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Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review

Nokia 5700 XpressMusic

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Camera interface - Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review

Camera interface

Like every modern phone, 5700 has a built-in digital camera with resolution of 2 mega-pixels and a small photoflash LED. It is started 3 seconds after twisting the lower part of the phone when the whole screen turns into a horizontal interface. We were surprised that although the phone operates on Symbian 9.2, this interface is not like those of N95 and N76, but is much simplified. In this way Nokia want to show that the phone is not of the multimedia series, without intentionally reducing the quality of the camera images.

There are several modes in the Options menu: Video, Panorama, Night, Sequence, Self-Timer(10/20/30sec). You can use the settings to adjust the White Balance, Color filter and the photoflash (on/off/auto) and the resolution and compression of the photos taken.

Two seconds after pressing the shutter button, the photo shows on the display and after pressing the button again you can make a new photo after another 1.5 – 2 seconds. 4 seconds between two photos is good time, allowing you to take lots of pictures.

The quality of the photos depends strongly on the light, at which they are taken. Best results are achieved at daylight, while using the night-mode will not lead to impressive photo quality: the image is rather “dotted” with plenty of interference or the so-called “noise”. When photo-shooting indoors, the flash will be of certain use, but in reality it is not capable of illuminating more distant objects. If you attempt taking pictures at close range, the result will be disappointing for its lack of focus and the image – unusable.

Outdoor images - Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Outdoor images - Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Outdoor images - Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Outdoor images - Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review

Outdoor images

Strong light - Indoor images - Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Medium light - Indoor images - Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Low light - Indoor images - Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Flash ON - Indoor images - Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Macro - Indoor images - Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review

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Medium light

Low light

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Indoor images

The Panorama regime offers an easy to use software showing by a gray/red arrow whether you have to move closer of away to/from the previous photo when taking the second one, to put together the panorama. Unfortunately, it is limited to two photos only and we would like to be able to take at least 3 or even 4-5 in the best case. Yet there is no point in using the panorama since the end result is a photo of a size much smaller than 2 megapixels.

You can also shoot a video with maximum resolution of QVGA 320х240 and up to 15 frames per second, which is less than the necessary 24, but is still usable. Compression decreases quality but the videos can still be viewed on a computer.

Nokia 5700 XpressMusic sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution

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

You can view photos from the memory in the gallery where the files are visualized as a vertical list with small thumbnails. The 3D gallery of the N-series phones is missing here, too, like in 6120. The video-clips are viewed in a RealPlayer which has a fullscreen option. In our test we used QVGA videos in MPEG4 H.263 and were surprised to see that they were chopped up as if streamed from slow-connection Internet. The same videos can be viewed without problems on E65 whose processor is much slower (220 instead of 369 MHz). Our attempt at opening a H.264 video resulted in what we had expected – only the sound was heard.

The music player is the one known from the N95 and other Symbian 9.2 N-series smartphones and is the probably the most advanced one used in Nokia. It allows for filtering the music by artist/album/genre, as on a dedicated music player.

The Now Playing interface will visualize the Album art cover if one is attached to the file, the track information and the functions of the D-pad, as it will act as a shortcut. This interface is good but we still thing that can be optimized to show larger image.

You have 4 equalizers (classical, jazz, pop and rock) and you can also add additional custom ones. The audio settings options include stereo widening, balance and loudness.

Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review
The sound quality is very good, and thanks to the build-in loudspeakers the volume is quite loud, but not as loud as the one of Nokia N95 which also has a build in stereo loudspeakers.When the phone is in music mode the two speakers will be on the left side which will help for higher volume, but we prefer to listen to music in the phone mode, in which you have left and right speaker and more-noticeable stereo effect. You have to connect stereo earpieces if you want to listen to music with higher quality. You will need them to turn on the radio, too, because they will act as aerial. You can save up to 50 stations with names. The 5700 XpressMusic is Bluetooth Stereo enabled (A2DP) and that’s why you can also listen to music with one of Nokia’s Bluetooth stereo headset models BH-501 or BH-601 for example.

Nokia 5700 XpressMusic Review

Nokia 5700 has about 31 MB of free memory which can be increased with a maximum of 2 GB by a microSD card. The phone has 64 MB RAM but after the system is loaded, about 20 MB remain for the user.

You have two pre-installed applications (2 games): Marble, where you have to fit balls of the same color so that they destroy one another, City Bloxx, where you have to build structures with a different size by putting blocks one on top of the other. We liked all two games and find them very suitable to make good use of one’s free time.

We have been surprised by the fact that in this unit (in contrast to 6120) there is no PDF reader or Quick Office; the only pre-installed applications being the two games. Obviously, Nokia have reckoned that those, who will take interest in the model, will mostly make use of its amusement capacity. However, this will hardly be a problem, since all kinds of applications are downloadable from the Internet and installable afterwards.

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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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