recorder also. 6. Symbian Version enables you to install programs (Sony P1 only available) 7. Cost in India Nokia 5700 - Rs.12500 / N95 - Rs.34500 / Sony Ericcson P1 Rs.29990. Good features for less than half the cost. 8. 369Mhz Processor - Faster processing. No hangups at all. N73 thinks a lot sometimes. The Bad: 1. The swivel goes 180 degrees in clockwise direction and 90 degrees in anticlockwise. If you force differently, it will break. If it breaks, new phone need to be purchased! (Do not give this phone to children!!) 2. Image quality is good outdoors but not excellent. But Indoors there is always noise even with the flash. Outdoors if u use flash with ambient background, the background tends to wash out! 3. Sometimes it automatically goes into panarama mode without user input. I guess this is a software issue and can be fixed. (I still have not found how to fix it!) Overall: 9/10

posted on 15 Sep 2007, 11:28

9. hitesh (unregistered)

men this phone sound quality is better than other phones and video quality is great. Nokia 5700 truly a best music phone coming with the nokia s60 v3 edition

posted on 09 Oct 2007, 04:39

10. angel (unregistered)

to harry., how did u say dat the GPS of this phoe is compared to n95??

posted on 28 May 2008, 07:27

11. ak (unregistered)

this is the beat fone ever ...simply sexy n sazzy.thank u nokia.

posted on 18 Jun 2008, 19:45

12. (unregistered)

The accent of the reviewer is atrocius,its simply atrocius,please learn some pronunciation because its almost impossible to properly undestand.Do yourself a favor and attend english classes or take a trip to an english-speaking country. by the way the review is kinda poor,just my opinion

posted on 24 Sep 2011, 09:32

13. firoz khan (unregistered)

i want to see you tube download video,please suggest software.

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PhoneArena rating:
Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (182 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Single core, 369 MHz, ARM11 processor
0.06 GB RAM
Size4.25 x 1.98 x 0.68 inches
(108 x 50.5 x 17.3 mm)
4.05 oz  (115 g)
Battery900 mAh, 3.5 hours talk time

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