Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Review

Introduction and Design
This is a global GSM phone, it can be used with AT&T's 1900MHz 3G band, and with T-Mobile without 3G.


Nokia 5730 XpressMusic is the first music-oriented handset of the manufacturer to feature full QWERTY keyboard and comes with all necessary features to take its place among the other high-end smartphones of the company. It is a running Symbian S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 smartphone and aims to deliver a full set of functions, including GPS, 3G and Wi-Fi for a fully fledged web surfing and social networking experience. Nokia is shooting a line about the great audio playback quality of its product, no matter the headset you plug into the 3.5mm jack. Whether or not this is the case indeed is something we will tell you later in the review. Now let´s take a look at what´s in the box:

•    Nokia 5730 XpressMusic
•    Wall charger
•    8GB microSDHC memory card
•    Nokia WH-205 stereo headset
•    Short microUSB кабел
•    Software CD
•    User guide
•    N-Gage leaflets


The overall design of the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic is completely in character of the latest XpressMusic handsets that lack touch-sensitive screens, i.e. contemporary and youthful. Actually, it looks like a prettified version of the 5630 XpressMusic. The manufacturer has gone to great lengths in terms of workmanship and its first music-oriented handset equipped with full QWERTY keyboard does feel solid in your hand. The overall size, weight and functionality of the 5730 are well balanced and we like that.

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The screen measures 2.4 inches, comes with native resolution of 240x320 pixels and supports 16mln colors. Similarly to most Nokia handsets that we have reviewed lately, the 5730 is equipped with display that delivers saturated and beautiful colors and using it in direct sunlight is not a problem at all, thanks to the trans-reflective LCD technology (also available on the E75, N86 8MP and other models that are totally useable in bright lighting conditions). The light sensitivity sensor, earpiece, video-call camera and dedicated N-Gage buttons are above the screen and we can´t say the latter are really handy to press.

The navigational keys are not comfy to use either – they are rather small, the D-Pad is raised and makes the buttons around it even harder to press. The audio controls typical of XpressMusic handsets are on the left of the display. They are easy to press and we do not have any gripes about them. The buttons of the numeric keypad remind us of the 5630 XpressMusic, because they both come with similar designations and overall styling. It seems the manufacturer hasn’t spent too much time on their design though, since they feel unhandy to use.

The buttons of the QWERTY keyboard come with the same styling and look quite spectacular, especially in the dark. You might strike you as a bit odd at first, but you will get used to them really fast. Just like with the Nokia E75, they are large and feature proper, four-row alignment. Most of them are easy to press, but those in the uppermost row are way too close to the edge, which makes them inconvenient. All told, the QWERTY keyboard of the 5730 XpressMusic is by far, not the best when it comes to speed entry, so we cannot recommend it, especially if you happen to be into lengthy messages.

The volume rocker and camera shutter are on the right hand side. The former is easy to use, but the latter is slightly harder to press than we would have liked.

There is a panel that takes up the entire back side of the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic, but doesn’t get to the edges of the body and we do like the whole idea. It´s really easy to remove and fit back and it can´t fall off by itself or anything. The back houses a 3.2-megapixel camera with Carl-Zeiss Tessar optics and LED flash. The loudspeaker is just one and is placed underneath the back panel, above the SIM card slot.

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