Nokia 5700 XpressMusic review:

Nokia 5700 XpressMusic

Typical Price: £275.00
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3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Good headphones; excellent screen and speakers; impressive range of features.

The Bad Sluggish music player; fiddly controls; poor camera.

The Bottom Line This phone has good sound quality, impressive smartphone features and a great screen, but the whole experience is marred by sluggish music controls and a terrible camera. It certainly won't tempt fans of Sony Ericsson's excellent Walkman music phones to switch over to Nokia

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6.5 Overall

This XpressMusic handset from Nokia stands out from the crowd thanks to a twisty section at the bottom that rotates through 180 degrees to switch between a standard keypad and one with dedicated music-playback buttons. As it runs Nokia's Series 60 operating system, the 5700 also boasts some impressive smartphone features. It's available for around £275 SIM-free online.

As you would expect from a phone from Nokia's XpressMusic range, the 5700 is a dab hand at playing back your music tracks. It comes with a pair of sound-isolating headphones that cope easily with either booming basslines or shimmering cymbals and the onboard music players supports plenty of formats, including MP3, AAC and WMA.

Surprisingly, the tiny built-in stereo speakers are also capable of producing a decent racket, so if you wear a hoodie, the 5700 will happily help you annoy your fellow public-transport users with explicit R'n'B.

Our handset came with a hefty 1GB microSD card for storing tunes, and we were impressed with the way the phone allows you to hot-swap cards -- something many rivals can't cope with. Track transfers from a PC are also speedy using the mini-USB slot located on the phone's right-hand side.

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