CNET First Look
Nokia 5130 XpressMusic (T-Mobile)Despite some minor complaints, the Nokia 5130 Xpress Music is an ideal choice for a budget music phone.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Ken: Hi, I'm Ken Sherman, senior editor here at CNET.com. Today we're going to take a first look at the Nokia 5130 Express Music. This is a phone for T Mobile service. T Mobile has been the only US carrier to pick up the Express Music phone so far. They've had about three. They had the 5300 to start, came out with a couple other, and now we have the 5130. As Express Music phones go, this is on the lower end of the scale. It is, has a budget price, it's under 100 dollars with service. And the features other than the music player are pretty slimmed down so if you want a music phone at an affordable price, but doesn't skimp on those music features, then I think this is a really good option. Basic candy bar design, comes in a couple colors. This is aqua and silver. You can also get it in red and black. Features are the same on either model. Like most Express Music phones, it does have dedicated music controls so you can see them here on the side. That means you can press play and activate the player automatically, cycle through your songs without having to open the menu, go into the music player menu and then start the player that way. On the top, 3.5 millimeter headset jack, great CS standard headphone connector on a music phone. Next to it you'll find a micro USB port that's used for the USB cable for synching music. And next to that is the Nokia charger ports, that real small pin, it's proprietary so we like to see Nokia use the, what's becoming a standard for chargers. Here on the other side you'll see there's a micro SD slot. It's very accessible, just open the door and you can slip in your card, which is nice. And then the volume rocker just below. Navigation array is very well designed. You'll find a large square toggle here in the middle. The ring around it is the same color as the rim of the phone. So you can distinguish between it. Big ok button in the middle, the toggle does double as a shortcut. The remaining controls in the navigation array are flat, but they are pretty spacious so we didn't have any trouble using them. You'll find two soft keys and then the talk and end power key. Keypad buttons, pretty spacious but did have a cheap slippery, sort of plastic feel. Wasn't the most comfortable texting or dialing. I did have to get used to them to really feel comfortable texting out a long message. Inside you'll find the dedicated music player, pretty similar to all Express Music phones. Features album art, or you can choose a visualization. You can play lists, shuffle, repeat mode. So everything you're pretty used to. Getting music on the phone is very easy. You can plug in that cable. You can synch music or you can just use it through the micro SD card. So pretty nice. Here on the back you'll find this neat lens for the 2 point megapixel camera. This is silver right here, but it's not a self portrait mirror so you can't really see yourself in it. No flash, so as I said, slimmed down on features on anything but the music player. Below you'll find the external speaker with sort of a dotted pattern over it. The speaker doesn't have the best output, doesn't get really loud and then on the higher volumes, the music doesn't sound great. Same with speaker phone quality. So here, you're going to be using the music player, probably headset is really best. It does have stereo Bluetooth though, so you can use a wireless headset in addition to a wired headset. Other features are pretty standard. You'll find web based POP 3 email, organizer options, speaker phone, so about what you'd expect on a phone like this. I'm Ken Sherman and this is the Nokia 5130 Express Music. ^M00:02:52 [ Music ]