Nokia 5310 XpressMusic review: Nokia 5310 XpressMusic

Typical Price: £120.00

Nokia 5310 XpressMusic

(Part #: CNETNokia 5310 XpressMusic)
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars 7 user reviews

The Good Full-sized headphone socket; decent music player; good screen.

The Bad Feels plasticky; no 3G support.

The Bottom Line The 5310 is a decent music handset, but it doesn't offer anything that hasn't been done better elsewhere. We also found the lack of 3G support and plasticky build quality a turn off

7.5 Overall

The 5310 XpressMusic is Nokia's answer to Sony Ericsson's W880i Walkman phone. It is extremely slim measuring just 10mm and has handy music playback buttons on the front.

Our handset was supplied by Carphone Warehouse who offer it for free on contract or from £120 on pay as you go.

Strengths
The 5310's slim profile is a refreshing change from the rather bulbous 5300 -- its closest stablemate in the XpressMusic range -- but it shares that handset's row of music buttons that are found to the left of the screen. The screen itself is rather large and dominates the front of the phone. It's also very bright and boasts a crisp resolution of 320x240 pixels, which makes text and icons look very sharp.

The menu system is very easy to find your way around and like all Series 40 phones, the Active Standby screen is turned on by default. It gives you quick access to commonly used functions via a carousel menu and also displays other handy information such as upcoming appointments and the name of the track currently playing on the music player.

Naturally, the music player is the phone's key feature and it's pretty easy to use. Your tracks are sorted into the usual artist, album and track name categories so you can quickly find the songs you want to play. The phone only has 30MB of built-in memory, but our handset came with a 2GB microSD card providing loads of room for tracks.

The sound quality is impressive, although you'll probably want to replace the standard headphones that come with the phone, as they're not as good as they could be. However, replacing the headphones is made easy by the standard 3.5mm headphone jack found at the top of the phone.

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