Everyone who touched Nokia's last XpressMusic phone, the 5800,
said the same thing: does this thing slide out? It seems to exude a slidey-ness, but it doesn't back it up by actually having a slide-out keyboard.
Now that yearning will be satisfied, thanks to the launch of the
Nokia 5730 XpressMusic, Nokia's first music phone with a full Qwerty keyboard. If
you've ever fancied the emailing talents of the E75 but
couldn't stand its pinstripe-suited looks, the 5730 might be right up your boho street.
Thankfully for a music phone, the 5730 will have a standard
3.5mm headphone jack for your phat cans, and an advertised 25 hours of music-playing
It will also be pre-loaded with N-Gage games, and has dedicated
gaming keys for playing in landscape mode.
An 8GB microSD card is included, which you can pack full of
photos from the 3.2-megapixel camera and subscription-free music from Nokia's
Comes With Music service.
But despite all this shiny goodness, all anyone could talk
about at today's press launch was the upcoming N97.
"It's like s*x in your hand," said a Nokia product manager. Which
sounds kind of sad and lonely to us, but maybe it's good if you're spending the
winter in Espoo, where
apparently sex is a swear word.
The Nokia 5730 XpressMusic should drop in the third quarter
of 2009 for around €280 (£260).