Nokia 5630 Xpress Music on video

At GSMA 2009, Kent German takes a look at the Nokia 5630, one of the company's newest Express music phones.

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At the GSMA World Congress here in Barcelona, there's a lot more to see than just the brand new cell phones. We also relish the chance to check out models that are rather rare in the United States.

Take the Nokia 5630 Xpress Music, for example. As one of Nokia's newest Xpress Music phones, it hasn't made much of a stateside appearance. So when we spied it sitting next to the new Nokia E75 , we couldn't pass up the opportunity to give it a test drive and capture it on video.

Its thin candy bar design largely resembles the Nokia 5310 Xpress Music. The 16.7-million-color display is easy on the eyes, though it could be a bit larger. The navigation array also doesn't take full advantage of the phone's real estate--there's an awful lot of blank space around it--but the keypad is pretty standard. Dedicated music controls sit on the left spine while the camera lens and flash are on the rear face.

The 5630 has external music controls. Kent German/CNET Networks

Besides the Xpress Music player, the feature set covers a good range. You'll find a stereo Bluetooth, a 3.2-megapixel camera with video, voice command, personal organizer options, text and multimedia messaging, a speakerphone, and an external memory card slot. The quad-band 5630 also supports HSDPA 3G networks.

About the author

Senior Managing Editor Kent German leads the CNET Reviews editors in San Francisco. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he still writes about the wireless industry and occasionally his passion for commercial aviation.

 

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